Looking to run a pop-up shop but not sure where to start? We have put together a mini how-to guide that will help make your temporary retail experience a hit with your target market. Even as consumers have turned to online retail in droves, curiously the pop-up trend has only grown – with everyone from Google to Adidas and Prada embracing it.
Ensure return on your investment by planning a rock solid pre-post-and during digital, social and media amplification plan with your agencies. ‘Build it and they will come’ is a risky maxim. Along with rent, you’ll also need to consider staffing, insurance, design and kit out, entertainment and audio visual – lighting, heating and bathrooms are often not a given in pop up venues so should be considered!
You’ve nailed down your goals and your budget, now the fun begins right.. Firstly however you must decide on the type of Pop-Up you want. Is it a shop within a shop, a Pop-Up within a gallery or event space, a Pop-Up in a shopping centre or a Pop-Up in the increasingly popular vacant street level space (i.e. empty shop front). There are certain restrictions when deciding on a location and these tend to differ based on cities.
One of the most creative and fun aspects of running a pop-up shop is managing how the Pop-Up Store will look. This is everything from the signage, window display, visual merchandise right down to the in-store customer engagement pieces such as a Social Wall etc. This part is probably the most important to get right. After all, Pop-Ups are cool so so should yours right! Our tip would be to start with a theme and run with that throughout, create a focal point, pay attention to lighting and generally just keep it simple! Keep the experience in mind…
PS: Bear in mind that you want people taking photos from your shop and sharing them on social media, so always try and incorporate some stylish photo ops in the design.
Be sure to source the right brand ambassadors. Their appearance and personality will make an impression on your consumer. After all, they are the face of your brand for the duration of the Pop-Up.
Always remember that a Pop-Up is an opportunity to so something different. Don’t let it just be a normal shop. Give away freebies, get social, create an experience, test new products, have live demos, put yourself out there…
It is so important to have a Pre, During and Post marketing plan for your Pop-Up. Here is a topline breakdown of what we would recommend
Time will fly and soon after you begin, you’ll have to start tearing down that grand pop-up store of yours.
Pop-up shops are here to stay and they’re fueling the retail revolution day by day. They offer brands the perfect opportunity to make a flash appearance and engage with customers that they might not have otherwise.
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