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October 1, 2014
U.K.-based UBM has agreed to buy Advanstar Communications for $972 Million from hedge fund Anchorage Capital Group LLC and private equity companies Veronis Suhler Stevenson and Ares Management. The deal will make it the largest trade show organizer in the United States. “This is a great acquisition for UBM and its shareholders. In addition to being financially attractive, it strengthens UBM’s... more
September 1, 2014
Have you nominated your favorite show organizer to be named Show Manager of the Year? Nominations are accepted at no charge online HERE. The deadline is Sept. 30. The awards will be presented this year at the TSNN Awards (www.T-awards.com) industry celebration!  Since 2000, The Expo Group’s Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) Awards have been given to individuals who are creating... more
September 29, 2014
Trade Show News Network will be offering another complimentary webinar in its well-regarded series – "The Big Bang Theory of Event Content Marketing". The webinar will be held Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. EST and you can register HERE. Your event’s content is likely it’s most valuable asset. Your presenters spend countless hours planning, researching, writing and preparing groundbreaking information to... more
September 29, 2014
Several shows have recently signed on to renew their contracts or in the midst of long ones at Detroit’s Cobo Center, leading to what Thom Connors, SMG regional vice president and general manager of the venue, calls one of the most successful years in “memorable history”. The multi-year contract trend began in 2011 with the North American International Auto Show signing a 5-year contract. NACE/... 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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September 28, 2014
There was a time when any kind of promotion or advertisement was only done by professionals. It was a time when Don Draper of Mad Men spent hours brainstorming with his team to come up with one perfect catchphrase to promote a singular product. While certainly there are still plenty of pros in publicity and advertising, social media – including blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc. – has changed the... more
September 28, 2014
I vacation in airports. Well, not really, but after more than three decades of business travel, I have surrendered and learned how to make the best of the hours I spend in airports. Here are some of my tips for surviving the time spent “on the inside,” which can make delays, long connections and other layovers almost bearable. 1) Get to know your surroundings- Don’t just head to the gate... more
September 21, 2014
In years past, exhibition organizers were able to take an “if we build it, they will come” approach to tradeshows, conventions, and conferences with the goal of attracting attendees in order to reel in exhibitors. Show organizers could safely tell exhibitors and sponsors the kinds of people who attend the show, often tossing around statistics like “70% of attendees are decision makers,” without... more
September 21, 2014
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This is especially true when it comes to technology and the evolving landscape of omnichannel retail for brick-and-mortar retailers. Once feared as an existential threat to brick-and-mortar retail, the Internet now provides retailers with tools to evolve, redefine themselves, improve engagement with customers and build their brands. What shoppers really... more

 

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