Midyear Reset: 8 Quotes for Trade Show Success

Making midyear adjustments and comparing results from past trade shows can position a brand for compelling success during the second half of the trade show season. This is an opportune time to eliminate strategies and tactics that haven’t delivered a favorable ROI.

Check out these 8 quotes from industry experts on revamping your trade show action plan, elevating your booth presence, and going beyond traditional trade show norms: 

1. “Your booth is intended to be a backdrop, not a brochure. This can’t be overstated: people walking by should be able to instantly recognize who you are and what you do. It’s your booth staff’s job to take it from there.”
-Tim Asimos

2. “Gearing up for a trade show is like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle. Pieces can come up missing, but companies should do their best in advance to make it all fits together to their advantage.” – Susan Friedmann

3. “Don’t enter your next trade show with the same tired elements that you have used time and time again. Do something new, engage your customers or visitors and make something happen. After all, you are a unique company with amazing things to offer—show this side of your business to the world.” – Deepa Christina Radh

4. “Be audacious and memorable… but smart… and relevant.” -Ken Krogue 

5. “Limit giveaways to those who give you their contact information. In other words, try to avoid giving marketing collateral to unqualified leads.” – Allen Malapit

6. “Go beyond the norm and invest in something unique to make trade shows worth your time, energy and hard-earned money.” – John Ruhlin

7. “Giveaways are a point of contention for veteran trade show attendees. For some, it’s a valid reminder of your brand. For others, it’s a waste of money. Whichever camp you fall into, make sure any freebie serves a purpose.”
– Drew Gannon

8. “If a given trade show isn’t pre-planned at the level of the Normandy Invasion, it’s doomed to fail. Sales meetings need to be pre-scheduled, speaking slots secured and every show attendee assigned specific objectives—from thoroughly deconstructing a competitor’s pitch to making a number of new contacts,” – Simplilearn CMO, Mark Moran.