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Three Technology Trends at Trade Shows

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Mar 31, 2020 10:45:00 AM

Just when you’ve purchased and acclimated to the latest, greatest new innovation in technology – BOOM! – a new trend comes on the scene and your technology is old news. Because of the ever-changing nature of technology (and remember, this is a GOOD thing! We want to be improving and growing!), trade show managers can be hesitant to get on board with the latest hot item. But just imagine if we’d resisted such early innovations as badge scanners or marketing automation software – technology that has vastly improved the trade show experience. The trick is to pump the brakes on the here-today-gone-tomorrow trends and to rev up to the ones with staying power. Pay attention to these three advancements in trade show technology that are sure to be around for many, many years.

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Getting Leads...A Trade Show Strategy

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Mar 24, 2020 10:45:00 AM

By Chris Rowe

Occasionally, I’ll read a really great article on LinkedIn or a blog post by an associate in the trade show business about what sounds like a new and fantastic idea to attract attendees into the trade show booth. I’ll daydream a bit about what it would take to pull it off. I’ll wonder if it would work for our booth. I’ll wonder if it would truly generate good leads. And then . . . I’ll wonder if it worked for THEM. Drawing a big crowd to your booth is exciting. An active booth feels energizing and smells like success. But does it actually mean that you’re having a profitable show?

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Tracking...Advanced Digital Marketing

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Mar 10, 2020 10:45:00 AM

By Matt Bohar

Tracking campaign results with Google Analytics is crucial for honing and adjusting future campaigns. However, often exhibitors just don’t do it. For more information on that, read this blog post. Exhibitors often won’t measure their website engagement from email blasts and other advertising. And because these stats aren’t tracked in Google Analystics without manually enabling it, they miss out on crucial information that they need to adjust their inbound marketing.

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13 Reasons Exhibitors Value Trade Shows

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Mar 3, 2020 10:45:00 AM

Is it really worth it? All the time and money and energy and set-up and tear down and time out of pocket. Are trade shows really all that great?

Turns out, YES! Yes, they are. Exhibitors value trade shows for lots of reasons, from helping them meet their objectives to just making their jobs more exciting.

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Top 11 Free Trade Show Resources

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Feb 25, 2020 10:45:00 AM

Looking for some FREE and EFFECTIVE resources to help you reach your marketing goals? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of websites and helps aimed at assisting anyone with  business objectives, a tight budget, and plenty of focus. To help maximize your trade show ROI and surpass your event planning benchmarks, read on!

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Coronavirus Travel Tips for Trade Show Travelers

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Feb 18, 2020 10:45:00 AM
25 Business Travel Tips

What are the risks of exhibiting with the health threats that are currently looming?  We have put together a few travel tips to address the Corona Virus outbreak.  More people are taking pause before booking their travel to their next event. This is a unique situation, and hopefully will be over soon. However, as trade show and event professionals you may wonder what you need to think about when preparing to travel or organize your next event. If you are not the event organizer, do you even go? Recently, Amazon, Sony and Ericsson decided not to exhibit at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona because they did not want to expose their employees to the Coronavirus.

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Body Language

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Feb 4, 2020 10:45:00 AM
What Are You Saying?

When you are a presenter or a booth staffer at a trade show exhibit, your single most important visual is YOU. Your audience is looking at you. They are listening to you. The way you look and sound communicate your entire message and determine your success as a speaker. Your body language, facial expressions, and gestures matter even more, I would argue, than your actual speech. Below are some areas in which your physical expressiveness can wow your audience.

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Entertaining Clients

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Jan 28, 2020 10:45:00 AM
Expectations Have Lowered...Keep it Simple

There was a time when wining, dining, and entertaining clients with concerts, ballgames, and other luxuries would strengthen business relationships and woo new customers. Win the client, write off the expense. However, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act took a major bite out of that piece of the marketing pie. Even though you’ll no longer be able to woo customers with playoff tickets or front row seats to Wicked, you can still connect with them on a personal level and treat them in a style that adds value to them. No matter what experience you’re hoping to offer clients, the following tips will help you create it.

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Planning for Trade Shows

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Jan 21, 2020 10:45:00 AM

It's All Going to Work Out!

Steps to Take When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

It’s happened to all of us. We’ve dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s and micromanaged every piece of the trade show to perfection. What could go wrong?! Right? Wrong! Inevitably, some minor (or major) mishap will cause a kink in your plans: part of a shipment got lost, the exhibit is held up in customs, someone put a forklift through one of your boxes. While these are concerns and they have to be handled, they are no reason to panic.

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Alert: Save Thousands on Rigging at the Las Vegas Sands

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Jan 7, 2020 10:45:00 AM

For those of us involved with trade shows, we know that a high priority is managing the budget. The budget drives where, what, and how we exhibit. And it adds up quickly. There’s the cost of the booth itself; the cost of show services like Wi-Fi, shipping, and drayage; travel and lodging costs; and collateral costs such freebies and giveaways and drawings.

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Alignment in the Company

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Dec 31, 2019 10:45:00 AM

By Jon Althoff

I have loved being challenged in business for over 35 years. In CPG B2C (consumer packaged goods, business-to-consumer); in B2B (business-to-business). Manufacturing. Design. Chemicals. Food (my favorite was candy).

I’ve seen a lot over the years; made objectives most of the time, but many times I, and my organizations, did not. The reason why was occasionally something as obvious as the economy, but most often there was a controllable miss: bad planning and bad alignment.

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Digital Display Options Buying Guide - Part 2

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Dec 17, 2019 10:45:00 AM

6 Digital Display Options for Small Digital Displays

Part 2:

In Part 1 of a Buyer’s Guide to Trade Show Digital Displays, we discussed the pros and cons of using tablets, computer monitors, kiosks, and TVs for digital displays. In part 2, we will break down the features and benefits of using larger displays -- projectors and entire video walls.

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Digital Display Options Buying Guide - Part 1

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Dec 3, 2019 10:48:33 AM

6 Digital Display Options for Small Digital Displays

It’s a no-brainer to use a digital display in your trade show booth – it offers endless possibilities to convey information and encourage interactivity with your visitors. Besides that, your competition is using it, so you’d better get on board. When it comes to choosing your digital displays, the number of options can be a bit overwhelming. From small tablets to multi-panel display walls, the choices are staggering. So, to help you pick the best choice for your budget, venue, and audience, we’re discussing the features, benefits, and how-tos of each kind of display in two handy articles. This first article will discuss the smaller of the digital displays – tablets, computer monitors, kiosks and TVs.

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Cut Expenses Wisely

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Nov 26, 2019 10:45:00 AM

“You gotta spend money to make money!” We’ve all heard this old truism, and while it definitely is, well, TRUE. . .businesses have to make sure they aren’t outspending their profit. There’s a delicate balance between spending enough (and in the right places) and spending too much. On top of that, the balance is always shifting – more like a wobble – as businesses break into new markets or experience an economic downturn or just grow lax in carefully budgeting where their dollars go..

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Budgeting for Branded Environments

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Nov 19, 2019 10:45:00 AM

 

Last week, I had a day of back-to-back unrelated meetings, and I realized that at every single meeting, one of the topics that predictably came up was money. Whether the meeting was administrative in nature or about implementation or planning or advertising or education, considering the financial side was inevitable. Seems like a shallow, obvious thought, but I had this epiphany about how money is intrinsically related to every need and want we have.

This was kind of a bummer. As a creative, out-of-the-box thinker, I don’t want to consider monetary limitations. It seems like a budget sucks the fun right out of an idea.

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12 Things I Wish I Knew...

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Oct 31, 2018 10:45:00 AM

...Before Starting Trade Shows

Once you’re thrown into the whirlwind world of trade shows, the learning curve is steep. It’s like being thrown into the deep end of the pool – you either sink or you swim. Either way, there’s a lot of flailing! And although there is nothing like hands-on experience to teach you how to maneuver the trade show life, there are a few things I wish I’d known before I started. Here they are:

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Webinar: "Trade Show Lead Management Essentials"

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Oct 16, 2018 10:45:00 AM


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Webinar: "Getting Attention at Trade Shows:    21 Design Tips for Exhibits That Stand Out"

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Sep 10, 2018 3:00:00 PM


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21 Design Tips
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Exhibit Design...Where is the Future Going?

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Jul 31, 2018 1:55:00 PM

Exploring the past, present, and future trends of trade show exhibit design....

Ask seasoned trade show professionals… some may say that exhibit design is not new, it is simply a new application based on historical designs. In the ever-changing industry of trade shows and events, one thing is consistently desired: intriguing design. We wanted to explore the history of design and felt there was no better place to start than with 30-year veteran, Greg Mathieson, a Senior Exhibit Designer at Skyline Exhibits and Scooter Hendon, Skyline Sector 5 Exhibit Designer with multiple industry awards under his belt.

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Don't Tell Me - Let Me Try...

Posted by John Hamari on May 1, 2018 10:55:36 AM

Experiential Marketing At Trade Shows

Some things must be felt, seen, tasted, smelled, attempted, or heard in order to be believed.  Through a campaign, we can tell someone what we think or how great our offering is, however there is no replacement for showing someone face to face and allowing them to experience it for themselves.

Experiential marketing allows your skeptical prospects or most dedicated customers to develop an emotional investment in your products or services, literally helping them shape your brand’s evolution. Another by-product of this is shortening the sales cycle because the prospects and clients are becoming more comfortable with who and what they are purchasing.

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Topics: Insider, Nashville trade show marketing, marketing, trade show marketing, trade show exhibits Nashville, Tradeshow event, trade show leads, branding, F2F, face to face marketing, B2B, client relationships, experiential marketing

Talking Taboo...Promotional Models

Posted by Erik Koglin on Mar 27, 2018 10:55:00 AM

Do a web search on hiring models for your trade show and you’ll find not just a few articles that decry the practice.  There are a lot of reasons to be cautious in the use of models.  For one thing, having a gaggle of hot models in your exhibit can actually intimidate some people.  That high energy and frankly “intense” atmosphere that is often associated with the proverbial “booth babe” environment is tough for the more reserved people, and can even cause anxiety just by being in the area.

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Growing Brand Advantage

Posted by John Hamari on Mar 6, 2018 11:47:15 AM

We all know that branding has intrinsic value, but how much value can actually ascribe to a “Brand”… more specifically our brand.  This is no small question and one that is challenging to answer.

Consider this simple example pulled from each of our everyday lives. When we visit the drug store or grocery store and we have to choose between the “store brand” version of a product or the branded version positioned right next to it on the shelf.  The dilemma that faces us in that moment is do we compromise on perceived quality and go for the less expensive “store branded” version?  It seems like there would be a lot of us that would pick the less expensive option… Not true. 

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Topics: Nashville trade show exhibits, marketing, trade show exhibits, Trade Show Exhibits Knoxville, trade shows, branding

Priceless...Yet Free

Posted by John Hamari on Feb 6, 2018 10:58:43 AM


5 Ideas for Client Engagement

No one wants to be replaced, as a company or a person, and having remarkable client engagement that eclipses that of your competitors makes you hard to replace.  Once we differentiate ourselves we become difficult to switch out with other companies that do the same thing that we do.  The best part about delivering this intangible value to clients is that it is fairly low cost or no cost, but essential to success. 

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Topics: marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show displays Knoxville, trade show exhibiting, trade show exhibits, trade show exhibits Nashville, tradeshows, branding, client relationships

StoryTelling...

Posted by Erik Koglin on Jan 30, 2018 11:02:24 AM

Telling Your Company Story

Story telling has been a popular topic in exhibiting over the last several years.  I’ve used the term myself when talking with clients.  And I do agree that when we are designing a space we have a story to communicate.  But I also caution our clients that you need to be savvy as to what story you are telling.  You have to sort out what story you want to tell about your company.

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