?The need to attend trade shows remains strong through tough economic times, and companies are asking their departments to reduce spending in as many as ways as possible. With the total price tag for exhibiting at each trade show changing from show to show, planning for the variable costs can be daunting guessing game at times. Finding ways to reduce the cost upfront will give you more flexibility in the long run to be creative with your approaches. Early planning is strategic to effectively reducing your trade show costs. Deciding which shows you will be attending and scheduling staffers for each show is the first important step in lowering your costs. Most shows offer reduced registration for purchasing booth space in advance. In addition booking hotels and flights are easier and cheaper several months out. The other considerable cost of trade show exhibiting is of course the cost of your trade show display. Beginning your shopping for a display, whether it is custom or portable, allow you to lower the cost, by shopping your needs to different distributors. Also your trade show display has several features that are optional. Using items such as carpeting or flooring that are provided by trade show halls is another way to reduce booth cost. However, the quality and appeal of these floors is usually less than adequate when promoting your pop up display. Save money by declining optional services provided by the show though, bring items like a broom, vacuum or cleaning supplies along with you is a great way to save money. Besides reducing your costs there are some slight advantages to planning early. If you register early at trade shows, you have a better chance at being placed in a booth that will have more foot traffic.