Exhibiting at Trade Shows, Why and Why Not?

All About Trade Shows: Exhibiting

Attending trade shows is a proven method to increase your brand awareness and to generate leads. Like all methods however, if done incorrectly it can also bring harm. In this article we will discuss the benefits of trade shows and also address potential problems that could encourage you to not exhibit at a trade show.

 Importance of Exhibiting at Trade Shows

The benefits of attending trade shows are countless. The straightforward benefits are lead generation and exposure. It’s important to note that most trade shows are not revenue generating opportunities, even if it does happen from time to time. Certain trade shows are more likely to generate revenue, especially if you are well prepared for that purpose, however, trade shows are primarily marketing and networking opportunities. To start off, we’ll identify some common reasons to exhibit at trade shows.

  • Exposure
  • Fresh, Original Content for Your Company
  • Direct Lead Generation
  • Indirect Lead Generation
  • Brand Image
  • New Product Introduction

When talking about Indirect Lead generation, we are led back to exposure. Just being out in the open will get you noticed. Passerbys might not directly convert into leads at the trade show, but because they saw you there, they might turn to you in the future. In addition, if asked by a colleague “do you know a company that does ****” they could recall your name. There are many other examples similar to these that are simply impossible to track. On the other hand, you can also directly gain leads from people who interact with you or participate in some of the lead generation activities you have prepared for the event. For ideas about lead generating activities, you can check out our article on Driving Traffic at Trade Shows, and the section about social media cards in our article about Handouts in Trade Shows.

Customers and potential customers value seeing their company be active. Participating in trade shows is one way to do that. Make sure to take pictures and videos when participating events and exhibiting at trade shows. These original media become a priceless marketing collateral that can be used in countless ways. Having your own original pictures to put on social media, e-mails, reports, brochures etc. is extremely effective. Similarly, these pictures and trade shows can help refine your brand image. For example, if your company wants to be viewed in a green-friendly light, participating in events that are hosted by green companies or have a green-initiative is a great way to spread awareness to your company’s green-initiative.

Many companies have used trade shows to feature new products. This is particular effective as it can be hard to attract customers towards new products. Having your new product out in the open for people to test and see in person is very good exposure for it and can propel the product towards success.

 Criteria for Opting Out of Trade Shows

In a different light, we wanted to address 3 circumstances that are important to consider before exhibiting at a trade show.

  • lack of funding
  • different target audience
  • lack of preparation

Lack of funding and preparation are two separate reasons, however the case they make is a similar one. Both of these can actually hurt your company. If your company is not willing to put in the minimum amount of funding for a decent quality exhibit, you might seriously consider whether or not you would like to go. I have personally seen companies exhibiting with a just wooden table with their name printed on a white piece of paper that was taped to the table. Two booths away was a company with a table cover, 2 standing banners, 5 staff members, promotional products and some other informative handouts. Needless to say the former company did not receive many visitors. In fact I knew two people who attended with the one of their goals being to talk to company A but did not end up doing so. One person said they could not find them at all. This was probably because of how underwhelming their exhibit was. The other person said they were disheartened by their display and looked at other companies instead. This might have been due to a lack of funding, or just that they did not allocate the required time to prepare for the event.

Exhibiting at trade shows can be pricey depending on the size of trade show. Many of those costs however are fixed costs and will cost you less the more trade shows you go to. For example our Trade Show Starter Pack costs $750, which for a small company new to trade shows can seem expensive. However you can reuse the products for multiple trade shows. If you go to 10 trade shows the cost will be just $75 per trade show!

The final point we wanted cover is the target audience. Usually there is some way of knowing some statistics about the expected audience. If the age, or general interest of the audience is much different than what your company usually attracts then you might want to consider if it is worth to exhibit. This is a relatively weak argument as you can still exhibit in these trade shows to increase your brand awareness and chances are you will at least be able to find a handful of people who are interested in your company that will make it worth your time. Ultimately, this arguement is only valid if you are understaffed and really can not afford to spare your resources for an exhibit that is potentially much less valuable in comparison to the other things they could be doing.

This article is part of a series designed to help companies prepare for trade shows called All About Trade Shows. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave one below. In addition, Kendall Press offers many services beyond just print material to help you prepare for trade shows and similar events. If you would like to learn more about how we can work together to ensure the best presence for your company, please contact us by clicking on the button below!

 

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All About Trade Shows: Handouts

In every trade show, the showcasing representatives should have a specific purpose. That purpose could be just general networking, to promote a new product/service etc. Whatever it is, you can bet that there is some form of handout thatmit tote bags will help you accomplish that goal. We’ve discussed products that can be used as hand outs in previous articles. Click on the links to learn more about these topic and examples from these products.

In this article, we will focus on two examples to highlight how to use handouts. As a general goal, you need to identify your purpose before every tradeshow, and for every purpose, there will be certain types of handouts that are more effective than others. Before we move on, I want to briefly expand upon brochures, booklets and promotional products, some of the most commonly used handouts.

  • Brochures: Best used to outline your company and its products/services. Can also be used to talk about one particular product, i.e. if you wanted to bring attention to a new product, you can feature it on a brochure.
  • Booklets: More commonly seen with rich context. Many of the booklets we print are used to present research. This will be more successful when you are in a trade show where you are expecting people to come to you with a desire to learn.
  • Promotional products: Extremely effective in raising awareness and just reminding people that you are there. (see image above for example tote bag)

Let’s go through the whole process together in this example. Your company is one that benefits greatly from a strong social media presence and is active with original content. You learn that the expected audience in the next trade show you will be participating in is expected to be young adults. Therefore, you identify that your goal is to generate as much attraction to your social media accounts as possible. One handout you may consider is what we call a social media card. Basically, it is a business card that instead of listing a specific person’s  contact information, it lists your company’s social media accounts (example template below). social media cardObviously just handing out social media cards isn’t the most effective way, handouts are only as effective as you make them to be! One common tool that is used is a giveaway. The way it works is that you would have a set number of prizes, and each social media action would put in that person’s name in a raffle a certain number of times. If you value your Instagram presence more, people who follow you on instagram gain 2 entries in the raffle, while people who like you on Facebook might only get 1 entry. One option to create giveaways electronically is through Gleam.

Recently we were invited to a vendor fair by one of our customers. We’ve been working with them for a while so most of their employees already know us. We knew that a decent amount of people there will know about us and our services. Those that do know us however, might not know all of our products and sevices. With that information, we idientfied that the best handouts would be be promotional products and brochures. The promotional products we choose are simple Kendall Press mugs, pens and to-do lists. These products are small, have our contact information on it and will hopefully serve as a reminder that we are there for them if they need us. We also brough in some Kendall Press brochures for the people who are less familiar with us, so that they can have a quick summary of the company and products and services that we have to offer.
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This article is part of a series designed to help companies prepare for trade shows called All About Trade Shows. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave one below. In addition, Kendall Press offers many services beyond just print material to help you prepare for trade shows and similar events. If you would like to learn more about how we can work together to ensure the best presence for your company, please contact us by clicking on the button below!

 

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Trade Show Starter Pack

We are excited to announce our new Trade Show Starter Pack! Whether you are new to trade shows, or just want to refresh you trade show equipment, this starter pack has all your essential needs to have a respectable, attractive set up. When ordering this Trade Show Starter Pack, you receive over $150 in discounts that you would not get if you ordered the items separately!

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The above picture includes everything you will receive in this offer.

  • 1 Convertible Table cover for 6 and 8 feet tables
  • 1 Retractable Banner Stand
    • 1 26″ x 72″ Banner
  • 1 Foamcore mounted Easel, 11″ x 17″
  • 250 Business Cards, Full Color, 100 lb. Cover Stock
  • 250 Customizable, Derby Ball Point Pens
  • 100 Single Sided Color Handouts can be included for an additional $49

For a total price of $750. *the banner in the picture is a full size banner (92″ tall), up-charge of $40 to upgrade to it*

Under the Contact Us button, you will find further explanations of the products included in the Trade Show Starter Pack.

For additional information and ordering, please feel free to contact us through the button below, or calling us!

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The Table Cover

The table cover might just be the most important part of your showing, not because of what it provides, but because of what your showing would lack without it. Some venues will give you a table to work with, others you might have to bring your own. Either way, nothing says “I’m unprepared” like showing up to a trade show without even a table cover. The overall quality of your appearance will decrease significantly without one and as a result you will attract less people! To learn more about table covers and other types of table covers that we provide, click here.

The Retractable Banner Stand (and Banner)

The retractable banner stand is a personal favorite of ours. The banners we use for them are made from a material called Pospro 200. It stays flatter than others, reflects less glare and has a higher quality finish. The banner is fitted into the retractable banner stand before delivery so that when you receive the retractable banner stand, it will take you less than 1 minute to set-up! The set-up video is located here. The banner stand is vital in attracting customers from far away and improving your visibility. You can use the banner stand to overview what your company does to attract the right people. What you choose to display however, is flexible based on the type of event you are going and your company. To learn more about the retractable banner stand and other similar trade show displays, click here.

The Easel

The Easel is a relatively cheap product that you can have multiples of even in the same event. There are two more prominent ways to use your easel. The first way is to design it so that it bring attention to a specific product or service that you want to highlight. The another popular way to use it would be overview what your company offers to people that are closer. The second way might seem redundant if you are also using the retractable banner stand to summarize your business, but fear not; the retractable banner stand is going to be touching people further away from your location while the easel is for people who are closer. In addition, the overview on the Easel can focus on a few key aspects as opposed to the overall company overview. Easels are just extremely flexible in terms of what you can put on them and can significantly improve your appearance.

The Business Cards

This should be relatively self-explanatory. You need to make sure that you have business cards with you at trade shows. However you can also have trade show specific business cards. These trade show specific cards do not even have to represent a specific person. They can be designed so they highlight a specific purpose your company is trying to draw attention to through these trade shows. To look at some unique designs and features for business cards, click here.

The Pens

Pens are a commonly used promotional product, and for good reason. People are more likely to want your freebie if it is easy to pick up and transport, this is obviously a feature that pens excel in. Usability is another important factor to consider when choosing a promotional product. For people to see your company logo on the product you give them, they need to actually use it! To learn about more Promotional Product examples, click here.

 

Please keep in mind that when changing and/or adding products to your offer, you may lose some of the discounts offered.

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All About Trade Shows: Banner Stands

Banners are a marketing tool that is used quite often in various locations. In trade shows however, banners are most commonly used with banner stands. There is an extremely large variety of banner stands in terms of shapes, sizes and types. Even in a trade show setting, there are some banner stand types that are used more commonly than other. In this article we will highlight 3 types of banner stands that will help grow your visibility.

Retractable Banner Stand:

This is our favorite banner stand. It has a sleek modern design that is very appealing. More importantly, the setup and transportation for the retractable banner stand is unrivaled in how easy and simple it is.

When you order the retractable banner stand from us, we fit in the banner for you so that we deliver it to you in the case shown in the video, ready to be set it up just as easily. Most people order a new banner from us when purchasing the retractable banner stand. If you already have a banner you want to use, we will also fit it in ourselves (if the size is correct that is). If you want to change the banner in the retractable banner stand, like many people end up doing for different events, we are also happy to help.

Hop Ups:

Like most of our products, hop-ups can come in different sizes depending on its intended purpose. Hop ups might look intimidating in size, but they are surprisingly easy to set up. You can fit different banners on the hop-ups in case you wanted to change the design for a different event. For trade shows, we provide hop ups like this one that will significantly amplify your presence. The hop ups we supply are surprisingly light, sturdy, and come with stabilizers so that you do not have to worry about the hop up rocking or wobbling. This particular hop-up is 119″ wide,  89″ tall and 19″ deep.

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Larger products like these are most commonly used in venues where you are given more room and freedom to dress up your booth. Obviously a hop-up this size will help people find you more easily, but they will also make your booth more visually pleasing. A beautiful background will organically translate your physical presence into social media content for yourself. People generally want to take pictures in the various events they go to. While there are some smaller hop ups designed specifically for people to take photos in front of, having a unique background to your booth will similarly  attract a lot of attention for that purpose. You can also bet that when the venue wants to share pictures of their event, they will choose the more impressive booths to share!

Like we previously mentioned, these hop-ups come in various sizes and styles, one type of hop up that is used relatively frequently is the curved hop up design. Curved hop ups are sometimes ordered solely for their unique look, but they can also have different uses. Smaller, curved hop ups can be used to create a small booth, that is designed for a specific purpose (i.e. lead generation), within your booth. This is understandably more common in larger venues where you are given more space to work with.

Trio Stand

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The trio stand is a general example of other types of display banner stands that are available. There are countless sizes available for the trio banner stand and similar, simple banner stands. Some of these types of banner stands tend to be less flexible in terms of the sizes that can fit on them. However, if you have an exact banner size for a specific purpose or already have a banner that you are looking to fit in, then you can not go wrong with these.

 

This article is part of a series designed to help companies prepare for trade shows called All About Trade Shows. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave one below. In addition, Kendall Press offers many services beyond just print material to help you prepare for trade shows and similar events. If you would like to learn more about how we can work together to ensure the best presence for your company, please contact us by clicking on the button below!

 

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Walk & Wall with Kendall Press!

We are excited to share with you a new product for floor graphics called Walk & Wall! As the name states, it is used for both floor graphics and wall graphics. In this blog, I will try and go over the features and benefits of floor graphics. Walk & Wall is designed for short to medium term indoor and outdoor applications. It works great on low pile carpet, tile, wood, stone, metal, glass and painted surfaces. As soon as we heard about it, we had to have it!  If you have ever been to our office at Kendall Press, you may say it is a little bit like a maze. If you happen to come in through the dock door, it can be unclear which direction to go to find customer service. We are happy to say that is no longer the case. Now, all that you have to do is follow the floor graphics leading you to customer service!

Kendall Press Floor Graphics

Kendall Press Floor Graphics

What are the benefits of using floor graphics?

With floor graphics, you can be original and artistic while showcasing your brand. They are an inexpensive way to generate interest in a new product, or use as a teaser for an upcoming event. This material is repositionable with no adhesive residue, slip resistant, dimensionally stable and durable. Where are people looking these days? With the advent of the smart phone and social media, most people are walking around looking down at their phones. What better place to grab attention than with floor graphics? You have paid for the floor space; why not use it to your advantage?

Applications for using floor graphics

One of the most popular ways to use floor graphics is at trade shows. They are simple to install and can be easily removed at the end of the show. You can display your brand and spark discussions about all your latest products.

There are many other creative ways to use floor graphics. If you are decorating a new office or renovating an existing one – floor graphics are great for displaying your logo in the entry way, communicating messages and directing visitors. They can be used to announce short pop-up product launches, as a special welcome for your most important clients or to acknowledge your sponsors at a special event. In a warehouse or around a construction site, they can help keep materials organized. Outdoors, they can be used to lead runners to the finish line. They are a great solution for any event like concerts or festivals.

How have you used floor graphics in the past? We would love to hear from you. Have a special event coming up; let Kendall Press help you build your brand from the floor up!

Trade Shows Are One Opportunity You Just Can’t Afford to Pass Up

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Like any business, you probably use a wide range of marketing materials in an attempt to spread your message far and wide, but have you tried a trade show? Even though you rely heavily on the print techniques that have worked so well in the past, you’ve probably also branched out into the wonderful world of social media and digital marketing. But one marketing opportunity remains largely untapped by many businesses. That opportunity is the trade show, which brings with it a wide range of opportunities you can’t ignore.

There Are Few Better Ways to Engage Than at a Trade Show

One challenge of any marketing campaign is grabbing the attention of your target audience. In a lot of cases, those who receive your mailers or who see your posts on social media aren’t necessarily looking for your particular product or service at that time, which means you not only have to grab hold of their attention in a meaningful way, but you also need to do whatever it takes to maintain their attention until they are ready to buy.

In contrast, a trade show is essentially the exact opposite situation. Trade shows, by their very nature, are designed to bring both consumers and businesses together in a venue where interaction is the name of the game. You don’t have to struggle to grab their attention — they’ve shown they’re already willing to give it to you just by walking through the door. As a result, trade shows are excellent opportunities to create lasting impressions.

Trade Shows Are Amazingly Effective at Generating Leads

If you want a clear-cut example of just how big an opportunity your next trade show is, look no further than the number of attendees. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, for example, brings in over 150,000 people on an annual basis. Even niche shows like the San Diego Comic Book Convention, which is a bit of a mecca for all things entertainment and pop culture, draws over 100,000 people (and growing) annually.

This represents a massive opportunity for generating leads you literally won’t find anywhere else. Every single person who walks through the door is a potential lead just waiting to do business with somebody like you.

Everyone Has an Equal Voice at a Trade Show

Perhaps the most important benefit of trade shows, however, is one of equality. A company with $1,000,000 to spend on marketing materials and a company with only $1,000 to spend are essentially on completely equal ground. If you can make a solid presentation and have your booth staffed with helpful materials and the right employees, you’ll attract visitors who will stop and hear what you have to say.

From the lasting impressions they tend create to the face-to-face encounters you just won’t find anywhere else, trade shows are truly an excellent opportunity to reach new customers. There are few better venues for finding like-minded individuals who are already interested in your particular industry. If you play your cards right, practice brand consistency, and put your best foot forward, you’ll discover trade shows are an investment that can pay dividends for a lifetime.

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