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How One Conference Made 48-Second Registration Check-In a Reality

March 20, 2018

The first impression of a conference can often be the worst: long check-in lines at registration kiosks. It’s an understandable challenge. As crowds of attendees look for their credentials, the inevitable issues of spelling mistakes on name badges and missing information can make arriving at an event feel worse than standing in the security line at the airport. In contrast, when more than 31,000 attendees arrived at a recent edition of FABTECH — which describes itself as North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event — organizers had plans for more efficient entry. The event worked with Convention Data Services (CDS) to use a system called Line Busters to — you guessed it — bust the lines.

As seen in PCMA Newsletter

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How Exhibitors Can Create a Winning Strategy to Maximize ROI

November 14, 2017

As an exhibitor, you carefully select which shows to attend, invest time and money in these events and create the ideal booth. But have you invested time into developing a strategy for these events to maximize your ROI?

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How to Get More From Your Event Guide App

September 26, 2017

I attend many of our show-management client events and often work at the registration help desk. At each event I talk to attendees and answer questions. First-timers and even veteran attendees often ask how to find the sessions they signed up for and the corresponding room number.

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Have You “Walked a Mile” In Your Attendees’ Shoes

September 21, 2017

Registration vendors and show management work together all year making decisions to maximize their show’s impact on attendees and exhibitors. How can you determine if your decisions reflect the needs, experiences and challenges of attendees?

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Data Lessons Learned From a First-Time Beacon User

September 5, 2017

Since joining the staff at the Water Quality Association (WQA) in 2014, Nancy Henkel heard a persistent request, whether in post-convention surveys or casual conversations. Certain exhibitors and members wanted WQA to introduce a trade-show-only pass — a less costly, more limited alternative to its standard all-access pass, which includes education sessions.

As seen in PCMA Convene

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Four Easy Steps to Make Your Registration Data Work for You

June 8, 2017

Throughout the registration process of an event, show management has the opportunity to collect an incredible amount of data about their show’s attendees. This data—registration and attendance patterns, demographics, region and registration classification—is a rich source of information. Taking data and making it work for you is about more than just capturing information. Data needs to be analyzed and used to produce a successful event.

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CDS to Provide Beacon Technology at ATS 2017, May 19-24, in Washington, DC.

May 15, 2017

The American Thoracic Society has selected Convention Data Services, their trusted registration partner, to provide beacon technology for the society’s annual conference, ATS 2017, May 19-24, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

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Convention Data Services to Expand to New Bourne Office

March 28, 2017

BOURNE — The company’s new headquarters may be just a hop down the road, but for Convention Data Services the move to a new facility represents the culmination of 30 years of careful growth and expansion of its business strategy.

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GDPR Webinar

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) FAQ Discussion

April 13, 2018

If you missed our webinar on April 12, you can still view the webinar and get our fact sheet.

The webinar describes how CDS is prepared for the European Union’s GDPR and how it affects our clients, their events and attendee data.

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Webinar Q&A

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Case Studies

FABTECH Alternative Registration Tools to Process Attendees

March 20, 2018

FABTECH is North’s America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event. In 2016, there were more than 31,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibitors. The show provides a convenient one-stop shop venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find tools to improve productivity, increase profits, and discover new solutions.

Managing registration with so many attendees is a major challenge. The goal was to reduce registration lines and quickly move attendees and exhibitors onto the show floor. With so many people needing their badges at the same time, strategies were needed to set up alternative check-in and registration areas.

As seen in Convene Magazine

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IMTS Lead Retrieval Strategy Leads to Success

Exhibitors Optimize Onsite Lead Retrieval with
CDS XPress Leads
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CDS Contact Center

Event Experts Solve the Time and Resource Crunch
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“PLASTICS has a strong focus on innovation and technology to create connections and showcase our industry. We believe CDS’ innovative and flexible approach will best meet the needs of our members, exhibitors and event attendees.”

Phyllis Hortie, Senior Director of Tradeshow Service

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