Trade Show Exhibits What Trade Show Attendees REALLY Want
The sheer magnitude of trade show exhibits can lead to information overload for the trade show attendee. When a company has mere milliseconds to get their point across, creating information that is succinct, visually enticing, and gets straight to the point can mean the difference between being read and being thrown in the trash.
Having your information read by an attendee will increase the favorable reaction to a post-show follow up and can even increase the conversion rate from prospect to client.
Giveaways and Prizes
Everybody loves something for nothing! A giveaway is a great way to attract attention to your trade show exhibit. A well received giveaway, which entices an attendee to find out more about a company, is often simple yet thoughtful – a strong sturdy branded bag to carry all the information collected, a portable fan to cool them down whilst walking round, a small toy that they can give to their child.
Branding giveaway items is essential. Not only does branding a giveaway item help to reinforce your brand in the mind of the recipient, it often acts as free advertising and brand exposure to others when the item is displayed or used.
Prizes are another good way to draw a crowd. A prize offering creates excitement around a trade show exhibit by adding elements of entertainment and suspense. The chance to win a prize will not only draw an attendee to a stand, it will often ensure that they return to the trade show exhibit at the time of the prize draw.
What this means is that prizes allow for multiple communication points with the attendee – before, during, and after a show. Within the multiple communications, brand and product sell messages can be included. For example, an email blast announcing the prize at the trade show exhibit beforehand can incorporate information about the product or service being showcased at the show.
Food and Drinks
Walking around to numerous trade show exhibits can work up an appetite. Providing a complimentary food or drink giveaway, such as pretzels or soda, can be a welcome gift to a famished attendee. The act of giving creates goodwill – recipients will be more receptive to the company’s message, and it often makes them stay longer at your trade show exhibit.
A Seated Audience
A very simple way to attract people to your trade show exhibit is to offer seating. Seating is a rare chance to rest the legs after hours of exhibit hopping. The seating offered can be anything from a few comfortable chairs to a lavish sofa setting.
Having a seating area will also give salespeople an area to further business relationships. Taking time away from the crowd to have a one-on-one discussion with a client or prospect creates a relaxed and more personal environment.
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