Trade Show Checklist – 26 Must Haves!

The day has finally come. You’ve been prepping for your trade show for what seems like an eternity. You arrive at the venue, start unpacking and BOOM. You realize you forgot something! Showing up unprepared has got to be the worst feeling especially when it comes to something you thought you were prepared for. Lucky for you we’ve enlisted the help of our fellow exhibitors to compile this handy trade show checklist.

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And trust us, we know it’s easy to forget the small things on your way out the door since your biggest concern should be your trade show display. Keep our simple trade show checklist handy for future use. It will be a lifesaver and you’ll make friends with everyone around you since you’ll be the prepared exhibitor!

Booth Items:

  1. Signage – If your trade show signage is separate from your display, don’t leave part of your company behind.
  2. Promotional Items – Brochures, postcards, flyers, handouts, samples etc.
    Business Cards – Bring plenty to hand out to as many qualified leads as you can. More is better.
  3. Business Card Holders – Simply because it looks much neater than a stack of cards thrown on the table.
  4. Giveaways – Make sure you choose something that makes sense or is relatable to your company, and just don’t give it away to anyone walking by – make sure they are worthy.
  5. Containers to hold your giveaways – Basket, candy dish, pen cup, etc.
  6. Bowl for collected business cards – Just an easy way to keep everyone’s information in one place to take back to the office for follow ups.
  7. Name Tags – Don’t rely on the event to give you a lanyard name tag. Everyone wants to know your name as well as what company you are with.
  8. Table Linens – Let’s be honest, those trade show venue tables can look pretty rough. And it’s a bonus if your table cover has your logo on it!
  9. Presentation/Video/Media – You worked hard on that video or powerpoint presentation, so don’t forget it.

Office Supplies:

  1. Pens/Pencils/Sharpies – Yes, you might be at a trade show where there’s an unlimited supply of pens from other exhibitors, but just bring your own.
  2. Scissors – It’s almost inevitable that something will need to be cut during set up or tear down.
  3. Notepads & Post Its – Good for taking notes or if someone else forgot their business card you can jot down their information for a follow-up.
  4. Rubber Bands/Paper Clips – Don’t lose all those business cards you just collected. Plus you can bend paper clips and use them for the most unconventional purposes.
  5. Stapler – The stapler can come in handy to tack all sorts of unsuspecting things together.
  6. Tape…all the tape! – Scotch, Duct, Masking, Packing, Double Sided – any kind of tape you can think of, you’ll need it.

Technology:

  1. Laptop/Monitor/TV/iPad – The bigger the better!
  2. Chargers – With constant use, devices are sure to run out of juice so make sure you pack all necessary chargers. And this includes your phone charger!
  3. Cords to Connect Computer to TV/Monitor – Nothing worse than the moment you realize you’re missing your HDMI cord because it’s at home in your living room.
  4. Extension Cords/Power Strip– Outlets are shared between exhibit booths and it always seems you need just one more outlet. Plus, in the event you  want to place your TV or monitor in a location not so close to an outlet, you’ll at least have a backup plan.

Other Supplies:

  1. Safety Pins – Two words…wardrobe malfunction.
  2. Snacks – No one wants to feel “hangry” or “parched” during a trade show. Quick snacks will do the trick to take the edge off.
  3. Gum/Breath Mints – We would suggest skipping the onions or garlic for lunch and always good for after your coffee break.
  4. Hand Sanitizer – Think of the hundreds of hands you’ll shake. Enough said.
  5. Zip Ties – For all you OCD peeps out there, these help keep computer wires looking nice and tidy.
  6. Back up Shoes (if you’re wearing heels) – Comfortable shoes are so worth it, especially when the show is over and you have the dreaded job of packing up your trade show display.
  7. First-Aid Kit – Well, you don’t bleed all over your prospects.

Multi-Use Portable Event Displays

Get The Most For Your $$$

Many of our customers purchase portable 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 marketing events such as open houses for real estate companies, pop up shops for retailers, red carpet events or other B2B networking events. 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 booths 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!

Multi-Use Portable Trade Show Displays

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’ll easily add depth to your trade show booth. But these add-on items could also be utilized in your office entrance 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 an easy to assemble and durable tension fabric backdrop will cut down your time and effort during set up. Your high-quality, glare free logo graphics 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 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.

 

Final Thoughts

Portable booths 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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Questions To Ask When It’s Your Trade Show Off Season

Here’s the typical scenario: trade show season begins and you invest in two or three trade shows or marketing events because you expect to see a return on your investment. You prepare, attend, gather leads – then you’re back at the office with that “high on life” attitude ready to follow up on those precious leads and convert them into new business.

But workflow and life gets in the way.  And instead you come home, check emails, look at the work piling up on your desk and play catch-up. Unfortunately this often ends in business-as-usual mode and an unwelcome back to reality wondering where all your motivation went.

We hear about this all the time.

But how do you change this vicious cycle that could be hurting your trade show investment? Well, quite simply you have to make the time. Here’s a few tips on how to maintain the positive momentum and take advantage of your hard work after the shows wrap for the season.

Ask yourself “why, how and who”

Why am I participating in trade shows? Great question, right – but do you have an answer? Deciding to participate in a particular trade show is the easy part; it’s figuring out why you chose that show thats most important. You could be looking for a way to build brand awareness, or increase distribution of your new products. It could also be that you would like to focus on client relations as a way to nurture the face-to-face relationship. Nail down your WHY and determine a clear initiative that aligns with your business strategy to move it forward.

How am I going to measure attendance? Counting leads is the first step to measuring your success at the end of a show, but try and find a way to measure attendance before the show as well. Consider this – it’s like placing an ad on Facebook, choosing how many people to target then going back to see how many people you actually reached. You need to understand your return on investment to insure you marketing efforts are working for you. Just ask and you shall receive! Ask the show organizer to give you numbers based on last years attendance to help you decide whether a particular show is even worth attending.

Who am I targeting at the show? You might be exhibiting at a high traffic, well marketed trade show, but have you figured out how to actually get them to visit your booth? Some of you might get stuck on the number of people that visited your tradeshow booth instead of measuring their legit interest in your products or services. Quantity doesn’t equal quality. Don’t settle for 300 basic leads when you could have 50 well-qualified leads. By singling out the type of clients you want, you can plan your presentation more effectively reel them in – hook, line and sinker!

 

Bottom line: The show does not end when you get home. It’s so important to take the time to reflect on your current trade show season and put your newfound knowledge to work for your company. And the best time to do this is NOW – before you’re routine tasks suck you in again and before you realize you have to be in full-on trade show season mode…again.

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8 Tech Savvy Ways to Spend Your Remaining Trade Show Budget

So you’ve made all the necessary purchases for a successful trade show season, but you’ve come in under budget (and your boss is high fiving you). This is great, however if the money isn’t spent it may not generate great returns on your investment. We have some seriously savvy ideas to help spend your remaining budget wisely to benefit your current and future trade show efforts.

We understand, having money left to spend can feel too good to be true. Maybe you just saved a huge chunk by reusing last seasons’ trade show display, or you saved on other big ticket items and just have some extra cash to spend. It doesn’t matter how you got it, here are some smart ways to spend your remaining trade show budget dollars wisely.

#1 – Up your game with audience engagement.
Audience engagement apps add another level of interactivity to your trade show. And before you look away, we don’t mean adding just any app – there’s some great tools out there you should be utilizing. The app industry offers easy to use web-based live sharing and Q&A solutions to engage attendees before, during or after the show. They might also allow followers to watch live presentations, ask questions, answer polls, make digital notes, live tweet & much more. By capturing what’s really going on in your attendees’ minds, you can use the data to help you target the right audience for future trade shows. If you’re not sure it’s the best fit for your company just start small and adjust from there. Review your engagement the first time you use the app to make sure it will work for your needs.

#2  – Social walls = real time engagement.
Imagine how neat it would be collecting social media posts from your attendees in real time and displaying them right on a monitor mounted to your trade show display for everyone to see. Try selecting a specific hashtag pertaining to your show and have attendees post using that hashtag. Or simply ask attendees to “tag” you in a photo. You could make a game of it and use this as a contest to win your giveaway. Let’s be real here — who doesn’t love seeing their post show up on a big screen!

#3 – Create a trade show landing page.
Having a dedicated landing page added to your existing website to showcase your trade show schedule, locations, agendas and speakers — this would be helpful to attendees, right? The main purpose is to send potential attendees to your website to help you spark interest and encourage social media sharing.  Of course there are OK landing pages and there are amazing landing pages. Make sure your message is clear and to the point. Also graphics are huge so hiring a graphic designer might not be a bad idea since you’ll want to make sure all of your dedicated trade show landing pages are fully on brand.

#4 – Let’s…chatbot?!
For those unfamiliar with the term, a chatbot is a computer program or an artificial intelligence which conducts a conversation via audio or text. Adding a chat feature to your website to answer pre-tradeshow questions may take some of the burden off your support team.  And don’t worry, your pre-populated answers don’t have to sound robotic either. You can make it sound just as natural as having a live human on the other end. But you want to know the best part? Chatbots work for you 24/7 and are pretty darn cost effective.

#5 – Retargeting is your friend.
Quite possibly one of the best tools for converting your landing page visitors into attendees. We know you’ve seen it – you go to a website and a “pop-up” appears for you to sign up. This has been around for a while but just now becoming more popular in order to run specific campaigns to increase conversions. Now you might be wondering how this actually works…well, think of your trade show landing page as a “shopping cart”. Typically you’re asked to register when shopping at most online stores so you can save your information for next time. Well, there’s a slight problem with this. Most people won’t register on the first visit, but it’s crucial to your conversion numbers. Just make sure your registration page is clear on your intent and it will be a easier decision to sign up. Lastly, maybe spend a little money to set up a specific retargeting campaign engaging with people that visited but didn’t sign up. Sometimes a little nudge is all it takes.

#6 – Create Pre-Show Teaser Videos.
Video is considered the most effective way to promote anything these days, even your trade show to boost attendance. Utilizing video before and after your trade show could help not only generate awareness to your brand but also boost attendance to your trade show.  However, professional video production can become quite costly and the cheaper options may not look as professional as you would like. So how do you meet in the middle? Try merging existing footage with still photos to create a short video to display social media or your trade show landing page. Try testing out different online tools to combine elements into bite-size video snippets in no time at all.

#7 – Consider adding a Mobile Charging Station.
We’re sure you’ve witnessed this before – someone wandering around cell phone and charging cord in hand in a desperate search of an outlet. How would you like to be the one to swoop in and save the day! Trade show attendees rely on their cell phones, tablets and other devices to check emails, answer voicemail, post to social media or chat with coworkers. Adding a mobile charging station to your existing trade show booth will certainly be something attendees will not stop talking about! Genius, right?!

#8 – Boost your WiFi.
Rather than shelling out a crazy amount of money to the venue, and sacrificing your first born just to get decent bandwidth, consider adding a portable internet hotspot to your trade show booth. It’s so crazy how these small modules can make all our internet fears disappear and for a decent price. You’ll finally put an end to that “sorry I’m at a trade show and the Wifi is so slow I can’t even load Facebook” feeling.

So maybe you still have a little money leftover?

This could also be spent on promoting your brand or products on social media. A little bit of money spent on SEO targeted content across platforms like LinkedIn, Instagram  or Facebook could also work wonders.

 

21 Things You’ve Probably Done at a Trade Show (You Might Never Do Anywhere Else)

If you’ve ever been a trade show exhibitor, not just an attendee, there are some things that happen during the long trade show day you may never consider doing in any other business situation.

While many of these behaviors might seem normal to the seasoned exhibitor, others might as well be considered “weird” to anyone else who has never experienced the trade show floor. We decided it would be fun to collaborate and came up with short list of (funny) situations you may recognize. Check them out and let us know if you have more to add!

  1. Wear the same outfit as your co-worker
  2. Nonchalantly walk by another booth and grab anything on the table that appears to have a value (candy, hats, pens, mugs…)
  3. Chat with an ungodly amount strangers, sometimes about nothing at all
  4. Gaze over at the double-padded carpet in booth #828 because your choice of shoes were for fashion and not comfort
  5. Party until the wee hours of the morning with co-workers and not ever talk about it after
  6. Ask a complete stranger for a breath mint and blame it on the free coffee
  7. Pretend the person you are talking to doesn’t need the breath mint more than you
  8. Act completely interested in small talk for hours on end
  9. Complain about how much you loathe setting up and taking down your booth
  10. Be completely convinced that a 15 minute conversation will lead to your biggest sale
  11. Explain, once again, to your family that it’s a “business trip” and not a vacation
  12. Sneak off to the bathroom just for quiet time
  13. Hide behind your booth curtain to scarf down your box lunch
  14. Try and find a way not to stare at everyone’s name badge before introducing yourself
  15. Convince yourself that the 228 business cards collected are solely interested in your business and not the giveaway
  16. Re-introduce yourself to the same person three times
  17. Politely take brochures from anyone and everyone walking by because you can’t say no then discard of them after the show when no one’s looking
  18. Have a permanent smile on your face to the point your cheeks hurt
  19. Stand awkwardly alone in your booth when your co-worker decides they want to walk around
  20. Be shocked at how quickly your booth is to take down compared to when you set it up
  21. Stress because you can’t find your business cards then remember throwing them in the bottom of your the display case at the end of your last trade show

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.

10 Major Trade Shows in February

Trade show season 2018 is definitely in full swing! And quite possibly the hardest decision this year might be choosing which trade shows your company would benefit from attending. If you ever unsure which trade shows are occuring in your area or accross the United States, you can always start your research using our Trade Show Calendar. You can narrow down your search by City, Country, Industry and even Month. Give it a try today!

Consider these TOP 10 trade shows happening this month:

Golf Industry Show
Show Dates: February 3-8, 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

www.golfindustryshow.com/trade-show

With hundreds of exhibitors spanning thousands of square feet of exhibit space, the GIS trade show gives superintendents, owners, technicians and other golf facility professionals the opportunity to network and discuss the latest products and services in turf and facility care. The show floor also includes special features such as Inside the Ropes, presentations from GCSAA TV, free education on the show floor, the New Product Showcase and the GIS Silent Auction.

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TCEA Convention & Exposition
Show Dates: February 5-9, 2018
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX

www.convention.tcea.org

The 2018 TCEA Convention & Exposition brings thousands of educators together with the knowledge and resources they need to transform The 2018 TCEA Convention & Exposition brings thousands of educators together with the knowledge and resources they need to transform the future of teaching and learning. Campus and district-level administrators, curriculum and technology leaders, teachers, librarians, and champions of ed tech will all discover innovative ways to engage students, enhance curriculum, and increase productivity.

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National Pavement Expo 2018
Show Dates: February 7-10, 2018
Huntington Convention Center
Cleveland, OH

www.nationalpavementexpo.com/show/

For over 30 years, National Pavement Expo brings vendors and contractors together who make their living from asphalt and concrete paving, sealcoating, striping, sweeping, crack repair, pavement repair, and snow removal to network with other paving professionals, attend industry workshops, and learn new ideas at our leadership boot camp.

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OFFPRICE Show
Show Dates: February 10-13, 2018
Sands Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

www.offpriceshow.com/lasvegas/

The OFFPRICE Show is the shopping destination for smart retailers who want fashionable apparel, footwear and accessories, at prices that can’t be beat. Find out what thousands of successful retailers know and register to attend our next trade show.

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MAGIC Marketweek
Show Dates: February 12-14, 2018
Las Vegas & Mandalay Bay Convention Centers
Las Vegas, NV

www.ubmfashion.com/shows/magic?q=shows/magic-february

Every February and August, the retail industry convenes in Las Vegas for the United States’ most comprehensive fashion marketplace – MAGIC. Here you will find the latest in apparel, footwear, accessories, and manufacturing. From the height of advanced contemporary luxury brands, to the latest trends in fast fashion, MAGIC fuels the business of fashion.

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ProGreen Expo
Show Dates: February 13-16, 2018
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

www.progreenexpo.com

ProGreen EXPO is the only green industry conference in the Rocky Mountain Region of its kind. More than 6,000 green industry professionals gather every year at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver to gain vital knowledge and skills to improve business, educate employees and discover the latest information for the upcoming season. Since 1996, ProGreen EXPO has grown into the place where the green industry meets. Through education, networking, and skill-building, we ensure that our industry remains an asset to communities and an engine of job creation.

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World AG Expo
Show Dates: February 13-15, 2018
International Agri-Center
Tulare, CA

www.worldagexpo.com

We are here to encourage the newest conversations, inventions and innovations in the world of ag so that the dealer, the producer and the consumer can all come out on top. World Ag Expo continues to be a marketplace and a celebration of all things ag. When our exhibitors succeed, our attendees and farmers transform their operation, and consumers all over the world are positively impacted by the increased efficiency and the continuous re-evaluation of ‘what we’ve always done’.

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Toy Fair NY
Show Dates: February 17-20, 2018
Jacob J. Javits Convention Center
NYC. NY

www.toyfairny.com

Toy Fair 2017 opened its doors to thousands of registered global play professionals to explore a record-breaking 443,000 net square feet of exhibit space filled with hundreds of thousands of toys, games and youth entertainment products. Toy Fair is produced by The Toy Association™, Inc., the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys and youth entertainment products to kids of all ages. The Toy Association’s more than 950 members account for approximately 90% of the annual U.S. domestic toy market of $26B.

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Wedding & Portrait Photographers Int’l Conference
Show Dates: February 24-28, 2018
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

www.wppiexpo.com

The annual Wedding & Portrait Photographers Int’l Conference + Expo specializes in the creative and business aspects of wedding and portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, thousands of professional and aspiring photographers and filmmakers attend WPPI to network, learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to grow their business, experience new products, gear, and solutions from the world’s top photo suppliers, improve their productivity, and enjoy the many attractions in Las Vegas.

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EXHIBITOR LIVE
Show Dates: February 25-March 1, 2018
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

www.exhibitoronline.com/live/2018/index.asp

EXHIBITORLIVE is the Trade Show and Corporate Event Marketing Conference. This five-day educational event features 180+ sessions and workshops with the industry’s largest exhibit hall, including nearly 300 exhibitors. This is where you will find the latest products and resources shaping the future of exhibiting and corporate event programs. The 6,000 exhibit and event managers, marketing experts and communications specialists who attend our show are serious learners who want to survive their job, improve their performance and master new strategic initiatives.

Top 5 Trade Shows in January

It’s a new year and that means a new trade show season! To some this is an exciting time – however, to others it might seem like a daunting task choosing which trade shows would be best for your company to attend. If you’re starting from square 1, check out our  Trade Show Calendar to start your research journey. Easily narrow down your search for a specific show, specific city or state and even search for trade shows just within your industry. You’ll also find important information such as the number of attendees, number of exhibitors and even the square fottage for each of the trade shows listed. Your list of trade shows will even has a link to more information making it even easier for you to find out more information on how to sign up as an exhibitor.

Consider these TOP 5 trade shows happening this month:

International Builders’ Show
Show Dates: January 9-11, 2018
Orange County Convention Center – Orlando
Orlando, FL
IBS 2017
The International Builders’ Show is organized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is the largest light construction building industry tradeshow in the United States.

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Kitchen/Bath Industry Show
Show Dates: January 9-11, 2018
Orange County Convention Center – Orlando
Orlando, FL
KBIS 2018
KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years.

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Consumer Electronics Show
Show Dates: January 9-12, 2018
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
CES 2018
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a major technology-related Trade Show held yearly in January in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. While the CES is not open to the public, the sponsored show is known for its preview of trendy products and new product announcements.

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SHOT Show
Show Dates: January 23-26, 2018
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
Shot Show 2018
The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The SHOT Show is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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International Production and Processing Expo
Show Dates: January 30 – February 1, 2018
Georgia World Congress – Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
IPPE 2018
The International Production & Processing Expo is the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind. A wide range of international decision-makers attend this annual event to network and become informed on the latest technological developments and issues facing the industry.

 

Once you’ve narrowed down your trade show selection, remember you also have to make sure your choosing the right trade show displays for your needs. Contact AffordableDisplays.com to insure your image will represent you perfectly as well.

5 Major Trade Shows in November

Determining which trade shows to attend and how many trade shows to consider might be the hardest part of getting started. Rest assured our Trade Show Calendar will be your greatest asset in this journey. You’ll be able to narrow down your search for a specific show, a trade show in a specific city or state and even search for trade shows for just your industry. You’ll also find important information such as the number of attendees, number of exhibitors and even the square fottage of each show is listed. Every trade show even has a link to more information making it even easier for you to find out more information on how to sign up as an exhibitor.

Here’s a list of 5 noteable US trade shows occuring in November 2017:

Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association
Show Dates: November 1-4, 2017
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
DEMA 2017
The DEMA Show is the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade-only event for companies and professionals in the scuba diving, water sports and adventure / dive travel industries. This trade show attracts hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of dive and travel industry professionals from around the world.

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FABTECH International AWS Welding Show
Show Dates: November 6-9, 2017
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
FABTECH 2017
FABTECH is an annual event/trade show that to see, touch and learn about the latest innovations in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries. This event offers 1,700+ exhibitors and 40,000+ attendees access to over 725,000 square feet of floor space to learn and connect with vendors and buyers from around the world.

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American Academy of Ophthalmology
Show Dates: November 11-14, 2017
Ernest Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
AAO 2017
American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual Trade Show dedicated to educating people about eye diseases and conditions and the preservation of eye health.

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International Association of Amusement Parks Attractions
Show Dates: November 14-17, 2017
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
IAAPA 2017
IAAPA Attractions Expo is the world’s largest amusement industry trade show created to serve family fun centers, amusement parks, waterparks, and attractions.

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Las Vegas Health & Fitness Expo
Show Dates: November 11-12, 2017
Las Vegas  Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Health & Fitness Expo
This event showcases products such as running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information, running gear and sports apparel. Offering a platform to establish new contacts and networks that will be beneficial for their business increasing their profit margins etc. in the Wellness, Health & Fitness industry.

 

We hope our handy Trade Show Calendar will properly assist you in finding your perfect trade shows. Don’t forget it’s not only your trade show choices that get your business or brand noticed. You also have to make sure your choosing the right trade show displays for your needs. Contact AffordableDisplays.com to insure your image will represent you perfectly as well.

Happy exhibiting!

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.