Trade show and event managers deliver the marketing message and branding for their company in a unique environment. There is no substitute for face-to-face selling at an exhibition. The information gathered will increase the ROI (Return on Investment) by measuring the quality of leads that become sales but also listening to attendees is invaluable. Video presentations, live demonstrations, graphics are sending the message outward, but it is more important to listen.
Trade show and event managers are using technology outside the exhibit as well as in the booth. Mobile apps are now incorporated into the marketing plan to increase booth traffic, engage attendees before, during and after the show. Interactive technology is not just to be considered in the exhibit design. Utilizing event apps can be part of the overall trade show plan.
Apps will keep your company connected with customers about presentations and special events in real time. There are several ways to use mobile apps to maximize your return on investment for the show.
Trade show and event managers face situations people in corporate offices are not accustomed to seeing as well as solving problems on-site. Establishing your global branding in the exhibit design, showcasing new products and services may seem like the natural part of managing a corporate trade show program compared to Plan B situations. What about the unexpected? Reducing stress levels can be possible when being proactive and creating a trade show kit to be part of your exhibit.
Three parts of the trade show kit are for your staff, the exhibit, and office supplies.
Exhibit and event managers are always ready with alternate solutions when the unexpected happens. Missing freight, damaged graphics, and flight delays are not uncommon problems at trade shows. When companies are signing contracts for exhibit space, there is often a clause about “Force Majeure,” unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract. In years gone by, most exhibit managers thought concerning a natural disaster like earthquake, hurricane, or tornado. The reality we now live in also includes terrorist attacks.
Whether your business is large or small, trade show participation can increase your market share in the United States and abroad. Whether it is your first show or you are an experienced manager, evaluating the preparation process should be an ongoing part of planning. Booth design, deciding between an exhibit rental or purchase are only part of the equation for successful trade show programs.