November 4-7, 2020 | Gatlinburg Convention Center

Tips For First-Time Attendees

Tips For First-Time Attendees

By Lynn Visser, Key Accounts Manager, Smoky Mountain Gift Show

We look forward to welcoming you to the show. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your experience:

AVOID THE LINES: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY, ONLINE REGISTRATION Make sure you are registered for the show and have printed out your advanced registration confirmation to gain quick and easy entrance into our shows.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL Book your hotel stay using our housing partner, Connections. Urban Expositions has teamed up with Connections Housing to offer you deeply discounted hotel rates.

SET APPOINTMENTS WITH SPECIFIC VENDORS PRIOR TO THE SHOW

SET TIME ASIDE TO WALK THE ENTIRE SHOW FLOOR. You never know what you will find. That one item may be your next best-seller.

SAVE YOUR SOLES! WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES

SHOPPING REQUIRES STAMINA. Drink plenty of fluids and make sure to take breaks to eat or enjoy a quick snack.

IF YOU’RE BRINGING A PARTNER, DIVIDE AND CONQUER. To maximize your time at the show, vendors are categorized into distinct product sectors for easy reference. Meet back up and discuss what each of you found and decide what orders you plan to make.

BRING PLENTY OF BUSINESS CARDS & YOUR CREDIT SHEET

BRING A NOTE PAD AND PEN TO TAKE NOTES. After you have viewed products and talked with the vendor, be sure to jot down some notes to reference at a later date.

LEARN TO EARN MORE! ATTEND THE FREE EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS. Take the time in your busy buying schedule to attend the free educational seminars, covering a range of topics – from marketing and merchandising to social media and customer service. These sessions are sure to help you grow your business.

NETWORK WITH OTHER BUYERS TO SEE WHAT IS TRENDING IN THEIR STORES. Speak to fellow retailers about what’s working and not working in their store. From trending products to management techniques. Help each other out!

If you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Lynn Visser – Phone: 678.370.0342 | Email:  lvisser@urban-expo.com
 

GO BACK TO PLANNING YOUR TRIP!