InfoSecurity Europe is a major Trade Show for the Cybersecurity community and businesses affected by Information Security (which these days is pretty much everyone!)
These blog posts below give an outline of how to make the most of the InfoSec Trade Event. We take you through PR preparation, activity during the show, and following up your leads afterwards. Don’t make your trade events an expensive and fruitless showpiece. At ec-pr we know from experience that planning event publicity strategically will pay off.
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You will have a clear idea about what your message and tactics are as you enter the final approach to the exhibition, so now you need to switch your focus onto getting your story into the hands of the right journalists. This week get your press list up to date. Look at the event media sponsors, available on the website, and add all the relevant ones to your press list, if they’re not already there. Then, make sure that you only have current, accurate named press contacts. Some simple research should furnish you with the correct editorial contacts for news and features – usually different people.
Segment your trade press list into priority and secondary. The priority list will normally be no more than two or three titles and will be the most influential titles in your space. Your objective should be to get regular coverage in these titles over the course of the event. Select your stories based on what you can see these magazines cover regularly.
If you’re struggling to identify your news stories – here are some helpful hints. Always evaluate stories from the user perspective; they don’t care if you’ve employed a new sales executive or if you’ve moved offices unless that new sales executive is actually an augmented human and the new office location is actually a virtual reality destination ????. They do care if the new product or service benefits them, makes their life easier or helps them hit their numbers. They also like to know if your customers include well-known brands – it makes them feel better about buying from you, it validates their decision-making.
Most magazines now welcome well written comment as a blog or opinion piece; we write dozens of these for the security press. Identify six key issues your customers currently face “Your company’s Six for UKSEC_Expo” and write 600 words about how customers could/should approach the issue.
How do you write 600 words you ask yourself – easy! Write 100 words answering the following questions:
- What is the issue?
- Why should your customers care about this issue?
- Why is it important?
- What are the common mistakes/misunderstandings around this subject?
- What are the key things to look out for?
- What three things can your customers do right now to highlight/elevate/address the issue (do NOT directly sell your products here)?
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It’s less than 24 hours until London’s Olympia opens its doors for Europe’s number one information security event. So, now is the time to tick off those final tasks on your to-do list and confirm any additional meetings with customers, prospects and journalists. Here are a couple of last minute tips to ensure you maximise your ROI.
1. Make contact:
Have a final look through your contacts database and make sure that you’ve connected with everyone who is attending or exhibiting, letting them know you’ll be there. If you’re having a drinks reception or a particular launch event at your stand, let them know so that they can come by and have an opportunity to talk to you and the team.
2. Consider all communication options:
Infosec has its own blog section providing high level thought leadership articles from a range of industry experts. Have a look through this and consider possible views that your organisation’s experts can contribute towards. The Press Office will be located on the ground floor of Olympia Grand.
3. Be hands-on:
Touch base with the Press Office once or twice a day and put forward your organisation’s experts for credible and thought provoking contributions.
4. A picture paints a thousand words:
Invite the show photographer to your stand for any official ‘launch’ or contract signings.
Identify your news stories
It’s seven weeks until InfoSecurity Europe 2017, so now is the time to start focussing on your big story for the show. Capturing those ‘news’ gems and knowing what journalists want doesn’t have to be a headache – this is what you need to look for:
- ‘New’ product developments/services/technologies – when you write these up, it’s important to focus on a) how your customer benefits from your innovation or introduction b) how you have achieved this. This is not the place for a technical homily.
- Size matters. Look for large, unusual, or unexpected project wins that might make good headline stories – make sure you include one or two BIG, or unexpected stats.
- Don’t be modest. Be prepared to show off your knowledge with some thoughtful insights into emerging markets, industry challenges or surprising trends and if you have the data to back up your opinions, use it!
- Money talks. Ask your accounts department to remind you what invoices have been issued in the last quarter – every one of these is a possible customer story.
Third party involvement
There are three groups of people who may be able to help you be more visible at InfoSecurity Europe 2017. Customers, partners, and the press. Here’s how:
- Say please. Whenever you use customer information, it’s always wise to ask permission first. It’s polite and it offers you the opportunity to speak with your customer and remind them what a great job you did.
- Make it easy. Ask them if they would be happy to provide a verbal endorsement from you, ask them what they liked best about working with you and then offer to write it for them if they are short of time. Keep to the facts, make the quote intelligent and informative, not floral and pointless. Once written, make sure they are happy with your composition.
- Picture this. Start collating images which bring your story to life, see #5 about photography on my last blog. Ask customers, partners or brief your own photographer – just make sure you have at least two strong images.
- Be relevant. Make sure your press contact list is targeted, current and contains named contacts. Journalists’ biggest irritation is receiving press releases which have no relevance to the topic(s) they cover. It can appear rude and rather arrogant or just sloppy if you don’t do your research first.
- Be exclusive. Choose one or two magazine/websites that you consider influential amongst your target audience and offer them exclusives. Work hard to help them get to grips with your stories. Offer them subject matter experts to help them develop quality editorial.
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It’s less than 9 weeks until Infosecurity Europe 2017, the ‘go to’ event for information security solutions. So, if your organisation is exhibiting, now is the time to start working on your media strategy. This show benefits from high quality media supporters, providing you with a great opportunity to get you and your company in the spotlight and to stand out from the crowd.
What needs to be done this week:
- Draw up a press list of magazines and websites in which you’d like your company to appear. Top tip: here’s a list of all the media partners exhibiting at the show. These magazines are going to be reporting on the show so make sure you get your business and key executives profiled.
- Research the contact details of the news reporters. Top tip: find the email address for a named journalist. Generic email addresses are rarely monitored and the email detailed on the Media Pack will be for the advertising sales department.
- Find out the submission deadlines – you must be in it to win it and deadlines are fast approaching:
- Network Computing – Editorial deadline 28th April 2017
- Digitalisation World – Editorial deadline 5th May 2017
- 1st Security News – Editorial deadline 26th May
- Decide what stories and ideas are going to generate excitement and interest amongst your customers and prospects and start thinking about how you can make these relevant to the attending press. One story per news release please!
- Plan some decent photography to accompany your stories. This will achieve three things; firstly, it will make your editorial more visually attractive to the readers; secondly, it will make your story dominate the page and thirdly, it ensures less space is available for the competition ????. Be inspired by these news images.
Decent photography is:
- In focus
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