Should associations be using M&A activity to turn national into global?

John Barrett , Executive director , Worldwide Cleaning Association ISSA The practice of using acquisitions and mergers to expand an organiser’s global presence is commonplace. But how about when an association tries to increase its influence using the same approach? Historically we've only seen a few private organisers from the US make their presence felt in the international marketplace. Diversified Communications did so in Europe with its health and seafood shows, and more recently EJ Krause [...]

Three reasons why to attend a trade show or a public consumer show unrelated to your business

In a recent conversation at ECEF, a one-day US conference for Association (NGO) and for-profit US organizers, I was speaking with some colleagues about visiting exhibitions in unrelated industries for fun. They looked at me in shock. As the discussion deepened, it turns out that they attend their own trade shows or competitive expos in their same sector, but never attend consumer shows (b2c) or trade shows in other industries. Or, in a couple of instances, only attend exhibitions produced by the [...]

#GED18 celebrations are just around the corner!

  Corrado Peraboni, UFI President It was wonderful to see so many of you earlier this month in Verona at our annual European Conference, especially as it took place in my home country Italy. Thank you again to my friends and colleagues at Veronafiere for hosting us so graciously, and to all our speakers for sharing your insights! During one of the breaks, I took a moment to watch the UFI team’s video showcasing some of the highlights and activities from last year’s Global Exhibition Day ( [...]

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 [...]

When will disruption naturally occur in our business?

“Disruption is a term that has been overused in the last 10 years. A lot of people talk about digital disruption, but to me the term often leads to people scratching their heads,” Eddie Choi told the audience at the UFI European Conference in Verona. Many of us will be in agreement. The subject is a staple of plenary halls at business conferences and while we all appreciate the opportunities that accompany destabilising the status quo, the only experience most of us will have of being truly disr [...]

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 [...]

Improving exhibitor satisfaction and loyalty at the big shows (2 of 2)

It won’t surprise anyone to say that when UFI and Explori teamed up to analyse the email survey responses from exhibitors at 1,040 trade shows, asking how they would improve their event experience, the majority asked for more people to attend their stand, followed by an increase in overall visitor numbers. Exhibitors pay good money to be at the biggest events. What might surprise you however, is the fact that venue shortcomings (quality of food outlets, parking and ease of build-up/break down) a [...]

By | 2018-03-14T11:52:59+00:00 March 8th, 2018|All, Best Practices, UFI Updates|0 Comments

Exhibition industry triggers best practice sharing

Exhibition Industry: Submit your best practice example today and win one of UFI's prestigious 2018 global industry awards! Your organization and teams work hard. Let the industry recognize their efforts! Deadlines are quickly approaching for the UFI Digital Innovations, Human Resources and Operations and Services Awards. Award themes are determined by their respective Committees and change annually. The Committees also serve as judges. The awards listed below are open to UFI members and non-memb [...]

Asia-Pacific Conference for exhibition professionals

The upcoming UFI Asia-Pacific Conference (formerly known as the UFI Open Seminar in Asia) takes place on March1-2 immediately after the UFI Educational Forum on HR Management (February 27-28). I spoke with Mark Cochrane, UFI’s Regional Manager for Asia-Pacific and asked him to share what he’s interested in hearing about during a few of the upcoming sessions at the upcoming Conference in Kuala Lumpur: Twitter: #ufikl Regional confernce highlights Keynote Presentation on Malaysia: Overviews of hos [...]

By | 2018-02-09T13:27:42+00:00 February 7th, 2018|All, Asia – Pacific, Best Practices|1 Comment

The Events Investment Club for exhibition industry matchmaking

Global exhibition industry figureheads have come together to form an investment and strategic advisory council to help entrepreneurs and fledgling businesses in the exhibition industry. The Events Investment Club (working title) is the brainchild of former Reed Exhibitions chairman Mike Rusbridge and former Reed Exhibitions’ commercial director Nick Forster, who have pooled resources with a dozen leading lights from the international exhibition industry. The group, which held its first official [...]

By | 2018-01-26T09:26:59+00:00 January 26th, 2018|All, Best Practices, Management|1 Comment