It’s that time of year. Whether you’re living in the polar vortex (me) or enjoying the sun and sand of Southern California (people I don’t like right now), if you’re in tech PR, you know it is all industry shows, all the time.
You haven’t been able to log into Twitter over the past three months without seeing a hashtagapalooza* (*I made that up) from CES to HIMSS to RSA to SXSW and back again. And for many of us, our clients are there and we’ve set up the meetings, developed the social plans, and put out the press releases to try and make the most of the show. But what about clients who aren’t there? We know that these shows attract some of the top reporters we’re trying to reach, but does that mean they are all out of office and unreachable? Not necessarily. But maybe. It pays to pay attention when it comes to conference time and even if your client isn’t there, all is not lost.
Here are a few tips to try and make the best of not being at some of the industry’s biggest shows, or at the very least, not waste your time, your clients’ time, and most importantly, a key reporter’s time when his or her only brief respite may be a snowy delay or layover in Chicago.
So all is not lost if you’re not hitting up the season’s biggest shows. You may have to log out of Twitter every once in a while so you’re not constantly bombarded with live tweets and Instagrams of things you’re missing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some value from your desk. And if it makes you feel better, wear nametags around the office and have your colleagues pretend to scan your “badges” with a stapler or something. You know, whatever it takes.