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Post Managing a Trade Show   Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:14 am

Trade shows according to Investorwords.com refer to events wherein the products and services of a business are exhibited and demonstrated. Based on this definition, it is undeniable that trade shows really play a major role in advancing the marketing efforts of a certain business. Trade shows serve as the ideal spot where different buyers, sellers, suppliers and retailers meet to do business.

Many visitors attend a trade show that�s why it is considered to be a very ideal means of marketing a business. Aside from high visibility, your business is also given the chance to get a hold of effective branding. Surely, you don�t want to miss the chance to take your business to the next level. With trade shows many doors of opportunity are within your reach.

But the question is how will you manage a trade show? How will you direct the attention of your prospects to your booth? Managing a trade show will never bring you trouble when you know the proper way to do it. You need to take into account several things just to make sure that you�re on the right track.

Here are some basic steps that you must follow in managing a trade show:

Create a strategy. The main purpose why you take part in a trade show is to build relations with your customers. Study which trade shows would bring out the best in your business. When you�ve evaluated which shows is the best; then it�s time to plan for the trade show.
Do some pre-show promotions. Have some direct mail marketing. Use some kind of a teaser to secure the interest of your potential customers. Make contact with your prospects even before the show. This way you�re a one step closer to accomplishing your trade show objectives.
Grab the attention of your targets. Don�t wait for the trade show visitors to find you. You should make a way for your booth to get noticed. It�s quite confusing however on how you will be able to do this. Even experts argue on which strategy is better. Some says that to get noticed you have to use bold and flashy trade show displays. While others say that it�s more effective when you use simple designs in your trade show displays. The bottom-line is to persuade your prospects to opt for your products and services.
Establish good relations. In trade shows, you make contact with your prospects in person. You don�t just present your products with your customers. You must learn the proper questions to ask. By asking the right questions to your customers, you�re able to get to know the customer better; thus it�s easy to build rapport between them.
Make a follow-up after the show. Follow-up is very important in the absolute fulfillment of your trade show objectives. Leads are useless when they�re not activated. For this reason, it�s best if you would make a follow up five days after the trade show.
Trade shows are ideally for the benefit of small businesses. It is very suitable especially when you want to make it in the industry without wasting your time, money and effort. If you want a fruitful business, then you must follow these steps. These steps will lead you one step closer to achieving a successful trade show promotion.
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