How To Create A Customer Appreciation Event

Customer appreciation events are more than just a nice gesture; they are a strategic tool for businesses to deepen relationships, foster loyalty, and create new opportunities. This article, based on a comprehensive video guide, provides you with a step-by-step process to create a memorable customer appreciation event. We’ll delve into the reasons why these events are crucial, and provide you with a practical roadmap to create your own.

With a staggering 69% of customers leaving businesses due to perceived indifference, it’s clear that showing appreciation is not just a nice-to-have, but a must-have strategy. So, let’s dive into how you can create an event that not only shows your gratitude but also contributes to your business growth.

Why Create a Customer Appreciation Event

Creating a customer appreciation event is not just about saying ‘thank you’. It’s a strategic move that can significantly impact your business. The video guide highlights three main reasons why these events are important.

Firstly, a large number of customers, around 69%, leave a business due to perceived indifference. This means that customers want to feel valued and appreciated. By hosting an event dedicated to them, you’re showing that you care about their business and their loyalty. Secondly, customer appreciation events are a great way to deepen relationships. They provide an opportunity for face-to-face interaction, which can lead to stronger connections and increased loyalty. Lastly, these events can create business opportunities. They can be a platform for introducing new products or services, or for networking and forming partnerships.

Steps to Creating a Customer Appreciation Event

Creating a successful customer appreciation event requires careful planning and execution. The video guide provides a process to help you create an event that your customers will remember.

The first step is to find a suitable venue. The venue should be easily accessible and comfortable for your guests. Next, create a theme for your event. A theme can make your event more engaging and memorable. Then, identify potential partners or vendors who can contribute to your event. This could be in the form of sponsorships, collaborations, or providing services. The fourth step is to address all the senses. This means considering the ambiance, music, food, and visual elements of your event.

Once you have these elements in place, start promoting your event and get an RSVP list. This will help you manage your event better and ensure that you have a good turnout. At the event, give out merchandise that ties to the theme. This not only enhances the theme but also serves as a reminder of the event. Most importantly, make the event fun. A fun event is a memorable event. After the event, follow up with attendees. This could be a thank you note or a survey to get feedback. Lastly, track the success of the event and gather feedback. This will help you improve future events.


Creating a customer appreciation event is a strategic move that can significantly impact your business. It’s a way to show your customers that you value them, deepen relationships, and create business opportunities. However, the success of the event depends on careful planning and execution.

Remember to track the success of the event and gather feedback. This will help you understand what worked and what didn’t, and how you can improve future events. With careful planning and execution, a customer appreciation event can be a powerful tool for your business.

You can find all of the content we create on our blog page here.  And if you want to create a marketing campaign that truly Hits The TARGET, check our FREE TARGET Marketing Playbook here.

Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.