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Engaging Attendees at Your Booth

I love the Swag Vending Machine! Awesome idea!

 What other things can you do to make your convention experience better for others?

Some great ideas here.


 

To reach professionals worldwide in your specific industry check out InternetTradeShows.com!


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i.T.S. Bringin’ Biz Peeps Together

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The next-generation of Trade Shows has arrived! Whether you’re an Exhibitor, Attendee, Buyer, Manufacturer or member of the Press, InternetTradeShows.com [iTS] has you covered. We are the destination for the employee, the employer, the self employed and even those looking for employment.

Online Expos

InternetTradeShows.com is the first and only online expo portal where businesses can display and sell their products, market their services and network with a large industry specific user base.

The Show Floor Never Closes

Stay connected to hundreds of thousands of Attendees and Exhibitors in the comfort and convenience of your home or office 24/7. Plus, the show stays open all year long and is constantly updated.

How Do I Participate?

Signing up is easy. Just click on this link, choose the expo(s) that best represents your industry and click on the Exhibit Now or Attendees button. Fill out a few short fields and you’re ready to join the show.

All Things Trade Shows

In addition to our in-house online expos, iTS is your one-stop-shop for breaking news, entertaining blogs, cutting edge podcasts, media, floor plans and every resource you need for All Things Trade Shows!

How Can My Company Exhibit in the Online Expos?

Becoming an Exhibitor is quick and easy. You’re just a few clicks away to reaching a business to business audience worldwide. Our autobooth-builder will guide you through the set up process and our knowledgeable team is always on stand-by to assist as well.

What Others Say

Let’s face it, anytime that you do a live show, there’s no way of knowing what your success rate is going to be. It could be huge sales or no sales. What iTS can do is fill in the gap for you. It’s gonna help you throughout the year to constantly do that kind of business that you do at the live shows. Companies won’t have to rely so heavily on making huge profits at the show, they can reach people all year long.  –Kim Thornton, Exhibitor

I attend 40-50 expos per year as I cover trade shows for a variety of agencies and publications. This web portal is the answer to so many business to business needs. Not only are the online expos a great way to keep commerce alive inbetween the traditional shows, but the media and resources this site offers are refreshingly original and entertaining.  –Lisa Marie Brandt, Press


 

For more information visit www.InternetTradeShows.com

 


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Expo Exit Poll

Acts of God aren’t the only events that could heartbreak [or wallet-break] a company that is looking forward to exhibiting in various trade shows. There are so many horror stories out there from companies that had great plans for a convention, until disaster hit by events out of their control.

What about you? What caused you or your company to ‘exit’ past conventions. Heck, maybe you didn’t even make it to the show. Let us know!

 


Imagine if there was a place that incorporated all the aspects of a traditional trade show but offered the experience online, 24/7/365? A place where people could still have a business to business experience, show new products, network with other industry specific peers and customers?

www.InternetTradeShows.com 


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Booth #1436: Isn’t a hanging sign supposed to be hanging?

tradeshowboothMel White is the VP of Marketing and Business Development at Classic Exhibits Inc., a designer and manufacturer of portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibits. He also writes a blog over at TSNN and I really enjoyed his recent post, “What You Don’t See at a Trade Show”.  In it, he makes funny references about things we all take for granted when exhibiting.  The kinds of lazy behavior that we always vow never to have, but by Day 3, things naturally start getting sloppy.

Here are just a few White’s funny examples:

Booth #853. Four 42″ monitors. I understand the effect can be very impressive . . . when on.

Booth #103. Say again. What? Sorry, I can’t hear you over the music and the Shamwow dude pitching your products.

Booth #614. I’ve seen more padding in a Victoria’s Secret catalog.

Booth #2007. So it leans a little to the left? And a lot to the right? What’s the big deal?

Booth #777. Can you make the magician disappear? I’d like to learn more about your company.

Anyone who has ever exhibited before can totally relate to this piece.

Read the rest of Mel’s article here.


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Exhibitor Pitfalls to Watch Out for

pitfallI’ve been involved in various employment roles or career choices scattered over a variety of industries.  Entertainment, Heating and Air Conditioning, Automobile, Restaurant, Dry Cleaning, Tech and now, Trade Show. I know that’s an interesting pool of experience to fathom but when you have the blessing (and the curse) of being able to fill multiple roles at a professional level, sometimes ya just do.  Please don’t mistake that last declaration as conceited or cocky. Being a jack of all trades and master of “most” makes it hard to find stability.  But…I keep going, using my skills and experience, believing that success is not far down the road.

In any event, with all the people I’ve connected with through all of the industries I’ve been involved with, I’ve noticed that the Trade Show Industry is by far the most cooperative and informative with their community.  I get more open and quality free advice and participation from the people who work behind the scenes, the news agencies, the bloggers and associations, then I have in any other niche’.

Case and point, I read a piece from Charles Dugan over at American Image Displays that warned exhibitors about booth pitfalls to avoid. As I was reading his well put together post, a chat window popped up and it was him, Charles, the author, asking if he could help me.  I was really impressed.  Now I know that these chat features are common with websites today but usually the person on the other end is a minimum wage temp or a service out of state (or even out of the country).  I really appreciated the author of the story that I was reading, checking in with me.

And the content of his post was even better.  Enjoy it below and take notes.  These are very helpful tips for you as you prepare for your next expo.

Pre-Show Pitfalls:

1. Not Reading The Exhibitor’s Manual Thoroughly.

No trade show organizer has ever won a prize for great prose in the creation of an exhibitor’s manual, and some are tougher to slog through than others. But they are created for a reason. Every rule and regulation you’ll need to follow should be in there, as well as every deadline you need to hit, along with the penalties for not doing so. You’ll pay an average of 10-20% more for every service you sign up for late (or even more of a penalty, heaven forbid, on the show floor), so save your company’s money and your sanity by going through the manual and following its instructions.

2. Not Setting Specific Objectives.

This is the entire reason you’re at a trade show: to accomplish something. Knowing what that is, and what it will look like when you’ve done it, is of paramount importance to the success of your exhibiting efforts. Make sure your exhibiting goals are aligned with your corporate marketing strategy so they work together to support your brand. Once you’ve developed your objectives, share them with your team and enlist their support in accomplishing them.

3. Not Allowing Enough Time For Shipping.

Trust me. It’s no fun showing up at the convention center and finding out your trade show display is stuck in a warehouse in Poughkeepsie. Or that the truck was in an accident in Duluth.

To avoid this, ship your exhibit to the advance warehouse with time to spare. That accomplishes two things. First, it virtually eliminates any chance that your trade show booth will go missing. And second, it gives you the best odds to have your booth delivered to your exhibit space early on the first day of set-up.

That solves so many problems! For example, if something is broken or missing, you’ll have time to take care of it without rushing around like your hair is on fire.

Shipping at the last minute is prohibitively expensive, so a little advance planning can save a bundle. It’s also a good idea to have a list of emergency contacts, so if there is a problem, you’ll know who to contact and how to reach them.

4. Leaving Production Of Graphics To The Last Minute.

We’ve worked with clients who not only left the preparation of their graphics to the last minute, but they also didn’t even know what they wanted the graphics to say until the eleventh hour! Save yourself the headaches and stress that arise from last minute pandemonium, and give your graphics producer six weeks to prepare what you need. Consider investing in a second set, in case they get lost or damaged.


To read the rest of his piece about pitfalls “At the Show”, click HERE.

 


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electronica 2014 Opens in Germany

electronicaThe world’s largest industry gathering for the electronic industry, electronica 2014, opened this morning and will run through Friday. electronica 2014 has 2,737 exhibitors from 50 countries.

Since 1964, electronica has been showing the electronic trends of tomorrow and providing a comprehensive overview of the international industry. This year’s key topics are automotive, embedded systems and lighting, as well as the over-arching themes of security and energy efficiency.

Check out the fun facts below provided by the organizers of the event:

Facts & Figures at a Glance

Exhibitors: 2,737

Countries: 50

Halls: 12

Countries with largest contingents of exhibitors (in this order):
Germany, China, Taiwan, USA, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, France, Switzerland and Republic of Korea

Countries with largest increase of exhibitors (in this order):
China, Taiwan, Estonia, Republic of Korea and Slovakia

Joint exhibits: 8 German und 24 international, among others from China, France, Great Britain, India, Japan, Spain, Taiwan and USA.

For the first time ever, Belgium and Estonia participate with a joint exhibition.


Learn more about the show at the electronica 2014 website.


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SEMA Show opens registration, expo begins on November 4th

SEMA Show

SEMA Show set for Nov 4th-7th

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

SEMA Show 2013 drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Product Showcase featuring nearly 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

If you’re attending the show, download the SEMA Show App HERE.

Note: The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public.

Registration Hours

October 30 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (SEMA Show exhibitor only)
October 31 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (SEMA Show exhibitor only)
November 1 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (SEMA Show exhibitor only)
November 2 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
November 3 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
November 4 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
November 5 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
November 6 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
November 7 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Exhibit Hours

LVH exhibits open at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.

November 4 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
November 5 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
November 6 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
November 7 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Address

3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

SEMA Show Parking

Parking is $10 daily on Show days with in/out privileges at the following locations:

  • Gold Lot: located across from the Convention Center entrance on Paradise Road.
  • Green Lot: located on the Southeast corner of Swenson and Desert Inn, behind the Convention Center. This lot is unavailable on Friday, November 4.
  • Handicap parking is available in the Gold Lot.


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Las Vegas Lodging Cost Cutter

Treasure Island

Treasure Island (ti) is only one cross-bridge away from The Sands Convention Center.

The Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada is home to countless expos every year. Frequently, because of the many different expo halls it offers, multiple conventions are put on in this show place at the same time.  For those who don’t know, The Sands connects directly to The Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas “Strip”.

For convenience, but also sometimes because of lack of knowledge, many exhibitors and attendees that come to the shows, book their lodging at The Venetian.  People can keep everything in one place, don’t have to pay for cabs or walk long city blocks in the windy cold or draining heat (depending on what time of year you attend).  Not to mention, the rooms are very nice and the hotel has pretty much everything you need built into it–from restaurants to gift shops to entertainment.  You basically never have to leave.

I used to come to town twice a year for conventions at The Sands. I came with a partner and brought a team.  I’m not gonna lie, if money wasn’t a factor, I would have stayed at the Venetian every time I came. I really like the hotel. Unfortunately, when considering costs for me and staff members, it made no sense when there was another option that cut costs almost in half, and was in walking distance from The Sands.

Treasure Island, or as it’s called in it’s new and improved, trendy title, “ti”.

When you walk out the front door of ti, you walk a short distance to a foot bridge that goes over the Las Vegas strip and into The Venetian.  Once inside, you follow the casino carpet around a bit until you enter The Sands Convention Center.  Even if you’re carrying heavy bags of merchandising, lap tops or walking in high heels, it’s a very do-able adventure that saves your company money.

It also gives you a place away from all the action if you feel like you want to escape once in a while.  Obviously, we attend these events to network, mingle and make new connections. But when you’re staying in the hotel where the show is and the place that most of the attendees are staying, you can never escape if you do decide you want a breather. Treasure Island doesn’t offer as many bells and whistles as The Venetian, but it’s clean, it has a couple great restaurants and as I mentioned, very affordable.

Unlike most hotels and resorts who change their rates based on seasons and prime calendar dates, Las Vegas changes their rates daily based on events.  You can stay at almost any top shelf hotel and casino on the strip for $99-$149 on a night when there is nothing special going on during the week.  However, if that same hotel books Celine Dion to sing in their theater the very next night, those same rooms could cost you $299-$499. I believe that a similar pricing structure is put in place at hotels during big conventions that come to town.

Getting back to Venetian vs. Treasure Island, let’s look at the current rate structure that they are both advertising right now on their websites:

  • Advertised Weekday Rates, standard room, 1 king, The Venetian: $149 to $599
  • Advertised Weekday Rates, standard room, 1 king, Treasure Island: $59 to $279
  • Advertised Weekend Rates, standard room, 1 king, The Venetian: $309 to $339
  • Advertised Weekend Rates, standard room, 1 king, Treasure Island: $247 to $292

I find it interesting that the weekend rates at the Venetian never get higher than $339 a night.  However, there are scattered days throughout the next month where their weekday rates soar to $599 a night.  Regardless, as you can see, there is a considerable difference in price and Treasure Island frequently has specials that make longer stays more attractive.

Finally, once you arrive to whichever hotel you choose, never be too embarrassed to ask for a free upgrade.  Hotel clerks have a lot more power than they may admit and the worse they can say is, “no”.  My wife and I always have a pleasant conversation with front desk clerks when we travel and we always ask for a free upgrade.  More then HALF of the time we ask, we get ’em!  Try it.