06th March 2019

How to get visitors to your exhibition stand ahead of your competitors

Having a great looking stand is essential to exhibition success. But productive exhibiting is about more than just aesthetics. You also have to attract and retain visitors ahead of your competitors. So as well as choosing the right system and adding some magic to ensure your stand is a winner, you also need to think about promotion. Because it doesn’t matter how good you look if nobody know you are there.

Are you doing enough to promote your exhibition stand?

Promotion is about more than just completing the show exhibitor profile (although you should always do this!). Here are some tips to help you make a big impact and put the competition in the shade.

Social media

Use the exhibition hashtag on social media to promote your presence. Much more than a gimmick this will help visitors to connect, share information, and engage with you before the big event. And make them keen to visit you when they get there.


Use images, videos, and testimonials from previous tradeshows to demonstrate what people can expect at your stand. You should also create bespoke content that attendees will want, and start promoting this before the event. You don’t have to hand out a printed pack. Instead, rather than providing delegates with something throwaway, consider going paperless.

Booth boosters

Most exhibitors will deploy some tricks to attract visitors to their stand. From food and drink to seating areas. But, while giving away coffee (or something a bit stronger!) can help to get a queue forming, this won’t help your business if the free drink is the only thing they remember about you after the event is over. 


Promote competitions before the tradeshow that give people the chance to win on the day. For example, to help one of our clients, we sent invites to targeted prospects. This came complete with an individual code which allowed them to visit the stand and try their digits on a padlock showcase holding a giant ticket. If successful, visitors were invited to come back later when the winner would be revealed. This meant our client benefited from a second visit from most of their prospects – boosting brand engagement and opportunities for networking.


When it comes to exhibition promotion, email is still a key communication channel. You can use  emails to:

 Let contacts know you will be attending the show

 Promote any offers available at the event

 Promote any demos, talks, etc.

 Send reminders and announcements to create a buzz.


Wearing branded clothing and hiring people to give out literature and talk to customers is still a great way to boost your exhibition presence.

However, over the years, we’ve all seen deliberately underdressed women employed to drum up

For more information on buying an exhibition stand and making it work for you, our handy checklist will help you to reach your goals and achieve a truly positive experience.

In this guide you’ll find out more about:

 Deciding on a scheme. Making sure the system you choose works for your business

 Putting the basics in place. Ensuring your stand has everything it needs to succeed

 Whistles and bells. How to add some magic to ensure your stand is a winner

 Energy savings. How to introduce some green initiatives that help your stand to work more


 Promotion. Helping you to attract and retain visitors ahead of your competitors

 Lead capture. How to capitalise on your exhibition presence, long after the show is over.

Download the Apex Tradeshow Checklist


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