intro:2012 International Home + Housewares ShowMARKETING PLANNERPlanning an Housewares show can be adaunting task especially if it’s your first time.Juggling budgets, logistics, exhibits, demos,and pre-show promotion can beoverwhelming task for even experiencedtrade show managers.Use our Housewares 2012 MARKETINGPLANNER as cliff notes to help you plan aneffective IMTS 2012 show.
Housewares Show Planning Guide:2012 International Home & Housewares Show: March 10-13Booth & Exhibitwho is in charge of the showwho is in charge of move in - move outwho is in charge shippingwho is in charge of the demonstrationswho will make the hotel/travel arrangementswho is in charge of the sales leadswho will work the exhibitBooth & Exhibitwhat is your show budget & what is includedbooth sizebooth type (inline-island-peninsula)booth space payment dateswill you rent, build or use an existing exhibitwho is your exhbit companyServices & Logisticspre-show service ordering datesname of trucking company usedshow move in dateshow move out dateMachines & Demoswhat products/equipment will be exhibitedwhat are the machine demonstrationswhat services & materials are needed for the demosMost Importanthow will we draw exhibitors into our exhibit?
Keep a track on your Housewares expensesItem Costfloor spaceshow servicesFocusOne – electrical-plumbingexhibit companytransportationhospitality
McCormick PlaceHouseware Halls : North – South - Lakeside
Understanding the trade show lingo Trade Show TermsConvention Center is where the trade show takes place. IMTS 2012 will be held at Chicago’sMcCormick Place .Trade Show Association promotes the trade show, rents out the convention centers, hires theshow contractors, and decides on the cost of the exhibit space and hotel rates. The Association ForManufacturing Technology (AMT) is the association for IMTS.General Show Contractor is the company who manages trade show, including leasing theexposition facility, hiring official contractors, and promoting the show. Freeman is show contractor forIMTS 2012.Exhibitor Appointed Contractor is hired by an exhibitor to perform trade show servicesindependently of show management appointed contractors. Dimension Craft is an exhibitor appointedcontractor who builds, ships installs & dismantles exhibits.Shipping is the cost to bring your exhibit and exhibited material to the convention center’s loading docs.Drayage (material handling) is the cost to bring your exhibit from the convention center’s loadingdocs to your booth space. The charge is normally based the weight cartons skids, and crates.Bill of Lading is an official document between the shipper and the carrier listing the items beingshipped. Most shows contractors will only issue your bill of lading once all your show expenses have beenpaid.
Understanding the trade show lingoTrade Show ServicesElectricians will install and dismantle anything electrical. Be sure to provide an electrical layoutplan when submitting your electrical request. This will speed up the electrical set up process and saveyou money. If exhibiting machinery for shows like IMTS or FABTECH, its a good idea to leave themachine locks in your booth (oppose to storage) so you can lock up your equipment immediately afterthe show ends. Pre-wiring your equipment and providing quick disconnects can also save on yourelectrical cost.Plumbers will provide the installation and dismantling of water, air, gas lines to your equipmentand exhibit. If your exhibit requires plumbing, be sure to provide a location layout, and valve fittingsizes when submitting your plan.Riggers will uncrate/unskid, crate/skid and position your machinery and exhibit. You can save onrigging cost by uncrating your equipment before the show. If exhibiting machinery, its a good idea tomark the location of your equipment on the visqueen carpet covering before the move in. This willhelp the riggers spot your equipment.Carpenters will install and dismantle your trade show exhibit.Decorators will assemble (non-electrical, non-structural) overhead signs, and draping. Exhibitorscan now mount their own signs to their exhibit walls. Be sure to bring in some Velcro when packing fora show if you plan on doing it yourself.
1. not understanding drayage2. not confirming ordered services ahead of time3. showing bad body language4. loosing your cool at an employee or show official5. last second to make move out arrangements6. not ordering carpet padding7. wearing new shoes8. poor exhibit lighting9. cluttered or low quality graphics10. handing out mindless give-aways
Pack these Housewares Items1. velcro2. first aid kit3. electrical extension cords and power strips4. cleaning supplies: Windex, paper towel, small vacuum5. phone charger6. business cards7. tool kit8. breathe mints9. bottled water10. promotional hand outs
Secrets for a 1. Delegate Don’t do everything yourself. Rely on your trade show exhibit company for your exhibit Stress Free transportation, installation/dismantling, service ordering and fellow employees for setting up product demos, hospitality events and lead management.Housewares 2. Confirm your services ahead of time. Show Confirm ahead of time with the show association, show contractor and exhibit hall that your electrical and plumbing services, card readers, and other services and have been received. Bring along a hard copy of your ordered services just case there is an unexpected issue. 3. Have a company a representative in your booth for the move in. By scheduling a company rep. in your booth during the show move-in, you can avoid many potential problems. The rep. should also have the cell phone number of your trucker bringing in the exhibit and displayed products in case there is a delay or issue. Your rep. can also confirm that electrical, plumbing and carpet has been laid before the exhibit and equipment arrives. If exhibiting equipment, the rep. can show the riggers where it needs to be set in the booth. 4. Store items important items in your booth or close by. For example, if you exhibit machinery, keep a set of tools, and machine locks inside the booth or in easy access storage. Once the show closes, you can start packing up your equipment right away without waiting for crates to come back from storage. 5. Don’t wait to the last day of the show to make your move out arrangements Start making your move out arrangements at least two days before the show ends. The last day of the show is always chaotic as people are eager pack up and leave the show. Move out arrangements include paying your show invoices at the convention hall service desk, obtaining your bill of lading (which is your pass to get out of the show), and scheduling company personnel to pack up your machinery or exhibited products.
1. Having too much fun 5 Your raspy voice, red eyes and tired look are a sure sign you had too much fun last night. However, you’ll never be at your best since the only thing you care about is going back to your hotel room and taking a nap. There is no worse place to be hungover than a trade show. Take it easy and make it a goal to be back in your hotel room at a reasonable time.things not to do at the 2. Loosing your cool Trade shows can be stressful especially for the trade show manager. During the show Housewares Show someone will ask the trade show manager “why didn’t you do it this way or you should of done this”. Instead of responding the lyrics from Cee Lo Green’s recent top music hit, remain calm and let it roll off your back. Knowing ahead of time that someone will probably get under your skin will make it easier to remain calm. 3. Talking loudly on your cell phone Think you look important yapping loudly on that cell phone in the middle of the booth? When attendees come into your booth, make them feel like they are the center of your attention and talking away on your cell is not the way to do it. If you have to be on you phone, be discrete by moving to a part of the booth where its less noticeable or consider text messaging. 4. Bringing people who can’t talk the talk You need bodies to work your exhibit but bringing in employees who don’t speak the product lingo is not a good idea. Because an attendee’s time is limited, you may only have one chance to connect and impress them. Engineers, product managers, and of course salesman are ideal people to work your trade show event. 5. Having a messy booth Garbage cans filled to the brim, coffee stained carpet, and soft drink cans scattered around the exhibit, do not give a good first impression. Make it a point to keep the exhibit clean at all times, because you never know what the show attendees are thinking.
Cool web2.0 Housewares marketing tips Think all your marketing is done once the show begins? Think again, its just getting started. With today’s 2.0 marketing tools and the growing popularity of smart phones, you can now also market your products or services during the show. I’m not talking about handing out trade show bags or expensive on-site advertising but rather these inexpensive 2.0 ideas you can do yourself. 1. Twitter: Tweeting is good way to reach trade show attendees who are not your Twitter followers. Send out Tweet updates during the show. Be sure to add #showname in your Tweets so they are found in the Twitter real time search stream. Tweet about your new products, demonstrations, contest or raffles. 2. Facebook: Facebook updates can be used like Twitter but your post reside on your FB wall. Posting Facebook info to your wall is a good way to engage with your Fans who may or not be at the show. Your FB post will show up on your followers (Fans) wall post. This why it’s important to build your FaceBook following. 3. QR Tags: If you really want to engage with a show attendee, add a QR tag to a pop up banner or product ID stand. When a QR tag is scanned by the attendees smart phone, you can link them to a website which could further explain your exhibited product or bring them to a RFQ page. The attendee can then share the link with fellow co- workers or their social network. (If you know of any customers with a large social network or blog following, ask them if they would mind posting some kind words about your product.) 4. Blogs: Blog posting about your show or event can be done before, during and after the show. Your post can include new product announcements, or your take on the show. Be sure to add/tag the name of the show in your post. Since blog post are indexed within hours (unlike web pages which can take up to 12 days), many of your blog post can appear in a search engines while the show is still going on. 5. Adwords: Google Trends show that searches for trade show names ramp up before and during the event and drops off a cliff when the event is over. Consider running a Google Adwords campaign before and during the show. Most trade shows names have little adword competition making the keyword affordable. Your advertisement can announce new products, specials, raffles, contest, and your booth number.
Bob Hetzel Peter HetzelVice President President