The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) implemented a domestic and international marketing strategy that helped the show exceed its goals.
The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) is a triennial show that last took place as a sold-out event in 2019.
Returning in 2022, the baking industry IBIE served had been battered with significant challenges due to the lasting impacts of the pandemic, as well as other changing industry trends. Ongoing consolidation, low-carb diets, labor shortages, and supply chain issues were just a few.
With all of these challenges, IBIE needed a plan to ensure its show was just as successful as it had always been.
Partnering with Freeman and mdg, a Freeman company, IBIE implemented a strategic marketing plan that aligned marketing campaign materials, a new event brand, and the attendee journey — to create a sweet, cohesive experience for exhibitors and visitors alike.
DIVERSIFIED MEDIA APPROACH — overcame challenges of outdated contact databases using:
TARGETED MARKETING — reached specific groups with relevant messaging that created stronger connections with:
REINTRODUCED BRAND — new campaign concepts were included in all media and marketing materials to:
ELEVATED ATTENDEE JOURNEY — seamlessly integrated with the targeted event marketing and branding, which helped create an experiential environment through:
Turns out organizers created the perfect recipe for show success with significant increases in attendance from all over the world compared to 2019 and income that exceeded projections by more than one million U.S. dollars.
ATTENDANCE RESULTS (compared to 2019 IBIE)
25% increase overall
29% increase in retail bakers
11% increase in wholesale bakers
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING RESULTS
33% of buyer attendance was international
18% increase in international bakers attendance with 106 countries represented
INFLUENCER MARKETING RESULTS
3 million impressions and 70,000 engagements from macro-influencers
6 million people reached from 5,000 mentions
DIGITAL MARKETING RESULTS
10 million impressions with 5,500 conversions attributed to digital marketing