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Jun 01, 2014
Exhibitors constantly are trying to find the next big thing that will make show attendees, who’ve seen it all before, stop in their tracks and take notice of the exhibitor’s booth. A new display unit by Pufferfish out of the United Kingdom just may be that next big thing. Pufferfish, the maker of PufferSphere spherical display systems, has a new smaller display called the PufferSphere M. This new sphere is powerful enough to stand out in a bright environment, such as a trade show floor. Nichole Potts, sales manager at Freeman said, “Projection mapping is all the rage now,… more
Jun 01, 2014
“People look at your brand’s voice as a true representation of its heart and soul.” - Lori Randall Stradtman, Online Reputation Management for Dummies (www.social-media-design.com) Brands with positive reputations attract more customers, have longevity and deliver higher than normal ROI to organizations. Many brand management teams pay a lot of attention to their customers’ feedback in direct interactions, but most neglect to proactively manage their brand’s online reputation. When a crisis erupts all of a sudden, such teams are caught off guard, and then it… more
Jun 01, 2014
Exhibitors constantly are trying to find the next big thing that will make show attendees, who’ve seen it all before, stop in their tracks and take notice of the exhibitor’s booth. A new display unit by Pufferfish out of the United Kingdom just may be that next big thing. Pufferfish, the maker of PufferSphere spherical display systems, has a new smaller display called the PufferSphere M. This new sphere is powerful enough to stand out in a bright environment, such as a trade show floor. Nichole Potts, sales manager at Freeman said, “Projection mapping is all the rage now,… more
May 30, 2014
The ballroom at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C., was filled with the who’s who of the association and for-profit trade show world; all gathered together to take part in the record-breaking 13th edition of the Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum held May 27-28. Sam Lippman, who is president and founder of Lippman Connects and runs the event, said that the 216 registered attendees were a record, as well as the number of sponsors this year and supporting publications. “The 13th time is not the curse, it’s the charm!,” Lippman said. “The speakers… more
May 28, 2014
The Archery Trade Association has targeted Louisville again for its annual event – ATA Trade Show – in 2016, 2019 and 2024 at the Kentucky Exposition Center after visiting the city in 2013. The event is expected to draw 10,000 attendees with an estimated $17 million economic impact over the multi-year deal. “Louisville is a vibrant, accessible city that’s well suited to handle our national and international companies and their staff,” said Jay McAninch, ATA president and CEO.  He added, “The Kentucky Exposition Center offers abundant floor space and,… more
May 27, 2014
Less than a week after the San Diego Convention Center Corporation sent a letter to all of its clients announcing the implementation of not only fee hikes for shows coming into the center after July 1, but also exclusive contracts for security and event staffing, the changes were put on hold after swift industry backlash. Steven Johnson, vice president of public affairs for SDCCC, said they had extensive feedback from their clients expressing concern after the letter was sent. “The decision to suspend the changes was a result of the strong reaction from our clients and our desire to be… more
May 25, 2014
PMMI has tapped into the fast-growing $1 trillion medicines market with the planned launch of Pharma EXPO coming up in November collocated with PACK EXPO International in Chicago. Already 85 percent sold out months before its opening, the exhibition is co-produced by PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), the world’s largest not-for-profit association leading scientific, technical and regulatory advancement throughout the pharmaceutical lifecycle. To date, more than 160 solutions providers… more
May 25, 2014
With so many event apps on the market today, how is an event organizer to choose which one is right for their event? Just about every app will offer what are now considered the basics. Those being a schedule, exhibitor list, show information, social media connectivity and some type of networking tool. To stand out, app providers are constantly upping their game with add-ons. Some of the new tools being offered are enhancements to the attendee experience, such as gamification. Other providers are offering tools that benefit the organizer and exhibitors. An example of a tool within an app that… more
May 25, 2014
 Pri-Med, the leading provider of professional medical education to a community of more than 260,000 clinicians, named Melinda Lindquist as director of continuing medical education (CME) and accreditation for pmiCME. pmiCME is the accreditation division of DBC Pri-Med, LLC.  In her new role, Lindquist will help lead Pri-Med’s collaborations with medical schools and associations nationwide to build CME curriculums that are tailored specifically to improve patient outcomes. “We are thrilled to welcome Melinda to our team as we continue to build out the next phase of… more
May 25, 2014
Walking into the Sweets and Snacks Expo at McCormick Place, the smell of candy and popcorn was almost as powerful as the bright colors of the 650 booths seen covering 165,000 plus square foot of exhibit space.    And the 16,000 attendees clearly were enjoying the expo and samples of candy and snacks that were plentiful during the show that was held May 20-22. “We have seen a strong jump in attendance in our show, both with exhibitors and attendees,” said Theresa Anthony, senior director of the National Confectioners Association Expo. She added, “We have also… more