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05 October 2017

Why creativity in events is imperative

Creativity. Intangible but immensely powerful within the events sector. But despite its power, it's tough to gauge, difficult to define and sometimes hard to find. And few realise how important creativity is in pulling off unreal events that deliver real results.

Personally, my favourite definition of creativity is: “The act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity involves thinking, then producing. Innovation is the production or implementation of an idea. If you have ideas but don't act on them, you are imaginative but not creative." 

Why is creativity important in events?

Let’s be honest anyone can throw an event together (good or bad). However, creativity is what will make it stand out, and when used correctly it can create memorable experiences and connections that positively impact brands and bottom lines.

Consider your interactions in an ‘entertainment’ setting, including restaurants, bars, and how niche and enjoyable those experiences. When people attend large-scale corporate events, they are accustomed to experiencing quality interactions and are looking for something better. 

Each event is essentially a 360° experience. I'm talking about sensory experiences;  what guests/attendees hear, see, taste, touch and smell. Every brand touch point and part of the event can be elevated through creativity. From the invitation to the moment they leave the venue, creative injections are imperative to get the most ROI from your event. Each element is an opportunity to offer a memorable experience, especially considering what a large part of our lives social media plays. These moments which engage guests can extend to an online audience and create ‘talkability' and ‘shareability' which extends an event's life as well as its audience. 

Creativity in event management

Creativity isn't limited to the ‘creative' department either; I see our client service team being creative regarding extending budgets through using partnerships to maximise experiences, or conveying messages to create awareness. Event professionals need to be creative in problem-solving, and how they apply this to all aspects of event management.

At Magnetic Storm I see creativity flow through every member of the team. From complex problems through to designs, concepts, client pitches, ideas for content delivery, presentation formats, through to execution and even beyond, using a debrief approach to consider new ways and ideas. 

No creativity, no point

It's important to go a little deeper, push boundaries, open up possibilities, entice conversations, add colour to client requests. But I'm not creative you say? Nonsense, you're surrounded by creative inspiration if you look, make time and use a little effort. If you're part of a team, place yourselves in a creative space and throw ideas around. Once you do, you will see how infectious creativity is and quickly it's sparked. 

If you bring an idea to life, it will give you growth because you will have learnt something. If you want people to remember your brand and event, you need a creative approach and innovative delivery. Remember 2+2=4 but then again, so does 3+1. There are different ways to get the same results. 

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