Successfully Host Pet-Friendly Events in Your Store

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For many pet owners, their furry companions are family members. As such, they want to be able to take their animals with them when they’re out and about. Creating a pet-friendly environment in your store can help set you apart from your competitors and attract a loyal customer base. Hosting pet-friendly events is a fantastic way to engage both pet owners and their furry friends. Let’s take a look at a few steps you can take if you want to host a fun event that your customers won’t soon forget.

Plan and Promote Your Event

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Perhaps the most crucial component of hosting pet-friendly events is the planning process. For your function to go off without a hitch, you need to have a theme or key element in mind. For example, you might decide to host a pet costume party, an adoption drive, or an activity course that enables pets to get out of the house and run around. 

When you know what sort of event you’re going to throw, make sure that your customer base knows about it. Use social media, email marketing, and in-store advertisements to spread the word about the adventure you have planned. Create engaging content that shares event details and encourages your customers to invite their friends.

Collaborate Within Your Community

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Collaboration is a great way to get more people interested in your event. If possible, create partnerships with local groomers, pet trainers, or animal shelters. This way, your event will not only grow your customer base, but it will also help your brand develop a positive reputation throughout your community. Consider hosting joint promotions, creating adoption events together, or inviting guest speakers to your store so that they can share important educational information with your audience.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The obvious bonus here would be to pair adoption-related community events hosted by your store with your ‘Sharing The Love’ Adoption Rewards!

Keep Pet Safety in Mind

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Before inviting pet owners and their furry friends to your in-store event, carefully examine your setting to ensure that you’re offering a safe space for animals. Remove any potential hazards from your location, secure loose items, and have designated areas with water bowls to help keep your animal guests hydrated. 

Additionally, you’ll want to set some ground rules to help make sure that everyone in attendance remains safe and has a pleasant experience. Determine whether your event is designed for dogs only, or if you want to open your doors to a variety of domestic creatures. Think about whether you want to require leashes and harnesses, or have a leash-free event. 

Consider consulting with a local veterinarian to create the safest possible scenario for your customers and their pets. This way, you can gather expert advice on pet safety.

Offer Participation Incentives

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In addition to providing your guests with fun activities to take part in, offer attendees extra incentives. Offering special discounts or promotions during pet-friendly events is a great way to thank everyone who chose to show up. Plus, participation incentives can not only help attract more customers to your business, but they can also help visitors develop a positive impression of your brand. After all, for pet owners, what’s better than a pet-friendly store that also rewards customers for taking part in fun events?

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Astro Marketing Suite subscribers can use their My Promotion tool to generate and share these special incentives with your customers. 

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Astro Loyalty Points subscribers can use Advanced Points to create day-of Bonus Point Events and Special Rewards. 

Provide Pet-Friendly Entertainment

Finally, when planning pet-friendly events, it’s important to consider your four-legged guests. Ensure that your staff is adequately prepared to meet the needs of your customers to create a welcoming environment for both pet owners and their animal friends. Friendly and knowledgeable team members can significantly impact the success of your event.

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"Playing games at your events is a fun way to get your customers to interact with each other and do something fun with their pets. The best games will ensure it’s an experience to remember and keep them coming back for more interaction with you and your pet business."

Additionally, you’ll want to host games and activities during your event that will keep pets and their owners engaged. You could try a pet-related trivia game, an activity course for pets to play on, a ball pit full of pet-friendly prizes, or command games that call for teamwork between pets and their owners.

Whichever activities you choose to incorporate into your event, take time to make sure that you’re creating an environment that’s inclusive to everyone who comes through your doors. By making sure that everyone feels welcome and valued, you stand to gain scores of loyal customers that will tell their friends and families about how wonderful your brand is.

Final Thoughts

Hosting pet-friendly events at your store can be a wonderful way to build strong connections within your community. By creating a welcoming space for pets and their owners, you not only increase visits and sales, but you also ensure that your store is viewed as a go-to destination for pet-related needs. Start planning your next pet-friendly event and watch your store become the best local spot for both your two-legged and four-legged customers.

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About The Author

Katherine Carbonaro Kat lives in a spooky house surrounded by farmland in Hillsborough, NC, and couldn't be happier! Her two beloved cats, MeNow and Mr. Bumbles were both bottle-fed and raised by her. Huxley, her faithful companion, is estimated to be around 16 years old but still enjoys his daily mile-long walks and occasional hikes, a testament to the power of proper nutrition. Long live Neighborhood Pet!