Trade shows - do these still make sense?

New / Mgmt mangou
Jun 12 6 Comments

Do you guys think trade shows are actually efficient for creating work related contacts in the Bay Area?

What could be better ways for getting acquainted to new technology?

Would virtual trade show events work if properly organized by LinkedIn, for example, considering their enormous networks of professionals in any industry?

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  • Intel
    BOBBY_AXE

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    Bobby Axelrod. CEO, Axe Cap. NYC
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    Yes. Physical networking is very key in this business, whether you're technical role or biz/sales etc. Online trade shows havent taken off for this reason alone. As for technology, the bigger shows do give you a nice venue to walk and talk the floors and see/touch new tech and discuss on the spot with an engineer. hard to do that on a webinar.
    Jun 12 2
    • New / Mgmt mangou
      OP
      I agree, but still - last year’s semicon at SF was a great disappointment considering the number of people that visited... a well organized and advertised virtual show can potentially be seen by many more people, right from their offices... definitely missing the live contact with the person and the technology, but if u like what u see, take a trip to the exhibitor directly, probably spending same or less money...
      Jun 12
    • Intel
      BOBBY_AXE

      Intel

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      Bobby Axelrod. CEO, Axe Cap. NYC
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      So you're basing your opinion on one bad show? And most vendors want to see dozens of potential clients and prospects in one place (and so do end users), to leverage time and money and high traffic. No one wants to take one-off trips to vendors all the time.
      Jun 14
  • Facebook public2
    Yep networking with folks in Vegas or on boats in the south of France is very effective.
    Jun 12 2
    • New / Mgmt mangou
      OP
      Surely more enjoyable than staring at a screen... but that’s after the shows 😂
      Jun 12
    • Facebook public2
      Yea no one goes to the conference itself beyond n00bs, the value is having a high concentration of folks in high proximity.
      Jun 12

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