Three Easy Ways To Increase Booth Traffic At Your Event!

If you’re reading this, this probably isn’t your first trade show or business conference. Whether it is or is not, it’s time to listen up. It’s 2015 and event professionals are finding more effective and creative ways to draw consumers to their booths. But a lot of the seasoned professionals are missing out on 3 easy keys to increasing booth traffic.

1. SWAG!
What is swag? Swag is generally in the form of a cheap knick-knack with an interesting company slogan or logo on the front, so consumers can more easily recognize your brand for the future. If it’s snowy, maybe some gloves. Or perhaps you’re at a trade show in Texas; in this case sunscreen, floppy hats, and sunglasses are all good ideas. But, of course, there are plenty of other items you can use to build your brand.

2. A Mobile Device Charging Station
Event attendees have been busy Pinning, Instagramming, Tweeting and even sharing to Facebook photos and nice things about the event you’re helping to host or even shots of your booth. But phone batteries don’t last forever, and neither does your free social marketing mice. So bring a charging station to your booth and you’ll have more time to engage with your audience – or maybe even give them some swag.

3. Host a Wi-Fi Hotspot
You’re at an event with hundreds maybe thousands of techies. Have you ever tried to send a text or photo, perhaps social post, at a baseball game? It’s nearly impossible, isn’t it? Well, this same idea goes for when you’re potential partners or customers are attempting to blog about your booth! With a Wi-Fi hotspot being advertised, you and your company will really look like they know what’s going on!

So don’t forget these 3 easy tips to building an audience at your trade show: Bring swag, set up a mobile charging station, and perhaps most importantly host a Wi-fi hotspot!

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The Importance of Carefully Vetting Your Event Speakers

Julius Solaris, founder of The Event Manager Blog, made a great start with getting rid of all-male panels, by pledging not to become a part of panels that don’t allow women but meeting professionals also need to keep an eye on their speakers, just in case they accidentally put their foot in their mouth. The biochemist Tim Hunt, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001 for his groundbreaking work on cell division, is a great example of what NOT to do while accepting an award, or just public speaking for that matter.

According to an article in The New York Times, they quoted Mr. Hunt from the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea, earlier this week.

“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls,” Mr. Hunt told an audience at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea on Monday. “Three things happen when they are in the lab: You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry.”

Hunt didn’t seem too apologetic when asked about the situation by BBC. He did, in fact, apologize, but it wasn’t too sincere when he added that it was stupid of him to say what he did in front of all the journalists that attended the conference.

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Those on social media are having a field day making jokes about Tim Hunt. Some making jabs at pretending to fall in love by seeing a photo of Hunt and not being able to get any of their lab work done. Others posting photos of signs stating “no girls allowed” and capturing it as his UCL laboratory.

Even though society is trying to say Hunt’s comments don’t reflect its views, they’re still trying to distance themselves from his remarks. All in all, in today’s society, one would think those given the opportunity to speak at social events, would know what is appropriate to say and what should be left in the comfort of your own head. So before it’s too late and your public speaker takes the stage, double check their views or thoughts before destroying their or your event’s reputation.

This is why it is always important to vet your speakers BEFORE they speak. If a speaker at an event says something terrible, it doesn’t just look bad on them. As a result, your event and your brand have now been tarnished as people will automatically associate those remarks with your brand. To all event coordinators: Vet your speakers! To all speakers: Think BEFORE you speak!

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Colorado Convention Center to Host NACDS Total Store Expo 2015!

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Total Store Expo takes the best parts of a tradeshow and the best parts of a great conference and then blends them together to create this unique appointment based show. The show is totally dedicated to giving you the tools you need to make the event successful for yourself and your company. Suppliers and retailers will be able to network, make connections, and collaborate throughout the whole thing.

There is a program during the expo called “Meet The Market” during the event where the retail audience will get to see all the latest products, technology, and services. It is a pre-exhibition event, and it is appointment based. This means that the exhibitors who participate in the event will show off their new products to different retailers through a series of 10-minute appointments. So each retailer gets their own personal little meeting with all the suppliers to check things out in private.

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If you are an exhibitor traveling to Denver for the event, the Meet The Market program alone is a huge opportunity. When you get your booth, Meet The Market is absolutely free, so that is awesome. This GUARANTEES an opportunity to sell to retailers before the exhibition hall even opens. And.. after it opens, there are way more opportunities to maximize your chances at selling to retailers who collectively have more than $650 billion in buying power.

Other great pros to exhibiting at the NACDS Total Store Expo:

  • Enhance your potential by expanding your retail customer base increasing market share
  • Share product launch plans and seek distribution/stocking of your new products
  • Explore strategic business opportunities
  • Discuss your distribution and marketing plans
  • Review current business status with existing customers
  • Find solutions to challenging issues
  • Learn about the industry’s most compelling trends by participating in the education programs
  • Participate in our guaranteed-appointments program, “Meet the Market,” totaling over 8,000 pre-scheduled meetings
  • Get your product or service viewed by as many chain retailers as possible within the industry
  • Connect with the buyers from more than 250 retail companies, representing over 145,000 retail outlets, who collectively buy $650 Billion Dollars in supplier goods and services
  • Leave the show with knowledge from industry presentations on strategic businesses development opportunities and solutions

You’ll be able to network with all the biggest retail attendees who are category managers, directors, VP’s, presidents, and CEOs. These are huge decision makers from places like Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and all the huge retail chains you could ever think of. It’s not some small time stuff, these companies are a really big deal.

This is a huge opportunity for companies not just in Colorado or the United States but all across the globe. If you are looking to get your products in the hands of companies who know how to move those products, then you should really consider attending. It is also a great place for huge companies to come check out all the awesome new products that are about to change the market. All in all, there is something for everyone, and there are too many benefits to not attend and miss out on all of the huge opportunities.

NACDS Total Store Expo 2015 will take place from August 22 to August 25, 2015, at the Colorado Convention Center!

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BIO International Convention 2015 At A Glance

Bio International ConventionIf you are a part of or are interested in the biotechnology industry, then you probably know about the upcoming Bio International Convention. It is the world’s largest global event for the entire industry, and attracts some of the biggest names in biotech. The convention gives attendees an amazing chance to network and opportunities to partner up with others. It also provides insight and inspiration on the major trends that affect the industry as a whole.

There will be keynote speakers that are world renowned, super sessions on industry analysis, projections, and general discussions, specialty forums that get a little deeper on specific topics, and tracks that are perfect for attendees wishing to sample sessions across a variety of topics.

Keynote Luncheons: Featuring world-renowned speakers
Super Sessions: Industry analysis, projections, and discussion on hot topics
Specialty Forums: Offering a deeper dive into topics, many forums include networking receptions
Tracks: Perfect for attendees wishing to sample sessions across a variety of topics

There are lots of great opportunities for exhibitors as well. Last year’s BIO Exhibition had just about 2,000 exhibitors that covered about 160,000 square feet. The event had 55 state, regional and country pavilions who hosted many companies from their regions. All of the exhibitors get the chance to reach all of the higher level executives and all of the main decision makers from all of the companies attending. All of the higher ups from the companies attend the event mainly to discover new players in the industry with new fresh ideas to contribute.

There were also over 15,000 attendees last year from thousands of different organizations in the industry, including the leading companies in biotech, the top 25 pharma companies, top 20 CROs and CMOs, more than 300 academic institutions including the major research labs and government agencies and the leading consultants and service companies.

Attendee Key Technologies and Product Categories Include Plant & Animal Made Pharmaceuticals, Gene/Cell Therapy, Bioinformatics, Genomics/Genetics, Biomanufacturing, Medical Devices, Cell Biology, Nanotechnology, Clinical Research & Lab Services, Platform Technologies, Chemistry, Stem Cell Research, Drug Delivery, Tech Transfer, Drug Discovery & Development.

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BIO itself is the world’s biggest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other countries across the globe. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

The 2015 Bio International Convention will take place from June 15th through June 18th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

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Knowledge Management Technologies Event Hosted by NASA

The Knowledge Management Technologies Event is going to be held by NASA at the NASA Johnson Space Center. The event is a fantastic opportunity for Knowledge Management Technologies users and developers to meet up, network, share different ideas, and collaborate on what they have found to be the best practices for using knowledge development tools like the open source MediaWiki package or Microsoft’s Sharepoint. In addition to that there will also be presentations from experts in the space, energy and medicine fields from across the industry and the government. Any companies interested in a chance to present their knowledge management topics can send in a request to do so!

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The agenda for the event includes lots of different presentations and breakout sessions that will cover different topics revolving around knowledge management systems users and developers. Some topics include Accelerating the Development of a Knowledge Sharing Program, Data Organization, NASA Strategy for Critical Data Visibility through Knowledge Management, History of the NASA EVA Wiki, The Perfect Knowledge Management Solution, Shifting an Enterprise Culture to the Wiki Way and Quantifying Wiki Accountability.

If your company is interested, you should know that any company is invited to make a knowledge management presentation and anyone who has any interest in the topic would benefit greatly from attending the event.

The event starts on June 9th at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, so get ready!

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FIME 2015 At A Glance!

FIME 2015The FIME 2015 conference is being held on August 5-7, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. FIME’s educational conference is a three day, seven track seminar forum for medical professionals. The diverse tracks represent the most comprehensive educational opportunity for medical professionals this year.

This year’s event marks the 25th anniversary of FIME. FIME is also the biggest international medical event held in the United States. More than 10 thousand people are expected to attend and fill up the five hundred thousand square foot Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Florida, all to see the latest technologies in the medical field.

FIME International Medical Expo is the absolute best trade show there is to visit for disposable medical products, surgical supplies, operating room equipments, autoclaves, sterilizers, pharmaceutical products, ophthalmology equipment and more. This trade show generally has a huge attendance not only from the United States, but also from places all over the world like the Asia Pacific, Middle East and European Union. People from all over want to be a part of this huge event.

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FIME 2015 is the Leading Medical Trade Fair & CongressEven though the attendees are generally people in the super high end, high tech medical field, they make sure to keep things lively and entertaining with things like the Fime Fiesta, which is a huge celebration where everyone can let loose and just have fun. There is also a showground where you can see the launches of new and innovative machines and technologies. This event is full of professionals and researchers that come to exchange their medical knowledge and get all of the products they need at really, really low rates.

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InterDrone Conference Heading to the Rio in Las Vegas

BZ Media and InterDrone founder Ted Bahr is teaming up with CTIA Super Mobility and setting up a drone conference. The conference itself will target drone builders, flyers, and buyers and will take place at the Rio in Las Vegas from September 9th to September 11th. If some of you are unaware of what a exactly a drone is, some other familiar terms used is unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Over 100 exhibitors at InterDrone plan on flying at this event. Bahr is hoping to make it bigger and better than all of the other conferences that seem to be appearing more and more around him, aiming to have about 3,000 people attend this drone event. Bahr helped BZ Media host seven conferences in 2014. Some including the largest Android developer and independent SharePoint.

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During the Conference demonstrators will use overhead photography and videography to display the air crafts during the. Bahr will also be planning education sessions and panels on the books, enough for the anticipated 3,000 people attending the event.

Bahr is hoping to accomplish a bigger event than even the ones he himself has already done. So far more than 85 media and association partners have already agreed to participate at and market InterDrone. The awareness campaign will advertise the conference in 22 different publications by September.

Bahr was also asked how Amazon’s dream of delivering packages using drones will play out in the future. “I’m a little skeptical,” Bahr stated. “I could see them delivering CDs. It seems a little far-fetched, but we’ll see.”

InterDrone will take place from September 9th through September 11th at the Rio in Las Vegas.

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Florida Supercon 2015 Miami – The LARGEST Comic Con in Miami

Florida Supercon 2015 is the largest Comic Con in Miami. It is a Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Fantasy, Video Game, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Convention held in South Florida and this year’s event takes place June 25-28, 2015 at The Miami Beach Convention Center. It’s 4 days of excitingly fun times with celebrity guests, industry guests, comic book creators, voice actors, cosplayers, panels, Q&A’s, artists, writers, films & shorts, vendors, costume & cosplay contests, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more! If you plan on attending this fun filled extravaganza, there are 11 host hotels to choose from. You are going to want to book your room early for guaranteed best rates at the best hotels closest to the Convention Center.

At Florida Supercon, you have the opportunity to meet many stars and creators from many well known anime, TV shows, movies, video games and more.

Some of the well known stars will be from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Walking Dead, Once Upon A Time, Star Wars, Star Trek, Frozen, Doctor Who, Clerks, Full Metal Alchemist, X-Men, Chasing Amy, Sailor Moon, Mallrats, WWE, Adventure Time, Lost, Super Mario Bros., Black Dynamite, Spongebob Squarepants, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Dragon Ball Z, Borderlands, Rocko’s Modern Life, Power Rangers, Graceland, Ouran High School, Aqua Teen, on top of dozens of top comic book creators, and cosplayers! Brandon Jay McLaren, star of Power Rangers SPD (The Red Ranger, Jack Landors), Falling Skies (Jamil Dexter), and Graceland (Agent Dale Jakes); Charlie Adler, the voice of Buster Bunny in Tiny Toon Adventures, Starscream in the Transformers film series (Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Ed Bighead in Rocko’s Modern Life, both lead voices in Cow and Chicken, Doctor Doom in The Super Hero Squad, Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Resolute and G.I. Joe: Renegades; Eric Roberts, star of Doctor Who: The Movie (The Master), Batman – The Dark Knight (Sal Maroni), The Expendables (James Munroe), Heroes (Agent Thompson), Star 80 (Paul), Best of the Best I and II (Alex Grady), Sharktopus (Dr. Nathan Sands), King of the Gypsies, The Pope of Greenwich Village (Paulie), Runaway Train, and Justice League Unlimited (Mongul). I know that probably felt like a ton to read, and that is only a small part of the list of the special guests at The Miami Beach Convention Center for Florida Supercon.

Not only do you get a chance to meet a lot of stars, but there are plenty of activities to get into. There’s an exhibition room, free cosplay photo booths, video game arcade, an anime viewing room, plenty of daily costume competitions, a Doctor Who ball, an EDM dance & rave, and the whole convention wraps up with the FSC Pokeball! It is the LARGEST Comic Con in Miami, Florida and it is the place to be!

The Florida Supercon will be taking place in Miami, Florida from June 25 to June 28 at the Miami Convention Center. Check out the convention’s website for all the details surrounding the convention or to register for passes.

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The HighWeb Annual Conference 2015

About Highweb Annual Conference

The HighWeb Annual Conference 2015 takes place on October 4-7th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Hilton Milwaukee Downtown which is connected to the main conference facility, the Wisconsin Center.

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association (HighEdWeb) is an organization of Web professionals working at institutions of higher education. They design, develop, manage and map the futures of higher education websites. Their mission is to “strive to advance Web professionals, technologies and standards in higher education.” To that end, HighEdWeb joined forces with WebDevShare in 2004 to create an annual international conference where the community can come together to learn, share and network. The Association also runs a series of smaller, targeted regional conferences around the United States.

Why attend

The HighEdWeb Annual Conference is the conferences createdby and for higher education Web professionals. This not-for-profit conference offers high-quality presentations, speakers and events at affordable rates. From Web developers, marketers and programmers to managers, designers, writers and all team members in-between, HighEdWeb provides valuable professional development experience for all those who want to explore the unique Web issues facing colleges and universities.

Conference Facility

Hilton Milwaukee Downtown
Connected via skywalk to the Wisconsin Center, the main conference facility. All rooms include complimentary Internet access for HighEdWeb attendees. Hotel guests are welcome to park in the secure and covered parking garage adjacent to the hotel for a fee (check with hotel for current pricing). Additional surface parking and parking garages are available nearby.

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Give Out Some Spring Swag At Your Next Event!

Let’s talk about swag. No, I don’t mean that nonsense millennials keep saying they “have” (thanks Justin Bieber…) I’m talking about the original swag… convention, conference and event swag… the Stuff We All Get.

This swag is stuff that convention vendors and planners hand out to attendees as a little “Thank You” gesture for coming. As you can probably surmise by the name, these are small gifts that literally every single person that attends your event, conference or convention receives, typically in things called Swag Bags.

However, just because these items you are giving away are free doesn’t mean they have to be cheap, uninteresting gifts. No, true swag masters know exactly the types of things to give to their attendees because these little gifts leave a lasting impression on everyone who attended your event. So naturally you want to have them leaving with a nice memory of their trip.

Spring events will be in full swing here in the next month or so and there’s nothing better to put in your swag bags than things that actually go along with springtime. Selecting useful spring swag can help make your event fresh, fun and worth remembering so here are some great ideas for spring convention swag!

USB Fan

Springtime means more outdoor activities and more people looking to connect outside the confines of their home. For situations like this there is nothing more convenient or brilliant than a USB fan. This is simply a portable fan that plugs into the USB port of your laptop or other device, allowing you to stay cool and comfortable while computing under the beautiful spring sun.

Spring-Themed Mason Jar

Mason jars were popular among moonshiners back during the time of Prohibition but they are making a comeback as versatile beverage receptacle. There are special springtime mason jars out there that come with straws built-in, allowing you to keep on the lid while simultaneously drinking your refreshment. Find them in neon blue, blue, red, lime and pink.

Mental Block Art Cube

A lot of the best ideas come from springtime brainstorming and there’s nothing better to get your brain juices flowing than the Mental Block puzzle. The Mental Block consists of inter-connected pieces that can be put together to form a box. What’s more is that you can also create other shapes and configurations, furthering the possibilities of creativity.

Smartphone Projector

I know what you’re thinking, “A smartphone is a little expensive to just give away to everyone.” Usually you’d be right, but what if I told you there was an innovative and affordable smartphone projector that you could easily give out to anybody? Well now there is! UncommonGoods has developed a DIY smartphone projector made out of cardboard that you have to see to believe (which is why I’ve added this handy video)

 

FLIGHT 001 Wet Suit

If there’s one thing people absolutely hate when traveling it’s having to figure out what to do with their wet bathing suit when packing. Sure you can put it in a plastic bag but that adds unnecessary extra baggage and can take up a lot of space. The FLIGHT 001 Wet Suit is a wet bathing suit carrying bag that is small enough to be easily packed away and specifically made to keep all of your other clothing dry!

Selecting the right kind of swag for your convention, conference or event attendees is just one of the little touches you can add to your event to make it really stand-out among the rest. Add spring-themed swag to your springtime event and your attendees will leave with practical gifts and an experience they won’t soon forget!

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