One big mistake many exhibitors make is neglecting to do anything to promote their presence at a trade show. They somehow think people will just magically show up at their booth, or perhaps that attendees are already aware of — and eager to meet — them.
Unfortunately, these exhibitors are fooling themselves. According to industry studies, at least 75 percent of attendees arrive at a show with a pre-set agenda, and if they aren’t aware of your company, you won’t be on that list. Promoting the fact you’re exhibiting is key to building traffic in your booth.
Direct mail is one great tool for getting the word out in advance while standing out from the crowd. For example, how many e-mails did you get this week? How many text messages … LinkedIn messages … Facebook messages …?
Now how many pieces of postal mail did you get (other than bills)? I bet you can count them on one hand. So as a trade show marketer, you’ve got a much greater chance of getting attention with a physical piece of mail in their mailbox.
Recently, I was asked to write an article about how exhibitors can use direct mail to increase their results. The paragraphs above are the opening to that article in the current issue of Connect by NextPage. You can access the entire magazine online in Issuu or download the PDF or iBooks version here. You’ll find my article on page 15.
Also this week I had the opportunity to view and vote on the People’s Choice entries in the PIA MidAmerica Graphic Excellence Awards at a local event. There were some very creative ideas for tabletop signage, brochures and books, mailers, and more. I hope to have photos to share in an upcoming post.