Writing Effective Trade Show Marketing Copy
By Lorrie Baumann, Editorial Director, Oser Communications Group
Here are some quick tips for writing marketing copy that will start your sales conversation with prospective buyers even before they reach your trade show booth.
- Remember whom you’re writing for! When you’re writing marketing copy to place in a trade show daily or a flyer to hand out at your booth, you’re writing for your customers, not for the general public. That means that you can use jargon or terms of art that you wouldn’t expect members of the general public to understand. However, you should also keep in mind that even your customers might not be familiar with abbreviations and acronyms that are specific to your company. Don’t assume that everyone knows what you mean when you shorten or abbreviate your company name, for instance.
- But also remember that the ubiquity of the Internet means that anything you write might ultimately be seen by anyone. That means that you shouldn’t put anything in your marketing copy that could embarrass you or your company if it’s seen online.
- Keep in mind that your marketing copy for your trade show exhibit should reflect your goals for the show. There are many ways to focus your article, but you should start by picking one point to focus on and sticking with that through your entire article.
- If you’re there to sell a specific product or to introduce a new product or product line, keep your focus on that.
- If you’re there to introduce your company to prospective customers who may not know anything about you, consider making your article a profile of one of your company leaders, either your CEO or someone who will be physically present in your booth during the trade show.
- If you’re there to remind your customers that you value your relationship with them, consider making your article a case study about how you solved a problem for one of your customers. That’ll remind your other customers that you’ve been there for them too.
- Don’t forget to include a call for action. If you’re writing in connection with a trade show, that means making sure that your article includes an invitation to stop by your booth during the show as well as contact information for how you can be reached after the show.
Finally, if you’re writing an article for insertion into an Oser Communications Group trade show publication, remember that Oser Communications Group has an experienced editorial staff ready to help you out. Whether you get stuck and need a friendly suggestion about how to get started or you’d like to have someone glance over your draft and give you suggestions about how to smooth out your article’s flow, a five-minute phone call to our editorial staff might save you hours of stress. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 520.721.1300 and ask for the editorial department.