The events and exhibition industry is a rapidly growing and competitive market. Every year we see new technology being developed and new display solutions being created, all designed to appeal to attendees.
Looking ahead to 2018, we’ve highlighted four global trends that we think you should look out for:
- Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) has definitely enhanced the experience perspective – and will continue to do so in the upcoming year.
According to the 2018 Global Meetings and Events Forecast published by American Express Meetings and Events, the use of VR will continue to create a level of advancement in the way attendees interact at exhibitions and events. The incorporation of this immersive technology may come as no surprise but still draws major excitement and will continue to change the way attendees interact at events. In New Zealand we are seeing more and more articles published on VR, so it is clear that it is THE tech talking-point of the moment.
- Hybrid Events
You’ve probably heard it already – hybrid events succeed on virtually every level.
In 2018, hybrid events are predicted to make an impact on the end-to-end delivery of event communication.
Furthermore, the “live” in-person event with a “virtual” component has become extremely valuable in deriving greater reach and participation, valuable data collection, and cost effectiveness at events. The big tech companies do it very well, but now the technology is available to other companies, combining several comms channels into one event.
- Engaging the Apps
Mobile apps may have emerged years ago but their usage at meetings and events continues to evolve.
Along with other technology innovations, mobile app usage is extremely effective in transforming the way event owners and attendees communicate, inform and engage with each other. In 2018 mobile apps will go from a nice-to-have to a must-have. They have proven themselves in improving attendee engagement, sharing agenda details and facilitating networking among attendees.
Enhancing attendee experience is not limited to having fun activities on your exhibition display. A 2018 Global Meetings and Events Report also forecast Wellness as an emerging trend to watch as we move into the New Year.
An increasing number of companies are now looking to appeal to attendee wellbeing throughout meetings and events. This trend is predicted to be seen more in hotels around food and beverage offerings. Meeting and event owners also take this emerging trend as an opportunity to differentiate themselves and focus on a healthy lifestyle and work with purpose.
Wherever you are in your planning for events in the upcoming year, these global trends indicate how much advances in technology impact the whole industry. It’s always important to create a meaningful engagement with your attendees, to stand out on the show floor and get noticed.
At Brandstand we are always updating our display solutions to accommodate these changes and to keep our products fresh and new. We offer a broad range of interactive solutions that help to give attendees a more immersive experience. Our range of inflatable products deliver a portable display solution that gets noticed – it’s fresh thinking combined with design flair.