Dear High Point Market – Team DOWN inc. is coming for you!
But seriously, it’s that biannual time of year again when buyers from across the globe gather in High Point, North Carolina. Whether this is your first, or fifteenth market, we know it can be mega overwhelming. We’ve rounded up our favorite tips and must-click links to help you get prepared for market – tricks of the tradeshow, if you will. Ready to dive in?
Trade Secret 01: Get Social
High Point Market has an outstanding social media presence. Between the #HPMKT hashtag and 5 active social channels, they’re always sharing information in the form of product features and spotlights, keynote speaker sneak peeks, and other great resources. You’ll find slightly different content on each of their channels curated specifically for YOU – the attendees of the market! Check out what they’re sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.
Let us save you a few minutes – and clicks. Scrolling social is an awesome way to network with other attendees. Browse the hashtag #HPMKT here, here, and here. Below, we’ve compiled some of the most unique links and resources we found on social posts as we wait patiently for October 13th to get here!
- Keynote Speakers Series
- The Point on Commerce
- Coined “Information and idea central for all things High Point Market”, the Point on Commerce is the place to get the scoop on the events of #HPMKT including live podcasts, digital strategy sessions, a “Pooch Pop-Up” with comfort pups, roundtables with industry experts, and WAY more. See the full schedule here.
- Design Bloggers tour
- Buyer’s Only Online Community
Log into your favorite social app and check out what others are posting nearby
by searching the location “Suites at Market Square” or “High Point, North Carolina”.
You can thank us later.
All in all, we love the beautifully curated social presence that High Point Market provides. Though, our team doesn’t use Twitter, we’ve heard High Point’s Twitter game is top notch, including updates, and live chat sessions. Can you say #awesome? If you’ve participated, let us know your full review in the comments below!
In short, staying connected on social gives you perfect little snippets and real-time updates of the happenings at market – it’s a passive way to make sure you’re in the know of all the good stuff, especially when you don’t have time to spend planning every detail out.
Trade Secret 02: Download the app
Did you know you can get all the goodies that HPMKT has to offer in the palm of your hand? Sure, there’s an app for that, but, luckily this one happens to be powerful, helpful and stocked with information. We downloaded it and can confirm it’s SO easy to use. Upon downloading, you will be prompted to create a login which will help you plan, schedule, save, sync, and map out the entire trip! It’s like having your personal High Point Market pal with you wherever you go, allowing you to plan your trip from anywhere – waiting to pick up your kids from school, standing in line at the grocery store, and even in the terminal waiting on your flight en route to NC!
You can find exhibitors and events, search for and favorite events and booths, and get help navigating inside the buildings of market. There’s even bus routes, parking instructions, and showroom hours in the app. All inclusive, and everything you didn’t know you needed! We’re total suckers for this streamlined interface and we already have our event agenda lined up – including our Traceability Talk on Animal Welfare and Down Traceability!
Learn how DOWN inc. takes animal welfare and down traceability seriously.
Trade Secret 03: Plan, plan, plan!
Strategy is essential in getting the most bang for your buck – or the most market for your moolah. Seriously take some time to map your market – digitally using the app – or in your old-school calendar. You should be scheduling out time for your cant-miss exhibits and programming, especially if your time at market is limited. If you’re already overwhelmed, no need to fret. As a first time market goer, don’t sweat, High Point has a ton of amazing resources including this video packed with pro-tips!
Make sure to check the events section! It’s stuffed with interesting and fun things. Market isn’t strictly business, you should also be planning a little fun out (yes, in addition to recovery downtime), while at the show. Make sure you carve out time to experience some of the tasty restaurants, local cafes, and parks. We’ve scrounged around for the BEST places in a Highpoint and will be sharing them with you soon. Until then, two words: Southern Roots. It’s the cutest little farm to table place. Take it from us, get the salmon. We’ve already plotted out our cannot-miss list of market events and we’ll be sharing some of our favorites on social over the upcoming weeks. Who knows, maybe we will see you there?
Last but not least…
Here are some friendly reminders straight from High Point:
- Market hours are from 8am to 7pm Saturday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 16, and 8am to 5pm Wednesday, October 17th
- No children under 15 years may attend the High Point Market
- Only service dogs are allowed – no other animals permitted
We’re looking forward to seeing you at market and we’re excited to bring you on our journey from Michigan to High Point, NC as we revamp our showroom.
Stay tuned for a sneak peek of our UHAUL journey south – and photo updates of the finished thing. For now, all we can say is custom cabinetry and gold accents; we promise you’ll have heart eyes for days.
We hope you’re inspired and ready to take on High Point Market. Share your favorite tips with us in the comments!