Fail to prepare and prepare to fail.
It’s true about exhibiting, because visitors – the ones you want to speak to anyway – don’t have the time or the inclination for fluff and niceties.
When preparation is lacking, too many exhibitors are deflated when closing time approaches and they haven’t got any genuinely red-hot leads for their time and efforts.
But, be honest if this rings true. How well did you prepare for your conversations with visitors?
Did you prepare at all or did you just launch in to pleasantries or a full-on sales pitch as soon as you got eye contact with a passing visitor?
It’s Not What You Say It’s How You Say It
The production of thought-provoking articles by David’s team of editorial writers is at the heart of Thought Club membership.
And the magic of the articles lies in the headlines.
Every piece of content has a laser targeted headline that asks a key question about the main challenges your ideal client faces.
The articles are featured in relevant publications in M3’s highly though of magazine portfolio.
How does this relate to exhibitors?
“Here’s the thing. You engage with a visitor. But you don’t launch in to general chit chat with them,” advises David.
“Instead, you have three killer questions ready, backed up by credible content. It empowers you to get them straight on to a subject that’s relevant to them. The value in your content buys you the opportunity to ask for a follow-up meeting.”
Give Them Value, Not a Bagful of Brochures
How does this work in practice?
“It’s a simple as emailing them a link to your article or DM-ing it to them on LinkedIn,” David explains.
“You’ve already captured their attention by using the headline as a thought-provoking conversation starter. So, you’re giving them great value before they’ve even left the exhibition hall, by moving your conversation through a process to get the follow-up opportunity.”
“With all the time and expense businesses invest in exhibiting, your first approach to every prospect you meet is critical. But,” David warns, “it should be connected to a process”.
“Otherwise, you’re going to be just hoping, and inviting visitors to meet you for coffee when neither of you even know if there’s synergy or not. That’s a lot of unanswered coffee invitations that won’t justify your ROI.”
“Trust the process. It’s so powerful for getting follow-ups, deeper conversations, more consultative discussions with your prospects”.