3 Trade Show Apps That’ll Make You Feel More Confident at Your Next Show

Cullen MacDonald
May 14, 2015

Apps have become crucial to our everyday lives. We depend on them to entertain us, help us navigate the world, and organize our lives, as well as to increase our productivity and make mundane tasks easier. In the world of trade shows, there are all kinds of useful new trade show apps that can help you organize and plan for the show, as well as ones that can help you network when you’re standing in a sea of potential new customers. Here are a few that will up your trade show game.

Trade Show Apps


As you could have guessed from its name, Shhmooze is a social media app for trade shows and professional networking events. Shhmooze helps identify your existing connections that will be attending the show, and it puts names to faces in the crowd. After downloading the app, you can create a profile by linking to your LinkedIn, Twitter, Foursquare and Meetup accounts. Shhmooze is also integrated with Eventbrite and Meetup, so events from those platforms will also be listed in the app. Shhmooze not only notifies you about which of your existing connections are at the event, but also suggests new connections based on social media activity such as Facebook and Foursquare check-ins, LinkedIn profiles, and tweets with the event hashtag. The best part is, you are still able to connect with attendees who haven’t yet discovered the Shhmooze app. Or, if you are seeking a more targeted networking approach or trying to find someone you met whose name you can’t recall, you can search by company, skill or profession. Shhmooze is free and available on iOS and Android.


Let us bring up the dreaded expense report. You can picture it now: you are sitting amongst a pile of receipts, trying to remember how many miles you drove back and forth each day and wondering which card you used for the rental company, once again frustrated with yourself for not sticking to your vow: “I will be more organized this year.” Compiling an expense report for your tradeshow spending can be tedious and just about the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day. The Expensify app takes the pain out of expense reports by doing all the labor for you. Here are a few ways the app will make your trade show life easier:

  • Easy Receipt Capture: Simply take a picture of your receipt and the app stores it for you, so you don’t have a wallet full of crumpled paper.
  • Automatic Receipt Scanning: Smartscan technology “reads” receipts and creates an expense accordingly.
  • Mobile Expense Creation: Create and edit expenses on the go.
  • Time Entry: You can enter an hourly rate and length of time worked.
  • Mileage Entry: Enter distance, use your phone’s GPS, or take a picture of your odometer.
  • Bank & Credit Card Import: Sync your card with Expensify, which will automatically pull your transactions into your account.

You can also sync your receipts via email, and integrate the app with existing programs like Excel, Dropbox, Salesforce, Oracle, Quickbooks, and FinancialForce. You can also create PDFs of your expense report right in the app. Expensify works offline for situations when you don’t have Wi-Fi, which...let’s face it, is usually the case at a trade show. Expensify is free to download and corporate plans range from $6-11. It’s available on iOS, Android and Blackberry.

Conference Pad

If you’re looking for a way to go paperless (we always are) at your next trade show presentation, this app is for you. The Conference Pad app enables exhibitors to wirelessly transmit PDF presentations via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to up to 15 audience members’ devices. You could do this a couple of ways: by handing out iPads to the audience or by commandeering attendees’ own personal iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches. You can also use iPads or iPhones to connect the presentation to multiple larger screens in various locations. Whichever method you choose, the presenter controls the presentation from his or her own iPad, but can also allow attendees to take control, to zoom in or explore the presentation on their own time before or after the presentation. One of the most useful components of this app is that you can also use it for planning and prepping. It’s a great way to get the team on the same page and make sure information transmits accurately and seamlessly. The app costs $4.99 and is available on iOS. These three apps target the areas people tend to feel the most overwhelmed by when it comes to trade shows: networking, organization, and presentation planning. For apps that can actually help you make more sales at the show, check out our post on how sales order management applications like Handshake help sales teams work faster to write more orders at trade shows. When you have the tools at your fingertips, it can help to alleviate stress on the day of the event, and make you feel more confident going out there and making new contacts. Have go-to trade show apps but didn’t see them listed here? Let us know in the comments below!