Critical success factors of temporary retail activations: A multi-actor perspective

Jennifer Lowe, Isabella Maggioni, Sean Sands

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Temporary retail activations have been increasingly adopted by brands as an innovative experiential marketing strategy to engage existing and new customers. Through a series of in-depth interviews with multiple-actors (agency executives, brand managers, and consumers), this study identifies divergences and commonalities in defining the concept of temporary retail activation success. Further, we propose a conceptual framework of key factors that can contribute to the success of experiential-driven initiatives in retail. Four critical success factors (relational touchpoint, strategic alignment, surprise and delight, and serendipity) are discussed. We suggest that temporary retail activations should be considered as retail exchange events aimed at generating relationship-driven outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-81
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Retailing and Consumer Services
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Customer experience management
  • Experiential retail
  • Pop-up store

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