Show Daily Flies Off Shelf as Attendees Seek Printed Schedule

Digital signage reminded attendees to pick up the show daily.

Mobile apps put so much information at an attendee’s fingertips – session descriptions, speaker listings and much more. But what happens when they know where they need to be, but cannot remember the room number? Attendees want something in print format that they can quickly refer to – as opposed to having to pull out their mobile device.

After eliminating their onsite program – the Souvenir Journal – last year, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference made the ALC Daily, the conference’s daily newspaper, the source for daily schedule information. Continue reading

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Apps; sure . . . But where are the maps?

Use your show daily’s centerspread to publish a full size exhibit hall floor plan and company director.
Use your show daily’s centerspread to publish a full size exhibit hall floor plan and company director.

(This post was originally published by TSNN on September 20, http://tsnn.com/blog/apps-sure-where-are-maps.)

My mom and I were making our way through her favorite supermarket recently, when she said to me, “We should have picked up a directory.” Although my mom has been coming to this store for more than 20 years, the store’s ongoing remodel had left her feeling out of sorts. It took a few wrong turns before we finally came across the orange juice.

This experience reinforces what I’ve come across during trade shows – attendees want something to help them be more efficient when navigating an exhibit hall. Overhead signage and oversize directories at the hall entrance are helpful, but attendees still want something to which they can refer as they make their way across the aisles. Continue reading

Case Study: Print and Video Working Together

Sending an email highlighting conference content will show non-attendees what they missed.
Sending an email highlighting conference content will show non-attendees what they missed.

Adding a video component to your conference’s communications strategy is no longer out-of-reach. Rather, it’s now both a necessary component and great marketing tool. But how do you get started? Do you hire a videographer or contract a video production company? You may be surprised by our suggestion – talk to your show daily publisher.

Yes, show dailies start out in print format, but now are also immediately available in digital formats that can be shared via email and social media, and added to website archives. Our digital publications create another medium for sharing video clips, beyond social media. Continue reading

Show Dailies Support Event Technology, Generate Non-Dues Revenue

For the past two years, CustomNEWS has produced the chapter newsletter for the PCMA New England Chapter. A digital version is sent out via email and posted to social media. We recently wrote about show daily publications for the fall issue. We looked at why organizations should keep printing, and how show dailies and mobile apps support each other. Continue reading

Our Summer: A Look Back

Attendees rely on show dailies for conference news and updates.
Attendees rely on show dailies for conference news and updates.

Labor Day signifies the end of summer…we move on to football, cooler weather and then before we know it, the holiday season. CustomNEWS had a very productive summer – our travels took us from coast to coast, including Oregon, Illinois and New York. Here’s a look at some of our projects between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which totaled: Continue reading

This Year’s Popular Posts

Attendees see the show daily as a great source of information.

We’re excited to announce that our blog has had more than 2,400 visitors and 4,400 views since its launch in 2016. Check out what our visitors have been reading this year – here’s our top five most-viewed posts.

Stand-alone Exhibitor Guides Add Value

Exhibitors invest in your organization when they exhibit at your conference. Could a stand-alone exhibitor guide add more value then including this information in the back of the program book? Continue reading

Visit Booth #619 at #MMCCon to Talk Non-Dues Revenue, Content Marketing

Show dailies generate non-dues revenue and showcase content.

Will you be making your way through the ASAE Membership, Marketing and Communications conference exhibit hall in search of new sources for non-dues revenue? Or are you looking for new ways to support your content marketing initiatives?

Show Daily Advertising & Sponsorships

Show dailies offer your exhibitors and sponsors different ways to reach their target audiences – attendees and association members, resulting in a new non-dues revenue stream for your organization. Continue reading

Headed To #MMCCon? So Are We!

Attendees enjoy catching up on conference news via the show daily.
Attendees enjoy catching up on conference news via the show daily.

CustomNEWS is looking forward to exhibiting at its first ASAE Membership, Marketing and Communications conference. It’s not only offering us a chance to meet marketing and communications managers we haven’t crossed paths with yet, but also because of the topics that will be covered over the two-day program. We’re planning to attend the sessions on Snapchat and content marketing.

And we hope you’ll attend “What? No Program? Reevaluating your Event’s Onsite Print Vehicles” on Wednesday, May 3, 3:15 p.m., with Jenn Waters, Assistant Publisher & Digital Media Manager, CustomNEWS.

Why keep printing? We’re finding that as mobile app adoption rates rise, conference organizers are reevaluating the role of onsite print communications vehicles. Perhaps some of these questions have come up during your discussions about what to print: Continue reading

Looking for Cost-Effective Pre-Show Marketing Tools? Publish a Show Daily Preview Issue

Publish a digital preview issue to remind members about registration deadlines and showcase event highlights.

Show dailies are a unique publication – in essence, you are publishing a customized newspaper for your target audience. Content is chosen by your organization, and delivery methods can include print, direct mail, email and social media.

Data released in CEIR’s new report, Cost to Attract Attendees, shows that associations now spend 20% less on attendee marketing than they did in 2013. Is this due to higher printing/postage costs? A feeling that free social media opportunities are more lucrative?  Continue reading