Trade Show Management Service

One-stop Exhibition Marketing Support for B2B Companies in Japan

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Trade shows allow you to develop business in a very short time. The customers come to you, rather than your sales team having to travel to individual locations. But this convenience comes at a price (viz. exhibition costs), so you have to ensure your trade show presence is effective. For most companies, trade shows are about both promoting brand and generating leads. However, it is sometimes difficult to strike the correct balance when you first start exhibiting in Japan.

Service Description

Our Trade Show Management Service is a comprehensive menu of exhibition marketing support for multinational B2B companies operating in Japan. This service enables you to plan, organize and execute exhibitions in Japan, with minimal interruption to everyday operations. Your sales team can focus on the job of selling and will be able to pursue leads immediately after a show.

  • Show selection and planning

    We help you to choose the right trade show in view of your company’s image, budget, capabilities, objectives, and location. We handle all the paperwork required to participate in a show, assist you to prioritize your exhibiting objectives, and help you to determine which products or services are worth featuring in view of the competitive landscape.

  • Booth design

    Booth design commences with collaboration to generate possible concepts based on your experience overseas and exhibiting objectives. Possible booth concepts are further developed by considering how to attract customers into the booth and retain their attention. Rough sketches are prepared for several proposals to obtain approval from internal stakeholders, with 2D layouts provided for the selected booth. 3D renderings allow you to confirm overall appearance, spatial relationships (width of passages, size of displays, etc.), material textures, signage, and lighting. Working models may also be constructed to educate, stimulate, and improve visitor recall.

  • Booth construction

    The booth layout is converted into blueprints and a bill of materials (BOM) created to determine the cost of construction. Design changes (e.g. use of metal trusses instead of wooden columns to support overhead elements such as corporate logos) are made to keep the construction costs within budget. The booth is handed over to your sales team with all displays completed, and our staff remain on site to carry out repairs or adjustments during the exhibition. Your booth is dismantled, display items packed, and all waste material removed from the site.

  • Marketing communications

    We can support any requirements for pre-show, on-site, and post-show communications, such as customer invitations and thank you letters, press releases, social media activity, landing page creation, direct mail, technical seminars, and promotional tie-ups.

  • Activities and events

    We plan and implement in-booth activities such as presentations, handouts of flyers or incentives for visitor segmentation, hospitality, and general staffing arrangements. Relationship-building events can be arranged in your booth or off-site after hours. We also produce sales collateral such as catalogs, white papers, and product samples.

  • Reporting

    You are provided with a comprehensive performance report, including objective analysis and social media initiatives. A photographic record can also be provided for internal and external PR activity.

Service Specification

Here is the scope of our B2B Trade Show Management Service. You are free to pick and choose any items from the following service menu.

LocalizationTrade show researchIdentifying relevant trade shows
Show selectionEvaluation of specific trade shows in light of exhibiting objectives
Booth availabilityDealing with trade show organizer
CommitmentEvent applicationClient submits application to trade show organizer and contracts with Jamas
Documentation submissionJamas submits necessary documentation (booth plan, power, anchor bolts, cleaning, etc.) to organizer by respective deadline
PlanningDetailed objectivesSetting detailed objectives for participation and their respective priority
Product displayConsidering which products or services should be featured in the booth
Booth DesignIdea generationWorking with Client to generate ideas for booth concept
Concept developmentDetermining how to draw interested visitors into the booth and retain their attention
Rough sketchesSketches of concepts A, B and C for internal stakeholder presentation
Booth layout2D layouts of selected concept
3D design3D rendering of booth for internal design approval
Working modelsIdeation, design and construction of working models
SignageBooth catch copy, graphic panels, display labels
Booth ConstructionDesign drawingsBooth designs translated into blueprints
Bill of materials (BOM)Detailed listing of materials required to construct booth
BOM adjustmentModification of design and materials in accordance with budget
Construction managementBooth constructed and displays completed. Finished booth handed over to Client
On-site supportRepairs and adjustments as necessary during event
Dismantling and cleanupDismantling booth, removal of waste material
Pre-show CommunicationInvitationsEmail invitations to customers and direct mail to interested parties
PRNew product press releases, social media handling
Landing pageLanding page introducing booth highlights (linked from email invitation)
Direct mailDirect mail with incentive for premium target customers
On-site CommunicationSeminarsSubject matter expert conducts technical seminar at event’s seminar venue
Promotional tie-upsPromotional alliances to increase traffic to booth
Social mediaCommunication of in-booth events, seminar times, and promotions
Post-show CommunicationThank you letterEmail sent to booth visitors within 5 working days. Alternative version sent to non-attendees
Landing pageLanding page with photographs of leading displays and incentive to contact sales team
In-booth ActivitiesPresentations and demonstrationsPresentations at in-booth theater or demonstration corners
HandoutsFlyers or incentives that catch the interest of target group
HospitalityDrink service, seating, giveaways, etc.
StaffingStaff for in-booth activities
EventsIn-booth eventRelationship-building event held in booth prior to closing
Off-site eventRelationship-building event held off-site after hours
Sales CollateralCatalogsCatalogs handed to interested visitors
White papersWhite papers used as giveaways
Product samplesProduct samples for visitors in the target segment
ReportingObjective analysisComparison of actual performance compared with agreed KPI
Social media effectQuantification of benefit from social media initiatives
Professional photographyPhotographic record of finished booth and booth in action

Who Should Use This Service?

Our Trade Show Management Service is designed to address the requirements of B2B companies that are not yet ready to employ a full-time marketing manager in Japan or would like expert assistance with specific trade show activity.

This service is ideal for companies with the following types of trade show issues:

  • Need to generate more leads from trade shows in Japan
  • No Japanese marketing staff available to support trade show activity
  • Want to reduce the complexity of managing trade shows in Japan
  • Looking for fresh ideas to overshadow the competition

We are B2B marketing professionals with extensive experience in a number of industrial and technology markets in Japan. Please contact us to discuss your trade show requirements in Japan.

How to Access This Service

Here is the flow from your initial inquiry to the commencement of our Trade Show Management Service for B2B companies in Japan.

  • Inquiry from you
  • Meeting (briefing from you)
  • Exhibition proposal from Jamas (free-of-charge)
  • Quotation for booth design phase (you are free to cancel our service at any time, paying only the charges incurred to date)
  • Refined proposal from Jamas (based on your feedback)
  • Quotation for booth construction
  • Quotation for marketing communication and other services (refer to service specification above)

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A successful trade show starts with a good booth location

Everyone participating in an exhibition would prefer to have a booth with a good location. While first-time and small exhibitors usually have little choice, here are some things you can do to ensure a better than average booth location.
Exhibit as a Japanese corporation
If you exhibit as an overseas corporation, you may find yourself in a cluster of overseas exhibitors. These areas generally have less traffic, because most visitors are looking for partners who already provide solutions to Japanese customers. On the other hand, a cluster of overseas exhibitors will attract the interest of Japanese distributors and agents looking for further brands to represent.
Upgrade to the next size booth
The smallest size booth available in Japan is usually 9m2 (3 x 3m) or 7.5m2 (3 x 2.5m). Trade show organizers usually bundle these together on the periphery of venues where visitor traffic is much lower. You should choose a two-unit (18m2) booth at the very least, and preferably a three-unit (27m2) booth for a reasonable chance of being positioned in a high traffic area.

Identifying suitable B2B exhibitions in Japan

There are many B2B exhibitions held every year in Japan. However, the most important events are located in and around Tokyo, where the population is concentrated.
Regional exhibitions
If your Japanese subsidiary is located in western Japan, then you may wish to exhibit first at a regional trade show closer to home to control logistics issues and expense which increase proportionally with distance.
Exhibition information sources
Your Japanese sales team and distributors may have some idea of suitable shows. You should also consult the various show organizers and B2B marketing service suppliers to determine whether the show is a good fit for your exhibiting objectives. A good idea is to test new shows with a minimal presence to set a benchmark for performance for subsequent exhibition activity.