Posts Categorized: Resources

Best Practices: Networking Before Your Conference

Business Networking at Conferences

Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress 2015 begins in a few short days. What have you done to begin networking? Now you may be asking yourself, “Alex, the conference hasn’t even begun yet. How can I start networking if the conference hasn’t even started?” Great question! The answer is, A LOT! 75% of good networking is great preparation. Here’s 5 simple tasks you can do before you even arrive in San Francisco: 1. Business Cards – Make sure you are well stocked. There’s nothing like scrambling at the last minute looking for your business cards and realizing you have none! Now, if... Read more »

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How to Use Online Trade Show and Exhibitor Management Software

Trade Show & Exhibitor Management Software

Did you know there is an easy way to drive trade show revenue, dramatically cut labor and paper costs, while at the same time marketing your exhibitors to your attendees? This great technology uses an interactive trade show floor map to achieve all these amazing results. Here are some of the features of such software. For the Exhibitor The software produces a floor map of your show online with all the tables and booths. For booths that are available for purchase, exhibitors can simply click on the booth and buy on the spot. Anybody can see the list of current... Read more »

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Design Rebel: Sweet 16 Hot, New Trade Show Colors

2015 Trade Show Colors

To paraphrase the timeless lyrics of Cole Porter’s “Let’s Fall in Love”, birds do it, bees do it, even savvy trade show exhibitors do it. They all invite visitors to their nests, hives, and booths with color. Unlock nature’s not so secret, secret weapon: color. One of the most powerful lures, a hot, new color not only turns heads and catches the eye, it summons a closer look. As any new or experienced exhibitor knows, the competition to attract people your trade show booth can be fierce. What you may not be aware of is the effective use of color... Read more »

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Tech Tuesday: How to Simplify the Management of Your Exhibitor Staff

Standing in Line

It still happens at too many trade shows – long lines at the exhibitor check-in area. In most cases the person waiting is an exhibitor who is registering onsite. In other situations the exhibitor has pre-registered but the badge cannot be found. Additional frustration can be caused if each booth has a limit on the staff allowed. You may have to manually cross-reference how many staffers a company has registered and if that additional staffer is allowed entry. If you do not have cross-referencing in place you may find out after the show that companies have frequently gone over their... Read more »

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How Beacons Can Help You Understand Your Trade Show

Beacon

One of the hot trends of 2015 is the use of Beacons at meetings and trade shows that work with your mobile attendee app. Beacons are small wireless transmitters that interact with the latest releases of Apple iOS and Android devices. They use BLE technology – also known as Bluetooth low-energy or Bluetooth Smart. The most important thing to know is that the devices are aimed at noticing when your smart phone/wireless device enters the perimeter of an area, such as a store or a trade show. Your phone needs to have the appropriate app installed, and probably should be... Read more »

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Trade Show Lead Nurturing Best Practices

Sales Funnel

In a recent article, we talked about how to develop quality leads at a trade show using a number of best practices. These practices included proper planning, good sales techniques, and tools like lead retrieval. But once you’ve got a hot lead, what’s the next step? Read on to discover the trade show lead nurturing best practices savvy sales teams are using right now to convert those leads into new business relationships. What is Lead Nurturing? It’s not enough to simply get good leads at the show, you need to be able to turn those leads into a sale. That... Read more »

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Making Great Connections at Conferences and Trade Shows

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We all know that exhibiting at a trade show can be expensive. Therefore it is imperative that you implement good trade show practices so you do not waste the opportunity of bringing a bunch of qualified leads back to your office. Here are some critical things you should do to guarantee that your appearance is a success. Plan Early and Set Goals As soon as you decide to participate in the show you need to start thinking about how to make your appearance effective. The main thing is to figure out the types of attendees that are going to the... Read more »

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Why You Should NOT Give Out Thumb Drives at Your Trade Show

No Flash Drives

Giving out thumb drives (aka USB Drives) at your show or booth seems like a good idea. They are small, can be packaged attractively, and the attendee can just stick the device into his or her PC and view your material. And that material can be anything from brochures to a movie to Power Point slides to links to your web site. Sounds great – right? Wrong! This article is written to discourage you from giving out thumb drives and attendees from taking them. This author personally throws away any thumb drive he is given, even if they are in... Read more »

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How Online Trade Show Floor Map and Exhibitor Management Software Can Improve Your Show

Trade Show

Did you know there is an easy way to drive trade show revenue, dramatically cut labor and paper costs, while at the same time marketing your exhibitors to your attendees? This great technology uses an interactive trade show floor map to achieve all these amazing results. Here are some of the features of such software. For the Exhibitor   The software produces a floor map of your show online with all the tables and booths.   For booths that are available for purchase, exhibitors can simply click on the booth and buy on the spot.   Anybody can see the... Read more »

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How to make your Reverse Trade Show more successful

Handshake Reverse Trade Show

Reverse trade shows are one of the hottest items in the meetings industry. They promise to bring more value to exhibitors by delivering high quality appointments with high closing rates. To work effectively, these shows use Appointment Scheduling software to setup meetings prior to the show. The strange thing about reverse trade shows is that while having good appointment scheduling software is important, it is even more critical that this software is setup properly in the bigger picture of the attendees’ participation in the meeting. If the attendees do not make or show up to the appointments, than the quality... Read more »