Many new, small and medium-sized businesses wrestle with the decision of paying to attend a trade show.
While it could reap rewards through exposure to potential clients and investors, having a solid attack plan and an eye catching trade show exhibit in order to achieve your goals is extremely important.
Here are five tips from trade show experts that could bring in the results you’re aiming for.
1. Set pre-show goals
Setting pre-show, achievable targets for your trade show presence is essential for success and for future business.
It’s important to consider who you’d like to do business with and think about inviting those prospective clients along – this is a great chance for some face-to-face time with clients in a more relaxed environment.
Sending formal invitations with a small gift prior to an event can really boost attendance rates.
Keep your trade show team motivated by setting some realistic goals, such as collecting a certain number of email addresses, approaching a certain number of attendees, or handing out a certain number of brochures.
2. Attract attendees to your booth
Think about how you can engage the visitor using all five senses. Visualize the feeling you want to deliver to attendees when they step into your booth space.
Keep your exhibit area clean, open and inviting. Book a large enough space to properly display your information or ensure you design your booth and produce signage with your stand dimensions in mind.
If space permits, create a casual area to sit down and have deeper conversations. Don’t overstaff, as attendees can get intimidated if they have to approach more than three staff.
Create eye-catching trade show exhibits with outstanding signage with simple text and/or illustrations. Don’t provide a long list of what your company does in your signage.
Strategically place lighting within your trade show booth space to highlight logos and graphics or create fading motion.
Be sure your design communicates (1) Who you are (2) What you do and (3) How you can help.
Use interactive technology and have products on hand that the customers and touch, feel and sample.
Appeal to the other senses (smell and taste) by providing a complementary coffee or fresh snacks that will attract extra attendees.
3. Once you've got someone to your booth, know what to do with them
Firstly and importantly you need to have the best people work in your trade show booth to achieve your objectives.
You need people that can easily communicate with potential customers, who can quickly assess if the customer is a hot, warm or cold lead, and decide whether they have the power to make a decision to purchase your product or service.
Have a system that can record this information.
Train your staff on how to connect with people, ask the right questions and then quickly disconnect with the delegate and move on if that person will waste their time.”
4. Make your trade show exhibit booth an experience to remember
The idea here is threefold: First, it gives attendees something to do when they visit your booth. This encourages them to stay longer in your space and hopefully have more meaningful conversations with your staffers.
Second, it provides an experience they can't get at a retail store.
Finally, people tend to remember experiences much longer than they remember casual conversations or static product displays.
5. Your work isn’t done when the show finishes
Throughout the day, your team will probably have picked up a good number of business leads – make sure you have a meeting with your team at the end of the day to gather this information.
Follow up with your leads by arranging a meeting at their convenience; send your information to them by way of an "icebreaker’ email and follow this up with a phone call.
Social media is playing an increasingly bigger role in exhibitions and trade shows.
For more information on creating and designing trade show exhibits, contact The Exhibit Source.
A trade show is effective when you are able to share knowledge and receive unexpected knowledge that helps your business. A trade show is about building new relationships that help generate new business. Use the following tips to organize effective trade shows to help promote your business.
A great way to increase brand awareness and
make new connections is attending industry trade shows . Of course, your competition is there too, and so are a lot of other companies. And everyone is battling for brand awareness and competing for the same clientele. You need your company
to stand out from the pack.
You only have about 3 seconds to make an impression when someone is walking by your trade show display. A surefire way to draw attention is to think outside the box with your trade show booth. Do something unconventional, surprising, or out of the ordinary, and bigger is better. Your trade show exhibit needs to grab qualified prospects and draw them in.
Your salespeople or employees who are working your trade show booth should be having fun too. Having fun stands out. Let them know they can have fun with the passersby. All of them are potential customers, and some of them are customers. Give them a reason to stop at your booth.
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You have made the commitment to attend trade shows. You have hired and paid the staff, expensed the travel and in some cases lodging, you have purchased the uniforms and you have a captivating trade show display. Because of it all, you have gotten some great leads. Now you have to follow-up on those qualified leads. This is the challenge.
Trade show lead follow-up has long been a problem. Why go through the effort and expense of exhibiting at a show with no follow-up plans in place. This is such a waste of precious marketing dollars. However, it is done all the time by companies who must think that this activity is just not that important.
Lead Follow-up Problem Overall
Here is a breakdown of companies overall approach to leads, not just trade show leads. One statistic shows that the majority of leads are never follow-up.
Does Your Company Qualify Leads for Sales?
How to “fix” this problem?
The root of the problem is “accountability.” Senior management needs to require this information from their staff. When there is a mandate from senior management, performance measures are normally in place to gauge progress.
Forward thinking exhibition managers tackle this issue with excellent results. Sometimes they have tied it into calculating a return of trade show performance or they just want to streamline their internal marketing/sales processes.
Getting A Sales Person Involved
Have a key sales person in the planning process of the lead qualification form that you will use at the trade show. Having their fingerprints all over the thinking process and the lead scoring parameters ensures they are more willing to follow-up. This sales person can communicate to his/her peers the measures which are in place, so the teams knows their time is not being wasted with all of the non-leads.
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Trade shows allow businesses a setting in to find new business leads, new clients and to attend to existing customers. In theory, trade shows provide one-stop-shopping with hundreds of potential clients under one roof. Seems like the perfect opportunity right?
Face to face contact with companies is a more efficient approach than calling or emailing prospective clients.
The reality is very different. The scale of many events and exhibitions can quickly overwhelm those very clients you are trying to attract. The right trade show exhibit can help. Exhibitors attend shows to reach sales targets, your trade show display needs to attract people to your booth so you don’t have to go looking for them.
Trade shows are great opportunities to network, build relationships with customers, and invite prospects to explore your goods or services. Try to plan your space and use your location to your advantage. But most importantly, promote yourself before the trade show. Let your potential and existing customers know where you are going to be and offer them a show special.
For assistance in creating the perfect trade show booth, contact The Exhibit Source.
When you exhibit at trade shows, it is important to have a well-place dynamic trade show exhibit that draws people. For companies investing money in trade show exhibits, it is important to do it right.
Trades shows are a great way to meet new potential customers, and interact with existing customers. But first, they need to be able to find and be attracted to your trade show booth.
Picking a great spot for your booth is important too. An attractive trade show booth and the right location within the trade show is a solid exhibit strategy, especially for a smaller company. The opportunity for face-to-face contact that a trade show offers cannot be replaced.
A small or medium sized company can attend a show with a memorable trade show exhibits without breaking the bank. It is surely possible to outfit a 10x10 trade show booth display on a small budget, small enough to make a attending a trade show a great decision for many businesses.
For information on designing your trade show exhibit, contact The Exhibit Source.
If you are heading to a trade show, it is important to make an impression with your trade show display and get the best return on your investment as possible. When go to a trade show on a tight budget, this may be even more important.
Purchasing a pre-owned trade show exhibit can offer savings of as much as 50% over the cost of a new display - and many still have the manufacturer's warranty. Pre-owned trade show exhibits can be customized with your graphics and tailored to communicate your marketing message.
If you are spending the time and money on a trade show it is important to do the show right with memorable and captivating trade show booth. Our inventory of pre-owned exhibits changes often. For current availability, and information on pre-owned trade show exhibits contact The Exhibit Source.
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