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Why is your Austin trade show exhibit not bringing in the leads you hoped for? You have staff, a demonstration, and even an in-booth promotion. But where are the people? Maybe it’s time to look a little closer at your exhibit design and structure.

Here are 3 major exhibit pitfalls you need to avoid in order to convey the right message:


  • They create a cheap, poor image of your company and scream “I don’t care.”
  • People will pass you by, including your current customers and prospects because they don’t want to be seen visiting your exhibit and because you don’t look professional.


  • People will pass you by because they don’t know who you are, what you do, or don’t have 10-15 minutes to read everything you have printed on your graphics or figure out who you are.  Rows and rows of text don’t sell your products or services, you do.  State your main message in no more than 5-7 words and engage people as they move past.
  • To determine if you have a poor message, watch for the look in attendees’ eyes as they view your exhibit.  Are they shaking their heads from side to side, and are their eyes glazing over? Do they have to ask who you are or ask, “So what exactly do you do?”
  • This creates a lost opportunity to engage. Why did you go to the show if not to engage with prospects and clients?  Was it to stock up on a year’s supply of pens and coffee mugs? Create a message that is clear and concise and take the guessing game out of the equation. Portray your company in a clean and professional way.


  • They create a poor company image.  It makes attendees or potential customers ask the question, “If this is how a company puts their best foot forward, what kind of quality am I going to get if I buy their service or product?”
  • Make sure your exhibit shows a high-quality fit, finish and attention to detail.
  • If you have to hold it together with duct tape, it’s time to replace it.

Dated, worn and poorly executed exhibits and graphics convey the worst possible message to show attendees. This poor representation tells them your products are out of date, you don’t care, or you’re attending the show to build up frequent flyer miles and eat at a few good restaurants.  Think about how much it costs to prepare for the show, travel and hotels, lost productivity in the office and ultimately, how much it costs to lose current customers or prospective clients because you tried to save a few bucks on your exhibit. It defies logic to invest so heavily in all the other facets of going to a show, only to cut corners and give less than your best. Your Austin trade show exhibit is the sole face of your company at a show, and potentially your biggest advantage to the competition. Contact us today to talk about repairing, rethinking, or even replacing your exhibit.