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What does Matchmaking mean for exhibitions?

Stephan Forseilles, Head of Technology and Digital Transformation, Easyfairs. Matchmaking has been an ‘on/off’ topic in events for at least 15 years. From the ages of manual matching in Excel to the era of artificial intelligence being the promise of effortless and real-time recommendations, things have evolved. But not so much. Most of us are still selling to exhibitors the right to annoy visitors. So, as usual in that situation, I remove my “organiser” hat and look at it from my “frequent vi [...]

Trade wars – What is your plan?

Trade wars are poison for our industry. I think this is a statement the majority would support. By Tesi Baur, CEO MBB-Consulting Group Exhibitions rely on free-trade, on a non-political platform for open discussion, on building relationships with customers, suppliers, partners and even competitors. The opportunity to trade without the constraints of suffocating red-tape, to conduct business in foreign regions without complex bureaucracy and to have the opportunity of forging partnerships to brea [...]

What should/could event engagement tech do for event organizers to survive and thrive in the digital age?

Stephan Forseilles, Head of Technology and Digital Transformation, Easyfairs. Written by Stephan Forseilles When Swapcard's Ilan Goren asked me if I'd be interested in contributing an article to their Blog on "What event engagement tech should /could do for event organizers to survive and thrive in the digital age", I jumped on the occasion. It's not everyday that you can have such a "blue sky" approach to the question. The first remark that often comes up in discussions about the future of th [...]

5 Tips to win the UFI NGL Grant 2018

The UFI Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant  promotes next generation leadership in the exhibition industry, rewarding professionals who show clear initiatives in driving change and innovation in their area of activity. The programme promotes UFI’s commitment to recognising and supporting the best talents within the exhibition industry and here is why you must apply! I’ve never won a competition in my life, ever because I had never applied to any prior to entering UFI’s NGL Grant 2017, an ini [...]

By | 2018-02-13T10:55:24+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Education, Human Resources|0 Comments

The IFP Group’s Joker Program

Insight by Diana Salman, HR Strategic Change Manager (IFP Group) and UFI NGL Grant recepient. In playing cards, the Joker is Wild. Being able to be anything the holder needs it to be, it makes any hand stronger. The Joker Program is UFI member IFP Group’s answer to moving their operations team seamlessly across their six offices in five countries as needed. Diana Salman, HR Strategic Change Manager for the company and 2017 #NGLGrant recipient shared how her company came up with the idea. IFP Gro [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:40:10+00:00 October 11th, 2017|All, Education, Human Resources, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Global trade fairs connect globalized industries worldwide

  Blogger: Olaf Schmidt, head of Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt, Germany. Since the 1980s industries have been growing together worldwide as a result of globalization and digitalization. Value chains have spanned the globe as new production sites and new markets were created that no one could have dared to dream of. At the same time, suppliers and customers alike can obtain information and engage in business online at any time around the world. This development has n [...]

What is the future of Brazil’s Exhibition Industry? (Part 3 of 3)

Interview with Juan Pablo Devera, President of Reed Brazil and President of UBRAFE by Stephanie Selesnick (Part 3 of 3) We had a chance to catch up with Juan Pablo Devera after the recent 12th Annual Meeting of the Exhibitions industry (ESFE), Brazil’s largest meeting for exhibition leaders. This is the last of a 3-part interview on the Brazilian exhibition industry. What are UBRAFE's plans for 2017? UBRAFE has been active in Brazil since its foundation 35 years ago. We started as an Association [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:43:23+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|All, Americas|0 Comments

How the Brazilian Exhibition Industry is Reacting to Economic Challenges (Part 2 of 3)

Interview with Juan Pablo Devera, President of Reed Brazil and President of UBRAFE by Stephanie Selesnick (Part 2 of 3) This is a continuation of an interview with Juan Pablo Devera after the recent 12th Annual Meeting of the Exhibitions industry (ESFE), Brazil’s largest meeting for exhibition leaders. Have economic challenges forced organizers to improve: streamline processes, get closer to their customers, etc.? In what ways? Our country is one the youngest democracies in the world. Open to a [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:43:03+00:00 May 19th, 2017|All, Americas|0 Comments

Apps for trade fairs: “everything at a glance at the right time”

Blogger: Ellen Matheis, coordinator of web solutions at Messe Frankfurt, Germany Apps have become an integral component of the marketing and communication services offered by trade fair organizers. What are the advantages of trade fair apps for exhibitors and visitors, as well as the added value for organizers?  Which mobile offerings are now a must-have for organizers of trade fairs or events? All digital services including web sites, exhibitor searches, trade fair maps, business matchmaking po [...]

By | 2017-12-08T10:11:12+00:00 May 9th, 2017|All, Best Practices, Digital Innovation, Europe|0 Comments

An update on Brazil’s Exhibition Industry (Part 1 of 3)

Interview with Juan Pablo De Vera, President of Reed Brazil and President of UBRAFE by Stephanie Selesnick (Part 1 of 3) We had a chance to catch up with Juan Pablo Devera after the recent 12th Annual Meeting of the Exhibitions industry (ESFE), Brazil’s largest meeting for exhibition leaders. Organized by Grupo RADAR, an UFI media partner and member, the conference promoted the development of creative ideas and synergies between industry members in one of the most dynamic markets in Latin Americ [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:43:50+00:00 May 4th, 2017|All, Americas|0 Comments