For over 40 years International Exhibitions, Inc. has been the largest producer of Home & Garden Shows in the State of Texas. Each year we offer 10 shows in Texas: 2 in Ft Worth, 2 in Dallas, 4 in Houston and 2 in San Antonio. Utilized as a low-cost/high-return marketing tool, our shows consistently bring in increased sales for our clients. We will put your company face-to-face with thousands of pre-qualified, targeted attendees. The people who come to our shows want to be able to meet company reps in person for a variety of products and services. They have money to spend and are ready to do business!Our shows have a proven track record of targeting homeowners interested in improving and upgrading their homes, as well as building new homes. Marketing your products and services in a face-to-face event brings all of your other advertising to life.
This was our first trade show to set up a booth, and we enjoyed it! We met so many great folks, and made some great contacts and friends. Aisles were wide enough for everyone to walk through and see the displays. Well organized!
The event was well done. The vendors dropped the ball in several ways. Too many left early. Was told that one vendor left on Saturday, and didn't even show up on Sunday (Reliant?). Of those who were there, and attentive, I had numerous good conversations.
Don't waste your money. We have been an advertiser with them for several years now. Every year it declines. On Friday we are lucky to have 3-5 people walk by our booth. It's typically only other vendors we see. Saturday's are their best days and we are lucky to have 15-20 people walk by our booths, but again we are seeing a lot of vendors instead of general public. Sunday's are super slow as well. We used to get a lot of people and this was productive, but now it's not. In addition to charging us thousands to set up a booth, they also charge our employees to park $10, to enter the show to work $10 each, and when I sent someone to clean up after the show was over they charged them $10 each to get in along with parking. Obviously they are struggling and this is terrible customer service. So I have cancelled with them and will be using the other tradeshow options out there that are yielding higher results.
Parking was ten dollars and this is well beyond the rates for those lots during the week or for other events. If parking is going to be so expensive they should notate that when advertising the show so shoppers can be aware. When the show was held in downtown Fort Worth one could park for free.
We hoped to see examples of the latest offerings in kitchen cabinets and home decor. We were very disappointed that there were no displays of cabinets and innovations for kitchens. The closest we found were basic displays that were strictly there to make sales appointments. We were pleased to find one company with modern window treatments that were new to us and that we are going to enthusiastically pursue.
My company had a booth at the event. One indication of activity is the number of flyers we hand out with prospective clients. We handed out 180+. That's 100 more than many other shows. Not sure what sales will be but this is a good start.
My wife and I sat aside our whole Sunday to go to the Houston Home and Garden Show. What an embarrassment and a waste of time. We thought we were attending this huge event and it turned out to be 7 short Isles of basically the same vendors over and over again. To give you an idea of how small this was, we got there at 11:30 a.m., got our tickets, went to the restroom, ate at the snack bar, seen every vendor left at 12:20 p.m.! You honestly could have hosted the show in a large Holiday Inn meeting room. I am from Houston and I have to say that it was embarrassing seeing this kind of event being held at the Reliant Center.