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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Trade Show



Trade shows
are a major portion of the marketing mix in the industrial marketplace.
Trade shows, trade fairs, trade events, expositions, business exhibitions, conferences, conventions. The name may vary but the basic function of the activity represents a major industry marketing event.

They are “events that bring together, under a single roof, a group of people who set up physical exhibits of their products and services from a given industry ”.

There are some advantages and disadvantages of trade show usage.

The advantages of trade show include:

- a message delivered to a large number of qualified interested people who get influenced and generate interest in a specific exhibited product or service

- introduction of new products to a large number of people

- Exposing promising customer

- enhancing goodwill

- gaining company publicity

- improving corporate image

- gathering competitor information


The disadvantages of trade show include:

- confusing environment found in large shows

- excessive frequency of trade shows

- high and rising costs of participation

In a nutshell Trade shows have both pros and cons but I personally look into it's advantages as it offers an opportunity to showcase its products in one location, and also it can create awareness in new prospects, reinforce existing customer relationships, provide product demonstrations for evaluation, and allow sales of products on the spot.

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