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3 Ways to Avoid Being Invisible on the Trade Show Floor

 

Guest articles > 3 Ways to Avoid Being Invisible on the Trade Show Floor

 

by: Susan Friedmann

 

I recently read an article in Newsweek about being invisible in different cities around the globe by just fitting in with the locals, in the way you dress and behave.

This triggered a thought about how most exhibitors display themselves at trade shows. They have similar booth displays, bland and often uninteresting graphics and an array of stuff that is simply blah! In other words, there’s very little that jumps out at the visitor with the message “Notice Me!”

Walking down the aisle as an attendee, these exhibits blend into nothingness, and are quite simply, seem to wear the invisibility mantel with pride. This begs the question, “is this really the role you want to play when you invest serious marketing dollars to be at the show?”

Here are three ideas to consider if you decide you want to be noticed:


1. Be different.

Next time you’re at a show, either as an exhibitor or as an attendee, check out the sameness around you. Ask yourself, “what would it take to be different in this industry environment?” “What would help you stand out from the crowd?”

Recently, a coaching client of mine exhibited at a local expo. As a first-time exhibitor we discussed ideas that would have the company stand “head and shoulders” above the competition. Being in the property maintenance business, they decided to use live shrubbery creatively to arouse attendee curiosity. It worked extraordinarily well, and they captured more leads than they’d planned for.

 

2. Break the rules.

In your quest to be different, take your ideas and experiment with different approaches. Can you add to it or take something away? Challenge the norms, break the rules and allow yourself to be zany, crazy and off-the-wall. Read Roger von Oech’s “Whack on the Side of the Head,” to help get those creative juices flowing.

 

3. Think like a kid.

Children have an innate gift of bizarre ways of looking at things. Somewhere along the way we lost that gift and replaced it with average vanilla thinking, and duplication of what others do. Typically, the thought process is, “if it works for them, it’ll work for us.” Sameness is boring.

Invite a few five year olds to look at your ideas, and work on helping you create something completely different. You might need to adapt their ideas, but, their way of looking at things could definitely get you out of your “box-like” thinking.

To rid yourself of that invisibility mantle, keep your overall goal in mind: “How can we be different, stand out from the crowd, and be noticed, so that visitors will stop, take interest, and ultimately, buy what we have to offer?”

 


Written by Susan A. Friedmann,CSP, The Tradeshow Coach, Lake Placid, NY, author: “Meeting & Event Planning for Dummies,” working with companies to improve their meeting and event success through coaching, consulting and tradeshow training. For a free copy of “10 Common Mistakes Exhibitors Make”, e-mail: article4@thetradeshowcoach.com; website: www.thetradeshowcoach.com


Contributor: Susan Friedmann

Published here on: 08-Ajug-10

Classification: Trade shows, Sales

Website: www.thetradeshowcoach.com

 

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