ConExpo Online Show Planner
I’d like to share some handy online tools for attendees to make it easier to navigate this huge (and sometimes overwhelming) trade show.
Once you’ve registered for ConExpo, take a look at the Show Planner & Map on the ConExpo website. Once you land on the Show Planner welcome page, click on “My Show Planner” and fill out the required blanks. If you do not want exhibitors to know that you’ve added them to your itinerary, simply uncheck the “Please share my information with exhibitors I add to MyShow”.
Plan which booths to visit
Through MyShow you can add an exhibitor to your My Exhibitors list by clicking the check box next to the exhibitor’s name. You can “Search the Show” by exhibitors, products or featured exhibitors in order to find exhibitors you want to add to your must-see list. Creating a list of exhibitors to visit before you leave for Las Vegas is a great idea! ConExpo is SO BIG, with over 2,000 exhibitors, that it is difficult to make it to every exhibit hall or outdoor space, let alone visit all of the exhibitors you intend to see. Another way to approach finding the products you’re interested in at ConExpo is to use the Profile Wizard which allows you to pull up all exhibitors who manufacture or sell a specific product, like Cone Crushers, for example. Then you can select just the ones you want — or select them all, then eliminate the ones you’re not interested in through further investigation of the exhibitor profiles on the ConExpo site or company’s websites.
Take advantage of educational workshops
By exploring the Session Catalog you’ll be able to find many educational sessions, workshops and certification courses. The educational Sessions cost $80 each, with a discount if you want to attend 3 or more. Most workshops and certification classes cost more. Here are two Sessions that I think might interest those in the aggregate industry:
• Managing Quarry Operations in Tough Financial Times with Ran Tamir, a quarry manager with Lafarge; and
• Automating the Quality Control Process with Jim Cox, Director of Quality Support Services at CEMEX.
Although you can check a box and add the sessions, workshops and/or certification classes of your choice to your itinerary within MyShow, you must register and pay for the classes in order to attend. You cannot do this through MyShow. You must do this through the registration process. If you have already registered, then simply click the Add or Update button within the registration process to register for educational events.
The educational sessions you choose, with a check mark, will show up in My Events. You can also add your own appointments and meetings to My Events. This tool even becomes more helpful when you realize you can download the events to Microsoft Outlook on your computer; however, you have to add events to your Outlook one event at a time.
Print your own personal “to-do” list to bring to the show
If you want to print your itinerary of sessions and events, simply click the printer icon in the upper right-hand corner while you’re within one of the My Show Planner pages. You will also have the option to print My Exhibitors list as well. The list of exhibitors prints out with a separate list and map for each exhibit hall or outside lot. The exhibitors you’ve chosen are highlighted and numbered on the map and the numbers match the list print-out. This is an especially nice feature that should make finding the exhibitors you want to visit much easier – IF you plan ahead.
ConExpo Apps are available for mobile devices.
Tools for mobile devices
New to the 2011 show are smart phone applications (Apps) available for free download. Find out more about the iPhone App here, or visit this link with your mobile device to download the right App for your phone. The application has been created by Core Apps, the same company that has created a show app for the Consumer Electronic Show, among other shows. Rather than printing out the information from MyShow, you can upload it to your smart phone via this App. It gives you the basic items you expect — all scheduled educational events, exhibit floor maps and lists of exhibitors. But the App goes further and supplies a list of your events (synced from My Events on the website), ConExpo Twitter feed, ability to download handouts from exhibitors, connect with friends, and eventually receive alerts from show management. New features and tweaks to this application are still in the works. This is a fantastic new tool if you have a smart phone and choose not to purchase the printed show directory. Buy a show directory? Yep – keep reading…
Haven’t registered yet? Good deals on rooms are still available.
If you haven’t yet registered to attend ConExpo-Con/Agg in March — good news, there are still good discount pricing at about 13 of the official 52 ConExpo hotels. Take a look at the current hotel list, then register to attend and book your hotel. Two registered ConExpo attendees will be randomly chosen to each receive a $250 prepaid MasterCard every week through March 14, 2011. The earlier you register to attend ConExpo, the more weeks you’ll be entered to win $250. Advanced online registration is $50 ($80 onsite). A show directory is an extra $10 if ordered in advance by Feb. 21 (available through the registration process) or $20 onsite. Yes paying extra for a directory is new this time around — the reason given is to reduce waste by printing less directories. Once you register, I’d recommend booking your hotel through the ConExpo website right away so that you don’t forget, miss out on available discounts, or find out too late that the room block at your favorite hotel is full.