Dan William and Jess Morris are well known faces on the London and Brighton antiques scene. They approached Aimée Creative in September to help them launch the Brighton Vintage and Antique Market (BVAM), at the recently refurbished Open Market near London Road.
Initially they were keen to have a website however, with the first market looming in less than three weeks and much work to do (including running their own antiques businesses) it was recommended instead to first focus all efforts on a new Facebook Page. This would enable them to use the platform to build an online audience, and use social networking to get the message out.
A strategy to provide engaging content for the page and to also increase audience size was then devised. This heavily focused on sharing information about the stall holders as they signed up to take a pitch. By posting original content (stallholder photos and information about them) and not just sharing the stall holder’s own Facebook pages or websites, this kept users from migrating away from the market’s Facebook page. It also created a Facebook page rich in content. This content could easily be migrated to a website at a later date.
As both Jess and Dan had a lot of work to do organising the event they commissioned Aimée Creative to set up and run the Facebook page for them for a month. This would set them up with a formula for sourcing and adding content to the page, and would hopefully fuel inspiration for additions to their content strategy when they were to take back ownership.
Upon talking with Lisa from the Open Market we were made aware that the Lantern Fayre would be taking place on The Level Park across from the market. Some promotion about the Fayre was used to invite people to the area for a great Sunday out. Breaking up the stall holder post were also intermittent posts sharing videos of classic songs to start the day off with, and sharable news about the Brighton area to try and expose the BAVM brand.
Despite just three weeks to launch the event proved a huge success for BVAM, with crowds of shopper’s from beginning to end. Stallholders were keen to comment how helpful BVAM had been in marketing both the event and promoting their stalls online – this helped build trust in the new event and secure bookings for subsequent shows.
On the day of the first market the BVAM Facebook had over 200 likes, multiple post shares and a number of lovely reviews about the first market were left on the page. Since handing over the Facebook page Jess and Dan have done a great job keeping up momentum and audience engagement and by February 2015 had just under 900 likes!
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