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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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YouTube Is Ripe For You

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Nov 5, 2019 10:45:00 AM

Exhibiting is largely a visual industry, so it’s interesting that the most visual of all social media outlets, YouTube, is vastly underused in our marketing world.

Check out these stats:

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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, digital marketing, technology, client engagement, social media marketing, livestreaming, videography, YouTube, marketing and advertising

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Knoxville! Don't Be Left In The Dark!

Posted by Skyline Exhibitor Source on Jul 31, 2017 3:46:26 PM

Join us for our upcoming Tradeshow Marketing Showcase & Seminar – “Don't Be Left in the Dark”!  We are planning an informative and fun event with lunch, beer & wine, prizes, and invaluable information to equip you and your team with the most innovative tools for tradeshow marketing success.

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