Focus on the benefits
The next step is to brainstorm ideas that will bring these benefits (feel secure, less anxiety, reduced conversion time, and minimize concerns) to life and that will get the message through to your audience. Exploring the benefits of your intangible will help you develop your demonstration. Brainstorming will often reveal hidden ideas that can provide spectacular results. Here are some tips on running a brainstorming session.
Invite everyone involved in your program to a late afternoon session. This can include your sales staff, display people, administration etc. Explain that you are trying to come up with ideas to bring your benefits to life. Tell them for purposes of the exercise there are no limitations. All ideas are fair game.
Sit back and listen. One of the ways of killing a good brainstorming session is interjecting after each idea saying something like, “We have done that before,” or “Are you kidding?”
After everyone has left sift through the ideas and look for the hidden gems. You will find little bits and pieces that can be strung together to produce a demonstration that will set you apart from the competition.
Discuss your idea with your booth builder, technical staff and sales staff and ask for refinements and feedback on the feasibility of the idea.
Remember to keep your demonstration short. The attendees are suffering from information overload and adding more information to their already confused state of mind is counterproductive. Stay focused on the benefit that is most likely applicable to the audience. Remember, Sell the sizzle, not the steak.
Keep it interactive.
When you are preparing your demonstration find places for audience involvement by letting them touch a keyboard, flick a switch or answer a question helps improve their level of commitment.
Give your audience a reason to stay.
As interesting as your demonstration may be to you, not everyone will agree. Often you will need to add an incentive to have your audience stay for the whole demonstration. Have a draw for a prize given after the demonstration or a special gift to all of those who complete and hand in a lead form.
Leave them wanting more.
During your demonstration let them know that your service has many more benefits and that your booth staff is available to discuss these following the demonstration.
Demonstrating an intangible is possible. What is needed is that creative spark to find new and exciting demonstrations.
About the Author:
Barry Siskind, President and Founder of Internationals Training and Management Company. Barry is a consultant, speaker and internationally recognized expert in trade and consumer shows. Barry is an active member of the Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM), the Centre for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA) and International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).
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