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Nov 14, 2016
Those of us who have been associated with the tradeshow industry for a long time know that the key to having a successful event is in having satisfied attendees. If attendees accomplish their goals and objectives in attending the event, then they’ll automatically become cheerleaders for your brand. This may seem like something so obvious that it doesn’t need to be stated, but this is also something that confounds event managers when they don’t have a good insight into what their attendees’ specific objectives are and what would define a “successful experience… more
Nov 12, 2016
PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) has unveiled its new Digital Experience Institute, formerly known as the Virtual Edge Institute. “The revealing of the DEI is the latest step in the PCMA’s commitment to providing the best digital educational tools and resources for the industry,” PCMA CEO Deborah Sexton said, “Like the VEI before it, the Institute will represent our ability to harness future success for everyone involved.” DEI is designed to deliver insights and connections essential to attendee engagement in a changing climate of connected… more
Nov 10, 2016
In response to feedback, Emerald Expositions’ Outdoor Retailer will shift its 2018 dates to better align with buying cycles, as well as collocate its shows with Grassroots Outdoor Alliance’s Connect. In 2018, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market will move to June 11–14, 2018, and Winter Market will move to Nov. 12–15, 2018. Grassroots Outdoor Alliance’s Connect will collocate with Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Markets in Utah, and will run June 6–9, 2018, and Nov. 7–10, 2018. In addition, OR will launch a Winter Expo in January 2019 to serve market segments and product categories that have… more
Nov 09, 2016
Each year, Trade Show News Network compiles a list of the Top 250 Trade Shows ranked by net square footage in the United States. Submissions to be included on the 2016 lists now are open, and the shows must have occurred in 2016. Shows that are over 40,000 net sq. ft. have an opportunity to make the list. The form to fill out is HERE, and the deadline is Jan. 20. TSNN is proud to present valuable data to the industry, which is based on in-depth information provided by show organizers about their events. The Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2015 show snagged the No. 1 spot and… more
Nov 08, 2016
Planning an event is more than just the number of hotel rooms and square footage of event space available.  These days, your attendee is interested in the destination itself and how activities can be planned to incorporate exploration of the city.  A city that is not yet over exposed, and has a great deal to offer is Providence, R.I. “We are a perfect destination, with the charm and history of New England, the bustle of a metropolitan city, and the intellectual capital of a university town, with both Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) nearby. And this is all… more
Nov 08, 2016
The largest educational trade show and second-largest education convention in the nation returned to the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center, as more than 9,000 attendees attended the 61st annual Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference and Trade Show Nov. 13-16. “This is the time that we get to shine for our members,” said Jeff Chambers, OSBA director of Communication Services. Among the highlights were the18th annual Student Achievement Fair, featuring five performing groups representing each of the OSBA regions, an artwork exhibition and 100 student groups sharing… more
Nov 08, 2016
The largest educational trade show and second-largest education convention in the nation returned to the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center, as more than 9,000 attendees attended the 61st annual Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference and Trade Show Nov. 13-16. “This is the time that we get to shine for our members,” said Jeff Chambers, OSBA director of Communication Services. Among the highlights were the18th annual Student Achievement Fair, featuring five performing groups representing each of the OSBA regions, an artwork exhibition and 100 student groups sharing… more
Nov 07, 2016
In the spirit of our happily ending election season we are sure some sat in the voting booth, pulled the curtain, and asked, what makes a good leader? Led by Experient’s Terence Donnelly, we are going to discuss this on our weekly #ExpoChat at 1pm ET Nov. 9 and hope to also answer these questions: Why is it so important to have strong consistent leadership skills? Are there specific leadership traits across all industries that are essential? Are there specific leadership skills that someone in the event and exhibition industry should have? What is the biggest challenge facing… more
Nov 07, 2016
The fall continues to be a busy time with brisk hiring at a variety of companies ranging from show management companies to convention and visitors bureaus to general service contractors. The Expo Group continues to grow and has added Dan DiPietro to the team as national sales director. DiPietro has a rich industry experience that includes a technology background and strong sales acumen. “With The Expo Group’s growth, it is important to have the right people in the right places to serve our clients and share how we can impact their trade shows and events,” said Randy Pekowski, president and… more
Nov 06, 2016
David Audrain is CEO and partner of Exposition Development Company (ExpoDevCo), a privately held business producing trade shows and conferences in North America, which also manages the Society of Independent Show Organizers. During his 23-year career in the trade show industry, Audrain has held a myriad of positions, most recently before ExpoDevCo as president and CEO of Clarion Events North America, as well as Messe Frankfurt North America before that, where for more than six years he led a team of 40 staff spread across the USA, Mexico and Canada. In addition, Audrain was COO of private… more

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