7 Rules of Trade Show Etiquette

You want to make a splash and to be competitive during your trade show appearance but trade shows are not the Wild West. There are some rules that one must follow if one wishes to make the right impression on potential clients/connections. The following are commonsense booth etiquette tips that we hope will help you make each and every tradeshow appearance a success.

  • Set up your booth on time: Imagine the impression you will make on other attendees and potential leads by not setting up your booth on time. It will not be a good one. Leads will get the impression that your business is equally chaotic and disorganized. Start setting up things long before the venue opens its doors.
  • Don’t have a messy booth: A well organized, attractive booth is more functional and makes a positive impact on future clients. Our double deck displays are attractive and attention getting and will help you make that vital first impression on customers.
  • Avoid eating and drinking in your booth: Another thing that will give an equally bad impression on potential customers is eating in your booth. This gives clients the idea that you are too busy for them and that you take their presence lightly.
  • Be considerate of other vendors: Be considerate and remember that there are other vendors present at whatever show you attend. Keep your light and sound presentation at respectable levels and do not interfere with another vendor’s presentation to attendees.
  • Learn the prospect’s name: Let the potential customer know that you he/she is the object of your attention buy learning and using his/her name. You could lose a potential sale if he/she believes that you feel they are not important.
  • Stay out of other companies’ booths: This is rude, inconsiderate and as a practical matter sets up the opportunity for other vendors to do the same thing to you. Stick to your own display and your own customers.
  • Listen more and talk less: Finally, don’t overwhelm your prospects with a bunch of sales talk. Allow them to say what they want to say and actively listen.

In short, key contacts are often made at trade shows. They present an open microphone for your company to make its best case for itself. You should know how to turn off and on that mike. You can also help make that first impression of your company positive one by using a trade show exhibit rental Los Angeles from Pop Exhibits, Inc.   

5 Ways to Grow Your Trade Show Leads

Countless business deals are done at trade shows every year. This is why they are one of the most effective ways you can promote your business whether it is a starter up or an established enterprise. In fact, according to some studies nearly 80% of trade show attendees say that exhibits influenced their decision to purchase from businesses. So, what are the best strategies for increasing your trade show leads?

  • Prepare an elevator pitch…and more: You’ve no doubt heard of the “elevator pitch” by now. This is a concise summation of your business proposal and what it can do for potential clients/partners. When you attend a trade show you should have this brief pitch ready but you should also be ready to expand upon it. A trade show is a time to pitch your company by presenting attendees with brochures, video presentations, product demonstrations and more.
  • Set up pre-show booth meetings: You should plan your trade show appearance at least several weeks in advance. Set up a meeting with attendees in order to gather intelligence on how your display will go.
  • Choose strategically: Part of the planning process of your trade show appearance should to determine if you are even exhibiting your business in the right venue. Make sure that you choose a conference, convention, etc, that aligns with your business and its goals. This will inform you as to the kinds of people who are likely to attend and whether they can help you achieve your business goals.
  • Choose the right location for your trade show booth: The old real estate adage about location, location, location is true of trade show space as well. Try choosing a high traffic area such as near a food and beverage station. You may also wish to choose a location that is adjacent to your competitors so that you can tap into some of their traffic.
  • Make the design of your trade show booth eye-catching: You don’t have to spend many thousands of dollars on an exhibit but it should be attention-grabbing as you will likely face a lot of competition depending on the size of the trade show. Our custom trade show exhibits are attractive yet understated as is our 10×20 trade show booth.

In the end, it’s all about the quality of leads you acquire and not just about sheer numbers. Using these tips you will hopefully be able to generate many quality leads that can make the cost and time you invested in your trade show presentation pay off.  

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4 Ways to Make a Big Impression But Cut Costs

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Evaluating your trade show budget to find ways to get creative with how your money is being spent is important to do from time to time. Exhibition booth design is constantly evolving. Sometimes all it takes it a little out-of-the-box thinking to save you some serious money! Your trade show budget can be cut down in many ways from managing travel, lodging, eating, and entertainment expenses to changing shipping strategies. The focus here is on making your trade show booth as high-impact as possible for less money. 

Rent instead of purchasing

Does your company only attend one or two trade shows/year? Does your look change often? If so, renting an exhibit might make the most sense for you. We’ve written a number of articles on this topic! Renting can be a fantastic way to save money while maintaining your exhibition booth design flexibility. 

Get a lighter booth to save on transportation costs

This only really makes sense if you’re in the market for a new booth anyway, but it’s worth mentioning. Newer booths are often built from lighter-weight, higher-strength materials. In addition to being less expensive to ship they often have a sleeper, more updated look to them as well. Reducing weight saves on both shipping and drayage (material handling) costs at the show. 

Update your current exhibition booth design, but shop around for the best price!

If your company has already invested in a trade show booth but it’s not suiting your current needs, it might be time to look into a cost-effective replacement. Shop around to see what will be the best long-term fit while keeping renting in mind as a cost-saving option as well. Oftentimes the most cost-effective path is to add new components to your existing booth or update the graphics.

Make sure assembly is straight-forward

If you or someone from your company is installing your booth, insure your exhibition booth design is easy to assemble. An outside I & D company should be familiar with your display manufacturer to avoid costly set up delays. Unnecessary delays can rack up labor costs quickly!

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