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Top 2019-2020 Trade Show Watchlist

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Oct 29, 2019 10:45:00 AM

 

If 2019 was any indication of how trade shows are trending, then 2020 is going to be a banner year. Below is a highlight of some spectacular upcoming trade shows, organized by industry and date. Based on the 2018 Top 250 US Trade Shows by Trade Show News Network, 2019-2020 is sure to please and there a few, in particular, you’ll want to look forward to.

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Topics: Nashville trade show displays, Nashville trade show exhibits, Nashville trade show installation, skyline Nashville, trade show marketing, Blog, Skyline, trade shows, Tradeshow event, tradeshows, trade show leads, success, F2F, face to face marketing, B2B, booth staffing, trade show planning and logistics, event planning

North American Trade Show Travel Tips

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Oct 22, 2019 10:45:00 AM

 

As the old saying goes, “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” You actually have no idea what is going to happen at a show – what could go wrong or who you might meet. There are a LOT of moving parts to a show – from the travel to the hotel to the display setup to the tech. Anything could happen. So, why even have a solid plan? Because the actual planning of the trip helps you think through all those moving parts. Even if you’re a veteran exhibitor, you need a checklist and a plan to help your trip go smoothly. Here’s a quick list to keep you from stressing out about the details and to help be plan-savvy about the parts you CAN control.

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Topics: Nashville trade show displays, Nashville trade show exhibits, Nashville trade show installation, skyline Nashville, trade show marketing, Blog, Skyline, trade shows, Tradeshow event, tradeshows, trade show leads, success, F2F, face to face marketing, B2B, booth staffing, trade show planning and logistics, event planning, human interaction, travel, safety, air travel

The #1 Way to Improve Trade Show Effectiveness

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Oct 8, 2019 10:45:00 AM

 

Recently, two separate studies were conducted involving hundreds of exhibitors to determine exactly what works and what doesn’t when it comes to trade show practices. Skyline Exhibits and Access Intelligence Research & Consulting asked over 400 exhibitors how to get better results from their trade shows.

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Topics: Nashville trade show displays, Nashville trade show exhibits, Nashville trade show installation, skyline Nashville, trade show marketing, Blog, Skyline, trade shows, Tradeshow event, tradeshows, trade show leads, success, F2F, face to face marketing, B2B, booth staffing, event planning, human interaction

3 Questions to Spark Conversations in Your Trade Show Booth

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Oct 1, 2019 10:45:00 AM

3 Surefire Questions to Get Your Booth Attendees Talking!

It’s no surprise that the most important goal at a trade show is also the biggest challenge – getting people into your booth space. Obviously, the first step is to have an eye-catching exhibit. Many companies try product demos, professional entertainers, and giveaways to attract visitors. But what if your budget doesn’t afford professional corporate entertainers? What if your exhibit is more subtle than dazzling? What if your product or service doesn’t lend itself to a demo?

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Topics: Nashville trade show displays, Nashville trade show exhibits, Nashville trade show installation, skyline Nashville, trade show marketing, Blog, Skyline, trade shows, Tradeshow event, tradeshows, trade show leads, success, F2F, face to face marketing, B2B, booth staffing, event planning, human interaction

Surviving the Unexpected Airline Delays to Your Trade Show

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Sep 24, 2019 10:45:00 AM

In the event and exhibit industry, airline travel is frequent and common. Usually, it all goes off without a hitch. You grab your stuff, get to the gate, board the plane, and off you go. However, if you’ve racked up millions of frequent flyer miles, there’s a chance you’ve also racked up an airline delay or two. And despite our best efforts at managing delays, layovers, connections, and other unforeseen stresses, we might even be faced with an overnight airport stay due to weather or airplane mechanical issues.

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Topics: Nashville trade show displays, Nashville trade show exhibits, Nashville trade show installation, skyline Nashville, trade show marketing, Blog, Skyline, trade shows, Tradeshow event, tradeshows, trade show leads, success, F2F, face to face marketing, B2B, booth staffing, event planning, human interaction, travel, safety, air travel

Travel Tips for Safety

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Aug 27, 2019 10:45:00 AM

“Safe travels!” We hear it all the time when someone’s wishing us farewell for a trip, and we say it to each other, too. In fact, it’s SO common that we handily dismiss it without even really thinking about what might help us actually HAVE safe travels.

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Tips for the Trade Show Rookie

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Aug 20, 2019 10:45:00 AM

Managing a trade show is not a job for the faint of heart. It is a demanding job with a lot of moving parts, which we’ll discuss below. A trade show manager might work for the sponsor or the organizer of a trade show; or they might work for a company participating in a trade show. If a business is smaller and only occasionally participates in trade shows, the trade show manager hat might be worn by the marketing manager or to someone from the sales team. No matter where the trade show manger comes from, their job is to provide an experience benefits the company and satisfies the customer.

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Topics: Nashville trade show displays, Nashville trade show exhibits, Nashville trade show installation, skyline Nashville, trade show marketing, Blog, Skyline, trade shows, Tradeshow event, tradeshows, trade show leads, success, F2F, face to face marketing, B2B, booth staffing, client engagement, event planning, human interaction, trade show etiquette

Trade Show Etiquette 301

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Aug 6, 2019 10:45:00 AM
Less Obvious Trade Show Do's and Don'ts

You probably wouldn’t talk on your phone or blow bubble gum or eat a Subway sandwich while manning the booth at your tradeshow. These are egregious errors in protocol that none of us would commit. However, have you ever skipped an opening event? Overlooked a surly-seeming booth visitor? Been too tired to give a client your full attention? These more benign breeches in etiquette might not strike us as that unbecoming, but to a prospective customer or client, our behavior matters. A LOT. If you think you’re above slipping up in the area of manners, look over the following trade show etiquette tips and judge for yourself.

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Webinar: "Trade Show Lead Management Essentials"

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on May 14, 2019 10:45:00 AM

You Are Invited to Our Next Webinar!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 11:00am CDT - 12:00pm CDT
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 1:00pm CDT - 2:00pm CDT 
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Topics: Nashville trade show marketing, Knoxville trade show exhibits, booth design, exhibit design, trade show displays Nashville, trade shows, trade show leads, sales leads, webinar, B2B, island trade show exhibits, client engagement, lead capture

Top 5 Lead Capture Apps

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Apr 30, 2019 10:45:00 AM

Which App is Right For Your Company?  

Well, we knew it was just a matter of time before even more technology began to grace the world of events and trade shows. Fortunately, when it comes to lead-capturing, the news is all good. More and more exhibitors are switching from the old rented badge scanners to mobile apps for gathering leads on the trade show floor. Unlike the badge scanners, which could take days to route information to you, these new mobile apps instantly provide you with customer data and much, much more. The ability to reply to leads efficiently and to automatically integrate the information with your CRM makes these apps invaluable for bustling trade show managers.

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Topics: Nashville trade show displays, Nashville trade show exhibits, Nashville trade show installation, marketing, skyline Nashville, trade show marketing, Blog, Skyline, trade show leads, sales leads, B2B, trade show promotions, lead capture

Top 15 Tips to Get Noticed

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

Using Trade Show Promotions

Trade show promotions are a no-brainer. The basic 3 categories you can break this down into are pre-show promotions, at-show promotions, and post show follow up.  Overlaying all promotions are the goals you have for the attendee experience and what we want accomplish as a company.   There’s no better way to DRIVE people to your booth and draw attention to your company and products.  What’s more, there’s an endless variety of ways to do it!

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Topics: Nashville trade show displays, Nashville trade show exhibits, Nashville trade show installation, marketing, skyline Nashville, trade show marketing, Blog, Skyline, trade show leads, sales leads, F2F, face to face marketing, B2B, booth staffing, client engagement, trade show promotions

21 Chuck Norris Trade Show Jokes

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Dec 4, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Help Us Get to 30, Suggest The Rest!

Tough, fearsome, and strong are the words that come to mind when describing why Chuck Norris is so legendary - there are hundreds of Chuck Norris jokes on the internet about him.

For example:
• Death once had a near-Chuck Norris experience.
• Guns are warned not to play with Chuck Norris.
• When Chuck Norris does push up’s he pushes down the earth.

So let’s look at if Chuck Norris went to trade shows as an exhibitor? What feats of power, speed, and awesomeness could Chuck bring to your show? The mind boggles at what could be:

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Topics: marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show displays Knoxville, trade show exhibits Nashville, trade shows, trade show leads, B2B, trade show regulations, trade show planning and logistics, Chuck Norris

Trade Shows Better Be Worth It

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Nov 27, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Unpacking The Basic Rules and Regs

If you’re in the biz, you definitely hear the buzz about the hurry and flurry of trade shows – the fun, the excitement, the contacts and leads. And . . . the WORK. There’s no way around the massive amount of manpower from your company that goes into planning, designing, building, and hauling your exhibit for a show. Here’s the big “but”: it’s worth it. Trade shows pack a lot of punch and cover a lot of areas of business for you. Here’s a list I jotted down in about ten minutes – and no help from Google! – of reasons to lug your exhibit down to the nearest convention center.

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Topics: marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show displays Knoxville, trade show exhibits Nashville, trade shows, trade show leads, B2B, trade show regulations, trade show planning and logistics

Play By The Rules...Mostly

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Nov 20, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Unpacking The Basic Rules and Regs

Everyone in the trade show industry knows that any trade show has a list of rules and regulations a mile long governing everything from the volume of your booth music to the number of prongs on your cables. For specific terms and conditions of your show, be sure to see your trade show’s prospectus or your rental contract. The biggest consideration for your trade show, however, should be the particulars of your exhibit. And because breaking the rules for exhibit size or height could have financial ramifications, you’ll want to know the following dos and don’ts regarding the most common regulations.

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Topics: marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show displays Knoxville, trade show exhibits Nashville, trade shows, trade show leads, face to face marketing, B2B, trade show regulations, trade show planning and logistics

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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Topics: marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show displays Knoxville, trade show exhibits Nashville, trade shows, trade show leads, sales leads, branding, marketing budget, ROI, return on investment, face to face marketing, B2B, trade show regulations, booth staffing, trade show planning and logistics

13 Bad Booth Staffers

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Oct 23, 2018 10:45:00 AM


The Worst of the Worst...How Your Company Can Avoid Them!

You know them. You’ve met them. Maybe you’ve even BEEN them. Bad Booth Staffers. As long as there have been trade shows, there have been booth staffers behaving badly and ruining the company rep. See how many of these you recognize:

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Topics: marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show displays Knoxville, trade show exhibits Nashville, trade shows, trade show leads, booth staffing

Top 12 Travel Checklist

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Oct 9, 2018 1:30:00 PM


Life Saver Tips for YOUR COMPANY

Have you ever had that sick sinking feeling in your stomach that is telling you that you forgot something?  If so, you are not alone.  When you take a trip, you know the anxiety that can accompany the preparation and last-minute details of leaving the comfort of your office and home. Even experienced travelers can begin to stress out if the minutia of their travel plans isn’t ironed out and solid.

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Topics: marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show displays Knoxville, trade show exhibits Nashville, trade shows, trade show leads

Why the JUNK Leads?

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Oct 2, 2018 10:45:00 AM


Lead Qualifying Tips for Show Staffers

Generating leads is JOB ONE for most trade show exhibitors, but you want to generate hot qualified leads – the ones that result in business for your sales team. If your booth staff is just collecting business cards and company names, you’ll end up with a lot of dead ends. You will also end up with a sales team that does not want to follow up on the leads.  This is evidenced by the fact that 79% of trade show leads are never followed up on (CEIR) – in large part because the leads that are taken at the show are not qualified enough to “make it worth my time,” as a sales person. Make sure you’re providing your sales team with quality leads by following these helpful tips.

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Topics: marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show displays Knoxville, trade show exhibits Nashville, trade shows, trade show leads

Design for Memorability - 15 Keys for Exhibit Design

Posted by John Hamari on May 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM


Anyone who has ever been part of the creative process knows firsthand that designing trade show exhibits can prove a challenge in all the best and worst ways. Creatively, business executives love getting the chance to flex their marketing muscles and design trade show exhibits that effectively capture the very essence of their brand. However, achieving that goal can prove a daunting challenge.

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Topics: Nashville trade show marketing, trade show marketing, design, booth design, exhibit design, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show exhibits Nashville, Tradeshow event, trade show leads

10 Tips for Stretching Your Trade Show Budget

Posted by John Hamari on May 22, 2018 11:12:00 AM


Stretching an already tight budget can be a challenge and the trick is to pursue savings that are transparent to the attendees at your exhibit space.  Whether you’re planning your company’s initial launch into trade shows or taking over an exhibit schedule previously handled by another trade show manager, the associated costs can be a little intimidating. If your budget is limited, these 10 tips can help you get the most out of your exhibit dollars:

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Topics: Nashville trade show marketing, trade show marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show exhibits Nashville, Tradeshow event, trade show leads, budget, marketing budget, ROI, return on investment, budgeting and measurement, trade show planning and logistics

14 Ways to Avoid Trade Show Theft, Thieving, and Other Types of Chicanery

Posted by John Hamari on May 8, 2018 10:51:44 AM


You don’t need to go to Las Vegas to gamble, all you have to do is bring something of high value to a trade show. Everyone is faced with the common problem of theft on the show floor. That being said, I wanted to share some of the tricks of the trade that we have employed over time to take preventative action:

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Topics: Nashville trade show marketing, trade show marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show exhibits Nashville, Tradeshow event, trade show leads, protecting your trade show booth, theft deterrent

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

Top 20 Fun Trade Show Activities...The Must Do's

Posted by John Hamari on Apr 3, 2018 10:55:00 AM

Trade shows are a serious marketing medium in which we invest billions of dollars. In our quest to achieve business results, we often talk about getting the highest ROI (Return on Investment) or ROO (Return on Objectives).  But what about the greatest ROF (Return on Fun)… more specifically, how do we make the shows fun for ourselves?

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Topics: Nashville trade show exhibits, marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show displays, trade show exhibiting, trade show exhibits, Trade Show Exhibits Knoxville, trade shows, environments, trade show leads, ROI, return on investment, F2F, face to face marketing, B2B, client relationships

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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Topics: Insider, Nashville trade show marketing, marketing, trade show marketing, Skyline Exhibitor Source, trade show booths, trade show exhibits, trade shows, trade show leads, branding, ROI, return on investment, F2F, face to face marketing, B2B, booth staffing, promotional models, island trade show exhibits

6 Steps to Effective Lead Management

Posted by John Hamari on Mar 20, 2018 10:59:35 AM

An alarming statistic is that 79% of Trade Show Leads are never followed up on… how crazy is that?  There are tools that abound to make all of our lives easier when it comes to lead management.  Most exhibitors have replaced the old “business card fishbowls” with badge scanners and software. But far too many exhibitors are still merely collecting as many cold prospects as possible and handing them over to sales. That approach can make the follow-up sales efforts overwhelming. Using the following six lead management steps will ensure your lead generation efforts identify the quality leads.

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

50 Ideas To Generate Trade Show Leads

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Dec 21, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Most of us who go to shows go there with the intent of generating leads (at least partially). According to the Center For Exhibition and Industry Research, the #1 reason that exhibitors attend shows is to generate leads. As marketers, we desire to fill our sales pipeline, shorten the sales cycle, drive repeat customers and find new opportunities.

In order to get the creative juices flowing, we have assembled some of the best ideas we have seen demonstrated from our clients and from success stories we have generated. Following are 50 ideas to get you more leads at your upcoming trade shows (broken down to 3 categories): 

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Topics: Insider, social media, Nashville trade show marketing, marketing, trade show marketing, trade show leads, sales leads

Overcoming The Hurdles of Trade Show Lead Follow-up

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Dec 19, 2017 3:00:00 PM

You’ve invested the time, energy, and budget to generate valuable leads at trade shows, and while it’s easier said than done, it’s imperative to follow through with your connections in a timely manner.  Undoubtedly, there can be some hurdles to cross in order to get the qualified leads into your account executive’s hands:

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