It may seem like a no-brainer…but did you get photos of your last tradeshow booth set-up? I mean, did you really get enough photos so that you can answer any questions that may come up before you have to set it up again?
Since the advent of digital photography over a decade ago, taking dozens of photos of any business event is much easier and cheaper than the old days of film. And it can be extremely useful.
Let’s say you are a couple of months away from your next booth set-up and a question comes up…
“Did we set the booth up with the widget graphics on the right side and the service graphics on the left? Or was it the other way around?”
“What difference does it make?”
“Well, the boss wants to know because he needs to make a recommendation to management on how we’re going to set it up this year. Plus he needs to know how much room we had behind the back wall for storage. And he wants to decide if we’re going to have to get another table for the literature or if what we had last time worked.”
“We can either set it all up and take half a day to figure it out – and bug the guys down in the warehouse to get everything out and clear a space…OR…we could just pull the photos out of my computer…”
Which would you rather do?
Chances are at some point you’ll be glad that you took a lot of photos. Whenever I’m at a show where our booth clients are set up I make sure to get several photos, including close-ups that reveal how things were set up. And no matter how many photos I take it seems that a question comes up that makes me wish I’d take just a couple more!
Plus, photos give you a good excuse to post the best ones on Picasa or Flickr and invite your clients or potential clients to come by and see your cool booth.
Photos can come in handy other ways, too:
- sharing with management so they can see what the booth looked like
- helping the graphic team design upgrades
- showing the repair team what needs fixing
- documenting where things went (did that layout work? Or do you need to do it differently next time?)
- showing which clients came by and posed (handy for blog posts)
- put on the cover or inside a show wrap-up report
- to prove damages if necessary
- general archive purposes
No doubt you can think of other reasons to have several photos of your booth on hand. Take pictures from all angles – you never know when someone might ask how much storage room you have behidn the back wall.
All you have to do is pull out a photo and show them!