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Modern Trade Show Booth Design & COVID Safety

July 8th, 2022 COMMENTS
Island Exhibit Designed for COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Perhaps no industry has been impacted by COVID more than trade shows and events. Restaurants switched to carry out and deliveries. Hotels and airlines still operated but with fewer customers. Trade shows and events came to a complete halt. This disruption impacted every segment of the trade show/event industry and the sales and marketing plans of tens of thousands of companies that attend or participate in face-to-face marketing.

The return of trade shows and exhibitions has meant new safety and health guidelines, not only for show organizers and convention centers but also for exhibitors.  At Classic Exhibits, our 3D exhibit designers have created trade show booth designs that address those safety concerns by implementing greater physical distance, traffic flow patterns, plex barriers, and easy-to-clean surfaces.

6 Modern Trade Show Booth Design Tips for Safety

No one knows precisely what to expect about trade show design guidelines, such as whether show organizers and convention halls will have specific requirements for exhibitors or if standard North American Regulations will be revised. But you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Here are some commonsense suggestions.

1. Hand Sanitizer: Let’s start with the easy one. Yes, there will be hand sanitizer solutions both in the exhibit hall and in booths. Regardless of the booth size. However, you still have choices other than sticking an off-the-shelf stand in your booth. Consider how it can be integrated into the overall exhibit flow and graphics. While it needs to be there (and conveniently located), it doesn’t need to be a visual focus.

Tip: Consider jazzing up your sanitizers with custom colors, vinyl graphics, and counter-mounted dispensers.

2. Social Distancing: This topic is complicated. For your exhibit designer, it will affect every decision in your booth. How does the designer position meeting rooms, presentation areas, and demonstration spaces to be both effective and safe? Will the exhibit have seating? If so, how far apart do you need to place the furniture? Some areas may require dividers, such as acrylic partitions. Some exhibitors may decide on a larger space to ensure social distancing. Others may elect to remove items like counters, workstations, and storage.

Tip: Schedule demos and presentations by appointment only. You’ll be able to manage the flow and create a buzz before the show even opens.

Island Exhibit Designed for COVID-19 Safety Protocols

3. Traffic Flow: Even before COVID-19, exhibit designers obsessed about traffic flow and the efficient use of space. Layer on safety and it’s gotten more complicated. Post-COVID exhibit designs may require more area segmentation allowing booth staff to meet with attendees away from other attendees. Think multiple workstations or counters with similar/duplicate information and functionality.

Tip: Consider a designated entrance and exit to your inline and island booth with one-way traffic flow.

4. Storage: We love to touch surfaces, fabric, and screens. That’s not about to change. And for many exhibitors the ability for customers to touch products or navigate through self-guided presentations is critical. However, those items will need to be sanitized throughout the show. Convenient storage of disinfectant sprays and wipes will make that easier and minimize visual clutter in the booth.

Tip: Just as important as cleaning supplies are waste baskets. Discuss with your designer how to integrate them into the look of your booth.

Island Exhibit Designed for COVID-19 Safety Protocols

5. Technology: Expect QR codes, scanners, augmented reality, motion sensors, and LED screens to be more common in trade show booths. These technologies limit or eliminate touching a surface and many, like QR codes, allow attendees to use their own devices to gather information. How about printed media such as brochures, product sheets, and catalogs? Those will be exclusively digital, and the smarter exhibitors will have solutions to present and send that information in real-time.

Tip: Most lead retrieval systems are designed to do much more than just capture an attendee’s basic information. You probably already knew that… but may not have tapped into those capabilities in the past.

6. Hybrid Design Solutions: For the first time, exhibitors and designers will need to consider both a physical and a virtual booth. Should they be identical? Not necessarily. It’s much more important that there’s a clear marketing plan that addresses your goals. For most exhibitors, the virtual and physical goals will be the same so the branding, media, presentations, etc. will be identical. However, other exhibitors may decide to present a different message or experience for their virtual attendee vs. physical one.

Tip: Want to save time and money? Treat your Exhibit Designer like a member of your team. The more information they have, the greater the likelihood they’ll hit the mark designing your virtual and physical booths.

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Trade Show Booth Design: COVID-19 Preparedness & Safety Plan

Most large convention centers are now GBAC STAR Accredited. The GBAC STAR Accreditation Program is performance-based and designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive program for healthy spaces. This includes strategies for infection prevention and cleaning for health that promotes wellness for building occupants, visitors, staff, and their community.

The GBAC STAR Accreditation program relies on a 20-element quality management program, which encourages a system based on science. Supporting the use of proper protocols, correct disinfection techniques, and cleaning for health best practices.

An accredited facility has committed to having:

  • Established and sustained a cleaning program to enhance occupant health.
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices to nurture occupant health and meet any biosafety challenges.
  • Knowledgeable cleaning professionals who are trained to uphold the highest standards of cleaning and building maintenance.

These facilities often mandate those same protocols for vendors, exhibitors, and attendees. Exhibitors would be wise to consider the GBAC protocols when designing their booth, working with vendors like show labor, and training their staff for the show. 

6 Safety-Conscious Booth Display Ideas & Examples

1. Rental Option A. Corporate events or meetings typically don’t have the same space limitations as trade show exhibits. Rental Option A is segmented into three functional spaces:  stage/presentation, demos using monitors, and self-service genius bars with iPad tablets. 

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2. Rental Option B. Option B balances seating, demos, branding, and workstations while using the space efficiently. The graphics are large without being intrusive and allow for movement and privacy. 

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3. Rental Option C. For many companies, private meeting space is essential. Option C includes two large meeting rooms, along with a comfortable central waiting area. There are also (4) double-sided workstations for individual presentations. 

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4. MOD-1377 | Sanitizer / iPad Stand. Unlike the previous corporate meeting spaces, trade show exhibitors must maximize their booth. The MOD-1377 combines a hand sanitizer with an iPad stand and literature holders. This 3-in-1 approach makes it ideal for both inlines and islands. 

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5. MOD-9002 Hand Sanitizer Stand w/ Graphic. A hand sanitizer without branding is like pie with ice cream. It’s OK but it’s so much better with both. The MOD-9002 has a small footprint and switching graphics couldn’t be easier.  

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6. MOD-8036 | Flat Safety Dividers. Frankly, most safety dividers are ugly and fragile. Not the MOD-8036. The silver anodized frame along with etching and/or vinyl graphics elevates a simple divider into a tasteful barrier.

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Buy or Rent a Modern Trade Show Booth with Classic Exhibits

Classic Exhibits has been designing and building trade show solutions since 1993. We’ve worked hard to win many design awards and love to challenge our team with new and innovative designs. We take great pride in keeping our team, customers, and community safe and look forward to helping you design a modern trade show booth that not only prioritizes safety but helps you exceed your trade show goals.

Your Guide to Industrial Trade Shows

February 22nd, 2022 COMMENTS
Industrial Trade Shows

Nearly every industry has a trade show or trade shows, whether you’re in the road construction industry, medical devices, publishing, or shoe design and manufacturing. There are 1000’s of trade shows in North America each year and 100’s of thousands worldwide. 

A subset of those trade shows is industrial trade shows. Those include shows for manufacturing, engineering, metal fabrication, wood products, machine tools, robotics along with a host of others. They include trade fairs like World of Concrete, IMTS, PackExpo, AHR Expo, and FabTech

Getting Started with Industrial Trade Shows

Industrial trade shows are generally BIG. While they may not have more exhibitors or more attendees than non-industrial trade shows, the booth space for the larger exhibitors can be MASSIVE. So massive in fact that the show halls often extend into the parking lots for the large equipment manufacturers… Imagine cranes, dump trucks, helicopters, mining equipment, planes, and building materials. 

In the United States, these shows tend to gravitate to the larger convention halls like  McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, the Anaheim Convention Center, and the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Participating in these shows isn’t much different from other industry shows although the logistics along with the installation and dismantling requires more planning. That said, not all exhibitors are in 400 x 800 ft. islands. There are still exhibitors in 10 ft. and 20 ft. inline trade show displays with products and services critical to their industry.    

Types of Industrial Shows

  • Aerospace and Aviation
  • Agriculture and Farming
  • Building and Construction
  • Energy/Oil and Gas
  • Forest Products
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Manufacturing
  • Material Handling, Logistics, and Shipping
  • Woodworking

4 Tips to Be Successful at an Industrial Trade Show

There’s no fairy dust or magic potion to ensure you’ll be successful at an industrial trade show. You already know your products and are an expert in your industry. You just need a beautiful booth and some eager salespeople, right? If that were true, then every exhibitor would be returning from a trade show with thousands of qualified leads. It takes the right attitude and a whole lotta planning. 

#1. Do You Believe in Trade Shows? 

You either do or you don’t. There’s no middle ground because exhibitors who “waffle” when it comes to trade show marketing are mostly wasting their money.

Trade shows are much more efficient than they used to be because most attendees no longer “walk” the floor. They “research” and “shop” the floor just like they would an online purchase. They’ve already decided which companies they’ll visit days, even weeks before their feet hit the aisle carpet. Getting them to your booth pre-show is more important now than luring them into your booth at the show.

#2. Do You Believe in Metrics and ROI? 

Of course, you do. Imagine conducting a sales and marketing presentation without metrics. You love numbers and enjoy reciting them to others like parables from the Bible. You get visibly excited using a spreadsheet to compare Product A vs. Product B. 

But, when it comes to your trade show marketing, you are like a four-year-old with blocks, counting the # of leads as an accurate measure of success. For most exhibitors, anything beyond that falls into quantitative voodoo. They don’t measure costs, return on sales or contribution margin per client. You need to set goals, both quantitative and qualitative, and measure them. That’s what adults do. 

#3. Are You a Good Judge of People? 

You should be. It’s required for anyone in sales and marketing. At every trade show, you are doing two things:  meeting with customers and suppliers and evaluating your trade show staff. 

Far too often, we are spectacular at the first and abysmal at the second. We view trade show staffing along the same lines as a wedding invitation — the more the merrier and we pray no one gets drunk and pukes in public. Train your team and hold them accountable. See #2 about metrics and ROI. 

#4. Are You an Expert in Trade Show Marketing?

I won’t bother to feed your ego on this one. You aren’t. Not even close. You may be an expert at social media, SEO, print advertising, and closing techniques, but you probably have limited knowledge about exhibit design and trade show marketing. 

That’s not to say you aren’t a marketing and sales genius, but trade show marketing is a specialized craft. 

Be smart. Work with an exhibit house or trade show consultant.  They will guide you on strategy, show services, ROI tracking, booth training, etc. They’ve seen all the painful mistakes exhibitors make that cost them money.  Believe me … they want your trade show marketing to be wildly successful. That way you’ll add more shows to your schedule, you’ll purchase new exhibits, and you’ll tap into their other services

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Industrial Automation Exhibitions

IME West

Engineering West (IME West) is the largest annual advanced manufacturing event in the US, bringing together suppliers and buyers for every part of the product development cycle.

FABTECH

When it comes to metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing, FABTECH is the only event that makes it possible to see it all together and find the latest in manufacturing equipment. North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event. 

Pack Expo International

PACK EXPO International is the most comprehensive show for packaging and processing solutions for every industry, educational sessions, and networking opportunities. No other event showcases more technology—including product launches—or allows for collaboration with industry leaders across 40+ vertical markets.

Conexpo/Con-AGG

CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the only event that connects experts from every major construction sector. Here, you’ll meet the people who make the machines, discover new technologies, and build relationships in the construction community.

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

OTC is a global event that connects offshore energy professionals from more than 130 countries to collaborate and discuss the challenges, solutions and changing energy landscape of the offshore energy sector.

Manufacturing Trade Shows

International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)

The International Manufacturing Technology Show is the leading global marketplace to connect buyers and sellers of manufacturing equipment, products, and software through exhibitions, events, and partnerships to advance the industry and its businesses.

AHR Expo

The AHR Expo provides a unique forum where manufacturers of all sizes and specialties come together to share ideas and showcase the future of HVACR technology. Since 1930, the AHR Expo has remained the industry’s best place for OEMs, engineers, contractors, technicians, facility operators, architects, educators, and other industry professionals. 

World of Concrete

World of Concrete is the industry’s annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. Featuring indoor and outdoor exhibits with the industry’s leading suppliers showcasing innovative products and technologies, exciting demonstrations and competitions, and a world-class education program.

POWER-GEN International

POWERGEN is the largest network and business hub for electricity generators and solution providers engaged in power generation. Power producers, utilities, EPCs, consultants, OEMs, and large-scale energy users gather at POWERGEN International to discover new solutions as centralized power generation business models evolve into cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.

Other Industrial Trade Shows

North American Farm and Power Show

The North American Farm & Power Show brings the industry’s leading innovators in agriculture technology, equipment, and science to the front step of America’s farming heartland. The North American Farm & Power Show serves as a midwestern hub for exhibitors to showcase their latest products and innovations. 

The Utility Expo

The Utility Expo is the largest event for utility professionals and construction contractors in electrical transmission, electrical distribution, telecom, natural gas, vegetation management, water, and wastewater.

International Woodworking Fair

The International Woodworking Fair® is one of the world’s top events for the custom and general woodworking industries, bringing together the latest solutions in architectural woodwork, cabinetry, flooring, furniture manufacturing, engineered products, doors, windows, machinery, tools, metals, plastics and more.

International Roofing Expo

The International Roofing Expo (IRE) is where residential and commercial contractors, remodelers, builders, distributors, architects, engineers, suppliers, and manufacturers from across the globe come together for education, product sourcing, and networking.

MODEX – Material Handling and Logistics Solutions

At MODEX 2022, the premier manufacturing and supply chain experience. Qualified buyers come from every state in the U.S. and over 140 countries to engage 1:1 with solution providers and supply chain experts.

SEMA Show

The SEMA Show represents the $47.8 billion automotive aftermarkets. It is the only trade show that brings together every segment of the automotive industry, from hot rods and off-roads to mobile electronics and collision repair.

AAPEX –Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo

AAPEX is the premier event representing the more than $1.6 trillion global automotive aftermarket industry. Exhibitors and attendees can explore new products and technologies and connect with the industry’s top leaders, educators, innovators, and trainers. 

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Conquering Industrial Trade Shows 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 Producer 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 portable 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.

Trade Shows By Industry: Popular Events & Strategies

January 24th, 2022 COMMENTS
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Globally there are over 32,000 exhibitions each year featuring 4.5 million exhibiting companies. This massive industry attracts over 303 million visitors worldwide but not all trade shows are the same…

An Introduction to Trade Shows by Industry

At some point, everyone attends a trade show by industry. It may not be called a trade show, but it’s a show where people and businesses are engaged in commerce or trade. There’s a good chance you’ll attend several each year, like the Automotive Show in your hometown or your industry’s annual conference held in Orlando, Las Vegas, Chicago, New Orleans, or any of the hundreds of convention centers in North America. You might be surprised to learn that there are anywhere from 9,000 to 14,000 shows in the United States alone. 

So how big are trade shows? Actually much bigger than you may realize. The B2B trade show market in the United States was worth 15.58 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. The market sharply declined to 5.6 billion dollars in 2020 but is projected to rebound to 14.5 billion dollars by 2024.

Every industry, hobby, interest, and profession has a show(s) where exhibitors and attendees gather to learn, buy, and interact with others. Some shows may be massive, like the Consumer Electronics Show with over 170,000 attendees, or it may be a regional pet show with several hundred participants. 

Fortunately, there are two convenient search tools for locating trade shows:  Events in America and the Trade Show Calendar. In general, most B2B shows can be categorized by industry with the vast majority falling into the following groups below. 

Top Trade Shows by Industry

  • Agriculture
  • Art, Craft, & Collectibles
  • Automotive and Boats
  • Books
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Education & Science
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Food & Hospitality
  • Government
  • Health & Fitness
  • Home
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical & Pharma
  • Retail & Wholesale
  • Society & Community
  • Spirituality & Religion
  • Sports & Entertainment
  •  Technology
  • Transportation
  • Travel & Tourism

Popular North American Trade Shows by Industry

Popular North American Trade Shows by Industry

It depends on whether “popular” means most exhibitors, most attendees, or the largest square footage of exhibit space. Here are the largest in North America by each category. 

By Attendance

By Most Exhibitors

By Square Footage

Jewelry Trade Shows & Strategies

Planning and preparing for jewelry trade shows is similar to any show EXCEPT for security. The Jewelers of America recommends following these travel and security tips. 

Be Discreet. Avoid mentioning your business and the trade show when in public places like coffee shops, airports, or taxis. You never know who is listening.

Avoid Attention. Avoid carrying a briefcase or anything that could be perceived as containing jewelry to and from the show. 

Protect Your Badge. Remove your show badge when you leave the trade show floor. At the end of the show, give your badge to the show organizers or destroy it so thieves can’t steal your identity and/or your access to the show floor.

Avoid Informal Showings. Informal jewelry shows held outside the safety of the show, like a hotel room, are never a good idea. Conduct all merchandise appointments within the security of the trade show..

Check Your Insurance Policy. Call your agent or insurance company to make sure that you are indeed properly and adequately insured.

Always assume you are a target when traveling to and from the show, and while you are there. 

Top 4 Jewelry Trade Shows:

  • JCK Las Vegas
  • International Jewelry Fair/General Merchandise Show
  • Jewelers International Showcase
  • International Jewelry Show

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Manufacturing Trade Shows & Strategies

For many manufacturers, trade shows represent up to 30% of their company’s annual marketing budget. As a result, going through the motions isn’t an option. Senior management will expect an ROI (return on investment) so tracking expenses and sales, both short and long-term, is critical. 

Measuring ROI starts with identifying your quantitative and qualitative goals and then putting processes in place for capturing those measurements. Sounds easy enough… but many companies start with good intentions but lack the discipline to record the information before, during, and after the trade show. They become immersed in designing the booth, scheduling travel, and preparing for meetings with clients. Once the show begins, the buzz and energy on the show floor takes over and all plans to measure traffic, qualify leads, and set post-show appointments falls by the wayside. It’s understandable given the chaos and excitement of seeing clients, meeting potential customers, and checking out the competition. 

Instead of simply measuring leads, consider these four metrics. 

1. The Number and Quality of Meetings

Strategic meetings have an influence on the revenue and top line. With ROI being a big concern to the C-Suite, marketers are tasked with finding ways to maximize the number and quality of meetings. 

2. Average Order Size

Companies participate in trade shows to increase their revenue and profits. However, focusing solely on “deals closed” during a show is rarely a valid measurement. Revenue targets can be better achieved by focusing on opportunities that facilitate larger deals, and measuring average deal size can serve as an early indicator of the show’s success. 

3. Space Utilization

At a trade show, you basically rent floor space for 4-5 days, whether it’s a 10 x 20 inline or a 40 x 50 island. Measuring the cost of the space, including material handling and show services, compared to the show-generated sales over the next 90 days can be a quick tool for calculating ROI. Overall, analyzing resource utilization will demonstrate if the budget is being used effectively and where to allocate future marketing investments. 

4. Meeting Effectiveness

Not every measurement is quantitative. When your sales team meets with prospects, they are doing what they do best – qualifying the sales opportunity. Sure, every sales representative wants to close the deal then and there, but most purchases usually happen after the show. Qualitative measures are a window into future opportunities and should be recorded both as potential revenue and as a method for understanding a representative’s strengths and weaknesses.

Top 4 Manufacturing Trade Shows

  • International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)
  • PackExpo
  • FabTech
  • SEMICON West

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Apparel Trade Show Events & Strategies

If you are a new designer or are launching a new brand, trade shows are an ideal venue to announce your arrival. For more established brands, exhibiting at trade shows is a proven method of expanding your sales opportunities with national and international buyers.

However, success is not guaranteed simply by participating in a trade show. Here are some basic tips for anyone planning to participate in an apparel or fashion show. 

Choose The Right Show

Face-to-face marketing, aka trade shows, and events can be expensive. But, when done right, the ROI at a fashion trade show can be higher than nearly every other marketing tool. For smaller companies, the cost of a trade show is often shocking, which makes it critical to choose the right show(s). Not all shows may be appropriate for your product category and price point. 

Start by asking colleagues in the industry which shows they attend and why. They’ll be able to share their experiences and the dos and don’ts. You’ll be able to determine if the show is one you should attend rather than exhibit, at least for now, and if you decide to exhibit, then what size booth space to reserve. 

It’s also a good idea to research local venues. There are quite a few Apparel Marts that produce trade events. In addition to the Dallas Market Center and Atlanta’s AmericasMart, other Apparel Marts include Denver, Seattle, Nashville, Minneapolis, and Miami.

Know Your Goals

Too often, exhibitors have one single goal:  to sell lots and lots of products. That’s not an unrealistic goal, however, there may be other goals you should consider. Those could include: 

  • Generating Leads
  • Building Contact Lists
  • Meeting with Existing Customers
  • Locating New Suppliers
  • Identifying Industry Trends
  • Introducing New Products
  • Evaluating the Competition
  • Attracting Employees 

Create a Budget and Track Your Expenses

This seems obvious but it’s not. Unlike a magazine ad spend, with perhaps one or two line items, a trade show has a long (sometimes surprising) list of expenses. And not all those costs are known upfront. Knowing your costs and comparing them to your sales will make it much easier to decide whether to invest more or less in your trade show marketing. 

Some Major Trade Show Expenses:

  • Your Exhibit (rental displays available)
  • Booth Space
  • Shipping
  • Material Handling at the Show
  • Show Services, like Electrical, Labor, Cleaning
  • Travel, Lodging, Meals
  • Marketing Materials and Promotional Incentives
  • Sponsorships
  • Entertainment

Pre-Show Marketing 

If you remember anything from this article, remember this. According to a recent trade show exit poll survey, contacting buyers and setting up appointments BEFORE a trade show was cited as the BEST way to ensure a successful return on investment (ROI). With limited time, buyers will gravitate to their existing vendors or to vendors who have contacted them to schedule an appointment.

The show organizer is responsible for attracting attendees to the show. But, they’re not responsible for bringing those attendees to your booth. Successful exhibitors dedicate time to marketing their brand to prospective attendees weeks if not months before the show. Simply showing up and showing off is rarely a recipe for success at a trade show or event.  

Top 4 Apparel Trade Shows

  • MAGIC Fashion (August and February) 
  • Private Label Manufacturers Association
  • Outdoor + Snow Show
  • ABC Kids Expo
  • OFFPRICE Wholesale Apparel Show

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A Recap of Trade Shows by Industry

With thousands of trade shows by industry in North America and thousands more around the world, there’s no shortage of opportunities for companies to participate in face-to-face events. However, simply choosing a show isn’t enough. Successful exhibitors set goals, establish budgets, and implement strategies that maximize their opportunities. 

Your Partner for All Things Trade Show

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 closer by. Contact us today whether you need a durable hand sanitizer stand built to last, a portable 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.

15 Eye-Catching Trade Show Booth Design Ideas

January 7th, 2022 COMMENTS
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When it comes to trade show display design, six trends have dominated over the past 5 years both for inlines and islands. 

  1. Large Tension Fabric Graphics
  2. LED Lightboxes with Backlit Fabric
  3. Curves
  4. Rental Inlines and Islands
  5. Sustainable Materials
  6. Customization  

With the exception of basic portable displays, modern trade show exhibits are bigger, brighter, and curvier than ever.  Even traditional square and rectangle booths have gotten more upscale as customization has gotten easier and more affordable. Rentals included. Gone are those basic and battered booths so common in the past from show organizers. Now, it’s nearly impossible to tell a purchased booth from a rented one from most exhibit houses. In other words, contemporary exhibit design, construction, and ownership is more flexible and beautiful than ever before  

Getting Started with Trade Show Booth Design

Every perfect trade show booth design starts with identifying your audience, marketing goals, and trade show budget. Exhibit designers use this information as the first step, then they’ll ask additional questions to fine-tune the booth to your specific requirements. For example – they’ll identify whether you need storage, meeting areas, overhead signage, and accessories like monitors, literature trays, charging stands, etc. They’ll even determine if you’ll need rental furniture like office chairs, sofas, and end tables and suggest styles to match your graphic design. 

The 15 trade show booth design examples below show recent design trends in custom, modular, and portable displays, along with sustainable exhibits and rentals. Don’t be afraid to drill down on what works (and doesn’t work) for your booth design vision. Then share them with the exhibit designer.  

6 Trade Show Booth Ideas & Examples (Islands)

1. GK-5153 Island Exhibit

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A well-designed trade show island exhibit should be attractive, inviting, informative, and practical. The GK-5153 does all that… and more.  It combines a casual meeting space with functional counters for product samples. The design includes a reception counter, also with locking storage. Throughout the island, there are large graphic opportunities at multiple angles to attract attendees from every aisle, including a 16 ft. tower.

Many of the flat panels are from the patented Gravitee System, which connects without tools or loose parts, making assembly much easier than traditional panels.  The Large Aero Overhead Hanging Sign pulls it all together with internal and external graphics.  

2. GK-5147 Island Exhibit

It’s the complete package. The GK-5147 island maximizes the available space with double-sided curved panels. The design includes iPad workstations, monitor mounts, and a presentation area. There’s an attractive custom reception counter with a backlit graphic and LED accent lights. In addition, the islands have multiple seating areas all with USB charging ports so your clients can charge their phones and tablets. All the curved panels are from the patented Gravitee System, so individual panels connect without tools and there are no loose parts or pieces.

3. RE-9091 Island Exhibit

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An island exhibit doesn’t have to stand tall or be overly complicated. It simply has to fit your tradeshow marketing needs… and get noticed. The RE-9091 rental island has two eye-catching double-sided SuperNova lightboxes. These lightboxes assemble quickly and are always the star attraction in any booth space. The RE-9091 has a large full-size closet along with storage in each reception counter.

In addition, the closets do double duty, serving as lightboxes on the two longer sides and supporting a monitor in the lounge. High above, there’s an Aero Triangle Hanging Sign so you’re sure to attract attention from across the show hall.

4. RE-9139 Rental Island

The RE-9139 Rental Island goes way beyond a pretty picture. We’ve incorporated key features such as large graphics, private and semi-private conference rooms, towers with locking storage access, and workstations and reception counters with secure storage. Not enough? Then add product shelves, large and small monitors for presentations, a variety of light fixtures, and hanging signs for high visibility from anywhere on the show floor. 

5. ECO-4094 Sustainable Island

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Looking for a big bang on a modest budget? Plus a sustainable design? The ECO-4094 doesn’t disappoint with (3) double-sided backlit towers, fabric graphics, ample meeting space, and an amazing reception counter with locking storage. The open format allows for multiple entries into the booth, which can often be a challenge for an island exhibit. The 12 ft. tower can support a large monitor and there is enough space for presentations. All that and built with eco-friendly materials. 

6. ECO-4100 Sustainable Exhibit

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The ECO-4100 Sustainable Exhibit takes a traditional square design and transforms it into a more inviting space with curves. There are two demo stations facing the aisles, a backlit counter with storage, and a cozy lounge in the middle. The large overhead attached sign ensures you’ll be seen from any angle on the show floor. You go to trade shows to be seen… so be seen with the ECO-4100 20 x 20 island booth. 

5 Vendor Booth Ideas & Examples (Inlines)

1. GK-1013 Inline Exhibit

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No corporate exhibitor wants a generic exhibit. They want a modern display tailored to their message and tradeshow marketing mission. The GK-1013 is ideal for serious exhibitors who want to show products and big images. The exhibits include shelves, monitor mount, storage, including both walk-in and counter storage.

The Gravitee One-Step backwall assembles quickly with modular panels. Graphic choices include tension fabric or direct prints depending on your preference. Best of all, the 10 ft. inline can be expanded to a versatile 20 ft. display. 

2. VK-1354 Modular Exhibit

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Striking the right balance between aesthetics and performance is crucial for any trade show display. The VK-1354 blends them two perfectly with bold graphics, backlighting, practical features, and convenient storage. This exhibit offers a large backlit graphic for high impact along with direct print headers. In addition, there are shelves to showcase products and backwall storage with an internal shelf.

The VK-1354 includes the MOD-1702 backlit counter with storage… There’s no question . . . this exhibit will be the star of any trade show.  

3. VK-4030 Backlit Inline

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Clean, dynamic, inviting, and practical. The VK-4030 strikes the ideal balance of large backlit graphics, tablet/monitor(s), and casual seating, all in well-defined spaces with appropriate social distancing. The large backlit fabric graphics create a seamless visual presentation whether in the 10 or 20 ft. inline configurations.

The individual sections work as modules, allowing exhibitors to grow or adapt to their changing trade show schedule. In addition, there’s ample locking storage and optional charging stations built into the counters and tables. 

4. VK-2979 Modular Inline

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Get comfortable with the VK-2979 Series. They feature large, bold graphics, curved structures, and casual seating for 10-12 in the island version and 6 in the 20 ft. inline version. While relaxing your guests can charge their smartphones or tablets with the MOD-1430 coffee table charging stations.

Each charging station can be branded and comes with an attractive LED perimeter glow. You also find ample storage with a full-size closet and a reception counter with a locking door and shelf. Not enough? There are monitor options, downlighting, and uplighting. 

5. SYK-2002 Portable Display

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For too long, portable displays have sacrificed elegant design for visual simplicity. Not anymore.  Introducing Symphony, the first portable/modular display to blend easy tool-less assembly with elegant design and clever accessories.

With Symphony, there are no compromises, no tradeoffs. Simply a beautiful upscale display at a price that’s thousands less than most custom modular exhibits.     

4 Exhibition Booth Designs (Rentals and Sustainable) 

1. RE-1060 Rental Inline

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You want a distinctive custom design, easy to assemble (without tools), lightweight construction, and modular reconfigurability. Welcome to Gravitee! The RE-1060 Rental Inline Booth features panels that connect without tools or loose parts, SEG or fabric graphics, fully assembled flat or curved panels, and a wide range of accessories, like lights, shelves, and monitor mounts. The entire display packs in a fabric-lined, fully jigged custom crate. Each component is numbered for effortless assembly.

2. RE-2124 Rental Exhibit

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Lights combined with colorful graphics may be the single most important key to attracting attention on the trade show floor. The RE-2124 turns the table on traditional lightbox designs by “stepping” (5) 4 ft. x 8 ft. individual lightboxes. The stepping creates visual depth and interest while allowing an exhibitor to tell a compelling story through a sequenced graphic presentation.

The design includes ample room for a casual meeting space (which can be a challenge in an inline) and the charging table with LED accent lights creates a casual yet business-like setting. The RE-1567 reception counter has attractive backlit graphics and locking storage. Plus, the RE-2124 assembles quickly and packs flat in a wood crate for convenient shipping. 

3. ECO-1127 Sustainable Exhibit

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The ECO-1127 Sustainable Exhibit offers exhibitors an upscale presence on the show floor with a booth built with eco-friendly materials. This includes a lightweight aluminum frame, green printing materials, LED lights, and FSC wood construction. Features include a large monitor mount, shelves, curved canopy, a reception counter, and locking storage.

The individual components are numbered for easy assembly and the booth ships in a jigged crate with numbered components. All that and a contemporary modular design that can be expanded to a 10 x 20 display. 

4. ECO-2060 Sustainable Inline

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Does your company have a green sustainability initiative? Consider a modern ecoSmart trade show exhibit. The ECO-2060 is built with an aluminum frame and green fabric options. It includes (3) monitor mounts for demos and presentations, cabinets with locking storage, LED lights, and frosted ECO-Glass accents.

The step design provides both stability and privacy. Plus the open floor plan is ideal for meeting space with rental tables and chairs.  

Trade Show Booth Design with Classic Exhibits

Many new exhibitors don’t know where to start with exhibition booth design. Fortunately, Classic Exhibits has a vast library of past projects and contemporary exhibit designs to jumpstart the process. Sometimes the ideal booth has already been designed and built and only needs a few tweaks to match your vision. Other times, exhibitors will select ideas from multiple exhibits to create their perfect display. Either way, we’re ready to lend a hand and turn your vision into a reality. 

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.

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