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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 – SEMA 2015 – Automotive Week 2015

The SEMA Show, we were told, is pretty much the biggest automotive specialty products trade event in the world. This year like others, it apparently drew the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries, all searching for profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets. SEMA Show drew big numbers of both domestic and international buyers. The displays were segmented into twelve sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provided attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations and special events. Delegates were reminded frequently that being there would put them “ahead of the curve”… So that explains some of the curvy-type people manning the booths… #sema2015
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Las Vegas: PubCon2015

PubCon wanted you to know it mounts the premier social media and optimization conference, which is supported by the industry’s leading businesses, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors involved in social media, Internet marketing, search engines, and digital advertising.  PubCon describes itself as the world’s leading online marketing conference, and it offers an in-depth look at the future of technology, presented by the world’s top speakers in cutting-edge sessions touted as “provocative”.  PubCon was named a Forbes must-attend conference and an Inc. top conference for growing business.  It’s certainly among the biggest and boldest international gatherings for biz optimization and new media innovation assembled anywhere. Since 2000, PubCon has been bringing the very best in online marketing and SEO to attendees from over 130 different countries.  Um…. does something this social count as “socialism”? #pubcon2015

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Las Vegas – PMMI – PackExpo 2015

Founded in 1933, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association made up of more than 700 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and packaging-related converting machinery, commercially-available packaging machinery components, containers and materials, all across NAFTA markets the United States, Canada and Mexico. PMMI claims to be the leading global resource for processing and packaging issues. Its mission is to improve and promote its members’ success in a global packaging marketplace, and PMMI members are the industry-leading solutions providers in the processing and packaging supply chain. If all that sounds overly serious, remember the PMMI Foundation Golf Tournament at the Bali Hai Golf Club, Las Vegas, which raised $40,000 in support of education. You see this tube of golf balls? Nice packaging…

Trade Shows: Las Vegas – CTIA Super Mobility Expo

The CTIA Show went by “Super Mobility”, meaning that from apps to social media promotion, this here was the technology for folks on the move. CTIA Super Mobility 2015 claimed to be the largest and most influential forum in the Americas focused specifically on mobile innovation in all its disruptive glory. Powered by CTIA The Wireless Association, this springboard event brought together more than 35,000 professionals from all across the new mobile landscape to experience the leading edge (actually they said “bleeding-edge”, but hey…) technology that is driving and enabling the connected life. So, whether you were on the lookout for the products that consumers want right now, or the new technology for tomorrow’s big breakthrough, they wanted you to remember that “this was one place where being in over your head is a beautiful thing”. You said mobile? Okay, so MOVE it…. #SuperMobility

Las Vegas Trade Shows: International Parking Institute #IPI2015

IPI is the International Parking Institute, and the IPI Conference & Expo is the world’s largest educational and networking event for parking and transportation professionals. Thousands of attendees gathered for four days of meetings, keynotes, leadership discussions, networking, awards, special events, tours of parking facilities — the definition of a thrill? You haven’t lived till you’ve experienced one of these tours of parking facilities — and an exhibit hall with more than 250 exhibitors. A revolution is driving the parking industry thanks to new approaches in the design, management, and operation of public and private parking. Smarter approaches to parking can improve urban mobility, reduce congestion and enhance sustainability. Government officials, architects, urban planners, transportation officials, suppliers, consultants, and economic decision-makers were all there to feed their magnetic tickets into the slot. Hey, sir, excuse me… sir… sir? You cannot park there… #IPI2015

Trade Shows Las Vegas: ReCon 2015 #ReCon2015

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is all about advancing the shopping center industry and to promoting its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services.  Recon is their Global Retail Real Estate Convention, and a fine platform for explaining why things are going well for the business;  for instance the industry as a whole has been thriving and “only going up”. In 2014 the average value of shopping center construction ($14.5 billion), occupancy rates (92.7%) and rent (+ 6.5%) all soared to record-breaking highs since 2008. Shopping center NOI (that’s Net Operating Income to us acronym ignoramuses)  also experienced a record growth rate (+8.3%) since 2000.  Mall sales productivity per square foot was up from $385 dollars in 2009 to over $475.  Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, the value of shopping center construction, including work done on both new and/or existing structures, reached $14.5 billion in 2014, the highest since 2008. The recession?  It’s just so over…  #ICSC2015 #ReCon2015