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Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?

Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?

Rumor has it, in some association circles, trade show attendance is struggling. This could spell trouble for how vendor members find value in belonging to your organization. While some industries may be feeling the pain more than others, it is never a bad time to think about the ways you are engaging your vendor/supplier members. Read on for a handful of ideas on engaging your vendor-side members in effective and successful ways.

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What to Pack for ASAE

Posted by Sarah Hill

The #Assnchat queen herself, KiKi L’Italien, recently posted a blog about how to prepare and what to pack for ASAE 2013. Read her blog here!

Packing for ASAE

Here are some thing KiKi listed in her blog:



-Vitamins/energy drinks


-Clothing (for dressing in layers)

-Walking shoes

-A personal stash of your own coffee or tea


Here are some things we can add to that list. Of course these are just suggestions! Your suitcase might be getting kind of full already.


-Paper and pens

In line with Kiki’s charger suggestion comes the notion that electronics quit. You have long days ahead of you. Even if you remember your charger, it might not be convenient to plug it in and you might not get the time. Paper and pens rarely run out, and you can leave yourself notes just as easily.


-Your cards

I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but you won’t believe how often people forget their business cards. Even though its easy to connect in spite of not having your cards (if you forget them, like I have once or twice) it will make things go much smoother if you do have them.


Here are a couple of things that you’ll probably receive once you’re here, but you’ll want to hold on to.


-Map of Atlanta

In fact, we’re betting you can find one in your bag when you check in designed and provided by Atlanta’s own AMS provider. (Spoiler alert. We made it.) Even though the area we’re covering won’t be out of control and there will be a LOT of people to help you out and give you directions, it never hurts to have a map handy.


-An extra bag

Speaking of those bags you get when you check in, make it a point to hold on to yours. Walking the trade show floor you wind up with a lot of information in your hands in just 10 minutes. Papers, swag, give aways, business cards… it adds up and believe me, you’ll want to hold on to a lot of it. Keep track of your swag bag. You can always sort it out further in the hotel and get rid of stuff you don’t need on the ride back home.

-Your official guide

I saw it. It’s awesome. It’s complete, in depth, and totally useful from cover to cover. Although your schedule is probably written down 50 places (including your ASAE app) hold on to the guide just in case. Scribbling in the margins never hurt anyone, and it will always be a useful tool. (And doesn’t require battery power.)


And a final resounding echo of “AMEN!” for the following Kiki-suggested items:


-Your chargers

I know it seems like I am worried about a massive phone and iPad outage… oh gosh. I’m going to charge mine now just to be on the safe side. (kidding. Kind of.)



She wasn’t kidding about it being inexplicably freezing in the GWCC. I know when you’re throwing clothes in your suitcase you’re thinking, “Atlanta. In August.” But when you’re thinking about the inside of those conference rooms you should probably be thinking, “Chicago. April.” Not exactly as frosty… but not far from it.


-Walking Shoes

There will be walking. Oh yes. Walking along our lovely streets and through our beautiful parks, but definitely enough to make your feet hurt if you aren’t prepared. While you're at it, you know your shoes, and if you see blisters coming, Bandaids aren't a bad idea.


One little note about the energy shots: definitely pack your caffeine, but if you need a boost look for any Clicker in the crowd (we'll be wearing blue shirts that say, "Small Staff? Ask me anything.") or come to booth 424! We’ll be passing out energy strips which are equivalent to a cup of coffee. Just a boost of refreshment to get you through those long days!


And while you’re at it, allow us to provide you with a little refreshment in the form of a Shindig! Pencil us in for your Sunday night, after the Small Staff Reception and before the Multiview party.


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Topics: ASAE

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