Marketing Association Amsterdam

Alumni Interview: Florence Moorman from Heineken

Thank you for making time to tell us something about your interesting history with the MAA and your experience at Heineken of course. How did you hear of the MAA? I did my Bachelor’s in Maastricht, but I wanted to the Master’s of Marketing in Amsterdam. During college, there was a promotional chat about the… Continue reading Alumni Interview: Florence Moorman from Heineken

Event · Marketing Association Amsterdam

Your Bridge to Success

12 different companies offered students the opportunity to meet with them during presentations, workshops, recruitment lunches, and network drinks. The Amsterdam Recruitment Event, organized for the first time, was a big success for participants and attending companies, as it gave all attendees  the chance to build their bridge to success.   The presentations offered great… Continue reading Your Bridge to Success

Marketing Association Amsterdam

Guest Interview: Jenny Coolen from Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Hello Jenny, thank you for taking the time to speak to our MAA-members, and helping us learn more about Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE). For the clueless people among us, could you tell what JDE is? Of course! I’m happy to tell you about JDE. About a year and a half ago we started operating under the… Continue reading Guest Interview: Jenny Coolen from Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Amsterdam · Event

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

Amsterdam · Marketing Association Amsterdam · Trends

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


Marketing Association Amsterdam · Trends

What to think about the new Coke design?

So, Coca-Cola, already uber-present in our lectures, made another move that will probably be analyzed soon in all branding-related courses throughout the Netherlands: the company is introducing a new unifying packaging for Coke and its sub-brands Coke Diet, Coke Zero, and Coca-Cola Life. Their re-packaging is a substantial step within the company’s One Brand strategy,… Continue reading What to think about the new Coke design?

Marketing Association Amsterdam · Music Marketing

Taylor Swift: The Re-Branding Queen

We’ve all heard of Taylor Swift, the singer/songwriter who started as a country starlet and managed to completely crossover and convert into a full-fledged pop superstar with her latest and very successful album 1989. She is the most followed celebrity on Instagram (62.32 million), Twitter (more than 60 million) and has the on-demand music industry… Continue reading Taylor Swift: The Re-Branding Queen

Marketing Association Amsterdam · Marketing Theories

Colgate Food and Cosmopolitan Yoghurt: Brand Extensions Gone Wrong

Every marketeer has heard of the term brand extension. Extending into a new product line or – category could potentially be very beneficial for the product sales (Aaker, 1990). Some companies have gotten really good at it and make it look so very easy.Just slap your brand name on a new product line or category and… Continue reading Colgate Food and Cosmopolitan Yoghurt: Brand Extensions Gone Wrong

Marketing Association Amsterdam · Marketing Theories · Video Marketing · Viral videos

Superbowl Sunday: wieners, ketchup and Ryan Reynolds..

The 50th Superbowl Sunday… the season finale is one of the most watched sports events of the year; every year. This year’s viewing rates aren’t released yet, but based on previous figures the estimated number of people watching, amounted to 117M. Due to an unfortunate series of events (i.e. living in the Netherlands, as opposed… Continue reading Superbowl Sunday: wieners, ketchup and Ryan Reynolds..