Designing Trade Show Displays is exciting because there are so many opportunities to bring a brand to life creatively. One of the most important goals is to design something that is visually appealing and makes people stop and take note. Building that “WOW!” factor can be a lot of fun, which leads to many exhibitors setting forth into the project with enthusiasm for the artistic portion and letting the less-exciting strategy of needing to build an exhibit that is also effective fall to the wayside. Achieving marketing objectives and sales goals matters. Creating trade show display designs is a significant investment, so you need a display that does more than look cool.
The Perfect Trade Show Display Experience
Nail Down What You Need
We know it’s tempting to start whipping out sketches of what your future exhibit might look like. Before you do, spend some time evaluating what you want to accomplish with that custom exhibit and turn those wants and needs into specific, achievable objectives. There will also be broader objectives, which are harder to quantify, such as brand recognition, for example. Once you’ve identified your hard objectives and more generalized goals, consider what else your exhibit might be used to accomplish. Maybe your goals involve specific sales and lead generation numbers, but your generalized goal is to increase brand awareness in a specific market. If you plan your exhibit correctly, you can stimulate social media presence and sharing, which boosts your Return on Investment (ROI).
Identify The People You Need To Reach
Once you’ve identified what you need to accomplish, the next step is determining who you need in order to achieve those goals. Who is the target audience? You may discover that you have different targets for different goals. For example, those most likely to share on social media may not be the same people who are your most likely buyers. The likely buyers are the ones you should most precisely aim for, but those social media sharers can also help your efforts, so don’t miss an opportunity to dangle a shiny bit of encouragement in front of them too.
What Will Attract (Or Repel) Those People?
Combine your knowledge of your target audience with your own objectives to figure out what you can do to attract the people you need, avoid turning those prospects off, and put them in a receptive frame of mind for what you want to achieve. For example, if you’re retailing and your target market is broad, you want a trade show exhibit that invites people to interact with your products and team, and leads them along a sales funnel path. Selling service contracts or wholesale merchandise is a longer sales process, so an exhibit that feels more secluded may help keep prospects in your range of influence longer.
Now Comes The Fun Part – Trade Show Display Design!
Once you’ve made a plan and determined whom you most need to reach, it’s time to start designing a trade show display. Building an exhibit that is effective for your specific objectives starts with choosing the right floor plan. Be sure to use every cubic inch of space, from front to back, floor to ceiling. Broadcast your brand message from the highest point, and work your way down to eye-level call-outs of your Unique Selling Points (USP), product features and benefits. Ensure your exhibit offers a reason to enter, then leads them along a sales path: from awareness to interest, through to a buying decision and finally a purchase action.