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Aidan Lundy

Aidan Lundy
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3 Ways to Generate Buzz Before a Trade Show

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Jul 28, 2016 10:53:11 AM

Participating in a trade show can quickly eat up your marketing budget.

To see any positive returns, you need a well-planned strategy and flawless execution.

Some companies start planning several months before the event, and with good reason. As soon as you get on the exhibition floor, you only have a moment’s glance to grab the attention of attendees.

So, what exactly can you do to create a buzz long before the trade show?

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7 Tips for Launching a New Product at a Trade Show

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Jul 21, 2016 10:20:58 AM

Trade shows are one of the best places to launch a new product. Why... because trade shows give you the opportunity to interact with intended users of the product face-to-face. A chance to watch as a target audience interacts with your new product and gain insight directly from the users; how often do you get that?

Trade shows are also great for product launches because of the extensive media coverage. Often, these events attract a lot of media attention meaning several TV, Radio, Magazine, and Newspaper companies will be there to cover the event. 

To help make the launch successful, here are a few ideas you should consider:

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6 Trade Show Ideas to Help You Double Your Leads

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Jul 12, 2016 9:20:24 AM

While trade shows are an opportunity to build brand awareness, the main reason businesses participate in these events is to generate leads. You want to get contact information and initiate conversations with people who are likely to become your customers. That’s usually the main aim.

However, capturing leads isn’t as easy as it sounds. Attendees won’t just give you their contact information because you showed up at the event or because your booth looks good. If you want to get their contact details, you need to work for it.

Here are six ideas to consider;

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Trade Show Marketing - One Piece of Your Inbound Marketing Strategy

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Jul 5, 2016 8:30:07 AM

Trade shows can be a great place for your business to start earning a reputation and making connections with customers.

However, the type of connections you form at the booth is often far more telling than the number of interactions you have. A properly planned trade show campaign will allow you to expand upon your current inbound marketing techniques, rather than slipping back into your old low conversion outbound marketing habits.

Trade show marketing should be about forming new relationships, not necessarily making one time sales.  

Stop thinking short term, instead think long term.

Here are some of our thoughts about the mindset of successful trade show exhibitors.

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4 Trade Show Preparation Tips

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Jul 1, 2016 10:39:05 AM

"There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." -Oscar Wilde

Although Wilde died in 1900, people are still talking about him and his "wildeisms" are still quoted. The goal of every company exhibiting in a trade show is to keep that talk going and translating into business.  Trade shows represent huge opportunities to create new relationships, raise brand awareness, and make some noise.  In other words, keep people talking!

Exhibiting at a trade show is the quintessential occasion to come face-to-face with qualified prospects for your products, all the while representing a large percentage of your company's marketing budget. So making the most of the time and money invested in exhibiting means carefully avoiding trade show mistakes that sabotage all your efforts.

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7 Ways to Boost Trade Show Booth Traffic

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Jun 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Unique promotional concepts and trade show ideas are what you need to make your exhibition a sought-after destination at a trade show event. If you’re creative enough to stand out from the competition, you’ll attract large crowds.

The best way to learn about these new trade show ideas is to attend as many events as possible, both within and outside your industry. Walk through the exhibition hall to see what others are doing, paying particular attention to booths that are attracting large crowds consistently. Do they have a unique trick no one else knows about? Find out by politely asking about their techniques.

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5 Trade Show Tips and Tricks for First-Time Exhibitors

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Jun 17, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Trade shows are an excellent platform to meet and engage with your customers and prospects face-to-face.

This, according to experts, allows brands to initiate conversations and build long-term relationships.

However, trade shows can also be quite challenging if you’re not prepared.

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Bad Trade Show Marketing: 5 Ways Youre Wasting Time & Money

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Jun 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Trade show marketing doesn’t always work out the way you planned.

If you’re not sure why your great ideas don’t fly with the convention-going audience or why you’re seeing weak leads despite a lot of popularity, you’re probably falling into one of these typical traps. Address these issues, avoid these ROI-destroying pitfalls, and you’ll see business boom at your next trade show.

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5 Elements of the Perfect Event Venue

Posted by Aidan Lundy on May 25, 2016 9:03:13 AM

Finding the right place, services and staff for an event – large or small – can make for a daunting task for an event planner. Nevertheless, taking some time beforehand, to consider your needs will make the entire process much simpler. Here are some of the factors you should consider in selecting the perfect event venue:

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5 Great Places to Send Brand Ambassadors This Summer

Posted by Aidan Lundy on May 19, 2016 11:04:43 AM

Brand ambassadors are charismatic individuals who help spread the word about your alcohol brand or other products. They have the natural ability to connect with others and gain the trust of potential customers in a way that one-dimensional advertising simply can’t. As summer heats up, there are lots of great venues where you can utilize brand ambassadors.

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