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Convention Data Services Announces Strategic Changes to Sales Organization

July 27, 2018

Convention Data Services (CDS) is excited to announce strategic changes to its national sales organization effective immediately. CDS is increasing its sales presence in two of the major tradeshow association markets: Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. These changes are designed to capitalize on the company’s strong sales momentum and grow the organization in key markets.

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Recruit Me: 3 Recommendations for Recruiting Millennials

June 1, 2018

As a meeting organizer or show manager, you want to attract young professionals to the events industry. Millennials love travel, flexible schedules, and maintaining their work-life balance, making the meeting and events industry very attractive to them, but they need to know what opportunities are out there.

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How to Avoid Urgency Addiction

May 31, 2018

Most people, myself included, feel confident about their ability to multitask and tackle a variety of projects at the same time. Recently, a group of employees at Convention Data Services, the event registration and business intelligence company for which I’m senior business analyst, attended a workshop on how to manage time and be more productive.

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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.

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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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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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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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Case Studies

FABTECH Uses 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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LRP Implements eReg Program for Onsite Events and Webinars

December 1, 2017

LRP Publications is a broad-based media company serving business and education professionals. Specializing in the fields of education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers compensation and disability, and ergonomics, the thriving company publishes hundreds of books, pamphlets, newsletters, magazines, videos, and online resources.

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NCEA Implements Online Registration

November 1, 2017

The NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) Convention & Expo is the largest private education association gathering in the nation. Participants include more than 8,000 Catholic school teachers, superintendents, principals, presidents, and board members. Featured at the event are 250 professional development sessions, carefully prepared daily liturgies, networking opportunities, and an Expo Hall showcasing 260 of the latest educational products and services.

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IMTS Lead Retrieval Strategy Leads to Success

September 1, 2017

The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. AMT’s signature event, International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is a biennial, six-day event that takes place in September at McCormick Place in Chicago. This show draws more than 115,000 attendees, 2,400 exhibitors, and covers 1.37 million square feet of exhibition hall space.

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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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