There are plenty of possibilities you can embrace to bring new excitement to your trade show experience. It’s going to take a lot of creativity to take your trade show experience to the next level. Your goal is to find ways to delight attendees and spice things up and get people talking, sharing and engaging.
Come on team, let’s find ways to encourage attendees to pay attention, gain knowledge, and be proactive in participation. Your number one focus at trade shows should be customer retention and to generate new prospects. On the floor, let’s entertain current customers and the potential new customers with guerilla-style marketing activities that get people talking. Let’s also consider creating games and contests that revolve around contestants inspecting, using or answering questions about your product or service. Here are four ideas to help with the ideation phase.
Use partial reveals to get people talking and engaged. The team can launch a giant curtain or screen near the booth and partially reveal a big announcement. At the same time, you can hand out cards that include an invite to ‘Spin The Wheel’ event.
The Bat Signal will get people to your booth. Each new visitor needs to know that the first 20 people back to the booth earn a prize, then surprise them with an invite to a post-show event and hand out the calendar of hosted events, you have organized.
The wheel is filled with worthwhile activities that get them out of their hotels and into the city. Everyone will be talking about the great prizes. Strategically place brand positioning statements within the board and remind them to look out for the Bat Signal.
Plan on deploying events that are in sync with your target and continue to qualify them along the way. These can occur during break out sessions, they may look like workshops, sponsored co-working stations, etc.
Yes, there are. Your focus in on building creative momentum to be able to share your brand in the most meaningful way in order to hit your ROI goals. A combination of turned-up energy and proper planning will get you there. Check out a few more ideas below.
Hire a comedian entertain at your booth
Flash mob performance by employees at the show
Invite a live speaker to speak about certain topics
Twitter live feed of people tagging each other on social media
Keys that open prizes locked behind branded treasure chests
Fun giveaways that are unique and topical
A chance to win something big like an Alexa, Amazon Echo, or drone
Give away the best trade show branded items to spark conversation
Spice things up with creative outdoorsy interactive games
An APP driven trade show floor scavenger hunt
Engage participant before the start of the trade show via social engagement. Remind them to download the scavenger hunt APP and be ready to participate and win a prize
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Don’t let conversations and face time die when the trade show floor closes for the day. This could be your MOST opportune time to nurture a relationship or even close that big deal
Start planning at least 6 months prior to your show in order to secure the most coveted venues and entertainment. Get the word out early to your clients in the form of a save the date that leaves them wanting more. Stay in contact leading up to the show and be sure to send an invitation that makes a statement.
You need to be thinking beautiful, slick and most importantly offer a unique and memorable experience. The list of possibilities is long. Exclusive venues, intimate concerts, behind the scenes tours, dinner with a Michelin Star chef, etc.
Host select clients to dinner at a hot restaurant or VIP at a concert that’s in town.
Ask for 1:1 time at the conference café and treat them to coffee.
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