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Attending Vendor Events

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

We just celebrated our one-year anniversary of being in business! This is a huge milestone for us as we have grown so much - we started out just doing small vendor events and working out of our house. Now, we've grown and have our own office and regularly do business with people in our community outside of these events. We do plan to open our own storefront in the future, so stay tuned! We still attend these smaller events where we got our start from so today we're going to talk a little about them.

Photo of our booth set-up during our first event.
Check out this throwback to our very first event!

Attending vendor events has been an amazing experience for us. We love connecting with members of the community and being able to share our products with a wider audience. These events also provide an invaluable platform for building brand awareness and boosting sales.

Every event is different; sometimes it's an outdoor market surrounded by other vendors selling their wares, other times it's a small-town event with live music and food.

To ensure your venture is a success, here are some key pieces of advice to consider.

First and foremost, it's essential to research and carefully select events that align with your brand and target audience. Not every community event will be the perfect fit, so focus on those that draw the crowd you want to reach. Whether it's a farmers' market, street fair, or neighborhood festival, understanding the demographics and interests of attendees is crucial for tailoring your offerings. We have had some great experiences at local vendor markets, and then taken the exact same products and booth set-up to a different event shortly afterwards and done poorly. Our advice is to talk to other vendors and get the "inside scoop" before you book the event. It can be a small world when it comes to your local vending community so you will tend to find the same people at multiple local events and get to know them. In that same respect, try not to be disappointed if you don't do well at one event as it isn't always a reflection of your business, but can instead be a reflection of the event itself (especially if it was a poorly marketed event).

Once you've identified the right events, invest time in creating an inviting and visually appealing booth. Your display is a reflection of your brand, so make it stand out with eye-catching signage and a well-organized layout. Consider incorporating elements that engage attendees, such as product demonstrations, samples, or interactive activities. The goal is to leave a lasting impression that sparks curiosity and encourages visitors to explore your offerings.

Building relationships is at the heart of successful community event participation. Take the opportunity to connect with fellow vendors, organizers, and, most importantly, attendees. Networking can open doors to collaborations, partnerships, and valuable insights. Be approachable, share your story, and genuinely engage with those around you. Word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied customers and positive interactions can go a long way in establishing your presence within the community.

Lastly, leverage social media before, during, and after the event to amplify your reach. Announce your participation, share behind-the-scenes glimpses, and encourage attendees to tag and share their experiences with your products. Post-event, express gratitude to your new and existing customers, and consider offering exclusive promotions or discounts to maintain the momentum generated during the community event.

We plan on continuing to attend vendor events in the months ahead, so be sure to check out our website for upcoming event dates! We look forward to seeing you there!

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