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March 26, 2015
After making its home in Chicago for a long time, Graph Expo will be moving to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in 2016 for the first time. The show, owned by the Graphic Arts Show Company, will be held Sept. 25-28. "We are delighted to be bringing GRAPH EXPO to Orlando in 2016," said GASC President Ralph Nappi.  He added, “Not only did Visit Orlando and the Orange... more
March 26, 2015
Meetings Mean Business, a coalition formed in 2009 to spread the word about the value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy, recently conducted a survey of 100 federal employees who organize, attend or influence meetings and travel as part of their jobs. Even with the pressures on government travel to meetings, a whopping 98 percent of the respondents said that in-... more
March 25, 2015
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies has teamed up with Germany-based Koelnmesse GmbH to launch a U.S.-based trade show focusing on processing and packaging technologies for the food and beverage marketplace. PMMI produces the PACK EXPO series of shows and Koelnmesse GmbH produces the Cologne-based Anuga FoodTec, the international supplier fair for the food and... more
March 24, 2015
The NPE2015: International Plastics Showcase, on tap March 23-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, is not only the largest in its 69-year history, but it also is drawing the highest attendance ever, especially from overseas. SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which owns the show, projects the number of exhibitors to match and possibly exceed the record of 2,009 set at... more

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The Evolution of Audience Response Systems

Audience response systems (ARS) have been around for a long time, but were often out of reach for many event planners. It often involved renting devices that would allow attendees to ask questions, respond to polls and fill out evaluations via those devices. Today, options are available that eliminate the need for special devices....more
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March 28, 2015
Not so long ago, you could get by with a basic event website that managed to check off all the boxes for who, what, when, where and why so long as the color scheme matched the logo. For better or worse, the days of those “floating brochures” are done.  Now, sophisticated attendees and exhibitors expect more –and given the available technology and potential for lead generation and... more
March 28, 2015
Let’s face it, face-to-face marketing can be a tough racket  - it takes nerves forged of steel to jump into the fray - and a cast iron will to stick it out. However, no matter how difficult the gig may be, there is nothing like landing a great sales pitch or closing a sale on the trade show floor. According to research conducted by Exhibit Surveys, Inc. in 2013 82 percent of trade show... more
March 22, 2015
O.K, O.K., having a year-round mobile app may not be the holy grail to some – but to us app makers it is music to our ears!  Why?  Because, it gets our app out there and then it is being used all year long.  It’s like writing a song and hearing it on the radio! But no, this blog is not all about us, it's about you and why it is important to think of your mobile app being used year... more
March 22, 2015
The words “creative” and “innovative” are often used interchangeably in the business world, from startups and established corporations to even trade shows. But are these two adjectives really as similar as they seem? Because live events strive for innovation and creativity, many make the mistake of thinking these goals are one and the same. Although using tech creatively can increase engagement... more

 

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