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Mar 04, 2015
For the 18th quarter in a row, the trade show industry saw an overall uptick in growth in the fourth quarter of last year of 1.7 percent, compared with the same quarter in 2013, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s Index Report. Although the trend still was positive, the growth was lower than the 2.3 percent that had occurred in the third quarter of 2014. "With the fourth quarter's results and 18 consecutive quarters of growth and our predictions closely matching outcomes, we are confident in the continued growth and progress of the industry," said CEIR's economist Allen… more
Mar 03, 2015
For the third year, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events will host its Women’s Leadership Forum April 8 in Washington, D.C. “The Women’s Leadership Forum is a key initiative for IAEE,” said Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP, executive vice president and COO. She added, “We host this annual program for the main purpose of providing a place where women in the exhibition industry can come together to discuss topics and create a support group both professionally and personally.” This year’s program will be facilitated by Valorie Burton, who is a bestselling author, speaker, and life coach… more
Mar 03, 2015
The Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, formerly the International Boston Seafood Show/Seafood Processing America, still is a few weeks away, but it has a record-setting showfloor on tap, with more than 200,000 net square feet at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Scheduled March 15-17, the show, which is owned by Diversified Communications, has seen a lot of growth from overseas companies that have decided to exhibit. “Reports state 91 percent of seafood in the United States is imported from other countries, showing promise to international companies… more
Mar 03, 2015
Emerald Expositions bought several brands in the healthcare and senior living design market, including the Healthcare Design Conference and Expo and other events, education, print and online assets from the Vendome Group, as well as the International Pizza Expo and Pizza Today magazine from Macfadden Communications Group. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. “At Emerald, we have tremendous tradeshow assets in our Design Group, including HD Expo, GlobalShop, ICFF and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show,” said Joe Randall, executive vice president of Design, Healthcare, Antiques & Military… more
Mar 02, 2015
The first day of OFFPRICE, held Feb. 15-18 at the Sand Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, kicked off with crowds of buyers in the aisles, with some exhibitors calling it the busiest day they had ever had at the show that was celebrating its 40th run. The showfloor spanned 132,000 net square feet, its largest one to date, and there were 8,8460 buyers, a 5.5-percent increase, compared with the same show in 2014, looking for products often priced at 70 percent below wholesale costs. It was the largest percentage gain in retailer attendance in more than seven years, resulting in the… more
Mar 02, 2015
The debut of PACK EXPO East in Philadelphia drew 6,500 attendees, 386 exhibiting companies and 92,413 net square feet of exhibit space at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, according to show owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. Its location in Philadelphia placed PACK EXPO East within 200 miles of one-third of U.S. consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs), including the life science and pharmaceutical industries, which have a stronghold in the region. Attendance — which drew primarily from Pennsylvania (35.5 percent), New Jersey (24.6 percent)… more
Mar 01, 2015
Even the savviest of marketers are sometimes daunted by the very thought of compressing their message to 140 short characters that comprise a tweet. If you too have been running into that challenge, a good general practice is to ensure that your tweet covers the five Ws  (Who, What, When, Where and Why) before you hit that ‘submit’ button. Sounds interesting? Read on to learn more! Who To ensure that your message reaches the right audiences, it is imperative to first determine whose attention you wish to draw. If you wish to engage a small group of people or certain brands,… more
Mar 01, 2015
Even the savviest of marketers are sometimes daunted by the very thought of compressing their message to 140 short characters that comprise a tweet. If you too have been running into that challenge, a good general practice is to ensure that your tweet covers the five Ws  (Who, What, When, Where and Why) before you hit that ‘submit’ button. Sounds interesting? Read on to learn more! Who To ensure that your message reaches the right audiences, it is imperative to first determine whose attention you wish to draw. If you wish to engage a small group of people or certain brands,… more
Feb 27, 2015
Citing currency headwinds and lower biennial revenues in an `even' year, U.K.-based UBM reported a 2014 full-year revenue dip of 6 percent to £746.3 million ($1.15 billion) this year, compared with £793.9 million ($1.23 billion) during the same time period in 2013.  The events division was on an upswing, though, reporting 6-percent growth for the company’s annual events to £429.2 million ($663 million), compared with £424.6 ($656 million) during the same time period the year before.  Biennial events saw a 39 percent decrease in revenues last year, however, to £21.3 million ($33… more
Feb 26, 2015
“This industry (trade shows and expos) has not changed for 150 years. People just used to dress better,” said David Ely, head of sales and marketing for TurnoutNow. But Ely feels change now is possible and affordable with the arrival of beacons on the scene. There is no need to guess what attendees are doing at your event. Through the use of Bluetooth beacons, real-time data now is available to trade show and expo organizers. Bluetooth beacons are transmitters that use Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 to broadcast signals that can be heard by compatible or smart devices. A typical example would be a… more

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