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Sharing-Economy Platforms: The Future of Travel

The sharing-economy has opened a new door of ways to provide a service. From renting a room provided by people in different cities, to lending items in an area when needed, being able to buy and sell any products online, using your own car as transportation (Uber), and many more platforms online that are constantly… Continue reading Sharing-Economy Platforms: The Future of Travel

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Dare to be Different

PepsiCo, Storymail, and Heineken. The much-anticipated Amsterdam Commercial night hosted three very different companies, each representing their own distinctive brands. All of which demonstrated the ways in which their advertising strategies and campaigns dare to be different. The impressionable and unique Vondelkerk was the perfect location to set the tone for an evening of stimulating… Continue reading Dare to be Different


‘Matt Sleeps’ experience marketing goes Viral

It would be hard to believe if someone said they haven’t heard about the Matt Hangover Bar yet. The Hangover bar was an initiative by ‘Matt Sleeps’, a mattress company based out of Amsterdam. The initiative not only went viral in The Netherlands, but also in other countries such as the UK. The video about… Continue reading ‘Matt Sleeps’ experience marketing goes Viral

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“Thinking outside the ring”

  Finding a place to live in Amsterdam is like finding a needle in a haystack. It’s ridiculously hard and you probably end up paying way too much for a room no bigger than Harry Potters cupboard. That Amsterdam could be a bit overloaded with people, especially tourists, wouldn’t come to you as a surprise.… Continue reading “Thinking outside the ring”

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The Amsterdam Marketing Event 2016: “The best way to get to know a company and gain insights from people working there!”

After being sold out one week before the deadline, the Amsterdam Marketing Event 2016 was a big success. This edition’s theme was the Future of Marketing, and discussed was what’s next from different viewpoints. Again, the greatest marketing recruitment event of the year exceeded everyone’s expectations! From drilling machines to drilling content Joris Demmers (assistant professor at the University… Continue reading The Amsterdam Marketing Event 2016: “The best way to get to know a company and gain insights from people working there!”

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So many festivals, so little time: how to market for success

Right, festival season is officially in full swing. 12 hour food, music and other- and evening time events are popping up all over the Netherlands. It’s a nice change from the cold season we’ve just emerged from, when we are basically either hybernating, drinking hot chocolate and eating cheesy things on the couch, or dancing till dawn, only to loose the next day to our hangover. Coming home from a food-truck festival, like TREK or De Rollende Keukens, at 12 actually means you might still get a good night sleep and be productive the next day.

Despite the fact that we don’t actually always get the good spring weather that originally inspired the productions of these festivals, we, the tough Dutchmen, collectively attend them. Even when it rains, many of us still find the will to join the party. After all, we’re not made of sugar right?


But, with more and more festivals becoming a part of the our pool of options, how can marketers make us choose THEIR event over others? To make matters even more complicated, most of these festivals only occur once a year, meaning that there is really only one physical touchpoint, and the fanbase for such an experiential product must be created almost solely through online marketing.

Andy Crestodina wrote 50 solid suggestions, but I will spare you the time and effort of reading them all, so I’ve composed a more concise set of tips for effectively marketing a festival.

On the events page:

1. Provide a compelling description, so people know what you do and who you are. Prospective attendees should get a feel for the kind of festival that you are, and the type of atmosphere that you’ll create. What food will you serve, what music will you play, who will be there? Let us know what the identity of your festival is.

2. Curate tangible content leading up to the event. We want pictures, videos, and updates about the fun elements of your festival as they develop! How else will anyone get excited?

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In the pre-event email:

(if you’ve got an address from last year’s attendants or through registration)

7. Pay attention to your tagline; use a quirky, sassy title to draw attention to the message (for example, with “10 things you’ll miss if you dont celebrate this summer with…”)

With pre-event social activity:

12. Create the hashtag. It should be short and unique to your festival, and link strongly to the description on your events page.

13. Post the event on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and any other online world your market might find themselves in. Make sure people can find your festival any time, any place, so they know you’re serious!

In the search engines:

32-35. Choose a keyword, use it in your headers and event description so people can find you easily.

During the event:

37. Share pictures, of the people, the foods, the extraordinary things that are happening and use hashtags to create visbility! With constant connectivity on our smartphones this is super important!

After the event:

41. Compose a photo gallery for the festival. Give people something to look back on and smile about!

50. And then KEEP sharing those photos, along with related messages and content, in the days that follow! This is how you make sure people don’t forget you next year:)

Personally, I think the most important part is related to tip #1; you must tie everything together, to brand a consistent festival identity. You HAVE to hold a strong image, or there won’t be anything for us to connect with! Now, lets see what this summer has in store for us 🙂


Written by Susanne ten Brink

Image credit: Paul Townsend, Andrea Cousino & FFEP


Amsterdam · Marketing Association Amsterdam · Trends

Layover with a Local: applause for KLM

The most social airline of The Netherlands has come up with a new great way to engage their customers: layover with a local. Here’s why it’s an amazing idea. Layover with a Local is based on an app which allows travelers with a layover at Schiphol Airport to hang-out with a local from Amsterdam. An excellent… Continue reading Layover with a Local: applause for KLM

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Suitsupply’s sexist splendor: is it really that offensive?

Either you’ve been living under a rock, or you’ve seen SuitSupply’s provocative new advertisements around Amsterdam. The campaign has caused an intense reaction from the public, because of the practically naked women that take porn poses in the frames. The media exploded, accusing the brand of being sexist and offensive towards women. But is it… Continue reading Suitsupply’s sexist splendor: is it really that offensive?

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Hello, it’s me… and my awesome marketing team

Hello, its me I’ve been wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet To go over, everything They say that time’s supposed to heal ya But I ain’t done much healing Let’s start today with a little anecdote. The inspiration for this blogpost came this weekend, when I played Adele’s ‘Hello’ on the piano. I… Continue reading Hello, it’s me… and my awesome marketing team

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Amsterdam marketing in the spot lights

From November 28 till January 17 we all have could enjoyed the masterpieces of several light artists in the heart of Amsterdam. Light art is a quite young form of art. However, since there are huge developments within the LED-light, light art is making a huge jump forward. The light festival contains of all kind… Continue reading Amsterdam marketing in the spot lights