While you’re setting your budget, ordering new displays and booking trade show spots, don’t forget trying new things at trade shows can also be prosperous. When you get ready to make those trade show plans for 2017, here are some New Year’s Resolutions to make when exhibiting that will hopefully help your ROI.
Produce more social content: Facebook Live, Periscope, Snapchat and Instagram Videos are easy to use and leverage. Creating social content as a trade show exhibitor is great for your brand and being able to share some parts of your exhibit, product launch, speech or other great things you have planned with followers/customers unable to attend shows. It also encourages brand engagement. With social video, you basically get a free chance to double down on your appearance and potentially double your reach.
Invest in staffing/training: One of the most controllable ways to directly affect the outcome of your trade show exhibiting success is to invest in more/better staffing and training your staff. If you haven’t already, you should also review your staffing practices and how efficient they are. A great New Year’s resolution is to invest in your staff and always improve their training as it has a huge effect on your trade show ROI.
Evaluate exhibiting schedule: While you’re reviewing staffing practices, you should also evaluate your exhibit schedule. Just because you’ve exhibited at a trade show multiple times doesn’t mean it’s always worth your time and money each year. The New Year is always a good time to review if your exhibiting schedule is as optimal as it could be.
Take more time on design: This is absolutely one thing you should resolve to do in 2017. The last thing you should ever do is rush the design of your trade show display graphics. Luckily, there are companies out there that offer quick turnarounds like 48 hours (sorry, we couldn’t resist), but resolve to give yourself more time on design in 2017. You’d be surprised with the results and potential improvement you will get at a trade show because you took the extra time.
Setup a Wi-Fi or charging station: People walk around all day on trade show floors taking pictures and interacting on social media for various events or reasons. Some venues offer free Wi-Fi, though it might not be of good quality. Some won’t offer any. Setting up charging stations and free Wi-Fi at your booth is a good attention grabber. Sure, people may not be coming to your booth solely to check out your company, but they’re there. That’s half the battle. (PS, if you’re looking to gain some press from being at a trade show, this is a pretty solid way to appeal to journalists.)
Gamify your exhibit: Resolve to try something new in your exhibiting approach. Trying to add a game to your exhibit to draw attention or to tie in with your brand can add some excitement and attract new potential visitors/customers. Take a risk where you can afford to take a risk and see if these resolutions can help improve your exhibiting success.