Maximizing Your Trade Show Experience

Your company spends a great deal of time and money on trade shows, but do these investments pay off in increased business? Proper coordination from planning through follow-up will draw more traffic to your booth and seal the deal with new customers. Here are proven tips from our trade show experts:

Before the show

  • Set S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Tangible) goals – research the show, know the audience, determine your objectives and plan your exhibit strategies.
  • Hold meetings to be sure everyone working the event is informed and establish ground rules for expectations.
  • Send pre-show mailers inviting current customers, potential customers and members of the media to visit your booth.
  • Set appointments with current and potential customers before the show starts – you can’t expect business to just come to you.
  • Take advantage of pre-show and on-site promotions through the show organizers.
  • Coordinate staff clothing so that the entire team is easy to identify.
  • Designate an in-house point person to handle all logistics, such as hotel reservations, airfare, freight, etc.
  • Keep detailed and organized files for reference.
  • Participate in the media room by providing media kits for the press.

During the show

  • Research your competitors – evaluate their products, exhibits and literature.
  • Be sure that booth team members greet visitors, answer their questions knowledgeably and direct them to the products or services you want to promote.
  • If the venue has a media room, be sure the point person visits daily to ensure media kit availability.
  • Take pictures of your booth and keep on file for reference.

After the show

  • Conduct a post-show survey for staff.
  • Follow up by disseminating information gathered at the booth to the sales team and track leads.
  • Consistently track results from show-to-show, year-to-year.