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How to Choose a Company to Build Your Exhibition Stand Design

download (13)There are many excellent exhibition stand design companies offering their services around the world, and this can make it exceptionally difficult to select one that meets the needs of your company and organisation. With each professional claiming to deliver the best designs and the best service, narrowing down your options can be very time-consuming indeed.

However, it is important to note that there are several factors that can be taken into consideration for best results. Following a few guidelines will help you select the best exhibition stand design company for your needs, ensuring your success at the event that you are attending.

The first piece of advice is to look for a company that offers the integrality of services that you require, including design, build, storage, transportation and set-up. A company that offers a total service is often a great idea for those who require a complex design for a trade fair, and plan to reuse the stand over and over again.

A company that builds, adapts, stores and transports the design can be a great idea for these companies, as they will have a number of excellent quality and essential services all under the umbrella of one exhibition stand design company, making things a lot easier. However, this is not necessarily important for all companies and organisations.

Some may find that they do not necessarily require the design services of a company, but will need a company to refine their ideas and then build the stand. Furthermore, they may not require transportation and storage, as this is something they prefer to do themselves. Therefore, it is essential that each company considers their unique needs before hiring a service provider.

The next step is to consider the experience of the company in serving businesses or organisations similar to yours in size, budget and industry. Although many excellent service providers will be capable of producing great designs for large and small businesses in a range of sectors, proven expertise in a specific area has several benefits.

To give a concrete example, an exhibition stand design company that is highly familiar with the science and technology sector is highly likely to have their finger on the pulse of what is happening in this field, and what competing companies are doing to stand out from the pack when attending trade events.

They will also have experience of what works and what does not when it comes to attracting different types of attendees to stands, whether this is a free presentation, a high-tech display or an interactive audience experience. With this in mind, a track record of success with certain size companies in certain fields can be an advantage.

Finally, attention should be given to awards that the company has received, whether official awards for design or simply very positive customer testimonials. Of course, the former bring prestige not only to the exhibition stand design company, but also to yours if you decide to hire their services.

Both industry-recognised awards and positive customer testimonials speak directly to the quality of the company, and any business or organisation looking for the best quality design and build should take them into consideration when making a hiring decision.

These are just a few steps to choosing the right exhibition stand design and build company – from paying attention to industry awards and experience serving your particular sector, you will be setting yourself up to hire a service provider that is capable of delivering the best stand designs.

Furthermore, a company that can offer the full range of services that you require will mean that you have the ultimate hassle-free experience, taking the stress out of attending an exhibition or trade fair.

CEI Exhibitions is a world leader in the exhibition design and build industry, with over 15 years’ experience working with major international brands and companies. The strengths of CEI Exhibitions are encapsulated in the creative energy of its designers, the skill of its carpenters and the experience and dedication of its project managers and installation engineers. CEI Exhibitions provides clients with a complete exhibition stand solution, including initial consultation, project management, design and build, logistics, installation and dismantle and storage services. CEI Exhibitions is dedicated to providing an uncompromising quality of service to develop creative solutions that reinforce clients’ brands and communicate effectively with their audiences.

 

What Is Business? Pt 1

download (12)When the understanding of a phenomenon is not known misunderstanding and misinterpretation is unavoidable; therefore application will be disjointed and misplaced! The title of this article I believe is the most misconstrued of the cardinal questions related to the marketplace especially by Christians! The reason is not farfetched; Christians go to the wrong sources to look for its definition, therefore, they’d certainly be misinformed which can result to destiny malformation in the marketplace.

Arguably, there are only two dictionaries in the world: The Bible and others. The Bible is the only “Assured” book that contains the express will of God; that’s why it is regarded as the hand book of life, and by extension the handbook of business. This presupposes that if you want to know the express will of God concerning “What is Business” and other related issues that deal with business; the right and definite place to go is the bible.

Sadly, many Christian business professionals and entrepreneurs – nay, would-be Christian business practitioners seem to believe that the bible has nothing or little to say about business, so they invariably gravitate towards secular sources for the definition of business.

So, what is Business?

Let’s first explore first some of the popular definitions of business that has moulded the culture of business practitioners across the world. The Longman dictionary of Contemporary English gives an illusionary definition that had deluded many. It says business is “The activity of making money by producing or buying and selling goods, or providing services.” The WordWeb Dictionary defines business as the “The activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects.”

Human beings are creatures of emotion. Man is driven by his believes and values ingrained in his heart, even though he may sometime not be aware of it. The believe that business is about making money by providing products and/or services is what had been the driving force behind the passion of many business people, which have alienated mankind from the purpose for which God created business. Sadly, this is the bane of many business practitioners. The fruit or product of this kind of worldview is self-conceited and self-serving business people.

If you agree that God is the creator of the earth and the rest of the universe; then you’d also agree that He is solely responsible for the rules that govern the universe! One distinguishing character of God is that He is an intentional God. He created everything (including business) on and for a purpose. In this article, I’ll be spotlighting God’s definition of business. The surest clue to understanding this is in discerning the purpose why He created business. In this follow up article, I’ll explore what business is truly all about.

The starting point to this puzzle is to go to the very beginning; where God established His purpose of business enshrined in his cardinal purpose for man. The purpose of business is divine in nature: business exists to fulfill the Creation Mandate in Genesis 1:28,

“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over… ”

The cardinal purpose of man is to rule God’s physical universe – known as creation mandate. Given the Creation Mandate as the prime mandate of man, then everything relating to the life of man must find its purpose in this mandate. Therefore business is a tool to enable man to rule. If the purpose of man is to rule God’s physical creation, then all human activity must relate to man’s responsibility to rule. Therefore work is, and must be, a means to rule.

 

Tips For Working With Your Chosen Video Production Company

download (11)Coming up with professional-looking videos to promote your brand, services or products are not something that every business can do. This is because not all companies have a talented in-house video production team. But if you really want to have and promote a video that represents your brand, you can hire a video production company.

Once you have hired a video production company, don’t think that all your hard work ends here. To make sure you have a good video representative of your brand or one that does a good job of introducing and showcasing your products or services, it is essential that you work well with your hired video production company.

Below are some tips you can follow to have a good working relationship with your chosen video production company and achieve your goals:

Discuss all your goals about the project. Identify the goals you want the video to achieve and talk about them in detail with your hired service provider. Be as specific as you can: do you want this video to introduce your new product or service or do you want it to help you achieve brand recognition? If you don’t have a clear set of target goals for your video, you’ll end up with having one that is useless and you will just waste a lot of your time and money.

Set your budget and make sure the video production company knows this. Once you have set a budget for this project, it is important to relay this to your chosen partner. If not, you may end up being surprised with the amount you have to pay for. However, once you’ve figured out what you can spend, you still need to be open with that figure. Make sure you give a reasonable range of budget to work with to help the production team focus on the right content and solutions.

Be flexible. One of the reasons you decided to hire a video production company is to get advice from them and to optimize their expertise. As such, it won’t do you any good if you shut down their ideas and recommendations. Listen to them and be open to the options you’re presented with. In general, creative concepts can be hard to visualize. If possible, wait until for the video to be completed until you judge.

Be honest. Lastly, if you don’t like something about the content or the direction the project is headed to, don’t hesitate to tell this to your chosen partner’s representative. You are the client and the one paying them so they need to satisfy your requirements. Don’t be easily satisfied with the results they give you as well; if you think that the video was poorly made, have it redone.

 

What Is Business? Pt 2

download (10)It takes “Organized, intelligent and productive work” to rule. One interesting designation is the creation mandate is to “fill the earth.” It takes efficient and effective visionary leadership to “rule,” “lead,” “manage,” and fill up God’s structure – earth. All of the foregoing is the elements that make up a healthy business system. At the conclusion of work after creation episode, God enacted a “work” or “business” code called creation mandate for man to engage in filling up the “structure” that He created,

“Now no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate (work) the ground
Genesis 2:5

When a high-rise apartment building project is under construction, the structural engineers first put in place the structure or skeleton of the entire building, which defines how the building would look like eventually. Thereafter, building engineers would come and fill up the structure with blocks before you can fully appreciate the aesthetic appeal or value of the apartment building. After God, Adam was the first worker or business man on earth; he was mandated to fill up or work up God’s structure of creation i.e. administer and market productively God’s vision on earth

It becomes clear that business is divine in nature; business is a veritable vehicle to do the will of God; it isn’t created to support sin – self enrichment and nepotism. While I would concede that money or profit is a corollary of obedience to ruler-ship; it isn’t the primary objective of business. The beauty of the business system is appreciated best when it is organized under a harmonious and congenial atmosphere.

So, what is business from God’s perspective?

Business is the efficient and effective organization of your skill, talent or gift under a healthy and compatible business system. Business is the organized supply of human needs and the promotion of human well-being under God’s program. Every kingdom business should have healthy and compatible system in place that encourages efficiency and effectiveness. So then, what is a business system from biblical perspective? That will be the theme of our discourse in our next article!

Many years before Jesus launched His earthly ministry – at the tender age of twelve – He announced publicly to His earthly parents and those within hearing distance His principal purpose on earth,

“… Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

Luke 2:29

By this announcement, Jesus enshrouded the make-up of His ministry in mystery; even His earthly parent couldn’t understand what He meant,

Yet his parents did not understand the remark he made to them.”

I want to juxtapose the world’s definition of business and God’s purpose for business from the foregoing text. If business is all about making money through the provision of products and services (according to the world’s definition), question is, what was the product or service that Jesus rendered to the “doctors” He listened to and how much money was involved? Your answer is as good as mine – none.

Christ business wasn’t predicated on physical reality but on spiritual reality, he sought to pursue the will of God – creation mandate – by bringing His creation into alignment with God. Therefore from the outset of His business on earth, Jesus sought to bring people in alignment with the ways of God, through His ministry.

Jesus said to them, “My food (purpose) is to do the will (creation mandate) of the one who sent me and to complete his work (ruler-ship)”

John 4:34

If given that Christ perspective of business wasn’t predicated on provision of physical goods, products or services for the purpose of making money! So then, what was the father’s business that He alluded to in the text above? His father’s business is the work given Him to do on earth which is the will of the father – creation mandate.

Christ business on earth was is rulership. From the foregoing, one can understand the fundamental elements of God’s business which are:

  1. His will – VISION
  2. Rulers-hip – ADMINISTRATION
  3. Working – PRODUCTION
  4. Dominion – MARKETING

This is the core of what is known as “business system” that Christ explained in the parable of the householder in the twenty-first chapter and verses thirty-three and thirty-four of the books of Matthew. In my follow-up article, I’ll explore “The anatomy of a business system.”