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Marketing Your Small Business: The Power of Face-to-Face

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The end of the holiday season also means the return of conference and events season. Attending industry events, whether regional, national or international, is a great way to gain insights into the competitive landscape, share best practices and introduce your small business, brand or product to buyers and media. Whether you participate as an exhibitor or an attendee, events should be a component of the marketing strategy for your small business. But face-to-face meetings and interactions are not the only way to take advantage of industry events—there are simple steps that can maximize marketing efforts leading up to, during and coming out of, a live event.

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In her latest article for PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit, Heather Wied, Marketing Director for Pubsoft, offers tips for getting the most out of your industry event participation, from saving money by registering early and promoting your attendance through a press release, to larger investments such as speaking opportunities and sponsored parties. Wied also counsels on the importance of follow-up—and follow-through—to the new contacts and relationships you've secured.

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