When it comes down to getting what you want out of a service, asking the right questions is essential to the end result. It can be the difference between your exhibition running smoothly and it being a complete disaster.
Obviously, no company wants the latter so it is important to ensure the right questions are asked during the initial phase whilst you are still choosing and getting to know various contractors.
This article will focus on exactly what to ask so that you can get exactly what you want from your contractor whilst ensuring you don’t lose any money in the process. No matter what your investment or budget is, no company wants to end up making costly mistakes. Or even worse, no brand wants to end up damaging their reputation –something that no doubt has taken a while to build and nurture.
Therefore, when you are seeking for professional exhibition stand contractors in the UK, asking the questions below will help you get what you want from your exhibition and put you on the right path to achieving all your marketing objectives:
1. ‘Can I see some examples of your recent work?’ Just like any other contractor or service you choose, you want to see evidence of their recent work to ensure that the company can live up to what they promise. To ensure they can deliver everything you have in mind, seeing past work will give you a good idea if they are the right contractor for you.
Any decent contractor will have no problem showing you their portfolio and larger companies will have their most recent work uploaded on their website for you to scan through. Ask them if they have any evidence whether the past stands they have designed have been successful.
If they are a longstanding and reputable company you can have more confidence that they will do a good job at delivering your project and ensuring your aims get fulfilled.
2. ‘Is what I want possible in my time frame?’ You want to ensure that the contractor considers you first and foremost, not just the money they are making from your project. A good company will turn down a project if they know it is not possible to deliver your design within your required timeframe. This is one of the first questions you should ask and as the contractor listens to what you had in mind for your design, they will know straight away if it can be done.
The more intricate and engaging your stand design is, the manufacturing process will become more technical therefore lengthening the estimated finish date of your stand. The last thing you want to do is risk it arriving late and ruining your chances of exhibiting after all the hard work and investment you have put into this marketing channel.
3. ‘Is it a complete in-house service you offer?’ Even though it may not be apparent when reading through their website, several contractors often sub-contract various parts of the construction and design process for your stand. The problem with this is that you do not always know who they are using to do what could be a very important part of your stand design process.
This is why it is good to find out first and foremost if they operate in-house so you can have peace of mind that everything will be finished at the same high-quality level. The risky thing about sub-contractors is that you are not sure how your idea and requirements are being communicated down the line and if they are not as reliable as the primary contractor you hire, things can go wrong very quickly. So to avoid this scenario altogether, ask this question upfront.