In virtually every industry there are a wealth of opportunities for continuing education — in fact, it’s a primary focus of any association conference. Yet the CEIR report “How the Exhibit Dollar is Spent” states that only 1 percent of an average trade show budget is spent on educating exhibitors, even though a different CEIR study states that trained exhibitors are 68 percent more effective. So why all the disconnect over education?
With experiences as both an exhibitor and a show organizer, Marlys Arnold has a unique perspective on trade show exhibiting. As an exhibit marketing strategist, she travels the country consulting and training on how to create experiential exhibits that produce significantly higher numbers of qualified leads. She’s led workshops for events ranging from local consumer expos to some of the largest trade shows in the U.S. She hosts the Trade Show Insights blog/podcast, and is the author of Build a Better Trade Show Image, the Exhibitor Education Manifesto, and the ExhibitorEd Success System. Exhibit Design That Works (the first book in the YES: Your Exhibit Success series) debuted in July 2017. She’s also the founder of the Exhibit Marketers Café, an online education community.