The Science of Experience : What's your Party Factor?

Physical and, increasingly, digital interactive content is a key part of any experiential activation. Technology use has increased and numbers of engagements are a critical metric in measuring performance.

Through analysis of the data provided by Exposure:EX we've discovered that, taken on their own, these numbers drastically underestimate the number and impact of these interactions. In other words, the 'Party Factor' means your experiential activations are WAY more successful than you think!

What is this 'Party Factor' then?

Whatever the interactive there's a 'Principle' who you count and the 'Audience' that you don't.

Our first example comes from an activation at a sports venue where fans can, through interaction with a camera and large touch screen, dress themselves in their favourite team's uniform and have the image emailed to them or posted to social media.

Throughout the game there were approximately 100 recorded completed interactions. Having installed one of our Exposure Smart Sensors behind the screens we measured engagement by distance (within 2m) and dwell time (minimum 60 seconds). Our data shows there were 923 engaged fans with an average dwell time of 3m 36s. A 'Party Factor' of 9!

The image above is taken from the Exposure portal, Engaged Visitors are classified as those people detected within 2m of the sensor for 60 seconds or longer.

In the past the agency would have reported only the hard data, the 100 recorded interactions. When you think about it, the additional impact uncovered by Exposure:EX make total sense. Who goes to a game on their own? The game itself is a shared experience, between friends, family and everyone else in the stadium. It stands to reason that the experiential interactive is the same. Anyone who's worked an activation instinctively knows that there will be one 'leader' in a group while their friends or passers by look on.


Our second example is from a large technology industry conference, a pure B2B audience. In this case the interactive allowed the visitor to customise their conference badge using a tablet computer, guided by a brand ambassador. 

The hard data from interactions showed approximately 6000 engagements, the data from Exposure:EX showed a total of 18,000 over the four days with an average dwell time of 7m 30s. A 'Party factor' of 3!

The image above is taken from the Exposure portal, engaged visitors are classified as those within 4m of the sensor for 60 seconds or longer.


As budgets for experiential grow, by 54% in the UK according to the Pearlfinders report, it becomes ever more important to accurately measure impact. Data from physical interactions is great and should definitely be used to build an overall picture but, used alone, won't truly reflect just how great a job you've done on the day. 

What's your Party Factor?