Lets Get Crafty- How to pull off the best Marketing Campaign for your craft beer Company

With press releases of grand openings, beer samples of your top brews, glassware of the brewery, brewery tours, swag, and lessons on the market of craft brews, getting people the knowledge of your brewery is work in itself. Getting all of this completed and still getting time to brew the beer is a whole other subject, so how do you get it all completed fast enough to make your product relevant?

Well, getting the correct marketing completed when your brewery opens OR when you create a new brew is key to launching your products and creating a name for yourself in your marketplace. Did you know there are over 4,100 craft breweries in the U.S.A currently? What will you do to separate yourself from all of those other brands?

Anheuser-Busch Method-You can use the Anheuser-Busch/ InBev NV Anheuser-Busch InBev NV BUD, -0.59% Strategy. Anheuser has bought brewers like Elysian, Goose Island, Breckenridge, Blue Point, Four Peaks, etc for their brew stock (different brews offered within each brand), relativity within their own market space, The known “Name” within their individual markets, and their quality of products. If you can stay relevant within your market and can stay up to par with brands like these, then you are on your way to success.

Marketing Strategy-So do you create loads of swag to give away? NO. The best way to create more sales for your product and to create a true name for your brand is to SAMPLE your products to the masses! Even if you don’t get a ton of sales every time, The consumer will learn your products and remember the time they went to the liquor store and got to try your brew, or went to the festival and tried your products. You can give away some bottle openers or a glass WHEN product is purchased and that will help boost sales, however SAMPLE SAMPLE SAMPLE and you will see your sales grow in your market.

We here at Lucky415 are staffed with an In-house Beer and Liquor expert. We not only provide support and training for each event, but our team behind the scenes is constantly training on new brands (Major brands with Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors and smaller Craft brands as well) in both Beer and in Liquor each month, so as new brews, wines, and liquors come out, our team is on top of it. We can support our team in the field with the proper training on all brands that come through to us. If you are looking for a new way to build your brand, send us a message with your request today and we can create a custom quote for you and your brand!

Guerrilla Marketing at Comic Con, Street teams and brand ambassadors

Comic Con 2011

Comic Con Event Staff

Are you looking for promotional reps to work your events at Comic Con, but not sure how to pick a agency or if you should book the events yourself?

One of the first things you should ask yourself is do you have the time to find, interview, screen, handle all the legal and tax paper work for each ambassador you book to work. Booking your own teams can be extremely time consuming and the paper work can be endless.  So your best bet is often to choose a reputable event staffing professional agency to find your event teams.

Now how do you choose an event-staffing agency? Well there are a few ways to go about this.

  • First, ask the agency how long they have been in business? If they’re a new agency with little to no experience, they’re probably not your best bet.
  • Do they have good reviews from brand ambassadors and online? This is important because you want to see that their clients have been pleased as well as their ability to keep their staff members happy and paid.
  • Ask how about their process for screening and booking brand ambassadors. Do they speak with each person booked? Do they take the time to do phone or skype interviews? Many agencies take on as many contracts as possible and just send out emails and who ever shows up –  shows up.
  • Find out the agency’s policy on payment to brand ambassadors. Do they pay their ambassador quickly or do they have them wait the industry standard 6-8 weeks? Many agencies take months to pay and will have the ambassadors call you, or worse your client, about payment.  However some agencies actually pay the ambassadors in 2 weeks.

If you find yourself adding promotional marketing and/or guerrilla marketing to your Comic Con event, we would love to work with you! Please contact us any time for a free quote!

Feel free to give us a call at 415-365-0041 or info@lucky415.com

Lindsay Merlin

Senior Account Manager, Lucky 415 Marketing + Promotions

415-365-0041 ext 3

lmerlin@lucky415.com

Chicago street teams,sampling teams, Event staffing promotions

Some of the biggest cities in the US, per capita, have always been the hottest spots for Promotional Marketing. Our clients are opening stores in big cities, sending their street teams out in those regions, and in general spending a lot of money focusing on those regions.

Chicago Guerrilla Marketing and Event Staffing, Chicago street teams

We have provided event staff all throughout the US for over 10 years now, anyone that’s worked with us or become acquainted with our work knows that. We have, however, noticed over the last season, a trend of clients focusing their work in the Chicago area. More and more event requests have come across our desks this summer and fall than ever before for street teams and event teams in Chicago.

Why? The answer is quite simple. The attractions that Chicago offers draws in massive crowds. So that means, our clients are getting double bang for their buck there.

Wrigley Field Street Teams in action

Wrigley Field Street Teams in action

 

Street teams in action

Street teams in action

To get the most out of your marketing budget, no matter the city, email us for a quote for event staff! Email Lindsay at  lmerlin@lucky415.com
415-336-1455

 

If you need event staff in or near Chicago we can help!  We also love to provide event teams and street and flyer teams all around Chicago.

Also be sure to take a look at our Linkedin page

http://www.linkedin.com/company/202011?trk=tyah

Lindsay Merlin
lmerlin@lucky415.com
415/  336 1455

Chicago street teams, event staffing, and talent

Chicago Street Teams

Street teams are a great way to increase brand awareness by putting information directly into the consumer’s hand.   In most major cities such as Chicago, consumers can easily identify street teams in action and many times they realize that a street team is associated with free promotional items. Who doesn’t love to receive something for free in this day and age?  This is one of the main reason street teams are a wonderful way to generate an instant form of brand recognition.(Instant Gratification for the consumer.)

If someone is on the way to work and they receive a free sample of a new beverage or a t-shirt by someone representing the brand with a smile and nothing more than maybe a few key words..this creates a lasting positive impression.  In addition that person might go to work holding the item and tell his co-workers that he received a free promotional item. Thus spreading the word and positive feedback.   (word of mouth)

I have had the opportunity to see street team events across the country first hand and the smiles it brings to consumers faces.   Many times consumers will flock to the street teams since they realize that often they are associated with free items. Thus a crowd draws a crowd.  It is usually best to give out free promotional items associated with the brand. Such as hats, shirts, pens, key chains, etc. Or small samples of the product. If the teams are handing out good items usually the consumers will come to them.

Street teams for grand openings

 

Street teams are an awesome and inexpensive way to promote a grand opening.  Usually it is best to have the teams give out some kind of gift card or contest card to get the consumers into the store. For instance, you might want to give out small promotional items and a card for a contest. If the consumer brings the items into the store with in the next few days they can enter into a drawing for a free items etc… Another way to drive consumers into the new store is to give out gift cards that they can scan or check at the grand opening table at the entrance to the new store. (This usually works very well)

When they arrive at the store they can check to see what kind of prize they might have one.   These are great ways to have consumers become familiar with the new store and location.  You also want to do some research to find your target audience. For instance if you are trying to promote a hardware store grand opening you might want to send street teams to construction sites and offer chances to win power tools or other really nice items dealing with a hardware store.

Street team events to promote a new product

Lets say you want to drive consumers to your new website.  You can send out teams to a well-researched area to give out promotional items that have the website listed. Another example is for instance would be airlines. Airlines sometimes send out street teams to give out tons of free promotional items in a city to help let consumers know they are now flying out in and out of that city, and also a few random consumers are given free no-stings attached round trip domestic flight tickets.

Can you imagine going to work one morning and you see a street team and are given a free round trip ticket.  Think how many people you will tell about the gift.  Thus promoting the airline for years to come. Another example is beverages. The large beverage companies figured out long ago that street teams are a fantastic way to bring smiling faces and promote the beverage.  Beverage street teams usually are little tricky to operate since usually you can run out of product quickly. Consumers love free beverages.  Many times beverage street teams will show up to a certain location with ice cold beverages and give out as many as possible and then quickly move to another location.   The more creative the better. Maybe there is a line waiting for a ferry boat after work on a hot day and the beverage street teams shows up and gives a bevaege to everyone standing in line. (This is another very positive lasting impression)

George Hayes
CEO Lucky 415 Marketing & Promotions, Inc.

info@lucky415.com

Chicago Street teams, Chicago guerilla marketing, Chicago sampling teams

Chicago Street Teams

Chicago Street Teams

Street teams are a great way to increase brand awareness by putting information directly into the consumer’s hand.   In most major cities such as Chicago, consumers can easily identify street teams in action and many times they realize that a street team is associated with free promotional items. Who doesn’t love to receive something for free in this day and age?  This is one of the main reason street teams are a wonderful way to generate an instant form of brand recognition.(Instant Gratification for the consumer.)

If someone is on the way to work and they receive a free sample of a new beverage or a t-shirt by someone representing the brand with a smile and nothing more than maybe a few key words..this creates a lasting positive impression.  In addition that person might go to work holding the item and tell his co-workers that he received a free promotional item. Thus spreading the word and positive feedback.   (word of mouth)

I have had the opportunity to see street team events across the country first hand and the smiles it brings to consumers faces.   Many times consumers will flock to the street teams since they realize that often they are associated with free items. Thus a crowd draws a crowd.  It is usually best to give out free promotional items associated with the brand. Such as hats, shirts, pens, key chains, etc. Or small samples of the product. If the teams are handing out good items usually the consumers will come to them.

Street teams for grand openings

 

Street teams are an awesome and inexpensive way to promote a grand opening.  Usually it is best to have the teams give out some kind of gift card or contest card to get the consumers into the store. For instance, you might want to give out small promotional items and a card for a contest. If the consumer brings the items into the store with in the next few days they can enter into a drawing for a free items etc… Another way to drive consumers into the new store is to give out gift cards that they can scan or check at the grand opening table at the entrance to the new store. (This usually works very well)

When they arrive at the store they can check to see what kind of prize they might have one.   These are great ways to have consumers become familiar with the new store and location.  You also want to do some research to find your target audience. For instance if you are trying to promote a hardware store grand opening you might want to send street teams to construction sites and offer chances to win power tools or other really nice items dealing with a hardware store.

Street team events to promote a new product

Lets say you want to drive consumers to your new website.  You can send out teams to a well-researched area to give out promotional items that have the website listed. Another example is for instance would be airlines. Airlines sometimes send out street teams to give out tons of free promotional items in a city to help let consumers know they are now flying out in and out of that city, and also a few random consumers are given free no-stings attached round trip domestic flight tickets.

Can you imagine going to work one morning and you see a street team and are given a free round trip ticket.  Think how many people you will tell about the gift.  Thus promoting the airline for years to come. Another example is beverages. The large beverage companies figured out long ago that street teams are a fantastic way to bring smiling faces and promote the beverage.  Beverage street teams usually are little tricky to operate since usually you can run out of product quickly. Consumers love free beverages.  Many times beverage street teams will show up to a certain location with ice cold beverages and give out as many as possible and then quickly move to another location.   The more creative the better. Maybe there is a line waiting for a ferry boat after work on a hot day and the beverage street teams shows up and gives a bevaege to everyone standing in line. (This is another very positive lasting impression)

 

If you need any help or ideas for street teams in the Chicago area be sure to email us at info@lucky415.com  We have been providing event teams in Chicago since 2003.

George Hayes
CEO Lucky 415 Marketing & Promotions, Inc.

info@lucky415.com