Insights into the Brazilian Exhibition Industry

Marco Basso, President of Brazil Informa Global Exhibitions Division. Marco A. Basso, is President of Brazil, Informa Global Exhibitions Division, a company he’s been with the last 22 years. Discovered by a head hunter to begin Informa’s operations in the country, he knew nothing about the exhibition business, but had a background in congresses and seminars. Like most of us, he said, “The exhibition business is a very dynamic industry and gets into your blood pretty quickly – but you have to h [...]

Is the UK government putting more stock in business events as Brexit looms?

Kerrin MacPhie, VisitBritain. While the UK is home to many of the world’s leading organisers, its event business at home is largely a domestic market.  But in light of the country’s upcoming departure from the European Union, the role of exhibitions at home has become increasingly important. Take for example the Farnborough International Airshow, which runs this week – 37 weeks before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. “This is an incredibly exciting time for aerospace. Not only [...]

What’s New in Attendee Acquisition?

I recently asked the following question on LinkedIn: Hi exhibition industry friends. Out of curiosity, what other attendee promotion/recruitment tools are you doing besides print, death by email and digital-based outreach? The reason I asked the question was two-fold: It seems many show organizers are over-dependent on emails to get the job done for recruiting quality visitors; and wanted to know what else industry colleagues are doing. A number of people answered, and there were over 1600 views [...]

Everyone is a Consumer First

We are consumers first and foremost, and as such, our attendees, exhibitors and stakeholders expect face-to-face, business-to-business events to be more like the experiences encountered at festivals, concerts, and other live events. Unfortunately, most exhibitions are not. Here are a few thoughts to modernize trade shows so they are more interactive and entertaining for attendees. They are based on ideas expressed at the recent XLIVE Esports Summit in Los Angeles, USA. For those of you who have [...]

Re-launch Exhibition Industry Blog

Built from the ground-up with the needs of the global exhibition industry in mind, I am pleased to present the UFI blog with a clean, uncluttered design, improved functionality and rich, enhanced content. Designed and structured to mirror the value and resources of the exhibition industry, the newly revamped UFI blog will provide you with specialised, thought-provoking content. From exhibition industry professionals This newly redesigned blog offers quick and easy access to articles on trending [...]

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

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

Social Media – A lonely profession?

I recently attended Quadriga University's 9th Conference Social Media - Social Media as a Mindset in Berlin where professional social media users met and exchanged! The paradox is, while we live and breathe social media every day to connect virtually with friends and peers around the world, working within social media can actually be a lonely profession. Most companies do not have the luxury to employ multiple community managers and so often have just one dedicated staff member to drive the comp [...]

By | 2018-01-19T14:42:04+00:00 September 16th, 2016|All, Digital Innovation, Exhibition Marketing|0 Comments

How exhibitions engage with people online and what the millennials expect of them

Blogger: Christoph Spangenberg, Corporate Communications, MCH Group Every brand can become a love brand online. What companies have to do to achieve this and what the millennials expect of exhibitions was explained by marketing expert Huib van Bockel and behavioural scientist Tessa van Asselt at the UFI Open Seminar in Basel. The theme of this year's meeting for the exhibition sector: The Challenge of Change. How do companies reach potential customers in the Internet? How do they develop a loyal [...]

The power of exhibitions to engage in an ‘always on’ world

Opinion piece – from Joyce Dimascio, Chief Executive of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) In a world that’s ‘always on’, the landscape has shifted for marketers. Historically, the relationship between a brand and its customers was largely transactional. The lion’s share of the marketing budget went to advertising and the product with the catchiest tag line or most memorable jingle won the day – and ultimately market share. But this has all changed. It’s no longer about w [...]