Small Business Marketing That Won’t Break The Bank

If you’ve ever gotten stuck in a marketing rut—you’re not alone.

Coming up with new and trendy marketing ideas starts to get hard, especially if you’re a small business, have a limited number of funds or have a small team to conjure up ideas from. We’ve all hit the inevitable marketing road block and thought to ourselves—“have we done all the marketing we can do?”

At AffordableDisplays.com, we face the same issues as any other small business. Trade show displays might be our thing, but that doesn’t mean every now and then we don’t hop on the struggle bus when it comes to marketing.

First things first, you absolutely need to invest in marketing in some way. Word of mouth is great, but only has the potential to take you so far. You would need a lot of momentum and a lot of customers for word of mouth to launch you to the next level. Spending money on marketing might pose a problem especially if you’re on a shoestring budget, which many small businesses are.

With a small budget in mind, here’s a few quick and easy tips that won’t break the marketing bank:

1. Business cards

Yup, the never fail approach to spreading the word. Business cards offer a quick exchange to anyone inquiring about your business and gives them all the tools to get in touch with you at a later date. And the good thing is that they aren’t as expensive as they used to be! You can get a box of 1000 business cards for under $50.00. Yes you read that right $50.00! That’s a small price to pay to have the ability to scatter your information wherever you go.

2. Networking

Networking online and in person is another great way to get the word out. This can be as easy as a Facebook or LinkedIn post letting your friends and family know about your products and/or services you offer. People who know you personally are more likely to check out your business and they may even share your information with some of their friends who may need your services as well.

3. Partnerships and collaborations

Partner up with other neighboring small businesses or any business that shares the same target audience as you. Go in together on prizes for a social media contest, set up a referral program or offer package deals together. It’s a great way to drum up new business for you both along with making new business connections.

4. Blogging

Starting a blog on your website offers the opportunity to to rank higher on more relevant keywords in google searches, along with keeping your website content up to date and shows that your business is active to new customers. Ask customers to subscribe to your email list. By sending regular email blasts to your customers this will keep you in the forefront of their mind and provide an easy way to regularly connect with your target audience.

5. Giveaways, coupons, discounts

Grab the attention of new customers quickly by offering a discount, giveaway or coupon code for first time purchases. It’s a low-risk, high-reward situation for them – a win-win really! List these offers on the homepage of your site or within the first few emails to new customers in order to hook them while you still have their interest and before they move on to someone else. Just make sure to state it’s for first-time customers only or it will chew a whole in your pocket pretty quickly.

6. Speaking opportunities

This may not be as scary as it sounds! It could mean guest hosting a webinar, providing a quote or tip for an article or appearing in front of an audience. Whenever possible, whether online or in person, always say yes even if they don’t pay well or at all. Announcing you’ve participated in an event as an invited expert gives you the opportunity to build major credibility within your industry and can often result in new connections you might not have made otherwise.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Marketing is a necessary evil if you want your business to survive and thrive, but as you can see it doesn’t need to break the bank. Actively invest in your business with these small business marketing tips to get the most out of any budget you may have. We’ve used each of these strategies in our business, so we can speak to their effectiveness. Even if it’s just a glance at a business card or a quick handshake at a networking event, even the smallest gestures can result in big business!

Trade Show Budget: Displays Under $1,000

So you’ve been given the task to search for a new trade show display – we find that very exciting, but you may not. Chances are you don’t know where to start or even what you want. There’s a lot of things to think about when searching for a trade show display (size, shape, travel friendly, graphics, etc.), but your trade show budget is definitely the most important.

Typically our first question to any of our customers contacting us for a trade show display is “What’s your budget?”. The easiest way to dwindle down your options when searching for a trade show booth is to answer this question first. Consider this: you can’t possibly start your search when buying a car or a house without knowing your budget, right? Well, the same goes for trade show displays.

So to get you started on the right foot (and because we like helping people), we’ve done the searching for you and compiled a short list of popular options worth considering for your next trade show display that are under $1,000.00. Which is great for your trade show budget!

Boost 31" wide Retracting Banner Stand

Boost 31″ wide Retracting Banner Stand
Budget Friendly retractable banner stand includes custom printed banner, 3-section corded pole & soft padded carry bag. Banner Size: 78.5″ high x 31.5″ wide. Hardware Color: Silver or Black.
$289.00

Boost 48" wide Retracting Banner Stand

Boost 48″ wide Retracting Banner Stand
Budget Friendly retractable banner stand includes custom printed banner, 3-section corded pole & soft padded carry bag. Banner Size: 78.5″high x 47.25″wide. Hardware Color: Silver.
$358.00

iPAD 39" H GRAPHIC COUNTER

iPad 39″ H Graphic Counter
Graphic Podium/Counter includes tablet cutout in Black counter top, Custom printed Dye Sublimation Stretch Fabric Graphic & frame components. *iPad not included.
$378.00

6FT ULTRAFIT TABLE COVER - FULL COLOR/FULL BLEED

6FT Ultrafit Full Color/Full Bleed Imprint
6′ x 30″ UltraFit Full Color/Full Bleed Printed table cover. Contours to all 4 sides of the table. Polyester-Spandex Blend fabric, flame retardant.
$480.00

Expand Quickscreen3 Retractable Banner Stand

Expand 40″ QS3 Retractable Banner Stand
40″ retracting banner display includes custom printed banner, Quickscreen 3 base hardware, telescopic pole, patented graphic cassette & padded carrying bag. Banner Size: 88″high x 39 3/8″wide.
$617.00

Mercury Hybrid 24" Retractable Banner Stand iPad Mount

Mercury 24″ Retractable Stand w/ iPad Kit
Interactive banner stand package comes complete with 24″ wide aluminum base, iPad mount hardware, custom printed banner, adjustable pole, black carry bag. Choose Black or Silver base color. *iPad not included.
$697.00

POPUP Oval Counter Kit 3

POPUP Oval Counter Kit 3
Portable Oval Counter includes Aluminum Frame, Printed Graphic center front panel & Graphic end cap panels.  Size: 42.5″ high x 35″ wide
$705.00

3x2 Star Tension Fabric Display Kit 2

7.5ft Star Tension Fabric Table Top Display
Portable tension fabric table top display includes 3×2 pop-up frame, custom printed fabric graphic w/ end caps and wheeled carry bag. Set-up size: 89.3″w x 59.9″h x 11.6″d
$714.00

Banner-Mate 2-Panel Connecting Banner System

Banner-Mate 2-Panel Connecting Banner System
Pole Banner System includes (2) 35″ wide Custom printed banners, Reusable Grip Rail System, (2) Chrome weighted bases & (2) Rigid travel bag. Total Set-up dimensions: 86″ high x 70″ wide.
$746.00

3D SNAP Pop-Up Display Layout 4

5ft 3D SNAP Pop-Up Display Layout 4
Pop-up tension fabric geometric full height display includes 2×3 aluminum frame, complete set of graphic skins and nylon bag. Set-up size: 5’w x 7.5’h x 14″d
$753.00

ShowFlex 70"x46" Tension Fabric Display

ShowFlex 70″x46″ Tension Fabric Display
Table Top tension fabric display includes full color dye sublimation banner, “umbrella” style hardware and carry bag. Set-up Size: 70″ wide x 46 tall”.  Weight: approx. 6lbs
$775.00

10ft Traverse Adjustable Banner Stand

10ft Traverse Tension Fabric Banner Kit
Tension Fabric Banner Kit includes full color printed fabric graphic, complete hardware set and soft carry bag. Set-up size: 89″h x 119″w.
$785.00

6ft 1UP Graphic Pop-Up Display Kit

6ft 1UP Full Graphic Pop-Up Display
Premium Table Top Pop-Up Display Package Includes Custom Printed Center Panel, Custom Printed End Caps & Wheeled Shipping Case. Set-up size: 6′ wide x 5′ tall.
$839.00

STEP-UP Product Display Counter

STEP-UP Product Display Counter
Tiered shelving product display counter. Includes Aluminum Frame & Velcro Receptive Fabric Panels. Size: 51″ high x 84″ wide x 24″ deep
$971.00

FINAL THOUGHTS

Always know your trade show budget before you start shopping. The perfect trade show display is out there for every size booth, every trade show schedule and every budget. We have hundreds of display options on our website which have all been hand selected by our staff based on the needs of our customers. If you’re stuck in a “trade show rut” feel free to reach out for some guidance. Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and the help of a professional that’s been in the business for over 25 years!

Multi-Use Portable Event Displays

Get The Most For Your $$$

Many of our customers purchase portable event displays mainly for use at a trade show, but have you ever thought of utilizing the same display in other ways as well. We realize not all companies also do other face-to-face marketing events such as open houses for real estate companies, pop up shops for retailers, red carpet events or other business-to-business networking events. But have you considered maybe you aren’t doing these other events because your trade show display doesn’t accommodate for the multi-use?

Below are some examples of how you can use our portable event displays for other events besides trade shows. If you already own one of our portable booths but want to get more use out of your portable display between trade shows, feel free to reach out and chat with us for ideas to get creative!

Lounge, Discussion Area

Tension fabric display options are an excellent solution for a pop up lounge or discussion area. With the ever changing trade show trends, exhibitors are becoming more creative with their booth spaces, incorporating this trendy new option to stay relevant and be remembered. Tension fabric displays allow you to really show off your brand in new innovative ways.

By simply adding a retractable banner stand, counter or table cover, you’re able to not only add depth to your trade show booth, but these add-on items could be set-up in your office or used at smaller events, such as a job fair or other community events, when trade show season is not in full effect.

Step-n-Repeat, Photobooth

Another trendy marketing piece for trade shows or events are step-n-repeat backdrops. Having easy to assemble and durable tension fabric backdrop will cut down your time and effort during set up. Your high-quality, glare free, graphics and logos will make a great backdrop for photos at your various events.

These logo backwalls are great because even if you aren’t necessarily selling anything, you can still enforce your brand visually for any industry gathering or company party. Tension fabric step-n-repeat backwalls are the perfect solution even when the show is over – simply set-up in your office entrance for all visitors to enjoy. Tip: consider where you’re setting up and also time of day. Night time events may require some light features, and you can always upgrade to a lightbox option.

Fundraisers, Local Events, Job Fairs

There are many advantages to a tension fabric display including portability which makes packaging your trade show display smaller, easier, lighter and may result in shipping cost savings and storage costs. Another advantage is the ability for your fabric graphic to be washed, dried, ironed, steamed, folded or rolled for storage.

You’ll also love that there is no glare on the fabric because of the smooth, non-glossy fabric finish which is perfect for an indoor trade show or high lit areas.

Sampling Bars, Product Shelving

Portable displays allow you to set up quick serving bars for food or beverages. Our Advertising Tent is perfect for indoor or outdoor use and made to be resilient to wear and tear with continuous use by the frequent exhibitor. All you have to do is focus on promoting your product, service or brand.

Sampling bars or counters add style and function to your trade show booth space by allowing you to drive your message, product or service right up front. Use any of our effective point-of-engagement presentation counters to give demonstrations, sign up attendees for notifications, emails or giveaways or even have attendees purchase your products right then and there. These trade show counters and podiums give your exhibiting booth space more opportunity to drive home your brand or land more sales.

 

Adding shelving to a trade show pop up display is most definitely a game changer when it comes to product display during an event. Having the ability to display your product and have it available for the consumer to have a hands-on experience could certainly seal the deal.

Portable event displays give you the freedom to set them up yourself without incurring labor fees. Even a large 20ft tension fabric display can be set-up by 2-3 people quickly and easily without tools. If you are interested in purchasing a portable trade show display for your next trade show or event, contact us here!

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