Trade Show Insights

Trade Show Insights

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July 29, 2021 25 min
Social media has been around a long time, but are we tapping into its full potential when it comes to our events? Monica Vila provides valuable insights, not only from her expertise in social media marketing, but also many years spent working in trade shows and events. In this rebroadcast of Virtual Lunch, you’ll discover how to enhance your social media marketing by: Tapping influencer marketing within your audience Learning from ...
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Okay, I admit it – I’m a big Star Trek fan. No, not to the point where I dress up as a Klingon and stroll the aisles of Comic-Con – although I did thoroughly enjoy roaming around with them back when the Star Trek Experience was a Vegas attraction. But I digress … One of the things I love most about Star Trek is the way it shows us the potential of how much life can change for the better in the next 200 or so years. I mean, travelin...
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As the trade show industry begins to breathe life again, there’s a new place to turn for resources and support to get back in the groove again. In this rebroadcast of Virtual Lunch, Laura Palker tells us about the National Trade Show Alliance: Why the NTSA was formed Who the NTSA is for What resources are available How you can get involved Here are links mentioned during the interview: National Trade Show Alliance Together Again Jo...
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Are you taking advantage of all that LinkedIn offers to show off your expertise? Probably not, but after you hear all the tips Viveka von Rosen shares in this rebroadcast of Virtual Lunch, you’ll know what steps to take to get there. Discover how to: Improve your SSI score (and what that is) Take advantage of a variety of new tools LinkedIn offers (if you have access to them yet) Craft your profile to stand out and draw people to y...
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We all know someone (or 20!) who made a career transition during the past year. They may have changed companies, or left our industry entirely. And for those you used to work with every day, that connection has been altered as well. How do we transition back to those relationships, or do we? In this rebroadcast of Virtual Lunch in the Exhibit Marketers Café, communications expert Bill Rawlins provides tips on how to: Recognize the ...
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We’ve heard a lot about shows reopening here in the U.S., but what’s happening in Europe? In this rebroadcast of Virtual Lunch in the Exhibit Marketers Café, Marco Barozzi joins us from Bologna, Italy to provide insights on: Signs of recovery with upcoming trade shows The importance of Digital Green Certificates How venues all over Europe have stepped up What government aid has been available Here are links mentioned during the int...
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Your brand is so much more than a logo and tagline. It’s a story that’s just waiting to be brought to life through your exhibits and events. In this rebroadcast of Virtual Lunch in the Exhibit Marketers Café, Ian McGonnigal shares these insights on creating your brand experience: What brand experience is and how to measure it How event organizers and exhibitors can build more a memorable brand Why you need to incorporate storytelli...
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The trade show industry is beginning to show signs of life again! But it won’t be as easy as flipping a switch to bring things back all at once. Jim Wurm from the Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association joins us in this rebroadcast of Virtual Lunch in the Exhibit Marketers Café to share insights on: How the new Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance is advocating for the industry How vendors and venues may ramp up the workforce ...
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February 18, 2021 22 min
Last year, when everyone was scrambling to do meetings online, you might have been able to get away with a bad video now and then. Those days are over. Now, if you want to appear as the professional you truly are, it’s time to step up your game. So in this rebroadcast of Virtual Lunch in the Exhibit Marketers Café, Ramon Ray shares tips on: Maintaining effective eye contact Creating a ‘stage’ that’s appropriate for you Getting the ...
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Trade shows and events won’t go back to the way they were pre-2020 – which means we all must adapt and evolve for the next generation. In this rebroadcast of Virtual Lunch in the Exhibit Marketers Café, Allen Yesilevich shares tips for dealing with disruption in the trade show industry and improving your digital playbook, including how to: Thrive during disruption Deliver value and make money with virtual events Create a community ...
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We kicked off this year’s Virtual Lunch in the Exhibit Marketers Café with a special, inspirational guest: Melva LaJoy Jones from LaJoy Plans. Listen in as she shares how to use the lessons from our past to build our future. Here are links to some of the items mentioned in the interview: Doubt Always Loses (from Melva’s blog) Event Planning Lessons from My Father (from Melva’s blog) Melva’s website, LaJoy Plans Here’s where you can...
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One of the challenges event planners faced in 2020 was how to create connections among attendees in a virtual platform. But it’s not necessarily a new – or online only – problem. Nancy Drapeau from the Center from Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) shares trends and data from their report on trade show matchmaking in this rebroadcast of our Virtual Lunch in the Exhibit Marketers Cafe. Here are links to items mentioned in this inte...
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Are you ignoring – or worse yet, alienating – a large percentage of the population in your trade shows, whether online or in person? Chances are you have been, even if you didn’t mean to. So I invited accessibility advocate Samantha Evans to join us for Virtual Lunch in the Exhibit Marketers Cafe to share what your events need to include to be more accessible to all. You’ll learn: What to look for and ask about when checking out vi...
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On this week’s Virtual Lunch in the Exhibit Marketers Cafe, Alan Arnold joins Marlys for a conversation about how to tap your creativity when faced with a challenge. You’ll learn how to: Stimulate your creative juices Recharge like powerful people do Keep an idea journal Have insightful conversations Here are links to items in the interview: Apple’s “Here’s to the crazy ones …” ad Here’s where you can watch the entire Virtual Lunch...
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It seems everyone’s talking about how procedures will change as trade shows reopen – from registration to scheduling to floor plans. But there’s one aspect of future shows that’s getting very little attention these days. So on this week’s Virtual Lunch, I invited Mel White from Classic Exhibits to provide insights on how exhibitors will need to adapt their exhibits as shows reopen. You’ll discover ideas for: Accommodating traffic f...
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Just because events are going virtual doesn’t mean there aren’t still great ways for sponsors to get their message out. On this week’s Virtual Lunch replay, guest Nicole Burkart from Conference Care Package shares ideas for sponsors to: Host virtual happy hours Encourage sponsor and audience interaction Gamify participation Reinforce the importance of giving back Here are links to some of the items mentioned in the interview: Reque...
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For months, I’ve wished there was something I could do for all my trade show friends who were suddenly thrust into searching for a new career. Then I met career expert Leslie Evans Thorne in an online group, and knew I had to have her as a guest on our weekly Virtual Lunch! So listen in as she shares insights on how to: Recognize the difference between your skills and talents Convey the benefits your unique talents bring to any job...
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While the effects of this year on the exhibit industry may be hard to put into words, the team at UFI has been working to quantify the response from exhibitors and attendees, as well as offer perspective for moving forward. Our guest for this week’s Virtual Lunch, Kai Hattendorf, shares findings from the Global Recovery Project and the JMIC Global Manifesto. Here are links to items mentioned in the interview: UFI Global Recovery Pr...
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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of The Experience Economy by Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore. So you can imagine how delighted I was when Jim agreed to be a guest on our weekly Virtual Lunch! So listen in as he shares insights on how to: Prepare for the next phase of the Experience Economy Design a multisensory environment in virtual events Inspire more engaging conversations Create an experience even when selling services or other int...
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This year has proved to be a challenge for event planners on every level, including those in charge of the Presidential Conventions. Now I don’t know about you, but actually I found this year’s version was more intriguing than previous ones. Perhaps it was because I’m studying all kinds of virtual events anyway, but I think it was more because they were forced to innovate and re-imagine the “we’ve always done it this way” mentality...
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