Better planning leads to improved results at Trade Shows
Having a well-used CRM is a critical component in the preparation and follow up processes for more effective marketing.
A vast majority of exhibitors have lead generation and new business development as the primary reason for exhibiting in trade shows. Keeping the sales pipeline full of fresh, qualified leads is a top priority and the single-most important metric to a company’s stakeholders continues to be sales driven.
According to the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA):
80% of decision makers attending a show will preplan who they will visit at the show
Yet only 20% of exhibitors conduct any sort of pre-show promotion to engage them & bring them to their exhibit
If lead generation is a primary goal of exhibiting, then a primary focus has to be getting on your best prospects Top 10 List using pre show promotion and then implementing effective post show follow up.
A creative single or multi step direct mail program targeted at key decision makers and offering a relevant incentive for visiting will significantly increase visit engagement by decision makers
Because, the TSEA also reports that 92% of trade show visitors at national and/or regional shows have not been contacted by an exhibitor, a structured post show follow up campaign (maybe sales contest to motivate the sales team) tracked by your CRM system to measure follow up and opportunities will drive results: higher lead to sales conversion rates, shorter time to sales, and a reduced cost per sale.
Remember the 5 P's - Pre-Show Planning Prevents Poor Performance
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