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5 Trade show booth design elements to enhance your custom exhibit
Here’s the bad news: an 8-hour day can result in weary and fatigued attendees. Exhibits, brands, and messaging can start to run together in their minds, and you may have to work even harder to set yourself apart from the competition.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do so. One of the most effective methods of standing out at an exhibition is to incorporate innovative trade show booth design elements that draw the eye and attract visitors to your booth.
In this blog, you’ll learn which creative elements you should incorporate into your display and discover how you can create the most effective lead-capturing designs.
Graphics are one of your most crucial sales and marketing tools, as they’re often the first design element your prospects see. This means graphics are your first shot at communicating your message and enticing attendees to stop by your booth and learn more about your offer.
Here are a few tips for creating effective trade show graphics:
The purpose of graphics is to draw the eye and attract attention to your display—not to serve as a full-blown product brochure. You’ll want to showcase your company name and logo front and center, incorporate company branding, and utilize bullet points to list a few unique selling points. But don’t go overboard. Keep it simple and leave it up to your staff, pamphlets, and brochures to fill in the details for interested prospects.
Simplify your designs
Just as you should keep your copy concise, you should keep your designs concise as well. Your graphics can’t successfully advertise your company and products if they meander into the abstract. From 20 feet away, your prospects should be able to see exactly who you are and what you do.
Stick to two or three colors and no more than three different fonts. Muted colors can be dull, so ensure your colors are bright enough to attract attention. Choose fonts that are clear and easy to read, whether your prospects are up close or farther away. Arial fonts and sans serif fonts are typically a good choice.
If you choose to work with a custom trade show exhibit design company, they’ll help you take into consideration other important factors related to your graphics’ composition, such as balance, rhythm, and proportion.
Get multiple sets of eyes on your graphics before you move to print
Spelling or grammatical errors (no matter how small) can damage your credibility, so make sure you have plenty of people look over your designs before you move on to the print stage.
Also keep in mind that the quality of your imagery is every bit as important as the graphics and content itself. Ensure your print house has a solid reputation of superior print jobs. Once your graphics are printed, make sure quality and color is consistent throughout and all panels align perfectly.
Include your web address and social media handles on some designs
Consider including your company’s web address and social media handles on some of your graphics as well. Most trade show attendees will have their phones in their hands or easily accessible as they peruse the booths that pique their interest. If they’re swayed by your offer, they might just snap of photo of your banner so they’ll remember to check you out on social media later—or they may go ahead and follow you on the spot!
Hire a custom trade show exhibit design company
If this is your first time attending a trade show as an exhibitor—or even if it’s your fiftieth—you may want to consider working with a trade show exhibit design company. Not only can a custom design firm help you make tough decisions like the ones listed above, but they’ll guide you through the entire design process, from the initial concept to the manufactured display.
A trade show exhibit company like Atlanta-based BTWN Exhibits will create your booth from scratch, and even stay with your during the show to make sure everything goes according to plan.
Exhibit lighting serves many important functions in your trade show booth design, from attracting attention to your display to highlighting key products or crucial messaging.
You can also use various types of lighting to:
Illuminate walls and areas that would otherwise be bathed in shadows
Add depth to your display
Enhance the texture of your graphics
Create a dramatic effect
Set a desired mood or ambiance
How strategic lighting appeals to trade show attendees
One of the key benefits of trade show booth lighting is that you can use it to draw attention to the most important aspects of your exhibit. In the book “The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective” by renowned University of Michigan psychology professors Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, the Kaplans write the following:
“It is also important that a change in texture or brightness in the visual array is associated with something important going on in the scene. In other words, something that draws one’s attention within the scene should turn out to be an important object or boundary… If what draws one’s attention and what is worth looking at turn out to be different properties, then the scene lacks coherence.”
In other words, it’s vital that you incorporate lighting into your trade show booth strategically. The strategic use of spotlights, hanging lights, and accent lighting will help you create a visually striking and coherent scene that makes sense to your booth visitors. Lighting should be used how trade show attendees expect it to be used—to highlight the most important aspects of your exhibit.
Important elements may include:
A display of new products or bestsellers
A product demonstration table
For Hyundai L&C’s appearance at Domotex 2019, we utilized strategic lighting in a number of ways. LED lights served as the backdrop for multiple panels of gorgeous flooring products, and a brightly-lit demo table invited prospects to see and feel the luxurious surfaces up close.
Additionally, a sleek wooden showcase lined with overhead LED lights displayed seven new products in the company’s premium flooring collection.
One trade show booth design element you definitely shouldn’t overlook is built-in storage space. While storage may not be the most exciting design aspect, it’s a must-have feature from a practical standpoint.
That’s because storage spaces are useful for a number of reasons:
They reduce the appearance of clutter and keep the focus of your booth on your products and services
They allow you to lock up valuable items (tablets, expensive giveaway prizes, etc.) when you’re not using them
They enable you to keep giveaways and promotional collateral out of sight (but within reach) until you need it
A few in-booth storage options to consider include lockable counters, strategically placed workstations, shelving, podiums, and towers.
For energy technology company Navien’s appearance at MCE 2014, a heating and cooling expo in Milan, Italy, we designed this stylish and functional reception counter that doubled as a storage unit for promotional items such as pamphlets and free bags.
5. Technology and in-booth media
Gone are the days when simple pop-up banners and basic portable displays cut it at a trade show exhibition. In today’s trade show climate, exhibitors are using in-booth media and innovative technology to truly stand apart from the competition.
You can use visual or auditory multimedia and technology to:
Enhance your visitors’ experience at your booth
Communicate an important message
Set a scene or a particular mood
Supplement a product demonstration, game, or contest
Supplementing your booth design with multimedia
Not sure what types of in-booth media to incorporate into your display? No problem!
Here are a few ideas to get your brainstorming session started:
Use tablets and smartphones to capture leads
Loop motion graphics to entice attendees
Incorporate touchscreens and interactive kiosks to educate visitors about your products
Offer virtual reality for a fun and immersive experience
Install video walls to showcase a new product and draw prospects in with energy and motion
When Kia Motors decided to showcase their latest models and concept cars at CES 2016, a prestigious tech conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, we knew we had to create something truly innovative.