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Event app doubles leads for food and drinks event

Whisky Wine and Fire is a four-day public event attracting thousands of people each year for good food, entertainment, wine and whisky. In its first year in 2018, it used printed ‘passports’ to encourage attendees to visit all vendors. For their 2019 event, Entegy Partner Arinex, provided a digital solution which was a big hit with attendees and event organisers.

Key facts

Dates: 18 – 21 July 2019
Venue: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne
Attendees: 11,111

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Challenges

While the event had built a local profile, event organisers were limited as to how to capture leads from attendees while at the same time identifying the most visited vendors. The printed passport system was also not as effective as could be, with many passports being lost or damaged by rain while the team spent up to 3 weeks post-event manually entering data and with limited reporting metrics. Moreover, after a successful launch in 2018, organisers were keen to raise the bar for 2019.

attendees looking at vendor booth at event

Solutions

Event organisers decided to take a leap and introduce an event app to facilitate better engagement and data collection. Arinex’s eMobilise app powered by Entegy was introduced and was custom-branded for Whisky Wine and Fire with a user-first experience in mind. The introduction of the app allowed the printed passports to become digital, which meant organisers could more accurately measure interactions between attendees and vendors, giving better value for stakeholders. Importantly, it enabled better lead capture for organisers and allowed them to build their database.

whiskey wine and fire event app

Outcomes

Attendee engagement rose significantly as a result of the app, with 43% of all attendees downloading the app (and almost half of those downloads taking place before the event). The app was immediately welcomed by users, with over 90% of feedback being overwhelmingly positive. Additionally, the number of people taking part in the passport competition soared by 223%, increasing leads for organisers and demonstrating value for stakeholders.  Racing’s data collection increased dramatically giving them increased marketing ability for future events.

 

whiskey wine and fire event

“By introducing the app, we had aimed to provide additional customer engagement to better educate and engage our audience in the event. We also had aimed to increase the volume and collect better quality data for later marketing of other services and events we host. The app made this possible by providing a central place for everything patrons may need to know, as well as providing the passport competition, requiring registration to take part. We were wrapped with eMobilise and services provided by Arinex.” Whisky Wine and Fire spokesman.

If you’re looking for custom digital solutions for your next event, contact Arinex to find out more about their services.