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What Students Expect from Brands at Exhibitions.

After 13 years of running the Freshers Festival across the UK, we have listened to thousands of 16-25 year olds give their opinion on what they expect to see from brands at live events. Most Universities and Colleges run fresher’s fairs with free pizza and plenty of pens but is it enough? Here are 3 quick tips on how to make your stand more engaging for students, from students.

1. Make Your Message Relevant

Hundreds of companies large and local exhibit at welcome weeks across the country however not everyone understands the audience they are speaking to. It isn’t enough just to assume that a student is going to stop by your stand because you are a well-known brand. Even if you are a national name, you have to think what it is you can do to get students to look up from their smartphones and engage with you.

Think about what you can say out loud that will stop a student in their tracks and encourage them to spend time talking to you. Of course, this message should be on brand but think about why they would be interested in what you are offering.

“There are so many companies at these events that it is hard to visit all the stands. Most of the time, unless their brand or stand is out there, I will probably walk past. Especially if it is a company I think that I already know.”

Photo from Freshers Festival London – Fika

2. “There’s So Much Room for Activities”

Now that you have managed to get the student to stop and talk to you, why not engage them with an activity? From the Domino’s spinwheel to the Deliveroo static bikes we have seen a lot of amazing experiences for students to interact with, so it is important to think outside the box and go big.

There are some things that you will always see at welcome weeks and freshers’ fairs like pens, pizza, totes and tumblers so MIX IT UP.  Make your activity or giveaway relevant to your company and what you do. For example, if you are a tech company why not hand out portable chargers or phone stands with your branding on?

“I’m not going to lie, most of the time if I attend events with loads of freebies, most of them end up in the bin when I get back. If it isn’t useful or cool, I stick it in a drawer and throw it away when cleaning my room out at the end of the year.”

Photo from Freshers Festival Glasgow – Deliveroo

3.Think Picture Perfect

There is a very large chance that students will be on their phones whilst walking around the event so why not take advantage of it? Encourage them to take a picture of your stand or to join a selfie competition and share it on their social media sites with a specific hashtag.

Make sure your stand is #ready. If you are a cosmetics brand, why not have live festival make up sessions complete with a photobooth? Or, if you are a drinks brand, why not turn your stand into a beach bar or VIP area?

Amazon is a great place to source last minute props on a budget, they are cheaper than party shops and have a huge selection of items.

“The best thing about meeting brands at events is seeing all the exciting things they have on offer. Taking part in online competitions is easy and I love growing my follower base by using event hashtags and seeing who else is taking part.”

Photo from Freshers Festival London – YADA Events

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Exhibitor List 2013

A snapshot of 2013 Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival Exhibitors

 

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Food Glorious Food

Oh how we love to eat here at Scotcampus HQ. With a daily 3pm bun run to our nearest bakery and a fully stocked biscuit tin, if we’re not talking about food it’s because we’re eating it. You can imagine our excitement then, when some of our favourite eateries confirmed their attendance at the Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival, bringing with them a selection of mouth-watering samples. Yes, we drooled on our keyboard – is that what you want to hear?

Make sure you’re signed up to receive our free newsletter with updates and information on the festival including freebies, big competitions, exhibitor info, entertainment and so much more! Here’s a little snapshot to get your taste buds excited…

Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival @ SECC, 19th & 20th September, 10am-4pm

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Before Freshers Think Futures

While the Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival is a long way off we’ve got another youth orientated event for you guys to get excited about.

The Futures Fest takes place on Glasgow’s George Square on April the 27th and 28th and aims to showcase some of the awesome apprenticeship, education and employment options available to young people living in Scotland.

Spilt into several zones, the event will give 16-25 year olds the chance to learn more about what future opportunities and options are available to them. We hope that it’ll help to give youngsters the chance to make informed decisions on what steps they choose to take.

Alongside the exhibiting universities and employers we’ll also be including a selection of stands dedicated to those all important lifestyle issues. Here you’ll be able to find out about all of the best places for socialising as well as being able to gather info on healthy living and financial services.

We’re expecting 60+ exhibitors and have already confirmed some big names from the fast moving renewable energies and gaming sectors.

So if you’re wondering what to do after you graduate, or don’t know if university is for you, pencil in this new event and see what amazing options are available to you right here in Scotland.

The Futures Fest, George Square, Glasgow 27th and 28th of April 2012. Click here for more details.

 

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The Glasgow Freshers’ Festival is back in 2012

The Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival is back in 2012, September the 27th and 28th on Glasgow’s George Square. Keep checking the website for more info. See you there.