What is in this article?:
- Oh Snap! Why and How to Use Snapchat for Your Events
- 3 Reasons You Need to Start Snapping Your Event
- 4 Ways to Start Snapping Your Event
The temporary nature of Snapchat photo and video posts make it catnip for the Millennials you want to attract to your events.
4 Ways to Start Snapping Your Event
1. Show the behind-the-scenes action. Treadway shared how her team snapped photos and videos from pre-show prep activities at ILEA Live, an international conference organized by the Internet Live Event Association. One example: They showed volunteers stuffing the conference bags with goodies, then shared a picture of the room full of stuffed bags just waiting to be picked up. This “built buzz because people knew they were going to get these bags stuffed with goodies. It made it exciting.” You also can show the production crew setting up and breaking down the sets to give people an appreciation for what goes into making all that magic happen on stage.
2. Do pre-show interviews with key speakers and vendors. You also can do a “takeover” where you let an influential individual post on the account for a day to show their own perspective on what’s happening behind the scenes. One organization Treadway says does this really well is Broadway.com, which lets actors in New York and London takeover its account to show behind-the-scenes snippets from rehearsals and other key moments fans otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience. “This is really fun if you have a speaker with a large personality who is already comfortable with the platform,” she said.
3. Capture fun networking moments, even on the shuttle busses, she said. She showed a still from a video shot on one of the shuttles that had the gregarious emcee interacting with the others on the bus. If you have an exclusive event, you can share snaps so those who can’t attend still get some access. At ILEA Live, for example, they posted snaps from an invitation-only sponsor event, which also gave sponsors a boost as they were highlighted in snaps over the course of the evening.
4. Use geofilters. Unique to the Snapchat platform, geofilters are words or illustrations that can be overlaid on snaps being sent from a specific location—say on yourfloor. Event organizers can design and submit their illustration to Snachat, choose the location and timeframe, and for a relatively small fee (it starts around $5 for 20,000 square feet) the event brand is automatically overlaid on the snaps sent from that location. Event organizers can mine geofilter data to find out how many times their geofilters got used and how many views resulted.
Treadway recommended that event planners start by opening up their own Snapchat accounts and following event industry pros who already use it for their events to pick up some pointers.