Posts Tagged ‘Trade Show Flooring’
Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by Kelly Green
The ubiquitous Tradeshow, they are a fact of business life and they are everywhere. Trade shows are utilized by practically every industry in the nation if not the world. Whether you are a race car enthusiast, Foodie, defense contractor, Sci-fi fan, health care industry professional, educational provider, movie industry exec, or even want to have a booth at a Tradeshow that shows products for use at other tradeshows. Tradeshows have withstood the tests of time because, they work. Tradeshows have survived every technological advancement and have even thrived because ultimately, people buy from people.
So what are some of the factors that can lead to Tradeshow success? How about your choice in flooring? Branding yourself and your product literally starts from the ground up and what better way to start the branding than having a reliable, attractive trade show flooring beneath your booth supporting the direction you want to take your look and feel of your tradeshow presence.
Do you want to showcase an upscale look with faux wood floor? How about bright colors, accentuating a techno vibe area? Urban tough with a soft rubber flooring look? How about the warmth of a softcarpet that is still tough enough to withstand those 4” spiked heels of your display model. Go completely commando (your booth, not you personally) buy utilizing our SoftCamo tiles, perfect for accentuating the latest in duck blinds, guns, or the occasional assault vehicle.
You need to consider all aspects of what will set your booth, display, or pitch, apart from all the other vendors hawking their wares. According the Journal of Marketing, how you brand your booth by its look is tied for second in importance to the consumer along with the presence of knowledgeable personnel. These two components are secondary to preshow marketing in establishing a successful tradeshow appearance. Would you willingly give up almost a third of your “hook” because you want to fly on the cheap? NO! I say, dive in with both feet and obtain the most fantastical, vibrant and durable floor that you can find. Boldly design your booth from the ground up and get that tradeshow flooring that your company deserves! And remember BUY AMERICAN! (American flag can be simulated by purchasing 6 blue, 7 red and 12 white softfloor tiles.)
Posted on: August 16th, 2013 by Kelly Green
Hello true believers, we are back to Blogsville after taking some time off for the Independence Day Celebrations. I realize that many of you must be burning with desire to learn what tidbit of knowledge the “MatsMatsMats.com Blogging Krew” has in store for you.
By now you must have realized that each blogger has their own special style of imparting valuable information to you.
When Chris speaks of anti fatigue safety mats or home flooring, he always waxes poetical as he pulls deeply from his own life’s journey. Sentimentality and pathos, at times, run rampant as he waxes poetically from entrance mats to trade show flooring. One can almost imagine him in a dingy little loft, laboring over his latest treatise, “Somehow I must REACH THEM!”
Ben, on the other hand, often slings cold hard facts about like a fry cook with 10 orders on his docket. He does this with a surgeons skill whether talking about Yoga Mats or rolled rubber flooring. “I found myself pondering in very deep ways the nature of the universe”. Yes, my friends, our Gentle Ben is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma, surrounded by a mystery which has all been stuffed inside a philosophical musician who blogs about floor coverings.
Stag is much like a cartoon character. “STAG SMASH!” As an example of this unrelenting verbal violence, I render forth these typical “Stagisms”. “I started hacking and chipping, and banging away on this little project of mine.”, “. . . we all know cats are very finicky and picky. . .” completely and utterly annihilating the rented skates”. THERE! Have you ever HEARD of such unfettered rage? His takes on martial arts flooring and all things excersizish are legend.
I, of course, am your sweet voice of reason; I present useful and pithy dibs and dabs of knowledge reaching from Anti-fatigue mats to Zafus. I illuminate and elucidate with a certain je ne sais quoi. We all have our market of fans and followers as each of our voices are unique and highly defined. Except for Stag, he’s just scary.
Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
One of the great things about living in California is I’m so close to entertainment at pretty much anytime. This last weekend I was in Hollywood taking a stroll down the walk of fame looking at all the people, and there are a lot of people to look at. Aside from the normal character actors like Johnny Depp look a likes or Batman walking around there are your good ol’ fashioned masses of unwashed locals. I’ve met spacemen from the future warning about the end, Marilyn Monroe’s ghost and some people that aren’t just celebrity impersonators, but people that actual believe they’re said celebrity. It is very entertaining, but very weird at the same time. After an hour or so I have to take solace in the many many stores, who’s merchandise is often as entertaining as the people outside.
While looking around the Harvey Davidson store, I came across one of our products being used in such a simple way, I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before. In the display cases, the store was using one of our textured SoftFloor tiles as a display surface. So simple and kinda cool looking. The soft floor tiles didn’t look out of place or like a cheap alternative to something, it actually fit in well. The shelves they had were glass, so the colored interlocking tiles gave some depth to the case and made the product pop. Most of the products in that store are black, so they used a contrasting gray tile. Ant the interlocking teeth just sitting exposed gave It a cool off beat look that I liked. The softfloor tiles are often used as trade show flooring or as playroom flooring, but hey sure found a good way to use too!
Once again, one of our many products has yet another use. So whether it’s at a craft fair or trade show, our soft floor tiles can add a different look and be a simple way to highlight your products. There’s a wide variety of colors and styles which makes it easy to change up color combinations to match the product or season. I wish I would have had this idea for the fourth of July. I can already envision a white rectangular table with red and blue tiles as the surfaces for appetizers!
Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Luckily for our customers, we do our best to navigate them through the various pros and cons of anything from 3/16″ PVC yoga mat vs the 3/16″ natural rubber yoga mat or 1-3/8″ thick crosslink vs 2″ thick. This,
however, can’t guarantee against the guiles of a stubborn customers who despite their best intentions and frugality do come into play in our daily routine.
Our SoftWood flooring is one of our most popular items and one of the ones surrounded by this exact kind of issue. A soft EVA foam with a nice laminate top emulating various wood tones like cherry, walnut, and two shades of oak are a perfect additions as kids playroom flooring, a family room in the basement, or most commonly, display booths at trade shows. This is where it gets ‘controversial’. While these tiles are very durable, a trade show has higher than normal amounts of actual foot traffic. A good portion of this foot traffic can be women’s (or men’s… we don’t discriminate) heels. While it depends on the type of heel and the person walking on it, we stress that THEY CAN but won’t necessarily leave an imprint or permanent indentation. In the worst case scenarios (happens less than 1/100 times!), a tile might even get punctured. It’s stressing these kinds of points to our customers and having an honest dialogue, as opposed to just driving a sale, that really makes a customer feel comfortable making a decision to purchase something online from a person across the country they can’t even see.
One of our recent customers, Allan from Picaboo Yearbook, just sent me this today:
“Hi there, Love the [trade show flooring] floor, it is a great compliment to our booth. I think I may have sold 2 more floors for you to other exhibitors. I gave them your company name. Thanks for your help!”
Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I donâ€™t like getting older, but who does? Lately itâ€™s become very apparent that Iâ€™m transitioning into an actual adult and it really frightens me. I know we are technically â€˜adultsâ€™ when we turn 18, but I think we really become adults during certain events.Â For the most part my life hasnâ€™t changed in years, I thought I was an adult when I moved into my own place- but since then Iâ€™ve had the same friends, job and done the same things almost every day.Â Lately little things are changing- Birthday celebration at a bar or club are turning into brunches. Iâ€™m being invited to baby showers, weddings and house warming parties and my friends and I are even planning a trip to Mexico as a last hurrah.
I get more calls to babysit on a Friday night than I do to go out, itâ€™s really depressing.Â Furthermore, I recently applied to go back to school and found that Iâ€™m so old, my parents income is no longer a factor when it comes to loans.Â Thereâ€™s just too much to think about and not enough time to do anything!
I was asked to babysit last minute a few days ago and normally itâ€™s no problem! I have a play carpet,Â soft wood tiles, some toys and lots of Disney movies- so Iâ€™m always prepared.Â But just like us adults, sometimes we need an upgrade. It might be time to start looking at other softwood flooring alternatives for my house. The soft wood flooring is ideal as trade show flooring, but Iâ€™m thinking our lightweight wrestling mats will be a good alternative as the kids get older.Â The smaller sizes come in one piece and with slotted backing, can be rolled up and stored easier than the tiles. Also, since this mat is intended for wrestling, the foam is more dense and the surface is a lot more durable. Not to mention it can be made with microban protection, so all those little germies weâ€™re concerned about wonâ€™t be a problem.
Posted on: November 21st, 2012 by Stag
I am a geek; yes I said it and certainly whole-heartedly admit it with great pride and gusto!Â Since I was just a wee one I have been going to Trade Shows of all kinds.Â I used to frequent the Los Angeles Auto Show every year with my father.Â From my teenage years and even into my 20â€™s I attended the Anime Expos in Los Angeles with my friends as well.Â Every one of these conventions would have its Trade Show floors, filled with products, samples and the variable eye-candy abound.Â If you have ever been to, or participated in a Trade Show of any kind you will know that they magically transform an industrial floor space into an appealing show floor for each companyâ€™s products.Â
But how do they transform a barren, open concrete floor into something visual appealing and yet highly functional?Â They do so with our various versions of Trade Show Flooring.Â Â Â From ourÂ Interlocking foam mats with texture tops, to our carpet top interlocking floor tiles, or even the marvelous wood film laminate top interlocking foam floor.Â You can findÂ these flooring tile at almost every trade show you visit. Whether youâ€™re checking out the newest or oldest in vehicular madness, or the cosplay shenanigans of the Anime floor; youâ€™ll find yourself standing on our Trades Show Flooring.Â Also as a side note, if youâ€™re not familiar with cosplay, look it up; just grown adults dressed like comic and anime characters.Â Itâ€™s great for chuckle or two!
So the next time your favorite convention, take a peek downwards and notice not just the products on the floor, but the floor itself.Â Youâ€™ll be amazed by the variety and amount youâ€™ll find of our Trade Show Flooring.Â Happy Hunting, and Happy Holidays!
Posted on: November 6th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I was going through all the wonderful comments you guys make on our website and I was pleased to see how many of you decided to go with our company because a product was Made in America. I knew our Gymnastics Equipment as well as our Dance Equipment and many of our other products, are made in America.Â Whenever I hear â€œBuy Americanâ€ I usually see it as a marketing ploy. I canâ€™t stand salesmen or ploys to trick me into buying something (which will make me the most honest salesman ever). I went online to look up actual reasons to buy USA made products and Iâ€™m going share with you my favorite:
-Foreign labor standards allow unsafe worker conditions in many countries. When you buy American you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.
-US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries; many brands sold here are produced in countries using dangerous, heavily polluting processes. When you purchase American-made product, you know that you’re helping to keep the world a little cleaner for your children.
-The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound. When you seek out American-made goods, you foster American independence.
- Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.
- As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage
-Shipping anything from overseas can take a long time and be pricey when you consider duties and fees that have to be paid. Even if you donâ€™t order directly from another country, if the company you do order from gets their products from overseas- they most likely pass those extra fees onto you
I was going to list all our products that are made in the good olâ€™ U S of A, but then I discovered itâ€™s too many. Â From Gymnastics to Dance, you can be sure itâ€™s made here- even most ofÂ our Anti Fatigue Mats.Â In fact, the things you wonâ€™t find are made here are the Soft Floor Tiles (trade show flooring) and our Yoga Mat.Â But I guess you canâ€™t win them all.
Posted on: October 2nd, 2012 by Chris Aviles
As much as I envy this generation and all the cool toys they get to grow up with, I feel as if they donâ€™t get to use their imaginations as much as I got to. Â When I was growing up my Dad, along with the neighbor dad and his son, used to take us to department stores and get empty fridge or washer/dryer boxes. We would take them home and make the most awesome forts!Â We could literally spend the whole summer playing in our back yards, in BOXES!
I kind of miss being able to use my imagination like that! I got very nostalgic for simpler times when I was talking to a customer this week who wanted to get some trade show flooring (interlocking foam tiles) for her kids playroom.Â Thatâ€™s very common and I provide people with these types of tiles all the time so their kids can have a colorful, safe, and soft area to play on.Â I remember one customer of mine who had a different use!Â She said she wants to have a floor her kids can play on or build stuff with, like tunnels.Â Right away, my inner child came out and I started thinking how fun it would have been to have tiles like this when I was younger.Â I can already imagine the different types of forts I can make.
I actually have some smaller versions of the trade show flooring or kids playroom floor tiles on my desk and arranged them in few different ways that could be fun.Â (as seen in pictures) The cool part about having these tiles as a kid would have been that theyâ€™re mine, and permanent.Â Let me explain.. while the refrigerator boxes were cool , Mom could only stand seeing â€œtrashâ€ in her backyard for so long.Â These interlocking tiles would have been awesome!! They look nice are easily stacked and hold up against elements a lot better than cardboard!Â We also carry a number and alphabet puzzle mat with removable letters- these donâ€™t interlock with the interlocking trade show tiles but being able to punch out the letters to create windows in my fort would rock! And if you look at the product page for the ABC mats youâ€™ll see a couple other ideas for your tiles like hop-scotch! If you have some of these tiles, or plan on getting some send me pictures of what creative stuff youâ€™re kids do with them!
Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I just want to take a moment and talk about how much fun I have working here.Â I work with mats, so Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re thinking that Iâ€™m probably exaggerating, but Iâ€™m not.Â Unlike most sales jobs, we donâ€™t work on commission and we donâ€™t read of scripts.Â In my opinion that gives you a pretty unique and â€œrealâ€ experience.Â I think not working on commission really helps us stay honest.Â Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ve all dealt with that less than honest sales person whoâ€™s just trying to make a buck and will say whatever it takes.Â Because we donâ€™t have quotas or financial incentives I really have no reason to lie or mislead you.Â The owners of the company NEVER push us to sell or pressure our customers.Â Whether itâ€™s one of our kids play mats, our trade show flooring, rubber gym flooring or any one of the thousands of mat products we offer, our products are quality and the reviews from you guys speak for themselves.Â You can be sure that we will never sell you a product that wonâ€™t work or you donâ€™t need.
The lack of scripts allows us to be ourselves, we here at MatsMatsMats.com all have such different personalities that youâ€™ll know youâ€™re talking to a real person not some robot going through the motions.Â We all have our own opinions on how to do things and when you call with questions or problem, itâ€™s really a group effort.Â We bounce ideas and solutions off each other and itâ€™s beneficial in making sure you are taken care of properly.Â I think thatâ€™s what makes working here so stress free.Â I know that if I donâ€™t know how to do something or if I donâ€™t have the answer I have co-workers that are there and willing to help me.Â We are like a family and work as such.Â Itâ€™s more about being united as a company and less about being the â€œstarâ€ employee. Being that we have so many products, itâ€™s hard to be an expert on everything but we work as a team and each have our own areas of expertise, so if Iâ€™m not 100% sure about a product I can easily get an answer for you.
So, whether itâ€™s your first time calling us, or youâ€™re a repeat customer, I hope this gave you a little insight into our company and how much we actually care about you and what we do.
Posted on: July 11th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
As Iâ€™ve said before, I never knew there was such a demand for the products we here at MatsMatsMats.com provide and I am always curious when people use our products for anything other than what itâ€™s intended for.Â Â That said, I got a phone call the other day from a man who wanted to purchase a roll of our non carpeted crosslink rolls so he could make what he called a Water Pad.Â We tell customers all the time that our foam is closed cell, therefore it doesnâ€™t absorb liquid (typically referring to sweat or drinks) – I never thought that it would float.Â He seemed to want me to assure him that our crosslink foam rolls would work like he wanted and I just couldnâ€™t.Â We already tell customers that we donâ€™t warrant our products to be suitable for any particular purpose and will not be liable for any injuries that may result during the use of these products.Â However, I wouldnâ€™t feel right assuring somebody that a product will work when it wonâ€™t, or if I know it will have other problems down the line.Â I decided to do an experiment:
I took one of our crosslink foam samples and let it float in a bowl of water 8 hours, then let it dry naturally for 15 hours. I then submerged it in water completely for 24 hours, letting it dry naturally over the weekend. I was trying to determine whether the foam would retain its buoyancy, absorb water or start to smell.Â It did nothing.Â It still looks like it looked before coming in contact with the water and hasnâ€™t expanded or started producing any kind of mildew smell.
I then started testing how much weight the foam could withstand before sinking, and I found that a little 4.5â€x4.5â€ piece of foam, that weighs .5oz, was able to keep a piece of 4.5â€x4.5â€ rubber, that weighs 1.2lbs, a float.Â
Iâ€™m no scientist, but Iâ€™m pretty sure that I could now tell that man with confidence that the foam would work as water pad.Â I think these rolls would be perfect when I go boating. Whether youâ€™re out on a lake or out at sea you can throw one of rolls over board and have a floating dock to tan on or to help you get on and off your jet skis.Â One full sized roll (rolled up) is only 6â€™ tall and 3.5â€™ wide and can be easily thrown in the back of your truck or boat OR cut up into smaller more manageable pads. These are just a few of my ideas, it is your responsibility to determine the appropriate use.Â One of my co-workers customers decided to use this product as part of his trade show booth design – not as the trade show flooring, but as part of the design.Â So, be creative… and let me know if you come up with another unique use of this or any other of our many versatile products.