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Media Wall Backdrop

Media Wall DisplayThe VBurst 10ft Media Wall is the perfect system for press events, red carpet events, and marketing seminars. Using only a vector form of your company’s logo, MODdisplays can offer a simple media wall backdrop that looks professional and eye-catching. Professional business marketing firms have found that logo repetition and brand reinforcement are a great way to leave a lasting impression on viewers.

The structure of the VBurst 10ft Media Wall is made from sturdy aluminum tubing, and the graphic is printed on a washable, wrinkle-free fabric that remains on the frame even in storage and transportation. The entire media wall can be set up in less than a minute thanks to the simple frame structure. The exhibit carries a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects, so there is no need to worry about a damaged frame.

To order your Media Wall today, call 877.663.3976 or email sales@moddisplays.com.

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Industry Leadership

An industry is a group of companies that operate with the same end-users in mind. For example, the trade show materials industry is comprised of all the companies that are working to sell trade show displays and exhibiting accessories to a group of people who can be collectively referred to as exhibitors. The strongest companies always find themselves in a leadership role within their industry, while weaker companies spend most of their energies imitating the strategies of the stronger companies in an attempt to catch up.

Trade show marketing is no different. If you find yourself planning your trade show exhibit by trying to model your booth after one of your best competitors, you will probably find that your industry-leading competitor will have further distanced itself by the time you’ve adequately mimicked their exhibiting system. In order to take a leadership role in your industry, you need to step away from industry standards and norms and take a long, hard look at what end-users are looking for. Once you understand your client’s profile, you’ll have a clear picture of what marketing steps to take. Instead of merely copying your competitors marketing efforts, you will be able to define your own presence and set the tone for your industry. Your display may take an entirely different shape and style than any of your competitors, but that won’t matter if your look is exactly what clients have been searching for.

One way to spot a dying company is to look for responsive marketing practices. Do you ever wonder why Microsoft doesn’t respond to Apple’s constant jabs about the inferiority of Windows PCs? The reason is simple: Microsoft holds over 80% of the market share, and responding to Apple’s marketing efforts would legitimize them. While marketing campaigns should be flexible enough to respond to changing competitive environments, they shouldn’t be focused entirely on tearing down competitors. A marketing strategy that directly attacks competitors in an unskilled or tactless way only serves to legitimize your competition, and may actually drive customers away who want to find out what it is about your competitor’s business model that has you in such a tiff.

When planning your next event, think carefully about what will interest your potential clients. If possible, try to take your thinking outside of the context of what other players in your industry are doing. If everyone else in your industry is making unnecessarily large profit margins, your company will have a lot of success by offering lower prices. If your industry lacks a recognizable brand name, improve your packaging and placement to put your logo in the minds of your potential clients. If your industry is like most, there is plenty of room for improvement. Can you ever improve as a company if you’re constantly copying ideas and responding to the work of your competitors?

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Basics of Marketing

Posted by Lindsay Jenkins on October 23, 2008
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One of the biggest mistakes a company can make before going to a trade show is showing up without a marketing objective. Marketing is a key part of business that companies can often loose site of what a good marketing strategy is and how it can be measured. Everyone considers the definition of marketing as something different. When some people think of marketing, they think of sales. Others may think of marketing research, products, and pricing. The American Marketing Association defines marketing as “the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services to create exchanges that satisfy individual and organizational objectives.”

Effective marketing requires a company to identify the need and desire for a good and service. You have to present a value to the customer that your product or service is the one they should use to fulfill that need. This is where trade show marketing can be a very important part to a company’s marketing objective.

At tradeshows, if you choose the correct show to exhibit at, your company or organization is in front of customers who have a desire to fulfill a need that your company offers. During the show, excellent promotion and sales is your key to success by informing consumers of your organization’s product or service and convincing them of its ability to fulfill their needs and desires.

The second key to marketing is relationships. Today organizations should no longer be looking for a one time exchange with customers. Building relationships is vital to your marketing strategy for three reasons. First, companies have recognized that customers have become much more demanding in that they desire excellent service, support and quality. Consumers want the best service and support, quality product, a competitive price and ease of purchase.

Second, they want a product that can be personalized for their exact need or want. Customers like to see something that can be molded to fit their need rather than a generic product. The one key way to find out what customers need is to build a relationship. You will be amazed what you can find out from consumers just from a simple conversation.

The third reason relationships are important, is it is much more cost effective to retain your customers than look for new ones.  Although sometimes you might think that you spend so much money just trying to keep your customers happy or satisfied, this definitely outweighs the other option of spending money on advertising to find a new ones.

Before you go to your trade show, make sure you are exhibiting where your target marketing is present, your company has a strong marketing objective that will build value to your product or service, and you are ready to build relationships that will lead to a successful business.

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Competitor Analysis

Before exhibiting at a trade show, you should analyze your competition for strengths and weaknesses in order to maximize your effectiveness. If you take the time to understand what your clients perceive and what they are looking for, your trade show marketing program will be much more effective. When you start thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors, ask yourself this question: What do your clients experience when they compare you to your competition? The client’s perspective is the only perspective that matters, which is why competitive analysis should be done from this vantage point. It’s easy to get stuck thinking about your company from the inside looking out, which will reduce your appeal with potential clients. So what do potential clients see that could affect their perception of your company?

  • The first thing potential clients see is your brand. If you have a well-designed logo and a eye-catching slogan, you immediately have a leg up on a competitor with a poorly designed brand.
  • Your marketing materials are another important component of your overall image. If you have a poorly designed website, ugly brochures, and outdated copy, you’ll never survive in a competitive environment.
  • Potential clients are also interested in the type of people who work for your company. If your employees are intelligent, well-spoken, and courteous, your company will be that much better than your competition.
  • Finally, potential clients want to know that you are good at what you actually do as a company. If you can deliver a high-quality product on time at the right price, you can overcome almost any obstacle that lies in your path toward dominating your industry.

It’s important not to get too hung up on your competitive analysis, especially if you’re looking to generate good will among potential clients. Many companies waste valuable energy attacking their competitors products and/or services instead of focusing their efforts on improving their own offerings, and as a result, they become marginalized. If you find yourself analyzing your competitors too much, refocus your efforts on more productive endeavors. Competitive analysis should be used only to find ways to improve your own offerings, not do bad mouth your competition. Here’s an example of what I mean:

In the 1990’s, McDonald’s invested millions of dollars to provide cleaner restrooms to their customers. After doing competitive analysis, they realized that cleaner restrooms was one way they could improve their business and improve customer service when compared with their competition. Most customers never noticed their efforts, but the results were monumental according to consumer analysis specialists. They never bothered to bad mouth the lack of cleanliness of their competitors restrooms, they simply allowed the results to speak for themselves. Take the McDonald’s approach.

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