Using the right information to plot your digital path

If UFI’s Global Barometer is anything to go by, then the new year resolutions of many exhibition industry companies will revolve around the digitalisation of their businesses. Driven change Globally, 55 per cent of the companies UFI surveyed said they have already changed internal processes and workflows to be more digital, with the UK, Germany, the US and China most active in this respect, while a quarter of companies reported that they have developed a digital transformation strategy for the w [...]

UFI’s 5 trends to watch in 2018

This is traditionally the time of the year for reviewing the developments over the past months and taking stock. At UFI, we did this in early November, during the General Assembly at our Global Congress in Johannesburg. Thank you again for all the feedback you gave the UFI team on our ongoing initiatives, activities and projects. As in previous years, we also used the time around the Congress to identify the core themes that the UFI team feels will impact the global exhibition industry in 2018. [...]

ASEAN opportunity for exhibition organisers

Much like the exhibitions we trade in, Smart Cities promote industrial development and digital innovation. As hubs for digital services able to connect foreign countries, they attract digital workers, investors and software companies from around the world. The Phuket province will host the first smart city in Thailand, re-conceived around the notions of flexibility, ease of doing business and overseas investment, with an overall revision of potentially obstructive trading laws and regulations. T [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:03:39+00:00 December 7th, 2017|All, Asia – Pacific, Digital Innovation, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Interview with TCEB’s new exhibitions director

Hidden among the many news stories that unfolded at this year’s UFI Global Congress was one that TCEB is particularly proud of. The promotion of Kanokporn Damrongkul (Kelly) to Director of Exhibitions begins a new chapter in our organization’s exciting story and continues the legacy created by Jaruwan, who assumes a new directorship at our MICE Intelligence & Innovation Department. A familiar face at UFI events, Kelly is a longstanding member of TCEB. Here she gives her thoughts on the indus [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:29:56+00:00 November 9th, 2017|All, Asia – Pacific, Digital Innovation|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

The Exhibitor Journey: Ensuring Customer Loyalty With Digital Experiences

Silke Hoersch, Director of Marketing, EMEA Silke Hoersch, Director of Marketing, EMEA In a world where everyone speaks about digitisation, the exhibition industry has come up with many questions, thoughts and discussions around the impact of this trend. A few days ago, my colleague Holger Friesz spoke at the UFI Operations and Services Focus Meeting 2017 about the opportunity for venues to ensure customer centricity while still optimizing for profit. Exhibition venues that manage events in the [...]

By | 2017-12-08T10:11:21+00:00 April 4th, 2017|All, Digital Innovation, Exhibition Industry|1 Comment

“Schneebit” from nerd to rock star

Blogger: Christiane Appel, Editor in chief, m+a Deutscher Fachverlag GmbH. "Schneebit" (perhaps best translated as snowshow) is history, and that's what it will remain, even if Cebit is now supposed to be transformed into a cool event. The trade fair's organizers Deutsche Messe have a warmer season in their sights and have therefore rescheduled the event to summer to be held under the expo roof. One of the arguments was that it's easier to emotionalize technology presentations in summertime. The [...]

By | 2017-12-08T10:11:27+00:00 March 30th, 2017|All, Digital Innovation, Europe|0 Comments

Digital trade fair marketing provides the platform for connecting real and digital worlds

Blogger: Henric Uherek, Coordinator Messe Frankfurt Trade fairs are increasingly connecting the digital and the real world. Henric Uherek, Coordinator Messe Frankfurt, explains the challenges that this development poses for exhibitors and trade fair organizers and what’s up next for digital trade fair marketing in 2017 and beyond. Artificial intelligence, big data and automation – many exciting technologies continued to develop rapidly in 2016. Which digital marketing trends do you foresee for 2 [...]

By | 2017-12-07T10:34:35+00:00 February 14th, 2017|All, Best Practices, Digital Innovation, Europe, Exhibition Marketing|0 Comments

5 trends to watch in 2017

Blogger: Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director As in previous years, we used the time around the UFI Global Congress to identify the core themes that the UFI team feels will impact the global exhibition industry in 2017. So today, let me share with you “UFI’s 5 trends to watch in 2017”: 1. Growing uncertainties In recent months, we have seen a UK vote on Brexit, a failed coup in Turkey, growing tensions between Russia and the West, and a US presidential election that shows a deeply divided count [...]

Social media & trade fairs – a perfect match

Blogger: Thimo Schwenzfeier, Head of Marketing Communication for Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH’s textiles and textile technology events*. * like the Heimtextil trade fair, or the relatively young projects like the ethical fashion show and the Greenshowroom during the Fashion Week in Berlin. Online communication and social media have become an integral part of major events and trade fairs. But how do trade fair organizers conduct their own online marketing and their own social media engagement? [...]

By | 2018-01-23T10:37:30+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|All, Best Practices, Digital Innovation, Europe, Exhibition Marketing|0 Comments