The trade show and live event world have experienced many changes in the past twelve months. Digital formats will continue expand exhibiting companies’ presence by giving customers an option to attend outside of the live environment. Live trade shows will continue to increase their opening in the coming months and now it’s time to start planning now for your upcoming events even for dates in Q3 and Q4 in 2021.
With COVID-19 vaccinations underway globally, exhibitions and conferences will be gearing up in the coming months. This is an exciting time for trade shows and events. While surveys of C-Suite executives indicate they miss face-to-face interactions at exhibitions, the addition of hybrid digital formats enables exhibitors to increase their market by engaging with their customers both live and digitally. For live trade shows, new cleaning protocols are now standard at venues, hotels, airlines and rental cars so exhibitors and attendees will feel comfortable traveling again.
“Safety First” is a catchphrase that’s been around for years and applies to many situations. Convention and exhibition centers worldwide strive to provide a safe environment for visitors during trade shows and conferences as well as to everyone in the hall during installation and dismantle. Exhibits are designed and built to adhere to safety regulations so booth staff and guests don’t have to worry about the booth catching fire or structural pieces falling.
Exhibitor Magazine reports 72% of U.S. companies are exhibiting overseas to increase market share. There are options for exhibit managers at smaller companies can also “test the waters” in a cost effective way. This article will outline some the options for purchasing shell scheme space, exhibiting in a U.S. pavilion, or possibly shipping a pop-up. Company branding opportunities may be reduced but can still be possible to introduce your company to new markets.
Shipping Pop-Up or Banner Stand
Are you ready to learn more about choosing your space at the next trade show? In the second part of this series, we will discuss considerations for your location, size, and configuration. Just like buying real estate, consider the “neighborhood” when reviewing space selection choices. Look at the floorplan from previous years for a historical perspective. Is the show getting larger or smaller? Can you see any trends for what your competitors have been doing with their location and size?
In part three of this series, you will learn about different type exhibits available for your international trade show program. It is more common for American exhibitors to own properties for trade shows in the U.S. but may need to rethink this practice when exhibiting overseas. Several options are available from custom fabrication, modular, system or “build and burn”, renting or owning should be considered when planning an international exhibit program.
American companies looking to expand their market share are increasing participation in overseas trade shows. An exhibit managers’ first experience with foreign shows may be overwhelming. This four-part series will share information to reduce stress in planning for international exhibits and events. Don’t worry, there won’t be any pop tests as we explore what you need to know to get started working abroad.