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Rapid Rentals and Quick Ship Displays

February 19th, 2024 COMMENTS
Classic Exhibits Rapid Rental Displays

Last year, we launched Rapid Rentals: (7) inline designs available in 8-12 days. Your response to these kits has been nothing short of amazing.

Effective immediately, those same designs (with minor revisions) are available for purchase as Purchase Quick Ship Displays. All seven pack in portable cases and include (4) 10 x 10 kits and (3) 10 x 20 kits.

Build, Packed, & Ready to Ship

These kits are already built and packed, meaning: (1) The submission of your graphics will dictate the final ship date and (2) Any requests for structural, finish, or accessory modifications will automatically make them non-Quick Ship Displays.

To identify the Quick Ship kits, look for the “Speedy Delivery Van” icon in Exhibit Design Search.

Classic Exhibits Quick Ship Displays
Classic Exhibits Quick Ship Exhibits

For 30 years, Classic Exhibits has been designing and building creative custom solutions for our Distributor Partners and their clients. As the largest private-label exhibit manufacturer in North America, we have the unmatched capability, capacity, and creativity to create 3D projects ranging from 10 x 10 inline displays to 60 x 80 double-deck islands. 

Find success on the trade show floor with an exhibit that reflects your marketing message. For more information, see www.classicexhibits.com and explore Exhibit Design Search or request a meeting with a Classic Distributor Partner.    

24 Big Trade Shows in North America in 2024

December 19th, 2023 COMMENTS

Big Trade Shows in North America

Trade shows are big business and we have plenty of big trade shows in North America to cover!

In 2023, the U.S. exhibition industry generated $15.6 billion in revenue with over 13,000 trade shows in the United States alone, Most cities have convention or exhibition centers. These facilities host shows like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with an attendance of 160,000 to local garden, RV, bridal, and crafts shows with attendance in hundreds or thousands. 

People Love to Attend Trade Shows

No other event offers buyers and sellers the convenience of one, two, or three days to explore their professional passions and connect with others in their industry or share information about their interests. If you are interested in searching for trade show for your industry or hobby, then explore these comprehensive search tools: 


For many BIG trade shows by region, see the list below
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Las Vegas Trade Shows 2024 

Las Vegas Trade Shows 2024 

For most Americans, when we think of trade shows, Las Vegas immediately comes to mind. The exact number of trade shows in Las Vegas each year varies depending on how you define a “trade show” and which sources you consult. However, here are some estimates:

  • 75 major trade shows
  • Thousands of conferences and trade shows: This broader estimate includes smaller events and industry-specific gatherings.
  • 24,000 conventions and meetings of all sizes: This encompasses all types of gatherings, including trade shows, conferences, and meetings.


So, why Las Vegas?

Extensive Infrastructure:

  • World-class convention centers: Las Vegas boasts the largest contiguous convention center space in the world, with over 5 million square feet of exhibit space. This allows for hosting multiple large-scale events simultaneously.
  • Abundant hotel rooms: With over 150,000 hotel rooms available, Las Vegas can comfortably accommodate large influxes of attendees, offering diverse options to suit different budgets and preferences.


Accessibility and Convenience:

  • Direct transportation: Las Vegas is easily accessible by air, with McCarran International Airport offering direct flights from major cities around the world. Simplified logistics: Many hotels and convention centers are connected, offering centralized access to event spaces, accommodation, and dining, minimizing logistical challenges.


Vibrant Atmosphere and Entertainment:

  • Diverse attractions: Las Vegas offers a plethora of world-renowned attractions, including casinos, shows, restaurants, shopping centers, and outdoor activities, providing attendees with diverse entertainment options after business hours.
  • Memorable experience: The overall excitement and energy of Las Vegas create a memorable experience for attendees, enhancing the overall impact of the trade show. 

Additional Factors:

  • Favorable weather: Las Vegas enjoys mostly sunny and warm weather throughout the year, making it a pleasant destination for attendees.
  • Experienced workforce: The city boasts a vast pool of experienced professionals in event management, catering, transportation, and other sectors, ensuring smooth and efficient execution of trade shows.

 

#1. CES Trade Show | Las Vegas

January 9-12, 2024, Las Vegas Convention Center

The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is one of the largest and most influential technology events in the world. It takes place annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, and typically attracts over 170,000 attendees from more than 160 countries. 

#2. SEMA and AAPEX | Las Vegas

November 2-5, 2024, Las Vegas Convention Center
November 5-7, 2024, Venetian Expo and Caesar’s Forum

AAPEX and the SEMA Show are both part of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) which happens each November in Las Vegas.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Attracting more than 170,000 industry professionals from more than 100 countries, it draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center.

AAPEX has been the premier global event representing the global aftermarket auto parts industry. Located at the Sands Expo, AAPEX features over 2,200 automotive aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers showcasing innovative products, services, and technologies to 44,000+ targeted buyers.

#3. JCK | Las Vegas

May 31-June 3, 2024, The Venetian Expo

JCK Las Vegas is a major trade show and conference dedicated to the jewelry industry. It takes place annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, and provides a platform for businesses to showcase their latest products, connect with industry professionals, and learn about the latest trends.

#4. ASD Market Week | Las Vegas

March 10-13, 2024, Las Vegas Convention Center

ASD Market Week is the largest wholesale trade show for consumer merchandise in the United States. It is held twice a year at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and brings together over 2,000 exhibitors and 30,000 retailers from around the world. It features a vast array of products across categories such as apparel, fashion accessories, home goods, gifts, and much more. 

#5. National Hardware Show | Las Vegas

March 26-28, Las Vegas Convention Center

The National Hardware Show (NHS) is a massive trade show dedicated to the home improvement and DIY industry. It takes place annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center, attracting thousands of exhibitors and attendees from around the world.

#6. NBAA – BACE Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition | Las Vegas

October 15-17, 2024, Las Vegas Convention Center

The NBAA – BACE Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition is the premier event for the business aviation industry, bringing together executives, manufacturers, suppliers, and other professionals from around the world. It is considered the “crown jewel” of the business aviation industry, showcasing the latest aircraft, technologies, and innovations.

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Trade Shows in the Western United States

Las Vegas isn’t for everyone… for lots of obvious reasons. The Western US boasts a wide range of industries and businesses, attracting attendees from across various sectors. This provides ample opportunity to network with potential customers, partners, and industry professionals.

The following are large trade shows held in other Western U.S. cities.

#7.  Natural Products Expo West | Anaheim, CA

March 12-16, 2024, Anaheim Convention Center

Natural Products Expo West is the leading trade show in the natural, organic, and healthy products industry where you can unearth your next big seller among the largest collection of emerging and pioneering brands. 

Explore the vast array of natural, organic, and healthy products across various categories, including food, beverages, supplements, personal care, home care, and more. Be among the first to see the latest innovations and trends in the industry.

#8. Pacific Marine Expo | Seattle, WA

November 5-7, 2024 Lumen Field

Pacific Marine Expo is the largest commercial marine trade show on the West Coast, serving commercial mariners from Alaska to California. It provides industry education on safety, management, regulatory matters, and technological advancements. Buyers from Alaska to California visit PME looking for everything they need from bow to stern. Making this the best opportunity for exhibitors to reach the maritime industry and grow their business.

#9. ViVE | Los Angeles, CA 

February 25-28, 2024, Los Angeles Convention Center

ViVE is a premier digital health conference focused on healthcare IT innovation and business transformation. It’s a great opportunity for senior digital health leaders to connect, learn, and collaborate. 

ViVE opens on Sunday with Partner sessions and the Insights Programs, followed by the CHIME Welcome Reception and Good Night @ ViVE – the welcome party with a purpose.

#10.  Outdoor Retailer | Salt Lake City, UT

June 17-19, 2024 and November 6-8, 2024, Salt Palace Convention Center

Outdoor Retailer is a resource for the outdoor and winter sports industry, serving the intersection of commerce and connection, content and culture, community and conversation. 

Summer and Winter shows provide critical platforms for face-to-face commerce, product launches, networking, and industry education to enhance business and support the outdoor recreation economy. As North America’s leading business-to-business event for the outdoor community, Outdoor Retailer is your path to discovery.

#11. EDspaces | Anaheim, CA

October 15-17, 2024, Anaheim Convention Center

The Conference & Expo on Learning Environments is the gathering place for architects, dealers, Pre-K through 12, colleges and universities, independent manufacturers’ representatives, exhibitors, and corporations to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning.

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Trade Shows in the Southern United States 

The southern United States is growing rapidly with a diverse and expanding population. Holding a trade show in the south allows businesses to tap into this large market, reaching new customers and potential business partners.

For a variety of reasons, the cost of holding a trade show can be significantly lower in the South compared to other regions, such as the Northeast or West Coast. This is due to factors such as lower venue costs, travel expenses, and labor costs.

#12. Supercomputing, SC24 | Atlanta, GA

November 17-22, 2024 Georgia World Congress Center

SC24 is the international conference for High-Performance Computing, networking, storage, and analysis. SC attracts an exclusive group of scientists, researchers, department managers, lab directors, and decision-makers from all corners of the HPC and networking industry. 

No other event provides such extensive, targeted opportunities for exposure and in-depth interaction with key customer audiences. Supported by a powerful live network infrastructure called SCinet, SC uniquely provides exhibitors the ability to showcase the full capabilities of their products and services.

#13. FABTECH | Orlando, FL

October 15-17, 2024, Orange County Convention Center

FABTECH is North America’s Largest Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding and Finishing Event. It provides a convenient venue where attendees can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits, and discover new solutions to all of their metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs. The annual event will offer more than 1,300 exhibitors and 28,000 attendees full access to over 550,000 net square feet of floor space.

#14. Medtrade | Dallas, TX

March 26-28, 2024, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

Medtrade is the largest Home Medical Equipment Expo and Conference in the US. Connecting the HME industry for over 36 years, Medtrade features a large expo floor filled with the leading home medical equipment manufacturers and their DME products. Thousands of durable medical equipment companies (providers) come to Medtrade to find everything from the basics to the latest innovations in mobility, respiratory, sleep, rehab, and aids to daily living.

#15. Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) | Houston. TX 

May 6-9, 2024, NRG Park

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the world’s largest offshore energy event. It takes place annually in Houston, Texas, and brings together more than 60,000 professionals from over 100 countries. OTC’s goals are to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. 

OTC ranks among the largest 100 trade shows held annually in the United States and is among the 50 largest meetings.

#16. IWCE 2024 | Orlando, FL

March 25-28, 2024, Orange County Convention Center

The International Wireless Communication Expo (IWCE) is the largest event for critical communications professionals in the United States. It is held annually in Orlando, Florida, and attracts thousands of attendees from around the world.

Attendees can explore the latest technologies and advancements in critical communications, including Land Mobile Radio (LMR), Public Safety LTE (PS-LTE), FirstNet, Interoperability solutions, and Emergency response technologies.

#17. MODEX 2024 | Atlanta, GA

March 11-14, 2024, Georgia World Congress Center

MODEX is the largest manufacturing and supply chain trade show in North America. Attendees and exhibitors will see the latest technologies and advancements in manufacturing and supply chain solutions across various disciplines, including robotics and automation, material handling and logistics, warehouse management systems (WMS), transportation and distribution, and supply chain software and analytics

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Trade Shows in the Midwest 2024 

Trade shows in Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Louisville are convenient travel destinations for most US attendees. This can be beneficial for startups, small businesses, and individuals on a budget. Lower costs for booth rentals, travel, and accommodation make it easier to participate and maximize your return on investment.

In addition, The Midwest is home to several major industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation. Trade shows catering to these specific sectors provide an excellent platform to connect with industry professionals, showcase your products or services, and learn about the latest trends and innovations.

#18. PACK EXPO International | Chicago, IL

November 3-6, 2024, McCormick Place

PACK EXPO International is where companies come to introduce the industry’s latest processing and packaging advances. Having more than twenty vertical markets represented allows for an unsurpassed showcase of production solutions, unavailable in any other setting.

The four-day event will feature over 2,300 exhibiting companies and span more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space at McCormick Place. PMMI expects to welcome 50,000 attendees.

#19. GEN CON | Indianapolis, IN

August 1-4, 2024, Indiana Convention Center

For over 55 years Gen Con has been the largest and longest-running gaming convention in North America. Founded in 1967 by Dungeons and Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax, Gen Con now attracts tens of thousands of attendees from around the world to Indianapolis for The Best Four Days in Gaming.

#20. CLEANPOWER 2024 | Minneapolis, MN

May 6-9, 2024, Minneapolis Convention Center

CLEANPOWER 2024 grows businesses by gathering key decision-makers and stakeholders across the wind, solar, storage, hydrogen, and transmission industries for discussion, deal-making, networking, and a whole lot of fun. It is designed for the diverse industry and supply chain professionals who are powering America’s future.

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Trade Shows in the Eastern United States 2024 

Participating in trade shows in the Eastern US is almost always a win-win. As the epicenter of commerce, it boasts more Fortune 500 and 1000 companies than any other region in the United States. The East Coast is a large and diverse market with a wide variety of industries and businesses. It’s a tremendous opportunity to reach a large audience and connect with potential customers. 

#21 Pharma USA 2024 | Philadelphia

March 26-27, 2024, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Pharma USA 2024 presents a valuable opportunity for pharmaceutical industry professionals to connect, learn, and collaborate to shape the future of the industry and address crucial challenges. By attending this event, attendees can gain valuable insights, explore innovative solutions, and network with key stakeholders to advance their careers and contribute to the success of the industry.

#22. Summer Fancy Food Show |  New York City

June 23-25, 2024, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest trade-only specialty food event in the United States. Serving up the newest and best in specialty food and beverage, the Summer Fancy Food Show attracts thousands of makers, buyers, brokers, distributors, and other industry professionals for three days of product discovery, networking, and business opportunities.

#23. Seafood Expo North America | Boston, MA

March 10-12, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

The Seafood Expo North America (SENA) is a conference focused on the seafood industry. It brings together thousands of industry professionals from all over the world, including seafood producers and suppliers, buyers and retailers, industry experts, and technology and service providers.

#24. DDW 2024 | Washington DC 

May 18-24, 2024, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) is the premier annual gathering for gastrointestinal (GI) professionals, offering an unmatched opportunity to explore the latest advancements in digestive health.

Get Ready for Your Next Big Trade Show in North America with Classic Exhibits! 

Successful trade show marketing doesn’t happen by accident. There’s always a strategy and a plan. The key is identifying the right strategy and executing the right plan. For over 30 years, Classic Exhibits has been a reliable source of expertise for new and seasoned trade show marketers. 

The Classic Exhibits Distributor Network includes over 200 exhibit houses and display professionals in North America. Find success on the trade show floor with an exhibit that reflects your marketing message. For more information, see www.classicexhibits.com and explore Exhibit Design Search or request a meeting with a Classic Distributor Partner

Exhibit Design Search and Coffee are for Closers

August 3rd, 2022 COMMENTS
Exhibit Design Search Training Webinar by Classic Exhibits

EDS Search and Save Webinar

For most Classic Distributors, Exhibit Design Search is one tool in their exhibit toolbox. Many are experts. They understand how to navigate EDS and use it efficiently to close sales. Others are less familiar with it. They understand the basics, but rarely use the fully set of EDS tools available to them.

Mel White shares six essential Exhibit Design Search skills anyone can master in just 40 minutes. In no time, you’ll be able to Search, Save, and Share solutions so clients have ideas in minutes, instead of hours.

The EDS Agenda:

  • The Big Picture
  • Terms of Endearment
  • You, You, You!
  • Search Me
  • My Gallery
  • Nuts and Bolts
  • The Finish Line

Your Guide to Exhibit Furniture Rentals

March 24th, 2022 COMMENTS

Rental Furniture at Trade Shows

It’s 2022 and trade shows and exhibitions in North America have returned much stronger than many predicted. As a result, exhibitors, display builders, labor providers, and show organizers are busy, sometimes crazy busy. One segment that’s seen a surge in growth is exhibit rentals, both exhibits and furniture. Exhibit Furniture Rentals in particular have transitioned from a “maybe” to a “must have” for both inline and island booths. 

Trade Show Furniture Rentals

Why Should You Care About Exhibit Furniture Rentals?

Gone are the days of battered and basic furniture rental designs. Today’s designs are attractive, contemporary, and comfortable, and they are available in a variety of styles and colors. Rental furniture providers are committed to delivering quality products that are fashionable and pristine. Plus, their selection has improved, along with deeper inventories at most major convention and trade show venues. 

Exhibit designers and exhibitors have also gotten more comfortable with adding furniture to booths. The right furniture can make a huge difference in the overall design, transforming a “nice and functional” island into an upscale destination for show attendees. Just 5-10 years ago, exhibit designers were reluctant to add conference tables, upholstered sofas, even ottomans and accessories to a booth. However, there’s been a push to offer attendees a place to relax, chat, and conduct business within the booth and designers have responded. 

And it’s not just furniture. Trade show rental options include charging hubs, pillows, lamps, rugs, sanitizer stands, and even safety dividers.  

Trade Show Furniture Rental Trends 

The next time you attend a trade show or event, you’ll undoubtedly notice three trends:  large fabric graphics, lightboxes, and furniture. These are trends not exclusive to island displays. Inline displays, both 10 ft. and 20 ft., are embracing these trends with rental furniture being the most surprising. Not long ago, a café or bar table with chairs in an inline space was uncommon. Not anymore. Inline exhibitors have embraced seating in their booth with many including comfortable chairs and sofas to create a casual meeting area. 

Assuming rental furniture makes sense for your exhibit design, then what are the next steps? When possible, work with your exhibit designer. They have access to the designs from multiple furniture rental companies. They are also familiar with your booth design, graphics, and trade show marketing strategy. They can also assist you with ordering and scheduling the furniture to arrive in your space. 

Trade Show Furniture Rental Sources

Some exhibitors may consider ordering their rental furniture from the General Show Contractor via the show book or the GSC’s website. And that’s a good option. However, GSC’s typically have a more limited selection than would be available from your exhibit house. Then there’s the cost. There’s a common misconception that ordering from the GSC will be less expensive. It’s not. In fact, it’s often more expensive. Furniture Rentals are a convenient and cozy profit center for them. Expert Tip:  Start with your exhibit house and compare prices and service

Of course, you can always buy furniture and ship it with your crates or cases. Can you save money by buying the furniture? Perhaps if you spread the cost over 3-4 shows. However, you’ll need to include the cost of shipping, materials handling, and labor (if it needs to be assembled) and damage. For most exhibitors, it’s not worth the hassle or the meager savings. 

Exhibit Furniture Rentals

Popular & Affordable Rental Show Furniture 

Easy is good. Easy and affordable is even better. Classic Exhibits has two comprehensive galleries of trade show rental furniture (Rental Furniture #1 and #2). The galleries are organized by the categories shown below and include prices. No guesswork. No navigating through a complicated and confusing website. 

Review your options in each gallery. Then click to add them to a “My Gallery.” The My Gallery has a tool where you can email your selections to your exhibit house representative or send them to colleagues to review. 

Rental Furniture Gallery #1

  • Accent Chairs: Comfortable, casual chairs perfect when paired together and with and end or seating table. See the Malibu or Lena designs as examples.    
  • Soft Seating: Larger upholstered chairs, sofas, and sectionals with matching pieces. See the Emerald Velvet line as an example. Some include charging options. 

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  • Seating Tables: Cocktail, end, and side tables like the Geo Cocktail Table with a wood top and black metal base.  
  • Ottomans: Colors galore in these fashionable round, rectangle, and curved ottomans.
  • Accessories: A nice selection of safety dividers, rugs. pillows, lamps, stanchions, and lecterns.

Rental Furniture Gallery #2

  • Cafe Tables: round cafe tables come in both fixed (typically 30” high) and adjustable heights in a variety of colors and finishes. See model CECA-022 with countertop colors in gunmetal, green, orange, yellow, and black. 
  • Bar Tables: Similar to Cafe Tables but with a  height of 40-42”.  CEBT-036 is one of 18 designs 
  • Group Seating: Mostly plastic cafe table seating in a range of colors and styles. The Malba (20″ L x 20″ D x 32″ H) is a green or gray stacking chair.

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  • Conference Tables: Primarily oversized rectangle tables with round options as well. Some come with power ports like the CECT-033. 
  • Conference Chairs: Mostly height-adjustable rolling executive or mid-back chairs with arms like the Cupertino Mid-Back
  • Office Furniture: Desks, shelving, bookcases, and whiteboards. 
  • Bars: Curved bars with or without accent lights. See the CEBR-002 Midtown Bar
  • Barstools: Stools for Bar Tables. 13 designs including the CEBS-019 in red, black, and white vinyl tops

Important Considerations About Event Furnishings

Design obviously matters but so does function and budget. Your event furnishings have a role to play in your overall strategy. Given the cost of booth space, you want every sq. foot to contribute to your goals and ROI

Conference Room or Meeting Space. Most meetings in a booth don’t happen by accident. They are scheduled before or during the show. There’s no reason for a conference room unless you already have a plan for a full schedule of meetings with clients. 

Casual Seating Areas. Guests in your booth will love these… so will the booth staff. If your product/service doesn’t require lengthy interactions with attendees and you anticipate a busy show, a casual seating area can be a distraction and create congestion. No one can resist a soft comfy chair, including your team. If they appear too relaxed, attendees will walk by and not engage your staff. 

Say Something.. If you are unhappy with your rental furniture choice or the furniture arrived dirty or damaged, contact the rental furniture provider immediately. They want you to rent again at future shows and will generally do whatever they can to make you happy. Sometimes that means replacing a damaged piece the second day of the show or even removing furniture you thought would be necessary (but actually added clutter to the booth).

Cleanliness. While you don’t own the furniture or furnishings, you are still being judged by it. It arrived clean but it won’t stay that way. Wipe down the countertops each day and brush off the crumbs. Attendees don’t want to sit down at your bistro table only to discover wet coffee stains and sticky raspberry filling.  

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Exhibit Furniture Rentals with Classic Exhibits

Classic Exhibits has been designing and building solutions since 1993. We’ve been honored as an Exhibitor Magazine Find-It Top 40 Exhibit Producers and an Event Marketer Fab 50 Exhibit Builders multiple times. Along with numerous Portable Modular Awards. 

With over 200 Distributor Partners throughout North America, there’s a Classic representative close by. Contact us today whether you need a durable hand sanitizer stand built to last, a rental display guaranteed to attract trade show attendees, or a custom 30 x 40 exhibit with all the bells and whistles. We’re not just different. We’re better.

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The Truth about Trade Show Marketing

December 13th, 2021 COMMENTS

You’re the Expert They Need

Here’s a truth most marketing professionals don’t want to admit. They don’t understand Trade Show Marketing. They may be superstars on the web, in print, and every other part of their job, but their exhibition program is a mess. So they blame trade shows. You already know this, and you’ve heard all their excuses. 

So, how do you fix it? The resumption of trade shows has brought an influx of new marketing folks who are eager for information and successIn addition, experienced marketing professionals are now hands-on again because of budget cuts or staffing issues. Guess what… You’re the expert they need — someone who has the resources to train them without bruising their fragile egos. 

Professional Trade Show Tips

Start by tapping into Trade Show Tips in Exhibit Design Search which has almost 100 trade show articles. You can build a My Gallery that includes designs, photos, and articles. Then send them ONE LINK with all those resources. Voila! You become their “go to” person about trade show marketing. 

Trade Show Tips is available on all versions of EDS: Classic’s, unbranded, and branded.

Trade Show and Event Tips
Trade Show and Event Tips
Trade Show and Event Tips