Summer Tradeshow Checklist

04.25.2023 | Events, Summer, Tradeshows, 2023


Summer Tradeshow Checklist

Summer is just around the corner, and for many industries, that means it's time for trade shows. Whether you're an exhibitor or an attendee, trade shows are an excellent opportunity to network, learn about the latest trends and innovations, and showcase your products or services. But with so much going on, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unprepared.

That's why we've put together a comprehensive checklist to help you make the most of your summer tradeshow experience. We'll cover everything from pre-show planning to post-show follow-up, with tips and strategies for maximizing your time and resources.

So, whether you're a seasoned tradeshow veteran or a first-timer, read on to discover how to prepare, promote, and execute a successful tradeshow experience. With our checklist in hand, you'll be able to navigate the tradeshow floor with confidence and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.


Pre-Show Planning

The key to a successful tradeshow experience is preparation. Here's what you need to do before the show:

  • Set your goals: Determine what you hope to achieve by attending the tradeshow. Are you looking to generate leads, meet potential partners, or showcase your products?

  • Choose your booth location: If you're exhibiting, the location of your booth can have a big impact on your success. Try to secure a prime location near high-traffic areas like entrances, food courts, and restrooms.

  • Design your booth: Your booth should be eye-catching and reflective of your brand. Consider incorporating bright colors, interesting graphics, and interactive elements to attract attention.

  • Create marketing materials: Make sure you have plenty of business cards, brochures, and other marketing materials on hand to give to attendees.

  • Promote your attendance: Use social media, email, and other marketing channels to let your customers and prospects know you'll be at the tradeshow.


At Stran, we understand the importance of making a strong first impression at a tradeshow. That's why we offer a range of design services to help you create a booth that will make your brand stand out from the crowd. Our team of experienced designers will work closely with you to understand your brand and your goals for the tradeshow. We'll then create a booth design that reflects your brand's personality and message, while also incorporating eye-catching graphics, bold colors, and interactive elements that will attract and engage attendees.


During the Show

Once you've arrived at the tradeshow, it's time to put your plan into action. Here's what you should be doing:

  • Engage with attendees: Be friendly and approachable and try to strike up conversations with as many attendees as possible.

  • Showcase your products or services: Use demonstrations, samples, and other interactive elements to give attendees a hands-on experience with your products.

  • Collect leads: Use a lead capture system to collect contact information from attendees who are interested in your products or services.

  • Attend networking events: Take advantage of the networking opportunities provided by the tradeshow by attending social events and after-hours gatherings.



The work doesn't end when the tradeshow is over. Here's what you need to do to capitalize on the connections you made:

  • Swag bags: Offer attendees a branded swag bag filled with promotional items, marketing materials, and product samples. This is a great way to keep your brand top of mind even after the tradeshow ends.

  • Follow up with leads: Reach out to the leads you collected during the tradeshow and begin the sales process.

  • Send thank-you notes: Send personalized thank-you notes to everyone you met at the tradeshow, including attendees and other exhibitors.

  • Analyze your results: Review your tradeshow performance and analyze your results. Did you achieve your goals? What could you do differently next time?

  • Plan for next year: Start planning for next year's tradeshow, taking into account what you learned from this year’s experience.

By following this checklist, you'll be well on your way to a successful tradeshow experience. We're here for you, whether you need just a little bit of help or a whole lot of help! We offer a wide range of tradeshow assets such as:

Building a booth display and accessories: Targeting your audience and setting the right atmosphere at your event is key to accomplishing your goals and hitting your targets.  Whether your needs are a simple table skirt,  banner, lanyards, and nametags or a pop-up tent and signage, or even a full-scale custom booth or environment, Strän will help you design and build the perfect solution to create a lasting impression.


In conclusion, attending a tradeshow can be a great opportunity for your business to showcase your brand, products, and services. By following this checklist, you'll be well-prepared for a successful tradeshow experience. Remember to start planning early, set clear goals, and promote your attendance through social media and other channels. Make sure your booth design is eye-catching and on-brand and consider incorporating interactive elements to engage with attendees. Don't forget to bring promotional products, marketing materials, and giveaways to help promote your brand and create a memorable experience for attendees. By taking these steps and being well-prepared, you'll be able to make the most out of your tradeshow experience and generate valuable leads and connections for your business.


If you choose to work with us, you can expect personalized service, quick turnaround times, and high-quality designs that will make your brand stand out at your next tradeshow event. Contact us today to learn more about our design services and how we can help you make a big impact at your next event!




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