Ship It or Rent It When Exhibiting Abroad?

So you finally made the decision to exhibit internationally. Now the real work begins. One of the questions I get most frequently regarding international exhibiting is, “Should I ship my exhibit to the show or rent one abroad?” Be aware of these 6 factors before you make a decision.

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About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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Turn Technical Booth Staff into Sales Superstars

When it comes to trade shows, staffing your exhibit with all engineers is never going to be your first response. However, when it comes to B2B exhibiting, there’s a need for both sales and technical skill sets. So how do you turn your technical booth staffers into sales superstars? Here are 10 tips designed to help them bring their A-game.

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About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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7 Trade Show Statistics and What They Mean For You

If there’s one thing the top brass loves, its numbers. One of the best ways to convince your CEO of the value of trade show marketing is with proven statistics. So I’ve gathered some ammunition (statistical justification) to help you make your case.

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About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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The ABC’s of Attendees’ Moods

Tradeshows are busy, fast-paced and often chaotic events. While there are lots of aspects you can control, your attendees’ moods aren’t one of them. You can, however, learn to recognize some common dispositions and how to most effectively approach them.

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About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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Trade Show Booth Design Blindness

We’ve all seen it. Televisions commercials, magazine ads and even exhibits that are trying to sell you something, yet you have no idea what that something is. Sometimes marketers get so caught up in a flashy design and an emotionally compelling story that they lose sight of why they are exhibiting in the first place.

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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Timeline For Building A New Exhibit

While the timeline for designing and building a new exhibit can vary
greatly (and we’ve been known to work miracles in short time frames)
planning ahead is critical when preparing for any event. Here’s our recommended timeline to building a new trade show exhibit to help you out.

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Tradeshow Design

When it comes to tradeshow exhibit design, the biggest and most expensive booths are not always the most memorable ones. The difference is often in how well the exhibit is designed, how it maximizes space and how effectively it conveys a message.

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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Excalibur Exhibits Recognized As One Of The Largest Houston-Area Women-Owned Businesses

Excalibur Exhibits, a Houston-based full service tradeshow and event marketing firm, has earned a spot on the Houston Business Journal’s list of the Largest Houston-Area Women-Owned Businesses in 2014.

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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Tradeshow Booth Staff Etiquette 101

Booth design, marketing and promotional items are just a few important pieces for a successful tradeshow. But one of the most important aspects (and perhaps the most memorable) is your staff and their etiquette – or lack thereof. Here are some reminders to review with your staff before hitting the tradeshow floor.

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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Excalibur Exhibits Wins ONS 2014 BEST HSE Stand Performance Award for Second Time

Excalibur Exhibits is proud to announce that it has been awarded the Best HSE Stand Performance Award at Offshore Northern Seas 2014 (ONS 2014), a bi-annual event held in Stavanger, Norway. This is the first time in the history of the show the same company has consecutively won this award.

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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Conversation Starters that Work

Whether you’re working your company’s trade show for the first time or a seasoned professional, starting a conversation with a booth visitor can be difficult. But when that visitor is a potential prospect, it’s important to make a connection. The good news: it can be easy with these three simple tips.

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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Top 10 Tradeshow Giveaway Mistakes

Promotional giveaways are a staple at tradeshows. Like modern day carnival barkers, booth staffers use promo items as a means to entice attendees out of the aisle and into their booths.

Why does everyone use them? Simply put, when executed strategically, they work.

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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8 Smartphone Tips for Exhibit Managers

Smartphones are ubiquitous. In fact, 91 percent of U.S. adults have a mobile phone. From waking us up in the morning to managing our schedule and even self-diagnosing a dreadful disease from a slight cough (thanks WebMD!), smartphones are our constant companions in everyday life. They can also be one of your best tools at a trade show.

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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5 Ways to Give Exhibit Designers Constructive Feedback

Creative work is subjective, but going multiple rounds back and forth with exhibit designers can be costly. Use these five simple tips to provide more clear and constructive feedback to your design team, saving time and budget.

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

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