10 Tips for Choosing the Right Trade Show to Attend

There are several factors to consider when trying to figure out which trade show to attend. Here are 10 tips to get you started.

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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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10 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Promote Your Next Trade Show Exhibit

You’re most likely already using LinkedIn to connect with business professionals. But if your not leveraging the rapidly growing site to promote your upcoming trade shows, you’re missing out a on a powerful piece of the marketing puzzle.

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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Trade Shows Are Changing With The Times, Don’t Get Left Behind!

Trade shows are, and will continue to be, one of the best venues to connect buyers and sellers. But like everything else, the landscape of trade shows is changing. You don’t have to keep up with everything, but there are some solid actions you should be taking. Here they are …

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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How to Measure Trade Show KPIs

When it comes to exhibiting in a trade show, (for example, like the upcoming Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, coming up May 4-7) the first (and perhaps the hardest) sell is getting the green light from your management to spend a portion of the marketing budget on a trade show. But, when your request is backed up by tangible data, it becomes much easier to justify the expense.

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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A Corporate Event is Not Just a Party

I love a good trade show party. Not just attending them, but the planning them too. Brainstorming a theme, exhibit design, choosing decor, scouting locations, food and wine taste testing – I love it all. Even for experienced marketers like me, it’s easy to get caught up in the planning process and forget the most important detail of all: WHY am I hosting this event 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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20 Tips for How to Use Twitter at a Trade Show

With more than 230 million users, Twitter has become a popular news broadcast service. It’s a natural fit for tradeshows as it is instant, mobile, creates conversation and allows for direct engagement between brand and attendee.

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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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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4 Ways to Target Quality Crowds

Quality over quantity. It’s a simple enough concept. Yet when it comes to drawing crowds at a tradeshow, one of the most common mistakes exhibiting rookies can make is only focusing on drawing the largest possible crowd. Quantity alone won’t drive sales. The place can be packed with people, yet if they have absolutely no […]

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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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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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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