Remember the Expo, With Evernote
Who made that cool new product?!? You are just returning back from the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas when your client calls you with an urgent request for an important event and needs ideas today to place the order and have it delivered. You recall seeing three or four perfect items for the event, but you can't recall which vendor had the items and you don't know the proper keywords to find them in an online product search.
Don't let this happen to you. You have a computer in your pocket and the most powerful (yet simple) organization tool available to you: Evernote. Below I am going to show you the most important use of Evernote for you at the PPAI Expo. There is much more Evernote can do for you (and if you attended my Evernote seminar at PPAI Education you'll know most!) so take the time to learn how to use Evernote and you'll be that much more productive.
First, download Evernote to your phone and your computer
It is free and available on iPhones and droids. It is also available for Windows and Mac. The reason you want it on your computer is the information you store on your phone will automatically be available to you on your computer. It's easiest to create the account on your computer but you can create your account from anywhere.
Now, the fun part!
You are at a booth and you see a great item and you want to remember it. Heck, even if it isn't "great" it's worth remembering for some reason and this only takes 30 seconds. So you grab your phone and open Evernote.
- Click the "+" button (new note)
- Type heading such as "Car charger from XYZ "
- Speak (using voice to text) or type in any notes such as:
- Why you like it
- What client you have in mind
- What the price point is
- Special pricing
- Booth number
- Click the camera button (click the paperclip icon and choose camera) and take a picture
- Add a Tag such as "Tradeshow"
- Click save
- Use the voice dictation feature of you phone for the notes
- There is an option to include a voice recording (near camera, but says AUDIO) but it does not transcribe the text, which means it is not searchable. But if you have a lot to say about the item or want to record the vendor saying something, AUDIO is a great option.
When you get back to your office and you need to remember the cool items, just open evernote and click the tag TRADESHOW and all your notes will be there. If you want to limit it to PPAEXPO14 name that as that tag instead of TRADESHOW, but I like fewer tags so I stick with trade show. (Evernote sorts by date automatically so that lets you see the recent items first).