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Symphony Portables w/o Rentals is Like…

March 6th, 2020 2 COMMENTS
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While preparing Design Monday, I asked my wife, Christine Delea, for some creative assistance. I texted her this request, “Need pop culture or clever similes in the vein of Symphony Portables w/o Rentals is like ….

About 30 minutes later she texted me that the list was done. I shared a few in Design Monday, but you deserve the full list. It’s AMAZING! As is my wife’s creativity and imagination.

Just imagine if she’d had another 30 minutes. 😉

  • Beyonce w/o Lemonade
  • Sushi w/o Wasabi
  • Lucy w/o Ethel
  • Han w/o Chewbacca
  • Girl Scout Cookies w/o Thin Mints
  • Bert w/o Ernie
  • Whiskey w/o Aging
  • Cake w/o Frosting
  • The Walking Dead w/o Carol
  • The Yankees w/o Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio
  • Iced Tea w/o Lemon
  • Law and Order: SUV w/o Olivia Benson
  • Autumn w/o New England
  • Russian Literature w/o Tolstoy
  • Hollywood w/o Meryl Streep
  • Boxing w/o Muhammad Ali
  • Peter Pan w/o Tinkerbell
  • Betty w/o Veronica
  • A Beach w/o Shells
  • KPOP w/o BTS
  • Lewis Capaldi w/o Heartache
  • Dracula w/o Fangs
  • Real Housewives w/o Drama
  • A Lighthouse w/o a Keeper
  • The 1980s w/o Cyndi Lauper
  • Kool w/o the Gang
  • Shrimp Scampi w/o Garlic
  • Ramona w/o Pesty Behavior
  • Basketball w/o Michael Jordan
  • Lewis and Clark w/o Sacagawea
  • Oregon w/o Wineries
  • Fashion w/o Coco Chanel
  • Flip Wilson w/o Geraldine
  • Lady Gaga w/o Her Little Monsters
  • Best Movie Lists w/o Casablanca
  • The History of Tap Dancing w/o Eleanor Powell
  • Abbott w/o Costello
  • The Waltons w/o John-Boy
  • Italian Food w/o Pasta
  • The Flintstones w/o the Rubbles
  • George Takai w/o “Oh My!”
  • Weird Al w/o an Accordion
  • Adele w/o 2 Octaves
  • American Poetry w/o Emily Dickinson
  • Scotland w/o Heather
  • Wesley w/o Buttercup
  • Psych w/o Lassie
  • Nancy Drew w/o Ned Nickerson
  • New Orleans w/o Beignets
  • Cats w/o Purring
  • Game of Thrones w/o The Red Wedding
  • Hip Hop w/o the Sugarhill Gang
  • Bees w/o Pollen
  • New Wave w/o Tears for Fears
  • Cab Calloway w/o Minnie the Moocher
  • Aretha Franklin w/o Respect
  • Meditation w/o Mindfulness
  • Christmas w/o Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad”
  • NY Harbor w/o the Statue of Liberty
  • Flashdance w/o Off-The-Shoulder-Sweatshirts
  • ZZ Top w/o Beards
  • Ed Sullivan w/o Topo Gigio
  • Mississippi Summer w/o Air Conditioning
  • Camping w/o S’mores
  • The Southwest w/o Saguaro
  • Modern Art w/o Frida Kahlo
  • Soul Train w/o Don Cornelius
  • The Music Man w/o Shipoopi
  • Drag Race w/o RuPaul
  • Harry Potter w/o Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley

And one addition from Tom Beard…

  • Harold Mintz w/o His Mustache

–Mel White
mel@classicexhibits.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/melmwhite

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Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, hybrid, custom, rental exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or www.classicexhibits.com.

Trade Show Tips to the Beat of the 2010s

August 15th, 2016 1 COMMENT

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The Keys to a Successful Trade Show:  The Follow-Up

Advicertainment by M. Christine Delea

The two biggest mistakes regarding trade shows? People not planning ahead of time, and people not following up once they get home. Some people claim trade shows aren’t worth the cost — but if you don’t continue the relationships you start at shows, you haven’t fulfilled the potential of the show. No wonder some people get so stressed out.

Your Lips are Moving

lipsSo open your email, pull out your phone, and say hello to those people you met a few days ago. No hard sell, just a friendly greeting. Get your lips moving and connect with potential customers — remind them who you are. Send an actual handwritten note to loyal customers. I’m not the only one who will tell you that leaving a blank space is a huge mistake. Nothing fancy is necessary. Just get ahead of the wave, and you will stand out.

The fact that business tools are changing is one of the few rules of business that doesn’t change. Use every aspect of technology at your disposal to show off how incredible you were at the trade show and to reconnect with people who attended as well as those who did not (those who had to stay home can get some cheap thrills vicariously, as well as learn from your great photos and notes).  As usual, all of your business correspondence should have as its underlying principle: I would do anything for you.

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Act as if there is a countdown clock for the ideas and inspiration you learned at the trade show, and share those as soon as possible with colleagues who weren’t there. Tell them everything at once if need be. Shared ideas can spur more innovations, and you need to look ahead to the next trade show.

And speaking of those colleagues, be sure you thank and congratulate all those who made the trade show so successful. It’s not tacky to let folks know that you really like them. Everyone likes to be appreciated.

Make your trade shows pay off. Follow up and follow through once you get home. You can be the Queen or the King of trade shows if you keep up with others after the show is over. Your customers will appreciate you remembering them.

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or www.classicexhibits.com.


 

 

Trade Show Tips to the Beat of the 1970s

July 22nd, 2016 3 COMMENTS

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The Keys to a Successful Trade Show:  Customer Service

Advicertainment by M. Christine Delea

Taking care of business means taking care of your customers. Giving them your time and attention and always being courteous. It can all be done — or at least started — at trade shows. You want your customers to look at your booth and think that nobody does it better.

What’cha Gonna Do

pablo_cruiseConventions and trade shows can be overwhelming and a bit frightening. There are a lot of people, an overwhelming amount of noise, too much recirculated air, and by mid-afternoon you cannot tell the diamonds from the rust. It can be tiring to the point that you start daydreaming about napping. But don’t get so far away that you neglect those who still have the energy to stop in at your booth.

So, how do you make the trade show experience valuable for customers and successful for you? What are you going to do?

First, your customers, as well as your colleagues, deserve your undivided attention. After a couple of days, attendees may be tired and possibly cranky. Same with you. But your smile and your eyes should say, they don’t know. Even if you end up listening to someone’s life story, keep your phone off and your smile on.

Don’t Stop

Second, take good notes when people talk to you, especially if you’re tired. Don’t stop at name, company, and title. Listen “between the lines,” and hear what they are saying about their business needs and wants. Those notes will help once you are back home, remembering the last time you saw him.

fleetwoodmacvintageDon’t make people wait. No one should have to knock three times to get you to say, “How do you do?” Everyone should be greeted the second they appear at your display. And every gesture, no matter how small, deserves a hearty “Thank You!”

The Show Must Go On

Finally, here are some easy suggestions. Be sure to give your business card to everyone. Always post photos and observations on your company’s Facebook and corporate website. Tweet and pin as often as possible.And, take lots of pictures of your booth and your customers.

The show must go on, but you — and everyone you have contact with — will have a much better time if you have a frame of mind that puts attendees first.

Who knows, you may even go dancing in the moonlight to some Classic 1970s tunes. It’s all part of the super time you’ll have of participating in a trade show.

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or www.classicexhibits.com.


 

Trade Show Tips to the Beat of the 1960s

July 14th, 2016 COMMENTS

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The Keys to a Successful Trade Show:  Las Vegas and Money

Advicertainment by M. Christine Delea

Eventually, you will find yourself at a trade show in Las Vegas. Before you hit the road, make sure your booth is up to the magic moment.

It’s time to consider a new exhibit, new graphics, and an updated approach to your trade show marketing. If you are truly honest with yourself, you know the same old song won’t attract customers.

It’s Not Unusual

RespectChange your presentation. Anything from letting someone else take the creative lead to creating new brochures will be a step in the right direction. Unusual giveaways and interactive booth pitches are also a clever way to make sure that lightning strikes. Because under all the glitz and glitter what you are selling has to have substance, has to be truly new and improved, and has to be worth your customer’s time. It’s all about respect — you get what you give on the trade show floor.

Careful planning will ensure you bring exactly what you need to succeed. This includes everything from brochures to business cards, electrical chargers to comfortable shoes. Yes, most things can be bought in Vegas, but shopping on the Strip comes with a steep price. In the hustle and bustle of a trade show, you won’t time to shop around for a bargain.

Stay a Little Bit Longer

Speaking of money… as with any other expensive destination, there are ways to lessen the sticker shock of Vegas. It might be worth it to stay at an off-Strip hotel. Check out the free shows and less well-known entertainment venues. Fremont Street has casinos and restaurants where you can wine and dine clients less expensively than on the Strip.

People get ready — Some may balk at the cost, but the benefits of exhibiting are worth it. You won’t be crying over money if you realize this is a marketing investment, one that requires planning and a strategy.

Fun, Fun, Fun

FunThe money you spend going to trade shows is a lot less than the money you would spend going to Old Orchard Beach, Wichita, West Islip, Boring, Yazoo City, Albert Lea, Truth or Consequences, Big Ugly, and everywhere else you have customers. At trade shows, your customers and potential customers come to you.

You can work out a budget for Vegas that is realistic and do-able. There’s no need to exist on candy bars and trail mix from home, but you don’t need to blow the entire year’s budget, either.

With budgeting, you can be a neon cowboy in Vegas. Who knows, you may even go dancing on Fremont Street to some Classic 1960s tunes. It’s all part of the fun of participating in a trade show.

Don’t forget to follow up on those leads after the show.

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or www.classicexhibits.com.


 

Trade Show Tips to the Beat of the 1950s

July 8th, 2016 1 COMMENT

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The Keys to a Successful Trade Show:  Pre-Planning

Advicertainment by M. Christine Delea

What’s the biggest mistake that exhibitors make? They wing it rather than plan. It could happen to you. Maybe you don’t know what to expect, or you just need a refresher. Here is some friendly trade show marketing advice with a few entertaining music videos along the way. Enjoy!

Put the same time and effort into your booth as you do with the clothes you wear. Orange sneakers with pink shoelaces? Perhaps. Short shorts? Probably not. A LBD by Coco Chanel? An Italian suit? Much better.

Unforgettable

Nat King ColeThink about your display the same way. It needs to be unforgettable, for all the right reasons. Attendees shouldn’t leave your booth space thinking ain’t that a shame. It shouldn’t be all glitz with no substance or simply not up to the standards of your competitors. Do your research and work with a professional.

Your booth design should explain your product, your brand, and your company’s personality — quickly. The graphics should entice, inform, and entertain. The unexpected is a plus, especially if you attend trade shows on a regular basis — Johnny One Note gets dull fast. Your booth should invite people in. In essence, it should say c’mon everybody! Come over here for something special!

Only You

Give yourself enough time before the show to think about your message and your audience. Only you know how long this will take, because only you know what has already been done.

Worried about what to say? Put your ideas down on paper and practice them but don’t over-rehearse. You don’t want to sound like a robot. But you do want to make yourself comfortable as you review your products and services with attendees.

What a Difference a Day Makes

Everyone on your team should be prepared, know their responsibilities, and be able to answer questions. You know what a difference a day makes. Don’t let an unprepared colleague feel as if they are stranded in the jungle.

You’ll be rocking around the clock at the show, so get some sleep before you leave. Get up early in the morning and resist the urge to go walking after midnight. Eat well and exercise.

With a little pre-planning you’ll be a superstar at your next show. Who knows, you may even want to go dancing to some Classic 1950s tunes. It’s all part of the thrill of participating in a trade show.

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or www.classicexhibits.com.