The more trade shows I attend the more I realize there is so much to be learned. I learn what to bring. I learn to bring shoes I can actually walk in. Not to mention how to get the most out of each show. If you’re a blogger, or just someone who enjoys going to travel shows and car shows keep reading for my tips.
What to Bring
Business cards are a great way to get your name out there as a blogger and influencer. Make sure they include your website and your email. My card also includes a picture. You will be meeting many people and you want to stand out to them.
Spare camera batteries are a must. You don’t want to be limited to the amount of pictures you can take. We only get 50% worth of usable footage. Make sure you’re able to capture all the images you will need. Carry a tote bag. This is great for snacks and a water bottle.
Before You Go
Study the floor plan a few days before. Have a game plan. Determine which vendors are must sees. Are there specific vendors who you would like to network with? Make a note of those. Don’t forget about your clothes.
Choose clothes that are comfortable yet professional. There will be many people who attend in very casual clothes. That’s fine for them. If you want to stand out you will need to look professional. I also can’t stress enough the importance of comfortable shoes. I don’t always follow my own advice though.
Are you able to pre-register online? If so, do that to save time at the show.
When You Get There
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Will there be a welcome breakfast for the trade community? Be sure to get to that before it’s over.
Will there be a special booth for press? Be sure to stop there for special show details.
Getting the Most out of the Show
Don’t try to visit every single vendor. You’ll end up tired and overwhelmed very easily. Choose only the vendors you especially want to connect with.
Photograph multiple angles of every shot. You want enough options to work with when it’s time to edit.
Don’t worry about “getting the most out of the show” the whole time. Relax and enjoy the show. Remember to savor the experience.
Image Credit: Murm the Natural