Did you ever think of taking your business or crafts offline and selling them at a trade show? The competition online can be fierce considering there are over 1.5 billion websites around the world. Out of this, surprisingly only 200 million of these websites are active, but that’s still a lot of competition. This article will take a look at how to plan a trade show in order for it to be successful. Read on to explore more about trade shows and how planning the right trade show can be at your fingertips before you know it.

Trade Show Planning

First, you’ll want to think about these tips for marketing in order to stand out from the crowd. Next, you’ll want to order all items in advance. This includes any hardware, banners, tables and chairs, and any special requirements. Special requirements include if you’ll be using projectors or monitors which can take longer to set up. It is important to think of all of the things you might not suspect to need. Pens, sharpies, tape, safety pins, there are a number of things that will be useful in a pinch. Make a list of important items and check them off as you order them and be sure to keep them all in one safe place once you receive them.

Months Before

Months before you’re even setting up your trade show booth, you’ll want to be thinking about your budget. Take into account any current bills, objectives, and how much your items will cost for the trade show. Once you have your budget determined, you can decide what type of technology you’ll have at your exhibit. This will allow you to have better conversations since it’ll grab the attention of those who go by. If you’ll have staff running the booth, it’ll be time to start interviewing them and seeing if they’ll be a good fit for your booth. You’ll also want to order uniforms and different promotions if your budget allows it. Look at the different trade show events in your area and see which ones seem like best choice for your target audience. Think about what time your target audience will be there as well.

Trade Show Tips

Right before the show begins, you’ll want to send out promos a couple of weeks before. During the trade show, remain organized, hardworking, and calm.

Use Freebies

Have free giveaways at your event. Since this is a popular method, you’ll want to figure out ways to make yourself stand out by being unique. Consider handing out smartphone accessories with your branding on them and promotional material with your company’s information as well. Create previews before the event to see how it’ll work and look when it’s the day of the show.

Use Social Media

Before the event, post on social media about the upcoming trade show. Post regularly about it at least 1 month in advance.

Planning the Ideal Trade Show

Now that you’ve explored this guide on planning the ideal trade show, you should have a better idea of what to expect. Take your time planning for your next event and don’t forget to market yourself before the show.

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