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Please direct media inquiries to Christine Cullity, Director of Marketing & PR at ccullity@cdsreg.com.

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.

Watch the video or download the FAQ PDF

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Out of Sight but not Out of Mind: Four Ways to Keep Remote Employees Connected

April 3, 2018

Valuing employees for their individual contributions is at the core of any strong corporate culture and much more important than an employee’s physical presence. In the tradeshow industry, extensive travel is very common, resulting in more remote employees.

As seen in MeetingsNet

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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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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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Don’t Worry, Be Prepared: Five Emergency Planning Tips

March 20, 2018

Emergencies obviously happen without warning. Being proactive and having a plan in place ahead of time can reduce stress and allow you to be prepared for unexpected circumstances and possible cancellations or rescheduling of shows.

As seen in Successful Meetings
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Super Bowl a super slowdown for business?

February 5, 2018

No matter how the Patriots fare in the Super Bowl tonight, Monday morning may be a tough day to get much business done at New England businesses—and it may mean a multibillion-dollar loss in productivity nationwide.

As seen in Cape Cod Times

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Tech Trek featuring Data Sense Mobile by Convention Data Services

January 4, 2018

Trade Show Executive's annual article on the state of new and advanced technology in the events industry.

As seen in Trade Show Executive

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Go Beyond a PowerPoint Presentation to Create a Memorable Corporate Event

January 4, 2018

Every summer on beautiful Cape Cod our Convention Data Services (CDS) team organizes an advisory group event for our clients. Our annual event gathers people of different backgrounds from all over the country to network, share ideas and build relationships. With 11 years of experience planning and executing this meeting we’ve gained first-hand knowledge of what makes a corporate event successful. Here are a few tips and ideas for creating a memorable event.

As seen in TSNN's Corporate Event News

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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?

As seen in TSNN
As seen in IAEE OnPoint

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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.

As seen in Successful Meetings

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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?

As seen in TSNN
As seen in IAEE OnPoint

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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.

As seen in TSNN

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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.

As seen in the Exhibit City News

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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.

As seen in the Cape Cod Times

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Using Demographic Data to Boost ROI

March 13, 2017

How to leverage event info to improve content, marketing and more.

As published in Meetings & Conventions Magazine

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CDS Highlighted in Cape Opportunities Video

February 9, 2017

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES is an activity of the Cape & Islands Workforce Development Board and a collaborative of three agencies: the Job Training & Employment Corporation (JTEC), Division of Career Services (DCS) and Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). It is funded in part by the Department of Labor, Department of Education, Department of Transitional Assistance and Barnstable County.

As one of the areas largest private employers, CDS was included in the organization's new opportunities video.

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Several Tech Companies Release New Products at IAEE’s Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition

December 19, 2016

The International Association of Exhibitions and Event’s Expo! Expo! showfloor was packed with tech companies serving the trade show industry, many of which launched new products to the throngs of show organizers walking the aisles.

As published in TSNN

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CDS Focused on Building Relationships for 30 Years

December 19, 2016

Attendee registration was an incredibly manual and time-consuming process back in 1986 when Doug Fletcher saw the need to modernize it. So, he created Convention Data Services to benefit show management, exhibitors and attendees.

As published in TSNN

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Registration Trends

December 13, 2016

As show organizers look for better, smarter ways to drive attendance, they are increasingly turning to data to understand more about attendees and how they use face-to-face events.

As published by Trade Show Executive

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Know Your Alumni and Build Attendance

September 20, 2016

Hotels and airlines know their repeat customers and recognize them for their loyalty. I’m a million-mile flier and my card says it. Customers like recognition for their commitment to a brand and it makes them feel valued. Do you know your repeat customers, your alumni attendees, and do you demonstrate the fact that you value their loyalty?

As published in TSNN
As published in PCMA

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Give Your Exhibitors What They Need and When They Need It

August 6, 2016

Communicating information about what tools to use and creating educational opportunities for your exhibitors to understand the usage and benefits will help them to maximize the value of your event and fulfill their company’s exhibiting goals.

As published in TSNN

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Leverage Your Current Event to Build Attendance for Your Next Event

June 25, 2016

I’ve seen many changes in the tradeshow industry in the last 30+ years. With the advent and accelerated use of technology, the way we register attendees for an event has changed dramatically.

As published in TSNN

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Why Creating Loyal Employees is the Key to Creating Long-term Customers

April 9, 2016

Everywhere you turn, there seems to be advice on leadership and the important role of senior management in an organization. While every company needs great leaders, your employees are a vital force in your company.

As published in TSNN

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