10 Hot US Trade Shows in March

The best part about trade shows is there is one for any business! From beauty to health or merchandising, our Trade Show Calendar is by far the best tool to sort it all out. Quickly search by state, industry, dates and more to locate the best trade show for your brand. After you find the perfect trade show, make sure you’ll be representing your company in a big way. Check out all our trade show products and banner stands to insure you stand out in the crowd.

Consider checking out these trending trade shows happening this month:

Campus Market Expo
March 2-6, 2018
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
Dallas, TX

www.camex.org

CAMEX is Campus Retailing’s Largest Educational Conference and Buying Expo! For 95 years, NACS has brought campus store professionals and vendors together to meet the needs of students, alumni, parents, and the campus community.

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International Beauty Show
March 4-6, 2018
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

www.ibsnewyork.com

IBS New York is the longest-running and the hottest event in beauty! Drawing 65,200+ beauty professionals who are interested in learning new skills, refining techniques and stocking up on their salon and professional needs. This is the audience you want to reach, and the attendees you need to meet!

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Seatrade Cruise Global
March 5-8, 2018
Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

www.seatradecruiseglobal.com

Seatrade Cruise Global 2018 will welcome 11,000 cruise professionals with ideas and innovations from every aspect of the maritime industry. Exhibiting at Seatrade Cruise Global will enable you to get your brand, products and services in front of an audience looking for new solution providers and business partners.

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Natural Products Expo West
March 8-11, 2018
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

www.expowest.com

The 37th annual Natural Products Expo West & Engredea, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, experienced another record-setting year playing host to more than 80,000 attendees including industry pioneers and a new generation of innovators shaping the future of healthy products.

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International Home + Housewares Show
March 10-13, 2018
McCormick Place Exposition Center
Chicago, IL

www.housewares.org/show

The International Home + Housewares Show features more than 2,200 exhibitors and exciting educational content at the Design Theater, Cooking Theater and through numerous special displays and events! It’s your opportunity to join the world’s largest audience of home goods and housewares professionals.

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ASD Market Week
March 11-14, 2018
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

www.asdonline.com/about/show-overview/

ASD Market Week is the most comprehensive B2B trade show that brings the world’s widest variety of retail merchandise together in one efficient shopping experience. The ASD Market Week show floor is filled with quality choices at every wholesale price point buyers could want to find. ASD Market Week is held twice per year in Las Vegas and is truly the wholesale buying event that can’t be missed for any small to large sized retail, distribution, or importing business.

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International Pizza Expo
March 19-22, 2018
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

www.pizzaexpo.com

With nearly 500 exhibiting companies on the show floor, Pizza Expo is the place for independent and chain pizzeria owners and managers to one-stop shop for nearly any needed product or service — and see what’s new in the industry. Attendees can expand their knowledge on topics relevant to business success during Expo’s more than 90 seminars, workshops and baking demonstrations. They also can participate in pizza skills competitions and go to special events such as the Beer & Bull networking session and the Pizza Expo Block Party.

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ISA International Sign Expo
March 22-24, 2018
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

www.signexpo.org

ISA Sign Expo is the largest gathering of sign and graphics professionals—has the best exhibits offering new technology and helps sign companies make valuable connections. ISA Sign Expo is the most comprehensive trade show for the sign, graphics and visual communications industry, showcasing products from exhibitors in wide format printing, digital signage, vehicle wrapping, LEDs and so much more.

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Nightclub & Bar Show
March 26-28, 2018
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV 89109

www.ncbshow.com

Nightclub & Bar Show is the nation’s most influential gathering of bar, nightlife, hospitality and beverage professionals, who annually come together in Las Vegas. This is the bar professional’s one stop shop to learn about new products, new technology and new trends in the industry. Take your industry knowledge to the next level in our comprehensive Conference Program, the only program designed to meet the needs and challenges of bar owners, operators and professionals looking to get ahead in the industry.  Plus, Nightclub & Bar Show is notorious for throwing Parties!

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New York International Auto Show
March 30-April 8, 2018
Jacob Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

www.autoshowny.com

Ushering in the latest automotive trends, the 2018 New York International Auto Show will showcase an incredible collection of cutting-edge design and extraordinary innovation. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers will feature the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars.  Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show dating back to 1900.

How to use the 5 Senses at a Trade Show Event

Learning how to engage all of your 5 senses at a trade show, conference or event may seem like a daunting task but we’ve got a few tips to get you going.

A trade show is full of sensory overload.  And being a company that sells trade show displays we’d typically blog about well… trade show displays. But this post focuses upon a whole different take on a trade show.  Meet your 5 senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.  It’s called sensory branding.  According to WikipediaSensory branding is a type of marketing that appeals to all the senses in relation to the brand. It uses the senses to relate with customers on an emotional level. Brands can forge emotional associations in the customers’ minds by appealing to their senses.”  

It’s pretty easy to say that sight would be the most important at a trade show but the other 4 senses contribute considerably to the overall value of attending or exhibiting at a trade show.   The ultimate secret to creating an experience around your trade show display is to integrate the full 5 senses, not just one or two.  Here’s how you can do just that.

  • Sight: Let’s start with the most obvious of the senses.  As you would expect sight is the most important at a trade show.  The many colors, the lights, the people, the interactions, the constant need to read each booth as you pass by, products galore to look at, competitors, hundreds of individuals weaving in and out of traffic flow, and then commotion within your own booth space.  That’s a lot to take in – even for the most seasoned exhibitor.  That’s why it’s important to ensure your own booth space is clean, clear and concise with its message.  With so many other distractions it’s important to ensure your booth space focuses on directing and controlling where the potential customer is looking and for how long.  Oh and of course that your message and brand is understood immediately.
  • Sound: A trade show floor is bustling with noises.  The overhead speaker, the hundreds of conversations being crossed over one another, booth spaces with videos, live presentations, and so on.  To get past all of that noise why not try and create an environment within your booth space that is inviting enough that attendees will want to stop and maybe even take a break from all of the commotion.  Couches, chairs or a quiet meeting area just might be the ticket.

  • Touch: Think about the last time you went to your local department store.  What sense did you use the most while you were there?  Touch.  You touched anything that caught your eye, anything that interested you, anything that sparked you to want, need and then ultimately buy.  Think about it: before you bought it; you touched it.  How does this relate to a trade show?  Simply remember to put your best foot forward and give customers the ability to touch, feel, and try out whatever it is you’re looking to sell.  And, if you don’t have a tangible product that you are selling then make sure you have enticing giveaways.  The giveaways can reel in potential customers in the same way an actual physical product can.

  • Smell: Believe it or not, the smell is considered to be a fast track to the part of your brain that controls both emotion and memory, two very prominent factors behind why we choose one brand over another.  If you can create your own smell within your booth space then do it.  You may think well I don’t sell candles or fragrances.  That’s okay.  What you can do instead is make sure you at least smell nice.  Sounds funny but who doesn’t sweat like crazy at a trade show.  So keep deodorant, hand lotion or even your favorite perfume handy. You also need to be enticing just as much as your product and booth space is.

  • Taste: This, of course, is the most important sense when you sell an edible product.  For example, let’s say you sell a Gluten free, Dairy free and Soy free cookie snack.  I know what you’re thinking. YUM!  Just having a trade show backwall describing your special yummy cookie isn’t going to get you more business that’s for sure.  Your product is free of a lot of components that are in most food today so to actually sell it your potential buyer they must taste it.  Looking at a pretty backdrop or packaging isn’t going to sell your cookie; it’s about actually tasting it.  Always, always have samples on hand.  That’s the magic touch to your booth space so make sure you have enough samples on hand to entice passersby to stop and want to taste but most importantly know your product exists and then to buy your product.  

At the end of the day if you can’t hit all of the 5 senses within your booth space it’s okay.  Just be aware of how they all do affect overall trade show floor experience.  Try to do what you can to keep the 5 senses in mind and focus on the ones that will best propel your brand and brand experience with your potential customers.