‘The NZ Book Festival’ Celebrating New Zealand Indie Books
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Don't just collect contacts, connect with them.

So you've got a facebook page, maybe a couple. You're on twitter, instagram,
LinkedIn and Snapchat. Your email list and followers are trending upwards which is something you can be proud of. But, are you collecting or connecting?  
Here's five ideas to help you to connect with your contacts
1. Invitations - Send out personally written invites to your friends, family or contacts inviting them to the event. It could be a postcard with an image of your book cover. Who doesn't love receiving mail?
2. Enthusiastic Email -  About two weeks before the event send out a short but enthusiastic email inviting your contacts to the event. Don't forget to use BCC on bulk emails.
3. It's not secret squirrell - Tell people why you're exhibiting at the event and why you'd love them to come along and support you.
4. Party Time - It's your party so invite your social media followers along. Let them know you'll be there and available to chat about your books, your business, or your next project.
5. Are you Twittering? - If you're a twitterer let your followers know what you're up to prior to the event, and during it. It might just encourage them to come along and enjoy the event too. 
Some helpful website links
Hubspot - Best email subject lines
The Design Trust - Actions to promote exhibition event
Social Media Examiner - Better Facebook page engagement
7 Brilliant Ways to Connect with Your Customers 
Keeping it Real - Social Media Connections
The Blog Starter - How to Start a Blog in 2018

What we're doing to connect.

* Exhibitor Robyn P Murray is distributing flyers which she copied from our website.

* Our artwork is ready for Phantom Billsticker billboards.

* Exhibitors Kirsten McKenzie, Andrene Low and Louise de Varga are preparing for their big NZ Herald interview, for the NZ Book Festival, on the 23rd of October.

* We're keeping our 1,512 facebook followers up to date and entertained.

* We're sharing our exhibitors' news on our facebook page and profiling them too. When was the last time you liked and shared a post from our fb page to inform and entertain your followers? Our website's exhibitor listing is growing like topsy. 
Introducting our 2018 Exhibitors 

DON'T FORGET - This weeks things to do 

- Get those invitations sent off
- Start connecting with your contacts 
- Organise an Eftpos phone app (ANZ is recommended by other exhibitors) We will have an Eftpos cash out facility for visitors on the day.
- Check your exhibitor listing is correct
Click here to view the 2015 Book Festival Highlights Video
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