Drones – the next step in technology

Posted by Barry Siskind UFIs Community Manager Imagine looking down, from the vantage point of a bird in the rafters of an exhibition facility, what would you see? You would see visitors moving up and down aisles, exhibitors ready to engage and you would also be able to identify trouble spots almost before they happen. Now what if you were not alone but joined by your visitors. What would they see? Looking at the big picture they would likely take in the hustle and bustle of a modern day exhibit [...]

The left and right brain balance

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Which trait would be the most advantageous for someone in the exhibition industry – left or right dominated? While left brain people are typically characterized as logical, realistic and focused, right brainers are creative and emotional. The demands to handle a multitude of logistic would point to left brain people as being the best choice. Asking a right brain dominate person to handle the daily demands of scheduling can be risky. But, if left do [...]

Family businesses have their own perspective

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Are all businesses governed by the same economic models? While the principals of doing business are universal, in each case their execution is unique. Family businesses, for example, have always identified themselves as different than large corporations that report to shareholders and stakeholders. This difference was brought home on October 31, 2014 when the UFI Special Interest Group (SIG) met in Bogota, Columbia. One interesting observation was [...]

By | 2017-10-29T11:53:47+00:00 February 25th, 2015|All, Best Practices, Education, Human Resources|0 Comments

Focus on profits and expansion with the cloud

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Computing in the cloud – everyone is talking about it but are they using it? It seems counterintuitive to think that some companies are not when the benefits of the cloud far outweigh the costs. The cloud can help all businesses – large and small - save money and streamline their operations without the expense of building an IT infrastructure. A recent post on Fortune Magazine’s website by small business expert and blogger Alice Bredin lists five w [...]

Is crowdshaping the future for exhibitions?

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Imagine this – a visitor enters an exhibition and is asked to wear a bracelet that measures such things as their movement, heart rate, galvanic skin response and more. The technology to monitor visitor patterns has been around for nearly a decade. Many of us are familiar with the power of crowdsourcing which gives organizers the ability to draw on the behavior patterns of visitors to form the exhibition experience. But crowdsourcing has its limitat [...]

Moving beyond the comfort zone to a sustainable future

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager The UFI Sustainable Development Focus Meeting in Hong Kong will be hosted by the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong and Monica Lee Müller, HKCEC MD, will open the conference. I asked her about the efforts taken by HKCEC in the area of sustainability. Here is what she said. Barry: The HKCEC has taken the issue of sustainability seriously. Tell me about your sustainability background. Monica: Sustainability is a priority in the eve [...]

Tech Trends

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager There is so many technology options available that it’s hard to know which to focus on first. I read an interesting article in The Exhibitions News Feed titled “Top 5 Tech Trends All Event Professionals Should Know.” The five are: Smart watches which have the ability to change the way people communicate. Mobile Event Apps which are a direct result of visitor’s comfort and familiarity with smart phones. Instant Attendee Feedback provides real time r [...]

Successful Sustainable Initiatives

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager On March 11, UFI’s Sustainable Development Focus Meeting will be held in Hong Kong. UFI’s  Secretary of the UFI Sustainable Development Committee, Christian Druart states, “Successfully implementing sustainability requires time and patience! Ideally it starts with an in-depth analysis of the relevant issues and involves measuring results.  The pay-back sometimes takes time.” I asked him to list some examples of successful sustainable programmes and [...]

By | 2018-01-16T13:22:30+00:00 January 13th, 2015|All, Best Practices, Education, Human Resources|0 Comments

A digital strategy – the myths and realities

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community manager The theme of the Global CEO Summit 2015 will be “Our Industry in 3D – Data, Digital and Developing Markets.” Over the past few years there has been a lot of attention given to the concept of a digital strategy. Yet very few can confidently say that they have found a digital solution to their business growth. One reason is that there are often basic misconceptions that need to be dealt with. One of the speakers at this year’s Global CEO Summit is Dr [...]

By | 2017-12-02T18:00:15+00:00 January 8th, 2015|All, Best Practices, Education, Human Resources|0 Comments

You are what you read

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager One common denominator I’ve found among the successful people I have had the privilege of meeting is that most of them are insatiable readers. Having said that, it seems that knowing what the people you are grooming for executive positions are reading is one indicator of the person’s potential. We are fortunate to live in a world where opportunities to read are everywhere: books, magazines, web-sites and newsletters. Everywhere we look there is som [...]

By | 2017-12-02T18:00:15+00:00 January 6th, 2015|All, Best Practices, Education, Human Resources, Management|2 Comments