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Did you know there are hundreds of trade shows going on every year? I even bet that some of them, if not all of them, would work in favor of your business. Now before you get way ahead of yourself, it’s critical that you take the necessary steps in the right direction to get the most bang for your trade buck. If you decide to skip these very important tips, you’re just going to end up wasting your hard-earned dollars or forgetting to jump on key opportunities. On the other hand, if you hit it at the right angle (yeah, ladies), you’re going to realize that trade shows are just the thing that’ll boost you past your competition. Remember this post as you’re experiencing the trade show to help you seize the day and/or night…
The flow of it all
You need to follow a routine if you want to maximize the opportunities available at trade shows so that you’ll make a lasting impression with all those involved. The smartest move you can make is to market the heck out of your activities before you even attend the gathering as a way of giving everyone you work with a heads up. Always remember that it’s key to walk through the main doors with all your marketing materials in hand, make memorable experiences, and then casually follow up with potentials when it’s all said and done.
What’s your plan?
As you think about what you need to get out of the entire trade show, always have a purpose in mind that’ll keep you active and on your toes. Be on a mission even if you just want to chat up prospects, close deals, meet suppliers, etc. By doing this, it’ll show you just how much the trade show was a success or failure for you. Now that you know what you want to do, who you want to talk to, try to plan your meetings with whomever before you actually attend, and even invite those folks over to your own booth. Don’t forget to keep your message lean, so that you and your business have a greater chance of being remembered by those you’ve talked to.
Besides having a unique booth that stands out from the rest, there are several angles you can work with that’ll greatly increase your odds of sealing deals. For example, you should guest speak at whatever trade show you attend, which will greatly add to your credibility factor. Plus, if you’re smart about it, offer some drinks and fruits to those who visit your booth. Another angle you can try is to have a giveaway for the latest and greatest gadgets out there, which everyone at trade shows love anyway. All someone has to do is to drop in his or her business card in an aquarium, easily giving you all their contact information for a quick follow up after everything is done.
After the trade show comes to an end, wait a couple of weeks before you start to follow up. This room for time is more than enough for those getting back into the routine of things, and you’re probably going to be the only guy or gal calling them back at that time. One more thing, have you thought about adding all of your leads to your subscriber list, even if they seemed cold and distant?
Always make it a habit to ask others about their past experiences with trade shows. Even though people are different and their experiences will vary, they don’t work the same strategies when it comes to interacting with attendees at large.
If you really want to get the best use out of a trade show, it’s key to know what your mission is ahead of time, getting what you need out of it, what you’re going to do with that information afterwards, and creating more opportunities from then on. Attending trade shows will even greatly up your sales in the long run. It even puts your brand out there and builds upon your credibility. When it’s all said and done, you’re going to reap what you sow when it comes to trade shows, so take the time to prepare beforehand, or else you might come across as amateurish.