Business Expos are a great way to meet new people, build your reputation and grow your business. Don't forget to make the most of it on social media to reach an even bigger audience and keep in touch.
Before the Event
Let people know you're going to be there and what to look out for. You can shout out other exhibitors or speakers to encourage people to attend and build bridges.
Use Event Hashtags
Find out the hashtag for the event – make sure it's the latest one for annual or repeating events. Make sure to include the hashtag so people can find you. It also makes it more likely that others will use the hashtag, which helps you all promote it.
Connect with Other Exhibitors or Attendees
Find out who is going to be there and connect now. Make sure people know where you will be, how to find you and whether they can book 1:1s with you. Find out key people you'd like to find when you're there.
During the Event
Show people things like setting up your stall, live tweet handy tips from speakers, show selfies with people you have met... You can use Stories to highlight anything interesting on top of a post or two to commemorate the day.
Promote your Promotions
Are you running an event specific promotion? Let people know how to enter and why it's worth finding you. Create some FOMO and let people know more.
Networking through LinkedIn
Connect up with people as you go along. Take advantage of the positivity of an event and the ability to meet loads of interesting people. You may want to have your LinkedIn QR code printed out (or equivalent for your preferred platform) so people can scan and connect really easily.
After the Event
Share Event Highlights
Shout out wonderful people you've met, great speakers or something unique. This helps to grow great events and allows another opportunity to highlight fab businesses.
Follow-Up with New Connections
Make sure you connect with people you've exchanged business cards with. Do it sooner rather than later as people may forget who you are (and if you don't pay for LinkedIn you don't get many messages for reminders).
Ask for Testimonials or give Reviews
Were you a speaker? Were you inspired by someone else? Did you buy a great product or pick up a fun freebie? Let people know and ask for feedback if people benefited from what you did.
Expos are a great opportunity so make sure you maximise your reach online and make use of those new connections before, during and after the event.