If you’ve never participated in a trade show, it can be difficult to know what to expect. Trade shows are events held in order to give companies in a specific industry the opportunity to display their product or service to an audience. There are trade shows for anything and everything, from cars to technology to agriculture. Trade shows have proven to be successful in getting products or services recognized and increasing exposure for brands, which is why they continue to be popular to this day.  If this is your first time participating in a trade show, here are some tips to ensure you have a hassle-free experience.

Research The Event Beforehand

Before participating in any trade show, it is important to research the event beforehand and get a feel of the other vendors that will be there.  Doing research on the other vendors, as well as the event as a whole, can really help you identify what you’ll need to do to make your booth stand out.  Doing this can also be beneficial in helping you know what to expect, especially if this is your first trade show. Researching the event can put you at ease and make you feel more comfortable going into the trade show.  

Have A Good Team On Your Side

One of the most important parts of participating in a trade show is making sure you have a good team on your side. Trade show production can be tricky to navigate if you’ve never participated in one before, so hiring a team to assist you with everything from loading and unloading equipment to setting up booths and displays can come in handy. Having a team of professionals on your side can be crucial to your booth’s success.

Engage With Others

When participating in a trade show, interacting with people is something you can’t really avoid.  Engaging with people who walk past your booth is imperative to gaining new customers, and simply offering a warm greeting can make someone in passing stop at your booth.  Be prepared to engage with people who approach your booth, and be sure to answer any questions they may have about your product or service. People are more likely to approach your booth if you appear friendly and open, so be aware of how you are coming across.  In addition to engaging with trade show attendees, getting to know the people at your neighboring booths can also be beneficial to you. You never know, they could become future supporters!

Acquire Leads & Reach Out Afterwards

After the trade show is over, it is important to reach out to people you spoke with and thank them for their time. You can acquire leads by asking for the email addresses of the people who stopped at your booth, as well as the people at neighboring booths. Sending out an email graciously thanking the person for their time can turn a lead into a customer, so it is important to consider doing this once the trade show is over.