Promotions and Social Media

QUICK SOCIAL MEDIA CHECK LIST FOR YOUR EVENTS AND TRADE SHOWS

Published on Sep 17, 2018 6:13:56 PM

 

social media check list

Effective social media marketing means taking the proper steps before, during, and after the show. To ensure you cross everything off your social to-do list, refer to the following checklist:

 

PRE-EVENT PLANNING

1. Create a calendar for event marketing.

2. Work with your designer to conceptualize any infographics, Twitter cards, Pinterest Pins, social display ads or other visuals for your campaign.

Here are few things to stimulate your creative mind.         The idea is you want to be perceived to be 'MORE' than who you are....

Talk about your industry

Talk about contextual relevance of your brand related to your industry

Highlight the pressing issues that your customers are facing

NO JOKE: If you cannot think of anything worthy, take refuge in poetry and the power of words. Using the right words could create mystique, evoke passion or fuel trust.

 

converge connect and create

'CONVERGE, CONNECT AND CREATE' - notice the power of words — action oriented and yet 'spiritual' — the words make you visualize, and create a sense of mystique.

 

great taste clean labels

MYSTIQUE AT WORK - 'So, what does clean labels have to do with great taste?' — It does not shout out non-GMO, it does not say replace chemical ingredients in food —  when you are in the business of catering to a vast portfolio of solutions, you do not go into specifics. You let the imagination do the talking and thinking.

 

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3. Add your event to your email signature.

4. Create an event page on LinkedIn, Facebook, and/or Eventbrite, as well as on your own website.

5. Submit the event to the relevant directories, so that it shows up ASAP in listings.

6. Create a highlight reel from last year’s event, and upload it to your YouTube channel. This can also be repurposed for Facebook and Instagram, and used a teaser for the next event.

7. Find out what the show’s official hashtag will be, and come up with your own brand offering hashtag.

8. Designate a social media leader to be the primary voice and driver for your messaging.

 

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PRE-EVENT MARKETING

1. Commit to doing 'CERTAIN NUMBER' of posts per day/week on each of your social platforms

2. Amplify your updates via promoted posts, tweets, and updates to reach new, lookalike audiences

3. Send a LinkedIn InMail to prospects you’d love to see at the conference and expo, to alert them to your attendance.

Something to ponder on as you are preparing your pre-event marketing. 

If you are not a well known brand, that is quite okay. Actually, it might be better. You can put your product in a class of it's own. You do not have to prove that you are better than your competition.

Because, better is fragile. Better is weak. Better categorizes you as only one of the many.

"Attempting to be better, puts companies on a hamster wheel, running faster and faster — and in the same direction as everyone else—to keep up."

 

selfie ready

Taking some lessons from K-beauty, aka “Korean beauty”. It made made a grand entrance onto the Western beauty scene back in 2015, and took it by storm with its cutesy and colorful skincare and cosmetic products. Now it’s about to become ubiquitous. 

Note: How the brand manipulates and redefines cultural context to bring light to it's own products.

 

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4. Upload any and all email lists to AdWords, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and create Custom Audience campaigns to serve display ads to just these people.

5. Participate in any discussion groups on LinkedIn that are relevant to your event.

6. Start following the show hashtag several weeks in advance to stay up to date on what’s trending.

 

EVENT

AT THE SHOW

1. Use Facebook live to capture and webcast the most exciting moments as they occur.

2. Use photos of attendees in your social updates. ID the people (with their permission) to encourage social sharing and interaction.

3. Utilize HootSuite or another social scheduler to post on your behalf when you are busy at the show.

4. Use the Twitter @ sign to engage directly with your sponsored speakers or other known social brand champions in attendance.

5. Engage in social listening to see what topics and events attendees are interested in. Respond to other attendee questions, rather than just inviting people to come to your booth.

6. Draw out a roadmap for your serious leads. Help them figure out exactly where they in the customer journey road map. Make the journey of making a purchase decision easy for them

(This means, that you will have pre-designed road map which you may use it as a valuable giveaway.)

customer journey road map

Above: Designed by Aruliden for the Museum of Modern Art, the Graphite Towers come precisely carved from blocks of graphite and can be used either by the tip or by the base to sketch on paper.

 

PROS AND CONS OF THESE 7 KINDS OF GIVEAWAYS

 

POST-SHOW FOLLOW-UP

1. Go through any leads you gathered, and connect with those people on LinkedIn, follow them on Twitter, or like their business page on Facebook.

2. Follow up with your leads and connections via email.

3. Post an event summary on your blog, with photos of the show highlights.

4. Create and share a Twitter Moment of the event highlights.

Nurture your social leads and build your network year-round, rather than being a fair-weather user. Effective social media usage means being an active and engaged part of your social community!

We are human beings. Hence, we are social animals. We are meaning-making machines. We co-create meaning through the relationships we have with others. Whether you’re exhibiting at local, national, or international shows, whether you are exhibiting for 10, 100, or 1000s people, the goal is to create a relationship with each one of those individuals.

 DESIGN FOR DEAL MAKING HUMANS

 

Happy Socializing!

The original article has been interjected by thought evoking snippets by Sarmistha Tarafder

Indulge in the original article here.

 

Topics: Social Networking, Social Media in Tradeshow booth design, Social Media Marketing for Trade shows., Social Media Marketing, social media for event marketing

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SOME DEFINITIVE WAYS TO PUSH SOCIAL AND
DELIGHT YOUR AUDIENCE DURING THE PRE-EVENT PHASE

When you act upon these ideas, you get to know them better, you can communicate with them in their language and you get develop products and services based on their needs and not on your 'market study'

 

audience

Ask your audience

'What is unique about you?"

 

what is so unique about you


Highlight in social channels a collage of your branded image, (above, is an example), let them know that you are going to fill up with their unique attributes and create posters that will adorn your booth design, and they get to pick up a copy from your exhibit space, when they visit you.

 

 

audience

Ask your audience

'What does your creative
self look like?"

what does your creative self look like

 

Encourage participation by creating few templates which they can use to drop their images on. Embolden them to to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions.


Help them to build confidence in the creative spirit.

Create a hashtag wall in your display booth and place all these images to form the texture of the hashtag that you will be using for the event

 

 

audience

Ask your audience

'What does it take to do your job?"

 

what does it take to become a mover

 

Empathy is the strongest mover of all. Why? Because, it is the language of the spirit. Where the matter of the spirit is involved the 5 senses cannot even come close. When you ask your prospects about their job, you are speaking in their language and that directly speaks to their heart.

Once you gather the stories, build a patchwork of story walls in your booth design. Train your booth staffers to intimately get acquainted with them. This will help them to better understand the attendees.

 

 

 

audience

Ask your audience

'What will it take to help you do your job better?"

little thingsmake big days

 

This is a chance to align your profit with their purpose. This way, you become an active a co-creator with your audience. "How you can make their lives easier, help them grow, or do something better, faster, or more efficient than ever before?"

Create an in-booth presentation and that talks about how you can help them succeed in their job. This might not directly add to your bottom line right away, but it creates immense value for the audience is the best way to turn audience members
into  co-collaborators, supporters, and even fans. Give your best ideas away for free. No strings attached.
This sounds counterintuitive, but it creates wider brand coverage than you would ever imagine.

 

 

How we are so definite about the workings of these ideas?

One of our very popular and high value content is 'EXHIBITING SMARTS' — It is a compilation of all the friction points that an exhibitor encounters when planning for a trade show.

exhibiting smarts