trade show learning resources & guides

Make the most of your next trade show or face-to-face event with articles, guides and more from Nimlok.

trade show planning guide

From reserving booth space to scheduling electrical services to reserving a lead capture machine, there are a lot of moving parts when planning for a trade show or event. Nimlok’s Ultimate Trade Show Planning Checklist will help you prepare for a successful exhibiting experience by outlining common "to-do" items in the months leading up to and after an event.

how to create a killer trade show exhibit

Learn the process of creating a killer trade show exhibit with this free guide, which explores the planning, prep and processes surrounding the design of a semi-custom or custom trade show exhibit. From defining your goals, to assessing your needs to watching your exhibit come to life, this guide is a must-read for exhibitors looking to refresh their trade show booth.                                  

beginner to winner trade show e-book

Nimlok's Beginner to Winner e-book is designed to help you become a better exhibitor via a simple five step plan. From budgeting to designing your exhibit to managing and growing your program and beyond, this e-book will help you take your exhibiting program to the next level.

trade show ideas e-book

A well-designed, creative trade show exhibit can help exhibitors wow passersby, engage visitors and sell to clients and prospects. In this e-book, you will read 20+ exhibiting success stories that combine creative event marketing strategies with exhibits that wow, engage and sell. 

smart marketers guide

From pre-event marketing to post-event wrap up, this guide walks the reader through all the steps necessary to create an event marketing strategy that will maximize trade show investments. Learn how to develop objectives, craft marketing plans and implement campaigns to draw attention to your company on and off the show floor.

trade show ROI playbook

Trade shows and face-to-face marketing events can be the secret play for achieving overall sales and marketing success. Follow the concise, actionable steps presented in this guide to score big and improve return on investmen at your next trade show or event.

trade show budgeting worksheet

It is challenging to navigate the often complex costs associated with attending a trade show or event, but outlining a budget with a clear overview of total costs can help you save big. Nimlok's trade show budget worksheet outlines typical expenses associated with trade show participation, providing transparency in expected costs.

exhibitors' guide to social media

A comprehensive marketing mix should utilize social mediums to build awareness and trust. This guide walks through best practices for social media marketing in the trade show and face-to-face events world, providing the reader with insights and recommendations for building a strong social platform and making a strong social impact on the show floor.

guide to island trade show exhibits

Whether you are looking to wow, sell or engage attendees at your next event, an island exhibit can help you achieve trade show success. In Nimlok’s Guide to Island Exhibits, we share best practices for designing an island exhibit.

is rental right for you?

Wondering if exhibit rentals is the right move for your company? Check out Nimlok's “Is Renting Right For You” guide for a side-by-side comparison of rented versus purchased exhibits.

nimlok trade show marketing blog

Nimlok's trade show marketing blog features articles covering a variety of trade show- and event-related topics to help you become an expert trade show and event marketer. Topics range from exhibit booth planning to social media at events to exhibit design trends and beyond.

case studies

Looking for inspiration and guidance? You're not alone! Browse our library of real-life case studies to see how trade shows can work for you!

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