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Trade shows are essential events for businesses to showcase their products and services, network with potential clients, and stay up-to-date with industry trends. However, participating in a trade show can be a significant investment in terms of time, money, and resources. To ensure that your trade show display is a valuable endeavor, it’s crucial to measure its success through Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).


In this blog, we’ll explore the essential KPIs you should consider to evaluate the effectiveness of your trade show presence.

1. Lead Generation

One of the primary goals of a trade show is to generate leads. Measure the number of leads you collect during the event. However, don’t stop there. Assess the quality of these leads by categorizing them as hot, warm, or cold, and track their progression through your sales funnel after the trade show.

2. Return on Investment (ROI)

Calculate the overall ROI by comparing the costs of participating in the trade show with the revenue generated as a direct result. Include not just the immediate sales but also long-term benefits, such as brand exposure and future business opportunities. A positive ROI indicates that your trade show display was a success.

3. Booth Traffic

Monitor the foot traffic at your booth. High foot traffic can be an early indicator of a successful display. This metric can help you understand the effectiveness of your booth design and location within the trade show.

4. Engagement Metrics

Track attendee engagement with your booth. This can include the number of visitors, the time they spend at your booth, and the interactions they have with your staff and displays. A higher level of engagement suggests that your booth was attractive and engaging.

5. Social Media Impressions and Engagement

Monitor your social media presence during the trade show, looking at metrics such as likes, shares, comments, and impressions. A strong social media presence can amplify the reach and impact of your trade show display.

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6. Brand Exposure

Measure the number of times your brand name or logo was seen by attendees. This can be done through surveys, attendee feedback, or by analyzing media coverage of the event. Greater brand exposure can translate into increased brand recognition and customer trust.

7. Demo and Presentation Attendance

If you conducted product demonstrations or presentations at the trade show, track the number of attendees and their engagement during these sessions. High attendance and positive feedback indicate the effectiveness of your presentations.

8. Sales and Contracts Signed

The ultimate goal is to close deals and secure contracts. Keep a record of the number of sales made and contracts signed during and after the trade show. This is a concrete indicator of the success of your display.

9. Follow-Up and Conversion Rate

After the trade show, track how effectively you follow up with the leads collected. Measure the conversion rate from leads to customers. Effective post-show follow-up can significantly impact your overall success.

10. Cost-Per-Lead

Calculate the cost associated with acquiring each lead. This metric helps you evaluate the efficiency of your trade show investment in terms of lead generation.


Trade shows offer a unique opportunity for businesses to connect with their target audience and promote their products or services. Measuring the success of your trade show display is essential to ensure that you are making the most of your investment. By tracking a variety of KPIs, you can gain valuable insights into your performance and make informed decisions for future trade show participation. 

Remember that success at a trade show is not just about immediate sales but also about building brand recognition, fostering relationships, and creating long-term business opportunities. To put your right foot forward, partner with Best Displays & Graphics to create a custom booth experience that will help your business generate new leads and grow.

Contact us today for a complimentary quote.