The 2011 Home Show has come and gone—our recap

Here’s how the Home and Garden Show fared in our eyes.

On Friday and Saturday there were a steady flow of people just out looking for education and information. Of course, just like at any trade show, there were the usual “stuff grabbers.” You know the ones, equipped with two bags and looking for any widgets they can score. Most seemed to stop at our booth and take a DVD or a brochure. Some asked questions. Most of the interest we saw on Friday and Saturday was around remodeling or home improvements.

The show was not quite as large as years past which makes sense given the state of the economy. There were plenty of TVs to watch the NCAA games, and the same good fairgrounds food. The show is always a great opportunity to connect with friends in our industry, see our subcontractors in a more informal way, and get a pulse on the market.

Sunday after about 3:00 the traffic at our booth really picked up. Sunday from 3:00-5:00 was the best time (after the ball games but before the selection show). During that window alone we had four quality leads.

First were a couple of good remodel leads, then a custom home lead, plus four appointments.

We also had a handful of people sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter.

Overall, I would consider it a successful show! By the way, check out the Home and Garden Show’s website to search for information you may have missed.

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