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Tips for Scaling Up Your Success at Your Next Trade Show

Tips for Scaling Up Your Success at Your Next Trade Show

Trade shows can be an excellent resource for almost any business. They can also be expensive, but the return will be well worth it. Provided all the important components for participating in a trade show are utilized properly. These few tips will help you to stay organized and to implement some of the strategies needed so you can capitalize on your investment that you are making in your next trade show.

Stand Out From Your Competition

Trade shows are industry orientated. It means that you are going to have plenty of competition there. But, competition is good for business. It does mean that you are going to have to be innovative in your presence. One reason is to bring the traffic to your booth. The other reason is to create a lasting and positive impression. This means you want to focus on the senses specifically sight, sound, smell and taste.

Techniques for Appealing to Sight

There are many ways that you can use resources for appealing to the sight. You can use visuals. Not just the ones that are directly promoting your business.

     Your Business Mascot

Developing one specific for your business can be fun, and can also be added to your branding. Make sure the mascot is          appropriate for your business and unique.

     A VIP

Having a VIP attend your booth will be a real attention getter. Choose one that is well known locally. It will not only help      to bring in the traffic to your booth but it will be like an endorsement for your business. Try and choose a VIP that can          relate to your business.

     Video Displays

Having a video display is more effective for holding your visitor’s attention as opposed to drawing them into your booth.      But, you can use the audio portion of your video for bringing in the crowds. Keep in mind though it is common courtesy        not to let this interfere with the other exhibitors.

Techniques for Appealing to Hearing

The right choice of music can create a lasting impression. A song can bring back a memory in a flash. This is what you want your business to do which is create a memory. Make sure your choice of music is compatible with the type of business you have. For example, if you are selling motorcycles then you don’t want to be playing calm and relaxing music. You want something that is upbeat and catchy.

Techniques for Appealing to Smell

You have lots of opportunities to appeal to the sense of smell. This can be done with different types of aromas. It can be something simple as offering refreshments that have a strong but pleasant odor to them. Such as coffee and freshly baked cookies.

Techniques That Appeal to Touch

This can be achieved in several different ways and can be included with some of the other sensory techniques. For example, different textured refreshments are going to appeal to the touch. Or, something that really works well is to have a selection of different scented hand wipes on hand. A lot of people are using these now. They provide a good service by letting booth visitors freshen up their hands. While at the same time appealing to the sense of smell without being over powering.

Techniques That Appeal to Taste

This is an easy one. It can be accomplished with the refreshments. How elaborate you want to be with this will depend on your type of business and booth size. But there is a simple solution. All you need to do is have a multi-tiered dish with a selection of individually wrapped treats on it. This can range from a selection of candies to wrapped cookies.

Don’t Forget the Hand Outs

You want your visitors to leave your booth with a lasting impression. One that they can take with them will work very well. There are many promotional items that you can use for this. But, try to make it one that they will use on a daily basis. Make sure your logo and contact information is on them.

Finally, tie everything in with one central theme. But, make sure that you use your company colors in the theme

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14 Critical Reasons Why You Do Not Want to Miss a Trade Show

14 Critical Reasons Why You Do Not Want to Miss a Trade Show

The one mistake that has to be avoided at all costs is to become complacent with where your Company is at. A business will only continue to thrive as long as its owner is proactive in promoting it. There are plenty of way to be able to do this. One of the most effective ways is through trade shows.

Strengthen Your Marketing Portfolio

Every company needs a marketing portfolio. It should be comprised of different components that will bring the intended results. It should also be diversified. Adding trade shows to the marketing tactics gives a business another platform to achieve many of the goals that marketing is meant to do.

Support Your Industry

Many industries form organizations to support their industry. Taking part in a tradeshow is another way to do this. When a large group of business entities come together in one place it helps to create a unity within the industry.

Build Your Contact Data Base

Not everyone who visits a trade show is going to become an instant lead. But, by being able to gather their contact information it provides new contacts for the sales team to work in the future to turn them into viable leads.

Stay on Par with Your Competitors

Smart business people know that competition is healthy. Every competitor will have their own marketing portfolio. When a tradeshow is designed for one industry then everyone is on the same playing field when it comes to their marketing objectives. It is a golden opportunity to observe as to what is and is not working for your competitors.

Connect with Suppliers

Most often suppliers will attend tradeshows concerning their related industry. They use this as a tool for picking up new clients. It is also a way for them to generate interest in the general public about their products. As a retailer that may use their product you can get a bird’s eye view of how the public is reacting to what the suppliers have to offer. Another positive aspect is that it gives you a chance to catch up on new products and what is happening in your industry in a much quicker manner.

Gather Feedback

The trade show can be used as a valuable tool for gathering information. Visitors to a trade show are more apt to share information about their wants and needs concerning your product. This is information that can be taken away from the trade show and used to scale up the business.

Use it as Metric

A trade show can be used as business tool in a variety of different ways. It can be used as a metric to tell the business owner what may or may not work in regards to future marketing tactics. It can be used to test new ideas. For example, new marketing material can be displayed and with careful observation it can be determined how effective it may be when used in other settings.

Generate Leads

One of the most important purposes of the trade show is to generate new leads. Only a portion of those who visit the trade show will qualify, but every lead is important. No matter what business one is in they need to build a customer base. A strong customer base will be comprised of both new and repeat customers. A trade show is a great platform for attracting new leads and also being able to qualify them at the same time.

Teaching Platform

The trade show is not just about selling or generating leads and contacts. It can be used to teach interested parties about your product or service. A lot more material can be covered during the time that the trade show runs compared to a short meeting with a client.

Get New Ideas

Even small ideas can be good ones. Watching how visitors interact at a trade show can help spur new ideas that can be expanded upon. Often the sales team manning the show can get new ideas just from being there.

Learning Opportunity

Almost every competitor will spend their time at the trade shows educating their prospects about what they have to offer. Businesses can learn from each other. Every business should have their own unique selling proposition (USP). It is wise for businesses to learn about what each of these are in regards to their competitors. Also, most often trade shows have seminars and workshops. These may be a great resource for some of the employees.

Employee Relationships

Quite often the sales team do not get the chance to work together in a public setting. A trade show offers a great opportunity for them to work together as a team instead of competing against each other for sales.

Brand Building

A business that is growing quickly often doesn’t get enough time for brand building. A trade show is a quick way of being able to do this.

Free Advertising

Most often the local press will attend the trade shows as they are news worthy. A company can get some great free advertising exposure by being part of the trade show.

Each of these as they stand alone are great reasons for attending a trade show. But when they are combined it creates a very powerful tool for a business to take advantage of.

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Booth Enhancements for Your Next Exhibit

Abex Blog - Booth Enhancements

Your next exhibit could very well be the one that is going to put you ahead of your competitors. That is if you put your focus on all the components that make up an exhibit that begins with how you portray your business. Your greatest tool for being able to do this is your booth. There are many other aspects about this type of event that demand attention. All too often because of this the booth doesn’t get the attention it needs. Yet, it plays a major role in the success of the exhibit.

The Right Planning

Your tradeshow presence needs to begin with a plan. Then within this major plan there should be several sub plans such as;

  • Planning what the primary objective is for your tradeshow attendance
  • What products/materials are going to be displayed
  • What staff is going to be needed
  • Design your booth layout
  • Determine your budget
  • Assign the staff needed to man the tradeshow
  • Assign an exhibit co-ordinator

What Role Does Your Booth Have?

One of the biggest mistakes made by those new to trade show is not realizing the importance of the booth. Many see it as just being the designated space that they have to set up in. They don’t realize that it is the presentation of the business.

The presentation makes the major statement of the business. It creates a picture in the tradeshow attendee’s minds as to what your business is all about. When you look at it this way it will help you to implement all of your sub plans in the most effective manner.

Designing Your Booth Layout

The Space:

You can either decide what space you want according to your budget. Or, you can determine how much is needed by your objective. Before you can determine this you need to know what your booth has to accommodate, such as;

  • Your product or information
  • Your displays, signage and walls
  • Room for staff
  • Room for booth visitors

The Booth Design

Now knowing what the size needs to be and what the booth needs to contain, the proper focus can be placed on the design. This is where you can utilize the right design to make a statement about your business. Think of it as your store front or the main page of your website. It has to create an impressive first but lasting impression.

Creating the Booth Impression

Here is where your choice of displays, signage and walls are going to play an important role. There are a lot of things that need to be considered both when choosing the style as well as placement.

Exhibit Walls

You are going to want something to segregate your booth space from those around you. With a booth you want to make good use of every square inch that you have. You can make your walls part of your marketing display. By using good quality walls that are easy to set up and are of the right height they can be integrated as an important part of your marketing materials. For you they serve the purpose of segregating your space. For the visitors they see the walls as a source of information.

Signage

Your signage is going to tell everyone who you are and what you are about. This is your virtual business card or your brochure. Choosing the right size and style as it fits in with your booth design is going to help create the impression you want and need.

Displays

For your displays before choosing them you need to think about their purpose. For each display you need to set a goal for it. This will help to decide on the size and the style, and the materials they will need to present.

When it comes to incorporating your displays think about the layout of your exhibit. You want the size and style to be compatible with this. When planning on where they will be located don’t lose out on the importance of its visibility.

Your displays have to be attention grabbing, compatible with your brand, and be able to be seen from a distance. These are all the components needed to deliver the message that the displays are meant to portray. If you accomplish this with your displays then you can count your displays as a success.

Setting Up the Booth

There is a lot of time and money that goes into a trade show There is the planning, set up, attending and tear down. Added to this are the fees for Drayage/material handling after the set up. For the best success it means relying on a professional company that has made trade show exhibits their business. These are the experts that can help you get the greatest return on investment for this business activity.

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New Company Video!

New Company Video!

We’re excited to say that we finally have a new company video to share with the world that really displays our true range of capabilities in our manfuacturing facility. We believe it tells the current story of ABEX and our new mantra – DESIGNING FORWARD. As we celebrate 37 years in business, we are proud to say that we have a lot of the same core values in place and we are proud of our ability to make any trade show exhibit under one roof. We debuted this new video at ExhibitorLive 2018 last month along with our new product launches for BOOTH COMMANDER and CUBICALL.

Watch the video below to see what we’ve been up to and get in touch with us regarding your next trade show event. Whether it’s a 10×10, a portable display, 20×20 custom modular booth or larger, we always have a solution.

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New LUMIWALL Shapes!

New LUMIWALL Shapes!

LUMIWALL has been a hit! Everyone is going backlit these days on the show floor, and so we decided to take our LUMIWALL line a step further – Introducing LUMIWALL Curve and LUMIWALL Trapezoidal. Illuminate your brand with one of our new custom shape packages. The difference is night and day. We’re coming to Las Vegas next week to paint the town with LUMIWALL, so make sure to come see the City of Abex – Booth #1561.

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Brand New Website

Abex Exhibits - Brand New Website

We’re very excited to finally share our brand new website with the world, right in time before EXHIBITORLIVE next week in Las Vegas. Have a look around, check out some of our latest project renderings in the Latest and Greatest section on the homepage, browse through our Exhibit Search, and please feel free to shoot us an email – info@abex.com. Don’t forget to visit the City of Abex at Booth #1561.