It's another classic marketing piece thanks to my good pal, Amanda, at Photodex. So many of you work Bridal Shows, but often leave wondering if you really made the impact you'd hoped for. There are five great tips in this post, thanks to Photodex. And, if you're not a wedding photographer, there are still some great tips here to consider when it comes to promoting your work. The tips here are so strong...they really apply to virtually any specialty at any show where you have a chance to display your work to potential clients.
Bridal shows are a great way to get your name out to a ton of new brides-to-be, but in a trade show setting how do you grab attention and attract potential customers to your booth?
We sat down with photographer and ProShow Producer user Cristina Rijskamp to get 5 great tips on making the most of your next bridal show. Read below!
- At a bridal show there’s so much going on and tons of vendors to see. Brides can be overwhelmed by all the eye candy! Your goal should be to stand out in a busy room and attract as much attention as you can to your work. Have large prints made and displayed on your booth’s walls. Don’t make people crowd around a few small albums. Large, hanging prints give passers by a quick, visual snapshot of your work.
- While it might be tempting, don’t share a booth with another vendor to cut costs. I shared a booth with a friend of mine who was a wedding cake designer once. People didn’t really notice me over all those beautiful cakes! Have your own booth. It doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be functional and attractive.
- Showcase your best shots in a video slideshow that you loop on a large flat screen TV (watch a video I created for my last bridal show below). At my first bridal show, I was the only photographer mixing videos and photos, and that got the attention of brides who stopped to talk and ask information. A moving, dynamic video really catches a bride’s eye and makes you stand out. Bring or rent a large flat screen TV to play your video. Don’t try and showcase your work on a small laptop screen!
- Hand out business cards and collect potential customer’s information. Brides walk away from these events with hundreds of cards, flyers and brochures. Have a simple contact form that a bride can quickly write her name and email address down on. Then follow up with a nice, personal email and thank them for stopping by your booth, include your website URL and any other information you’d like.
- Take advantage of the networking opportunity. This is your chance to meet and connect with other professionals in the wedding industry like bridal gown makers, floral designers, etc… You never know when a connection like this will come in handy!