Tag Archives: trade show planning

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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Jun 03

Two weeks ago, I offered you a challenge – “how to avoid being invisible on the trade show floor.”  One of the three ways I shared is to “be different.”

This week I was re-reading one of my favorite books, “A Whole New Mind,” by best-selling author, Daniel Pink. In it he claims, “we’re living in a different era, a different age.  An age in which those who “Think Different” will be valued even more than ever.”  He discusses that right-brain thinking (the creative side – think in pictures) is every bit as important now – in some cases more important – than left-brain thinking (the analytical side – think in facts and figures).

Pink further discusses “six senses” or six “right-brain directed aptitudes,” namely, design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning.

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Apr 29

We’ve all been given two ears and one mouth. The question is, “do your people know how to use them in a 2:1 ratio on the tradeshow floor?”

Here are six habits that really upset visitors to your booth.  They all let visitors know that your company representative isn’t really listening to them: Continue reading…

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Feb 12

The 21st Winter Olympics are about the start.  The buzz of activities and all the arrangements are reaching a crescendo in preparation for the Opening Ceremony.  However, all is not exactly as planned.  The weather is causing havoc – fog, lack of snow and rain are not what was expected to make the events run smoothly.

How similar is this to your trade show plans? Don’t you plan for the ideal situation where everything runs seamlessly? The display and your products all arrive on time, damage-free. Your literature and giveaways are there as planned, Your team makes the trip from all parts of the world with no travel hassles. If only it was that easy!

As we all know, life has its wonderful way of throwing curve balls at us to test our endurance, but most importantly to test how well we’ve planned the event.
What is your Plan B if something untoward happens unexpectedly? Do you have a Plan B and even a Plan C?

Here are seven steps for preparing for the unforeseen:

1. Brainstorm with your team what possible scenarios could occur.
2. Ask other employees for their thoughts on unpredictable situations.
3. List all possible circumstances.
4. Map out each one of the unpredictable situations outlining what and who is needed.
5. Generate a crisis planning checklist.
6. Hold a crisis meeting with everyone who needs to be involved.
7. Create a written plan of action and distribute it to all necessary team members

Follow these seven steps, and then pray very hard that you don’t need to use anything you’ve planned for.

Having a contingency plan in place will give you peace of mind so that you’ll sleep better knowing that everything is under control, whatever happens!

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Nov 05

As you plan next year’s trade shows, take advantage of the new decade as a marketing tool. When the calendar flips over, people—including your customers—enjoy the chance to do a little reflection. That’s why the beginning of any new decade is heralded by predictions about upcoming trends, as well as the usual end-of-year summaries of the best and worst.

This kind of self-examination is not just a natural human instinct. It can be a great tool for gaining honest feedback from customers, for gaining their involvement, even for the much-sought-after viral marketing. Here are four ideas to get you started:

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