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Brand Ambassador, Promotional Model, vs. Spokesmodel

It’s the age-old question… OK, well not age-old but still a good question!

You’re hosting an event. Do you need a brand ambassador, a promotional model, or a spokesmodel? Let’s help you figure it out by defining each below.

What is a Brand Ambassador?

In short, a brand ambassador is an individual hired by a company to raise brand awareness and spread brand positivity.

What Does a Brand Ambassador DO?

The number one goal for a brand ambassador is to create a fun, memorable experience for consumers. This can be achieved both on and offline. Over the years, however, social media has become an integral part of a brand ambassador’s role.

Some roles and responsibilities that a brand ambassador might be faced with can include:

  • Engaging consumers, exciting them about the mission, and elevating the brand message
  • Sparking word-of-mouth about the brand
  • Instilling brand education
  • Donning branded uniforms or costumes to drive brand awareness
  • Conducting product demos
  • Distributing marketing materials

Interested in learning more? Read our article “What Does It Mean to be a Brand Ambassador?” for more information.

What is a Promotional Model?

A promotional model is hired by a business to draw in an audience at high-traffic live events. These individuals are experts in face-to-face marketing, also known as live marketing.

You will find promotional models working at trade shows, conventions, promotional events, corporate events, and even sporting events, concerts, and festivals!

What Does a Promotional Model DO? 

After grabbing a prospect or consumer’s attention, it is a promotional model’s job to:

  • Increase product or service awareness
  • Provide product or service information
  • Serve as an extension of the brand, and
  • Create a lasting, positive impression

What is a Spokesmodel?

Last but certainly not least, we have spokesmodels! What is a spokesmodel? Similar to a spokesperson, who is defined as “a person who speaks as the representative of a group or organization,” a spokesmodel helps reinforce the image a brand is trying to create.

By definition, a spokesmodel is “an attractive or otherwise appealing person who is hired to speak on behalf of a company or product.” This might be for print, video, magazine, or television commercials.

What Does a Spokesmodel DO?

Typically, a spokesmodel will work product demonstrations, launch parties, and other public relations events to confirm their endorsement in public.

Having a spokesmodel for your brand can help:

  • Increase brand credibility
  • Bolster awareness
  • Catch prospective attention, and even
  • Rejuvenate your brand

If you’re hosting an upcoming event and need to hire any one of the above talent, get in touch with our team at 360x Events & Promotions today!

Why? We provide the very best in live event staffing and experiential marketing for conventions, trade shows, specialty events, promotional staffing, and more. When you need quality, professional, friendly staff, 360x is your solution.

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What is Experiential Marketing? Why Should I Use It?

Gone are the days of newspaper ads being enough to sell a product or service! At 360x, we’ve seen the marketing industry transform throughout the years—and one up-and-coming marketing strategy takes the cake. 

Enter experiential marketing.

In this article, we’ll explain what experiential marketing is and why it works. Let’s get started.

What is Experiential Marketing?

Experiential marketing, also known as engagement marketing, is a newer marketing strategy that engages a brand’s customers and/or prospects using live interaction.

Esther Sauri, a marketer at Linkilaw Solicitors, put it best:

Experiential marketing is, in its simplest definition, a type of marketing based on creating memorable and innovative customer experiences to create deep emotional connections between the customers and the brand.”

What’s not to like!? Now, let’s look at what this marketing strategy might look like in action.

Experiential Marketing in Action

Experiential marketing blends the benefits of both traditional and digital marketing. We know the word “experiential” sounds a bit intimidating…

Here’s an example from Hopin that’ll bring some more clarity on the difference between traditional marketing, digital marketing, and experiential marketing:

  • “A newspaper’s traditional marketing budget might go toward billboards…
  • Their digital marketing budget would fund search engine ads. If you searched ‘events near me,’ you might receive a Google ad for the paper’s local events section.
  • Their experiential marketing budget might support a pop-up hybrid event. At said event, imagine readers searching for headlines on the day they were born and creating a personalized ‘front page’ report they could access digitally, complete with audio snippets from key news stories of that time. That experience might not be focused on selling newspaper subscriptions or bringing in more readers. But by activating brand ambassadors and providing them with a compelling, personalized experience, the paper would enjoy stronger brand recognition and loyalty.”

Make sense?

Why Experiential Marketing?

So, why use experiential marketing in your business? Because it’s powerful.

Humans are emotional beings, and experiential marketing uses this fact to its advantage by creating emotional connections between consumers and a brand.

Moreover, this marketing strategy is all the more successful post-pandemic. Experiential marketing can use in-person and virtual means to create the best of both worlds.

Make Your Next Event Unforgettable

Want to make your event unforgettable? At Events 360x, we provide professional, courteous brand ambassadors and product specialists for all experiential marketing events.

Our staff will expertly demo your products and engage with the public. Interested in learning more? Request talent now. Then, read on to create an unforgettable experiential marketing experience.

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What Does It Mean to be a Brand Ambassador?

The power of suggestion is becoming increasingly powerful in today’s digital age. In fact, research shows that 83% of surveyed individuals are more convinced by recommendations made to them by those they know and trust than recommendations made via traditional advertising.

The research considered, it makes sense as to why companies today are using brand ambassadors more than ever. But what does it mean to be a brand ambassador? Let’s discuss!

What Does It Mean to be a Brand Ambassador?

So, what is a brand ambassador? A brand ambassador is not to be confused with an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country…

Instead, a brand ambassador is an individual who is hired by a company to raise brand awareness and spread brand positivity.

What Does a Brand Ambassador Do?

So, now you know what a brand ambassador is—but what does a brand ambassador do? The number one goal for a brand ambassador is to create a fun, memorable experience for consumers. This can be achieved both on and offline. Over the years, however, social media has become an integral part of a brand ambassador’s role.

Some roles and responsibilities that a brand ambassador might be faced with can include:

  • Engaging consumers, exciting them about the mission, and elevating the brand message
  • Sparking word-of-mouth about the brand
  • Instilling brand education
  • Donning branded uniforms or costumes to drive brand awareness
  • Conducting product demos
  • Distributing marketing materials

Successful Brand Ambassador Programs

Below is a quick list of companies that have implemented successful brand ambassador programs.

  • Lululemon
  • Red Bull
  • Harley Davidson
  • Xbox

Interested in Becoming or Hiring a Brand Ambassador?

Does your company need to hire a brand ambassador? Or, are you a brand ambassador looking for your next gig? At 360x Events and Promotions, we’re always looking for new talent to join our team. Fill out this form to learn more!

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Best Practices for Live Performers

So, you’re a live performer who has booked an event—congrats! (Hopefully, you got the gig with our help at 360x Events and Promotions). Nevertheless, whether you’re new to the event scene or a performing pro, it’s always helpful to get some tips before the big day. Here, we’ll list our best practices for live performers.

Check them out below!

Pre-Show Rituals

Most every performer has some sort of pre-show ritual. Depending on your performance (maybe you’ve been hired as a costumed character, a full-blown singer or dancer, the list goes on), this might be a mixture of vocal warm-ups, reciting lines, meditation, and even stretching.

Our favorite pre-show ritual is Ryan and Sharpay’s vocal warm-up from High School Musical… It’s a classic!

Regardless of what your pre-show ritual looks like, the important thing is that it works for YOU.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration, hydration, hydration… We cannot stress this one enough. As a live performer, it’s essential to have a bottle(s) of water on hand during your performance.

This is especially true for performers donning costume characters—boy, can those get stuffy! Plus, chances are, as a live performer, you might encounter some harsh stage lighting, which won’t help your case.

In addition to plain old water, we recommend getting some extra electrolytes in with a packet of Liquid I.V. or a bottle of Pedialyte, maybe even some salt tablets.

The last thing we want is a costumed character like SpongeBob or Wonder Woman passing out from heat exhaustion!

Mistakes Happen!

Remember, every performer has made a mistake—even some of the world’s biggest stars like Ozzy Osbourne, Pink, and The Foo Fighters (their lead singer Dave Grohl fell off the stage and broke his leg during a show!)

Anyway, an important part of being a performer is knowing that mistakes are bound to happen. That’s showbusiness baby! Sometimes it might be on your end (maybe you break character or forget the words to a song or your line); or, perhaps it’s out of your control (like technical difficulties).

Whatever the case may be, don’t panic. Stay positive and keep going. Your audience will admire you all the more for it.

Items to Keep on Hand

When heading to your performance, you should always have a few essentials on hand.

  • Food (Easy snacks that are easy to transport!)
  • Ice packs (especially if you know it’s going to be a hot day)
  • First aid kit
  • Again, lots of water

A Final Word

Well, there you have it. Some of our best practices for you live performers. Interested in booking your next performance gig? Join the 360x team of talent. We’ll send you to the best events with the right support and professional team to schedule you!