The trade show is a great environment to meet with customers, build anticipation for your products, size-up your competition, and connect more directly with consumers of all shapes and sizes. But once you arrive in the trade show hall and see all the other exhibits of similar size, with similar layouts, and similar colors, suddenly your booth can look like just one more un-special, bland cutout. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make your trade show booth a unique experience that will drive customers and make sure that you are the life of the trade show.
2020 forced the entire globe to adjust to social distancing standards and stay-at-home regulations. The result? Rising popularity in virtual and hybrid events. Experts have been predicting that the trade show market is going to see an uptick in exhibit shows in the 3rd quarter of 2021–but that doesn’t mean virtual events are going to go away.
How exhibitors measure trade show success varies from business to business — and often differs from one show to the next. But however you define trade show marketing success at your particular company, one thing is clear: Advance planning and goal setting are critical. Successful exhibitors don’t just show up and set up. They follow a well-thought-out plan.
You don’t exhibit at a trade show in hopes of having an empty booth; you want your booth teeming with prospects! But more booth traffic sometimes forces attendees to wait in line for personal attention from your sales team … or walk away entirely. Trade show games and activities help by keeping prospects busy and engaged, giving you more time to connect with them.
Having trouble getting sponsors to commit to your event? Your cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all sponsorship package may be to blame. In addition to basic sponsorship perks like logo-emblazoned swag, guaranteed trade show booths, and speaking opportunities, high-end event sponsors are increasingly drawn toward packages that include customized offerings and rewards.
Done correctly, video will engage passersby like nothing else in the exhibitor’s tool box. Once you’ve grabbed their attention, you can use video to educate, inform and even entertain potential business prospects. Here are some tips for creating trade show videos that captivate your audience while sharing your key message — before, during and after the trade show.
Has your company made plans to exhibit at its very first overseas trade show? Congratulations! Are you scared or anxious? You should be. Dipping your toe into international trade show waters can be as nerve-racking as it is exciting. Learn how to sidestep these common first-timer mistakes and you’ll be on your way to a great foreign exhibit experience.
Savvy marketers understand the value of customer personas in developing high-conversion funnels, email marketing campaigns and social media content. But customer personas aren’t just for digital marketing. They can also provide exhibitors with valuable insights into how trade show displays should be outfitted and configured to draw in more qualified leads.
As of just two years ago, millennials were making up to 73% of the purchasing decisions in B2B companies. That number has surely grown by now. So when it comes to your trade show display, are you doing everything you can to market to the Generation Y target audience? Learn why the kiosk is an essential component for any millennial-optimized exhibit.
A wise man once said that while you can’t control what happens to you, you can control how you react in any given moment. Trade show managers understand the importance of keeping a cool head in the midst of a challenge. More important still, however, is to plan ahead and be fully prepared for worst-case scenarios. With this handy guide, you can do just that.