20 effective pick-up lines for trade shows and events

Rowan van der Veen
Feb 4, 2019 4:11:00 PM

As an exhibitor, it’s your mission to get in touch with trade show visitors. Yet, it isn’t always easy to start a conversation with people as they walk past your stand. Most people don’t take initiative when it comes up to start a conversation. This is where your skills as an exhibitor come in: you have to get out there and separate the wheat from the chaff.

But how are you going to approach random people? By using catchy, funny and attentive pick-up lines it will much easier to break the ice. So, get rid of the ‘can I help you?’ questions. It’s time for some fresh inspiration!


Catchy pick-up lines

The best business pick-up lines are catchy, personal and a bit disturbing. It takes quite some self-confidence but makes the most impact. Even the ones who feel slightly uncomfortable won’t be able to suppress a smile.

  • Hi! I think I lost my colleague. Can I borrow yours?
  • Can I give you a tip? The cookies on this stand are outrageously good.
  • I’m looking for a good conversation. Can you help me?
  • How does it feel to be the most intelligent woman at this exhibition?
  • (Name on the badge)! Finally, you found us!
  • Excuse me, do you know what time it is? -  Excellent! Time for coffee.
  • I bet with my colleague that I will have collected more leads than him before 11 am. Can you help me?
  • Today I’m only addressing seemingly intelligent people. How are you doing?
  • Excuse me, you almost walked past the showpiece of this show!
  • Do you like music? Good. Because my offer is like music to your ears!


Engagement pick-up lines

Everybody likes receiving compliments, giving their opinion or answering practical questions. Showing interest in someone’s look, opinion or general knowledge creates a positive vibe and usually leads to great conversations.

  • On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you like our stand?
  • I absolutely love your shoes!
  • What’s the best thing you’ve seen all day?
  • I’m about to go for a walk around the exhibition. Any recommendations on where to go?
  • I’m looking for an honest opinion. What do you think about my new suit?


Short pick-up lines

These short pick-up lines are perfect to get creative with. Challenge visitors with curious dilemma’s, show them that you’ve noticed them before or ask a simple question to create interaction. The trick is to keep it short and simple.

  • This is the second time I’ve seen you today! 
  • I’ve got a question for you.
  • Choose: Green or orange?
  • Hey, have you seen this?
  • Are you in a hurry?


Just do it!

Many exhibitors rarely cross the borders of their exhibition stand. So, get out there and bring some of these pick-up lines along. You will stand out of the crowd and make people smile (uncomfortably, or not). Guess who’s leaving the exhibition with most leads? 

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Rowan van der Veen
By Rowan van der Veen Online marketeer

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