Effectively Spread Your Message at Trade Shows

Even though banner stands have proved to be very effective in most events that they are used, it is still important to have the knowledge of placing them in such a way that as many people as possible interact with it. Trade shows are one of the most common places where these stands are displayed as a way of marketing products that are being exhibited at a booth within the exhibition hall. Most of the attendees at these trade shows are likely to be looking for particular services and sometimes products that may be on display by many companies. Therefore, it is important to find a way in which your message stands out and leads people to your booth.

There are two ways in which companies can use banner stands to effectively spread their message and they include the content that is displayed as well as the positioning within the trade show premises. Most times the space that is provided for the exhibition is usually limited and so many companies try to find creative ways to maximize their space and attract attendees to their booth as well. The message on these stands is the initial contact that the attendees have with the company at any one given time. Therefore it should be eye catching enough for those attending the trade show to pass by all the other booths to come see what’s on offer at your booth.

To be able to spread the objective of the company through banner stands it is important to provide all the information needed at a glance. Some companies include so much information on a retractable banner stands that the potential client is not able to understand the message within a short time. An ideal message is that one which is simple, easy to grasp and effective in the delivery of the intended message.

On the other hand, the position in which retractable banner stands are put also play a role in the effective spreading of the message. Banner stands that are double sided are best placed in areas such as the entrance and should be able to direct people to the booth which should be just a few meters away so that as they read the message from any side they choose they are able to quickly locate the booth. Furthermore, using more retractable banner stands is also effective because the information displayed is able to capture as many people as possible. When the attendees visit your booth they able to be furnished with as much information as they need and their contacts taken down as well for follow up in case they are interested in what is being exhibited at the booth.

Banners can be displayed in a variety of ways and it is up to the business owner to find out the most creative ways to pass their information to attendees during trade shows. However, priority should be given on the attendees understanding the message that is being communicated to them.

A Life in Movies Blogathon

Andy at Fandango Groovers Movie Blog has come up with a blogathon that sounded easy at first, but turned out to be a real challenge. We had to pick one, and only one, favorite film from every year since we were born. So here are 29 films I just happen to love…in reverse chronological order. [To see all who participated, click here.]
The Social Network
Inglourious Basterds
The Dark Knight
Order of the Phoenix (1)
Children of Men
Sin City
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
28 Days Later

Saturday’s Sims Screenshots: #32

Okay, here are some fun facts about last week’s round:
1. Believe it or not, this is probably my 2nd most photoshopped screenshot, after Inception. I know it looks simple, but there is no way to get a sim to lounge on a loveseat that way. I had to merge 4 separate pictures to make it happen. One of these days I’m going to do a behind-the-scenes video as I make one of these.
2. This is the first SSS that represents a film I haven’t seen. No, really. Thank God for trailers.
3. Guessing on this one wasn’t entirely fair. I was on Skype with Dylan, Nick, Kai,James and Jess after finishing the LAMBcast and I told them all that I had just posted it. Suddenly, I heard FURIOUS typing and then some cursing, before I checked to see that Nick barely beat Dylan to get Tron: Legacy. The power was pretty awesome.

And for this week:


Hatter, Nick-4
Jason, Jess-3
Kai, MovieNut14-2
Adam, Angela, Brian, David, Dylan, Kano, Mom, Stevee-1

Oscar 2009: How Right Was I?

Well, after we left the hospital (visiting the most beautiful baby in the world), we stopped by Best Buy to get a new camera (which we didn’t since they were out of stock for the one we wanted) and went grocery shopping (had to stock up on Healthy Choice dinners and soup), we finally made it home to settle in and start watching the Oscars, about an hour and a half into the show. The only major awards (i.e. ones I predicted on Saturday) I missed were Best Supporting Actress, Best Animated Feature and the two screenplay awards. I only got one wrong (Best Actor) of my top predictions, but if Mickey wasn’t going to get it, I knew Sean would. I’m not sure how I did in the LAMB Oscar Pool, since we have to predict all 24 categories, and who really knows how it will go when it comes to editing and sound and makeup.

Overall, I was slightly underwhelmed by this years Academy Awards, but mainly because I didn’t see many of the nominees, which kept me from getting excited about anyone winning or getting upset at anyone losing. And since I was busy earlier in the evening, I didn’t catch any red carpet fashion or get much of a feel for how Wolverine did as a host. I’m glad Kate finally won (her daughter’s named Mia too!), whether or not she deserved it for The Reader. And I’m glad Heath won, and I do think he deserved it and I think he had a pretty fantastic chance of still winning had he not died.

I might have a real opinion on the events of last night by the time next year’s ceremony rolls around, once I catch everything on DVD. Maybe.

Alien (No Spoilers)

All this talk of corsets and pumping has got some of my readers feeling a little out of place, so I’ll try to “butch it up” for this review.

A towing spaceship is on its return journey to Earth, with the crew of seven in hibernation until return. The ship’s computer wakes everyone and orders them to take a detour to another planet before returning to Earth. Three members search the planet only to find an abandoned alien spaceship and a large chamber incubating thousands of alien eggs. One of the eggs hatches and a small alien attaches itself to the face of crew member Kane. The crew returns to their ship, against proper quarantine protocol, with an unconscious Kane and the alien in tow.

I’m sure you know what happens next, as it’s considered one of the most iconic moments in film history. I knew and I had never seen the movie before now, but if you don’t know, definitely check out Alien, if not for anything else.

So how does a 30 year old sci-fi/horror film of this magnitude hold up for today’s audience? Pretty damn well, I’d say. With only a handful of effects, and Ripley’s hair, coming off as dated, Alien still keeps the suspense and terror with every second that passes. Sure I knew what happens, but I was still glued to my computer monitor the entire time.

A few of my “Holy Crap!” moments, besides the obvious, include:
1.) Ian Holm as Ash. It took me a moment to realize that was Bilbo Baggins. He’s certainly changed in the past 3 decades.
2.) Harry Dean Stanton as Brett. That man has not changed a bit in the past 3 decades.
3.) Ellen Ripley has to be one of the most badass film heroines EVER.

Alien is on the short list of films that make me jealous that I wasn’t around to see it in the theater. A movie theater screen compared to my computer screen is quite different, but the film still packed quite a bunch nonetheless. Can you imagine seeing the big alien for the first time in IMAX? I’d probably pee my pants.

I’m not sure what took me so long to get around to it, but don’t be like me and almost miss a truly classic film, whether you know what happens or not. Also, don’t be like me and eat while watching a certain “chest-bursting” scene. It was not smart on my part.