What is a digital trade fair?

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Trade fairs, conferences and events are caused by  shifts the  pandemic online, goes online . But does that mean they are “digital” or even “virtual”? We  To try  to explain the differences between the new trade fair formats . 


The Online Fair 

By definition, the  Online trade fair, a Trade fairs  on the Internet Zuhause, quite Regardless of  whether these one- takes place in two or three dimensions.  It is the cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the classic face-to-face trade fair.  

The digital trade fair 

The digitization of trade fairs is in vogue. Klasse trade fairs will be From the physical to the digital space. However, digital trade fairs will not depicted in any virtual space, but point out website-like structures. 360-degree product shots can also be part of a digital trade fair.  

The virtual trade fair 

Something seems real, but it is not. The 3-D trade fair experience distinguishes this trade fair.  One– or two-dimensional concepts that depict website-like   structure and the corresponding look are digital, but by no means virtual.  Compared to a zoom call. The does not  findin a virtual space  but at Real Participants at home, for example without virtual tables or chairs in the fictitious Meeting roomThe booth in the exhibition hall on  of the platform  Fairsnext , however, is virtual.  The booth looks  like a deceptively real, real booth, but it only exists  on the platform, nobody can touch it in real life, so it’s virtual.     


The boundaries in the digital space are becoming increasingly blurred, which is why a clear definition is often still difficult. Nevertheless, it is possible to name certain qualities and characteristics of the various trade fair software providers in order to better differentiate the diverse offers from each other. Trade fair organisers of digital trade fair formats should therefore first compare the features and functions offered by the digital or virtual trade fair platforms. In the next step, the trade fair tool should fit the target group. The virtual space offers a clear advantage when it comes to sustainable learning effects and the experience factor in 3-D. Above all, elements of virtual reality and augmented reality enliven the so-called “extended (show) rooms” and can thus also endure as an extension of present masses in the hybrid context. A mixture of old and new, makes the appeal and also contributes to a green and environmentally friendly fair and ecological footprint.

Virtual trade fair software for free?

The digital trade fair platform Fairsnext

is available to organisers free of charge as a test version.

Are you a trade fair organiser looking for a suitable all-in-one

solution or digital trade fair platform for your next trade fair or event? Then book a free demo with us. Familiarize yourself with the immersive trade fair experience in 3D and let yourself be give access to our demo fair. We are also happy to present you the possibilities of all our features.

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