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5 Tips for Successful Exhibit Planning

Planning is an essential part of creating an engaging and successful exhibit experience. The process requires attention to detail, time management, and clearly defined objectives. If you have felt overwhelmed or unsure where to begin, below are a few tips to help you get started.

1. Outline Your Exhibit Strategy and Objectives
Why are you exhibiting at your trade show? What are the reasons you chose this trade show? These are essential questions to ask when planning your exhibit. Determining your marketing goals and business objectives is vital to developing a strong exhibit strategy. When investing a significant portion of your marketing budget in a trade show exhibit, you must ensure it delivers on your objectives with measurable results. Whether your goal is lead generation, client engagement and meetings, product launch, or increasing brand awareness, creating an exhibit strategy with clearly defined goals is essential to measure your success. Your objectives determine the attendee journey within the exhibit space, the data and metrics collected, and measurement of the results. Skyline’s proprietary CMX 2D2A methodology provides the tools and insight to create a strategic and measurable exhibit experience.

2. Determine Your Budget
Planning your exhibit budget requires organization and strategy. Your budget may not allow for everything on your wish list, so it’s important to prioritize and align resources with your objectives. Determine which elements and features will directly contribute to your objectives. Endless new technologies are available, but if they don’t add value to your attendee journey, it’s not worth the investment.

3. Create a Solid Partnership with Your Exhibit Provider
Creating a solid partnership with your exhibit provider increases the success of your exhibit strategy and brings you peace of mind. Below are important things to consider when choosing your exhibit partner.

  • Ease of Doing Business: Prioritizes clear communication and efficiently delivers high-quality products and services.
  • Solution-Oriented Strategy: Views your exhibit as a piece of the larger marketing strategy and provides solutions to amplify your brand. 
  • Collaborative Process: Invests time in getting to know your brand, messaging, and audience to understand your exhibit marketing goals.
  • Expert Services: Manages your exhibit process from design and fabrication, to transportation, installation and dismantle, so you can concentrate on meeting your objectives, connecting with your audience, and growing your business. 

4. Define Your Expectations
Clear communication and defined expectations are essential to designing an impactful experience that meets your exhibiting goals. Clarity and precision are important regarding your brand image and messaging. Your exhibit introduces your audience to who you are. When designing your exhibit, it’s best to clearly define your brand personality and key messages to communicate in your exhibit. These fundamentals play into the exhibit design, layout, graphics, and activations. 

5. Manage Your Timeline
A manageable timeline is everything when it comes to planning your exhibit. Sometimes your timeline is not ideal or exactly what you expected, but it’s critical to understand what is feasible within your timeline and work within those parameters. Ask specific questions and create a timeline to guide your team and your exhibit provider. If expectations are shared and clearly understood, it’s easier to adjust and change plans when there are unexpected circumstances.

If you’re interested in learning more about planning and creating a successful exhibit experience, click here to view our on-demand webinar, Making the Most of Your Large Exhibit: Design & Marketing Considerations.