Ideas & Tips

Branding – Behind the Scenes

Check out Branding Behind the Scenes, keeping you updated on how other brands are promoting themselves right now,
plus a peek at what goes on behind the scenes when we craft your unique displays and events.

Unique event design

Custom designed and built exhibition stand for GSK

The dazzling GSK display at Lupas2017 International Conference Custom designed and built by the BrandScapes Team features strong branding with high impact

  • Jano & Joel Pre-Testing the unique branding structure at our workshop
  • Steve crafting the complex curved coffee counter
  • Tessa creating the bespoke branding & construction plans
  • Tom leading the onsite team, ensuring everything is installed to plan



Retail design

Custom deigned retail fitout for WaterGardens shopping centre

A high end shopping centre information kiosk for Watergardens Shopping Centre Bespoke design and custom construction by the BrandScapes team – clean and simple branding

  • Extreme care was taken with transport of the unit
  • Steve and Joel set to work on the installation as the sun sets
  • Tessa’s impressive artistic impression



Custom retail display

Retail design and construction

A bold and vibrant in – store display uniquely created for Telstra by the BrandScapes team – Stong branding to drive sales of the NightHawk WIFI device

  • Steve creating the internal workings of the light box wall – fitting a support for the glowing disk and hundreds of LED lights
  • Joel triple checking and setting the wiring and controls
  • Joel fitting the display product, Sarah ensuring the lightbox banner skin is installed perfectly


Get the expert approach to your next unique branding experience whether it be a:

  • Custom TRADESHOW displays & branding
  • Unique RETAIL display
  • Dynamic MOBILE & POP up brand activation
  • OUTDOOR Displays and branding
  • EVENTS to promote your new products and brand
  • Immersive SHOWROOM displays and front of house spaces for your brand


We understand the value of a great branding, and the attention to detail that is required to deliver premium exhibition solutions on time and on budget.

With backgrounds in the fields of branding, design, audio visual, construction and installation, our passionate team has the expertise to bring brands to life.

BrandScapes manufactures everything in-house, so our clients can be confident in maintaining complete control over undertakings of any size, ensuring all projects are delivered to the highest specifications and are of the utmost quality.



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As always feel free to contact me directly for ideas and advice on how to improve your branding


THE LESS-STRESS LIST – An Event Planning Guide for your next tradeshow stand


Exhibiting is one of the most effective and rewarding actives your brand can undertake. The opportunity to further develop relationships with existing customers and engage with potential new leads is unparalleled.

Event  planning can be a complicated and time consuming process, forward planning can go a long way to minimizing stress and ensure the full potential of your event is realized. Here’s our checklist developed from over 15 years creating unique tradeshow stands and events:



Event planning and budget tools

Event Planning – Define your Objectives

 By having a clear set of goals and being specific about your outcomes subsequent decisions and event planning is made easier.

What is your desired outcome / core purpose?

  1. To increase brand awareness?
  2. Define the measurement for success or your KPI’s of the project i.e number of leads?
  3. Introduce a certain number of new people to your product or service?
  4. Number of meetings (with measurable outcomes or a clearly defined set of actionable goals)
  5. Launch a new product or service?
  6. Reposition the business or a product?
  7. Generate leads?

Define the measurement for success?

  • What are your KPI’s? Is it cost per lead, number of meetings, number of on-stand purchases?
  • Who is your target audience? – be specific to attendees of this show?
  • What will the take home message be for visitors?
  • How does this event fit in with your overarching marketing and sales strategy?



Custom Exhibition Stand Costs


Ensure your budget is realistic,

includes all related costs

and covers cost over runs..

Budget Checklist – Costs to consider to improve your event planning:

  1. Past exhibiting costs – Review
  2. Stand space – Organizer fees
  3. Stand design and construction
  4. Promotional items / give away items
  5. Staffing
  6. Travel costs
  7. Uniforms
  8. Pre-show marketing
  9. Post show marketing
  10. Stand photography and videography
  11. Printing of literature

TIP: Ensure organizer deadlines are met to avoid additional costs



Event Planning - Event Organisers

Event Organiser

Event organizers require a significant amount of detail.  It’s important to provide them with any information they may have requested well ahead of time.

Organizer checklist

  1. Book your stand space
  2. Choose space-only or a booth package
  3. Request a floor plan and negotiate your preferred position, and wall configuration
  4. Pay organizer fees
  5. Reconfirm your stand orientation and position within the show – this can change without notice
  6. Exhibitor manual received, read carefully
  7. Exhibitor forms completed
  8. Meeting rooms booked if needed
  9. Guest badges/VIP list confirmed



Exhibition and event planning

Exhibition and event planning

Without dynamic, well-trained trade show staffing, all your event planning, eye-catching exhibit, and appealing giveaways can be worthless.

Team checklist

  1. Create your team for manning the stand, allow 1 per 3 x 3m of space
  2. Do any team members shine in this setting?
  3. Create rules for staff conduct and scripts for approaching visitors
  4. Ensure a staff are briefed on the core objective for exhibiting
  5. Put together an info pack for staff containing key information & roster
  6. Conduct a daily huddle at the start of each show day to track progress and raise any issues.

Brandscapes offers a complete service. Our fee is inclusive of event planning, power supply, lighting, rigging, graphic design, graphic production, furniture, hospitality and much more….



Custom exhibition Stand

Bespoke design and construction of your stand

By creating a great looking and positive environment where your team and prospects can meet face to face, brands have the opportunity to present themselves in the very best light.

Remember your core purpose of exhibiting?

  • Ensure your take home message is reflected in the design, layout and over all presentation of the stand itself

Develop a design brief for your stand, consider:

  1. Have you exhibited before – what did and didn’t work in the past?
  2. Approached from different angles how should the stand show off your key products and services
  3. How will flow of foot traffic effect the overall layout and staff movement
  4. How will staff handle and record their interactions with visitors?
  5. Consider practical elements required on the stand, furniture, storage, room for literature and product display plus small things like bag hooks and rubbish bins.
  6. If you’re displaying product confirm dimensions, weight and power requirements
  7. Confirm a schedule of works and key dates with BrandScapes

How will you measure the success of activity on the stand:

  1. Consider how you will count the number of leads, meeting, enquires etc.
  2. How will you collect and manage this data?



Event Planning

Conduct post-show evaluation as soon as possible:


When the last lead has left the stand, ties are loosened and the exhibition crews appear as if from nowhere,

it’s important to remember it’s not over till it’s over.


Gathering comments and feedback, evaluate the following:

  1. Were set objectives met?
  2. Was the budget met, what was the final cost
  3. Define your ROI (cost per visitors, lead, meeting etc.)
  4. Show selection, attendance, type of visitor
  5. Pre Show Marketing – was this effective
  6. Your stand location within the show
  7. Stand design and construction
  8. Performance of staff
  9. Your overall brand presence and appearance
  10. Keep on marketing
  11. Review your event planning, what needs to be worked on?

The marketing doesn’t stop here, to ensure you leverage your involvement consider:

Have all leads been added to your CRM to be fostered?

  1. Send personalized post event follow up with leads
  2. Social media posts
  3. You tube videos highlighting the event
  4. Share highlights of you event with your existing customers, some may have missed the event


For event planning assistance don’t hesitate to get in touch with the BrandScapes Team.




• Preliminary action plan

• Design discussion

• Cost Estimate

• We sketch ideas in front of you


• Design of your display

• Final Action Plan supplied to you

• Final Costings supplied to you


• Purchase Order received from you

• Raw Graphics supplied by you

• Test set up of your display in our production warehouse

• Updates and progress photos


• Dispatch of your display from our production warehouse

• Audio Visual files tested

• Pre Install update provided to you


• Your display installed

• Finishing touches + merchandising

• Onsite hand over

• Photos taken of your display


• Post show feed back

• Your display re-packed + consolidated for storage or forward on to next event



The hardest part of planning your expo stand is fitting all your messages and products into a small space….. and it not looking like a dogs breakfeast!

It’s important to deliver a clear take home message for potential customers and avoid visual clutter.

This is the approach we took in planning a recent BOSCH event:

+ Organise and categorise the space into zones
+ Make display areas multi purpose –the tower tops were for clear branding, middle sections for specific messages and lower areas dedicated to physical product.
+ We didn’t try and cram everything into the space, we actually removed items originally in the brief.

Need help with your next event or more event tips – feel free to get in touch

Your Brand on TV – Set design and construction

Here’s a set we designed and built for Gaggenau as seen on THE BLOCK reality TV show. We crafted this set from rustic timber from a wreckers yard and lazer cut 3D metallic logo complete with custom joinery. The BrandScapes team used the know-how gained from creating exhibition stands for Gaggenau to successfully apply their branding for TV. Need a set for your brand?, get in touch today and we can discuss ideas for set design and construction.


IMMERSIVE SPACES – Telstra Showroom

IMMERSIVE SHOWROOM – Telstra Customer Central Immersion Zone

A space for their team to workshop ideas, grow their customer relation skills and develop strategies.
A mobile plywood pod features interactive displays, designed to immerse the visitor in the experience of a Telstra customer.
The rest of the showroom had the usual BrandScapes treatment, complete with bright carpet, eclectic furniture and dynamic signage.

If this has got you thinking about your own showroom or front of house image…….get in touch and we can discuss ideas.


Telstra Showroom

Telstra Showroom


THE PERFECT SMALL EXPO KIT, maximum impact with minimal pack down size and set up time required.

Here’s what you need to create your kit:

  1. Stretched banner frame graphics walls
  2. Flat pack counter with interchangeable graphic inserts
  3. Custom made ottomans in your brand colour with sneaky internal storage
  4. A corner cabinet / discussion bench with storage and slat-wall for merchandising
  5. Branded floor graphics, simply stick on the venue carpet
  6. Sturdy transport cases

We produced 3 of these kits for our friends at Hesta and have been rolling them out across the Australia.

Need a something more impressive than the standard pull up banner stand – get in touch today and we can discuss ideas…

Event Logistics – Avoid the pitfalls

Avoid a disaster when planning your event, don’t forget about

I know its not the most exciting aspect of your event plan!  But think of it as the glue that holds everything together, Or.. the back bone of your event.
You see something as simple as lost piece of freight or restricted venue access can have dire flow-on effects for your event.  Picture your hero product unable to be launched cos is stuck in transit. It does happen!

Here’s a few tips for you….
+ Remember to set clear deadlines for shipping all collateral, and allow time to deal with the unforeseen.

+ Make sure you take photos of all freight, record con-note numbers and label properly (remove those old labels too)

+ You need to consider what’s going happen to your display items post event, what about storage, disposal or on-forwarding to your next event, who will handle all this and what are the costs?

+ If you’re investing in new display gear, it’s vital to factor in in the production of sturdy transport crates. Sure it might be an extra, un-thought of cost.. but it will save you long term in repair costs.

+ Find out if your venue will receive delivery of your items in advance, is there a forklift? Do they have any restrictions?
These venue issues vary widely depending on type of venue and each have their own challenges and cost implications.
(see our prev. post for tips on events held at hotels)

+ Its important the event team you contract is equipped + experienced to support you on this font…..

  • Can they handle large bulky items?
  • Can they store your display post event?
  • Can they receive your material in advance + transport to site?
  • Do they have the appropriate vehicles + freight suppliers

These are all great questions for you to ask.

Don’t hesitate to contact myself or my team to discuss how your next event can be created stress free.

Whether craning in a pop up shop in busy traffic, installing a retail kiosk at 4am or creating an outdoor exhibit at a busy train station we’ve dealt with it all.


Exhibition Stands – What do they cost?

Its the most common questions people ask,  How much does it cost?

I’ve put together this quick guide to the costs associated with getting a unique exhibition stand custom built for your company.

A guide to assist with your exhibition stand budget

A guide to assist with your exhibition stand budget


Portable Kit – DIY

This is a base level option that you can install your self or have the Brandscapes team install for you.  Stretched banner frames, a flat pack counter and carpet decals make up the perfect portable stand kit

3 x 3m Option – $7500, 6 x 3m – $9000

Custom Hired Stand -$800 Pm2

Get the most bang from your expo buck by using a hired structure customised to suit your brand, this option includes:

A custom design

Hired stand structure

Printed graphics

Hire of Audio Visual displays, furniture and lighting

Carpet flooring

Professional installation by the BrandScapes team

Premium Stand  $1600 Pm2

Achieve a prestigious look with a unique custom built stand with

Unique design of your custom stand

Custom build structure with high quality finishes

Interactive displays

Suspended signage

Raised flooring platform

Professional installation by the BrandScapes team

I hope this helps with your planning, if you’d like to discuss the specific costs of your upcoming project feel free to get in touch,

you can drop me an email at or call on 1300 13 54 77

Good luck with your planning!


Branding ideas for you – Coloured Lighting

Add coloured lighting to really bring your brand to life
….Colour and lighting connects customers with the underlying values of your brand and when delivered via lighting adds real drama and impact to the often stark exhibition environment.
Need to make an impact and blow away the competition at your next event?…
Contact us today to book in a 30 minute design and planning consultation with me (no fee, no obligation) You’ll walk away with great tips on how to get the most bang from your budget and wow your customers.

Event and Exhibition Lighting – BOC Stand


Dyno Nobel @ MassMinn Conference Sydney Pacific HVAC @ ARBS Exhibition Melbourne Bosch @ Bunnings Expo Scott Safety Portable Expo Kit

Canada Aids Exhibition Display

Brandscapes had the honour of working with Canada’s leading National Aids Organisation at the 20th International Aids Conference held in Melbourne. Being the largest medical conference ever held in Australia, it attracted over 25,000 international delegates and 2,500 international journalists to our great city. What a great achievement it was for the Brandscapes team to be involved with such a reputable Canadian Aids Organisation. The conference was a success and raised major issues facing the global response to HIV.

Brandscapes had a blast working with Canada Aids and looks forward to working with many more International organisations!

My Home Connect Retail Pop Up Kiosk

We custom designed and crafted these unique kiosks for My Home Connect, a leading Australian home security & Innovation Company. With an intricate curved design, the kiosk will feature in Westfield shopping centres across Australia. The Brandscapes team worked until the early hours of the morning to install their first kiosk at Westfield Fountain Gate in Narre Warren. This was the first to be rolled out amongst many more so keep an eye out when you visit a Westfield shopping centre anywhere in Australia.

Barilla Signage

Barilla came to us with an area that was begging for some attention. In a highly competitive area of the store, we’ve helped them dominate the area with strong branding. Using large scale graphics will help your brand make an impact in a company showroom or custom exhibition stand!


BOC’s custom designed stand at AIMEX was a huge success for all! The large-scale, bright, custom stand had live demo’s on-site and incorporated BOC’s portable outdoor display.

Vans & Dr.Martens at Splendour!

Check out our large scale walls for Vans & Dr. Martens. at Splendour in the Grass.  We can “brand up” anything you have. These will be set up inside converted shipping containers. They are freestanding walls that assemble easily with overhead lighting.

Bunnings Spring Launch

The team has been busy lately with BOSCH for the 2013 Bunnings Spring Launch Expo! The show travels from Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney to Perth & we travel with it! Check out the Bosch & Diablo demo areas, ready for Bunnings staff to get stuck in and try out some BOSCH tools!