2012 Mobile World Congress: BIG is In

February 28, 2012 15:14 by brandon

When you think about which areas of the world are at the forefront of mobile technology, innovative app development, and the ever-expanding capabilities of cloud computing, places like California's Silicon Valley and New York City probably come to mind.  But the location of this year's Mobile World Congress, host to visionary keynotes, top-of-the-line product and service exhibits, and App Planet, the "center of the mobile apps universe," may surprise you.  

The mobile technology trade show, which began yesterday, February 27, 2012 and runs through Thursday, March 1, 2012, takes place in none other than Barcelona, Spain.  The Mobile World Congress' agenda reveals that the four-day event comprises seven keynote addresses, multiple educational seminars, and several networking opportunities.

But what attendees are undoubtedly most looking forward to are the phones and other mobile devices on display.  And, according to Fox News, the star players at this year's show are the super phones.  "At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the annual coming out party for new mobile handsets, the trend is clear," Fox News reported.  "Rather than getting smaller, smartphones are getting bigger -- and more powerful."

The overwhelming presence of large and intelligent phones at this year's conference begs the question:  Are consumers really going to buy the bulky new cell phones?  Fox News reports that it's almost certain.  After all, the latest devices were designed with customer use in mind:

"Super phones are partly an acknowledgement of how people are using smart phones these days. They're making fewer voice calls and making more Facebook posts and text messages. Most people use apps for finding a restaurant, uploading a picture or checking in to a coffee shop rather than calling home."

And the response to the electronics industry trade show promos so far has been a positive one.  Guests at the conference are enjoying the products' faster processors and larger screens.

If you're not a fan of the expensive and brawny smartphones that are getting the most attention at this year's Mobile World Congress, don't worry; there are options for you, too.  Computer World reports that both Nokia and Intel are displaying "cheap smartphones" for those who refuse to pay for (or simply are not interested in) a quad-core processor and a huge screen.

Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show

February 21, 2012 16:06 by Nick

If you've ever had a hectic week at work, you probably start thinking of ways to unwind over the weekend. Sometimes it's a trip to the mall or seeing a movie that has just come out. During the most-stress inducing week, your plans may include a bar or even a nightclub.

As your work-week ends, your favorite bar or nightclub's work-week is just beginning. They have spent the majority of the week you spent working preparing for the larger crowds that tend to dominate Friday and Saturday night. 

The bar and nightclub industry, which according to Hoovers is 45,000 companies strong, is a $20 billion/year industry. These numbers are sure to increase during the more economical 2013.

The Mecca of Nightclub and Bar industry information is the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show. Taking place in party capitol of the United States (Las Vegas) the trade show features workshops and classes on various aspects to operating a successful bar or nightclub - using social media, selecting drink selections, bartending expertise and even selecting the right DJ for your nightclub. The events are from March 13-March 14 2012.

The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show will feature some huge names making appearances. Rapper 50 Cent will be promoting his Street King Energy Drink while former NBA star Dennis Rodman will be promoting his hangover preventative GTOX. In a different vein, Toby Keith will be showcasing his Wild Shot Mezcal Tequila. Lil Jon and Ne-Yo will be performing at trade-show sponsored events.

The Keynote speakers are experts in the industry. Celebrity Pauly Shore and Spike TV host of "Bar Rescue" Jon Taffer will deliver speeches that are sure to have the best advice for your nightclub or bar. 

The sponsors will be in full-swing at the event with names like Coca-Cola, MillerCoors, [Jim] Beam, Malibu Red, Modern Line Furniture and Snapple/Dr. Pepper. Each company will have a sizable display showcasing their products for those that are interested.

If you are intending to network at this event, be sure to bring a few promotional Bic Magnet Business Cards. You will have a great success marketing your brand with these magnets. 

NYC Hosts American International Toy Fair

February 16, 2012 15:42 by brandon

The 2011 holiday season was a mere two months ago, and yet some are already preparing for next Christmas.

This week, Manhattan's Javits Center played host to over 15,000 buyers and more than 1,000 media reps who hoped to catch a glimpse of the 100,000 new toys, games, and other entertainment products on display.  The "largest toy tradeshow in the Western Hemisphere" wowed attendees with innovative new toys and hot trends.

According to Newsday, this year, toy manufacturers at the American International Toy Fair went app crazy:  "More companies are incorporating apps to help enhance the board game experience."  Additionally, Internet sensations, like Angry Orange, are entering the toy market with promotional stuffed animals and key chains.

Unfortunately, if you attended the show and saw an item you loved, you'll have to wait.  For the most part, the exhibited toys will not be available in stores until later this year.

New Jersey Comic Book Shows

February 16, 2012 13:24 by Nick

We always talk about some of the biggest and largest showcases and tradeshows throughout the country. But did you know that promoting your name at the smaller shows is a more inexpensive way of getting your name out there? 

Small tradeshows may not have the bells and whistles that their larger counterparts or the crowds that can fill stadiums but the price of a booth can be cheaper by a landslide. Some smaller shows are just looking for a large quantity of vendors - with the right research, promotional products and effort, you can prove that quality exists in quantity. And with these smaller shows having discounted or complimentary admission, you'll reach the audience you're looking for in no time. 

For example, there are monthly Comic Books Shows in the state of New Jersey. These shows are smaller than the Comic Conventions of New York and Los Angeles but still drive in the similar audiences with the same intentions. By purchasing the right promotional products, you can add a dash of excitement to these shows.


Digital Music Forum East

February 15, 2012 16:19 by Nick

I spend the majority of my spare time searching the internet for new music and music downloads. Everyday, millions of other web users download mp3s and albums. The digital music industry is a billion dollar industry and is steadily rising.

It's safe to say that the digital music industry is steadily rising. There is no better a tradeshow than the Digital Music Forum East. This tradeshow, which takes place February 22 and February 23 2012 in New York City, will feature many events, presentations and performances. Representatives from Pandora Radio, BitTorrent, Rhapsody and many other digital download sites will speak on various aspects of the field and answering your questions about the industry. Performances by Jennifer Logue, DJ Keiichiro Nakajima, Ebony Tay and DJ Ted Geshue will happen throughout the day.

Be sure to bring your promotional Digital Media Card - Music Downloads cards. It will get your name out there to your audience of choice.

ProPickup Truck Expo/Great American Trucking Show

February 14, 2012 16:56 by Nick

Do you love trucks or in an industry that relies heavily on trucks? 

The ProPickup Truck Expo recently announced that they will collaborate with the Great American Trucking Show, making the now big event even bigger. 

The tradeshow, which will take place August 23-25 at the Dallas Convention Center, will have a truckload of features including an expansive floor of trucks and various truck parts. What makes this expo so unique is that there will be educational sessions throughout the three days. These SmartSessions will be hosted and curated by industry leaders and experts in the field. 

Motivators carries various promotional items that will help get your name out there at the expo. Promotional magnets, custom imprinted stress relievers and promotional chocolate pieces are just some of the truck-shaped items available on the Motivators website right now. 

Trade Show Packaging Made Simple

February 14, 2012 16:30 by brandon

If you're getting ready to exhibit at a trade show, you're most likely trying to determine how to stand out among other companies and organizations.  Some do so by decorating their booths, and others hope to get noticed by handing out fun and fresh giveaways.

One great way to amp up your trade show presence is to hand out bundled promos.  However, the high price of attention-grabbing packaging is often more than what you're willing to pay.  But one unique way to pack products together for less is to utilize wristbands!

As you can see, bracelets can hold together your trade show items easily.  Best of all, the wristbands are extremely affordable; you won't have to spend all of your hard-earned cash on fancy boxes and bags!

How can you differentiate your brand from all the others at the upcoming trade show?  Choose to arrange your handouts together using a promotional wristband.  There's no way your booth will go unnoticed!

Glass Expo Northeast 2012 & 2013!

February 13, 2012 15:13 by Nick

When I post information about a tradeshow, it tends to be something in the next coming months. This one can be marked on your custom imprinted calendar for 2012 and 2013.

Items made from Glass are in high popularity, especially because of the supply can finally keep up with the high demand. Glass items look beautiful and are available in any custom shape with any custom imprint you're looking for. 

Tradeshows surrounding glass items and collectibles have been rising in popularity. The most well-known of these is Glass Expo Northeast which focuses more on the mass material of each. The trade show and convention, which takes place in the majestic El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel of San Antonio, TX on April 12th and April 13th. (with Fenestration Day festivities taking place on April 12th in the same building) This includes seminars and the chance to meet with others for networking opportunities. 

If Texas is just too far of a trip too soon, the Glass Expo Northeast has also announced its 2013 dates and venue: March 7-8 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch Hotel & Golf Club in Hauppauge, NY. In conjuction with Architects' Forum 2013 to be held on March 8th at the same venue, this trade show and conference will focus on the same subjects as its 2012 events.

A 2013 event in the Midwest will announce its venue and dates in the coming months. 

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Auto Recycling Convention Sells Out Faster Than Ever

February 9, 2012 16:45 by brandon

What happens to functioning car parts after someone's decided to trash their vehicle and buy or lease a new one?  Unfortunately, many reusable pieces become mountains of waste in landfills if they're not recycled properly.  But one organization aims to bring together auto recyclers across Ontario to limit waste and promote the use of quality recycled green parts.

The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA), which was founded in 1992, keeps auto recyclers "informed and involved with input and information into current industry trends and government legislative initiatives that affect auto recyclers."  If you're interested in learning more about the OARA, you're in luck -- the organization's annual trade show and convention will take place March 29 - 31 in Toronto, Ontario.

Unfortunately, if you're an auto recycler looking to exhibit at the show, it's too late.  According to Collision Repair magazine, all spots have already been filled.  Steve Fletcher, OARA's Executive Director, told Collision Repair that this year, exhibit spots filled up quicker than ever.  "We always sell out every year but never this soon," Fletcher said.

For those looking to attend, there's still time to register.  Attendees can look forward to "constructive knowledge sharing and features educational seminars, presentations and industry round tables combined with interactive social events and a busy tradeshow floor."  Plus, promotional bags and other giveaways will be provided!

Buffalo Home & Garden Show 2012

February 9, 2012 12:23 by Nick

A lot of great things have happened for the merchandising manager at Motivators, Sarah Ellis. In a matter of a few months she has not only gotten married but has also moved out into a large and luxurious apartment. With all this new and exciting change, it's only appropriate that she decorate her apartment to match her style, mood and fashion.

I would recommend that her and everyone else from the Buffalo-area take one weekend and visit the Buffalo Home & Garden Show. Located at the grandiose Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, this tradeshow will feature business partners from the area showcasing their craft and products on site. Whether you're looking for a landscaping service or for an extension on a garage, the best of the best will be in attendance at this tradeshow. More information can be found on the Buffalo Home and Garden Show website

While there, be on the lookout for promotional product giveaways.