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Trade Show & Event Marketing: Plan, Promote & Profit 1st Edition

Ruth Stevens

  • Published
  • 352 Pages


Finally, a comprehensive guide, to trade show and event marketing, for the business marketer who seeks to integrate events into the entire go-to-market strategy and deliver a demonstrable return on investment. Every year, U.S. businesses spend over $20 billion on marketing at trade shows, and another $15 billion on proprietary corporate events. But what are they getting for their money? Even the savviest marketing executives often have a hard time answering that question. With Trade Show and Event Marketing, marketers can turn a budgetary black hole into their greatest lead and income generator. Smart trade show and event management can be a company’s most important success generator with proper planning, strategy and execution. Trade Show and Event Marketing can be your guidebook to that marketing success.

Ruth Stevens, Columbia and New York University

Ruth P. Stevens consults on customer acquisition and retention for both consumer and business-to-business clients. She began her career in 1986 at Time Warner, where she spent seven years in marketing, new business development, and general management at Book-of-the-Month Club and Time-Life Books. She then joined Ziff-Davis as Vice President of Marketing for Computer Library, the electronic publishing division, and then spent three years in direct marketing management at IBM. Crain¿s BtoB magazine named Stevens one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Marketing in 2002. Stevens also serves on the boards of the Direct Marketing Idea Exchange and the Direct Marketing Club of New York and is past chair of the Business-to-Business Council of the Direct Marketing Association. She is the author of The DMA Lead Generation Handbook, published in May 2002, a well as numerous articles in the business trade press. She has taught at New York University and teaches marketing to graduate students at Columbia Business School. Reach her at
1. Introduction
2. Trade Shows As a Marketing Tool
I. Planning
3. The First Planning Steps
4. Choosing the Right Booth Size, Design and Location
5. Pre-Show Promotion
II. Execution
6. Booth Management
7. Beyond the Booth
8. Lead Geneartion and Qualification
9. Press and Publicity
III. Post-Show Follow-Up
10. Lead Qualification and Nurturing
11. Post Mortem Results Analysis
12. Case Studies