Some Assembly Required

My Dad didn’t “assemble” anything when I was growing up.  Nothing.  My mother tells the story that they went to  buy a bike for me at Christmas and when the salesperson  brought it out of the back it was in a box. My Dad refused to take it.  He told them he bought the one on the floor that was assembled and if that wasn’t what he was getting, then he wasn’t buying.  Thankfully the store gave in or I would have been a really disappointed kid on Christmas morning.

While this example may be a little extreme, many people approach their marketing the same way.  If you want a cohesive marketing plan you have to “assemble” all the right parts.  You can’t expect everything to be handed to you in a neat little “pre assembled” package and it work perfectly for your specific needs.

Think about your end goal (the assembled bike).  Is it to introduce a new product, make people aware of a service you offer, draw a crowd to a grand opening, get more traffic at your trade show booth, increase your visibility on social media?  Maybe you need to cut lost time accidents in the workplace, increase employee morale, reward staff for the completion of a large project, announce a merger.  The goal is what ever you need it to be- and it’s ok if you have more than one goal.  The important thing it to clearly identify the goal so you know what “parts” you need to put together to reach that goal.

Now, lay out all the parts you might need (even if it’s just in your head).  Print, direct mail, email campaign, radio or TV advertising, promotional products, packaging, delivery, follow up, etc.  This is just the review part.   Look at all the options you can use then start narrowing it down.  You don’t have to use every “part” (this is not true when assembling a bike, just saying).    Kinda like this:


What key elements do you need; what parts are crucial to the outcome.  Think of this as the “frame”.

For example, if you want to draw potential clients to your trade show booth, then you really need to focus on your actual booth first.  Do you need a backdrop, lights, shelving, brochure display, a table and chair to sit down with clients or will a table cover with your logo and an retractable banner work?

Now that you have your frame, are you just going to stand behind the table and hope people stop? No, not if you expect to be successful.  What “parts” do you need to get people to the event or to get those registered to stop at your booth?  A pre-show mailer? Social media campaign? Booth giveaway?   Brochures of your product/services? Samples?  An in-booth game to get people involved?  Free popcorn?

So you had a great booth, people loved your product and took away samples or information. Now what?  Social media follow up?  Direct mail piece to those that stopped by? Packaged gift to your top leads?

This last portion is the key to showing a nice ROI.  Sure, all the other pieces fit together and work and can get you to your goal. However,  the follow up is like the bike bell, not totally necessary to the function of the bike, but it lets everyone know you are around.  It makes noise and gets attention.

You can take this concept and apply it to any marketing or business goal you have- frame, parts, bell.  It’s a very simplified breakdown, but an easy way to remember to think about the finished product as a whole and to plan out the assembly before you start.  Then you can ride away on that shiny bike ringing your bell.

Need help with the assembly?  Give us a call, email or chat with us on our website and we can work with you to help you put all the parts together to achieve your goal.




Tradeshow Planning- Booths and Displays

Tradeshow Planning One Step at a Time
Tradeshows are an inevitable part of business.  No matter what the size of the event, local community festival or a large industry only trade show, planning is key.
We have a series of blogs that will focus on different aspects of planning an effective trade show.  Today we will focus on Step One-  tradeshow booth and trade show display options.
The first thing you need to decide is what you are hoping to achieve.  If you are exhibiting at a community event then that may be simply to get your information into as many hands as possible.  Maybe you want to get contact information for small business owners.  At an industry trade show, perhaps your focus is to draw sales managers to your booth.  Once you know what your goals are it becomes easier to decide what you need to do to get the results.
Tying a theme into your exhibit is a fun way to draw attention to your booth and generate excitement with attendees.  Think of ideas such as a Doctor theme where staff is dressed in lab coats or scrubs and your product or service “cures what ails you”.  Or a baseball theme because you help clients “hit a home run”.   Extending a theme throughout your booth with the backdrop, table covers and handouts makes a memorable experience for attendees.
Total tradeshow exhibit package
Booth design can vary- but at the very minimum should include an imprinted table cover (fitted, adjustable or standard).  From there you can add banners and signage (retractable, table top, floor) and backdrops.  Draw attention to yourself at outdoor events (and protect yourself from the sun or rain) with a pop up tent.  Choosing a backdrop frame and banner stands with graphics that can be easily replaced allows you to upgrade your exhibit for future events as needed without having to start from scratch again (and saves money).
Indoor/outdoor sail signs will make you stand out from other exhibitors.  And if you need a place to display literature besides stacking it on a table, check out these options.
Other options for your trade show booth include balloons, event arches, podium and even lights for your display. 
Custom shape product ad inflatable
At Barefoot Promotions Your Swag Connection we can take your ideas and help turn them into a memorable trade show booth for all your event and exhibits.  Call or email us today to let us get started working on ideas to fit your needs and budget. or 866-2474320