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Generating Leads through Event Marketing

May 8, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Lisa Shepherd

audience-828584_640.jpgMarketplace competition coupled with new marketing regulations has made it increasingly difficult for small to mid-size B2B businesses to reach new prospects.  Therefore, a comprehensive and dynamic marketing strategy is now even more critical to ensure business sustainability and seize growth opportunities.  One goal of any successful marketing strategy is to generate well-qualified leads.  This is mostly accomplished through social media campaigns, email marketing, and calls to action (CTA).  However, a more effective approach is to drive innovative event marketing.  

Here’s how:  The two main types of event marketing that generate the most amount of leads are 1) tradeshows and 2) webinars.  With a dynamic approach and marketing strategy, these two types of events generate the highest ROI and the most amount of leads in the shortest period of time.  Below are some considerations that will help elevate the effectiveness of your tradeshow or webinar.

Memorable Tradeshows:

  1. Identify Tier 1 Shows – List top industry tradeshows that attract your target audience.
  2. Organize – Give yourself enough time to plan and budget accordingly. Think about whom from your team you’d want to have attend the show, walk the floor and man your booth.
  3. Real Estate – Consult with the tradeshow managers and find the right location for your booth to ensure maximum visibility. Corner booths are the most popular as you get traffic from different directions. Make sure it’s visible and is close to networking sections (i.e food/coffee or cell phone charging stations).
  4. Branding – Design your booth so that it stands out and speaks to your brand.
  5. Communication – Think about ways you can attract attendees to your booth and collect their data. Strategies about how you’d go about collecting the right leads and what questions you’d ask to qualify them.
  6. Entice – Thinks about something cool to giveaway at the tradeshow. Make sure the swag is displayed and visible to by passers. Once you have their attention and desire for the give-away, be sure to ask all your qualifying questions before you give them a prize. Check out Inc.com for 11 ideas for cool giveaways[1].  
  7. Sales Collateral - Sales collateral that you can hand out at the show is extremely important. Take your company brochures, business cards as well any other collateral you’d want to share with your prospects.
  8. Prepare – Provide your staff with the tools (e.g., tips and tricks) to collect the right leads and have meaningful conversations. Make sure they are aware of the show goals and are briefed on every detail.

Captivating Webinars:

  1. Hook Them with Topic – Think about a niche topic and focus on your message
  2. Know Your Audience – Deliver content that is relevant to them
  3. Host Company – Ensure that you work with a good hosting company so that you don’t encounter any issues
  4. Clear Call to Action – Think about the type of webinar it will be and what your call to actions are
  5. Approach – Give yourself enough time to market the webinar to obtain the highest amount of attendees
  6. User Friendly – Make it easy for people to sign up for the webinar and share it afterwards
  7. Lastly, reach out to relevant industry associations or magazines for partnerships. It will help you generate more leads by marketing to their lists

Most importantly!... Follow up with your target audience right after the show/webinar.  Make sure you don’t waste your time with unqualified leads; it’s about quality, not quantity.  Lastly, ensure the qualified leads are forwarded to your marketing professionals so that they can include them in future campaigns!  For more information on how to generate leads, what shows to attend or how to go about creating webinars contact us and let us do all the work for you.


[1] http://www.inc.com/young-entrepreneur-council/11-tips-for-cool-giveaways.html

 

Topics: Marketing Strategy and Planning, Marketing Tactics, Strategic Marketing Planning, B2B Marketing, B2B Strategic Marketing Planning, marketing strategy, B2B Marketing Strategy, B2B marketing tactics, strategic marketing, event marketing, lead generation

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