Welcome to the latest SHOT Show Insider, written by the SHOT Show team at NSSF and our show partners to keep you informed about plans for the upcoming show as well as provide you with useful insider tips on how to have a more productive SHOT Show experience. Let us know what topics you’d like to see addressed here in upcoming issues by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webinar Tomorrow: ‘Digital Tools for Exhibiting Success at SHOT Show’
NSSF continues its SHOT Show Exhibitor Academy webinar series tomorrow (October 8) at 2 p.m. Eastern with “Digital Tools for Exhibiting Success at SHOT Show.” In this week’s session, Steve Goulder, Senior Product Manager for GoExpo Community Brands, will share an in-depth look at the digital tools available to you as a SHOT Show exhibitor and how to use them to your advantage. Email invitations were sent to exhibitors on Monday. If you didn’t receive an invite, please let us know and we’ll reserve a spot for you. — Erik Scarpati, NSSF
New ‘5 Questions, 5 Answers’ Feature
With the SHOT Show rumor mill in high gear, we’re starting a new SHOT Show Insider feature that will answer the 5 most common questions regarding SHOT Show as submitted by you, our customers. The questions and answers will be featured here on the Insider every other week and in NSSF’s Bullet Points newsletter. CLICK HERE to submit a question for our first 5 Questions, 5 Answers. — Chris Dolnack, NSSF
Attendee Registration to Open Next Week, Exhibitor Registration Opens Oct. 26
SHOT Show registration will open for attendees on Tuesday, October 13, and for media on Wednesday, October 14. Exhibitor registration will open the following week on Monday, October 26. There will be changes this year to the registration process, with everyone’s health and safety being top of mind. Be prepared and register early this year – there will be NO onsite registration this year. Registration will be closed January 6, so please plan accordingly. I can’t stress enough that only approved registrants will be allowed to attend the SHOT Show. All attendees and media will now be receiving their badges in the mail, just like in past years. In order to receive your badge in the mail, all attendees and media must be registered and approved by December 17. Exhibitor badges will be picked up on site by the primary contact of the exhibiting company, by appointment ONLY. By putting these changes into place, this will prevent any crowding and allow for continued social distancing while keeping everyone safe. Additional information will be provided on our new protocols as we approach the show. — Melissa Schilling, NSSF
Retailers See Show as Critical to Staying on Top of Inventory Needs in 2021
Continuing in our series, “Why I Wouldn’t Miss SHOT Show,” writer Peter Mathiesen caught up with the owners of two firearm retail stores in California and Colorado to discuss their plans for the 2021 SHOT Show. Said Cynthia Thome, owner of Bear Mountain Sports in Bakersfield, California, “I have to meet with my vendors at SHOT. If I don’t, I feel like the limited supply to California retailers will be bought by another retailer, and that translates to reduced inventory for my store in 2021.” Read the full article here. — Bill Dunn, NSSF
Ensuring Safe & Organized Traffic Flow at the Upcoming SHOT Show
We have all noticed new ways in which retail stores are adapting for social distancing in their establishments. Bright circles on the ground telling you where to stand in line for the check-out counters. Stickers at the end of each aisle in the supermarket telling you which direction you can go in that aisle to account for less cross-traffic. To make the show as safe as possible for all participants this year, SHOT Show will be no different.
Adjustments will be found not only on the exhibit hall floorplan with one-way aisles but expanded entrance-only and exit-only points will be established to avoid the large amounts of people congregating in one area. You can CLICK HERE for an overview to see the extent to which measures are being taken to ensure the show will be safe.
Entrances are being created in areas not yet utilized, like outside off Sands Avenue, for direct access into Hall G on Level 1 and Halls A & B on Level 2. Attendees will be directed into the Venetian Ballroom through several doors where Express Registration used to be. Express Badge Pickup will be located in another area of the Venetian campus to avoid large crowds in the hallway, that we all have loved to see packed in the past, but don’t necessarily want to see this coming January.
We believe these steps, along with many others that will be brought forth over the coming months, will make for a successful and safe event in January. — Jeff Pressman, ConvExx
SHOT Show Official Pre-Show Mailer
We are pleased to announce that NSSF has partnered with expomarkit Media Group again this year to provide the only “Official” pre-show mailer. Expomarkit will be reaching out soon to answer any questions. The service was introduced at the 2020 event and was very well received by exhibitors and attendees. Take advantage of this highly effective marketing opportunity to increase sales, drive booth traffic, create brand awareness, and grow your business. This unique service provided by expomarkit Media Group, is a very cost-effective method of reaching the top buyers and is the “Only Official Mailer” to reach buyers before the show. This year will also include a bonus digital version that will be sent to attendees. For more information or to secure your space please contact email@example.com or call 205-323-1413 ext. 101. Space is limited! — Chris Tatulli, NSSF