By Lindsay Roberts, Founder of TheGiftInsider.com
Browse Pinterest before you go. Make sure you are keeping up with what people are “liking” and “loving” on the web. It correlates well with what your customers are going to be wanting. Make sure to browse the “Popular” tab, “Products” tab or search specific product types. Follow industry leaders, experts and editors to stay ahead of the trends.
Make sure you subscribe to popular magazines and websites and spend some time browsing their gift guides and picks before you head out to the Mart. Oprah’s O list, social shopping sites like The Fancy, ThisNext and Beso all show what people are really taking to. AmericasMart’s Market Magazine presents home and gift trends and where to find them during the Market. The more you immerse yourself before you go, the easier it will be to spot new trends.
Stay social media savvy while at the show. Make sure to follow AmericasMart twitter hashtags (#ATLMKT and #JulyGift) and Facebook while at the show to see what products are trending. This will help take all the pressure of your eye and you’ll be able to see what others are loving too. Make sure to engage in the conversation and you’ll really get a lot out of this.
Of course, if you need a little help spotting the trends The Gift Insider is here to assist. Make sure to attend our Top Trends in Gifts seminar on Thursday July 11th, from 10 – 11am (Building 2, Floor 6 Escalator Lobby.) We’ll be sharing our Top 10 gift picks from the Market.