As the 2014 trade show season comes to a close, many companies are already scrambling to figure out how to get ahead of the game for 2015. 2014 was an exciting year for trade shows in that there were a lot of new and innovative ideas on display during the 2014 season and 2015 promises more of the same.
Increased Engagement through New Media
The biggest concept on display this year was the introduction of new media as companies rushed to grab the attention of consumers. Interactive wallboards and other technological displays provided the wow factor that many consumers were looking for and were very successful in drawing in the crowds. Mobile apps have also become increasingly popular. One such app allows specific companies to track trade show goers and provided them with alerts regarding exhibitions they may be interested in and where those exhibits may be. Paper brochures and flyers have been replaced with interactive table presentations that free company reps to provide a more personal interaction with potential consumers rather than focusing on the pitch.
Trade shows provide companies a unique opportunity to connect with their targeted consumers and provide them with a unique, interactive experience with new products that can make or break their revenues for the year. The key to the success of any company’s trade show experience is to attract the customers who will serve as the mouthpiece for their company. In order to do this, you have to create a trade show booth that will capture their attention. There are several emerging trends that promise to increase your face to face interactions with your target audience members. So, what elements should you be incorporating into your trade show booth this year?
Steady Growth in the Exhibition Industry Continues
First and foremost, while many companies are abandoning the trade show in favor of less resource intensive marketing efforts, it’s important to note that consumers are hitting trade shows at a much higher rate than previously expected As a matter of fact, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research has reported that attendance is actually exceeding initial projections, which means that those that take the time to attend trade shows will have the opportunity to reach many more people than in previous years. This trend has a direct impact in the return on investment that is the benchmark for marketing success.
What does this mean for your company? It means that you will be doing yourself a disservice by not attending a few trade shows this year.
Advances in technology are apparent in all industries, even in the trade show business. Advanced technology has given companies the ability to capture and retain the attention of customers across many different demographics. Some would even venture to say that its technology that brings us all together. In order to set their trade show booths out from all of the others on the floor at any given event, exhibitors are turning more and more to technology to give their booths some glitz and panache in order to bring potential customers in. Here are a few things that are currently hot right now in the trade show world.
Long gone are the square boxes of the trade show booths of old. Today’s trade show booths are sleek and full of curves and architectural details. Many exhibitors will lay wooden floors over the concrete facility floors in order to add a touch of sophistication and warmth to their displays.
When a company is going to a trade show, they are usually trying to plan a booth that will catch the eye of the customer and cause him or her to spend an extended period of time at that booth. This is important because the amount of traffic that a booth receives is often directly tied to how successful the business is at a trade show. In order to make sure that customers take notice of a trade show booth, it is necessary to have stunning visuals. There are several different options available for trade show signs.