"What's in it for me?"
During the tradeshow, you'll be in close contact with hundreds and in proximity of thousands. So, at the end of the day, don't you want to be sure you have their contact information?
Simply asking for it can work sometimes - especially with those who seem really impressed by your product or service. Most people won't willingly hand out their personal information, no matter how little is asked of them. Even those who seem interested will feel uneasy about handing over anything from an e-mail address to a phone number. You can't really blame them - with corporations breaching the Do Not Call List and pop-up ads going renegade, this is simply not a surprise.
But with some promotional incentive and some smooth talking, you can get a sign-up list going for mailers, e-mails and future promotions.
But handing out promotional pens isn't the way to get people flocking. Give the people what they want!
Motivators has plenty of promotional incentives that will have people flocking to your booth and handing out their contact information. From mp3's to DVD's to photo prints, the hardest decision you'll have is which promotional incentive to pick - that, and how many to purchase!
And to get people really excited, why not have a contest? Nothing draws people to a booth like a contest. Whether it is a cruise, a TV or just a pile of cash, people will definitely want to throw their information your way. Use a promotional tradeshow ballot box to keep these entries safe throughout the tradeshow.
As a word of advice, please be conservative and respectful when using contact information from people you meet at tradeshows. In the same way word-of-mouth can build up a company's stature, it can also destroy it in an instant.