A Look Behind the Trade Show/Expo Curtain

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We’re back!

Join us Wednesday, September 18th at 3pm ET/noon PT for our regularly scheduled chats.

This week we are tackling a subject that one of our regular chatters Scott Lee (@slee_CTSMCMECMP) suggested. Scott is a pretty special guy and knows a lot when it comes to organizing and exhibiting at live events. But Scott’s not so special in that ANYONE can request an #expochat topic. All Scott did was tweet me a couple suggestions and BAM! we’re covering it.

Is there something you want to talk about? Just tweet me @TraciBrowne or Dana Freker Doody @TheExpoGroup or Stephanie Selesnick @stephselesnick and let us know what’s on your topic wish list.

So, Scott wanted to talk about how trade show organizers justify zero invoicing, or in other words, passing along costs to exhibitors and/or getting free perks at exhibitors’ expense. He also wanted to talk about understanding the mindset of an organizer and/or General Contractor in conflict resolution?

So, that’s what we’ll be talking about this week. We’ve had a nice summer off so I think we’re ready to delve into such meaty topics as these.

Q1 Is it fair for show organizers to get free/discounted reg system in exchange for exhibitors paying for lead retrieval? Why or why not?

Q2 Is it fair for show organizers to pass along operational costs like carpeting, registration counters and lounges to exhibitors? Why or why not?

Q3 Is it fair for show/conference organizers to get free hotel rooms for staff based on number of attendee rooms booked? Why or why not?

Q4 Why do organizers use preferred vendors…what’s the benefit to the exhibitor? What’s the detriment?

Q5 Who do you feel is ultimately responsible for discrepancies on billing for things like shipping, drayage, labor etc. and why?

Q6 How could show organizers and exhibitors handle conflict resolution better? (i.e. Timing? Systems? Advisory boards) and why?

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About Traci Browne

Trade Show Consultant and Freelance Writer
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One Response to A Look Behind the Trade Show/Expo Curtain

  1. Marvin McTaw says:

    Fantastic chat today Traci! I really enjoyed the conversation!

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