CEIR Releases 2018 Marketing Spend Decision Report The B2B Exhibition Channel Captures Largest Share of Exhibitor Marketing Budgets

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Recently, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released an updated version of its popular Marketing Spend Decision Report, originally published in 2015 with new research tracking how much business-to-business (B2B) exhibitions capture of exhibitor marketing budgets in its 2018 edition.

“This report shows the continued strength of B2B exhibitions. It is the face-to-face marketing channel of choice for brand marketers that use it,” remarked CEIR CEO Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP. She added, “The report offers exhibitors and exhibition organizers valuable metrics. In addition to profiling the complete marketing channel mix among brand marketers that exhibit, it also includes other important metrics that indicate movement in the market that stakeholders need to understand to effectively respond.”

Though B2B exhibitions dominate in capturing the largest share of the marketing budget of these brand marketers, this study reveals marketing budgets are stagnant. Stagnant budgets, coupled with the documented increase in median number of exhibitions participated in, finds median spending per exhibition has not increased since last reported in 2015. Taking inflation into consideration, spending has declined marginally.

Looking forward to 2018, the number of exhibitions participated is expected to hold. Positive movement in net square footage (NSF) is expected to come from more exhibitors planning to increase their booth sizes at events they are participating in over adding exhibitions to their remaining schedule for 2018.

2018 Marketing Spend Decision Report also highlights differences by specific demographics including annual revenues, annual marketing budgets, booth size and specific CEIR sectors.
Online survey results are based on a study conducted by CEIR during the spring of 2017, polling a sampling of exhibitors from lists provided by Freeman, GES, Fern Expositions, Hargrove and Shepard Exposition Services. A total of 424 exhibitors responded.

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