Often on tour, no matter where we go and what we see, it’s the people who make the best impression.
Whilst getting the true premier industry experience at Premier E-Cigs, the bus was visited by a woman suffering from MS. She had been given a life expectancy of twenty years and had lived double that on a five-a-day habit. Now, urged by her children, she decided to quit, going home to personally pick up her pack to trade with us.
After taking her starter kit, the newly-converted vaper signed up to the Vapouround Club to what we hope will be a long and fruitful journey for her.
We had such a fantastic festival weekend at the Derbyshire Sausage and Cider Festival with James Dean Events in July that we decided to team up with the Midlands-based events company once more.
A three-day triumph for the bus and the local community, Back to the 80s and 90s Fest proved that nostalgia is in, but anyone’s habits can change. We introduced every kind of attendee – from 18 to 65 plus – to vaping.
The addition of ADV Distro allowed us to introduce new vapers to products beyond a starter kit which they could buy.
The best thing about this festival was the lack of cigarettes available for purchase, meaning there was only one place to go when smokers ran out and the nicotine cravings hit!
Sometimes, the clue really is in the name. From its setup to its marketing, I Love Vapes went all out in helping us bring vaping to those who really needed it. This date saw us in a beautifully maintained shop which has built a devoted following. The efforts of owner Jas has had both the bus and shop packed all day. One outstanding visitor we had was a man on a mobility scooter turning in his cigarettes for a starter kit.
Our visit to Lincoln Market gave us the chance to do more than we normally do via the Vapouround Bus. Riot Squad, blu and Premier E-Cigs accompanied us in a busy marketplace.
It’s never too late to learn something new in the vape industry, and sharing this space with such distinguished brands proved that.
In a high footfall area, we saw many people who had never been properly exposed to a vaping company before. Premier E-Cigs even provided some additional entertainment, challenging visitors with games. As always, we were ready to answer questions, provide goody bags and talk smokers through their first starter kit.
There’s no where better than a bustling high street to do business. And where better than Bournemouth? Hosts Matt and Tatiana at The British Vape Company proved how well they have cultivated relationships with the locals, as smokers and non-smokers alike braved some adverse weather conditions to get their fill of the shop and the Vapouround bus. This day saw families changed, with one young woman taking a starter kit for her stepdad. Matt and Tatiana even provided some of their own manufactured liquids on the day. We’ll be back!
A natural hotspot of both dedicated vapers and smokers who have yet to make the switch, we were exposed to the best examples of what the industry can do for communities.
Like the show it was named after, the Vaper Expo Shop in Halesowen attracted the best and brightest.
A calm, relaxed atmosphere at the venue allowed us to enjoy more in-depth conversations with both vape shop workers and curious members of the public. It’s one thing to provide an entry point into vaping for curious smokers, but spending quality time with them as you do is a huge bonus.
True to our promise, the Vapouround Bus pulled into the Birmingham expo in May in a shining new wrap, filled out with a comfortable seating area, some fantastic new juices, a fresh internal layout and even a gaming system. Visitors took every opportunity to catch a break from the sounds and speed of the show floor to socialise, swap tips, top up on and indulge their competitive side.
The Vapouround Bus had never held more juices, never provided more unique features and never seen so many visitors in a single weekend. Even the comparatively calm B2B day had the team going all hands on deck. At peak B2C hours, we saw queues of eager vapers waiting to see what we had added or experience the Vapouround Bus for the first time.
Just as the Vaper Expo brings a perfect cross-section of British and global vapers to its halls, the Vapouround Bus is the perfect stop for a diverse snapshot. The reinvigorated upstairs area bore new evidence of Vapouround as a global brand and the expo as representing a worldwide family: Vape Duty Free had hired the space to display a special range of cosmopolitan concoctions inviting all aboard to “Vape the flavours of the world” from some quality mods placed on a printed map. Vape Duty Free also provided the first six instalments of the already acclaimed Fifty Shades of Flava collection, an ambitious project combining fruit, dessert and spice flavours.
But, as always, all this is nothing without our guests, who are our main motivation to improve with every outing.
Jonathan, an ex-smoker and vaper of three years, was one of many who got to see the bus for the first time. “You’ve definitely got to come to the bus, it’s a must-see stop. The testing stations are a great way to sample everything.”
Carl, a vaper of nine years, thought he had seen it all in the industry until he found the Vapouround Bus last October. He was one of many returning to see what else we had for May.
“I started way back on the cig-a-likes and I haven’t smoked since switching to a mod. Everyone here is really inviting, really friendly and very informative about the liquids and stations.”
Tony first came to the Vapouround Bus in October with his nephew and was particularly impressed with the Vapouround staff. He also had his eye on a certain liquid brand.
“We came here all the way from Maidstone in Kent. It is different this time, there’s more people around to help and offer advice, and more to do. It’s good to see the return of Naked Fish liquids.”
Whether on the road taking starter kits and testing stations to dual users, relapsed vapers and smokers, or giving dedicated vapers a place to relax and try something special, the Vapouround Bus can do it all.
Vaper Expo UK – The Big Weekend
27th – 29th May 2017
After the very successful launch of the Vapouround Bus at last year’s Vaper Expo UK, we were roaring to go for the event in May.
The Vaper Expo UK organisers, Lee Skelding, Jay Cox, and Alyson Guiel, have continued to raise the expectations at every show. Since the first Vaper Expo in 2015, it has tripled in size making it Europe’s biggest vaping exhibition.
Business to Business day is always the most relaxed atmosphere as it gives the business sector a chance to network in a much calmer environment. As the B2B day was on the Friday it also celebrates the first day of the big weekend.
And what better way to start the weekend by hosting Vapouround’s Annual Awards Ceremony?
On Friday night, vape related companies from across the globe rejoiced and networked with each other whilst being entertained by DJ Bulge, famous magician Nick Einhorn, and enjoying a 3-course meal.
Once dinner was served the best part of the event began, the awards. From best mech mod to vaper of the year everything is celebrated under one roof and Vapouround would like to offer their congratulations to every single winner of the night. It truly was an amazing evening and great to see everyone celebrate the vaping community.
The main weekend of the event, Saturday and Sunday, was open to the public, also making it the busiest days of the whole show.
The Vaper Expo UK received a whopping 20,000 visitors at the NEC, making it the biggest footfall to date. Even with the tragic events that took place previously in Manchester, it did not stop enthusiastic vapers doing what they love and most of all it did not affect the electric atmosphere over the 3 interconnected halls.
The Vapouround Bus had a recently new and exciting wrap for the show that was not to be missed. As soon as vapers entered through the Hollywood themed red carpet, you could not miss the bus with its luxurious décor.
This year, we decided to do something unique with the bus to keep our vapers entertained throughout the day and cool down from the scorching sun. We had fun games on the bus such as, ‘guess how many e-liquids there are in a jar?’ Everyone wanted to participate and had a lot of fun doing so!
We were extremely pleased to see some old friends from previous bus tour visits:
“It’s lovely for old and new friends to stop by and show their support. It’s really important to us at Vapouround that we develop strong relationships when we go out on tour and visit vape stores, cities, and the vaping community because when we visit big events like the Vaper Expo, they’re excited to visit as much as we are thrilled to see them,” said Jorgie Shaw, Vapouround’s Bus manager.
All in all, it was a very successful weekend seeing old and new faces. We look forward to seeing more vapers at the next show which be held at the NEC on the 27th – 29th October of this year.
The main aim of a city tour is to market the bus to the public as much as possible in a short space time, we made sure we targeted some high populated residential areas within Nottingham. With this being our first city tour since the re-wrap I wanted to stay local to where we are based before venturing out further and the public’s reaction to the bus was great. I even lipread a lady say “wow” and nudged her partner to have a look as well which is fantastic.
Our next city tour is booked in for the 8th March in Stoke on Trent so if anyone see’s us on our travels please give us a wave! You will also have the chance to receive a free vape wild bag full of goodies if you take a picture of yourself with the bus in the background.
If you would like to see the bus in an area near you please contact Jorgie@vapouround.co.uk or email@example.com or alternatively you can call 01332 650239.