Covid-Safe Product Sampling Tour

A nationwide Covid-safe product sampling tour for So…? fragrance.

The iMP experiential team went ‘On The Road With So’ in our branded ice cream van on a socially distanced sampling tour of the UK.

Following the success of our sampling activation for Daioni iced coffee we delivered a Covid-safe interactive roadshow for So…? fragrance body mist visiting busy town and city centres.

Socially distanced sampling

Wrapping our ice cream van in ‘So…?’ branding our sampling team visited 8 town and city centre locations across the UK in 10 days at the end of August and start of September. Managing everything from the vehicle, logistics and event spaces to staffing, health and safety and Covid-19 protocols the ice cream van arrived in pre-booked spaces in Whitby, Scarborough, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Swansea and London. Consumers said they felt confident taking part due to clearly marked social distancing, hand sanitiser stations and staff in branded masks and visors.

Covid-safe brand activation

Led by two event managers and local brand ambassadors the campaign was a mix of product sampling, experiential and PR. A new range of So…? body mist products and flavours was showcased through an interactive ’wheel of fortune’ game where free ice creams could be won on the spot and MONP voucher codes were distributed to drive in-store and online sales. Here’s how our safe process worked:

  • staff temperatures were taken on site pre-activity
  • staff read and signed declaration of good health & RAMS (Covid-19 specific)
  • staff provided with NHS/ WHO approved PPE
  • staff sanitised hands before, during & after activity
  • all stock/ promotional material handled by ‘sanitised’ staff
  • hand sanitiser station set up for staff & consumers
  • socially distanced visual markers set boundaries for consumers
  • dedicated staff allocated to ensure consumer social distancing protocols
  • one-way consumer ‘pathway’ throughout the activation

What were the results?

– 3000+ quality consumer engagements
– 1400+ fragrance samples (50ml body mist spray)
– 1500+ ice cream giveaways
– 600+ MONP discount codes

– significant queues of consumers on sunny days, fewer participants on gloomy days (not unusual)
– London generated lowest numbers (of campaign criteria)
– Liverpool generated highest numbers

Covid-19 logistics

iMP’s Managing Director, David Gibbons, said “Managing the logistics of how to create a socially distanced consumer campaign during this pandemic has certainly been a challenge. But now that we’ve delivered a few of these Covid-sensitive activations we know exactly how to create a roadshow that both staff and consumers can enjoy safely, while providing some on-street retail insight for other potential brands. This is reflected in what consumers told us, saying they felt confident taking part due to clearly marked social distancing, hand sanitiser stations and staff in branded masks and visors.”

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