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

Inspiring ideas to recharge your exhibition

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager What does it take to develop creative ideas? Sometimes it requires a trip back to the beginning and changing everything. In other instances it may require a small amount of tweaking of existing plans. Biz Bash’s Mitra Sorrells & Martha C. White wrote an interesting post titled, The 15 Most Innovative Meetings of 2014. Their list includes examples of not for profits and for profits events. Some of the ideas were: • Reducing the content and incre [...]

Creating a Hybrid

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager The common belief is that virtual trade shows will never replace face to face events. Whether this statement is true or not, waits to be seen. While some organizations are turning to hosting their events virtually with varying degrees of success, industry watchers are scrambling for methods of integrating virtual components into their live exhibitions. Mitra Sorrells, a blogger for posted an interesting piece called, “What to Know about [...]

By | 2017-12-03T00:17:24+00:00 December 16th, 2014|All, Digital Innovation, Education, Human Resources|0 Comments

HR as a strategic business partner

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Andreas Graubner is the Vice President of HR at Deutsche Messe Hannover. He will be attending the upcoming UFI HR Symposium on December 10, in Paris France. Like many other participants Andreas recognizes the need to internationalise and diversify his HR initiatives. Like many HR professionals Andreas is a keen observer of the changes in his department particularily as they affect the exhibition industry. “The digital aspects of our shows,” Andreas [...]