Technology has been integrated into exhibits for many years – the newest addition is virtual reality. While there is no substitute for face-to-face marketing, adding virtual reality to your exhibit program can enhance the attendee experience and increase their knowledge about your product or service.
Technology in trade show exhibits is more than just special lighting effects and video walls. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), is an exciting technology that captures valuable information exhibit managers can use to measure who visits the exhibit, how long they stay and what areas attract the most attention. Organizers have embedded RFID chips in badges to gather show data but now exhibit managers can use the same technology within their trade show booth.
Trade show and event managers are using technology outside the exhibit as well as in the booth. Mobile apps are now incorporated into the marketing plan to increase booth traffic, engage attendees before, during and after the show. Interactive technology is not just to be considered in the exhibit design. Utilizing event apps can be part of the overall trade show plan.
Technology and social media impact trade show and marketing programs both in the U.S. and at international events as well. It isn’t just about Twitter, Facebook and hashtags, trade show managers need to be sure the company website is “mobile friendly” too. The latest search engine algorithm change for mobile devices could leave your website off searches if it is not formatted for tablets and smart phones. Exhibit graphics and messaging incorporate social media and QR codes to engage the audience so mobile access should be incorporated as well.
Trade show displays are no longer just a 3-dimensional tool to deliver an exhibiting company’s marketing message. Including social media in exhibit planning objectives is another way to increase customer awareness and market share. Exhibitions are an opportunity for face-to-face interaction with customers. Social media can engage customers before, during and after the show.