Ready to do a Trade Show
If you are ready to take your soap making business to the next level, looking into a gift show or trade show may be the next step.
Trade shows can be a big investment for a small soap making company, but the financial returns can be great. Trade shows have thousands of people coming through and if you can draw the attention of a percentage of them it can really help your business.
I have done a few trade shows and they not only generated new customers but wholesale customers as well. The initial cost was scary, but looking back I have had many repeat sales over the years from some of those contacts.
From my experience I would say for your first time setting up at a trade show rent the smallest booth space – spaces will range in size from maybe a 6′ x 4′ to a 12′ x 12′ booth. Better to go small for your first time, this first one you will learn what works and what doesn’t and if it goes really well, maybe get a bigger booth the next year.
Here is an example of a nice clean booth
These back drops can advertise your business. They have lights attached and comes with a podium counter. Add some displays and your all set.
Tips When Doing a Trade Show
- Create an open space so people can come into your booth, but make it feel comfortable. At craft fairs I normally have stand behind a table, but at a trade show I try to set up an L or U shape so people can walk in rather than walking by.
- Don’t put all your product out or clutter your booth, better to have less out so your customers can clearly see what you are selling. If there is too much product out it can look cluttered.
- Before you do the trade show make sure your know everything about your booth. How big is it? Doe you have electricity and good lighting, where is it located.
- Design the layout of your booth before getting there. I usually measure everything out and set it up at home beforehand with product and all to see what will work. Then take a picture for reference when setting up.
- You may want to rent displays for your first time – I do many other events so always have something that will work – and it helps to have a carpenter for a husband.
- Make sure you plan a secure place in your booth for your cash box and any other things that should be secure
- Colors – what colors are you going to go with. Some trade shows have backdrops and it’s good to find out ahead of time what color they are. You don’t want to confuse your potential customer with an over whelming amount of color. I try to stick to two or three.
This three tiered stand would be good to display your soaps on if you are using a table.
Grid walls can also be a great way to showcase product as you can attach shelves where every you would like.
A fitted 6′ table cloth will look a lot nicer than a table cloth draped over the table. This was one of the best investments I made as I use a 6′ table for most events.
Another thing to think about is when draping a table cloth over the table, the end may hang and people can trip on them. The fitted cloth is by far the best.
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