UPDATED: Way back in 2017, we worked with the 420 Vancouver event, with an an estimated crowd was 35,000 up from 13,000 the year before.

That’s a huge amount of people on the rainy beach. It was busy and makes  it difficult for one booth to stand out from another. Signage at the booth was key for me. At first glance it may be difficult to figure out what everyone is selling and how it differs over at the next one.

Today we use beacons as part of #distancemarketing strategy, for cannabis retail

r –  to receive proximity messages in close range to the dispensaries’ booth.

[Learn: How Do iBeacons work & Why you should use them]

We set up iBeacons at various booths and put appropriate messages to inform consumers of what the booth’s specials are for the day. We call these Mobile updates

Here’s how Dispensary are located at Vancouver 420

Once iBeacons are set up and messages are set once a dispensary patient walks near booth, about 700 meters away from it, to be exact, a notification will go off on patients mobile device.

The patient checks on the lock screen to see the mobile update with dispensary’s offers at the festival. These dispensary owners chose mobile updates to notify patients to come to their booth when in the approximate vicinity of the booth. Now a patient will walk over to the booth, increasing foot traffic and your bottom line.

This is a mobile strategy that dispensaries need to have in the arsenal of marketing tools when competition is tough as you can see from these festival photos.

[READ MORE: Bridging The Gap Between Online and Offline Marketing]

Here how messages cycle works using a mobile wallet pass:


Its easy to use at events and at the storefront especially during these pandemic times


Marketing opportunities takes to build up their follow list starts with the employees  informing patients to add their customized mobile channel into their device and the point of sale.  and there happens OMNI channel magic!

Once the festival arrived its easy as filling out a form for these dispensaries to set up their mobile update and use iBeacons to notify their patients of where they are in Sunset Beach

These mobile strategies of proximity marketing is how we assist all cannabis retail, during these times. Talk to us.