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6 Essential Tips to Make Your Exhibition or Event Roadshow a Success

Planning an exhibition or event roadshow can be a daunting task, but with the right strategies in place, you can ensure its success. From careful venue selection through to considered event design and logistics, there are several key factors to consider when orchestrating a roadshow that resonates with attendees and achieves your objectives. Before embarking on your next events or exhibitions roadshow journey, let’s explore our 6 essential tips to help you navigate the road to success.

1. Leverage data to define objectives

As a PCO or in-house organiser, you understand the importance of setting clear objectives that align with your marketing strategies and audience needs. But how do you ensure these objectives resonate and drive engagement? Why not utilise surveys and feedback from previous events to tailor your objectives and content as well as conducting focus group interviews or obtaining key stakeholder feedback on what the current pain points and challenges are being experienced in the market.

Next, you need to ensure your objectives are realistic and achievable. Start by focusing on a few key objectives that are most important to your overall business strategy and priorities. If you try to accomplish too much all at once you risk diluting your overall efforts and compromise achieving any objectives.

It’s also important to analyse your industry market trends, competitor activities and emerging opportunities to identify areas where the roadshow can make the most impact. Consider how the roadshow can capitalise on these market dynamics and differentiate your event and brand from its competitors. Ultimately, whether it’s lead generation, brand awareness, or launching a new product, having well-defined objectives that can be tracked and measured throughout the roadshow will ensure measurable success at the conclusion of your event series.

2. Location Selection

As the demand for experiential events continues to rise, choosing venues that not only meet your space and logistical requirements but also resonate with your target audience has become more complex. While factors like convenience to public transport, parking and proximity to accommodation remain essential, there’s a growing emphasis on customisation and the flexibility to create unique and targeted experiences at each roadshow destination.

For example, roadshow organisers should consider inclusive event planning approaches to achieve objectives and foster meaningful. From seeking venues that offer ramps, elevators or wide doorways through to sensory considerations such as quiet spaces or adjustable lighting and non-denominational prayer rooms – the possibilities are endless. Pick a few priority areas and if your preferred venue is not purpose built to your audience requirements, reach out to local community organisations or advocacy groups to collaborate and ensure each stage of the roadshow is welcoming and accommodating to a diverse range of needs. In fact, recent research conducted by McCrindle reveals that two in three Australians (64%) highly prioritise an event’s ability to create an accessible and inclusive space for all attendees.

By strategically selecting venues that are accessible and convenient for your audience, you can maximise turnout and reach your event goals more effectively. Additionally, the right venue and location mix can also influence logistical considerations such as setup, logistics, and operational efficiencies, ensuring a smooth and successful roadshow execution. For more venue suggestions, check out our blog articles for Sydney venues or Melbourne venues to help get you started.

3. Event Design

Once you’ve chosen your venue, the next step is to craft an engaging event design. While the goals are indeed to enhance the attendee experience, reinforce objectives and effectively communicate your brands and products, planning smarter not harder is essential for busy organisers.

Paul Enright, our Business Development Manager, suggests a simple approach;

 

Consider the layout of your event space and how it will translate across the different venues of your roadshow. If your Sydney venue floorplan doesn’t quite fit the layout of your Melbourne venue, it’s essential you adapt and be flexible with you design choices.

Remember, complexity in design can sometimes translate to increased time, effort, and labour, which can also unnecessarily drive up costs for you or your end-client. Aim for a design that is not only visually appealing but also practical and adaptable to different environments.

 

Involve your suppliers in discussions about whether to conduct separate builds for the roadshow and how to optimise the use of fabric signage. Signage offers you consistency across the roadshow and fabrics can be easily freighted/transferred between successive events and is less likely to be damaged.

4. Tech Integration

With the rise of virtual and hybrid event formats, attendees can now participate from anywhere in the world, breaking down geographical barriers. Whether it’s live streaming keynote speeches, hosting virtual breakout sessions or facilitating online networking opportunities, remote multi-location events now offer unparalleled flexibility and inclusivity.

Why not consider offering real-time language translation or subtitle services for hearing impaired accessibility as well as enhanced understanding for viewers? This would ensure all attendees are able to fully participate and engage with your content program as well as increasing the probability of delegate satisfaction in your post event surveys.

Online ticketing is another tech integration that’s now essential for managing a streamlined attendee registration experience and smooth check in-process. You can offer personalised registration experiences, real-time attendee tracking and leverage data analytics from session registrations to further enhance the attendee experience and optimise roadshow outcomes. By integrating these tech-driven solutions into your roadshow strategy, you can create a seamless and engaging experience for attendees while maximising the success of your event.

5. Logistics

When planning your roadshow, its essential to factor in sufficient time between events to account for unforeseen challenges, such as freight delays or logistical hiccups. By building in buffer time, you can mitigate the risk of setbacks and ensure that your setup process remains on track. Additionally, consider the possibility of running separate builds for different events to streamline operations and minimise the impact of potential delays. Talk to the team at Creative Hire to determine if this methodology is right for your requirements and overall objectives as it may incur additional costs due to duplication, however, it can provide added flexibility and peace of mind while on the road.

Be prepared to adapt your event layout to maximise the space and capitalise on the venue’s amenities too. Whether it’s reconfiguring booth setups, adjusting signage placements or optimising traffic flow, flexibility is key to making the most out of each venue and delivering a memorable experience for attendees. Consider selecting a venue for the first stop of your roadshow that you’re already familiar with before setting out ‘on the road’. This allows you to gain valuable insights into the program’s dynamics and logistics, enabling you to make proactive adjustments for subsequent locations.

Finally, don’t forget to prioritise comfort! Wearing comfortable shoes that can withstand long hours of standing and walking is not only a WHS requirement, but also essential for maintaining productivity and morale throughout the event. By ensuring you and your staff are physically comfortable, you create a positive and safe working environment that fosters engagement and high performance.

6. Post Roadshow Follow Up and Evaluation

One of the most critical yet often overlooked aspects of a successful roadshow is the post-event follow-up. Post-event follow up serves a dual purpose: nurturing leads and gathering valuable feedback for future improvements. By reaching out to attendees after the event, you continue the conversation and deepen engagement. Personalised communications such as thank you emails or follow up calls to exhibitors, suppliers and sponsors ensure they feel valued and reinforce your commitment to their involvement in the roadshow as well as future opportunities for partnerships. Explore the option of utilising feedback surveys embedded within your event app or integrated into venue infrastructure to promptly gather attendee feedback. This method eliminates potential barriers at the end of the roadshow when participants are eager to depart, thereby enhancing the likelihood of receiving comprehensive feedback.

Don’t forget your quantitative data too. Once the roadshow concludes, it’s essential to evaluate its performance to gauge success against your set objectives. Begin by analysing key performance metrics such as attendance rates, engagement levels and lead generation numbers. This quantitative data along with the qualitative feedback you’ve collected will provide valuable insights into the overall effectiveness of the roadshow and helps measure its impact on business objectives.

Ultimately, embarking on an exhibition or event roadshow demands careful planning and strategic execution. With our six essential tips, you’re now equipped to navigate the road to success and you’ll need a like-minded partner to collaborate, inspire and exceed your expectations for event delivery. Talk to the roadshow experts at Creative Hire who are here to help guide you every step of the way and make your next roadshow a show stopping experience for your brand and delegates.

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