The Inspired Home Show 2021 [Previously “International Home + Housewares Show”] | What to Expect for Exhibitors

The Inspired Home Show, previously known as The International Home + Housewares Show, has moved their date from March of 2021 to August. This update was made to give ample time to prepare all safety precautions, and allow for a live show to take place. Join the Inspired Home Show, and connect with thousands of industry professionals, from August 7 – 10, 2021 in Chicago’s state-of-the-art McCormick Place Exposition Center.

This show brings an opportunity to join the world’s largest marketplace of home and housewares professionals. Tens of thousands come to explore new, creative business opportunities as well as strengthen existing relationships.

COVID-19 Updates

The International Housewares Association, McCormick Place and vendor partners are working together on an action plan that complies with recommendations and safety procedures from CDC, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago. 

New protocols for the 2021 show will include extra measures such as: 

  • Enhanced cleaning processes, especially in high-touch areas
  • Improved air quality by increasing outside air intake
  • Additional training for staff and security to recognize Coronovirus symptoms, and know appropriate actions to take to minimize risks

More about this, or to find out about updates as the show draws nearer, visit The Inspired Home Show COVID-19 Updates page. 

About the Inspired Home Show

The International Housewares Association (IHA) sponsors this show to provide a world-class home products marketplace that connects buyers and sellers. Attendees and events give the opportunity to showcase products, facilitate global commerce and increase consumer awareness and interest in home products.

The International Home + Housewares Show is a vital trade show for home and housewares products professionals to showcase new home products, access cutting-edge educational seminars and gain insight into business practices and trends that are shaping the industry.

The show features thousands of exhibitors from over 45 countries, and typically serves more than 60,000 attendees from over 125 countries.

Distinct Product Galleries

To maximize your experience at the show, the IHA has separated product categories into show-within-a-show expos covering a wide range of information. These categories represent a large swath of information and concepts: 

  • Discover, Design: Featuring unique pieces that define the home
  • Clean + Contain: A place for everything & everything in its place
  • Dine + Decor: Personality for the home, profitability for the retailer
  • Wired + Well: Products that electrify the home, self and store
  • Hall of Global Innovation: The connected life your customers crave
  • International Sourcing: Value-driven products from China and Taiwan

Successful Exhibit Tips

Set clear goals for your trade show experience; asking yourself the following questions can help with this task. Once you have the answers to these questions, you can develop a clear plan to reach your goals and measure your success.

  • What do you hope to gain from the show? 
  • How many attendees do you want to draw in, and how many leads do you want to generate? 
  • What products do you want to showcase? 
  • Are you launching a product or promoting your business? 

Do your research. Although you can’t attend everything, you can maximize your time by putting yourself in reach of your target audience at all times. Focus on the expos and educational events that are most likely to include your target customers so you can put all your attention on those most likely to buy.

Budget and register for your space. When you register for the show, be sure to find out all you can about your space, such as its location on the floor, other exhibitors near you, the typical traffic in the area and what’s included in the space, such as lighting.

Plan your exhibit. The last thing you want is a cluttered booth. To plan your exhibit, decide on who you want to reach and what products, demonstrations and promotional materials are best suited to their needs. If you’re targeting multiple audiences, consider the best products to launch or showcase to reach a wide variety of attendees.

Advertise well in advance. Trade show promotion should start months in advance. Promote your attendance on social media, your website, in press releases and through email blasts to ensure that your customers have time to plan. Utilize information such as the attendee list to reach new customers before the show even starts. 

Engage on social media. Use social media outlets to share your trade show exhibit information, drum up anticipation for your giveaways or product launches and share behind-the-scenes tidbits like your team packing for the event or show meetings. Be sure to use the show’s hashtags or other relevant tagging to get your posts into the online conversation. 

Draw the crowd. Use an interactive display, such as a game, contest or raffle to draw people’s interest to your booth. Giving away prizes through raffles or contests is a great way to collect information about visitors and encourage more traffic to your booth.

Bring promotional materials. Make sure you devote enough of your budget to an array of promotional materials. You should have order forms, business cards, price sheets, brochures, flyers and more that you can hand out to visitors to ensure you stay in their minds.

Keep staff at your booth. At a show, you’ll want to attend networking events and educational seminars, so it’s important to make sure that your booth is never empty. When you’re preparing for the show, ensure you have enough team members attending the show to man the booth the entire time the show is open and greet visitors to engage them with your business.

In addition to these tips, you can also use our Trade Show Preparation Guide to make sure you position your business for success.

Prepare with Xibit Solutions

The Inspired Home Show is the premier trade show for the home and housewares products industry. If you’re planning to attend the  Inspired Home Show in 2021, Xibit Solutions can help you craft an incredible booth experience to make the most of your time. 

From customized graphics to start-to-finish booth experiences, our talented professionals can guide you through every aspect of your trade show exhibit to ensure you get the most for your investment. Contact Xibit Solutions to request a quote, and let us handle the hard work while you focus on your business.