7 Things Smart Vendors do at Trade Shows

Trade shows offer one-of-a-kind opportunity to make an impression; few businesses take full advantage
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SEATTLE - May 21, 2014 - PRLog -- At the annual Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce trade show last week, there were obvious winners and losers among the vendors, at least according to traffic and audience size.

The most popular vendors were usually smaller businesses with key personnel on hand. Regardless of their niche...

They smiled and made eye contact with attendees

They were theatrical – offering free samples and product demonstrations

They featured a special offer for trade show attendees

They were energetic and projected a large presence

They asked patrons intelligent questions

They pitched proposals and partnerships

They avoided letting any one person monopolize their time

Although trade shows primarily draw business buyers, the personal touch always wins. Most businesses, especially larger corporations, downplay the necessity of engaging attendees and focus on other things like sponsorship, booth location, and marketing material.

“Trade shows are a lot like carnivals,” says Mike Devaney, a Seattle-based marketing consultant, “and the smart vendor is like a barker. They know what trade show attendees respond to and give it to them.”

“What too many vendors miss is that B2B buyers are just like the general public. They want to make a connection with YOU and usually aren't looking for MORE data. They could stay home for that! I tell clients to use the same tactics at a trade show as they use in their personal life – smiling, eye contact, listening.”

Smaller businesses that lack the warmth necessary for trade show success might draw the wrong conclusions. They could mistakenly think trade shows don't work for generating leads, or that they need to spend more money to get noticed. If they were to study the other vendors from last week's Seattle Chamber event, they would know neither is true.

Mike Devaney is a copywriter and small business consultant in Seattle, WA. He primarily works in the senior care industry. Contact him with questions at mike@mikedevaney.com or visit him at http://www.mikedevaney.com/

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