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Exhibitions give you a fantastic opportunity for showcasing your brand and are a great way of generating leads for your business; Face to face at the trade show is known to provide great return on investment providing you follow some basic rules.

What is the key to get your exhibition stand work to for you? Whether you have opted for shell scheme or space only, buy or hire, the key is adding special features to make it look extraordinary and most importantly get all elements of it working towards achieving your business goals.

You only have a few seconds to grab people’s attention, with a limited number of sales staff to get your message across. So, how do you make sure your stand elements are engaging with the audience?

To maximise the opportunities your trade show offers, during the limited time frame of a show, we have covered the details for you.

We have put together a list of fantastic features that will optimise your trade show expo unit. Don’t forget to make sure your stand and all the furniture within have a purpose too.

Planning an exhibition can be daunting, so here are some handy tips:

Draw attention with a bright illuminated display


The illuminated feature within your stand will naturally draw the visitors’ gaze. You can never go wrong with a lightbox, even a small one can be eye-catching and add a bit of wow to your stand. The benefits of investing in an LED light box is that it can be re-used in your office or reception, bringing that extra bit of engagement to your office space.

The face of the lightbox is easily exchangeable, so you can tailor your message to suit your requirements every time you exhibit.


Digital Screens provide an opportunity to convey a message, in an instant – saving a thousand words! Apps available for tablets give you an opportunity to collect visitors’ data by scanning their badge. Above all they can be a source of endless information about your brand. They act as an extra sales force, when your team is busy drumming up leads. A visitors’ data collection app on your smartphone can do the job of getting your leads’ contact details. Ask us to implement interactive screens on your stand to carry your marketing message.

Make the most of interactive technology

It is worth to invest in nice looking stand furniture


There are number of companies who provide furniture hire services at the exhibition venues and often show organisers can provide you with contact details. The best and most cost-effective solution is to get your exhibition stand provider to sort these out for you; this way you can be sure they fit in nicely with your stand. Remember the furniture is not just tables and chairs it is also literature racks, lockable cabinets and coat racks. Maximise the use of space on the front, back, and sides of your reception desk with branded vinyls, fabric wraps, or your logo signs.


And what do we mean by this?

This can be anything from a mobile phone charging point that will keep your audience with you for longer, or offering a snack or drink, or a competition on the day. Be bold. Your ideas will get people wanting to stop and talk to you.

Or why not include a Competition?

If you cannot think of something ‘different,’ inviting delegates to take part in a competition is always a good ice-breaker and a good way of getting hold of contact details, especially if all your staff are engaged with other visitors. ‘Win a Bottle of Champagne’ may seem a bit of a cliché idea but people love it.

Engage your audience with a Unique Exhibition Point

It is worth to invest in nice looking stand furniture


3D Lettering mounted to the walling or counters will make your logo stand out. If you are hiring a stand or have one already, adding customised features such as acrylic, polystyrene, aluminium letters or logo would make your stand look unique. The 3D signs can be later used in your reception or office.


Design your sales collateral to drive your audience to your website. Create a landing page dedicated to the show. Keep it short and visual, to tie in with your stand. Remember visitors likely already have a bag full of swag and collateral – don’t blend in!

Multi fold leaflets are perfect for trade shows

Pack your branded USB stick with your Portfolio and Case Studies


There is a lot of choice out there, and, yes, it works!

Promotional merchandise is something tangible that your audience will hold onto, possibly for a few weeks or even months. But what is hot and what is not?

Ideally your branded gifts will be custom made, quirky and practical. A simple pen can serve on average for about 6 months but often you want to come up with something more original. Challenge us with a customised promotional product for your brand. If you can think it, we can make it.


Last, but not least, make sure your first aid kit includes sweets, energy drinks and paracetamol tablets. You are up for a long day so keeping your team energised and in high spirits is crucial.

Sales lead competitions and incentives for the team make the day more fun and productive.

Keep your sales team energised

Whether you are looking to refresh your exhibition stand or simply jazz up your existing one with engaging elements, our exhibition experts at 3B Design & Print can’t wait to hear about your next project.

So, you have booked your space at your next trade show. And so begins the minefield of jobs that you have to do, in order to make the event a success. Where do you start?

Logistics? Staffing? Products? Stand? Sales targets? Hotels? Marketing? Following up leads? Stock?

Luckily the 3B team are on hand to help take away some of your headaches and lower your stress levels during the lead up to, and the event itself. We offer complete exhibition design, logistics and stand solutions; alongside our in-house print services for all of your literature and stationery needs.

So how can this help you?

I am going to sprinkle a little perspective on this, so bare with me. If you have a problem with your heating, do you try and fix it yourself? If your car needs new brakes, do you fit them yourself? Or if you are building an extension, do you start laying foundations yourself?

The answer is no, why would you want to? You get an expert in.

So why would you want to waste your valuable time on designing and building an exhibition stand whilst figuring out the logistics and all the other little details needed? Instead, you could be focused on preparing during the lead up to the eventand getting some rest in the night before, rather than trying to install a pop up in a mad panic the evening before.

In most cases, the impression your stand gives off will make or break on whether a potential new customer comes over to talk to you, and you get that all new and important sales lead.  So why leave it to chance? Let our team of experts help plan out your stand to not only give you a strong visual presence but also give you the functionality you need for the event.

Having us manage your event also opens up your options to the type of stands available. When planning a stand that you know you will have to put together, you would be silly to not pick something quick and simple to set up, such as roller banners or a pop-up type stand. Whereas we can open up your options to include anything from; modular to completely custom-built stands to fit your need. We can even come up with solutions for expo units that are made to tour, for those of you who exhibit throughout the year or around the world!

Logistics can be challenging, especially if you need a lot of stock for the event. Arranging multiple couriers to turn up at the same time can be challenging to say the least. We can work with you to take all of your stock to your stand and even start unpacking your products for you, so when you turn up there is the bare minimum to do, sounds good right?

Put on a show, relax and engage with your audience

You know that point at the end of the show, when you are aching, shattered and ready to go home and that wonderful man announces over the tannoy that the event is now over? Well, our team will arrive to break down your stand for you. This means you can put your feet up and have that well deserved beer much sooner, or get a head start on following up with your great new leads.

The way to look at it is, what could you do with all of that extra time you will save yourself? The possibilities are endless and whatever your budget we can create something extraordinary!

We would love to hear from you and talk about your next trade show, let’s see what we can offer you! Call our team on 01354 653 826 today.

Ever fancied creating something quirky and cool for your next marketing campaign or looking for some stationery but just never sure where to start with sizing? Well fear no more, as we have cleverly come up with a quick and simple guide to the A series paper sizing, so you’ll always know your A’s from your 0’s.

Let's start with A4. We’re all used to receiving this in the form of letter and bills, this is the size that usually arrives in your post. We use it with desk printers in the office and it’s probably the most recognisable of the A series, so it’s a great place to start.

A4 measures at 210mm x 297mm. To get a bigger sheet of paper we’ll double this and we’ll end up with an A3 sheet (297mm x 420mm.) If we double our A3 sheet, we would have an A2 (which is really just 4 A4’s put together to make one big sheet of paper) and if we double our A2, we’d have an A1. The biggest of the A series is A0.

The bigger the sheet of paper the lower the A number.

This method also works the other way to find out a smaller size. So if we folded an A4 in half we would end up with an A5 sheet. (148mm x 210mm) if we folded it in half again we’d have an A6 - you see where this is going…

To help you out a bit here are some other common measurements.

The standard size for business cards is 85mm x 55mm. This is the perfect little size to help get your message across but small enough to keep in your pocket.

Compliment slips are usually printed on what’s known ad DL size - This is the same size as a third of an A4 if you divide the sheet horizontally. The finish size is 210mm x 99mm.

Still unsure on which size to choose for your next project? Call our team on 01354 653 826 to see how we can help.