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Why are Pop-ups so Successful?

There has been a very popular demand for the waves of instagrammable exhibits and experimental retail shops. The goal of pop-up experiences and pop-up shops is to generate media and consumer attention around a new offering.


One of the reasons why the pop-up economy has been such a success is due to increased consumer demand for picture-perfect “experiences”. Their goal is to make something a beautiful experience.


These pop-ups place a heavier degree of focus on retail in order to gain product sales and focus more on guest interaction and entertainment.


What are pop-up stores?


It is a retail location that opens up with the intention of being temporary. Sometimes they are seen to be using creative themes or attractions at their locations to attract customers and offer a unique shopping experience. Also, a great way to increase customers, and sales by providing opportunities for customers to purchase products in person that might just be sold online or in other locations.

It is a great way of marketing that spreads awareness of a company’s brand and products.


Pop-up stores are very valuable to businesses that offer new products and want to reach new customers in areas they might not conduct business.


Pop-ups can allow for a flexible layout, so companies can easily create a unique in-store shopping or usual experience to figure out how to turn their brand into a store.


These pop-ups are tapping into the consumers’ fear of missing out and growing those who visited the opportunity to say “I went there”. They will also feel that these pop-ups feel like they will offer something experiential that they can’t find anywhere else.


Pop-up stores can be very effective in connecting the business with its customers and introducing the products to new potential customers whether it is online or in person. Also, creating a theme that includes decor, activities and music can attract customers if they are just walking through a mall. Usually, they would think “this was never here, let’s check it out”. For example, if a company sells perfume, they might decorate their pop-up with florals or any decor that corresponds with the company or bottle. And designing photo opportunities for customers to take photos using a backdrop with their company or perfume name.



photo: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181003005231/en/Wayfair-to-Launch-Pop-Up-Retail-Experience-for-the-Holiday-Season



photo: https://www.customerfaithful.com/what-we-say/what-we-can-all-learn-from-retail-pop-up-stores



photo: https://bluestout.com/blog/create-pop-shop-drives-sales/



photo: https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/happy-place-brings-confetti-dome-unicorn-ball-pit-to-las-vegas-1831769/attachment/invited-guests-enter-the-new-happy-place-popup-at-mandalay-bay-on-wednesday-aug-21-2019-in/


This pop-up experience gains attraction by creating the most instagrammable pop-up and has made its way to Toronto in 2018. This pop-up experience was very successful as it brought many people



photo: https://www.moodiedavittreport.com/the-pop-up-revolution-trends-in-the-global-retail-landscape/


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