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Not a Designer? That’s Okay!

Not a Designer?  That’s OK, you’re probably also not a Certified Public Accountant, but you still get your taxes filed.  You’re likely not a lawyer, but your business still enters into contractual agreements.  Every once in a while there are functions that a business needs to outsource to experts and the design of a trade show environment is one of them.

Solutions for an effective trade show design run the gamut from simple to complex.  Your Designer and Exhibit solution provider need to operate in your interest and not propose “something” because that is all they have to sell!  Look for a provider that offers a wide breadth of products.  In fact, “buying” a booth might be a waste of your money, so also seek the option of renting a customized solution to preserve capital and retain flexibility going forward.

Whether a display need is a small portable booth, a purely custom fabricated large island design, or a hybrid Custom-Modular solution, to varying degrees the design process has to address functionality, aesthetics and messaging.   Particularly on larger projects, deciding on what company you want to work with to refine and develop the final solution should be (at least if not) more important than deciding between pretty pictures!

As our firm’s products and services have evolved over the years we now find ourselves competing against traditional Custom Houses as often as we compete against internet catalog companies.  Part of our Unique Selling Proposition vs. the old world Custom Houses is to be able to provide both design and execution of a booth and related services that are on-par or superior but at a lower cost-of-ownership point.  Conversely, most clients that compare online vendors to working with our Marketing Consultants often come to realize that just a bit of the interaction they experience in our Discovery Process will generally make up for any price discrepancies many times over.  In the same way we understand positioning of our brand, your designer needs to ferret out your target audience(s); offer solution options that will allow for the greatest return on your exhibit marketing objectives and have the capacity to not only meet and exceed your expectations, but to have contingencies as required by the world of trade shows.

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Trade Show Planning Timeline (PDF)

Download this all-in-one trade show planning timeline to keep track of your trade show deadlines. Our timeline includes exhibit design & build tasks, technology considerations, pre-show promotions, booth staff tasks, lead management and miscellaneous items. Also included is; budget planning information, a booth staff schedule, typical show services deadline list and a budget calculator perfect for trade show veterans and those newer to the industry.

About the Author

Steve Hoffman, President of Skyline Exhibits & Design, Inc. has spent almost 30 years in the selling and marketing of marketing products. Following a successful career in the TV Program Syndication business, he joined The Holt Group/Skyline Displays as a Marketing Consultant, then moved into management, ultimately purchasing a portion of that company. He is the author of "The Reality of B.S. (Big Sales...That Is)." Steve is dedicated to helping his South Carolina trade show displays clients achieve their worldwide exhibit marketing goals while improving their efficiencies, too.

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