Trade shows represent some of the best opportunities for marketers to enhance their company’s profile, meet new prospective clients and gather leads for their sales force. That being said, to fully capitalize on the benefits of exhibiting, you need to consider how you will entice attendees to visit your trade show booth and remember your message. There are many ways to attract attendees and trade show giveaways are one of the most commonly used and effective strategies. Below, we list ten of the top trending trade show giveaway ideas for 2016.

What makes a Good Trade Show Giveaway?

Before we get started, it is important to note exactly what makes for a good trade show giveaway. Great giveaways are not just flashy or cool, they should also be practical for your prospects as well as for your brand.

Things to consider when picking a trade show giveaway:

  • Budget-friendly – No matter how cool your giveaway is, spending too much of your trade show budget resources on them can negate their positive impact and return on investment.
  • Inherently valuable – Some of the most effective giveaways may seem a bit on the boring side, but a pen is far more valuable than a flashlight on the show floor.
  • Branded – Make sure that your giveaway reflects your brand. Even the coolest giveaways will fall flat if the attendee cannot remember where they got it.

1. Breath Mints

We have all been there: about to head into a meeting and suddenly, we wonder about whether or not our breath is fresh. At trade shows, this worry is tenfold. Attendees will speak with and meet dozens of people . Breath mint giveaways are practical and memorable.

2. Phone Chargers

Trade show attendees may not be in the office, but they are still connected to their workplace via email, text and calls. Communication application can take a toll on battery life, which you can send an attendee scrabbling to the nearest outlet. If you have phone chargers as your marketing giveaways, you give attendees the lifeline back home when they need it most.

3. Headphones

Headphones are a great idea because they can be used outside of the show in a variety of ways. Make sure your headphone giveaway comes in a branded case, otherwise the recipient may forget that the headphones came from your company!

4. Tote Bags

Branded tote bags can help attendees collect and carry all their goodies. Many of these goodies may not make it past the hotel room trash can, but the tote is a highly useful, especially when traveling.

5. Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is cost-effective, last a long time and is very convenient for travelers. Hand sanitizers are also very popular items and attendees will be sure to flock to your booth, so make sure to keep plenty of branded hand sanitizer in supply.

6. Luggage Tag

Many trade show attendees traveled by air to the show city. Branded luggage tags are timely, useful and long living.

7. Product Giveaways

Giving away product samples to prospects is one of the most effective ways to showoff your wares while also attraction attendees to your booth. Also giving away products related to your industry or niche

8. Reusable Water Bottle

Everywhere you go from the office to the park, you people carrying around reusable water bottles. Having reusable water bottles as your promotional giveaways on the show floor will draw lot of traffic to your trade show display.

9. Snacks

While walking the trade show floor attendees will work up an appetite. Offering snacks to visitor who show interest in your booth such as coffee, pretzels, chocolates and crackers is a way to have attendees stick around your booth, providing your sales team an opportunity to pitch them.

10. Lip Balm

With all of the conversations taking place on the show floor, attendee’s lips are bound to become chapped. Lip balm as a trade show giveaway will remind attendees of your brand every time they reach into their pocket or purse to moisturize their lips.

Budgeting for Trade Show Giveaways

They key to the most successful trade show giveaways is finding that hits the sweet spot between unique, attractive and useful. Nimlok’s Trade Show Budgeting Worksheet can help you track your giveaway costs as well as other trade show expenses. Make sure to download your copy today!