We can’t get enough of Pokémon GO at HoldMyTicket. Seems like someone's always luring Pokémon here to the office. It's gotten us on our feet more often for a coffee break or a walk around the block. The hype of this game is still very real.
Procrastination aside...did you know Pokémon GO could also bring more people into your venue? Your spot could be THE spot to play!
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Pokémon GO launched a few weeks ago for free on iPhone and Android. It achieved over 30 million downloads as of last week and now is in 31 countries. Check out these stats of the game blowing other social media apps out of the water.
Here's how it works: The player creates a character that walks around in a simulation of their actual surroundings. Pokémon roam around for them to catch, raise, and then battle. Everything is plotted on real-world locations, so the players actually have to be on foot. Here's the important vocabulary:
PokéStops: Checkpoints at places of interest like notable buildings, art installations, and monuments around town. They're used to power up and collect special items that help players catch Pokémon and advance their trainer level.
Gyms: Larger checkpoints where players battle their Pokémon. These places are less frequent around town and are generally well-known establishments within a community. Players tend to spend more time here. If your establishment is a Gym, you're in luck.
Lures & Lure Modules: Items that can be placed on a PokéStop for a duration of 30 minutes to attract Pokémon who are hiding in the area. Lures are free and are earned from gameplay. Lure Modules, which are much more powerful, can be purchased in the app for 100 PokéCoins (99 cents).
Interestingly, there isn’t a marketplace for businesses to tap for ad placement yet. You have to set yourself up as a player and have access to the same stuff that any regular user buys.
Creatively, you can still market this way. You just have to play the game.
Lures have about a 15-meter radius. If your venue is near any notable art installations or landmarks there's a good chance there is a PokéStop and players near you, and you can use a Lure.
Any players can see your username stamped on the Lure. It's a cool social element where you're acknowledged for your well-spent 99 cents. A word of advice: make your venue's name your username so people recognize you.
A technique called farming lets you utilize areas that have a lot of PokéStops to place multiple Lure Modules at once and draw an unavoidable amount of Pokémon into that area.
Fortunately, you're facing a prime audience for live events! You're drawing in young people who are already out and about. Especially if you're farming, players are doing some high-intensity catching. They're earning the break time to migrate to your establishment and enjoy your show.
Attention all walking city tours, trolleys, and nature hikes: Chances there are already Pokéstops on your tour! Do you focus on historical buildings, murals, or nature spots? So does this game.
You and GO share the goal of shedding a new light on a city or area, which is great! Just embrace that, at moments, the group's attention may shift from the history of this 100 year-old building to the Zubat in the tree next to it.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a PokéStop or a Gym on location, make that your event! It's a perfect theme for your more low-key event coming up - maybe your weekly karaoke night.
There you have it: a Pokémon party at your venue.
Pokémon has brought a new twist to in-app marketing - you’re sharing goods (like Lures) and adding value to customers (like Trainer Levels) in a virtual space (Pokémon GO), while advertising on the ground.
The Pokémon Go community is still an expanding variety of people. What better way to increase your customer base, personalize your venue, and build a rapport with existing and potential event-goers.
Spend 99 cents and attract new customers, or keep them entertained during your show!
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