News that healthcare IT’s biggest trade show, the annual HIMSS Conference, was canceled only days before it started due to the coronavirus outbreak, rocked the industry.
As the list of healthcare and biotech events being canceled grows, marketers are scrambling to figure out how to make meaningful connections with prospective customers after missing their industry’s most important events.
Back-up plans for canceled events
Do you have a back-up plan if an event you’re going to exhibit at is canceled or other circumstances prevent your team from attending?
When HIMSS announced it was canceling its annual conference, many marketers saw it as an opportunity to get creative and stay connected.
Within hours of the announcement, companies started:
- Offering planned education sessions as webinars
- Scheduling virtual demos
- Sharing case studies, white papers, and slide decks via email and on social
- Holding press interviews via phone and web conference
Contingency planning just took a top spot in our trade show planning checklist, and not just for health IT!
Event marketing survival
When it comes to events, plan for the best-case scenario, but be prepared for the worst. Work with us to make the most of your next trade show.
Contact us to learn how you can get more out of your next trade show appearance.