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 [...]

Global Exhibitions Day marks the exhibition industry

The biggest promotional campaign that our industry has ever seen is just around the corner. I love this global initiative. It is uniting people across our industry regardless of their position, employer, level of experience, origin, culture, language, gender,… we all share the same passion for the exhibitions industry. GED - 7 June 2017 - is a chance for us all to celebrate the exhibition industry and highlight its positive impact on jobs, business, people, innovation and local investment! I am, [...]

Steps to creating your “Green Team.”

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager With the March 11th UFI Sustainable Development Focus Meeting in Hong Kong quickly approaching now is a good time to examine your sustainable practices. An important issue to developing good sustainable practices rests in the quality of the team charged with the responsibility of implementing your plans. A recent post by US based MC2 addresses four practical steps that will ensure your “Green Team” is working at their very best. The four steps are: [...]

The value of the cloud for exhibitions

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager The cloud holds great promise for the exhibition world. From an organizers point of view, cloud computing allows them to offer such things as e-commerce, product portfolios and social architecture for each exhibition with relative ease. Cloud technology means that these same organizers do not have to spend the time and money creating these benefits on their own. The cloud makes life easier for organizers and therefore their exhibitors and visitors. [...]

The visitor revolution

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager It’s June and time for the must anticipated annual International Summer University. The education program will be held from June 4 – 6 in Cologne. This year’s theme is “Visitor Revolution – Targeting, Motivating and Satisfying the 21st Century Visitor. The opening address is by UFI’s Managing Director, Paul Woodward. His presentation is titled, “A Global Perspective on the Exhibition Industry.” I asked Paul to answer a few questions to give our fol [...]

Harness the power of billions of photographers.

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager You want to create an event where your visitors say, “I want to tell people about that.” According to Biz Bash founder and CEO David Adler, harnessing the power of your visitors to magnify those things they experience at your events, is the underlying rationale behind a social media strategy. In a short five and a half minute video, Adler talks about the importance of surprising visitors with the unexpected. We used to call these “Kodak Moments.” I [...]

How event technology can drive audience engagement and improve the attendees’ experience

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Attendees are now demanding to be active participants in the events and conversations that affect their lives and businesses. Engaged participants are the centerpiece of meetings and exhibitions. It’s happily engaged participants who will attend the event again and recommend the event to colleagues. On March 25th I posted a UFILive.org blog titled, Data Mining to Increase the Visitor’s Experience. In that post I examined the similarities and differ [...]

Data mining to increase the visitor’s experience

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager The issue of what to do with all the data we in the MICE industry have at our disposal has been the topic of many presentations at UFI events and posts here at UFILive.org. Recently I found an interesting post on The Exhibition Industry Newsfeed, by blogger Traci Browne. Traci’s thesis is that the use of data is linked to new opportunities to enhance our visitors’ experiences. She begins by suggesting that we can learn from retailers who have gone [...]

Creating an experience

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager From April 8 – 10 UFI’s ICT and Operations & Services Focus Meetings will be held in Poznan, Poland. Rudolf Sommer, Senior Corporate Manager, Marken EnBW und Watt, is also a first time presenter at a UFI event. He is joined by Rob van der Heijden, COO, Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Simon Naudi, Managing Director, Answers Training International Ltd and Jason Popp, Executive Vice President, Global Experience Specialists, in what promises to be a lively pane [...]

Change in buyer and attendee behaviours

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager From April 8 – 10 UFI’s ICT and Operations & Services Focus Meetings will be held in Poznan, Poland. Simon Naudi, Managing Director, Answers Training International Ltd, will be presenting a session titled, What are the Key Changes in the Mind-set and Behaviour of Buyers and Attendees? This is a topic that has received a lot of attention these last few years. I thought it would be helpful to understand Simon’s perspective in advance of his prese [...]