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Can’t Get Enough of Your Love

Speaking as a member of the editorial team who puts together the content of Kitchenware News & Housewares Review Show Daily into the form in which it’s handed out at the show, I can tell you that, after all the work our entire team puts into trying to make it perfect, usually under very tight press deadlines, it’s never anything less than a thrill to see it finally being handed out to the show’s attendees. We particularly love seeing how eagerly many people reach out for it when they pass our distribution team, and we definitely get a charge out of seeing someone reading it as they ride to the show on the shuttle bus or while they’re gathering in the lobby or lounging at Starbucks while they wait for the exhibit hall doors to open. And so you can share that with us, here are a few more of our snapshots of the distribution happening at McCormick Place.

 

Handing Out Show Dailies at IH+HS

The Kitchenware News & Housewares Review circulation staff and Oser Communications Group show logistics team are in Chicago this weekend for the International Home + Housewares Show. Distribution at each show is different, depending on show rules, local ordinances and agreements with show management, but here at IH+HS, Kitchenware News & Housewares Review Show Daily is being handed out in the concourses at McCormick Place as well as in the show’s official hotels as well as in the show’s publication bins throughout the convention center. All told, thousands and thousands of copies of Kitchenware News & Housewares Review are handed out each day by our show logistics team, reinforced by a squad of Chicagoans glad of the extra work and by dozens of hotel bellmen around the city. Take a look:

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Caitlyn’s Back in Customer Service

Caitlyn

Caitlyn

Many of you who’ve done business with us over the past few years have had the opportunity to work with Customer Service Manager Caitlyn Roach, who left us a few months ago. Caitlyn has returned with a new name — she’s not Caitlyn McGrath, and she’s back to offer the same excellent customer service you’re used to.

 

Sarah

Sarah

 

She’s joining Customer Service Manager Sarah Glenn, whose name is also familiar to many of you.

 

Together, they’re you’re go-tos for any questions you have or any assistance we can offer you. If you need a deadline extension, editorial assistance or help with your ad, they’re your first call, and they’ll be happy to help you get what you need, to the limits of our abilities.

Preparing for IH+HS and Expo West

Stacy Davis

Stacy Davis

Kim Stevens

Kim Stevens

 

Logistics managers Stacy Davis and Kim Stevens are busy making the final arrangements for the distribution of Kitchenware News & Housewares Review Show Daily. They’ll be going directly from the show in Chicago to Anaheim for the start of the Natural Products Expo West to make final arrangements for local distribution of Naturally Healthy. They’ll be joined in Chicago and Anaheim by a squad of local employees who’ll make sure that your ad is seen by show attendees.

 

 

Meanwhile, editors are making appointments to visit booths during the shows and the rest of us are already packing our winter clothes for Chicago and our spring attire for Anaheim and greatly looking forward to both of these wonderful shows!

Gathered in Las Vegas for CES

The excitement here in Las Vegas is palpable as the consumer electronics industry gathers for what is at the same time a commercial marketplace in which deals for millions and millions of dollars worth of electronics products will be struck over the course of the next five days and also a celebration of how this industry and its technology contribute to the lives and well-being of people around the globe. The show opens at 10 a.m. today, and although this year’s show is spread over more of Las Vegas than ever before, the Las Vegas Convention Center is still its hub. With 2 million square feet of exhibit space and another quarter of a million square feet of meeting room space that will be used for conference sessions plus the acreage outside the center that’s been tented and pressed into service to provide space for additional exhibits, the convention center alone presents a lot of ground to walk over in search of what’s new and exciting in the consumer electronics world. On top of that, several nearby hotels’ convention and conference facilities are also hosting exhibits, so it’s definitely a full-time job over the next few days to try to see everything there is to see. We’d hate to miss any of it.

The Oser Communications Group team is here in force to make sure that each of the attendees, who are expected to number well over 100,000, gets a copy of Consumer Electronics Daily News, an outstanding guide to what’s most interesting here at the 2015 International CES. And for your pleasure, here’s a look at the January 6 issue, in which you can share the experience even if you aren’t here in Las Vegas. Behold!

 

Just click the image to be taken immediately to some of the most exciting exhibits here in Las Vegas today.

Writing Effective Trade Show Marketing Copy

By Lorrie Baumann, Editorial Director, Oser Communications Group

Here are some quick tips for writing marketing copy that will start your sales conversation with prospective buyers even before they reach your trade show booth.

 

  1. Remember whom you’re writing for! When you’re writing marketing copy to place in a trade show daily or a flyer to hand out at your booth, you’re writing for your customers, not for the general public. That means that you can use jargon or terms of art that you wouldn’t expect members of the general public to understand. However, you should also keep in mind that even your customers might not be familiar with abbreviations and acronyms that are specific to your company. Don’t assume that everyone knows what you mean when you shorten or abbreviate your company name, for instance.
  2. But also remember that the ubiquity of the Internet means that anything you write might ultimately be seen by anyone. That means that you shouldn’t put anything in your marketing copy that could embarrass you or your company if it’s seen online.
  3. Keep in mind that your marketing copy for your trade show exhibit should reflect your goals for the show. There are many ways to focus your article, but you should start by picking one point to focus on and sticking with that through your entire article.
    • If you’re there to sell a specific product or to introduce a new product or product line, keep your focus on that.
    • If you’re there to introduce your company to prospective customers who may not know anything about you, consider making your article a profile of one of your company leaders, either your CEO or someone who will be physically present in your booth during the trade show.
    • If you’re there to remind your customers that you value your relationship with them, consider making your article a case study about how you solved a problem for one of your customers. That’ll remind your other customers that you’ve been there for them too.

 

  1. Don’t forget to include a call for action. If you’re writing in connection with a trade show, that means making sure that your article includes an invitation to stop by your booth during the show as well as contact information for how you can be reached after the show.

 

Finally, if you’re writing an article for insertion into an Oser Communications Group trade show publication, remember that Oser Communications Group has an experienced editorial staff ready to help you out. Whether you get stuck and need a friendly suggestion about how to get started or you’d like to have someone glance over your draft and give you suggestions about how to smooth out your article’s flow, a five-minute phone call to our editorial staff might save you hours of stress. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 520.721.1300 and ask for the editorial department.