Tuesday
Jan212014

Dr. Martin Luther King exhibit at UNE

This permanent installation celebrates Dr King's visit to the college in 1964.

Thursday
Mar282013

Verrill Dana

Tradeshow for E2Tech: Building & Growing the Clean Tech Sector
Friday
Oct192012

PelotonLabs Exterior

Friday
Oct192012

Coastal Women's Healthcare

Poster for community outreach event

Wednesday
Aug312011

UNE Osteopathic Heritage Center 

Kiosk designed and produced for touring multiple medical center sites. This location is in the Maine Health headquarters in Portland. 

Friday
Jul152011

Curvwork completes the architectural signage and interior design of Coastal Women's Healthcare new offices.

Curvwork has completed the Coastal Women's new office build out with photographer Shoshanna White.

 

Monday
Mar212011

Boston Seafood Show 2011

We attended The Boston Seafood Show this past weekend to visit some of our clients exhibiting at the show: East Coast, Bristol, Seafax, Pacific Giant, Diversified Communications, and maybe some new ones! The New England Food Show was held simultaneously at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Lots of great food and beverages, even some from our home town, Portland, Maine.

Curvwork designs trade show exhibits that fit your budget and your brand strategy. Call us for more information.

 

The Trade Show Top 10

A checklist for trade show success.

 

1. The Objective

The biggest mistake a company can make is going to a trade show without a measurable marketing objective. It is estimated that only 5% of exhibitors have a clear objective when they come to a show. Some exhibitors make the mistake of establishing five or six general objectives. A better plan is to have one major objective that supports the overall marketing objectives of the company. For example, a show objective may be to obtain 150 leads from the North East market and turn 25% into sales. Thus, everything an exhibitor does prior to, during, and after the show should be focused on accomplishing this objective.

2. Pre-Show Promotion

Pre-show promotion is a great way to bring buyers to you before the show begins. A creative direct mail campaign targeting key prospects is very effective. A strategicly based approach will put your company in the mind of the target audience and get them excited about your exhibit.

3. The Message

The marketing and sales message delivered via the booth graphics can be one of your most powerful sales tools at a trade show. Companies relying on bold colors, bright lights and flashy audio and video will attract attention but ultimately confuse the customer with an unclear marketing message. At a trade show, a company has approximately 7 to 10 seconds to attract a potential customer. A marketing message that is clear and concise will tell customers why they should be interested in your product or service and convey what your company can do for them.

4. Giveaways

Giveaways can add enormous value to your product or service and help support brand awareness. Placing generic giveaways on a table isn't very effective and doesn't help potential customers remember their experience at your booth. Giving a customer who has spent significant time at your booth something unique and useful can be a very effective marketing tool.

5. Graphics

Studies have shown that an exhibitor has between 7 and 10 seconds to capture a potential customer. The booth graphics are a companys first introduction in that time frame. A customer needs to know who the company is, what your selling, and why they need it. Understanding your customers, your competition and the industry will help you define a trade show objective and craft a message that will attract customers.

6. Product

Have you ever been to an exhibit and wonder what the company is selling? Thats usually do to the fact that the company hasn't brought its product. 64% of potential customers are drawn to exhibits that have products and demonstrations. Having photographs or video isn't enough, especially if your launching a new product. Customers that are serious about buying prefer to see the actual product or service rather than a representation.

7. Prospects

Trade shows give a a company a very targeted, but small window to reach potential customers. This environment doesn't afford sales people the luxury of "taking it easy". At trade shows, time is money and booth staff need to be efficient in order to maximize the companys return on investment. Talking on cellular phones, talking with co-workers, eating, and leaving the exhibit area puts a barrier between your company and potential customers. Customers don't want to feel intimidated, ignored or that they are imposing.

8. Show Guidelines

All too often, exhibitors don't take the time to thoroughly read their trade show manuals. Crucial elements such as electricity, internet and phone connections, setup and take down guidelines are explained. Not understanding the show specifics can seriously hinder the effectiveness of the exhibit. The trade show manuals contain valuable information that can give your exhibit a competitive advantage, making the show much more effective.

9. Follow-Up

Lead follow-up is one of the most important aspects of the exhibiting process. Lead qualifying and categorizing can establish a very effective sales advantage. It is estimated that approximately 30% of exhibitors do no lead follow-up and 40% do poor follow-up. To avoid these situations, prior to the show establish how leads will be attained and how they will be handled once the show is over. Also, bringing laptops to the show is an effective way to input lead data on the show floor after talking to a potential client. It is also reccomended to follow up all leads within two days. Assigning a post-show follow-up team will be most effective.

10. Evaluation

How successful was your last tradeshow? The show evaluation process will tell you if it's worthwhile to attend the show in the future or what to do differently next year. Evaluating the number of leads that generate into sales is a good place to start. Evaluating your show marketing objectives will yeild additional information. For example, if you are looking for media coverage, how much did you get? If you're looking to educate your customers, how many product/service demonstrations did you do? If you are launching a new product, how strong was your pre-show promotion? If your show objective was to learn more about your customers, how much research were you able to do? There is an enormous amount of marketing information available at a trade show. What you chose to gather and utilize should be directly related to your marketing objectives. After performance has been evaluated, no matter how successful your show was, meet with the marketing and sales team and utilize the information to improve upon future performance.

Friday
Mar042011

Google changes their algorithm to bulldoze the link farms. 

In recent news google is taking a very proactive approach in defeating shady Search Engine Optimization techniques, it's specifically targeting 'content farms' also known as 'link farms'. Having your Web SIte as part of these content farms will not only stop counting as an increase, but Google is actively lowering your rank. In other words they take your caculated rank, not counting the link farms, then subtract from that rank, based on the content farms.

What google has done is leveled the playing field even further, making it more realistic for sites such as yours to obtain a good rank using general good Search Engine Optimization techniques. There is no better time then now to do these optimizations, in a year the shady guys will figure out a way around the newest changes, the longer your site has sat in a higher rank when that happens the better.

Contact us to find out how we can improve your search results.

Read the New York Times article >>


Tuesday
Mar012011

Healing graphics

Digitally printed fabrics in health care settings create soothing surroundings that aid the healing process.

Design by Curvwork for Coastal Women's Healthcare.
Produced by Transformit, dye sub printed on FisherTextiles fabric, done by Portland Color. Roland SJ1045 onto Beaver Papers Texprint paper, US Sublimation aqueous inks, Practix OK130 transfer press. Photo: Transformit/Shoshannah White.

Fabric Graphics | January 2011

As Florence Nightingale recognized and environmental psychology studies have borne out, people feel better in aesthetically pleasing settings than when surrounded by a flat, featureless background.

That’s a particularly important concept for hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities where patients and visitors are ill and anxious before they walk in the door. Thanks to increasing focus on “patient-centered care,” the health care industry has begun embracing the use of digitally printed fabrics to enhance public areas, counter feelings of stress and fear, guide visitors through their buildings and even tell their stories.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Putney Tradeshow Design 

Wednesday
Dec292010

Maine State Credit Union 

Tuesday
Dec212010

Veterans Memorial Bridge Replacement proposal cover

Monday
Nov292010

IDEXX World Headquarters Campus has final external signage and wayfinding installed.

Curvwork has completed phase one of the campus wayfinding system including a main sign visible from the access road as well as the main lobby sign, a freesatanding monolith that greets visitors at the main entrance.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Coastal Women's Healthcare gets a makeover

July, 2010, Scarborough, ME
Coastal Women's Healthcare, the premier women's healthcare facility in southern Maine, hired Curvwork to update their visual identity. In addition to designing the new logo the project includes designing the exterior signage and wayfinding for the new location. The interior design will be completed in the next phase. Stay tuned…


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Tuesday
May252010

Curvwork designs logo for Record Hill Wind.

Record Hill Wind LLC, is a proposed 50.6 megawatt commercial wind project consisting of 22 turbines in Oxford County Maine.


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Tuesday
Apr132010

Work has begun to install Phase 1 of IDEXX's wayfinding system.

Curvwork has been engaged to design the campus wayfinding and external environmental graphics for IDEXX's World Headquarters Campus in Maine. Phase 1 campus signage is being installed today.

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Friday
Mar262010

Drummond Woodsum's New Hampshire office lobby and conference room design.

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Maine reception area with branded wall and custom art.

The custom printed and lit art adds a breath of freash air to windowless room.The custom print and custom lighting adds a breath of fresh air to a windowless conference room.

Tuesday
Jan262010

Curvwork redesigns the Urban Dwellings website.

Having designed Urban's original site a few years ago, Web 2.0 tools like Squarespace have made designing sites with built in CMS systems hard to pass up. Once a site like this is built the client can easily make their own edits and take back control of their website.
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Thursday
Dec312009

Drummond Woodsum makes another annual donation - this time in the name of affordable housing.

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Curvwork designed the Holiday Card for Drummond announcing the donation.

Monday
Nov302009

Revision Energy creates new company to provide wood pellet boilers and wood pellets from Maine - Revision Heat.

Curvwork designed the brand for the new Maine company - Revision Heat - poineers in the wood pellet business.
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The Revision engineering team has been installing wood and pellet boiler systems for 7 years as the solid fuels division of Revision Energy, Inc. of Portland and Liberty, Maine. In 2009, Revision Heat was formed in partnership with Corinth Wood Pellets, Inc. to develop complete wood pellet heating services initially in Maine’s Greater Bangor market and later in the Greater Portland area.

With Corinth Wood pellets as part of the Revision Heat partnership, Revision manages the equipment sold, the system design, installation, equipment maintenance as well as the quality of pellets - to cover all aspects of successful heating in our customers’ homes and businesses.

Revision Heat believes that heating with Maine wood pellets makes simple sense and they've built the company to make it happen.