Giant replica made huge impact with visitors




All, Bespoke Exhibition Stands, Case Study

Innovative design ensured Sentinel’s product was the centre of attention

An Eliminator Vortex may, for some, sound like the main feature of a futuristic science fiction story. But there is nothing fictional about the latest major innovation of Sentinel Performance Solutions.

And we were given the challenge to ensure visitors knew all about it at the Installer 2018 show.

We did so in a VERY BIG way. In fact, the replica Sentinel Eliminator Vortex300 Filter that was presented on their exhibition display stand was nearly 10 times larger than the actual product and created a huge impact with visitors.

Seeking a “wow” presence

The story began some six months prior to the national heating and plumbing show taking place at Ricoh Arena, in Coventry.

Sentinel, who have been meeting customer demand for superior heating system protection products for more than 30 years, approached us to discuss their plans to exhibit at the event.

“Previously, we predominantly went with a self-assembly event solution, which has its place. However, with the launch of a flagship product, we wanted something that gave us a ‘wow’ presence. After meeting with Merit’s team, I was confident they could deliver the visual impact and also provide the attention to detail that can sometimes be missing.”
Daniel Cheung | UK Trade Marketing Manager at Sentinel


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Sentinel wanted an exhibition display stand that would:

  • Differentiate them from the competition.
  • Make a strong impact with show visitors.
  • Reflect its marketing campaign themes.
  • Highlight their latest major innovation, the new Sentinel Eliminator Vortex300 Filter.

After an exploratory meeting, Sentinel commissioned us to initially provide the first stage of the Merit 360° approach to exhibition activity, including:

  • Stand strategy and scope.
  • Creative direction and layout concepts.
  • VR walk-through experience.

Daniel said: “If I’m going to work with a premium partner, I’m going to expect a premium service and that is exactly what I got. I could have let an agency do the design and simply asked someone to build it but that wasn’t the service that I wanted.

“All the initial planning, creative and VR walkthrough assured me that Merit were a partner that was going to deliver and work with me to achieve my goals.”

As part of our delivery of this phase of the project, we conducted comprehensive competitor research, immersed ourselves in the Sentinel brand and products, and assessed a variety of styles and possible materials.

We then presented our findings including a set of bespoke line drawings.

Sentinel Exhibition Stand Drawing

The focal point of our design concept was the giant replica of the Sentinel Eliminator Vortex300.

sentinel exhibition stand drawing

Following the successful review of our concepts, we were invited to progress the full project of detailed design, technical build, and fulfilment.

Sentinel Exhibition Stand

The development included our specification and manufacturing of the giant replica of the Sentinel Eliminator that proved to be a strong attraction and talking point at the show. We also featured:

  • A central hub table where customers could examine and handle the product.
  • Broken-up roof sections to allow light in from the venue.
  • LED signage in columns conveying marketing messaging, with the relevant solution bottle underneath.
  • Cut-out sections in the columns to allow customers to see onto the stand from all viewpoints.
  • Acrylic shelving to give the appearance of floating products.
  • Stone texture flooring providing brightness and clear space.

And the design was rounded off with a large rear area for storage cupboards, hospitality, and a space to network.

Sentinel Exhibition Stand

When built and installed, the actual exhibition display stand perfectly reflected our design, including featured thematic copper piping on the central table and a lightbox, allowing it to illuminate the Eliminator model.

In addition, actual-size Sentinel Eliminators and touch screens were used, allowing visitors to browse the product, its specifications, and participate in an interactive competition to see who could change a filter in the fastest time.

Event was a great success

Daniel added: “The whole project ran very smoothly and any minor issues were dealt with. Leading up to the show, the team at Merit kept me up to date but they essentially handled everything.

“When a small quality issue with a floor vinyl was spotted during the build, it was replaced the next day before the show opened.”

Sentinel, Vortex Exhibition Stand

The Installer 2018 event proved to be a great success for Sentinel and they are now looking forward to gaining even stronger value from the exhibition stand by reusing it in full or in part at Screwfix LIVE 2018 and next year’s Installer show.

Daniel concluded: “Stands can be a large investment and events are always questioned in terms of ROI. However, Merit were just as focused on my marketing goals as they were in delivering the physical stand, which is a rare thing.”

“The pride and care the team took with our project was demonstrated when the designer and account team visited the stand during the show.
“The stand delivered exactly as it was pitched at our initial creative meeting without compromise. It turned heads and stood out compared to everyone else.”

Daniel Cheung | UK Trade Marketing Manager at Sentinel

Sentinel Exhibition Stand

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A key element in our successful delivery of the solution was to build a detailed understanding of the products.

We can honestly say we’ve never hit a brick wall when asked to come up with ideas for a bespoke retail display concept. So it was appropriate that we should be offered an opportunity by Jewson’s brick team to display our creativity and practical innovation.

The building blocks of the retail display brief included:

– Consistency of presentation in 550 Jewson branches throughout the UK.

– Different brick ranges to be displayed in 20 different regions.

– Create a display stand that could hold up to 30 brick types.

– Ensure the final product could fit within limited spaces.

– Specify a solution that was robust and able to safely contain the heavy products.

A key element in our successful delivery of the solution was to build a detailed understanding of the products; one of our key USPs when approaching bespoke retail display projects. It also allowed us to exceed expectations by accommodating 40 bricks on each stand!

Hassle-free delivery

The project has now been running for more than seven months with nearly 700 retail display units being delivered.

The complete process has been managed within Merit, including liaison with brick manufacturers and ensuring correct usage of the regional brick variations. As a result, it has also been hassle-free for the Jewson team.

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