Why Set Goals?
Like with any other business venture, goals give you the guidance necessary to effectively plan, execute and evaluate your plan. There is a reason you want to attend a trade show, a goal you want to accomplish. Before you start planning, be sure to clearly state what you goal is. Then, plan what you will do to accomplish it.
Why Attend a Trade Show?
There are hundreds of reasons to join a trade show. New businesses might be interested in gaining visibility among possible customers or they may want to see their competition. Experienced trade show goers might want to build customer relations and brand loyalty with existing customers. Trade shows are a cost effective way to market your band or test new products before the launch. If your product fails at the trade show, you could end up avoiding a major catastrophe! Trade shows can even be a great opportunity to network with other businesses. There will likely be other companies attending who are not direct competitors. If you play your cards right, you could develop a a great partnership that benefits both companies.
What are Your Trade Show Goals?
Consider the areas your business does well on. What do you do better than any of your competitors? Feed off that strength and use it for the basis of your tradeshow goals. If your company excells in customer service, use a trade show as an opportunity to build relationships with potential customers. Ensure your booth is well staffed so no customer is ignored. Hire the right staff to ensure your customers feel welcomed. Include social media and help the customer feel more connected to your brand. However, if your company is best known for incorporating high-tech advancements in products and services, be sure to include them in your trade show display. Use monitor mounts and interactive tablet kiosks to appeal to your target audience.
No matter what your company is best at, always use eye catching trade show displays.