Tips for Attending Trade Shows

Trade shows are back and better than ever. After a 2 year pause on in-person events, IMTS is back and MISUMI is back! To celebrate the innovations being presented at IMTS 2022, we gathered tips on attending trade shows whether it’s your first show or you’re a trade show veteran, we’ve got a tip for you. Read on!

1 – Find Free Registration

It’s highly likely that one of your vendor partners or suppliers that is exhibiting has access to free registration. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your contacts!

We have free registration for IMTS 2022! Get access to exhibit-only passes at this link.

MISUMI Booth IMTS 2018

2 – Map Out Your Visit

Plan out the booths you want to visit. Start from the back or end of the exhibit hall and work your way forward. Floor plans can be found on the show’s main website.

Visit MISUMI at IMTS 2022 in the East Building at Booth #134841.

IMTS 2022 East Building McCormick Place Floor Plan

3 – Max Out your Registration

Many shows will offer free presentations on the latest technology or new products from a variety of industries. Be sure to check out the show’s website for agendas and speaking sessions that are included with your registration. Trade shows are one of the few places where the best of the best show the latest and greatest.

Meviy an on-demand manufacturing service from MISUMI will be presented at IMTS 2022, add it to your agenda here.

4 – Research After Hour Network Events

Who doesn’t love free food and drinks? Many companies host customer appreciation or networking events after show hours. It’s also a great opportunity to network and meet 1:1 with your supplier partners. Great ideas can happen!

5 – Stock Up on your Business Cards

While your badge will get scanned when visiting booths and vendors, you could meet an attendee with potential opportunities in projects so bring your business cards!

6 – Support your Feet

Wear comfortable shoes. We cannot stress this enough! Walking tradeshows will easily help you hit your daily step goal so it is pertinent to wear comfortable shoes. Bonus tip, wear compression socks that help with circulation of your calves and feet.

7 – Avoid the Lunch Hour

Eating lunch in the off periods can save you hangry headaches from waiting in line. Include finding lunch spots in mapping out your visit with tip number 2.

8 – Travel Light

A heavy backpack or purse can take its toll on your energy levels while walking a tradeshow. Do your best to travel light.

9  – Free Stuff!

Some shows will offer a free bag when you pick up your badge so be sure to find the coolest booths with the greatest giveaways.

Speaking of free stuff, visit MISUMI’s Booth #134841 at IMTS 2022 and grab your IMTS 2022 commemorative T-shirt!

MISUMI IMTS 2022 T-Shirt

10 – Visit MISUMI at IMTS 2022!

Our trade show tips wouldn’t be complete without promoting our presence at IMTS 2022. We will be showing off brand new demos and products including a can crusher!

Visit us at booth #134841 in the East Building!

IMTS 2022 | September 12th – 17th | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Register for free here. Hope to see you there!

About the Author

Carlicia Layosa

Carlicia is a Product Marketing Engineer at MISUMI. She holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate, Marketo Certified Expert, and is passionate about education and training.

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