With 2019 coming to an end, it’s time to be excited about the greatest global corporate festival – Dubai Expo 2020. The theme of the Expo “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, suggests great minds from all around the world will collaborate during this mammoth extravaganza. The event is expected to attract 25 million visitors with around 70% visitors from outside the country.

Brands across the world are prepping up to grow their business and market awareness alongside the launch of the Expo. If you still do not have a strategy in place to make most of Expo 2020, your brand is likely to fall behind!

1. Leverage the online marketplace

Expo 2020 has created an Online Marketplace where participants can showcase their products or services to visitors of this portal. It is one of your greatest chances to show the world what you’ve got.

2. Use email marketing to build brand awareness

One of the key benefits of being a sponsor,
partner or participant at a corporate event is the exclusive access to the
email database with details of other participants. This helps you to market
your brand and build hype before the event, network during the event and
follow-up prospects after the event. You can add the event participation
details in your email signature to gain more mileage from the event.

3. Create buzz on social media

Do you want people to just stumble upon your
table by chance or do you want everyone to know beforehand that you’re going to
be there? If your answer is the latter, this is the right time to start making
a buzz about it through your social media channels before starting of the

That is not enough! During the event, make it a
point to tweet quotes from speakers and share pictures from the event to
thousands of your followers on social media. Using the event hashtag #Expo2020
and @-mentioning the speaker will help you gain better visibility and reach of
your social media posts.

4. Seize the moment with moment marketing

Keep a close watch of the micro-moments from the
Expo and make most of it by creating contextual social media posts based on the
trending moments. This requires good creativity and judgment to understand
which moment would result in a perfect fit between the brand and what the
moment depicts. While it is true that the online audience will appreciate a
brand’s quick and humorous take on an event, it is good to keep in mind that it
could be devastating if it backfires.

5. Join social conversations

With less than a year to the event, the volume
of chats around #Expo2020 has been increasing. Some of the participating
countries have created their own hashtags such as #ItalyExpo2020,
#ScotExpo2020, etc., for better grouping and visibility. Brands should join the
conversation on Twitter and other social media channels to make most of the

6. Optimize your online presence

For an event of grander scale such as the Expo
2020, the number of indirect beneficiaries could be more than direct
beneficiaries such as the event participants and sponsors. For instance, just
imagine the number of Google searches that will be made by 25 million visitors
over a period of six months from October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021. It is an
easy guess what many of these visitors would be searching for – hotels to stay,
places to visit, restaurants to dine in, places to shop and the list goes on.
In other words, some of the industries which will indirectly benefit from the
event are hospitality, tourism, travel, food and retail. However, only those
businesses with a well-rounded online marketing strategy and a search-optimized
website will be able to capture and convert these search opportunities into business.

Does your business have a clearly-defined digital marketing plan in place to attract, convince and convert your prospects? It’s never too late! Get in touch with the experts at Webarro for a digital marketing strategy made around Expo 2020.