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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.

 

10 Tips for Producing Great Trade Show Graphics

by Kat Shea 10. October 2012 01:06

Your graphics are what potential clients will notice first about your exhibit, but last week we talked about how graphics often come last in the decision-making process for the display. Rushing any of the steps required in production increases the potential for error which, in turn, adds to the time it takes to deliver the final product. This is not only stressful for you, but can eat up your budget with unanticipated charges.  So we asked a veteran of the graphics world, Lori Kledaras, to share her top 10 tips for avoiding the most common graphics pitfalls.

10. Establish a schedule with your printer so they meet your required delivery date without costly budget overruns. Ask your printer how much time they need to produce your graphics so you can have your artwork designed and submitted to them with ample time.

9. Limit the amount of text in your display graphics to key messages that visitors are able to read quickly and easily. Brief is always better.

8. Use Illustrator or Photoshop for generating artwork for large format printing. Publishing software such as Quark or InDesign is not recommended. InDesign and Quark graphics have to be converted to Post Script format in order to be prepped for large format output. This conversion often breaks images apart, which will show in the final print.

7. Use Photoshop for creating cool design effects like shadows, gradient tones, and glows to make your trade show graphics really pop. Photoshop offers many more options for effects and provides a higher quality output with a much smoother appearance than effects created in Illustrator.

6. Large format graphics are always printed larger than their finished size and then trimmed to fit your display. Ask your graphics printer for the amount of margin or bleed they require so it can be added to the perimeter of your graphics during the design phase.

5. Remember to include a generous margin around text areas. Text placed too close to edges is at risk of being cropped off during the trimming stage.

4. To output colors that best meet your graphic vision, provide PMS colors to the printer to match your specifications.

3. Provide your artwork as layered files, not flattened, so your printer has the ability to make minor corrections quickly.

2. While there are thousands of fonts in the world, every graphic computer does not have all of them. So provide your artwork files with outlined text or send along all of the fonts used in your graphic to ensure proper reproduction.

1. You need to ensure that your exhibit graphics match or complement one another across different media, such as photo paper, vinyl, fabrics, and acrylic. Always include test prints of your graphics for proofing purposes in your production schedule. Electronic proofs can be misleading because computers vary in their calibration and images lit by your monitor can appear brighter than the way they will actually print.

 

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