Best Ways to Save on Exhibit Transportation

by Gwen Parsons 15. August 2013 17:38
Transportation accounts for about ten percent of the average trade show and event budget. Reducing the cost allows you to repurpose the savings and re-invest it in promoting your event to generate more traffic and more business. 

Use lighter weight display solutions
It’s no secret that weight dictates your freight and drayage costs. Display solutions that travel compactly and weigh less offer exhibitors BIG savings. Portable modular displays are designed to offer high style and built with fabric printed graphics and lightweight aluminum to lower transport costs.

Get accurate cost estimates
Nobody likes to return from an event to find invoices that are significantly higher than what was expected or budgeted. The best way to get accurate estimates up front is with the correct number of items and the weight for each of them (boxes, cases, carpet bags) in your shipment. With this information you can compare costs using different methods and service providers.

Airline Baggage
Check with your particular carrier on their policies and rates to take a portable modular display on the flight with you. For example, I called United Airlines about taking a display in two Rolluxe cases from DC to San Francisco as oversize bags and was quoted $200 per case.
 

UPS and FedEx
Exhibitors with smaller spaces love the convenience of collecting their display at their destination. These widely known and available services deliver anywhere – offices, hotels, convention hall business centers –at competitive rates for shipments weighing under 150 pounds. Built-in wheels on shipping containers make it easy for exhibitors to maneuver cases onto elevators and around the event floor. 

Be sure to ask what surcharges may apply to your shipment. For example, shipping display cases without an exterior carton or oversize cartons may incur additional fees.

Freight forwarders
When your shipment weighs over 150 pounds your best option is a freight forwarder. Freight forwarders manage a chain of suppliers and may use multiple carriers to deliver your display to its destination - by ground, air and water. Some are referred to as LTL which is light truck load meaning your shipment may be combined with others on the same truck.

Ask your estimator to quote different options. If you have multiple items to ship, compare the cost to ship them as individual items and together on a pallet or skid. Trucks delivering direct to the show or advanced warehouse have to get in line to unload. Check whether, and what, waiting fees may apply. Deliveries to locations without access to a loading dock will require trucks with a lift gate which may incur additional fees, too.

is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nomadic Display. She is a regular contributor to the Nomadic Display Blog and can be found at Google + and LinkedIn.

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Executing effective trade show marketing takes more than just showing up. Make the most of your trade show experience, and take advantage of technology. The use of digital communication methods can ensure that your company stands out and draws attendees into your trade show display.



Implement technology in smart ways:
  • Position large screen monitors around the space, and play videos or animations.
  • Use video badges for your trade show staff.
  • Loop motion graphics to create an inviting atmosphere, and make buyers comfortable.
  • Encourage booth visitors to interact with touch screen displays.
  • Upload digital photos to social media instantly.
  • Use scanners, smartphones or tablets for lead capture.

Large Screen Monitors in Your Trade Show Display

The placement of one or more large screen monitors in your trade show booth will draw visitors’ attention long enough for a member of your booth staff to engage them in a conversation Videos should be eye-catching, concise and to the point. They can promote products, provide demonstrations, present client testimonials, or do all three. Be sure to use colorful graphics, music and movement when creating animations for your trade show display.




More Trade Show Booth Ideas…

Why choose between education and entertainment when you can do both? “Edutain” your trade show audience with touch screen kiosks, tablets and other interactive opportunities that enable visitors to explore information on your products based on their interests, and at their own pace. Electronic games such as slot machines, Plinko boards and toss-and-win are an exciting way to engage and reward attendees with prizes.



Trade Show Lead Capture

Generating sales leads is often one of the primary goals of your trade show marketing plan. Badge scanners capture leads electronically so they may be imported into your database or CRM. Use your smartphone or tablet to snap photos of attendee business cards so you won’t have to rely on handwritten information that might be difficult to read. Tablet apps capture leads, enable you to email information tailored to the conversation, and provide tracking reports.



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