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  • Writer's pictureKatrina Julia

The Power of Online vs. Live Event Marketing: Lessons from Barbie, Influencer Marketing + Retreats

In today's fast-paced digital world, the marketing landscape is constantly evolving, with new strategies and platforms emerging regularly to increase your online presence.

Online and live events marketing are two powerful approaches that have revolutionized the way brands connect with their audience. Online and live events may work together to create a culture and a community. They both offer benefits and challenges and understanding their effectiveness can make a significant impact on your marketing like a boss.

Let's take a closer look at the power of online and live event marketing, drawing inspiration from the iconic brand Barbie, the impact of influencer marketing, and the transformational retreats globally.

Online and Live Event Marketing
Online and Live Event Marketing

Barbie: The Art of Embodying Brand Values

Barbie, the iconic doll brand from Mattel, has been a master of storytelling and brand embodiment through generations. Through clever online marketing campaigns and live events, Barbie has consistently connected with generations of fans, instilling values of empowerment and self-expression.

In 2023, Barbie, Warner Bros, and Mattel took it to a new level by creating a cultural phenomenon with the Barbie movie, live pop-ups and activations, global tours, social media trends, and brand integrations. The impact continues to implode globally with impacts to wellness, marketing, business, and travel.

I imagine the Barbie movie hitting record highs, social media trends growing, exploding brand collaborations, and Barbies selling out far beyond expectations this year, and Christmas.

As a result of influencer marketing opportunities, I saw the movie myself two times.

The first time I went to see the Barbie movie included dressing up as Creator Barbie

and going with 10+ ladies dressing up as Barbies.

Online Marketing

Barbie has leveraged digital platforms to create engaging content and foster a sense of community. From captivating social media campaigns to interactive website experiences, Barbie has effectively used online channels to reach its target audience and inspire young minds worldwide.

Live Events

Barbie has also embraced the power of live events to bring its brand to life. Pop-up experiences, interactive workshops, and even Barbie-themed retreats have allowed fans to immerse themselves in the Barbie universe, forging deeper connections with the brand.

Influencer Marketing: The Human Touch

Influencer marketing has emerged as a game-changer in the digital marketing world. By collaborating with influencers, brands may tap into existing communities, gain trust, and amplify their message.

Since 2015, as a multi-passionate entrepreneur, I have experienced working as an influencer, brand, and agency including 25+ platforms, 100+ campaigns, and projects with brands like Google, Airbnb, and SimpleTruth.

Online Impact

Online influencer marketing has the potential to reach vast audiences quickly. When influencers share their experiences with products or events, they create authentic and relatable content that resonates with followers.

I've experienced this with creating our own influencer marketing platform and online courses.

Live Events and Retreats

Inviting influencers to participate in live events or retreats adds a human touch, fostering meaningful connections between the brand and its target audience. The personal experiences shared by influencers can drive interest and participation in future events.

I created 5+ live events and retreats with influencers including Fitness Fuses with Fashion and global transformational retreats.

Retreats: Transformative Experiences

Retreats have become increasingly popular as a way to create immersive experiences and create a like-minded community globally. On our transformational retreats in Cuba, Costa Rica, Barcelona and UK, we experienced priceless connection and community.

Online Marketing

Through online promotions and content, brands may generate excitement and anticipation for upcoming retreats. Utilizing social media, email campaigns, and dedicated landing pages can effectively attract and engage potential participants in global retreats.

Barbie, Influencer Marketing, and Retreats:

Uniting the Best of Both Worlds

Combining the power of online marketing with the impactful connections of live events, brands may create a community far beyond what they imagined. Utilizing influencer marketing during live events and retreats may amplify the reach and results exponentially.

Embrace the potential of both online and live event marketing, inspired by the timeless appeal of Barbie, the influence of influencers, and the transformational nature of retreat experiences.

By doing so, your brand may create stronger connections with your audience, inspire brand loyalty, and create a lasting impression in the hearts of your customers.



For Creators + CEOs who crave creating, community and cash to

CREATEIT Like a Boss

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(Revolve / Like it to Knowit) and Fundraising Twist.





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