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									Exhibition Information - Tips for Success

Exhibition information to help you plan and implement the most rewarding and
effective exhibition for your company.




Why exhibit?


Exhibitions, whether trade or consumer, have the advantage over other forms of
advertising as they can deliver all key marketing objectives in one hit.

   •    A guaranteed highly targeted audience.
   •    A pro-active platform, where the buyers come to you.
   •    An ideal opportunity to demonstrate existing products and launch new
        products.
   •    A chance to answer any questions concerning the product
   •    Face-to-face customer contact, which is the best way to build on relationships
        and form new ones with potential customers.
   •    Market research for product development.
   •    A means of generating positive media coverage.

Exhibitions can produce excellent results for your company with a good return on
investment, if planned and implemented well.



Effective Exhibiting


It is essential to plan ahead when preparing for an exhibition.

Items that need to be considered are –

   1.    Time scales – Planning ahead will make everyone’s life easier, so ensure this
         is taken into account. Allocate the responsibility of key tasks to the
         appropriate individual or department together with deadlines.
   2.    Budgets - The budget for your exhibition needs to be distributed between
         stand space, sponsorship and advertising opportunities.
   3.    Staffing requirements - All staff need to undergo some form of training as
         often the success of the show will be determined by the skills of the people on
         the stand.
   4.    Publicity – Publicity is essential. It is important to think about visitor
         promotion, mailings and adverts. Invite the people you want to meet there.
   5.    Space requirements – Know how much space is available and design the best
         and most eye-catching stand possible.
   6.    Services - Reputable stand builders, graphic designers and photographers will
         be needed. See our resources link for a list of services.
   7.    Visitor statistics - Visitor statistics for the show, including visitor profiles,
         buying patterns, job titles and spend are important to research in order to
         help you target your audience more effectively and ensure you get the best
         possible return on your investment.
   8.  Criteria for display stand and graphic design – It is important to know your
       market and cater appropriately to ensure the best results possible.
   9. Measure your success - Some tangible return must be proved. Set your
       targets and measure your performance against these.
   10. Follow up leads – Work doesn’t stop after the show. Follow up all potential
       leads; these may convert into more customers.


For effective exhibiting, it is essential to combine a great looking display stand with
trained and motivated staff that can approach potential customers, engage them in
conversation about the products on display, secure their custom and follow up this
lead.



The Right Exhibition


Target the most appropriate events for your company with our show search page
which gives details of sites that list major exhibitions and their organizers’ have a clear
idea of each exhibition that you’re considering it is important that you contact the
show’s organizers and clarify any details that will assist you in producing a more
effective exhibition leading to a higher return on investment.

Points to establish:

   •    Proof of attendance and the type of people that the show attracts. Knowing
        your audience will provide you with a clearer idea of how best to cater for
        them.
   •    Publicity - Is the event well advertised in trade magazines. These magazines
        chosen by the organisers should also give you a clearer idea of the show’s
        suitability for your products or services.
   •    Is it an established event or a new event? If new, how long has the organiser
        been established and what are their credentials?

In depth research into the most appropriate exhibition show for your company is as
important as planning the stand while exhibiting there. No matter how effective your
stand is it will not work if you target the wrong people.



Making a Stand

Having a competitive advantage at exhibitions is crucial for your company and the
stand is an important factor.

   •    Booking space - For an ideal site, book early. Look out for columns, switch
        boxes and height restrictions. Also, consider an island or corner site as they
        offer more open sides and therefore more opportunities for you to attract the
        visitor.
   •    Bring your company to life – exhibitions are unique as they are the only sales
        medium able to engage all five senses.
   •    Exhibitions allow you to touch, taste, see, feel and hear the products and
        services on offer. As an exhibitor, bringing your service or product to life is
        guaranteed to have a higher impact on your visitors.
   •    Reams of text will go unread and probably unnoticed. Powerful graphics,
        however, will attract visitors. To keep these visitors think about how your staff
        can interact with those features. Maybe, with the aid of gimmicks, uniforms and
        sales patter.

Think about the use of turntables, lighting, video, and clever graphics to demonstrate
what you have to offer. Free refreshments, competitions, incentives, bonus offers and
give-aways all have their part to play.



Staff


Successful exhibiting isn’t as easy as having a good stand. Although, obviously, having
a smart display stand is vital, as that is your corporate image on very public display.

Research has shown, however, that 80 per cent of the success of your show is down to
your stand staff.
Exhibition visitors are not only serious but also very receptive; after all they have
chosen to come to you, therefore as an exhibitor you are in a good position.

It is important that all visitors are treated with attention. Directors and senior
managers attend these events, to meet new companies with whom they can work.

Potential customers will also be visiting and it is up to the staff to turn these into
customers.

Exhibitions provide an ideal opportunity for the buyer and seller, the staff and visitor
to meet face to face. Staff training is essential in order for them to acquire the skills
necessary to make the most of this opportunity and turn the show into a success for
their business.

Pre-event sales and marketing activities will aid the success of the show. Contact all
your prospects, lapsed clients and minor prospects and give them a good reason to
seek you out at the show. Call your hottest prospects and invite them to see you
personally at the show



The Visitor

Research into who is likely to attend the exhibition will help in deciding what to exhibit
and the best way to put the most appropriate message across. The organizers of the
event should be able to give you an idea of who visits the show, which will assist you
in knowing who you can aim to attract.


Consider carefully the products that your visitors will be most interested in and target
them accordingly.
Budget

To assist in working out the cost of exhibiting, make a comprehensive list of the major
expenses, including:

   •   Cost of space
   •   Cost of electrical, water and waste connection
   •   Stand design and construction
   •   Show linked promotions
   •   Staffing costs
   •   Catering / hospitality
   •   Furniture hire
   •   Transport

This should give a fairly accurate budget as most items are fixed costs.



Follow Up - ruthlessly


If you go to all the effort of organizing your company’s participation at an event and
then neglect to follow up leads attained while there, then the exhibition will be less
effective as you have essentially thrown away potential customers.

Before the show takes place, plan dates to follow up all leads.

Make the most of the event. A lot of time, effort and expense will go into organizing
the show, it is essential therefore to approach the time spent at the exhibition with
enthusiasm and a willingness to talk to visitors in order to gain good results.

If you want the exhibition to work for you and your company you have to work at it.




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