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Five Marketing Nightmares and How to Prevent Them
by Susan Friedmann

The success or failure of your trade show rests heavily on how well you market your event. Marketing, when done right, can project a positive image of your event, entice exhibitors to sign the dotted line Cheap Mitchell Marner Shirt , and attract loyal customers.

However, critical mistakes in your marketing campaign can have the opposite effect. Here are five costly errors that are common in our business, along with some sound advice on how to avoid making them.

1. You select the wrong exhibition hall.

You've got the perfect trade show -- or so you think. The products are a great fit for the demographics you're going to attract. The city you've selected is glamorous, loaded with cultural and entertainment opportunities, is easily accessible Cheap Jake Gardiner Jersey , and has ample hotel space near the exhibition hall. And you've done a crackerjack job marketing your show -- you've sold all your exhibit booths and advance ticket sales are off the charts. What could go wrong? Plenty, if the exhibition hall you've selected is a poor fit.

For example, suppose the exhibition space is too small for the crowd you'll attract. With thousands of people pushing and shoving each other to find the exhibits, your show will quickly get a bad reputation as an uncomfortable event where it's impossible to see all the products. And negative word of mouth travels almost as fast as the speed of light.

The solution: Do your homework! Get the inside scoop from other trade show managers who have done shows at that exhibition hall. Find out what was positive about their experiences. Conduct an on-site inspection before committing to the exhibition space, paying close attention to such factors as exhibit hall space Cheap Morgan Rielly Jersey , bathroom facilities, and air circulation.

Consider location (is it in a dangerous part of town?), accessibility (are there traffic problems?), and service (are ticket counters adequately staffed?). Better yet, do your inspection while a trade show is going on at the exhibition hall. You'll get to see for yourself whether shows operate efficiently there.

2. You compile an ineffective prospect database.

You might be trying to cut corners by doing your data management in-house Cheap Tyler Bozak Jersey , but if you don't have database pros on staff, it's best to seek professional help! A list that has unlikely prospects or out-of-date addresses is a waste of time and money, and you'll lose precious opportunities to zero in on hot potential customers. You might hesitate to spend more money on a solid database management firm, but you could lose twice as much by failing to reach the right target audience.

3. You construct a poorly designed Web site

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