Trade shows and conferences have been evolving at a rapid pace, but 2024 promises to be a watershed year. With emerging technologies and increasing attendee expectations, event organizers have a plethora of new trends to consider for their upcoming events. Below, we’ve outlined six key trends that are not only making waves but also have the power to elevate brands and take your events to the next level.
1. Holograms: Bringing the “Wow” Factor to Your Stage
The days of PowerPoint slides are long gone. Holograms are making their way into trade shows and conferences, offering attendees an interactive, 3D experience that’s as close to reality as you can get without actually being there. Enter Proto Hologram: a product that captivates audiences by making your brand or message appear as if it’s floating in mid-air. With 78% of event planners prioritizing attendee engagement, holograms offer an immersive and unforgettable way to capture attention.
2. Customization and Branding: Because One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Customization is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity. Attendees want tailored experiences that resonate with their interests and values. Enter products like Roll-A-Ball Horse Racing, which allow for customization down to the smallest detail, reinforcing your brand identity while offering a fun and competitive environment. Remember, 82% of marketers believe that achieving a personalized experience is critical to success, and what better way to do it than by integrating customization and branding seamlessly into your event.
3. A Twist on the Traditional: Old Meets New
Traditional booths and stands are giving way to more interactive and engaging formats. The Social Media Vending Machine from Interactive Entertainment Group is an excellent example. It combines the nostalgia of a vending machine with the modern power of social media, offering attendees a tangible reward for their online engagement. This not only drives brand awareness but also serves as an exciting talking point, making your event memorable.
4. Gamification: Making Business Fun
Who said business can’t be fun? Gamification is sweeping the event industry, and for good reason: firms that embrace gamification strategies are found to be seven times more profitable than those that don’t. MultiBall LED gamifies your trade show or conference, offering interactive, touch-sensitive walls that not only entertain but also serve as a dynamic advertising medium for your brand.
5. Experiential Education: Learning by Doing
6. AR/VR: Immersing Attendees in Alternate Realities
Augmented and virtual reality are no longer things of the future. They’re here, and they’re transforming the way we experience events. With VR Racing Chairs, you can immerse your attendees in a hyper-realistic environment that offers an unparalleled brand experience.
So, as we look forward to 2024, the future of trade shows and conferences appears not just bright but electrifying. With these trends, your events will not just meet attendee expectations—they’ll exceed them.