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Exhibition Trailers specialists ask ‘Are fashion trucks the next big thing?

Brian Child, Sales & Marketing Director atEvent Marketing Solutions considers the latest trend hitting the U.S. – retail truck tours – and how this new take on retail could be the next big thing on this side of the pond.

More than 60,000 high streets shops are predicted to close and 164 retail chains to go into administration, according to the recent Retail Futures 2018 report from the Centre of Retail Research.

There’s no doubt that the high street is struggling as bricks and mortar give way to the online world. But it’s not all doom and gloom and those that are offering an immersive shopping experiences, using new technology and techniques to engage customers are prospering.

It’s simply a matter of survival and one of the latest trends hitting the U.S. is the use of retail trucks to better reach and engage shoppers.

Going mobile is proven to be one of the most effective ways to get brands and products directly in front of customers. Fashion is everywhere and so it makes sense that this concept has made its way into the retail arena.

‘Fashion trucks’ or ‘mobile boutiques’ are now making their way around the States from East Coast to West, the Mid West, South, and so it goes on. Both small niche designers and big name brands have jumped on board with New York designer Cynthia Rowley and Aether Apparel among them as well as Madewell, which recently embarked on a 14-city roadtrip.

The phenomenon has grown so popular over the last few years that it even has its own association, The American Mobile Retail Association, and code of ethics which caters to both mobile retailers and their communities.

For on-line retailers it’s an opportunity to establish a real physical connection with their customers. People can interact in a way that is impossible on-line. Of course, the use of social media will make the truck ‘phygital’ and attract a much larger audience.
So why do roadshow truck tours translate so well to the retail environment?

Impact – Nothing makes a presence like a truck, especially when fully branded and packed with a creative retail experience. A mobile pop up store is a sure way to draw a crowd.

Personal experience – It allows brands to take products direct to customers, providing a branded/immersive experience in a captivating environment gives the impression of a more one-to-one exclusive experience, delivering personal service that shoppers expect.

Mobile billboard – not just about the event itself, while on the road you are a mobile billboard advertising your products and brand.
Fashion forward – capitalising on nature of shoppers; this is a new trend/innovative, this group is receptive to creativity and new ideas.Direct contact – you take your brand and products to the customer, you aren’t waiting for them to arrive in store. Opportunity to move to a new location daily and use social media so shoppers can find you.

Convenience – part of the lure of online shopping is the convenience. By making your store mobile, taking products to customers, it’s a much more convenient way to shop, taking fashion to time constrained people.

You would be in good company too, Aston Martin, Hugo Boss and Samsung are already getting ahead here in the UK with the use of mobile retail truck tours, what’s more it’s giving them a USP and a powerful retail edge over their competitors.

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Self-funded art happening in Dubai set to demolish boundaries for art sake

“The BIG Picture” exhibition will be hosted by the Gallery of Light at Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre (DUCTAC) on the weekend of 6 – 8 June 2013.

The BIG Picture is an independent art exhibition; self-funded and organized by participating artists. The concept is inspired by a fast and busy society that often magnifies minor issues and gets caught up in the details of a demanding daily schedule, while ignoring the vision and the essence of where we are all heading as collectives or individuals and neglecting the significance of the journey and the overall process we each follow.

The BIG Picture demolishes boundaries and gives the artists the freedom to express their interpretation of this message in a simple method, freeing it from art politics, galleries’ profitable guidelines or fame-driven market, while emphasizing the importance of it via large pieces. It is an exhibition that does not limit the artists with the commercial factors and allows them to concentrate on art for art’s sake.

“We live in a vast world; let us look at art from outer space, let us look at the big picture, no matter how big it gets, or small it might need to be” said a member of The Big Picture team.

The BIG Picture will be exploring multifaceted artistic creations, featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, digital art, performance art, installation as well as audio visual arts, by ambitious emerging and published artists.

The BIG Picture will present over 22 Dubai based artists who have been inspired by growing and cosmopolitan societies.

The opening night will be on Thursday 6 June, 19.00-22.00, and the exhibition will continue on Friday and Saturday from 10.00 to 22.00 .

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An EMS triple hit at Broadband World Forum

Justin Isles (Client Services Director at Event Marketing Solutions) shares his latest client news from the technology sector.

In a couple of weeks’ time, three of our technology clients will take their display trailerson the road to exhibit at the world’s largest broadband conference and exhibition, Broadband World Forum.

Taking place at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, the event promises to showcase the best in strategy, technology and innovation, attracting in excess of 7,500 participants with 300 visionary speakers and panellists, and more than 200 exhibitors.

It is a must-attend event for those at the forefront of revolutionary broadband technologies, applications, solutions and services, but we have found that an increasing number of companies from this sector are blending their trade show programmes with VIP customer events.

Over the last few years our mobile trailers have been working hard for technology companies, providing a cost and time-effective platform to demonstrate their products and services as well as meet and greet current and future international clients.

Being mobile has proved particularly effective for this sector, as it often involves heavy, cumbersome equipment. Without a live, hands-on demonstration, the technology too can be relatively complex and difficult to get to grips with.

By transforming an exhibition truck into a branded, high-tech showroom, technology companies have been able to create a versatile and flexible roadshow schedule, taking in major trade shows, as well as delivering bespoke one-to-one sessions to customers – right on their doorsteps.

Businesses are benefiting a great deal from this approach, as it proves to generate greater return on investment and keeps the event calendar going well beyond the trade show schedule. It also provides the opportunity to target and explore new territories, beyond those found on the major exhibition circuit.

We have spent many years designing and delivering sophisticated roadshow exhibitions and campaigns across multiple territories on behalf of our clients. We have used our knowledge to design and fit out high-tech exhibition trailerswith bespoke storage and transportation for valuable technology, and provided multilingual branding wraps.

It all comes together for us when we see three of our clients taking centre stage at one of the world’s most prestigious technology shows. Each has a unique offering, but all of them have used ‘mobile’ event marketing solutions to deliver their message in the most effective and impactful way. It’s fantastic to be a part of that and we look forward to a successful three days.

To find out more about the Broadband World Forum visithttp://www.broadbandworldforum.com/

Or to see how EMS helps technology brands to connect with new audiences and demonstrate products through the use of bespoke mobile exhibition trailers watchhttp://youtu.be/zLhJ1xpGDMQ

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Effective Roadshow Measurement Techniques

Justin Isles (Client Services Director at roadshow organisers Event Marketing Solutions) shares his experience on effective roadshow measurement techniques available to clients.

There’s no doubt that roadshow marketing has proved itself as a way of effectively engaging audiences with brands and their messages as well as products and services.

Roadshows are increasingly becoming an essential part of many organisations’ communications activity, but as times remain tough and the economic climate turbulent, there is ever more focus on measurement and ensuring a return on investment.

We are continually looking at new ways of capturing data and proving a campaign’s worth, so here I’ll share some insight to how we approach measurement at EMS.

Techniques for determining success vary from business to business and even from campaign to campaign. The best way to approach measurement is to reflect on your objectives, which will help determine the metrics. Marketing activity needs to be more strategically focussed and integrated with wider business objectives – so it’s essential to consider the short, medium and long term business and campaign aims of your roadshows.

We encourage all clients to invest in qualitative onsite research, as robust ROI tracking is key to measuring success. But it’s important to maintain some flexibility to allow the integration of anecdotal feedback.

Daily reports assist monitoring of every aspect of your roadshows, from footfall and sales leads to length of engagement and touch points. They also provide essential metrics that can be used to develop and refine activity moving forward – used well, the information can ensure better audience engagement.

Perception should be monitored before and after an event to track shifts. Social media has brought endless tracking opportunities, and it’s particularly useful for capturing longer-term results. It’s essential that conversations are monitored throughout a roadshow marketing campaign and metrics from channels such as Facebook and Twitter are integrated as part of wider ROI measurements.

Post event monitoring of sales uplift, meeting numbers, feedback results, volume and pace of pipeline improvements will all help to paint an accurate picture of a campaign’s success.

Providing the means for businesses to talk directly with customers and prospects is one of the strongest opportunities presented by roadshow marketing. Evaluation must be able to facilitate and capture these conversations and an innovative approach using mobile devices or video booths can help encourage visitor participation.

Don’t be afraid to try new measurement tools and techniques; just remember to check that they help you meet your original objectives and you can’t go far wrong.

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EMS Bolsters Senior Team Following Strong Start To Year

Roadshow promotions specialist, Event Marketing Solutions (EMS) has promoted two members of its client services team following several new business wins, marking a strong start to the first half of 2012.

Gemma Edney has been promoted to the role of Account Director where she will head up a team handling roadshows and event marketing campaigns for a number of key clients. In eight years with EMS, Gemma has helped secure several new income streams for the company including the high profile Student Finance campaign with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Following a successful 12 months with EMS, Cassie Kendrew has been appointed to the role of senior account manager where she will play an increasingly pivotal role in international business development and client services.

EMS Client Services Director, Justin Isles commented: “Gemma and Cassie have progressed enormously over their time with us, delivering a number of first class campaigns and helping to improve the outlook of the business through 2012 and beyond.

“They have forged excellent relationships with clients and these appointments reflect the incredible contribution that they have made to EMS, providing us with a firmer foundation to build a robust and professional management team for the future.”

EMS has enjoyed a strong start to the year with several new event marketing projects as well as contract extensions including work with the British Heart Foundation, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Ciena and Ogilvy.

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Refresh Your Brand Identity with a Blue Pond Sign for your Business

As a sign of economic resurgence Ken Miller, President of Blue Pond Signs, encouraged businesses nationwide to consider reinvigorating their visual identity with custom signs. With the first quarter of the year coming to a close, Miller commented on the rise of businesses choosing to reinvigorate their brand identity in a visual way, with help from Blue Pond Signs.

From interior signs that direct customers to a company’s front door to logos and transitional signage, Blue Pond Signs streamlines the process of creating beautiful, custom visual identities for businesses around the country. The entire process from conception to development to delivery and installation generally takes less than a month, regardless of location.

“Many of our corporate clients are refreshing their brands in response to the return of the competitive marketplace,” said Miller. “Having a strong visual brand presence is an important element as part of this strategy, and creates an immediate yet lasting impression on current and potential customers.”

Blue Pond Signs has served as a premier national purveyor of visual identity and custom sign design for nearly 40 years. The company’s longstanding relationships with vendors throughout the country make for seamless local delivery and installation. Some of Blue Pond’s most popular national products include directory signs, dimensional signs, logo signs, custom plaques, dimensional letters and interior signs.

Blue Pond Signs provides custom business and commercial signage for companies seeking to make a lasting visual impression to potential and current customers. With an emphasis on quality, accuracy and fast delivery, Blue Pond Sign’s customized signage process begins with a free consultation, guidance on materials, creative vision and resulting aesthetic. Once a creative vision is established, Blue Pond creates a quote for the signage project and presents it to the client. In cases where artwork is not readily available, a customized design process occurs directly with the client to create, review and approve proof layouts before construction begins. Once the signs are completed, Blue Pond assists with shipping and installation needs.

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Ciena B2B Roadshow Hits Mobile World Congress After Middle East Success

Leading global telecommunications equipment provider Ciena builds on a highly successful Middle East tour for its EMEA roadshow with a visit to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Delegates at the annual global technology event saw working demonstrations of Ciena’s industry-leading network equipment and software solutions at its unique mobile ‘Innovation Lab’ exhibition trailer.

Managed by B2B marketing roadshow specialist Event Marketing Solutions (EMS), Ciena’s campaign has visited 42 venues in 14 European and Middle Eastern countries since debuting at last year’s Mobile World Congress event. Ciena’s mobile exhibition trailer has travelled nearly 26,000 miles and spent 39 weeks on the road, clocking up 92 event days.

The Middle East leg of the tour in December and January reached important clients in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Khobar and Kuwait. Last week, the nearly 60,000 visitors to Mobile World Congress had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Ciena’s intelligent infrastructure solutions,
including some of the most advanced Carrier Ethernet and optical network technologies on the market.

Following the successful event in Barcelona, Ciena’s roadshow heads back to the UK before returning to the road to continue its European tour – Paris being the first stop.

EMS designed and managed the innovative, flexible fit-out of the 13.6m exhibition vehicle, which is branded, with multi-lingual capacity that allows different graphics to be used for each country.

The interior of the exhibition trailer enables Ciena to deliver a bespoke event for each client they visit, from workshops to theatre style. It includes a reception area, specially designed fully air-conditioned server rack to demonstrate and store the high-tech equipment safely, presentation zones with LED screens, interactive workstation area and private meeting room.

Justin Isles, Client Services Director at EMS said: “Ciena’s arrival at Mobile World Congress marks a highly successful 12 months engaging with the worldwide market in a campaign that has broken international boundaries. Each new country has enabled the Ciena team to build relationships face-to-face with a vast number of customers, providing a valuable new business platform.

“The success of the Ciena roadshow has been a tribute to the highly effective, and often complex operational solutions that we can deliver to organisations, which have a real impact on the bottom line.”

Ciena is one of a growing portfolio of EMS clients who are benefiting from technology demonstration roadshows. Other clients include Dell, Samsung and IBM.

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Event Marketing Solutions Repeats its ISO Audit Success

Event Marketing Solutions (EMS) has maintained its high standards in environmental and health & safety processes by passing an ISO audit following a tough two-day assessment.

The roadshow promotions specialists repeated their 2010 success with the ISO 14001 and 18001 accreditations, passing the audit with no non-conformities. The auditor’s report praised EMS for its management of suppliers and storage of hazardous materials as well as for showing ‘good evidence of improvement actions being identified and delegated’.

This latest achievement swiftly follows on from EMS’ success in December last year with quality management accreditation ISO 9001, which maintained EMS’s unbroken record since it first achieved the standard in 2005.

EMS Managing Director Keith Austin said:
“The ISO standards are an important quality benchmark for procurement processes and help reassure clients when dealing with us for the first time. We strive to constantly deliver exceptional high standards of service and this mark of approval demonstrates our commitment to best practice.”

EMS continues to demonstrate its commitment to its environmental responsibilities during all of its direct marketing activities. The latest green initiatives being implemented by the ISO team during 2012 include:

+ Offsetting their previous years carbon omission of all their exhibition trailers
+ Community programmes to clear up the neighbouring landscape to tidy up the local lake
+ Smarter driving training for key employees in the business
+ Reduce electricity and gas consumption

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Government Continues Partnership With EMS To Extend Reach Of Student Finance Tour

The Student Finance campaign is reaching thousands more sixth formers with vital information on university grants, as the government extends its highly-successful roadshow promotions tour.

Event Marketing Solutions (EMS) have been working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to deliver the initiative, informing sixth form students about the upcoming university fee reforms from September 2012 and the support available to help them participate in higher education.

So far, the event roadshows have visited approximately 1900 schools and colleges, and has reached more than 150,000 students and parents in an ambitious schedule of visits. Due to end in early January, the tour has now been extended to February 3, to allow those schools and colleges who were unable to host an earlier visit to take part too.

The tour followed a rigorous recruitment and three-day training programme to brief and prepare 39 recent graduates as student finance presenters to visit schools and colleges in a specially adapted mobile trailer. Each visit sees the presenter delivering an informative talk as well as a Q&A and one to one session. Students, parents and teachers complete a survey before and after each presentation to enable BIS to fully evaluate knowledge and perception shifts. Impressively, from the results collated to date, 95% of the students asked felt that they understood more about the new financial support available after having received the presentation.

Managing the campaign is EMS’ experienced education team, who have a proven track record of highly successful roadshows for BIS’ Aimhigher education campaign. They are backed by a full-time EMS student finance team whose key focus over five months has been to manage the database and logistically-complex schedule of the 39 presenters as they tour the country in a bespoke exhibition trailer.

EMS Client Services Director Justin Isles said: “We are delighted to work with BIS into February to hopefully reach 25,000 more sixth formers at a vital time in the run up to student finance applications. This two-week extension will allow us to visit more than 250 schools and reach upwards of 190,000 visitors – far exceeding our ambitious target, in what has been a hugely successful, high-profile campaign. It’s further proof of EMS’ ability to manage logistically-demanding, high calibre roadshows that ensure key personnel are in the right place at the right time, every time to deliver our clients’ campaigns.”

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “No one should be put off applying to university because they don’t have the information about the new student finance system. Students need to know that most new undergraduates will not pay upfront costs, there will be more financial support for those from low-income families and everyone will make lower monthly loan repayments than they do now once they are in well paid work.”

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EMS Takes Ciena B2B Roadshow To The Middle East

Leading global telecommunications equipment provider Ciena has begun a new leg of an extensive EMEA roadshow this week as it starts a two-month tour of the Middle East.

The unique mobile ‘Innovation Lab’ offers Ciena’s international customers a personalised, hands-on experience of the company’s industry-leading technologies. Managed by Event Marketing Solutions (EMS), who specialise in managing B2B marketing roadshows, the campaign has already visited 31 venues in 11 European countries this year.

The latest leg of the tour will give clients in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Khobar and Kuwait a first-hand experience of Ciena’s range of networking equipment and software, which enable the delivery of next-generation voice, video and data services for network operators worldwide.

The roadshow then heads back to Europe, when it will once again showcase to 50,000 delegates at Mobile World Congress, the annual global technology event in Barcelona in February

EMS designed and managed the innovative, flexible fit-out of the 13.6m exhibition trailer. The interior allows Ciena to deliver a tailored event day for each client they visit, from workshops to theatre style for presentations and training.

Features of the exhibition trailer include a welcoming reception area, a specially designed fully air-conditioned server rack to demonstrate and store the high-tech equipment safely, presentation zones with LED screens, interactive workstation area and a private meeting room for one to one discussions.

The exhibition unit is branded with a full graphic vehicle wrap and has a multi-lingual capability, allowing interchangeable graphics to be applied for each country.

Justin Isles, Client Services Director at EMS said: “We are delighted to help Ciena build on its highly effective European tour with a major new territory launch that will allow them to engage one to one with even more customers through to the New Year. This Middle East tour enables Ciena to fully maximise their ROI by making full use of their roadshow vehicle during what is a quiet time for the European market.”

“This campaign has broken international boundaries by offering a truly personalised customer experience in each country, which has been key to its success. It has demonstrated that EMS can deliver a logistically complex operation anywhere in the world. With over a decade of experience behind us, we have the know-how to give our clients a seamless campaign.”

Isles added: “We are confident that our technology roadshows will continue to be in high demand in 2012. This is a growing market for us – our clients know the value of going on the road to demonstrate complex, high-value kit on the doorsteps of international customers.”

Ciena is one of a growing portfolio of EMS clients who are benefitting from technology demonstration roadshows. Other clients include Dell, Samsung and IBM.

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Red Square Exhibitions & Events Unveils New And Innovative Business Solutions

Welcome to Red Square Exhibition and Events, the ultimate ‘One Spot’ destination to all your event/exhibition solutions. Here at Red Square we believe in Listening. It’s all about Comprehending, Creating, Developing and delivering your entire event. We also focus on client and customer relationship, to transcend your event and help meet all the essential guidelines required at any level of work.

Our Creative and dedicated team understands ‘You’, and ‘Your needs’ and focuses on ‘Your return on investment’. We just don’t make promises we make every promise our Accomplishment.

Red Square is flexible, timely and dependable. You can rely on us to help get the details out of the way so that you can concentrate on messages and staffing.

Following is what we do for you:

·   Conferences and meetings
·   Business briefings
·   Customer events
·   Awards dinners
·   Corporate team building events
·   Corporate hospitality
·   Parties and themed evenings
·   Product launches
·   Road shows and exhibitions
we also provide models, hostesses and promoters.

We inspire. We truly do. When it comes to designing displays, we think out of the box (completely lateral thinking). Our stand designers have successfully completed various booth styled construction projects all over UAE, and one such large-scale event, we take in stride is “Your Majesty” show at Mina Al Salam, Dubai.

We have made the whole interaction process more simple, convenient and seamless. We are now a click away to get all your stand designs needs and quotes, absolutely FREE. Just get online, spend few minutes with us and our experts will be right there for you.

Red square provides quick, cost effective solutions to all your events/exhibitions requirements anywhere in the UAE. All of that without any compromise on quality.

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Chicago area trade show exhibit and display dealer also ranks among top ten in specialized marketing firms

Tradetec Skyline, a leading provider of exhibit management programs and custom modular displays and graphics, reached a significant milestone in being listed among the recently announced 2008 Inc. 5000. The listing recognizes Tradetec as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

The Chicago area exhibit display company was in the top ten of specialized marketing firms making the list and ranked 3577 overall. The list ranks cumulative growth over a three year period for all private companies. Over the last three years, Tradetec has experienced over a 90% increase in sales – placing it among the top 1000th of one percent in the nation.

“It is a great honor for Tradetec Skyline to be recognized by the leading resource for entrepreneurs,” says CEO and Co-founder Ken Buckman. “Our success can be attributed to our innovative and professional approach in providing outsourced trade show services, online program management, and innovative modular displays and graphics. We are also blessed with our 48 passionate and talented employees”

Buckman added that the explosive growth of the exhibit and event management side of the business has been the largest contributor to its success. Clients have complete access to an online system that allows them to manager their exhibits and prepare for shows with a few simple clicks. Tradetec expects that clients will use the system to manage the logistics for over 2,000 tradeshows in 2008.

“Tradetec Skyline’s customers—whether large or small—really appreciate our dedicated exhibit management team, who help ensure that each project is completed accurately and in a timely manner,” says President and Co-founder Mike Driscoll. “Our Blue Ribbon Service Program offers our customers a more efficient way to manage and run their trade show program.”

The Inc. 5000 profile also notes an added benefit of Tradetec’s exhibit displays: “Skyline contributes to environmental sustainability in two ways: By providing lighter weight, modular trade show displays and exhibits that have smaller environmental impact than traditional custom exhibits, and by minimizing the impact on the environment from its manufacturing operations.”

About Tradetec Skyline, Inc.
Tradetec Skyline specializes in custom modular, reconfigurable exhibit solutions not found elsewhere in the marketplace and provides customers with a complete online exhibit management system. In their 10 years of business, Tradetec has completed more than 18,000 projects for more than 2,000 primarily Chicago area companies. Tradetec Skyline is one of the leading dealers for Eagan, Minnesota-based Skyline Exhibits.

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