Are You Tripping Over Dollars to Pick Up Pennies?

Recently a meeting planner was struggling with what she perceived to be a serious problem. The issue was that speakers who chose the special no-cost speaker registration option (which does not include any meal functions) were attending meal functions anyway. Her inclination going forward was to reinforce the rule in writing to speakers, as well as policing … Continue reading “Are You Tripping Over Dollars to Pick Up Pennies?”

Who decides when your show is a success?

A question was posted recently on a trade show forum asking readers if there is a ratio of attendees to booths that can be used to measure an event’s success. I felt compelled to respond although I knew my answer to this person’s question was probably not what they had hoped for or expected. Here then was … Continue reading “Who decides when your show is a success?”

The Problem with Traffic Building “Games”

We, as show organizers, are the kind of people who are natural problem-solvers. It’s in our DNA. So, when we sense that our attendees are not spending as much time on the show floor as we feel they should (or, more likely, when exhibitors come to us to complain that traffic is light), we feel … Continue reading “The Problem with Traffic Building “Games””

Advice on the Challenges with Collecting Registration Fees

An event planner sought help recently regarding challenges with collecting registration fees. They allow persons to register and pay by check, but many such payments were still outstanding even by the start of the event. This left them chasing payment onsite. Making matters worse was the fact that many of these unpaid registrants became no-shows. Here’s the advice I … Continue reading “Advice on the Challenges with Collecting Registration Fees”

How High is “Up?”

A question was raised recently regarding the percentage of one’s members that should be attending an association’s annual conference. The question was submitted by a meeting planner whose event attracted less than 15% of his members, and he wanted to know how his experience compared to others. Here is how I responded. The percentages vary so dramatically … Continue reading “How High is “Up?””

Rick Dobson is a guest blogger for Event Advisory Group. Rick is Director of Exhibition Solutions at Ungerboeck Software International, and experienced in all aspects of convention & exhibition planning, sales and management - in both for-profit and association environments.