1. Assign a social media manager for the event. Select someone on your staff who is conversant in social media to begin the conversation several weeks prior to the event. Using the assigned hashtag (#) for the event, send out tweets that include your booth number and location, special show discounts, any special events and the opportunity to schedule one-on-one sales conversations. Make it fun. Consider first-come, first-served prizes for those that following and re-tweet or share Facebook posts. Use Instagram to include speak peak photos of your booth and the sales staff. Have fun with the Instagram filters. Remember that humor goes a long way in creating a buzz about your company.
2. Employ a fun “man on the street” series of interviews at your booth. Consider asking fun questions of those passing by to grab their attention. Shoot a live Facebook video or film a series of interviews and then post them on your social media sites. Spark Media offers 21 great tips for creating fun, engaging man on the street videos.
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3. Be the destination for power. Include a charging station in your trade show booth so that attendees know to come and visit when they are running low on power. While their device is charging you have the opportunity to engage them in conversation. Trade Show Charging stations are available in a variety of styles and can be purchased or rented.