The Search for a General Service Contractor: Making the Right Choice
Show organizers and event planners know that their success cannot be accomplished without a creative, seasoned general service contractor(GSC). A GSC provides products and services that transform an empty convention center into a location filled with a welcoming entrance, registration environments, bold and captivating branded areas, functional booth spaces and inviting networking lounges.
Finding the right GSC can be challenging and overwhelming at times. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some things to consider when searching for a GSC.
The budget you determine for your event will help you develop your RFP. You will want to allocate a portion of your budget to be used towards your GSC’s best event practices. Allow your GSC to be creative and let them create the most engaging experience your budget allows.
Search. Click. Shop. Now more than ever, we have so much information at our fingertips. Use social media as a resource, as well as facility references. It’s always about what you want and not what they think you need.
Be realistic with your RFP development. Consider your use of space and how you will need to fill it, while keeping in mind your exhibitor’s expectations and your budget. Your GSC is your event architect. A little more can go a long way.
Think about features and benefits. Every GSC has pipe & drape, but what sets them apart from each other? What are you looking for? A few defining factors are:
Customer Service: you and your exhibitors are expecting an exceptional experience that is stress-free and inviting.
Show Me The Visuals: a well kept show floor and environment is important throughout the duration of the event.
Availability: staying in constant contact is key to making sure your every request is addressed and fulfilled.
Forward Thinking: it’s always good to have a plan. A good GSC is looking out for your show’s future. A great GSC is offering solutions for your future show(s) in advance of the show year your RFP is based on.
When choosing the next GSC for your event, consider these factors. Also keep in mind, who do you believe will exceed your expectations and who do you really want to work with? A great GSC and partner will do everything in their power to create that one-of-a-kind experience for you and your guests.