How To: Sell Out Your Conference!


How do you sell out a conference? Your strategies might differ from those employed by other types of events. In this post, SocialLadder will provide you with some tips and tricks for conference promotion that will have you on your way to selling out your event!

  • Start Early: Everything should start early: planning, organizing, and promoting. If you have your marketing materials in place ahead of time, you can start offering early bird tickets; it gets people thinking and talking about your event, and also gives the event-goers who already know that they would like to attend the chance to get purchasing tickets off of their to-do list.

  • Offer Cheap Ticket Options: Conferences tend to fall on the more expensive side, so promoting discounted or cheap tickets is a good way to call attention to the event and get tickets sold. As mentioned above, early bird tickets are a great way to get interested parties to your event who would otherwise not be able to afford it; you might also offer discounted tickets for a single day of your event, or even just the keynote timeslot. Consider running an ambassador program to give interested attendees a chance to earn free tickets in return for promoting your event and selling tickets!

  • Have A Ticket Giveaway Contest:  Along the same lines as offering cheap tickets, you can use a ticket giveaway contest as an opportunity to promote the conference. Whereas other types of events might run a lottery here, conferences might consider running a fun or challenging competition aligned with the theme of the conference.

  • Don’t Neglect Social Media: Social media is a powerful tool when it comes to promotion, but many conferences do only the bare minimum. It’s not enough these days to simply have a Facebook page and a corresponding event; a good game plan puts your brand on platforms like Instagram and LinkedIn as well, with content going out year-round and ramping up in advance of your event.

  • Use Your Panelists: Your event has a built-in word-of-mouth promotion team, whether you’re using it or not. Your panelists and presenters should be reaching out to their entire network to get their fans,  friends and family to see them speak. Consider using a brand ambassador solution like SocialLadder to catalyze this natural process and organize it into a true sales machine!

  • The Fear Of Missing Out: FOMO is quite real, and moreso in 2018 than ever! Exclusivity and necessity are the name of the game here. Can you offer your attendees the feeling that they’ve got the inside edge from attending your conference? Make sure that your event is well-photographed and recorded; a good “afterglow” being spread around on social media is key to fomenting some FOMO around your next event!


Of course, the backbone of your event will be your presentations, panels, and activities, but solid promotional strategy is the key to growth. Selling out is an ambitious goal – but if you’re just entering the live event arena, you should be shooting for the stars anyway! Good luck!

Click here to read more about the benefits of having an ambassador program!

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Behind the Peer-to-Peer Marketing Revolution


The personal recommendation of a friend – whether it be for an event, service, or product – has a strong persuasive effect. Unlike company advertisements, the close connections we have with people who are part of our personal lives prime us to view the information as coming from a reliable source. This is the idea behind peer-to-peer marketing, and the operative principle of its success.

In this age of technology, the market landscape where businesses employed methods reliant on passive consumerism is undergoing a change. The digital age is decentralizing the one-way top-down relationship that businesses had with consumers, and power is rapidly shifting towards the hands of consumers. The result of this is a peer-to-peer marketing revolution.

According to Nielsen, people are 4x more likely to make a purchase when referred by a friend.

Through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, businesses can actively engage and interact with their consumers. People can comment, like and share their opinions with other people who are interested in a product or service they have tried. An increasing number of people rely on customer reviews of businesses, products, services and events to guide their purchasing decisions.

Engaging with key influencers, consumers and fans makes customers feel valued and respected as individuals [Marketingland]. When customers feels like they are valued, this fosters long-term trust and loyalty which is the foundation for long-term relationship with your customers.





Tinuke​ ​Akintayo​ is an intern at SocialLadder. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Swarthmore College as part of the class of 2018. During her free time, she enjoys dancing, listening to music and drawing

Automated Challenges: The New Addition to SocialLadder!

SocialLadder unveiled its newest platform change in July of 2017: Automated social media challenges! The goal of this new capability is to maximize efficiency for both clients and their ambassadors by automatically creating challenges when an event organizer designates a post on social media with a specific hashtag. This helps boost the amount of impressions for all posts created by the organizer, which in turn increases ticket sales for a brand’s event.


SocialLadder’s client-base is expected to increase with the release of their new Eventbrite extension, which you can read all about here. With the prospect of so many new clients, SocialLadder needed to find a more efficient way for their ambassador programs to run with as minimal manual input as possible.


Automated challenges helped address this issue by taking all posts with a hashtag on an event’s page and and creating challenges for them. With the single press of a button, event organizers can accept and publish a new challenge. From Facebook engagements such as likes and comments to image and link share posts, the automated challenge system has produced similar engagement to manual challenges while drastically improving time efficiency.


The new automated system ensures a high level of accuracy for our event organizers, since it is programmed to perform a task over and over again with no room for human error. This feature also allows event organizers to produce more challenges in a shorter amount of time. With the time saved from automated challenges, organizers can redirect their attention towards customer needs and focus on activities geared towards generating more revenue.


With the vision of eventually becoming a self-service product, SocialLadder strives to make their product as intuitive as possible for all of their clients. Investing in their automated equipment, therefore, is a valuable resource for brands looking to spread awareness for their event, get more impressions on certain social media posts, and increase ticket sales and profitability.





Mirayda Martínez is an intern at SocialLadder. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Computer Science at Swarthmore College, as part of the class of 2020, and is a member of the the Swarthmore Track & Field team. She loves going to parks and petting any and all kinds of dogs, as well as rock climbing.

6 Tips for a Successful Brand Ambassador Campaign

Congratulations! You’ve got brand ambassadors. Now what? It is important to create a unique experience for your ambassadors. Here are six tips for running a successful brand ambassador campaign.


  1. Set goals for your brand ambassadors – this will help focus the ambassadors on what you want them to achieve. Are you trying to increase social media reach? Increase sales? Recruit new consumers? That’s up to you to figure out, but is an essential starting point that will dictate the entire campaign.
  2. Market your brand ambassador program – this is necessary to build your ambassador community. Post on active social media platforms and send emails to fans to alert your followers of the opportunity to join the team. This is free advertising, so it can’t hurt!
  3. Help your ambassadors feel involved in the community – the more an ambassador feels involved in the brand, the harder they will work to sell tickets. Offering ambassadors exclusive items such as limited edition merchandise, ambassador exclusive raffles, or an alternative festival entry point will get them excited to sell tickets!
  4. Post early and often – if you are working with a company like SocialLadder, who incentivises ambassadors to promote live events on social media, providing plenty of interesting material for ambassadors to repost, like, and comment on is a crucial aspect of a successful brand ambassador campaign. It works synergistically with the recommendation of the ambassador in terms of delivering enticing content to the consumer.
  5. Interact with your ambassadors on social media – search for hashtags, like comments on FB posts, and retweet your ambassadors! Having an official music festival account like your post is pretty flattering. A little recognition can go a long way! Maybe even try following your top ambassadors on Instagram. Fostering a digital sense of community is part of what makes brand ambassador campaigns such effective marketing tools.
  6. Offer creative rewards – there’s no better way to motivate ticket sales than to offer some awesome rewards! Of course, free GA tickets and VIP upgrades are important, but get creative as well by offering weekend getaways or a case of beer delivered to the venue.


In short, the key is to create an exclusive experience for your brand ambassadors. This can be achieved in many ways, and without high costs. The more fun your ambassadors have, the more engaged and effective they will be in promoting the event.


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Andrew Kaufmann is an Intern at SocialLadder. He currently attends Swarthmore College, as a member of the class of 2018, and is also a part of the Swarthmore College Men’s Basketball team. In his free time, he enjoys taking black and white and action shot photos for the college’s athletic department.

Micro-influencers: the New Celebrity Endorsements?

Influencer marketing operates by incentivizing key individuals to promote a product. These individuals are usually famous celebrities who are being compensated generously for posting on Instagram or Twitter.  Because of this, consumers often filter out and ignore what they perceive as disingenuous endorsements blasted to millions of followers. Micro-influencers can break this negative trend by generating engaging, honest recommendations and advertisements to a specific group of loyal followers.

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How Disco Donnie Presents Generated Millions in Value via Word of Mouth Marketing

Have you ever done something, whether it was listening to a new artist on Spotify or buying some cool kicks, because a friend recommended it?

You’re not alone.

Nowadays, millennials place a greater emphasis on the opinions of others who share similar views and experiences as themselves. According to a study by Nielsen, over 92% of all consumers trust their peers for recommendation above all other forms of advertisement.


For this reason, brands have begun integrating strategies that focus more on the impact of influencer (peer-to-peer) marketing via social media and in-person interactions rather than traditional television ads. This marketing strategy, commonly referred to as ‘peer-to-peer marketing,’ has become integral to the success of many brands. While traditional ads are still prevalent, their purpose only encompasses bringing awareness to new products and services. Traditional advertisements don’t drive as much revenue for a brand as they used to because consumers prefer to trust recommendations from friends.

The authenticity and approachability in their communication with peers allows micro-influencers—an influencer with a smaller but more loyal following—to create a ‘people like me’ factor, making them more relatable to a brand’s audience. As they become the new faces of digital marketing, micro-influencers are able to reach a wider audience in ways other forms of advertising such as banner ads simply can’t.

When we see our friends, family members, and even co-workers talking about how great the new features are on the iPhone 7, we are inclined to purchase it ourselves as a way of retaining that sense of connectedness with those around us. SocialLadder, for example, uses this peer marketing technique in its challenges by having micro-influencers share things such as posts, videos or even their favorite memory of an event on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with friends. With this, they are able to bring more attention to an upcoming event and, by extension, the brand promoting the event, leading to more ticket sales.

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Disco Donnie Presents, one of the leading electronic dance music promotion companies that worked closely with SocialLadder on promotion efforts for Sunset, Sun City and Something Wicked this past year, was able to successfully incorporate peer-to-peermarketing strategies to increase its revenue and presence in the social sphere.

Fans of the company signed up to become ambassadors and helped generate over 28.5 million impressions and sell over 8,900 tickets without offering any discounts. On Instagram alone, ambassadors generated more than 2,000 unique pieces of content that reached 8.25 million people. By having individuals complete challenges—over 18,500 social posts generated by ambassadors on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—Disco Donnie Presents was able to generate millions of additional value in just a few short weeks.

As you can see, micro-influencers are rapidly driving up revenue for brands by acting as their ambassadors and promoting products or services to their friends, family members, and co-workers. Successful brands have thus looked to social media to better connect with their consumer base and drive up overall gross revenue. If a brand hopes to continue its success or drive up its more revenue, it will have to take the necessary steps to ensure it incorporates some level of peer-to-peer marketing in its campaign.

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Mirayda Martínez is an intern at SocialLadder. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Computer Science at Swarthmore College, as part of the class of 2020, and is a member of the the Swarthmore Track & Field team. She loves going to parks and petting any and all kinds of dogs, as well as rock climbing.