As the new year begins, there’s a refreshed and distinct energy that infuses, offering marketers and brand managers the chance to begin again, experiment with something new and set goals for the year ahead. This blank canvas is the prime opportunity to reflect on your marketing mix and start to create your calendar of events and strategies on how you’re going to achieve your newfound objectives.
Whilst exploring the latest trends and your go-to dynamic digital platforms, it’s essential to recognise the enduring value of a more traditional avenue that is the power of exhibitions. These physical gatherings offer brands the unique opportunity to showcase products, connect with audiences and leave a lasting impression well beyond the digital medium. Discover why exhibitions should be a central element of your brand-related activity and overall marketing strategy this year.
Building relationships that last
In an age where virtual interactions often take precedence, the tangible power of physically being present should not be underestimated. Exhibitions provide a unique space where your brand can engage with potential clients, partners and industry stakeholders in a direct, face-to-face manner. This physical presence allows for a more immersive and memorable brand experience, fostering a deeper connection that transcends the limitations of digital engagement.
In addition to making a strong impression, exhibitions are a treasure trove of networking opportunities. Statistics show that 77% of executive decision makers found at least one new supplier from the last show they attended. (The Tradeshow Network Marketing Group) As such, building relationships at exhibitions can lead to lasting partnerships, extending the benefits of your participation well beyond the event itself. Consequently, networking is albeit customer related; it also includes industry peers, influencers and potential collaborators. These connections can lead to valuable opportunities, whether it’s gaining insights into industry trends or exploring new markets.
Maximise your sales funnel
Exhibitions offer a distinct and targeted space that can quickly move potential customers through to the next stage of the sales funnel. According to Skyline.com.au, 67% of all attendees represent a new prospect and potential new customer, making them a rich source of potential business. As such, it’s essential to view the exhibition sales funnel not just as a linear process but rather a dynamic cycle. From building brand awareness to closing a sale, you can actively engage a nurture your target audience ensuring that each interaction contributes to conversions and ultimately build long-term relationships.
Crafting Your Brand’s Unique Presence
Creating an unforgettable exhibition space is a delicate blend of creativity, strategy, innovation and realistic expectations. At DisplayWise, we understand the importance of standing out amongst your competitors and our experienced team of industrial designers and producers work tirelessly to craft bespoke exhibition spaces that reflect your brand’s objectives and goals whilst captivating attention.
As Intelemark notes, “91% of attendees say that exhibitions impact their buying decisions.” But a well-designed exhibition stand isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about creating an environment that not only showcases your products or services but also immerses visitors in your brand story. When attendees step into your exhibition space, they should immediately connect with your brand’s values and offerings which is an unmatched experience compared with a digital platform.
Exhibition ROI Secrets
For any marketing endeavour, the return on investment (ROI) is a critical factor and exhibitions are no exception. According to the Centre for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), 81% of attendees at exhibitions have buying authority, making it a prime opportunity to secure potential customers. But how do you boost your exhibition brand impact and get the results that matter to your stakeholders? Consider smart stand design, A/B testing, trends & giveaways and data tracking as an omni-channel approach to your marketing strategy. To learn more, check out our recent insight article on ‘4 proven strategies to boost your exhibition impact and ROI’.
Continuing the Journey Beyond the Exhibition
However, the power of exhibitions in your marketing mix doesn’t end when the exhibition concludes; in fact, it’s just the beginning. Exhibitions are a vital starting point for relationships that can extend far beyond the event as it provides a strong foundation for customer engagement and lead nurturing strategies. Your post marketing strategy is as crucial as your exhibition preparation when planning a successful exhibition. You can expand your database, pivot your activities and foster meaningful connections with this type of direct engagement and customer sentiment to ensure continued success beyond the show floor.
Ultimately, exhibitions are the catalysts for lasting relationships and transformative brand journeys in the physical space that cannot be replicated in a digital environment. From the tangible impact of face-to-face interactions through to the valuable networking opportunities that extend far beyond the event, exhibitions are a powerful platform to help achieve your holistic strategy. Contact the DisplayWise team and together let’s unlock the full potential of exhibitions for your brand’s success this year.