Event Marketing: How to Successfully Promote Events, Festivals, Conventions, and Expositions, 2nd Edition
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A modern, completely updated guide to effective event marketing

As the events market becomes increasingly saturated, it is essential for a successful event professional to understand the use of strategic marketing plans. Events are everywhere—in the U.S. alone, there are more than 2,500 music festivals a year, for example, while the UK hosts over 70 different beer festivals each year. In such a crowded market, how can the event planner ensure that his or her event stands out? Marketing expert Chris Preston has the answers in this second edition of Event Marketing. From the basics of promoting an event to the use of events as marketing strategies themselves, Preston provides straightforward advice and information on all the latest event marketing techniques. The book begins with sections on what "event marketing" really means, and how the field has evolved throughout time. Preston then explores event marketing strategies from both a conceptual and practical standpoint, and provides information on sponsorship and corporate branding. The book covers marketing for all types of events, including festivals, corporate and association events, and social functions, and a full chapter on digital event marketing covers all the latest e-marketing strategies. Case studies provide real-world examples of successful marketing efforts, while Discussion Questions for each chapter provide opportunities for further exploration of key concepts. As marketing becomes an increasingly important skill for event management professionals, this completely revised second edition of Event Marketing will be a must-have for working professionals, students, and aspiring event planners everywhere.


CHRIS PRESTON is the program leader of marketing for Queen Margaret University's School of Business, Enterprise and Management, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has extensive experience in the academic world of marketing and events as well as a commercial marketing background at the corporate level.

The late Leonard Hoyle Jr., CAE, CMP, authored the first edition of this book. He was the dean of the American Society of Association Executives' School of Management, served as chairman of the Convention Industry Council, and was an adjunct professor at The George Washington University.


Foreword—Liz Bigham viii

Series Editor Foreword—Dr. Joe Goldblatt, CSEP ix

Preface xi

In Appreciation Of xviii

1 What Is an Event and What Is Event Marketing? 1

2 The Evolution of Event Marketing 27

3 The Theory and Practice of Event Marketing 49

4 Sponsorship and Cause-Related Event Marketing 87

5 E-Event Marketing 111

6 Entertainment and Festival Event Marketing 137

7 Corporate Event Marketing 163

8 Association, Convention, and Exhibition Event Marketing 185

9 Social Event Marketing 211

10 Future Forces and Trends in Event Marketing 231

11 Event Marketing Case Studies 255

12 Resources 273

Index 294