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Carla Mahrt
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Re: The Real key about Exhibitions...
Carla Mahrt   5/9/2011 8:00:41 AM
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Thanks for the comments everyone.  Ashish is correct on all 3 counts:  1) the coffee is provided by the Exhibitors (if they request it) in their suites or show floor, generally attendees enjoy it for free  2) the Networking is the key to the show, also the convenience of many people being in one location at once vs the cost to travel around the country/world and 3) although I did care what coffee cost in the suites last year, this year, as a new business owner/entreprenuer, it is certainly more painful!

Jay_Bond
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Jay_Bond   5/9/2011 7:28:31 AM
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With many people out of work or looking for a long overdue change, finding the talent to fulfill your client’s needs shouldn't be too hard. Large conferences like EDS should give you access to not only potential clients looking for talent, but also talented people that are looking at joining some of your possible clients. Good luck with your venture.

tech4people
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The Real key about Exhibitions...
tech4people   5/8/2011 10:08:32 AM
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Carla,

You mention the real key behind Exhibitions here,

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Networking is one such element and the one for which I personally find EDS to be incredibly effective

EDS has been marketing the 2011 show as “getting back to the fundamental purpose of the event -- bringing manufacturers, distributors and reps together to make strong connections.


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Networking and Connections are absolutely essential and are the major quality that drives Exhibtions.The more time attendees spend doing this the more value they can generate from Exhibhitions including Overpriced Coffees!!!

Regards

Ashish.

tech4people
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Re: insane!!!
tech4people   5/8/2011 10:00:41 AM
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Nemos,

The $200 Coffee is served in Suites(my feeling is this is the High-End Suite suitable for mainly for High Level Execs).For them the Company pays the Tab for everything and anything they do at these Exhibitions...[Its quite normal don't worry about it].

So obviously they really don't care about what the Coffee costs.

Its a different matter for Company Shareholders who have to at the end of the day really foot the bill for these "expenses".

It would be really interesting to ask Carla if she cared about what the Coffee in her suite cost last year or before that when she was working (as A High Level Exec) for all those major Electronics manufacturers.

My bet is she did'nt care.Now that shes an Entreprenuer she has to worry about overheads(including 200 Dollar Coffees...)

Regards

Ashish.

pocharle
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Re: insane!!!
pocharle   5/7/2011 5:09:34 PM
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Hey, if people are willing to pay that price, it is a wise move to sell it for that much...

Nemos
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insane!!!
Nemos   5/7/2011 4:15:40 PM
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If I understand well,  they serve coffee and toast  for 200 dollars and 30 dollars each !!!!!!! insane. I always have a positive opinion about exhibitions because they inform and give to the customers new ideas and products. However, it is not a proper marketing way to earn the exhibition costs giving a coffee 200$.

Wale Bakare
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Re: Finding Value in a $200 Pot of Coffee
Wale Bakare   5/7/2011 8:39:25 AM
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This is nice event to attend anyway.  Converging some or all players in electronic components together - I think socialising in Las Vegas will bring more fun-filled to attendees, sponsors and organisers of EDS. An added spice to electronic components distribution channel.

Eldredge
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Coffee
Eldredge   5/6/2011 9:52:08 PM
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And I thought Starbucks was expensive.

eemom
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Re: Finding Value in a $200 Pot of Coffee
eemom   5/6/2011 5:39:50 PM
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I used to work for a company that attended EDS religiously.  We not only found value in bringing our marketing, sales and management teams together, the most value add was in the ability to schedule multi-level management meetings to pitch products, partnerships or just ideas.  The event is indeed excellent for networking and meeting people that you would otherwise only know by voice.

Have fun at the event.

SP
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Finding Value in a $200 Pot of Coffee
SP   5/6/2011 4:21:50 PM
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I am not sure if I understood the title of the story correctly. EDS in Las Vegas, good fun with learning, not sure how many people would go to attend EDS or to play in casinos of LasVegas :-)

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