Stand Out: Timeline for Managing Your Trade Show Presence like a Pro
According to the Center for Exhibit Industry Research, it costs 62 percent less to close a lead generated from a trade show than one originated from the field.
But, even if you’re a trade show veteran, it’s impossible to just arrive on show day, pop up a display, and expect leads to roll in.
Here's a timeline that will help you maximize your exhibitor investment.
12 MONTHS OUT
Select industry trade show(s) relevant to your target audiences
Create a budget, forecast a ROI
Contract booth space
Choose engaging individuals to staff booth
Apply for speaker/panelist opportunities
9 MONTHS OUT
Create measurable goals (i.e. leads generated, meetings conducted)
Craft messages that will engage show attendees
Plan a multi-media outreach before, during and after the trade show (i.e. phone calls, emails, public relations and social media)
Ensure show has your logo in the right form, company description and any other opportunities promised in contract
6 MONTHS OUT
3 MONTHS OUT
Confirm travel plans for staff and booth materials
Launch pre-show marketing
Design and send speaker/panel slides, if applicable
1 MONTH OUT
Finalize messages and materials for show follow up
Schedule meetings with prospects, distributors and customers
Carefully plan participation in education and networking activities
Download trade show app, if applicable
Plan to ship materials early to avoid rush charges
1 WEEK OUT
Complete show talking points and staff training, make expectations clear
Confirm arrival shipping dates for booth, promotional items and materials
Amp up pre-show marketing
1 DAY | 1 WEEK AFTER
Analyze leads and launch follow up campaign
Meet with team to discuss how well goals were met and how to be more successful in the future
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