Have you ever attended a trade show with boring displays and unenthusiastic salespersons? You probably walked out uninspired and disappointed that you wasted your time. Don’t be a vendor that fails to make an impression on interested attendees with a dull trade show booth. Grab a visitor’s attention and get them excited about your brand and what it has to offer.
Here are five tips to help create a striking trade show booth that’ll stand out from the crowd:
Target Your Audience
You’ll be most successful if you have a trade show booth that matches the trade show theme. Attending Comic-Con? You’ll want to be modern and edgy. A flower and garden show? You’ll want to show your softer side. You may want to rent a booth instead of owning one. When you own a booth, you are limited to one design, but with a rental, you can choose from multiple styles that allow creativity and flexibility for different trade shows.
Create a Crowd
People are attracted to trade show booths that have a crowd. Help create a group by staffing your booth with friendly and enthusiastic employees who can welcome people into your exhibit. Offer light snacks or coffee so people will linger and browse your products. Make sure your staff knows how to manage the booth so they can generate leads and connect with both new and old clients.
Create an Eye-Catching Display
You have one chance to make a first impression, so make it a good one. Create a presentation with your company name prominently displayed so everyone can see it. Use lights and multimedia—think videos or music—to get people’s attention, but don’t go overboard and deter visitors because your booth is too loud or distracting.
Use short, simple headlines to convey a bold message that’ll pique visitors’ interests. Lastly, don’t forget to publicize your social media links so people can connect with your brand both during and after the event.
Turn It Into an Experience
Bring a product demo so event attendees can experience your product firsthand. If you can’t bring in a product demo, then create an experience for your attendees. For example, if your product helps eliminate odors in a workspace, create a space with perfumes, colognes, food, and other typical office smells. People can step into the enclosed space, try out your product, and have a sensory experience they won’t forget.
Use a Contest or Prize to Create a Buzz
Everyone loves to get something for free, so don’t hesitate to give away swag or have a raffle. Use brightly colored stickers, light-up bracelets, and other eye-catching trinkets to get your brand noticed on the event floor. Giving out swag with your brand name extends your reach beyond your booth. If your swag is good enough, people not only wear it on the event floor, but they also may bring it home with them. You can further your engagement by offering a door prize to those who wear your promotional items during the show or share them on social media.
Don’t just fill up space at a trade show—let your brand make an impression! Keep these tips in mind as you prepare your booth and staff for your next trade show.
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