Trade Show Video
Marketing your company or cause at a trade show is a big investment. There’s the booth itself, but then there’s the time, attention, and energy drain on your team. However, if you do it right, it can turn into a big payoff. And video can be one of the best ways to supercharge your display booth.
But before you can decide what kind of video you need, you have to define success. Video can be used at your trade show booth to support any number of specific goals:
- Brand or product awareness
- Lead generation
- Validating new product offerings
- Earning industry credibility
- Nurturing leads
- Closing deals
The 3 Top Uses For Video at Trade Shows
With so many possible goals, how do you leverage video in a smart way? We recommend thinking about video for your trade show booth in three categories.
Video for Standing Out
The event is going to be crowded. If you can’t grab people’s attention and pique their curiosity, the conversation is over before it even starts.
Video for Educating
Showing is always better than telling. Video is a powerful tool for getting the message across visually. And it can be a great way to explain your product, service, or cause—especially when all your staff is tied up talking with other folks.
Video for Warm Up & Follow Up
The time you spend on-site at the event isn’t the beginning. Or the end. It’s the middle. The work you do before the event to warm people up, and the follow-up you do after to is critical to getting real results.
Choose the Right Video for You
We offer three different options when it comes to trade show video.
Whether on a flat-screen TV or a giant video wall, a well designed looping video can help you stand out and draw people in. Animate your branding. Beautifully present your product in 3D. Transport people to your office or facility. The sky’s the limit.
The Quick Pitch
A quick pitch video gives you the opportunity to educate your audience whether you’re free to chat or not. These videos range anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes and often rely solely on visuals (voiceover or music optional).
The Follow Through
This is a series of short videos. Some to send via email and social before the event, inviting people to your booth, generating buzz, and setting up meetings. Some to nurture leads based on their level of interest. Some to close the deal.
Multi-Screen Package Deals
There’s a ton of value from going multi screen. Not only does it dial up the intrigue, it creates a 1+1=3 scenario where one video enhances the effectiveness of another. Here are some of the most powerful combinations.
Two Loops woking in tandem
Everybody has a flatscreen TV at their house. Nothing special. But seeing two screens working together like two dancers playing their part can seem like magic. Unlike two duplicate videos these two videos play off each other to draw people in.
The Attract & Teach
Up to 2 Loops + Quick Pitch
Pair one or more Loops with a Quick Pitch and you’ve got a booth that will lure people in, then quickly communicate your message with clarity.
A Quick Pitch + A Follow Through series
Short for “Warm-Up, Teach, and Follow-Up” this combination allows you to get on people’s radar before the event, give them a deeper understanding at your booth, and finish strong after the event is over.
The Full Funnel
A Loop(s) + Quick Pitch + Follow Through Series
This package is comprised of all three types of video: Loop(s), Quick Pitch, and Follow Through Series. By putting them all together you’ve got a trade show strategy that uses video to move people through each stage of the funnel from awareness to consideration to conversion.
What’s right for your project?
Videos come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. We should know. We’ve created thousands of them. The question we always ask is, “What’s right for this story?” The visual approach should always serve the message, not the other way around.
Sometimes the answer is character animation. Other times it’s best to grab a camera and crew. And then there are times we turn to motion graphics and iconography. Check out our portfolio to see all the possibilities.
Looking for Advice
We get this question a lot, “What would you recommend? What should I do to leverage video more effectively at my event booth?” While there’s no one size fits all solution, we do recommend incorporating one (or both) of two things: walls and towers.
Whether its projected or displayed on large LCD screens, incorporating a larger than life video wall is a great way to grab attention – especially from a distance.
A standalone, two-sided video tower can allow you to display the right kind of video content while maximizing your space. The two-sided functionality allows you to engage twice as many people with the same display piece.
Mix and Match
While either of these two elements could be added to your existing event booth rig, the power comes from combining, mixing and matching these pieces to create the right booth for your event.
Some of the Details
All of our trade show video services can range from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. It often depends on which product you choose, and how you plan to use it.
Our standard timeline is 6–8 weeks for a single video with the exception of The Loop which we can produce in 4 weeks. Multi-video packages typically fall in the 6-8 week timeline range. And in some cases rush timelines are possible.
The cost takes into account many factors including production value, rounds of revision, total amount of video needed, and your timeline. Download our pricing and process guide for more info.
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