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Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:48:07 -0700
You should never exhibit at a tradeshow or expo empty-handed. You should always have a promotional item to give away to the attendees to elicit warm & fuzzy feelings about your company and to help remind them of you after they go home. The potential promotional items you can give away are many, and one of the best places to get them is EmpirePromos.com.
A pen with your logo on it? A golf ball with your logo on it? A t-shirt? A stress ball? Even bottled water? All of these promotional products are available at Empire Promos. They have been in business for almost 25 years (since 1984), and have(image) established themselves as one of the premiere suppliers of promotional gifts in the industry, both online and as a traditional brick & mortar promotional products agency.
Thu, 24 May 2007 18:24:11 -0700I think it is safe to say that conventions are tiring and hard work. Even if you’re just attending—not an exhibitor—it still takes a lot out of you… long days of walking, listening, conversing, standing, networking, learning; it takes its toll, especially if you’re attending a few conventions a month throughout the year. A perfect solution to relieve the stress of the busy convention life is to take a break once in a while—go on holiday! OTBeach.com offers many all inclusive holiday packages.
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Mon, 24 Apr 2006 07:22:06 -0700The St. Petersburg/Clearwater (Florida) CVB can be congratulated on two counts, according to a news article dated April 11, 2006 at TravelDailyNews.com. The first point is that, according to a survey distributed by the CVB to more than 200 local purveyors of travel and tourism services, the CVB has a 90.8% overall satisfaction rating. The more important point, to my mind, is that the CVB cared and dared to ask, "How are we doing?" Is this common practice in the industry? Let's hope so.
Mon, 24 Apr 2006 06:23:02 -0700This is the beginning of a new series, more aptly named "CVBs in the News". I'll be watching the Web for articles about CVBs and cataloguing them here, with my comments when appropriate.
Wed, 29 Mar 2006 08:30:39 -0700Now we're getting somewhere! The website for the San Jose (California) Convention and Visitors Bureau openly welcomes visitors and conventions. This is the first site I've found to do so. Still, I wish that the welcome were the head title, and not "Access San Jose". On the whole, it is well designed to do the work of a CVB site. The optical flow leads the viewer to the buttons and links that serve a potential client.
Mon, 27 Mar 2006 06:13:38 -0700The website of the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau & Film Commission (an interesting addition) is colorful and inviting to look at. The organization of the site is not so inviting. Why should a visitor have to click on a link--even if it is the first link--to get to the "Welcome" page? Isn't that what the homepage is supposed to be? It's like dangling a hook in the water with a note saying that the bait is in the boat.
Fri, 24 Mar 2006 17:06:40 -0700When it comes to wooing visitors to Los Angeles, there are a lot of fingers in the pie. The chief site is that of the LA CVB itself, but others almost crowd it out with invitations to specific suburbs, to amusement parks, to Hollywood adventures, and more. All the CVB site has to do is say, "Bring your event to LA." Unfortunately, it doesn't. Instead it says that LA is the event, and that you should come see it. You can get easily to the deeper pages designed specifically for "Meeting Professionals" and "Travel Professionals", but they aren't highlighted. It stresses glamor and forsakes business, research, academics...
Sat, 18 Mar 2006 13:40:38 -0700
Today I review the website of the San Diego CVB, or should I say, the San Diego VB? It's hard to find anything on their home page about conventions or conference planning. It's a tourist-oriented site with a little dropdown box under the title "BUSINESS SERVICES" that offers links to information for A) Visitors (overkill, or a logic loop?), B) Meeting Professionals (at last), C) Media, etc.
PRO: Prominent Web position. Search for "San Diego" and "visit" or some other similar term, and it will show up among the first results. A pretty page, and inviting to tourists.
CON: "a day of everything and nothing": What does that mean? And who cares how many square miles there are in the county? And, is it a plus to tout yourself as California's 2nd largest city? Why not use that banner space for something more appealing than a confused encyclopedia entry? Something like, say, "Come to San Diego. You'll love it!
CON: As I mentioned above, if I were looking at the CVB site for information about possibly holding a business conference there, I'd have to go digging.
Fri, 17 Mar 2006 06:30:10 -0700The Tucson CVB can be found at two websites: one named VisitTucson.org, apparently to catch the Web-browsing tourist, and the other named TucsonCVB.com. Once you get past the name, it's the same site. I visited the sites and rummaged through the linked pages. Here's what I found.
Thu, 16 Mar 2006 06:23:12 -0700This is the first of what I call Web Tweaks, being candid critiques, with praise where deserved, for the websites of CVBs across America and perhaps around the world. I have decided to start near home, with the Phoenix, Arizona CVB.
Tue, 21 Feb 2006 08:17:13 -0700I've expressed my ideas about what a CVB website should say. Now let's hear from you. First from the CVB staffers: what things (speaking generically) do you try to accomplish with the home page of your website? From the users: what do you hope to learn and find at the sites?
Mon, 20 Feb 2006 07:29:51 -0700
I've waited long enough after the Super Bowl to see if there were any valid complaints about the job done by Detroit in hosting the Big Game. Result: all good. I've neither seen nor heard any complaints of note. Good job, Detroit. You've poked holes in the talk about restricting the Game to warmer climes.
Such a massive undertaking, when done well, is usually lauded best by the absence of criticism rather than a multiplicity of praise.
Oh, Detroit, don't forget to thank God for a moderate winter, if you haven't already done so. It could have been completely miserable.
Wed, 01 Feb 2006 14:57:41 -0700
As I reported earlier, the Newport Beach CVB website was top-rated in a Google search for "CVB". Does it measure up in content to its top billing? Well, it puts the right things up front, except for maybe an invitation or welcome, and it has a good visual layout. It is decidedly for the professional meeting planner, which is good. The typeface is a bit hard to read (for these old eyes) on the moving photo links, and could use some more white background.
For me, the homepage tries to do too much, leaving the subordinate pages rather dull and stagnant. It has sufficient material for five good web pages. Just let the visitor click on "Plan your meeting" and then, on a subordinate and business-like page, gather data on numbers and dates.
The tabs that say "Request Visitor Guide" and "Rquest Meeting Planner Guide" lead to pages where the browser can fill in a form to have brochures mailed. How old fashioned! Who else smells a hook and expects a phone call from a salesperson? The Internet crowd doesn't like that method. Yes, there is a line in plain text that tells that you can view the Guides in .pdf format, but that's backwards. The tabs should say "View Visitor Guide" and "View Meeting Planner Guide", with a note to explain how they can also get one in the mail, if they wish.
Wed, 01 Feb 2006 14:32:32 -0700
The Los Angeles CVB site, called "L.A. Inc" is visually captivating. Celebrity after celebrity pops onto the screen with a short quote about the city and its attractions. The recurring theme is "See my LA". Unfortunately it is all run together--seemyLA--and is easily pronounced "seamy-LA". The page designers were careful to include faces of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Even Barbie adds her bit. Translations of the site are available in Japanese and Korean, but not Spanish, which seems a natural.
L.A. has a lot going for it. You can't argue with beaches, Hollywood, professional sports, and theme parks. Wait! Yes, you can! With smog, traffic, congestion, and price. (Did I miss anything?) The site accentuates the positive very well, and says nothing about the negative.
The first tab on the home page is devoted to the individual visitor. Then comes a tab for cruises. Then the tab for "Meeting Professionals". Does this dual character bother the CVBs? Wouldn't it be better to provide one site for potential visitors/tourists and another for potential conferences and conventions? They would tell much of the same information, but the focus of the home page would differ. As is, this site is catchy, but it offers many distractions to the person wanting to know about facilities, costs, accommodations, conflicting events, etc.
Wed, 01 Feb 2006 14:19:13 -0700
Greg Cote of the Miami Herald recently wrote (in jest) about the selection of Detroit as the site of Super Bowl XL in February. He wrote, "Travel-industry analysts says the teams are distinguished by being the only two groups in America looking forward to being in Detroit in early February." I have heard similar sentiment on sports talk radio programs. Whose idea was this? Was it political? Was it meant as a move toward equity? Wouldn't everybody--including the teams--rather be in Miami or Houston or Dallas or Phoenix?
My questions are sincere. If Detroit got the Big Game on merits and salesmanship, please tell me what carrots they dangled. I once spent half a February in Montreal because I had to. It was great indoors, but going out meant risking your life.
The other side of the issue is that, now that Detroit is hosting the Big Game, they had better do a first rate job of it, or "I told you so" will be on everybody's chapped lips for years to come.