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Jan 08

Fresh startGiven that we’ve started a brand new year, now is a terrific opportunity to make a fresh start and plan a strategy for your 2014  trade show marketing.
What’s 2014 going to bring and how well will we do are often questions we wish we could have answered at the beginning of the year, rather than at the end, when opportunities may well have passed us by. Going through many of the business marketing predictions for 2014, here are the top five trade show marketing predictions I foresee as serious possibilities that could impact your trade show marketing:

Prediction #1: Video
Video is gaining momentum to the point that pundits believe it’s a vital component of any marketing, no matter what size your organization or what you sell. YouTube ranks second in people’s searches for information. Since video shows up in 70 percent of the top 100 search results listings, and viewers are 64-85% more inclined to buy after seeing a product video – you’d be crazy to overlook this powerful marketing tool.

How can you integrate video into your 2014 trade show marketing strategy?

Prediction #2: Webinars
Webinars have become one of the best ways to generate numerous interested prospects for your sales team. Done properly, they allow you to educate your target audience, providing content that helps solve problems, which in turn drives awareness to your products/services. This helps to establish you as a trusted partner, not just a vendor pushing your wares.

How can you integrate webinars into your 2014 trade show marketing strategy?

Prediction #3: Niche marketing
Niche marketing is fast becoming the best way to communicate with your target market. Because of the incredible noise and plethora of information in today’s marketplace, people are looking for more specific ways to find the facts they are most interested in.

How can you integrate niche marketing into your 2014 trade show marketing strategy?

Prediction #4: Content marketing

Content marketing will continue to excel as a key information sharing medium for companies to speak to their target audience. “Content marketing is the art of communicating with your customers and prospects without selling. It is non-interruption marketing. Instead of pitching your products or services, you are delivering information that makes your buyer more intelligent. The essence of this content strategy is the belief that if we, as businesses, deliver consistent, ongoing valuable information to buyers, they ultimately reward us with their business and loyalty.” Joe Pulizzi, Founder, Content Marketing Institute.

Currently 9 in 10 organizations market content; over 27 million pieces of content are shared daily; every month 329 million people read blogs. Resource: Social Media Today

How can you integrate content marketing into your 2014 trade show marketing strategy?

Prediction #5: Mobile
Mobile usage is growing daily. The following statistics speak for themselves:
• 91% of all people on earth have a mobile phone
• 56% of people own a smart phone
• 50% of mobile phone users, use mobile as their primary Internet source
• 80% of time on mobile is spent inside apps
• 72% of tablet owners purchase online from their tablets each week
Resource: Super Monitoring

How can you integrate mobile marketing into your 2014 trade show marketing strategy?

Imagine if you truly embrace and add just one of these powerful trade show marketing predictions into your 2014 trade show marketing plan, how much more effective might your exhibiting results be?

What’s your 2014 trade show marketing prediction? Please add your comments below.

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May 17

Choosing the right trade show that attracts your target audience is crucial.
In this episode of the Tradeshow Training Minute, Susan Friedmann, CSP, The Tradeshow Coach, talks about choosing the right trade show to exhibit at.

According to tradeshow research, approximately 60% of attendees come from a 200 mile radius of the show. Investigate which shows will give your company the best exposure to the target audience you’re interested in attracting.

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May 17

New products at trade shows. According to trade show research, over 76% of visitors to a trade show are there to see “what’s new.”

In this episode of the Tradeshow Training Minute, Susan Friedmann, CSP, The Tradeshow Coach, walks you through her “new & improved” formula to display your products/services.

What aspect of your products/services could you highlight that are unknown to your target audience.
Think “new”, think “improved.”

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Jan 18

In this episode of the Tradeshow Training Minute, Susan Friedmann, CSP, The Tradeshow Coach, explains effective ways to use tradeshow giveaways.

They should be a token of appreciation. A way to say “thank you” to your prospect for visiting your booth.

See transcript below.

Tradeshow Training Minute Transcript: How to Use Trade Show Giveaways Effectively

This is Susan Friedmann, the trade show coach, with another trade show minute.
Today, I’m going to focus on giveaways. You know, those little trinkets, the tchotchkes that people give away at trade shows. Well, what’s the purpose of them?

Tthe purpose is that it’s a token of appreciation. Somebody comes to your booth, has a conversation with you, and then you give them something as a token of appreciation as a thank you.

You don’t want to leave them lying out so everybody can take them. This isn’t a free for all. It doesn’t mean that people are going to remember you just because you leave it out.

I’ve got a pot of pens in my office. I couldn’t tell you whose name is on any one of them. The most important thing to think about is, give away something that is related to your business, something that reminds people of who you are, and what you do.

Something that’s useful to them. Maybe it’s a tip sheet, maybe it’s some guidelines, such as an income tax deduction sheet, maybe it’s a white paper, a special report, such as a case study.
Things like that, people do not throw away.
Also, they’re of no use to the kids, or aunt Sally as the scrunchie, the toy, the cap, the T-shirt – those are all great, but the fact is, at the end of the day, is it going to remind people about who you are and what you do?

Think about that next time you want to give something away at a trade show.

This is Susan Friedmann, the Trade Show Coach, visit my website thetradeshowcoach.com.
Read my book, “Meeting and Event Planning for Dummies”, and I’ll see you on the next Trade Show Training Minute.

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Aug 25

First impressions matter, virtually or in-person. “Your appearance, makeup, hair and clothes are as important as your smile. When you project an image of confidence, you are more likely to succeed in business and social relationships,” according New York image consultants.

Whether you’re seen or not, participating in a virtually event doesn’t mean that you have to forget about how you look.

Nowadays, with office-casual attire accepted in most corporate environments, and given that you can work from home in your PJs (if you feel like it), you might under-estimate the value of business attire in a virtual meeting or event environment. Lazing around in PJs or shorts and a tee-shirt with tousled hair makes you look and feel unprofessional. Even if you’re not on video during your virtual event, the way you look definitely affects the way you perform, speak and think!

Check out The CBS Interactive business network’s savvy video about dressing for business.

When you attend a virtual event where you’re seen by your colleagues, consider the following seven tips to make sure that you come across professionally and feel good doing it:

1. Focus on the upper half of your body since head and shoulders are usually the most visible on a webcam.
2. Make sure that the background around you is neat and tidy.
3. Dress professionally. Your attire and grooming are important for you to feel and act more business-like.
4. Make sure that your hair is clean and styled, teeth brushed and face washed and/or shaved. Women, if you normally wear make-up, apply it as usual, and use some powder to get rid of any of those shiny spots.
5. Sit up straight. It shows that you’re interested and paying attention, plus, good posture helps keep your energy level up.
6. Wear a plain shirt or top, or one that has a small insignificant design. Heavily patterned, brightly colored, or too detailed-oriented garments will distract your audience away from your message.
7. Avoid gaudy jewelry like large earrings and chunky necklaces – another major distraction.

The Golden Rule is that “understated works best.” However, even though you’re concentrating more on the upper part of your body, don’t ignore the lower half. If you dress the part, you’ll be the part, geared up for your virtual event success.

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