Preshow Event Marketing

Preshow Event Marketing

PROMOTE YOUR ORGANIZATION AND BOOST ATTENDANCE

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Here are a few creative ways to promote your organization and boost attendance at your next conference or tradeshow:

    • Build excitement by promoting any giveaways, prizes, and contests and encouraging attendees to visit your booth via direct mail postcards, email campaigns, and social posts.
    • Request a pre-show attendance list, so you market directly to show attendees.
    • Announce exclusive specials and discounts that will be available only to event attendees.
    • Publish live demo times or highlighted speaker sessions, so attendees don’t miss out.
    • Offer an invite-only sneak peek at new products or services that are coming soon.
    • Create table tents, flyers, and other customized marketing materials that are specific for your audience.
    • Distribute a press release about your tradeshow attendance, and any new product reveals or demonstrations you plan for the event.
    • Link your marketing materials to a website landing page so attendees can learn more about specific products or services promoted at your show. Be sure this site is mobile/tablet friendly.
    • Get hashtags for the tradeshow and tweet them ahead of time to let people know where to find your booth and what types of products or prizes you have to share.
    • Invite customers to attend an upcoming show, and consider offering them a paid or discounted admission.

If you need unique marketing materials for an upcoming event, stop by today! We are conveniently located in Woodcrest Shopping Center in Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.

Our creative experts are here to help.

How T-Shirt Giveaways Led to a Cool Million

Sujan Patel likes to do things unconventionally.

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Patel founded Single Grain, a California based digital marketing company, in 2005. With a background in SEO marketing, Patel gave himself a one-year window to gain as many clients as possible. Though he describes himself as motivated and driven, Patel says a tendency toward laziness was a key that opened the door for his marketing success:

“As soon as I started making money with Single Grain, one of the first things I did was to go out and get some T-shirts made. Not because I thought it’d be some genius marketing move, but because I knew I’d be able to wear them every day and never have to go clothes shopping again. I started out with an order of 25-30 shirts and . . .  I decided to give [several] away to friends. I posted to Facebook to see who wanted a few shirts and was surprised when I ran out just a few hours after the message.”

Patel quickly realized he was onto something bigger than a simple merchandise rush.

Patel started printing a variety of shirts and giving four or five to everyone interested. More than 500 people began wearing them around town, and eventually, Single Grain credited the T-shirts for nearly $980,000 in profits. By 2013, Single Grain had developed into a powerhouse agency with revenues above $3 million.

The Exponential Power of Promotional Products

Businesses need promotional items to help reach out to potential customers and clients – it’s just a fact.

Promotional products allow people to see your brand and remember you, drawing a whopping 500% more referrals from customers who are satisfied with the gift. Like a business card with a bang, clever promotional products build good will, name recognition, and expanded brand exposure.

Patel said his T-shirts had three obvious benefits:

1. They initiated great business conversations.

Since Patel wore his shirts everywhere, people would continually ask, “What is Single Grain?” Patel was ready with a 30-second elevator pitch and corresponding business cards. Patel said the opportunities this generated were astounding:

“No joke – this happened everywhere.  It happened while I was waiting for a haircut at Super Cuts, while I was working out at the gym and while I was racing at the track . . . I even landed a 50K client while I was getting a massage!  These conversations alone led to about 40% of the 500K I made through my T-shirts.”

2. They opened doors into larger companies.

Because Patel was in the Silicon Valley area, his friends often wore his shirts to work at high power companies like Apple, HP, Google, and Wells Fargo.

Co-workers and bosses were intrigued and couldn’t help asking about Single Grain. Eventually, Patel credited 30% of returns to the nibbles he got from this networking.

3. They significantly increased brand recognition.

Single Grain started with almost no marketing budget and little hope of launching massive ad campaigns.

T-shirts offered an inexpensive way to build momentum. Eventually, potential customers became much more comfortable considering Single Grain because the brand was familiar. When prospects came with questions, they were more trusting because the brand already had a life of its own.

Add A Personal Touch with Your Giveaways

While the T-shirts built momentum, Patel says the authenticity drove single Grain’s success, so when YOU give away freebies, remember it’s about the relationship, not just the merchandise:

“When I go in my bag, hand a T-shirt to someone and say “Thanks for being an awesome customer” or “I’d love you to be one of our customers,” they don’t forget that. It’s not just the T-shirt. It’s that experience, and the memory of it, that’s so powerful.”

Instagram Marketing Tips

POPULAR WAYS FOR BUSINESSES TO PROMOTE THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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Instagram has become a trendy way for many businesses to promote their products and services to a targeted audience at a meager cost. Here are a few creative ways to use Instagram to promote your business:

  1. Consider posting a unique, behind-the-scenes look at your business on Instagram Stories, which can be a fun way to experiment with different types of content, such as videos, photos, live clips, and more.
  2. Offer useful tips and how-to clips that appeal to your audience.
  3. Give loyal followers an exclusive sneak peek at teaser photos or videos about exciting announcements, upcoming events, new products, or grand openings.
  4. Consider partnering with a charity or non-profit who aligns with your company’s core values and tag and mention them in fundraising campaigns.
  5. Expand your reach with hashtags. You should also create your own business hashtag and use it across Instagram and Twitter, which makes it easier for followers to find content related to your business.
  6. Measure your online success by checking your follower count, engagement, and clicks. Use these helpful tools to refine and improve your marketing strategy to see what is working or needs improvement.

If you’d like low-cost ideas of how to grow your business with print, we’d love to send you some sample ideas. Send us an email today at info@sjprinter.com!

Printed Banners Work Wonders for Upcoming Events

GettyImages-911142722.jpgPromoting your event in your community without a large budget can feel like an overwhelming task.

While there are plenty of things that you can do with unlimited budgets such as billboards, printed mailings or even postcards, the larger items can be costly and mailings take a bit longer than you may have to publicize your upcoming event.

As a community events coordinator for the local YMCA, Danny L. knew that he needed suggestions for his frequent activities that would bring in additional funds for local groups without breaking the bank.

Raising Awareness (and Dollars!)

From fundraisers for local families experiencing medical challenges to Daddy/Daughter dances at the “Y”, there is no end to the number of events in the community on a monthly basis.

The YMCA has a long history of supporting the community by offering reduced-cost monthly fees and other support mechanisms. However, they are not able to financially support the needs of these worthy groups for promotion in any meaningful way. Instead, any promotional dollars would need to come from the group — and they are generally running on an incredibly tight budget that makes advertising difficult. The tremendous good that is done on a daily and weekly basis through community walks or 5k runs, pancake breakfasts and other fundraisers is significant, but without publicity, the scope of these events is very limited.

Go Where the People Are

Danny realized while looking at a yard sale sign on a busy corner one day that there was a better way to get out the word on upcoming events — banners!

He tested his theory and had an inexpensive banner printed for an upcoming event. He then asked people who attended the event how they learned about it. Surprisingly, quite a few mentioned that the banner prompted them to drop in for a few moments and make a donation! Ever since that time, Danny has been using large printed banners placed in strategic locations throughout the city to drive traffic and interest in upcoming events. He found that placing them approximately two weeks before the event worked best, as people were able to plan ahead to visit, and then also were reminded to come closer to the event.

Creating the banner was very straightforward, and involved Danny sketching out the times and dates as well as a quick call to action that described the event. He found that there was only a little information that could be placed on the banner without it becoming overwhelming for people to read. Let us help you create a banner for your upcoming event today!