Tradeshow Marketing Tips

As a start-up company the path to trade show success may be clouded with the anxiety and pressure to succeed. However, the foreignness of a trade show shouldn’t thwart your desire to attend. Vast opportunities for financial gain and network connections are present. The following are 7 smart trade show tips will put you on the right path for victory.

  1. Plan Ahead

Trade shows are events that require meticulous planning, thought, and organization. To plan the first thing you need to do is set a reasonable budget that accounts for all related costs. The next thing you need to do is create measurable goals to prevent lackadaisical attitudes at the trade show. An example of a simple numerical goal is to increase sales on your featured product. However, one non-numerical goal that all start-ups should have is to develop and grow brand awareness. Lastly, sketch an outline of what your table should look like and ensure you have all of those materials beforehand and packed to take to the show.

  1. Get noticed

The trade show environment is an extremely competitive one, and to succeed getting noticed is key. If the trade show allows you to pick your own table, get there early, and choose the location you think will have the most foot traffic. High traffic areas will be near the entrance, main walkways, and even the trails to the bathroom. Next you need to astatically excite, try using colorful balloons, monitors, or even play some catchy music to draw people to your table. Once people are at your table they will need a reason to stay engaged. If it is within your budget, hand out gadgets that is relevant to your brand. If gadgets aren’t an option create an interactive attraction that will electrify people and create buzz about your table throughout the trade show.

  1. Approachability and attitude

Your table looks superb, the materials you brought are exciting and informative, but the people manning your table appear unapproachable. Think of these people as tools, which if used effectively can propel your startup to success. We get that you are nervous, but this is the time to put on your “friendly” face. To help relieve the nerves, develop a list of opening lines to attract and help you interact with anyone who comes up to your table. Questions could be thought provoking, direct, or something even more conversational to break the barrier and help you connect.

  1. Establish professional connections

This is an ideal time to network and make professional connections. During the event you will be overwhelmed at the number of people you talk to. A helpful trick is after you finish talking to a person take a moment to write down a summary of what you talked about and who they are on the back on their business card. After the event dedicate time to connect with each person on LinkedIn. In addition to connecting with the people who came to your table dedicate time to network with your competition at their exhibits.

  1. Professional materials

Having a professional trade show exhibit sends a distinct message that you intend to be a serious competitor. Companies like CoolMarketing.US specialize in delivering a wide variety of exhibit options for any budget. The sheer size of banner stands makes them essential tools, because they are so large the eye is drawn right to them and people instantly know the name of the company and any other information displayed there. Another exhibit element that can increase the professional look of your table is tabletop displays, which vary in size and design and can really energize your exhibit.

  1. Using social media

Incorporating social media into your trade show affairs is a savvy way to raise brand awareness and generate sales. Before the trade show begins do some research and see if the show has an official hashtag. Let your followers know you will be at this trade show and with the hashtag let others know who you are. During the trade show post a picture of your table and entice people to check it out. Another strategy is to create your own brand relevant hashtag for the event and encourage people to take pictures at your table and share it digitally. You can motivate people by creating a promotion only those who share will get or by saying one random participant will win swag. To continue engaging customers after the trade show write down all the questions you were asked during the show and write a blog post afterwards answering those questions for all to see.

  1. Follow up

At the trade show you did a great job connecting with people, now you have to maintain and grow that relationship. During the event invite people to connect by leaving their email address, and after the trade show add all of the email addresses to your newsletter distribution list. In addition inspire people to connect with your business on social media. Now you have connections with all these people don’t be lazy! Email and thank them for coming to your booth, continue generating exciting social media posts, and distribute a timely newsletter.

As a start-up your first few trade shows can come with a major financial learning curve. However, if you follow these 7 smart trade show tips you can efficiently display your products and optimize financial gain.

Five 2015 resolutions we should keep

This being my last blog for 2014 I wanted to give some tips on some resolutions we should all keep for the New Year.

Five resolutions we should keep

As we turn the corner into 2015, we often reflect on what we would like to change or how we can make a positive impact. New Year’s resolutions are rarely carried out in practice, mostly because we like to eat good food and jogging isn’t exactly our cup of tea. There are, however, some resolutions we should all implement in 2015 – following through can empower us and fuel growth. Here are my top five resolutions for 2015:

Resolution no. 1: I will try a new marketing medium. I will examine my niche segments and enter the realm of postcard/social media/billboard/(enter yours here) marketing. I will make this effort in earnest, properly test my advertising, track my results and pursue success through intelligent decisions. Resolution no. 2: I will delegate more tasks. I will convince myself that I do not have to handle every aspect of my business; I must only manage it. I will free time to focus on innovation and growth in 2015 by placing time-consuming tasks in the hands of competent and loyal staff members.

Resolution no. 3: I will join a new business or networking group. I will focus on building relationships and helping others succeed, which will in turn bring success to me. I will listen to what others have to say more than I will speak, and I will be present and active in all group meetings.

Resolution no. 4: I will weed out the old and learn something new. I will put aside my feelings and determine what is not working for me – and drop it. In its place, I will learn something new I can put to good use.

Resolution no. 5: I will spend more time with my friends and family. These are the people who stand by me, inspire me, comfort me and the reason I do what I do.

 

Stick with these Resolutions and you should have a successful 2015 year in business and your personal relationships.

 

Stay safe and have a Happy New Year!

 

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Cost Effective Ways To Market Your Business

Cost Effective Ways To Market Your Business

Many small businesses struggle with the investment required to distribute marketing materials. Though they know every marketing effort should be considered an investment with an expected return, limited budgets mean they can’t risk the entire business by hinging it on the success of any given campaign.

Marketing distribution is one of the biggest barriers to small business success. Sure, you can print postcards cheap, but you’ll still have to pay postage to deliver them to your target audience. Fortunately, several marketing tools can be distributed without postage costs. When you employ these marketing tools, you only need to invest a bit of your time to reach a potentially-enormous number of people.

By taking a little time to distribute your own marketing materials, you can save money and increase your return on investment, helping to ensure your marketing campaign yields outstanding profits. Here are five marketing tools you can distribute on your own.

 

·        Business Cards

Printing business cards is a must if you want to have a powerful business networking presence, but not all business cards are created equal. In fact, after networking events most business cards end up thrown in the trash. Turn the back of your business card into a coupon or coupon code. Make it time-limited to motivate fast response. If your offer is good enough, qualified prospects will want to take advantage of it before your expiration date.

·        Flyers

Flyers are mini-posters, perfect for community bulletin boards and to hand directly to passers-by, such as with club card flyers. Since they’re smaller, flyers aren’t quite as attention-getting as posters; however, they’re able to be placed nearly anywhere, which gives them greater reach. Blanket your community with flyers, and you’ll get the message out cheap and easy.

·        Door hangers

Door hanger marketing is the perfect way to pack the punch of a postcard with none of the postage fees. In fact, door hangers can be even more powerful since they’re placed directly on door knobs and not in mailboxes with the rest of the mail. You can distribute door hangers to selected neighborhoods that meet your target demographics.

 

 

The best promotional products are going to be ones that people use every day. Sticky pads, note pads, and pens are the most effective promotional products for most businesses. People need them, use them daily, and they are relatively cheap. Unless you have something very unique that people will use very often, or you have a budget that allows you to purchase really cool promo products like USB memory cards, go with pens, notepads, and sticky pads.

 

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Introducing Our New Website and Products

Introducing Our New Products

It’s with great excitement that we unveil our new website to you. Aside from an updated look, the new website features a powerful new way to sift through our portfolio of products, making it easier for you to better understand our wide range of services and capabilities. We have made WePrintQuick.Com your one stop shop for marketing your business.

Promotional Products

We now offer creative and cost effective promotional products and advertising specialties that promote your company. We offer a full line of imprinted ad specialty and promo products and can showcase your logo with personalized information on a variety of products in the following categories: auto, apparel (t-shirts, polos and logo shirts), awards, bags, coolers, desktop, drink ware, flashlights, fun, health, beauty, golf, house wares, id’s, key rings and key tags, magnets, memory, usb’s, flash drives, notebooks, notepads, pens, pet items, sports, sticky notes, technology, and tools.

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How To Design a Profitable Postcard

How To Design a Profitable Postcard

In this high-tech business world, postcards may not be the first marketing vehicle that comes to mind when planning a lead generation campaign. That’s really too bad since with just a few proven tips you can create powerful marketing postcards that are almost guaranteed to deliver a good response and at a fraction of the cost of high-tech marketing methods.

1. Make an impression

How many of you have looked forward to receiving a postcard from friends or relatives? The compelling picture on the front makes you immediately turn it over to read. Why not incorporate an image-style postcard on the front of your postcard with a “wish you were here” or “wish you had this” feature on the card? Since postcards are available in a variety of sizes from 4-inch by 6-inch, 6-inch by 9-inch or 5.5-inch by 8.5-inch and more, and they are available on many different paperweights, you can explore this theme to develop a warm reception to your postcard.

2. Get to the point

Postcards deliver an instant “read now” quality. In order to attract your customer’s interest, get right to the point with your main statement, which should be your biggest benefit or a distinctive advantage. You need to capture interest immediately in order to maintain the “read now” advantage. If possible, customize the postcard with customer’s name, pet’s name, free offer on products like prefer … anything that provides you with an edge and makes the customer feel like you already know them.

3. Do the right thing

Marketing postcards are most effective when they are used to generate website traffic, phone calls or sales leads. They are less effective for closing sales because they do not provide enough space for a detailed sales message. Please don’t try to include one. It will destroy the personal nature of your message. Instead, focus on persuading the reader to visit your website, call you or some other action.

4. Be clear and actionable

You have just a few seconds to capture the reader’s attention and convince them to take the action you want. So keep the message brief and easily understood. If you are using sentences, keep them short and make sure there are lines in between. You don’t want to overwhelm your reader. Better yet, see if you can reduce the sentences into short bullet points to get your message across quickly. The litmus test is whether you can understand the message with just a brief glance. Test out your message with someone whose opinion you trust.

5. Act now

You know how much people love to procrastinate. In fact, there were more than 1,300 + books listed on Amazon.com in regards to procrastination. You have to give your reader a reason to respond now. The best methods include offering a discounted price for a limited time, a special bonus for the first 100 respondents or some other offer if they respond before a certain deadline.

Postcards might not be a high-tech innovation but, if done right, they have enough gadgets to produce results.

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How To Design A Great Brochure

How To Design A Great Brochure

According to the dictionary a brochure is “a small book or pamphlet, often containing promotional material or product information.” The truth is brochures can be large and their contents must vary depending on the situation.

Even in this age of cyber marketing, brochures have not gone out of fashion. Business people still like printed brochure marketing for the personal touch they offer in communication with clients. Customers or would-be customers can read about the company and its products at their leisure. Brochures are excellent print tools that give customers all the relevant information they need before making a purchase. Apart from attracting new customers, a brochure helps a business organization to stay in touch with its existing customers, build loyalty and reinforce credibility.

In order to be effective, a brochure must satisfy certain conditions in terms of both content and design. A hastily prepared brochure without proper planning can drive customers away. To stimulate the desired effect among customers, a brochure must be attractive-looking and contain all of the relevant information. A good brochure contains all of the following:

If you follow these easy steps to building an effective brochure, you will find yourself more respected and having a better conversion rate for sales.

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How to Design a Business Card

How to Design a Business Card 

Business cards are still the most widely used form of marketing there is. Even with social media and cell phones, the business card is the quickest and most transportable form of information around. So what should you advertise in such prime real estate to be noticed? Just like any other strong marketing material you need to keep in mind the basic principles of design when laying out your business card.

You use to have to consider how much money you were willing to spend before you could figure out how many colors you were going to use in your business card design. But with digital printing presses becoming the norm it’s much more economical to print a four-color process card. With four-color process the sky is the limit with colors; however, you can still get a really clean and memorable design using only two colors and really nice paper stock.

A picture is worth a thousand words

You could just put some words on your card but that would mean someone would have to read it to know who you are and what you do. If you have a well-thought out image to go with your information, then someone could take one glance at it to determine what it is for before getting close enough to read the type.

Three questions to answer when choosing an image:

  • What image will convey what you do with one glance?
  • Does it look good at a small scale?
  • Does it have a clean area for text if you are planning to use it on the whole card”

Sample scenario: Victoria Miles is a wedding planner. When you think of wedding planners you could think of many things that go along with the idea of a wedding: cake, flowers, a dress or rings. So as not to be confused with a cake maker or a florist, Victoria has decided to go with wedding rings for her image. Let’s take a look at a couple of images she found.

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Both images feature two wedding rings and both images have a similar pallet of colors; however, one is a better image to use than the other for a couple of reasons. While you could extend the white space on the right in picture 2 to make room for Victoria’s information, it would feel cramped and would be overshadowed by the image. Picture 1 on the other hand has a lot of unencumbered space that text would lay nicely on top of, allowing Victoria’s name to take center stage. Another reason picture 1 is the better choice for a business card is the impression it gives from a distance. Picture 1’s image is strong and from a distance still comes across as a pair of wedding rings, while the rings in picture 2 do not stand out as much and are upstaged by the box they are resting in. From a distance it is hard to distinguish immediately that it is a pair of wedding rings.

Say it like you mean it
Now that we’ve chosen the image for Victoria’s cards we need to add her information to the card. Easy enough, right? First, let’s go over a few key design points:

The result
Take a look at Victoria’s card below. Notice even though we had the option of using every color under the sun because she is getting a four-color process card we went with black text because it stood out the best on the photo. We even put a little bit of a glow around her name to help it stand out from the background. We put emphasis on her name and how to contact her by varying the font style and size.

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Clean, elegant and effective is what Victoria got with this business card design. Remember your business card can be the most effective advertising tool if designed properly.

 

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