There are two types of brands at SXSW: established and un-established. Both want to capture as much attention as possible, but that’s no easy task.
One way to attempt to do so is by plastering posters on columns. End result? Becoming part of an artistic collage and receiving very little brand awareness.
On the other hand, there is another way brands can capture attention, and at events as massive as SXSW, it really seems to be the best way to do so.
Offering consumers an experience of some sort is how the top brands at SXSW are differentiating themselves, and it’s working.
- Take a test drive of a Chevrolet vehicle
- Use a Chevy as a free Taxi around downtown Austin. This has been quite the hit.
Experiential marketing of this kind gives the consumer a way to interact with a brand, and that interaction could be the start of a longstanding consumer/brand relationship.
From games to virtual interaction, there are other examples as well, but Chevrolet is the brand that has made the biggest impression on me thus far.