The Professional Development Conference for Trade Show and Corporate Event Marketing
Conference: February 24-28, 2019 Exhibit Hall: February 25-27, 2019 Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Exhibitshub Launches Tradeshow Industry’s First Exhibit Sharing Marketplace
Sharing economies are transforming how we travel, commute, work, read, listen and more. But what about trade show exhibiting? Exhibitshub, the nation’s first trade show exhibit sharing marketplace, today launched at EXHIBITORLIVE, North America's largest exhibition of trade show and event suppliers.
“Trade shows are a huge marketplace (10,000+ trade shows in North America representing $13.2B in revenue) but challenged by escalating exhibitor expense and supply-chain margin pressure,” explains Exhibitshub Founder Christopher (Chris) Kappes. “Our model is simple. Borrow a tradeshow exhibit…save money. Share a trade show exhibit…make money.”
Inspired by Airbnb, UBER, Lyft and other sharing economy companies, Exhibitshub has aggregated an extensive collection of custom exhibits in key convention cities that can be reserved, booked and rebranded online. Site visitors search exhibits by city, type, size, design and budget and are presented with options that meet their search criteria.
Don Schmid, Lead, Global Congresses, Pfizer Corp. sees Exhibitshub as a game-changer.
“49 percent of businesses don’t exhibit due to expense,” Schmid shares. “Exhibitshub makes it easier and more affordable for new exhibitors. Further, custom exhibit owners can now monetize their exhibits when not in use, which offsets exhibit ownership expense.”
Exhibit planners benefit from Exhibithub’s proprietary technology by cutting exhibit planning time from months to weeks. Using Exhibitshub, they can now reserve a high-quality custom exhibit in their convention city, collaborate with exhibit firms to rebrand it, and receive an all-inclusive Design & Pricing Proposal for exhibit use, rebranding and show services in approximately 48-hours. Because exhibits ship locally and are serviced by an in-city team, time and expense is significantly reduced.
Exhibitshub also introduces a lower cost sales strategy for exhibit firms. According to Kelli Glasser, President & CEO, Exhibit Concepts, “The expense to pursue, compete and win new trade show clients is tremendous. Exhibitshub is an additive sales strategy for us that we believe can appeal to the new generation of exhibit managers and planners.”
Show organizers have also taken notice of Exhibitshub and are testing the model. “We’re testing a few shows with Exhibitshub to see if the convenience and price savings attract new exhibitors to our shows and bring more value to our existing ones,” explains Kerry Smith, SVP, Access Intelligence.
To celebrate its introduction and promote the regeneration of trade show exhibits, Exhibitshub is making a contribution to non-profit, OneTreePlanted. Each exhibit booked using Exhibitshub funds a new tree planted at one of OneTreePlanted reforestation projects globally.
“OneTreePlanted is raising awareness around the world about the importance of trees to environmental sustainability,” said Kappes. “Exhibitshub regenerates exhibits as a business solution and we are delighted to support their mission.”
Exhibitshub is a technology company transforming the exhibiting experience. Using proprietary technology, exhibitors shop online and reserve high-quality custom exhibits, not being used by their owners, in show cities across the United States. Once booked, exhibits are rebranded and delivered show-ready by a network of top exhibit firms for an all-inclusive budget. By providing access to exhibits, we’re changing the meaning of ownership - and revolutionizing exhibiting in the process. Learn more at www.exhibitshub.com.