Category Archives: Vmax for exhibitors/sponsors (V=Value)

Exhibitors and sponsors require a lot more than just square meters. In order to impress potential customers, innovative presentation platforms have to be designed.
Aussteller und Sponsoren fordern weit mehr als nur Quadratmeter. Um potenzielle Kunden zu beeindrucken, sind innovative Präsentationsplattformen gefragt.

Event App for Zukunft Personal trade show with networking features just launched

Today, we launched the new app for the leading trade show for human resource management, HRM Expo (Zukunft Personal), taking place 14-16 October 2014 in Cologne.

Besides the event schedule (with reminder functions), the exhibitor lists and floor plans, the app has quite some interesting networking features.App_ZukunftPersonal

Users can login with their LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook profiles, send each others private messages and contribute to a timeline in Facebook-style. Thus, attendees and exhibitors can get in touch with each other already before the show, share their impressions from the show floor and take part in quick polls inside the app.

Other nice features are that you can use the app also in offline mode, once you have finished the app download. That makes it easy to plan your trip, the exhibitors you want to meet and the sessions you want to attend while on the plane or in other locations with limited connectivity.

As I stated in one of my previous blog posts about current app usage trends, I believe it is necessary to give your target audience a good reason to download your app. Judging by the take-up that happened already on day one of the app launch, it seems we have hit the right tone.

On top of things, we managed to offset the cost by a sponsor already with the first edition.

Click here to download the app in case you want to give it a try (available for iOS and Android). The app is based on the technology by the provider Attendify.

Event- und Messemanager auf Freelance-Basis gesucht. Region Mannheim, Projekt bis Oktober 2014

spring Messe Management sucht kurzfristig Untersützung im Bereich Messeproduktion und Technik für das Projekt Zukunft Personal in Köln

Voraussetzung sind Erfahrungen im Bereich Messebau, Ausstellerservices, Technik. Schwerpunkt ist die Betreuung von technisch-organisatorischen Aussteller-Anfragen und Aussteller-Service. Kenntnisse in CAD Programmen sind von Vorteil. 

Interessenten können mir eine Nachricht schicken an m.heipel@messe.org oder sich direkt bei unserer Personalreferentin Canan Kaya melden c.kaya@messe.org

 

Latest app usage statistics – What do they mean for event apps?

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At first glance, the bare figures that Comscore have revealed last week can be pretty discouraging for event app providers – as well as for organizers implementing an app for their conference, exhibition or event.

The full report can be viewed here, but let me summarize the key findings:

  1. In Germany, two thirds of the 40 million smartphone users haven’t downloaded a single app during the last month! People have become reluctant to add more and more apps to their phones.
  2. Du to the fact that smartphone penetration is still on the rise, the app economy is growing, but at a decreasing rate. Market saturation is coming nearer.
  3. While downloads are decreasing, internet usage via mobile apps is on the rise. In the USA, digital media time spent on mobile apps is already at 52%! People have their favorite apps that they use more and more often.
  4. Overall, digital media time spent on mobile platforms (apps, browser) in the USA is at 60%, desktop down to 40%, with a strong tendency towards further mobile internet growth.
  5. In Germany, the most used apps are Facebook (including WhatsApp and Instagram), Google (incl. maps, search, YouTube), Amazon, Ebay, Weather and a couple of news apps including Kicker (football). That… is pretty much it.

What do we event marketers make of these facts? Here are seven tipps:  Continue reading

10 Reasons why I love working in events

In my early days in events and trade show management, someone said to me “Once you’re on that rollercoaster, it’s pretty hard to get off“. And they were right.

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Now, some young talent might be thinking about whether their career should take them into B2B events, conferences, trade shows and stuff like that (rather than in wedding planning, accounting or even banking)

Let me give you my 10 points that make me love what I do and motivate me to get up in the morning and welcome every new day in this fascinating business!

Hope you can relate to some of those points. Continue reading

A simple and free tool to create animated stories

Adobe just released Adobe Voice, a new iPad app that’ll allow you to combine pictures, music, graphics and of course your own voice to tell your story.

That is a pretty easy tool to create pre-show videos for your conference or event, meeting the demand for more and more rich media content in your event marketing strategies!

Great – Look forward to seeing the first examples of how conference and trade show marketers are using it! I’ll test it myself over the weekend, I am sure ;-)

Creative marketing for events: Some hot examples

I had the pleasure to be invited as a speaker to Who stole my audience, a conference that took place in London on 24/25 April. Gallus Events staged this conference for meeting planners, aiming to provide a platform where new technologies and creative approaches for conferences, trade shows and events are discussed. Showing ways how to create atmospheres and spaces that support attendees to learn.  Continue reading

Came across creative event promotion and marketing? Let’s share!

My dear blog readers, I have a favor to ask you!

Most of you are in the events industry, staging conferences, events or trade shows. And you are interested in creative ways to market events, engage audiences and promote your projects.

On April 25, I’ll be holding a presentation in London, at Gallus Events’ Who stole my audience?

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