October 2010

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Pulling It All Together

Social media, event management and customer databases—not to mention an event’s Web site—all loom large on a show organizer’s technology priority list. In fact, these are where organizers have been focusing their investments over the last couple years. But as...

Staying Healthy

It’s tough to describe the state of health care shows in one broad stroke. It’s certainly a vertical that is seeing both the best of times and the worst of times. Some shows are suffocating under a blanket of uncertainty...

How’s Your Back End Looking?

We all know how fast technology develops. And when we have to wade through an economic downturn like we did the past couple years, we’re struck with the duality of playing catch-up and moderating the urge to grab on to...

Alwyn Dawkins, SVP, Gartner Worldwide Events

Gartner, the global technology research firm, has a robust stable of events, producing about 54 per year. The event group accounts for about $100 million of the company’s $1.1 billion annual revenues. This year, the group expects to grow another...

Negotiating Multi-Year Contracts With Your Service Providers

With the economy still impacting the industry and causing tight budgets among show organizers and service providers alike, multi-year contracts between the two are one way to lock in efficiencies, cost savings and predictable revenue streams. Penton Media, an independent...

Rosemont Taps Cost-Saving Elements of McCormick Place Legislation

The effects of the McCormick Place legislative reform have spread. Rosemont, Illinois’ Donald E. Stephens Convention Center announced in September that, effective immediately, it has adopted some of the same cost-saving measures recently enacted at its downtown Chicago neighbor. The...

The iPad Cometh

It’s only been around for a few months, but it’s already kicking apps and taking names. Apple has sold more than three million units of its new iPad tablet since it launched in April, racking up about one sale every...