Increased budgets signal a rise in face to face marketing

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 No Comments

We have been digesting the news that UK marketers are feeling more confident and are enjoying the largest single upward increase in their budgets since the respected Bellwether survey began 14 years ago. Excellent news for the events sector includes the revelation that marketing budgets for exhibitions, conferences, event sponsorship and experiential were revised higher for a second successive quarter in Q1 2014. And that the net balance for this category rose to its highest level in six quarters of data collection. The increased budget allocation follows reports of sustained sales growth and confidence in the UK economy. One emerging trend we’ll be keeping an eye on is
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Saints prints for Charity Chicken Event raised over £850

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 No Comments

Nando’s in Northampton was packed to the brim recently when they handed over control of the restaurant to Northampton Saints rugby players all in aid of the Nando’s Charity Chicken event, raising funds for local Northamptonshire charity, Cynthia Spencer Hospice, who support people with life limiting illness. The squad, many of whom are rugby international players, took on various duties taking orders, cooking food and waiting on the tables and this immensely popular annual event raises thousands of pounds for charity each year. Nimlok was delighted to donate some fantastic acrylic prints which were autographed by the players and sold off in a silent auction. A grand total
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Are you an outSTANDing student marketer? Enter our competition and be just that!

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 No Comments

Time is running out to enter our student marketing competition which closes on 31 May 2014. Our OutSTANDing! student of the year competition is open to all UK marketing students in higher education aged 18 and over. Entrants are asked to devise an event related marketing campaign according to one of three given briefs. The winner will receive £300. In addition, the winning student will be offered the opportunity to intern at Nimlok for three weeks and at our sister creative agency, Creative Bridge, for one week. They will also be invited to join us at our flagship exhibition Marketing Week live at Olympia in June to see
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Nimlok to exhibit at the Events Event

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 No Comments

The Events Event is an exhibition so good they named it twice. This Scottish exhibition will be held in Aberdeen on 8 May and is for event and conference organisers. Opening the show will be world class chef Jean-Christophe Novelli who will be cooking up a storm on stage. We’ll be showcasing our latest recipe for success, our angled stand design, at the Events Event which is a great example of unique bespoke design from our ever-growing hire inventory. Visitors to our stand will have a chance to win a pair of Diesel VECKTR headphones worth over £250. Tell us what’s important to you when you exhibit by
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Exhibiting is a Game of Thrones

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 No Comments

With the premiere of the long awaited season of a Game of Thrones and inspired by our friends at Nimlok across the pond, we know that exhibiting is like a Game of Thrones. Wars are raged between the aisles to rule and you may not realise it but you can see may characters from a Game of Thrones exhibiting if you look carefully enough… Here are a few characters you may come across and what you can learn from them to benefit your own exhibiting strategy. King Joffrey Joffrey will bark orders at you, but won’t care what you have to say and won’t take no for an
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The big six: Key drivers for exhibiting infographic

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 1 Comment

We asked visitors and exhibitors at International Confex 2014 what’s important to them when they exhibit. We found that the most common drivers were the same for both visitors and exhibitors alike, although almost twice as many exhibitors deemed sales as the key driver. Here’s an overview of our main findings and our infographic in full: 1. Sales The key driver for both exhibitors and visitors is sales and lead generation. Visitors to Confex said that 25% of their exhibiting strategy aimed to generate leads and sales. This was more prominent for exhibitors at Confex with nearly half of their strategy focused on sales. ROI from exhibiting is
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Nimlok Supports Starting Off

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 No Comments

We have been working with local training provider, Starting Off, on their Apprenticeship programmes for the past several years. Recently at Nimlok’s prestigious showroom based on Park Farm, Wellingborough we were delighted to host one of the Starting Off Award Ceremonies. The guest speaker was Anna Turney, a British Paralympian who had just returned from competing at the Sochi Winter Paralympics and who took 4th place in the downhill sit skiing event.  Anna told the remarkable story of how she went from being in the British snowboarding team, to being on a hospital bed in Japan having broken her back and becoming paralysed….to gaining a place in the
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Angling for something a bit different? Why sharp shapes are replacing cool curves as the ‘must-have’ trend

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 No Comments

In 2007, the organisers of the 2012 Olympic Games in London caused quite a bit of controversy when they juxtaposed the traditional Olympic rings with a strikingly angular 2012 logo. Some people liked it. Some people really didn’t – and their criticisms were enough to make even the most self-assured designers weep.  Fast-forward to the event itself, five years later, and perceptions had shifted. Yes, we had had time to get used to it but also – as with everything – the fashions had changed: angles were officially ‘in’. In 2014, the trend towards angles over curves is continuing. A recent Trendhunter website article shows examples of how
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Who cut through the exhibiting noise at Confex?

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 1 Comment

Thanks to everyone who visited us at Confex and saw our new angled hire architecture that illustrates how hiring an exhibition stand from Nimlok delivers unique, bespoke design. At the show we demonstrated our latest digital engagement tool ‘What’s your exhibiting angle?’. A combined survey and game, we asked visitors to rate the importance of six key exhibiting drivers and then capture their representative icons in a fast paced game against the clock. Look out for our survey results next week. Congratulations to our prize draw winners: Jamie Tolentino at Investec Sam Proud at British Engines Nadia Kian at NIG Each showed they could quickly ‘cut through the
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