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Las Vegas: Expo!Expo!

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events is today the leading association for the global exhibition industry. IAEE represents over 9,000 individuals in over 50 countries who conduct and support exhibitions around the world, and IAEE proclaims that “Exhibitions and Events mean business”. Their show goes by Expo! Expo!, and IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition brought together organizers and industry suppliers for their mutual benefit through exhibition, education and networking events. The focus of Expo! Expo! was, we heard, to create a learning culture and strategic networking opportunities. To that end, the 2015 Expo! Expo! Connect platform leveraged state-of-art networking and matchmaking technology, to get everyone talking. Just a big gabfest, then? Deep down, this was a big-talking industry making an exhibition of itself…. #ExpoExpo

Las Vegas: National Association of Broadcasters – NAB2015

The media and entertainment industry, we heard, just got itself “unleashed”. Dynamic innovation and cutting-edge technologies were shattering content boundaries and opening up opportunities, since NABShow was apparently the place to break free from conventional thinking and open everyone’s minds. Attendees representing every sector of the industry including Broadcast, Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Telecom, Post-Production, Academia, Houses of Worship (really!) , Advertising, Military, Government, Retail, Security, Sports, Live Events, Online Video, IT, Virtual and Augmented Reality all converged on Las Vegas to embrace the immersive experiences reshaping the new reality of media. The show organizers were there to insist that “This Changes Everything”, and they were piling on the innovative attractions to prove it. Hey, may I say you’re looking particularly unleashed today…. #NABShow

Las Vegas: WPPI – Wedding & Portrait Photographers Int’l

WPPI stands for Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, and Las Vegas is the logical place to hold it.  Where else can you get wedding photos showing couples tying the knot in chapels where Elvis impersonators officiate?  Wedding Photographers International was founded in the 1970’s and provided a much-needed forum for photographers who had long asked for guidance, and an association of their own.  In 2013, WPPI became part of the Professional Photo Group, which includes PDN, Rangefinder, PhotoServe, PhotoSource, IPN, PhotoPlus and Outdoor Photo Expo.  This group covers all platforms for professional photographers, including conferences and trade shows, contests and competitions, social networking, trade publications and more.  Realizing that many of WPI’s present and future members were involved in both wedding and portrait photography, Wedding Photographers International officially became Wedding & Portrait Photographers International in 1995. And they have photos to prove it…  #WPPI2015

Las Vegas: International Consumer Electronics Show – CES – CEA

Just a sampling of the many 3D Printing offerings. Simply amazing!

Las Vegas: International Consumer Electronics Show – CES – CEA

CES is the International Consumer Electronics Show from CEA, the Consumer Electronics Association, and it’s still the biggest jamboree on the trade show annual circuit.  Revenues for the CE industry are projected to grow three percent in 2015 to reach an all-time high of $223 billion.  The 2015 CES was, we heard, the largest show in history with more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space featuring 3,600 exhibitors, including a record number of startups. Innovators showcased the latest technologies across categories like automotive electronics, personalized health care solutions, unmanned vehicles, connected devices, 3D printers and gaming. As the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, more than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 45,000 from outside the USA, convened to engage in the hands-on experience of interacting with the next generation of technology.  A lot of the buzz was around so-called ‘wearable’ electronics.  Hey, careful with that tray, lady… I don’t include coffee and donuts on my list of “wearables”…. #CES2015

Beyond The Booth: We are Growing!

Two new additions to the Gem Communications Empire!

Our new “Everything you wanted to know about the Hospitality Industry” Blog:  The Daily Dunkin

Hospitality includes:  Arts & Entertainment, Broadcasting, Food & Beverage, Gaming, Hospitality Design, Tourism & Travel, Event Planning

Because we are road warriors – we’ll be adding curated Tour guides from Jauntful.  We are starting with Las Vegas and have published 2 so far.

These will be our common theme areas for the 11 major cities that we cover plus some individual guides for things like “Our favorite Secret Spots” NYC or Best Craft Breweries in Portland.

You can follow us – Beyond The Booth

 

Santa Monica: American Film Market

Interested in film?  The American Film Market included conferences on Finance, Pitching, Production, Marketing and Distribution. “From treatment to screen, it’s all covered!”, we were told.  Leading CEOs, filmmakers, financiers and executives converged to explore the state of independent film financing, emerging trends, where the money is, and what the future holds.  Oh, you actually care about how good the film is when it’s finished, huh?  Then the session on Pitching Essentials was for you.  A good pitch can get a bad film made, see, while a bad pitch can leave a terrific project languishing on the shelf. Pitching, we heard, is part creative art, part science (it needs to follow a tight script) and part sales (you have to wow them). Conference attendees could learn the essential rules and tools of pitching from the experts.  We also learned about Producing For a Worldwide Audience, a session pointing out that “films with universal appeal have the best opportunity to thrive”.  You don’t say!  That one certainly wowed them…!  #AFM2014