Not long ago, no exhibit industry publication or group recognized portable modular design. None. Zero. Zilch! So your vote for the EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Portable Modular Awards is less about winners and losers and more about supporting this segment of the exhibit industry.
Thanks to you, the Symphony Portable System has exceeded our sales projections… by a significant margin!
As a result, we’ve added more designs, a new shape, and a wider range of price points.
New and Updated Literature:
An updatedRetail Price List. Same prices as before with additions and revised descriptions.
An updatedAccessories Sheet. You can find this sheet in the “additional images” on every Symphony Kit.
All NEW Symphony Accessories and Options Guide. Unlike other portable systems, Symphony encourages you to add, remove, and reconfigure — switch counters, add a lightbox, or order a literature tray or iPad clamshell. You’ll find the Accessories and Options Guide (PDF) within the bulleted Details tab on every Symphony kit in EDS.
Save 50% on Shipping
BONUS! Order a Symphony Portable in August or September and Classic will pay 50% of the shipping.
Too often, the terms “budget” and “portable” are used interchangeably for 10 and 20 ft. trade show displays. However, budget and portable have wildly different meanings depending on the manufacturer, distributor, or exhibitor. Budget can mean cheap, both in price and construction. Or it can mean value and quality.
Likewise, portables can mean tool-less and lightweight. But not always. Some portable displays require basic tools and pack in roto-molded rolling cases, which are convenient but not necessarily lightweight. These two terms are the trade show equivalent of egg-lingo – ex. cage-free, free-range, pasture-raised, and organic—where the exact meaning isn’t always obvious. .
Untangling the Budget Portable Ball of Twine
At Classic Exhibits, “Budget Portables” isn’t meant to be tricky or confusing. It’s actually very straightforward.
Budget. Price is a relative term, meaning our budget portables are less expensive than our other portables. These portables range in price from $3800 to $6100 and always include durable roto-molded cases with wheels, die-cut foam packaging for long-term convenience, numbered components for fast assembly, and detailed set-instructions.
Tool-less Assembly. Tool-less means no tools are required to assemble the booth. None. Some systems claim to be tool-less, except for the base plate or a literature tray or counter. Tool-less should mean tool-less.
SEG Dye-sublimated Graphics. SEG means Silicone Edge Graphics. SEG graphics have a silicone bead or welting sewn to the perimeter of the graphic. This bead fits into a channel on the aluminum frame. It should fit perfectly, which is why SEG is popular. No guesswork. Dye-sublimated is a printing process where images are transferred or sublimated into the fabric. It’s more expensive, but the colors are brighter and the end-product is more durable. Many vendors save money by directly printing on the fabric. It looks OK… for now. Long-term… not so much.
Engineered Aluminum Frames. Most budget portables are built with 1.25 in. round tubes. They’re lightweight, generally easy-to-assemble, and inexpensive. In short, they are graphic billboards. Our budget portables are structural, using aluminum extrusion. Unlike tubes, they are strong enough to hold accessories like monitors, tablets, literature trays, floating graphics, and workstations.
Lifetime Warranty on Workmanship and Made in the USA. Commitment and location matter. Lose a part? No problem. It’s replaceable, usually within a few days. Expanding or re-configuring your design? Again, no problem. The modular construction makes that simple.
Buying a budget portable via the Internet is like placing $3000 on 26 Black at the roulette table. You might win… but there’s a much greater likelihood of losing. Don’t gamble. Work with a professional trade show consultant. They know the pros and cons of most portable displays and can advise you on the best choice for your budget and your marketing goals.
Symphony Portable Displays
For too long, portable displays have sacrificed elegant design for visual simplicity. Not anymore.
With Symphony, you can create the perfect 10, 20 or 30 ft. display by selecting from stylish backwall shapes and distinctive counters and workstations. The mix and match flexibility encourages unlimited design possibilities. Need a different look for your next show? Symphony’s modular SEG frames are double-sided and re-configurable.
Personalize your Symphony Display with attractive counters, workstations, floating graphics, iPad clamshells, and monitor mounts. The lightweight aluminum frames are engineered for SEG dye-sublimated fabric graphics for a seamless, wrinkle-free look. Add floating graphics for additional visual layering and branding.
It’s easy to pigeon-hole portable display buyers. They want something cheap and easy, and they ignore advice about quality and design.
What Most Corporate Buyers Want
Perhaps that’s true of some portable buyers, but most corporate exhibitors want an attractive, durable, and easy-to-assembly display. They value features like modularity and accessories like monitor mounts, tablet enclosures, and literature trays. Price is important but not at the expense of their brand.
Too often, we undersell them and don’t give them what they need (or want). Why? Because selling on price is faster than selling on features.
Choosing a High-Quality Portable
You’re not going to convince everyone to make the “smarter” decision, and for some, the $2000 display is the right choice. That’s OK. However, they deserve to understand what’s available in the display marketplace, like Symphony. You might be surprised at how often that “pigeon-holed portable buyer” chooses an upscale, high-quality portable.
Did you know that pigeons are incredibly smart? They understand words, have good memories, and can recognize other pigeons and people.