Exhibition Stand & Space Design Tips

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Exhibition space design needs careful consideration as this has a great impact on how many stand visitors you will attract. In this post, we’ll explain the importance of exhibition stands and their design and then provide tips on how to design an exhibition space that will put your company on the map.

Importance of Exhibition Space Design

The main aim of any exhibition stand is to capture the attention of the audience. You need to keep it long enough to result in the sole purpose of customer interaction and (hopefully) purchase.

Exhibitions, trade shows and corporate events are the original ‘pop up shop’ concept. Business owners, promoters and company personnel are able to share their products and services with an audience that’s specifically interested in their sector of expertise. This may sound like an easy idea, but you’re not the only shop in town, and sadly the competition is most likely next door, over the road and at every other possible angle.

So, how can you make your stand draw more attention than your competitors?

Simple. You can use our exhibition space design tips.

How to Design an Exhibition Space and Stand

Here are a few top tips to on how to design an exhibition space and ensure your next exhibition is a success.

1. Plan Your Exhibition Design 

The only way to achieve an effective exhibition space is through visual application and careful design planning. Exhibiting is all about capturing the attention of your audience, and once you’ve got their attention you can enjoy the ‘easy bit’ of wooing them with freebies and impressive technology. However, actually getting the crowds swarming round your stand can be tricky.

Project and event management is key to ensure you deliver impressive customer experience. How your stand looks to passers by will in fact be key to drawing the customers in and tempting them to explore your stand.

2. Keep Their Attention

Most stands tend to only receive a mediocre level of success at any exhibition setting. Moreover, people tend to make providing visitors with as much information as possible their sole focus.

This is bad practice.

Although that tactic can often work for a specific clientele, the average visitor will only spend between 30 seconds to 3 minutes at your stand before leaving and applying their attention elsewhere. This is referred to as the ‘goldfish effect’, and can help give you an idea of how to keep your visitors’ attention for nearer to the 3-minute mark.

In larger exhibition settings, the aim really is to make your stand that big, shiny, lit-up stand that everyone naturally gravitates to.

3. Be Bold and Creative

Just Eat exhibition stand

Be bold and creative in your design approach, after all – the human brain is naturally attracted to vivid and innovative design. No exhibition stand has to be two-dimensional. Mix up the use of image, text and clever lighting in order to create curiosity towards your stand from all distances.

4. Design It Interactive

Interactive marketing

Exhibition visitors will be far more drawn to a stand that offers interactive elements. No visitor wants to stand at an exhibition space as you push leaflets and stickers into their hand.

Therefore, you should make your audience feel involved and give them something to engage with using interactive exhibition stands. Incorporate the latest technology and social media elements into your stand’s design – why not display live tweets on display screens and invite visitors to join in using their smartphones?

5. Develop an App

Consider developing a free app that is specifically designed to the exhibition setting, and that perhaps even interacts with the stand itself. This offers visitors the ability to access your company’s information in their free time, and provides an eco-friendly alternative to paper brochures that inevitably end up in the bin outside.

6. Focus on your Brand Identity

Assa Abloy exhibition stand

The design of your stand should focus on your brand, your core strategy and use all the tools at your disposal that encourage visual and hands-on engagement with the customer. Consistent brand identity gives people confidence and helps form stronger relationships. For example, you would focus on the following:

  • Reflect your corporate brand image
  • Use consistent brand colours, logo & graphics
  • Have a good structural stand layout
  • Showcase your new products or services

Product launches and demonstrations attract more visitors, so make sure your stand tells everyone that something exciting is happening.

7. Graphics Layout

Myprotein exhibition stand graphics

Your exhibition stand needs bold graphics that catch everyone’s attention. Here are some examples of how you can get the best graphics layout:

  • Use images that showcase your latest products and services
  • Have an effective layout, look and feel
  • Have a minimal approach to ensure you don’t distract visitors
  • Keep it interesting and convey a key message about your company

Overall, you need to reflect your brand and you use stunning, high quality images.

8. Video and Animation

KPMG video wall

Use animations and videos to capture attention of visitors. Consider using the following to capture your audience:

  • Bespoke videos on TV screens
  • Fun projections
  • Informative slideshows
  • Branded games on iPads

9. Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

Immersive technologies can set you apart from your competition and deliver memorable experiences. Augmented Reality is a great way to achieve this. AR lets you hide content behind marker images that can be included in your exhibition stand graphics.

10. Virtual Reality

Just Eat virtual reality event

Virtual reality is still cutting-edge technology that allows users to completely immerse themselves in the virtual, three-dimensional world.

  • Explain complicated systems
  • Bring large-scale products to life

Powerful brand experiences and memorable activities will ensure that people from all over the exhibition will pay you a visit and improve your ROI.We hope these tips will help you design the perfect stand at your next exhibition. If you need more advice you can read more of our Exhibition Tips and Tricks. You can also discuss your requirements with our team by contacting us today.