Promoting Your Business at Trade Shows

Published On July 30, 2012

Finding the right ways to promote your business can be a significant challenge, but one way that is effective for a lot of businesses is by taking part in trade shows. However, just setting up a booth at a trade show won’t guarantee you success, as you will have to also do all the right things to promote your business while you are there. Otherwise, your trade show investment can easily end up being a waste of money. The following is a look at how to effectively promote your business at trade shows.

Stand out

One of the most important elements of a successful trade-show booth is being able to find a way to stand out, because there will be a lot of other booths and a lot of people, so you have to make it easy for people to notice that you are there. Whether you choose a bright colour theme for your booth and have your staff dressed to match, or you have free food and fair trade coffee on offer, make sure people notice you are there.

Send your best workers

If you are going to have a booth at a trade show, you are very much putting your business on display, so make sure you have your best staff on hand to represent your business well. There will no doubt be questions relating to your business products, services and operations, and having skilled and knowledgeable people there to provide the right answers will do wonders. If your best workers are not necessarily the best at interacting with people, send a few more sociable types along with them, and together they will make a fantastic team for promoting your business.

Promotional items

To do well promoting your business at a trade show, it is important that you go armed with some fantastic promotional items, such as bags full of fun stationery items to give out for free while you are there. This will help to draw a crowd to your table, especially if the items you are giving out are good quality, and with your business name and details printed on the items, they will do wonders for getting your business name out there. Giving out free promotional bags of goodies will also make a great first impression of your business as being a generous one.

Printed information

Trade shows are often extremely busy places, which can make it hard to spend much time with anyone explaining the finer details of who you are and what you do. Make sure you have a clearly worded, nice-looking handout for people to take home with them; this way, they can take their time to find out more, and then hopefully go on to check out your website or, better still, get in touch. Don’t forget to attach your business card to the top of the literature you are handing out, as this way they will have all of those important details, as well as a personal contact.