The 2017 Tradeshow Marketing Lead Generation Checklist

tradeshowIf you’ve ever been to a tradeshow, you know there’s no time to rest, let alone think about marketing lead generation. But of course, that’s the end goal. So, what can you do?

Keep this marketing lead generation checklist in mind as you prepare for your next tradeshow:

Send a pre-conference email to other attendees

Do you have a list of companies attending the tradeshow? If so, reach out! Let them know how excited you are, and provide a brief introduction. For instance, include a few bullet points on how you can help, as well as your booth number, and other details if your company is planning to host any giveaways, networking events or speaking sessions.

Now, this may not be the most creative outreach strategy. But it’s an important step for marketing lead generation, especially if people are not already familiar with your company. As a result, you can even set up in-person appointments with key prospects.

Reach out & promote your presence through social channels

Don’t wait until you arrive to start networking. In fact, your best bet is to monitor the conference hashtag, retweeting and engaging when someone posts about a relevant topic. You can also promote your presence through simple messages, such as the ones below:

  • Can’t wait for Conference X! Who else is attending?
  • If you’re attending Conference X, don’t miss our booth! Hope to see you there.
  • Looking forward to Conference X! If you’ll be there, let me know so we can connect.

Trust us – if you start promoting early, it’ll be easier to build on your momentum during the actual conference. At that time, you can continue to utilize the hashtag, tweeting during any sessions you attend and posting pictures of your team, along with your booth number.

Bring plenty of swag to stand out from the crowd

Walking around the floor of a tradeshow feels a bit like Christmas, as you can receive everything from branded cellphone chargers to sweatshirts, water bottles, and tote bags. Then there are also opportunities to win bigger prizes, like iPads and GoPros.

This is a great experience for attendees. But it’s even better for sponsors, as it draws people to their booths, giving them the chance to generate new leads and increase brand awareness.

So before you leave for your next show, think about what would interest your target audience. In addition to giveaways, do you have whitepapers and datasheets on hand? And don’t forget about the design of the booth itself. With so many other exhibitors, you’ll need to have eye-catching graphics and relevant messaging.

Host a happy hour or breakout session, if possible

No matter how awesome your booth is, you won’t speak to everyone at the conference. And those who do stop by, may only linger for a few minutes. In that time, you need to make a good impression – it’s basically the marketer’s version of speed dating.

To counteract this, try hosting or co-hosting a smaller event, such as a happy hour or breakout session. With less people to deal with, you can actually have more valuable conversations. Most importantly, though, you can continue to talk after the tradeshow ends, as you’ll have a list of those who attended.

Prepare your post-conference outreach

While you’re writing your pre-conference emails, be sure to write post-conference ones, as well. You should already have a template to follow, if you’ve attended tradeshows in the past.

In this case, say thanks for stopping by and remind recipients of the value you can provide. If it’s relevant, you can also include the slide deck from your presentation, or another piece of targeted content. And as always, include a call to action! You’d be surprised how many people will respond to a question, such as “When do you have 15 minutes this week to chat more about how we can help?”

Remember, though, even if someone gave you their name and number, you may not have the full picture. For this reason, you’ll want to utilize data management tools, which can help you fill in the gaps and update incorrect contact information.

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Originally published by ZoomInfo on March 21, 2016.