One of my favorite trade shows to go to for new ideas is CES in Vegas. It's the world's largest consumer electronics trade show. To give you an idea of the size ~ it covers over 35 football fields. It's hard to describe what it feels like to walk the floor and see all the newest trends in electronics. Music is playing, lights are flashing, you're surrounded by accents from around the world, it's really amazing. You also get a great feel for the newest trends in trade show exhibiting. I think last year was my best year. I hung out with one of my favorite clients, Melanie from Skype. It was great to spend some time and get to know her better, especially in Vegas. One of my favorite places at the show was the Intel gaming tent. I was able to test a new race game while sitting in a full sized BMW Formula One race car and drive down a simulated track. It was so worth the wait!
This is a good time to talk about some trade show giveaway items for our digerati trade show attendees. Remember when the USB stick was the hottest giveaway? They're still good to giveaway, just don't expect people to be that excited anymore. The newest trend with USB now is the ability to have them created in a custom shape or to premiumize them by offering them with an added fingerprint security option or lighting capability etc... I'm not so sure there is the "the hottest promo idea" out there right now but we can highlight some new cool trade show ideas. If your budget permits, there is a custom webcam that has four different functions. It is a digital camera, a movie clip recorder, a web camera, and a USB flash drive. Other nice features are the USB rechargeable battery and the possibility to go from 256MB up to 1G.
Most people have bluetooth built into their laptops but many desktops will require an external Bluetooth adapter. How do you like our customized Bluetooth dongle? It plugs into any USB port and easily adds Bluetooth capability to multiple devices up to 30 feet.
The projection clock is fun. It has an alarm clock with temperature, calendar and a snooze. The customized clock will project the time and the temperature on the ceiling or a wall. It arrives gift boxed with batteries.
What's the best trade show giveaway you ever received at a trade show? Why? It's great to share some experiences. Hey best story we get, we'll share one of our custom screaming monkeys with you! Thanks