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Don’t make these trade show mistakes!

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by admin No Comments

Don’t make these trade show mistakes

You must approach trade shows with focus, determination and with a plan for success. While this may sound easy, it’s surprising how many companies forgo the fundamentals of marketing when planning and producing their trade shows. Conscientious planning for the event involves precise devising, smart promoting, competent lead qualification and impeccable follow up. The level of accomplishment you’ll experience from your trade show is influenced by the amount of energy you put invest…before, during and after the show. Today, I’ll discuss three common oversights trade show marketers are famous for making, and how to avoid them yourself.

Mistake One – Failing to plan in advance9971973_s

Success is not an accident! Accurately identifying your objectives before the show seems simple, right? You want more customers and more sales.  How exactly do you plan achieve these things? More importantly, you must determine your definition of “more.” For instance:

More customers =  “I want to gain 100 new customers.”

More sales = “I want to sell $1000 more at this trade show than the last.”

Once you’ve finalized your goals, you have to focus on how you’ll achieve them.

“To obtain 100 new customers, I will make sure to introduce myself to at least 10 trade show attendees every hour and obtain their contact information.”

“To sell $1000 more at this years show than last years show, I will hold promotions every hour.”

Mistake Two -: Not generating media attention

In today’s virtual world, not all interested customers are at the show in person. I know many people who despise walking a trade show floor. All the stimulation is just too much for them to handle. Instead, they rely on their favorite industry bloggers to report on what’s happening at the show. These reports are published in the form of blogs all over the internet. Often times, live! In recent years, bloggers have begun to make their presence and importance in the industry very well known. If you look closely through the audience, you’ll notice plenty of attendees with badges that say “Press” or “Media.” So, how do you get their attention? Most importantly, how do you make it in their blog? I talk more about gaining media attention here.
Mistake Three- Following up too late

As we’ve discussed in prior articles, most of your energy should be spent attracting and qualifying new leads. While you may make some sales during the show, the real value in participating in the show is found in the leads you develop while showing. It is immature to believe that your phone will just start ringing day in and day out from all of the business cards you passed out. You absolutely must follow up with every person you meet at the trade show. It’s equally as important that you follow up in a timely manner. If you wait too long, another company will grab their attention or they will lose interest altogether. My personal preferred method for follow ups is to send a “Nice meeting you” or “thank you” card the day after the show closes. Depending on where the card is going in the country, I time a follow up phone call to correspond one day after its arrival.

Trade show marketing can seem overwhelming, but with the right strategy, it all falls into place fairly easily. Think it through and follow through!

 

 

About the author: William Hall is a seasoned business coach specializing in branding, social media and promotional events. William has spent his career teaching businesses of all sizes how to stand out in the crowd while using marketing dollars most effectively. His clients are continuously thankful for his out-of-the-box ideas that lead to increased revenue, more clicks and a bigger online presence.

Cash Cubes provide trade show lead generation opportunity!

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Cash Cubes provide trade show lead generation opportunity!

 

Trade shows are your company’s debut to a captured audience. Your exhibit provides an excellent platform to enhance your credibility and visibility to customers, new and established. Each company has different goals for their participation at a trade show, but they all have at least one thing in common: Lead generation. Depending on your industry there may be dozens, if not hundreds of other booths competing to attract the same leads as your company. It is essential to maximize your lead generation capabilities. To do this, your booth requires a WOW factor!

If you’ve ever been to a trade show as a spectator, think back to those moments as you walked through the aisles. What booths did you stop at and why? What made them more interesting compared to the booths you didn’t engage with? Chances are, the exhibits that caught your attention did something special, something that made them stand out in the sea of reps lining the aisles handing out brochures and business cards. I know when I visit a trade show, often times having dropped a significant amount of money for entry, I wanted to be impressed! To capture these potential new leads, you have to provide that potential lead with a reason to stop and engage with you.hardcase-money-machine

Despite the old saying, money really can make you happy! Even the sight of a big stack of cash gets my heart pumping. Seeing a large tube erected in the air with cash swirling around a person as they try desperately to catch the flying dough will certainly grab my attention. Using a Cash Cube sparks conversation, generates energy and attracts a crowd.

In today’s mobile connected world, a Cash Cube at your trade show booth is sure to be recorded on a mobile phone and uploaded to social media. That’s where customizing your Cash Cube becomes essential! Cash Cubes come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and different materials. Ideally, you should have your company name and logo featured on the money machine for maximum exposure to your audience.

We all know that games of chance get everyone interested. There is a reason that lotteries, casinos and wagering establishments make so much money; people love having a chance to win a prize. Cash Cubes offer just that; a fun way to win a great prize. Winners love to tell others that they won something and where they won it. Providing an entertaining activity like a Cash Cube will deliver drones of people to your booth. When people are excited, they will be ready to chat with your sales reps.

In all honesty, it would be silly, if not irresponsible to put real cash in your Cash Cube. Fill your money machine with your own custom coupon vouchers or play-money and make sure that these vouchers can only be redeemed for products and services offered by your company. This helps to ensure that your company will get the most ROI from the Cash Cube when the winner redeems their promotional prize.

Capturing leads is easy when you have a Cash Cube. Its free to climb into the cash cube, all you need is a business card from each player prior to entry. No business card? No problem. Take names and contact info any way that works for your company. You will find that spectators will gladly hand over their contact information for the chance to be a winner in the Cash Cube.

About the Author: William Hall is a seasoned business coach specializing in branding, social media and promotional events. William has spent his career teaching businesses of all sizes how to stand out in the crowd using marketing dollars most effectively. His clients are continuously thankful for his out-of-the box ideas that lead to increased revenue, more clicks and a bigger online presence.













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