Ditch the DSLR: Permitting a Product Launch in Times Square
On June 4th, photography enthusiasts gathered in Times Square for a consumer electronics product launch which we facilitated for a leading experiential marketing agency. The company introduced its new, revolutionary, internet-ready digital camera. Attendees were allowed to bring their old DSLR cameras and use them as technological currency in exchange for the new camera. The event required several permits from us including: street activity, business association, department of buildings, and sound amplification.
The location we secured was ideal to support both a large amount of attendees and attract passersby. There was never a dull moment for attendees waiting to experience the new technology, as the excitement of Times Square and overall buzz for the new product created a high energy atmosphere.
In addition to the permits, we also coordinated security which remained onsite throughout the duration of the event. Attendees were each given a wrist band once their cameras were approved by staff members. This allowed them to remain inside the barricade in the plaza until it was their turn to enter the tent. Despite the unexpected large turn-out (so many expensive cameras in one plaza!), we were able to keep effortless control over the crowd, due to our proactive planning and ability to quickly adapt as the event unfolded.
An onsite DJ kept the attendees, some who had been waiting in line since 10PM the night before, lively and aided in attracting passersby. This required an amplified sound permit, which we also obtained for the event.
At 12PM, the event kicked off with a countdown from the DJ and then four individuals from the line were led into the tent at a time.
Inside the camera exchange tent were additional products available for consumer testing and demonstration. Attendees beyond the first 250 people were given a $50 coupon to use towards any camera within the tent.
A group of celebrity look-alikes were also on hand within the experience for visitors to have their pictures taken with, similar to the famous 2014 Oscars selfie.
The event delivered on all major metrics with 300 cameras being ditched for new ones. For more information about permitting Times Square events, please contact us today!
Permits by EventPermits: Sound Permit, Special Events Permit, DOB Permit, Parking Permit
Security Coordinated by: EventPermits
Logistics and Coordination by: EventPermits
Security Provided by: Marty Barnes
Locations: Times Square, NYC