Make Every Trade Show Event Your Own

Make Every Trade Show Event Your Own

So, your company exhibits at a couple of trade shows every year. And everyone on your team goes through the motions of preparing for the next big show.....

Exhibit design - check. Shipping and setup - check. Sales team and collateral - check. Give-away swag - check. You get the picture.

But are you just going through the motions or are you and your company really taking control and CLAIMING each trade show event as your own?

No matter how large or small your exhibit, there are a number of opportunities for taking your next trade show event and really making it yours!

It Starts Long Before Show Day!

In the months and weeks leading up to your trade show event, you should utilize your arsenal of marketing skills and tools to make the show your own. From emails and direct mail invites, to prospects, to your social media channels - you should be talking up the show - and not just YOUR presence at the show.

Become a resource for anyone attending the show and share information about show related events, learning sessions or special demonstrations that you find useful. And of course include the ones that your company is directly related to or involved with!

By posting event-related content to your social channels and website - you'll not only reach existing followers and fans, but you'll also gain organic attention from website searches related to the show!

Have a Voice Once the Show Begins

Once the show begins and your booth gets busy - it's easy to forget about the outside world. But, don't ignore those that couldn't make the event and those who ARE attending the show but and are tuned in to social media.

Stories, updated and of course photos are all great content to report - from the show floor on channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

And don't be afraid to post content that isn't directly related to your company - that's not what folks want from social media anyhow. Feel free to post a review of a demo you just attended, report back from an after-party (be discreet folks;) or show photos of attendees interacting with your exhibit.

The importance is to bring the show to life for those who couldn't make the event and make new contacts with those who are there in-person!

Don't Stop When the Exhibit is Packed Out

Once the show closes, be sure to write wrap-up blog articles, make a few last social shares of photos, reviews and plans for next year's show.

By creating and sharing content - you can claim each show you exhibit at and create a buzz around your exhibit and brand! Be the talk of the show floor and your social channels.

Like to learn more about how to attract and engage your prospects, through your trade show marketing strategy? From exhibit design to full-event management services, DesignShop can help make you the show-stopper at every event you attend. Give us a shout!

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