If you’ve ever hosted a trade show, you know how difficult it can be to put together. You probably also know how hard it can be to find the right trade show company to work with. Finding a good company to work with can be difficult sometimes, but you absolutely need them to get everything set up for the big event. From finding and securing a great venue, to setting up the day of, your trade show contractor is crucial in the execution of your trade show. With the stress you’re already feeling from the trade show, the last thing you need to worry about is working with a difficult contractor. The right company should take away some of the hardest parts of planning a trade show, letting you focus on exactly what you need to. Finding the right company to work with doesn’t have to be difficult when you know what to look for.

To find the best trade show company that meets what you need, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

Make sure they’re licensed and insured

Your first step anytime you’re looking at trade show companies to make sure that you’re options are all insured and licensed for what they do. You shouldn’t work with anyone who doesn’t have these basic qualifications, no matter how good the rest of their offers sound. 

Find the right size company

Most trade show companies specialize in working with different sized events. Finding a trade show company that specializes in a certain sized event can be more beneficial than a company that loosely works with events of all sizes. It’s obvious that a trade show with thousands of guests is going to have different needs than a small event in a local hotel. Depending on what size trade show you’re looking to have, you’ll need to work with specific contractors. These companies will have the skills and experience you need depending on how many attendees you’ll be having. Making sure the company is familiar with the scale of your event beforehand ensures they’ll have the resources to pull it off. 

Stick to a budget 

As with anything, money will likely be your biggest deciding factor when deciding on a trade show contractor. You want to find the best company possible, but there’s always going to be a budget you have to stick to. Make sure that you’re getting the most for what you’re paying for. Having a solid understanding while you’re looking can help you settle on the right choice for you. Too often people end up overpaying for trade show companies. Some companies may be flexible on costs depending on what you need for the trade show. This is something important to look for in a trade show company so that you don’t end up having to pay for services you don’t need. 

Check their reputation

To feel more confident in your choices for trade show companies, ask them to provide a portfolio of their work and references from their past clients. Any company that has done good work in the past should be able to go over their experiences as a vendor with you. Hearing from people who have worked with this company in the past lets you know whether or not they’re professional and easy to work with. Everyone wants to know that the company they’re working with has a long list of happy clients. This will also help you find a company that will easily understand your vision for the trade show. 

Find what services you need

Depending on what your trade show is for, you might find that the services you need will vary. Not every company will offer everything you need for the event. For example, most companies will be able to provide floor plan and construction services, but not everyone will have smaller services like floral designs and or custom displays. You don’t want to have everything planned out only to find out that your trade show contractor doesn’t cover what you need. 

Choose Alliance Exposition

When you’re looking to hire a contractor for your next trade show, consider working with Alliance Exposition. At Alliance Exposition, we specialize in working with small and mid-sized events all across the country. We have an experienced team who can help you put together everything you want to see in a trade show. Our national resources and competitive prices will make hosting a trade show simple. You can trust us for a variety of services all along the way, from designing graphics to same day floor changes and event clean up.