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Trade Show Marketers Express Optimistic Outlook for 2016

by Gwen Parsons 16. March 2016 16:20
Nine out of ten exhibiting companies believe their trade show programs will achieve better results this year according to Exhibitor Magazine’s 2016 Economic Outlook Survey. That confidence among exhibitors may be why 25% of them are making definite plans to invest in a new trade show booth this year.

Timinig is everything. Visitors to the recent EXHIBITORLIVE event in Las Vegas were energetically shopping for new trade show displays. Nomadic’s newest modular tradeshow display systems were featured in the New Product Showcase.



Our Envision line of trade show displays and our new backlit exhibit design are the only SEG fabric displays on the market that pack into a case that converts to a counter. Exhibitors were enthusiastic about the combination of features: brilliant SEG (silicone edge gasket) graphics, tool free frame assembly and convenient transport.

If you were unable to join us, watch our short show video.

Or download the hand outs here.

For fresh new ideas for your trade show and event marketing program, visit our searchable database of display designs!

is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nomadic Display. She is a regular contributor to the Nomadic Display Blog and can be found at Google + and LinkedIn.

 

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How to Use Lighting to Attract Your Trade Show Audience

by Gwen Parsons 24. July 2015 17:40

Ever wonder why humans are attracted to light? It’s actually an unconscious response mechanism rooted in instinct. Light enables us to see better which improves our ability to find food and shelter to survive. Our natural attraction to light is a key reason why LightWall backlit trade show displays and graphics are so powerful at drawing our attention. Unfortunately the expense and installation complexity often put them out of reach for many marketers….until now.



With the recent introduction of new LightWall backlit tension fabric displays, Nomadic has created a series of portable display solutions that are both easy on your wallet and easy to use.

This 20’ LightWall backlit display packs into just one RollOne Case, with a counter conversion, that ships UPS and FedEx!


Backlighting is Brilliant
Backlighting is the hottest trend in exhibit design. LightWall backlit trade show booths enchant, engage and energize audiences because they stand out in a crowded hall. Seamless edge-to-edge imagery lit by true white LEDs boosts overall graphic impact. These tradeshow displays can be backlit on both sides by simply connecting two frames back-to-back.

Assembly is Tool Free
It’s so easy, anyone can set up a LightWall backlit trade show booth:

  • Lights are pre-installed in the frame channel for protection during transit and speed set-up.
  • Frame sections glide together and tighten with thumb screws.
  • The SEG (silicone edge gasket) fabric graphic panel is pressed into the channel of the frame perimeter.
  • The liner attaches to the backside with Velcro™
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Saves Money by Reducing Costs
LightWall backlit tradeshow displays help reduce your trade show marketing expenses 5 ways.

  • Nomadic’s custom tailored fabric graphics cost less than photomurals.
  • Fabric graphics are more durable and machine washable to last longer.
  • LED lights use less energy and last up to 10,000 hours.
  • LightWall backlit display ship in just one RollCase Case that converts into a counter.
  • Our RollOne Case ships UPS and FedEx.

Quality Guaranteed After-the-Sale
While many exhibitors are satisfied with the service they receive before and during the sale, yet Nomadic ensures customer needs will be met after-the-sale. Light module replacements easily snap into place if damaged in the field. Every LightWall backlit tension fabric display is backed by the industry’s best lifetime warranty.

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is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nomadic Display. She is a regular contributor to the Nomadic Display Blog and can be found at Google + and LinkedIn.

 

How To Develop New Business at International Trade Shows

by Gwen Parsons 7. May 2015 19:26

Many companies today are reaching beyond their native borders to develop new business opportunities. Whether the goal is to build a global brand, increase revenue, expand distribution, or establish operations, trade shows are one of the best ways to introduce your company to a new market. The following key points should be beneficial to exploring international trade shows.



Find the right event. There are a number of searchable trade show directories online that enable you to research trade shows by country, industry, search term, and dates. Examples include M&A or Expobase. Your exhibit house should be able to help you screen appropriate trade shows based on your specific goals.



Do your research. Learn as much as you can about international exhibiting in general and specifically in your target markets. Exhibitor Magazine publishes an annual article on top trade show destinations. The ExhibitorLive conference offers a number of international education sessions. Mark your calendar to attend Feb 29-Mar 2, 2016 and register here to receive conference updates.

A new book "Trade Shows from One Country to the Next" offers fascinating insights into trade show marketing in 45 countries. Author Larry Kulchawik has over 40 years of experience in the international trade show arena. His book focuses on venues, regulations, exhibit architecture, cultural differences, behavioral adjustments and communication skills needed to successfully market products and services at trade shows in foreign countries. Order a copy of his comprehensive guide at Amazon.com



Select an experienced partner. You will want to work with an organization that has experience in your target market. Ideally the organization you choose will have operations located in your target market. Nomadic Display has offices in major markets in the US and Europe that offer display fabrication, exhibit rentals, graphics, and show services. We produce from the location closest to our clients’ exhibition destination to reduce time and expense. If you plan to work with an independent consultant, be sure to ask for client references to verify their experience.



Design for a different audience. Your trade show display needs to engage an audience of a different culture. That requires an understanding of the style, colors, language, in-booth activities, and more that will drive the optimal trade show display design. To effectively collaborate at your exhibit design kick off meeting bring show specific regulations, a floor plan denoting your space on it and a design brief that includes your research into your target market.

For more tips on international exhibiting, go to Resources.

is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nomadic Display. She is a regular contributor to the Nomadic Display Blog and can be found at Google + and LinkedIn.

 

Pop Up and Modular Display Design is the Rx for Quiron Hospital Group

by Gwen Parsons 8. April 2015 07:46



Quirón Hospital Group is the largest private hospital network in Spain with campuses in Barcelona, Madrid, San Sebastián, Valence and Zaragossa. Quirón operates 38 healthcare centers with more than 2,500 hospital beds and an internationally prestigious medical team.

Quirón secured an island space at FITUR in Madrid, for its first ever participation in an exhibition. It is the most important international tourism fair in Spain. Their objective for the FITUR fair was to promote the company’s mission and locations.

Quirón had a preference for tension fabric structures for two reasons. First they liked the design appeal of fabric graphics. Second, they anticipated exhibiting in more shows and wanted an exhibit design that would be lightweight and compact to transport. Functionally, Quirón wanted the design to include areas for casual conversations and semi-private meetings with small groups. To obtain your own design and quotation simply submit an online request here.

Nomadic Display ESPAÑA proposed a trade show booth design that offered brand visibility and an open floor plan. The exhibit design was inviting to visitors and would differentiate Quirón from other exhibitors on the show floor.

A tension fabric sign hung above the space to draw attention to the brand. Signage stands were placed at entry points on opposite corners of the space – one a tall banner, the other a flat screen monitor displaying digital media.



A meeting room for small groups was located at the center of the space and featured a backlit wall. Instand® pop-up displays with graphics promoting Quirón’s services were placed on two sides.



Lounge-like conversation areas positioned on the remaining corners were framed by half height, semi-circular acrylic walls.



The entire display packed into eight wheeled cases. Quirón took their new trade show display to one of the world’s top five travel and tourism events in Moscow last month.

“We had a very good experience working with Nomadic previously so we asked them to build our stand.” said Silvia Asensio González of Quirón’s Departamento Corporativo de Marketing y Relaciones con Pacientes. “We liked the design very much. All of our marketing objectives and requirements were met. ” For more trade show booth ideas, visit our display design gallery.

is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nomadic Display. She is a regular contributor to the Nomadic Display Blog and can be found at Google + and LinkedIn.

 

Custom Trade Show Booth Rental Wins Fans for WinRetail

by Gwen Parsons 25. March 2015 22:51

JDS Solutions is the developer of WinRetail® management software for mid-size independent retailers. To promote their product to over 30,000 members of the retailing community, JDS exhibits in Retail’s Big Show in NYC.

JDS has been a client of Nomadic Display since 2010. Initially they exhibited in a 20’ inline trade show booth and then upgraded to a 400 sq ft island beginning in 2013. “We prefer not to be locked into a particular configuration. Trade show display rentals. give us the freedom to market ourselves with a unique exhibit design every year.” says Jeff Weingrad, Executive Vice President of JDS Solutions.

To explain to prospective clients how WinRetail management software can improve their business from the storefront to the back office, The Stephenz Group, JDS’s agency created an infographic entitled “The Great Race to Win Retail”. The race course illustrates software benefits such as inventory reduction, faster merchandise turn over, and increased profitability.



JDS wanted the infographic to serve as the centerpiece of their tradeshow display graphics. The Great Race theme was also integrated into their trade show marketing campaign which included print and online advertising, email and telemarketing.

Experience and formal research tell us that attendees prefer interaction to relate to products. So during an exhibit design briefing with Nomadic, the team came up with the idea to build a slot car raceway into the display. All agreed it would be a fun and engaging way to entice visitors to learn about WinRetail.



JDS Solutions was so pleased with the results they plan to use the same trade show booth design next year – for the first time in five years. JDS’ primary goal at trade shows is to capture and convert opportunities so the metrics they measure are based on quality over quantity. Race winners were rewarded with a winners’ circle certificate featuring a limited-time discount offer on WinRetail software.

When asked what element of the project he was most proud of, Jeff Weingrad replied “The team.” The creative energy, enthusiasm, and meticulous detail expressed by Nomadic made us feel like they were members of our own staff. Nomadic designers worked closely with JDS and their agency, The Stephenz Group, too.

is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nomadic Display. She is a regular contributor to the Nomadic Display Blog and can be found at Google + and LinkedIn.

 

Snapfish Makes a Splash with an Instand® Pop Up Display

by Gwen Parsons 27. February 2014 19:40

Snapfish, is the number one online photo service, with more than 90 million members in over 12 countries with 2 billion photos. They chose The Baby Show for their first venture into the world of events and trade shows because young mums are one of their key target segments.

Snapfish needed strong branding on the stand, an efficient way to display Snapfish photo gifts and prints and plenty of space for visitors. They wanted to share the importance of preserving memories and show mums how creative they can get with Snapfish photo books, personalised gifts, cards, calendars and wall art. 

With their short brief, Snapfish approached Nomadic Display and a few other agencies to acquire a pop-up display for the show. Nomadic went to work and came up with a brilliant concept which encompassed all of their requirements. Snapfish was thrilled when they saw how well the initial exhibit design satisfied their needs. Nomadic offered a few options to help Snapfish understand their opportunities to improve the look and functionality of the stand and still keep the costs down.

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Nomadic combined two Instand pop ups into a spacious corner stand with clean lines, brilliant graphics, internal shelves, and merchandise and literature displays. Snapfish chose to set up the display on their own and since this was their first event, Nomadic conducted a training session for them so they would feel confident about installing it. Plus, Nomadic’s project management team ensured that no deadline was missed and the booth was ready well in advance of The Baby Show. All in all, Snapfish felt Nomadic went above and beyond.

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Everything was delivered in neatly packed cases so the equipment was well protected and didn’t require much space. The display was ready in no time. Snapfish is truly impressed at how it easy their Instand pop-up is to use, the stability of the Instand system and how well everything fit together. 



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The impact that the innovative stand design achieved was phenomenal. The branding was visible from all sides and the well-lit stand with bright colors attracted the attention of many visitors at The Baby Show. Snapfish was able to showcase their range of fantastic gifts, engage with visitors who could feel their product’s quality, view them online and share their opinions. Snapfish was able to post photos of the event on their Facebook page, too!

As an added bonus Snapfish has the flexibility to rearrange the booth or break it down for use in different spaces at future events.

“We would be happy to recommend Nomadic Display to all our partners because we trust them to deliver. Now we cannot wait for the next event on the Snapfish calendar as we know that we are ready!”

Jerome Petit, General Manager of Snapfish EMEA

Greg Baines, Country Manager of Snapfish UK&I

Slavina Velinova, Performance Marketing Manager for UK&I

is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nomadic Display. She is a regular contributor to the Nomadic Display Blog and can be found at Google + and LinkedIn.

 

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ThinkGeek Excels Expanding Exhibit Design with Exhibit Rentals

by Gwen Parsons 31. December 2013 18:07

Internet retailing giants, like ThinkGeek, believe that face-to-face events are extremely valuable to their business development and brand building strategy. ThinkGeek sells licensed products including toys, electronic gadgets and apparel through their e-commerce site which generates over $100M annually. ThinkGeek believes in being face-to-face with their fan base which includes over 750,000 Twitter followers and 500,000 Facebook fans. Each year they sell merchandise in their trade show booth at events like PAX and ComiCon as well as the NY Toy Fair. 

ThinkGeek chose Nomadic to design a portable modular display solution for their 400 sq ft exhibit space. They wanted the display to be easy for them to set up themselves. Customers stand in line for an average of 45 minutes so they needed plenty of product shelving and lockable storage space for their highly demanded merchandise.

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Nomadic created a DesignLine hybrid display that combines the portability of Instand® pop-ups with the lightweight modularity of aluminum extrusion and fabric printed graphics. Instand pop ups are outfitted with acrylic shelves for merchandise display and connected to walk-in, lockable storage and a front railing for customer interaction and transactions.

This year ThinkGeek decided to take advantage of a new opportunity by exhibiting at a video game conference, MineCon. ThinkGeek decided to host a contest for new product ideas so they expanded their exhibit space by 200 sq ft to a total of 600 sq ft.

As an economical way to accommodate the one time expansion, Nomadic suggested exhibit rental properties. These included a hanging sign suspended overhead, traffic controlling entryways and a large, semi-circular reception counter.

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After visitors purchased merchandise they were invited to enter the contest being held on the opposite side of the display. ThinkGeek distributed contest entry forms for contestants to sketch out and submit their new product concepts.

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Demand for ThinkGeek’s gizmos and gadgets was so great, they couldn’t keep up with the demand. ThinkGeek measured the return on their investment using metrics including units sold, press interactions, product ideas generated as well as additions to their contact database and social media channels.

is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nomadic Display. She is a regular contributor to the Nomadic Display Blog and can be found at Google + and LinkedIn.

 

Innovative Exhibit Design Attracts Scientists to Biotech Firm

by Gwen Parsons 18. December 2013 18:34

For the last decade, LI-COR’s Biotechnology product line’s technology led to the rapid release of new products. It wasn’t long before they outgrew their trade show exhibit and the demands on their space. They saw the need for new environment.

LI-COR wanted to promote its brand with a more contemporary trade show display design. LI-COR’s target audience comprised of members of the scientific community and engaging them can be challenging. LI-COR needed their new exhibit environment to stimulate interaction and generate sales opportunities. In addition, LI-COR wanted the flexibility to reconfigure the presentation for different booth sizes.

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Vision Exhibits worked with Nomadic Display to propose a modern, clutter-free display design that invites visitors, highlights LI-COR’s products and makes demonstrations easily accessible. Clean graphics boldly portray the brand while uplit counters and platforms are used to showcase products. 

Reaction to LI-COR’s new trade show display has been phenomenal. Leads increased four fold at all four shows in 2013. Demonstrating their newest product in front of the space draws attention from passersby and enables LI-COR to generate hundreds of leads at each event. In addition, the design delivers real value. Comprised of lightweight fabric structures the display offers the flexibility to easily be used in 10’, 20’ and 30’ inline spaces. 

In 2013 Vision Exhibits won a Gold MarCom Award and two International Business Communicators (IABC) Silver Quill Awards of Merit for the exhibit design and outstanding results. MarCom Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communications professionals. IABC is a professional network of 15,000 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. The Gold Quill Awards program is the premier communications award program for communication, marketing and public relations.

is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nomadic Display. She is a regular contributor to the Nomadic Display Blog and can be found at Google + and LinkedIn.

 

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Exhibit Design Tips for Maximizing Results

by Gwen Parsons 23. July 2013 19:07

Exhibit design is one of the most powerful and least understood elements of trade show marketing. A display is your ambassador, a temporary representative designed to communicate on your behalf and foster commerce. For this reason, the overall design should attract visitors, reflect your brand personality, and provide a platform for developing your business relationships. So here are a few trade show display ideas for creating a dynamic trade show booth design.

Use Height
Take advantage of the highest point of your display to place your company logo. Lightweight fabric structures in a variety of shapes may be hung above your display for visitors to locate your booth across the show floor and as they walk down the aisles. You don't have to spend a lot to maximize your space. Tall structures such as towers with signage at the top can create similar effects without the expense of ceiling rigging.

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Draw Attention
Think of attendees as specialized and discerning shoppers that are influenced by what they see, hear, or smell. Motion can catch attendees' eyes while LED spot or backlighting can make your graphics pop. Use music and special sound effects to stimulate their curiosity and because smell is our strongest sense, use it to lure visitors in with fresh coffee brewing, popcorn popping, or chocolate chip cookies baking.



Open Up
Make your visitors feel welcome with an open and inviting floor plan. Encourage entry by offering easy access to your space from multiple points. To that end, think more space, less clutter. One general rule of thumb is to leave 60 percent of your space frontage open and at least 60 percent of the floor space unoccupied.

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Provide an Experience
Don't underestimate the power of face-to-face contact with your product. The number one reason people attend shows is to see new products. Nothing sells a product as effectively as a truly hands-on experience. Visitors look for opportunities to see and touch your products to learn about them. Integrate product display into the exhibit, distribute samples or conduct in-booth demonstrations.

For more tips on trade show design, download our special report "Exhibit Design Strategies that Maximize Results" today.

 

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Inline Trade Show Display

by Gwen Parsons 7. May 2013 18:57

Trade shows are investment of your time and money but well worth it when the end result is making a great impression on your clients and prospective buyers. Luckily, there are ways to do this even with a smaller footprint - here are five of our favorite tips.

1. Keep it clean and bold. Less really is more, especially with smaller exhibit spaces. A display with too much going on looks cluttered. Work with your exhibit designer to blend bold graphics with your products and digital media so they work together to promote your company to its best selling advantage.

2. Maximize your space. Eliminate as many barriers to entry as possible. Place draped tables to the side instead of out front. Place computer workstations and lockable counters against the backwall so visitors are comfortable entering your booth space to learn more. Split up the activities in a 20' space to spread out your visitor traffic. For example, place a conversation area with a table and chairs on one side and a demo area on the opposite side.

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3. Make it bright. Visitors are drawn to bright displays like moths to a flame. Lighter shades of color in flooring and cabinetry can make you look larger. Use pops of color in signage or carpet to provide an element of surprise. Top it all off with halogen or LED lights and you'll glow on show floor.

4. Engage your visitors. Once you grab the attention of passersby, you need to give them a reason to stay. Attendees are at the show to learn so give them a way to see, hear, touch, taste or smell your products. Use interactive tools, hands on demos, samples, etc. that will involve your visitors.

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5. Get your tech on. New technologies have opened new opportunities for exhibitors to leverage smaller floor plans. Big screen motion graphics, touch screens, tablets, video badges, RFID and so much more. You don't have to use every technology, but try your best to take advantage of the trend.

Remember, its not the size of your trade show display or budget that determines how successful you will be.  Strong design, creativity, and good booth management are all major factors in trade show success.  Even those on lower budgets can create stunning displays that attendees will love, and the right combination can keep people coming back again and again.

For more design tips, download our Special Report on Exhibit Design Strategies.

 

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