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Attending trade shows, are you doing it?

I am attending a small, security industry specific tradeshow / expo today and it has been fun so far. I had to check in with you savages and see who has gotten back out to the trade shows yet, or who will be in the near future?

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CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
How is it? Temperature checks? Masks? Distancing? Give us deets 😎
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
+4
Southeast Regional Manager
None of the above!
Maybe a little distancing, but this is the south we are talking about here, sooo...πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
However, there are some vendors showcasing temperature screening and mask detection hardware / software so I have seen it just a littleπŸ˜‰
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
Now my curiosity wants to know the show name πŸ‘€
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CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
I'm back at it starting next month and I think I have 4-5 events before the year is out.
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
+4
Southeast Regional Manager
Nice!
Are the shows you're attending local to you, or will you also be traveling?
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Traveling
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softwaresails
Politicker
+4
Sales Manager
Yes. We’ve been going for the last month or so. Finally picking up. At least one a month for the rest of the year!

It actually feels good to get back out there.Β 
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
+4
Southeast Regional Manager
It did feel good!
I didn't wear my trade show shoes and that part did not feel good, but overall it was great to be back!
Lu
Lucy710
Politicker
+3
Account Manager, Corporate & Strategic Accounts
So excited for my industry’s biggest trade show in September!!!
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
+4
Southeast Regional Manager
I'm excited for you!
Will you have to travel for it?
Lu
Lucy710
Politicker
+3
Account Manager, Corporate & Strategic Accounts
Yes! It’s in Vegas, so it’s always a bit of an endurance challenge. Our company has some minor travel scheduled before then, so I’m hoping to ramp up to it! Excited for you that your regional ones are back on, most of ours are still virtual. :(
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AnchorPoint
Politicker
+8
Business Coach
Nothing replaces face to face communication.
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
+4
Southeast Regional Manager
You got that right! I actually made some great connections yesterday and I have a good feeling that I came away from the show with a new customer and a couple of referral partners!!
DungeonsNDemos
Politicker
+7
AE of B2B
I'm trying to figure out what shows to even go to. Our team is small and industries we can sell into are broad. Doesn't help that I am spread thin on what I have to do daily. I feel like I have no time to properly research. The shows I have found so far are mostly sold out because everyone is so eager to get back to shows.
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
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Southeast Regional Manager
If the industries you can sell into are broad, then you are in a strong position to bring a lot of value to some of the more obscure shows.Β 

Pick 5 and then look at the list of vendors exhibiting and narrow them down to 2-3 where you have the least competition attending and attack it that way!
Beans
Politicker
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Account Executive
I fucking wish.

I don't think I'll see anything until Spring of next year.Β 
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
+4
Southeast Regional Manager
I feel like most of the shows will be limited capacity through the end of the year and will be nearly fully back next spring.
Jbeans
Praised Answer
+3
Director of Sales
So over trade shows . Hate them. No one comes to the booth to see software anymore- maybe hardware - does anyone actually make money off tradeshows? Maybe I’m personally just over them. The enormous expense of them, the time suck and the sore feet. Lol
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
+4
Southeast Regional Manager
The sore feet and lower back were a real thing for me yesterday. I came away with a good feeling, but i was simply a regular attendee. I did not have a booth or anything to show, so my expectations were low.
iworkinchonies
Politicker
+4
Growth Enablement Manager
Heading to TX in a couple months for a 700+ attendee trade show! Pumped for it!Β 
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
+4
Southeast Regional Manager
That's a lot of people! What show it?
iworkinchonies
Politicker
+4
Growth Enablement Manager
T3 Advisor Conference!Β 
cw95
Politicker
+6
Pricing Executive
Trade shows were so fun, can't wait until the UK opens it up again, easy meetings and then easy stats.Β 
SabertoothSales
Opinionated
+4
Southeast Regional Manager
It's just around the corner, I've got my fingers crossed for you!
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