Social media provides a real-time outlet for customers to interact with your company, and trade shows or conferences are great times to utilize social media to enhance your presence at these events.
In addition to allowing attendees to interact with your brand online, social media event promotion encourages interaction among event attendees and extends your message far beyond those who actually attend your event. This means your marketing messages will have a greater impact than just to event attendees alone.
Here are 5 social media platforms with key ways to use them to boost your next event.
Twitter’s strength is the real-time nature of the platform. Create an event hashtag for attendees to use (and let them know what it is by promoting it heavily in your conference marketing materials). This way, it is easier to track conversations that may be taking place. These tweets also provide you with great content for your corporate Twitter account.
Foursquare’s location-based technology offers companies an opportunity to further interact with those who are at the same trade show or conference. Creating a check-in spot at your booth can spread the word about your presence, as each check-in will be shown to that person’s network. Also, Foursquare recently introduced a new update that allows business owners to post updates that are shown to users who are connected to the company on Foursquare. This can be utilized at events to update booth visitors on your company’s activities at the trade show or any special promotions you might be having.
Instagram’s visually engaging platform and integration with other social media networks make it an ideal place for companies to share trade show/conference photos. Encourage attendees to use the same hashtag they use for Twitter when they upload photos to Instagram. That way you can utilize them as content for other marketing materials. Consider these examples of creating a “Top 10 Instagram Photo” blog post or a gallery of the best Instagram photos that are posted using the hashtag.
SlideShare offers brands the ability to upload presentations or other documents. It is a great platform to share keynote or breakout session presentations after the conference is over. You may consider offering tidbits of the presentations to the public while keeping the full presentations exclusively for attendees. Read our blog post for more tips on using SlideShare for B2B marketing.
Much like SlideShare, YouTube can be a great place to share presentations that occurred during the event, except in video form. Besides the presentations, consider creating videos of other things that occur during the event such as awards presentations or fun outings. Showcasing these other aspects of the event besides the presentations gives your event a personality and serves as another enticing aspect to attract attendees for your next event.
As you can see, social media can play a key role in your brand’s strategy for a trade show or conference presence. By integrating various social media outlets, you have an opportunity to portray your brand’s personality and extend the reach of your message beyond the walls of the conference center.