It’s time for High Point market 2018!
In High Point Market, you’ll find more than 2,000 showrooms spanning 11.5 million square feet of exhibit space. It can be a bit overwhelming first walking onto the showroom floor. With over 180 buildings, High Point is the world’s biggest home fashion show. Want the most out of your experience at the show? Here are 5 tips to help you have the best possible High Point Market 2018 experience.
1. Wear comfortable shoes.
You’re going to be walking around all day and into the night. If you’ll be heading to and fro from events, don’t even bother bringing high heels or those new shoes that need to be broken in. Bring something you can wear all day that doesn’t leave you with sore feet.
2. Make appointments and plan ahead.
All showrooms are open from Saturday through Thursday, but this is a very busy time for the staff and reps. Imagine walking through 180 buildings without any context of what you are looking for… it definitely doesn’t sound ideal or very time effective. It’s best to make your appointments ahead of time and group the showrooms together. You don’t want to waste your time walking from place to place or trying to find out where to go next. There will be plenty of events going on that will overlap. It’s your duty to pick what you want to do ahead of time. Need to check out the schedule of events? You can find that here on Highpoint Market’s website.
3. Make sure your phone and/or camera have plenty of space and battery.
It’s easier to take a photo of products and businesses you like as opposed to trying to remember every single detail. Luckily, we can easily accomplish this with our smartphones! Come to market with a fully charged cell battery to ensure every important aspect of the day gets captured. Plus, if you’re a marketing person, you’ll want to take some pics to share with your social media following.
4. Bring more than enough business cards.
You’re going to meet a lot of new people at this show; and we mean A LOT of new people. You need to be prepared and bring all the business cards you can so people can reach out to you and follow up once market has ended. Last thing you want is to meet a new lead and pull out your wallet for a business card to find only dust bunnies left behind.
5. Learn, learn, learn.
Of course take advantage of the social events, but don’t forget all of the seminars that will be going on around High Point Market 2018. There are so many amazing events and opportunities to learn from experts in the field. Many of these events include breakfast and lunch seminars. You have to eat to keep your energy level pumping so you might as well learn at the same time!!
High Point Market is a truly amazing event where you will leave with a lot of new resources and insight into the home furnishings market. You may even come out meeting some of your closest friends or new business colleagues here. We can’t promise you’ll bump into Joanna Gaines, but we do want to make sure you take full advantage of your experience. Use our tips and be sure to leave any others you know of in the comments to help out other market-goers!