Challenge Bar Trivia Game for Trade Show Booths

The Challenge Bar trivia game is a digital, self-service game that pulls trade show attendees into an exhibitor’s booth to play because it is great looking, fun, and offers the chance to win a prize and get on the leaderboard. Which drives higher lead counts for exhibitors!

Different Games for Different Experiences.

Three Strikes

Attendees play until they get three questions wrong. The further that they go, the more points each question is worth. Exhibitors love this game, because questions are selected and sorted randomly.

On the Clock!

You are on the clock! So, answer as many questions as possible until time runs out. For bonus play, you can double the points as players keep getting answers correct. This game is good for quick activations without a leaderboard.

Game Show

Each player answers the same questions at the same time. A host chooses the questions, the order and how long they appear on the iPad. You can change the point value for each question to add more suspense.

Countdown Quiz

Create a sense of urgency, by putting 12 seconds on the clock. Attendees need to answer each question before time expires! The faster you answer, the more points you earn.

Drive Booth Traffic

People love to see their name in lights. The leaderboard creates a large visual beacon that pulls visitors into your trade show booth from the aisles.

Once a visitor sees their name on the leaderboard, they often take pictures to show their friends. You can expect some of them to return to make sure they still occupy a top spot.

Capture More Leads

Let the attendees do the data entry for you by filling out custom data capture forms. The game is self-service and never needs a break. It will continue to capture leads even when your booth staff are busy and tired.

Customize our data capture forms and surveys to get the data that will help your business the most. Ask visitors to sign up for the newsletter, download a document and sign up for a meeting with your sales reps.

And with the new Lead Manager App (a free Companion App to our Challenge Bar Trivia game), your booth staffers can ask and record detailed lead info – and even start leads that did not play a game.

Challenge Bar Trivia Game Helps J. J. Keller Nearly Double Their Trade Show Lead Goal

Educate Booth Visitors

Trivia games are an excellent way to educate attendees without needing to rely on your booth staff, signage or printed materials. Based on our experience, attendees will answer between 3,000 and 5,000 questions in a typical trivia game. Some clients will get between 14,000 and 20,000 questions answered.

Often booth visitors discuss the question content with people around them, when they don’t know the answer.

With our post event reporting and analytics, you can easily track game performance

Your Brand. Your Content.

The game has colorful, attractive screens that are easily customizable to include your logo, graphics and match your colors.

Create a question bank that highlights your products, benefits and company. Some clients even highlight trends in their industry. Each question helps a visitor learn something new about your company.

Game configurations can be saved and reused for other shows.

Key Features

Custom Lead & Survey Forms

Use our Custom Lead and Survey forms to multiply the amount of data that you capture. Our trivia game capture leads and surveys while you have meaningful conversations with existing customers.

Visual Leaderboard

Stimulate friendly competition and peer rivalry by showing top scores and rankings on this large visual leaderboard. We can configure the leaderboard to incorporate your event themes and branding.

Collaborative Game Play

Attendees play an individual trivia game standing along side each other. The format encourages collaboration & dialogue among the players, because each person has a random set of questions.

Shuffle Questions

The questions are shuffled after each game, so each game is unique. This way, when two people are playing side by side – they should see different questions in a different order. No Cheating!!

Show / Hide Correct Answers

Decide if you want to show or hide the correct answers.  Decide to show or hide the correct answers in the game. It’s good to have this feature on when “eduation” is important. However, some clients opt to hide the correct answer to keep people guessing.

Dashboard & Reports

The dashboard highlights booth traffic patterns and high level game statistics. Reports break down game, question and player performance. Questions may be grouped into categories such as learning objectives for reporting.

Reusable Configurations

Setup your game configuration and use it at multiple trade shows, sales meetings, customer events and internal meetings.

Multi-Language Support

For multi-lingual groups, you can run the game in English, French, German or Italian. Plus you can setup multi-lingual question banks in the same game.

Download & Follow-up

Quickly download your leads and survey data. Then, send off personalized email follow-ups before you get home.

Choosing The Best Interactive Game When You Exhibit At Different Vertical Market Trade Shows

Savvy exhibitors know that exhibiting at vertical market shows can be the best strategy for improving trade show results.

These smart exhibitors understand which industries their most valuable customers come from – and then exhibit at shows were those valuable customers attend.

For example, if you sell a software product for professional services firms, you may exhibit at a big software trade show.  But once you know that ad agencies and engineering firms buy three times more than your average client, you can instead exhibit at shows where ad agency employees or engineers attend.

So, what does that have to do with best interactive game choices?

When you exhibit at various vertical market trade shows, your audiences won’t be one-size-fits-all. Therefore, you will likely have a variety of audience types and booth sizes between shows.  So, you can boost your effectiveness by matching the best interactive game to the show.

  • When attendees are professional, competitive, or like to learn, your best choice is our Challenge Bar Trivia This works great for attendees like engineers, programmers, health care providers, and other similar professionals.
  • When attendees are more adventure-seeking, or money-driven, or impatient, then our Virtual Prize Wheel fits the bill. Think high-paying sales people, blue collar workers, and others who would be more likely to wear a pinkie ring than join a book club.

Booth size matters, too.

You can also select the best interactive game based on the size of your booth space:

  • If any of your vertical markets are valuable enough that you exhibit in an island booth, you are more likely to In your biggest show, you may invest in Challenge Bar Trivia. A bigger show can more easily absorb the higher purchase price (click here to see our trade show game pricing). And you have the booth space to have multiple iPads for players to get engrossed in the game, and place a large flatscreen leaderboard on the exhibit.
  • When a vertical market show only requires a small inline space, either our Virtual Prize Wheel or our Digital Fishbowl are a better fit.
  • And if you have many shows with similar vertical market audience types, then you may opt for the annual plan on any of the games, to lower your price per show.

A vertical market exhibiting strategy can be just the trick to generating greater results.  You avoid wasting money at big shows with broad audiences where too many attendees are unlikely to buy.  You focus your effort on getting face-to-face with only your best potential buyers. And with our variety of games, you can choose the best interactive game that fits each, different vertical market audience.

If you’d like to see more about how you can drive more booth traffic, keep attendees engaged longer, and capture leads with our fun interactive trade show games, click here to ask for a product demo. We’ll help you generate a serious increase in excitement, crowds, and leads.


Comparing Interactive Games To Other Trade Show Promotional Activities

While your ultimate goal in hosting a trade show promotional activity is to drive more booth traffic, that’s not the only thing exhibitors consider when making a buying decision.

While you can choose from a myriad of ways to pull people into your exhibit, only interactive games also meet several key purchasing criteria of many exhibitors. It might be like comparing apples to oranges. Let’s see how.

key purchasing criteria for trade show promotional activities

What Factors Matter To Exhibitors When Choosing Trade Show Promotional Activities?

Exhibitors consider many criteria when evaluating potential trade show promotional activities. These are several common features and benefits exhibitors value highly:

  • Fun: Exhibitors know it’s ultimately attendees who decide which booths to enter. So exhibitors want their promotional activity to be fun so attendees will visit and stay in their booth.
  • Customize To Brand: While lead generation is often the top reason exhibitors go to shows, #2 is usually to build brand awareness. So most exhibitors desire promotional activities that customize to their brand’s look and feel, with their brand colors, fonts, logos, and images.
  • Tech-Based: Millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce. Plus, so many people are in love with their consumer technology. So, exhibitors want tech-based activities, because their attendees want them, too.  And many exhibiting companies also need a tech-based activity to reflect their own high-tech brand.
  • Low-Cost: Exhibitors already spend so much on booth space, show services, staffer travel, and their exhibit structure. So exhibitors have a hard time investing in promotional activities, even if promos more than pay their way in more booth traffic. So exhibitors want more for less.
  • Easy-To-Setup: Busy B2B marketers and trade show managers have little time to reinvent the wheel for each trade show. They need a promotional activity that doesn’t take many weeks or even months to program and arrange, nor require paid on-site handlers to babysit.
  • Captures Leads: Sales leads – it’s why we exhibit! Yet too often, attendees participate in a promotional activity, only to slip away anonymously when they are done. Unless, you have a promotional activity that requires attendees to provide their own contact and lead qualifying data.

popular trade show promotional activities

How Do Popular Trade Show Promotional Activities Perform On Key Buying Criteria?

These are some of the more popular choices exhibitors consider to create more buzz in their booth:

  • Interactive trade show games: Games entice and amuse attendees to compete with their friends, colleagues, and even themselves, to demonstrate skill and luck, win prizes, and earn bragging rights.
  • Entertainers: Exhibitors put the “show” back in the trade show business with magicians, artists, dancers, musicians, and more, to attract the attention of curious passers-by. Exhibitors need to ensure the attraction ties into their brand and marketing messages.
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: VR submerges attendees within a 3D digital landscape seen inside VR headsets, while AR layers 3D digital objects over the real world as seen with iPads or smartphones. But they require large investments in time and money to design, build, and implement an activity customized to the exhibitor’s products and services.
  • Food and Drink: Hospitality refreshes visitors who are hungry and thirsty, while the smell of coffee or fresh-baked cookies creates an invisible attraction, too. They can also make your booth messy, fail to make you look innovative, and not leave a memorable tie-in to your brand.
  • Group Presentations: Exhibitors build a small theater inside their booth to tell their story with a polished presenter, amplified sound, big screen visuals, plenty of seating, and usually PowerPoint. You need an inhouse or hired expert to make your presentation compelling enough to sit through in a busy trade show.
  • Charity Donations: Exhibitors appeal to trade show attendees by offering to make donation to one or more charities on attendees’ behalf if they visit their booth. Exhibitors must choose charities well that match their own brand plus appeal to their target audience’s demographics.

You know where this is going, right?

Comparing Interactive Games To Other Trade Show Promotional Activities

Only SocialPoint Interactive Trade Show Games Meets All These Key Buying Criteria

While all of these potential trade show promotional activities have their strengths and weaknesses, only interactive trade show games meet all these key buying criteria.

You get more than just booth traffic with SocialPoint. Our interactive trade show games are fun, customize to your brand, are tech-based, low-cost and easy to set up, and capture attendee lead data. So you get more of what you want for your trade show program. Orange you glad you did?

If you’d like to see more about how you can drive more booth traffic, keep attendees engaged longer, and capture leads with our fun interactive trade show games, click here to ask for a product demo. We’ll help you generate a serious increase in excitement, crowds, and leads.

What Is A Trade Show Interactive?

Adding a trade show interactive has become one of exhibitors’ favorite tools to getting today’s more reluctant show attendees to cross from the aisle and into and their booth space.

Why are trade show interactives more necessary than ever?  Let me count the ways:

  1. Attendees today have more control of the buying process, because they can easily get product info from the web. So, exhibitors must offer a more compelling experience attendees can’t get online to get them into their booth.
  2. Attendees love technology, and spend much of their personal time playing with their phones and tablet computers consuming digital content. So, tech-driven interactives meet their expectations – especially with Millennials, which are now the largest generation in the workforce.
  3. Attendees are overwhelmed with too much work and not enough time. So, when they return to work after the show, they all too quickly forget much of what they learned, except for the most compelling experiences.
  4. Time-starved attendees need a more personalized experience that gives them just the information they need, in a faster and more memorable fashion.
  5. The high potential sales value from trade show visitors justifies investing more to create greater impact and results from each face-to-face interaction.

For all these reasons, trade show interactives are more popular than ever.

Trade Show Interactive Definition

What actually is a trade show interactive? It can have many elements about experience, senses, journey, and more.  Here is our definition:

A trade show interactive takes attendees beyond just looking at displays or conversing with booth staffers. With a trade show interactive, attendees interact in a staged, planned, personalized, multi-sensory way with objects, technology, games, and people to more memorably experience the exhibitor’s marketing message or story. A trade show interactive can be as small as a trade show game on an iPad or as large as an entire island booth.

Now that we have a more formal definition, let’s do deeper dives into various key aspects of trade show interactives.

Trade Show Interactive Ideas

Trade show interactive kiosk game

Creating a trade show interactive requires a shift in perspective.  Marketers and agency creatives have expertise about their company and client brands. They represent those brands in digital marketing campaigns, print ads, direct mail, and other mediums.

Now, the goal is to create activities that help trade show attendees experience, absorb, and retain brand elements and competitive advantages.

You can get inspired for your own trade show interactives by:

  • Deep understanding of your target audience: What industry are they from, their level of management seniority, their main job responsibilities, their worries, and their aspirational goals. And what do they look like demographically – their age, gender, education level, and level of introversion/extroversion.
  • Knowing your company’s brand personality – is your company reserved or playful, youthful or established, risk-taking or conservative, and more.
  • Surveying your current and planned marketing: What current marketing campaigns are working well in other media? What promising new campaigns could be morphed into an interactive experience?
  • Looking at examples inside and outside your industry: Have you and your team experienced an interactive at a trade show that wowed you? Not to rip them off, but to examine the effective elements of their trade show interactives, and as inspiration to raise your game.

Trade Show Interactive Games

Trade show interactive game display

Exhibitors love trade show games because they give attendees a fun, non-threatening way to enter their booth and enjoy themselves.  Games shake attendees out of their trade show stupor and put them in a more heightened state. At that point, exhibitors can more easily engage their booth visitors in meaningful discussions.

Trade show interactive games can run the gamut from an off-the-shelf activity that sits on a table top or fits in the hands of attendees, to large-scale customized tech marvels played on a stage and overseen by a game host.

The best trade show games not only fun for attendees, but also:

  • Match the exhibitor’s brand (visually with colors, logos, images, and fonts, plus also emotionally with the brand’s personality)
  • Integrate with and educate about the exhibitor’s marketing message, so while attendees have fun, they also go home better informed about the exhibitor’s products, services, benefits, and advantages
  • Use technology well, so attendees quickly grasp how to play the game, and have a smooth, enjoyable experience that matches or exceeds their expectations from consumer technology
  • Are affordable and easy to implement, because exhibitors don’t have excess time or budget for any promotional activity – too often, exhibitors skip promotional activities because they run out of time or budget.

Trade Show Interactive Touch Screens

Trade show interactive touch screen displays

For many exhibitors and attendees, touch screens are an integral part of any trade show interactive. Perhaps the most common tech used in trade show booths are iPads and other tablet computers.  Those touch screens allow visitors and booth staffers to navigate websites without a mouse or keyboard.

Exhibitors also design trade show interactives that leverage the touch screen in every visitor’s pockets: their smart phones.  This can include creating interactives that encourage or require smart phone use, such as sharing photos with show-specific hashtags in order to win a prize.

To stand out even more, exhibitors go beyond iPads and smart phones in two meaningful ways: First, they use larger touchscreens, and second, they use more sophisticated media than websites.

While an iPad allows for a personalized, one-on-one experience, a larger touchscreen monitor lets groups of attendees engage with a presentation or an app.  Exhibitors can build their trade show activity within a custom app that allows for bigger impact, still using the navigational superiority that a touch screen provides.

Custom apps deployed on large touch screens powerfully digitally portray and explain physical products.  Prospects can interact with product specs, videos, literature, 3-D product models, capabilities, uses, and more.

While most custom apps let attendees navigate information brought together especially for the trade show experience, other custom apps can take visitors on a digital journey.  This may be a game, a self-driven presentation, or more.

Trade Show Interactive Tech With Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are two of the more popular of the higher tier of technologies for trade show interactives.

Virtual Reality allows exhibitors to create trade show interactives that give attendees an even more personalized and sensory experience.  Virtual Reality surrounds and submerges attendees within a digital world that portrays your products, locations, games, and customer experiences.

Augmented Reality overlays computer-generated images, animations and objects over real objects seen through the view of a smart phone or iPad. trade show interactives.  Attendees enjoy the interactive aspect of Augmented Reality as they digital elements appear and move, prompted by where the attendee aims the iPad.

Trade Show Interactive Kiosks & Displays

Exhibitors searching for trade show interactive kiosks and displays can widely range in size and substance:

  • An iPad stand that holds their trade show interactive application
  • A small part of their overall booth, meant to provide more interactivity with attendees, with or without digital technology
  • A comprehensive, experiential trade show marketing campaign, hosted in most or all of their booth space

The first two choices are more common and manageable for exhibitors. Plug-and-play trade show interactives give exhibitors the freedom to experiment with various promotional campaigns as they move through their trade show schedule.  Trade show interactive kiosks and smaller displays also let exhibitors integrate the same promotional idea in a wider variety of booth sizes.

When ambitious exhibitors decide to host an experiential marketing campaign, they desire trade show interactive displays in the largest sense of the concept.  These exhibitors want their display to act as a stage to host the activity. So rather than design their booth around the usual company features, benefits, and product images, their display instead is designed to facilitate the interactive experience itself.  At this point, the exhibit and the experience are combined.

Are You Ready For A Trade Show Interactive?

Trade shows continue to thrive as a marketing medium, because they get thousands of potential buyers in the same big room as sellers. But, to get those attendees into your booth and then have a meaningful, memorable experience, more and more exhibitors are relying upon trade show interactives.

If you’d like to see more about how you can drive more booth traffic, keep attendees engaged longer, and capture leads with our fun interactive trade show games, feel free to contact us with questions or to discuss your event with one of SocialPoint’s Digital Strategists. We’ll help you generate a serious increase in excitement, crowds, and leads.

Let us show you how you can use the Challenge Bar Trivia game to achieve your exhibiting goals