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8 Trending Tactics for Today’s Trade Show Marketer

While trade shows have been around for hundreds of years, what worked back then, or even back not-so-long-ago, doesn’t necessarily work now.

whatsworkingFortunately, your peers have been busy experimenting with every aspect of their trade shows, and have found many new ways to improve their exhibit marketing. Then, they shared their secrets with us, in the newly published, second version of our very popular white paper, What’s Working in Exhibiting.

From the new report, here are 8 trending tactics exhibitors are doing more that you can use to drive improvements in your program:

1. Selecting Shows: More exhibitors are focusing on smaller, regional shows, exhibiting at their own events, and going international.

2. Booth Staffing: Exhibitors are going beyond salespeople for booth staffing, expanding their use of senior management, marketing, engineering, and customer service employees.

3. Lead Management: Greater use of technology to take leads, including using the show’s lead retrieval app on hand-held digital devices, and entering leads directly into the exhibitor’s own CRM via the internet.

4. Exhibit Design: Exhibits are simpler with more emphasis on branding and greater integration of technology for greater impact and interactivity, and a continued shift towards lighter weight and more flexible exhibits.

5. Promotions: While most exhibitors still favor giveaways, more are offering education, in-booth experts, or focusing on attracting a narrow, high-value audience.

6. Technology and Social Media: No surprise – there is an increasing use of technology to interact with and present to attendees, and use of social media before, during and after the show to boost attendance.

7. Budgeting: While exhibitors grew their budgets 9% on average in 2014, those that trim their budgets focus on selecting shows, lighter weight displays, and savings on booth staff costs.

8. Measurement: Exhibitors have a much greater emphasis on measuring and reporting results on leads, stronger relationships, awareness, sales, ROI, and meetings held.

Discover more insights in the new white paper

This is just a sampling of the key insights and info from the new white paper What’s Working in Exhibiting. This report also includes:

  • 220 verbatim tips from exhibitors who shared what they did to succeed in various trade show activities
  • Recommendations for improving pre-show marketing, show selection, lead management, post-show evaluations, and booth staffer selection
  • How exhibitors have improved their results, stretched their budgets, and reduced risk during the past 2 years
  • Graphs of survey stats that reveal what were the key drivers of success in multiple trade show topics
  • Ten ways companies can get the most out of their trade show program
  • Successful social media tactics for increasing booth traffic

whatsworkingThe What’s Working in Exhibiting white paper may be the single best resource for creating a more successful trade show marketing program. Click here to request your free copy.




About the Author

Mike Thimmesch is the Principal at Thimmesch Marketing. For over 25 years, he has created and implemented innovative marketing, lead generation, and exhibiting strategies that profitably grow company sales and brand awareness. Mike rose to Director level at Skyline Exhibits, where he helped generate over a half million leads, resulting in over $1 billion in sales. He published 11 industry white papers and eight exhibiting books, presented over 100 trade show webinars, and wrote over 200 exhibit marketing blog posts.

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