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  • Lippman Connects has announced the launch of the Midsize Show Roundtable (MSR), to debut on 17 November at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    VisitPITTSBURGH and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, who will be the destination hosts, have stated that MSR will be an information-sharing and networking experience for event industry executives, directors, and managers. Their target audience makes decisions for shows with less than 125,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

    Before the event, MSR participants will be able to network at the Welcome Reception and Dinner on the evening of 16 November. On the morning of the event, MSR clients can attend a breakfast and an expert keynote address.

  •  Lippman Connects announced today the launch of Midsize Show Roundtable (MSR) to debut on November 17 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. VisitPITTSBURGH and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center will be the destination hosts.

    MSR will be an information-sharing and networking experience for executives, directors, show managers, marketing managers, sales managers, and department managers making decisions for shows with less than 125,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Participants will get to know each other at a Welcome Reception and Dinner on the evening of November 16.
  • As the trade show industry returns to face-to-face interactions, the question remains, how will the pandemic permanently change the course of live events and trade shows? This year’s Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., held June 1 on Global Exhibitions Day, focused on sharing insights into the challenges facing the business events industry, as well as what the future holds for trade shows and exhibitions.

    There was also even more emphasis at ECEF 2022 on networking than in years past, as 200 event attendees mingled at receptions and between sessions.

  • Sam Lippman, of Lippman Connects, producers of the annual ECEF Conference said a few weeks before the 2022 edition, taking place in Washington, DC 1 June, that it was on target to match the sold out 2017-2019 editions.

    ECEF attracts C-level exhibition organisers from the For-Profit and Association worlds, along with top executive suppliers to the industry. 

    The day-long conference begins with 5 Points in 5 Minutes, where Lippman delivers a data-driven update/trend identification on the US exhibition industry. Freeman has partnered with ECEF for a sixth time to provide the data. 

  • Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) visited the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington DC, to deliver a full day of networking opportunities, accentuated by provocative C-level presentations, for executives from independent and association organisers of B2B exhibitions and conventions. All participants celebrated GED in a video.
  • The biggest Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) since before the Covid era rallied 200 executives on 1 June, 2022, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. The event is traditional an opportunity for independent and association event leaders to network and exchange insights.

    Sam Lippman, president of organisers Lippman Connects, set the tone and pace for the day with his annual ‘Five data points in five minutes’. Sourced from research by Freeman, Lippman revealed the top challenges facing the industry. Coming in at the top of the list was Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) concerns.

  • The exuberance of the exhibition and convention industry was on full display as 200 executives came together on June 1, 2022, for the biggest Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) since before the Covid era. Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. for the first time since 2008, ECEF is renowned as the premier annual opportunity for independent and association event leaders to network and exchange insights.

    Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects, set the tone and pace for the day with his annual “5 Data Points in 5 Minutes”. Sourced from groundbreaking research by Freeman, Lippman revealed the top challenges facing the industry. Coming in at the top of the list was Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) concerns.
  • With the exhibition and convention business in recovery mode, many executives are mindful of the need to be better prepared for an extended crisis. Preparedness and optimism are watchwords dominating the programme for the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF), which arrives at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC on 1 June. 

    Sam Lippman, president, Lippman Connects, which organises the ECEF, said: “It’s not too early to take account of the most practical success strategies.” He stressed that ECEF’s emphasis was on top-to-top networking. Sessions, he said, would be shorter, highly focused, and more interactive. “This is C-level content that will get executives talking and sharing,” Lippman added. 

    The June programme features insights from 13 exhibition and convention industry notables, including a keynote, Business of Belonging: Transformative Events in Extraordinary Times, by Erin Uritis, CEO of Out & Equal. She promises to reveal how the organisation grew membership and sponsorships during the pandemic. 

  • With the exhibition and convention business in recovery mode, executives are mindful of the need to be better prepared for an extended crisis. Preparedness and optimism dominate the program for the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF), coming to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. on June 1.

    In announcing the program, Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects, said, “It’s not too early to take account of the most practical success strategies.” Because the ECEF emphasis is on top-to-top networking, Lippman stressed that each session will be shorter, highly focused, and more interactive. “This is C-level content that will get executives talking and sharing,” Lippman added.

     

  • For more than half a decade, Lippman Connects has been benchmarking event industry performance criteria in conjunction with its Roundtable series: Attendee Acquisition Roundtable (AAR), Exhibit Sales Roundtable (ESR), and Large Show Roundtable (LSR). Pledging to continue this important initiative on behalf of Roundtable clients and the exhibition and convention industry, Lippman Connects and EVOLIO Marketing have announced they will jointly conduct specialized research in conjunction with the eight Roundtables planned for 2022.

    • ESR, February 17, Arlington, VA (DC Metro)
    • AAR, March 10, Arlington, VA
    • LSR, April 7, Las Vegas, NV
    • ESR, June 30, Chicago, IL
    • AAR, July 28, Chicago, IL
    • LSR, Summer (To Be Announced)
    • ESR, September 29, Arlington, VA
    • AAR, October 27, Arlington, VA
  • ECEF attendees tried out a contact-tracing wearable that helps event organizers measure and communicate COVID-19 exposure risk to participants.
  • The Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) met in person for the first time in two and a half years on Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. In addition to celebrating the event’s 20th anniversary, the 182 independent and association trade show executives at the show celebrated the opportunity to be face to face again with animated discussions and avid listening to the four-one-hour educational sessions. Another 19 tuned in remotely for the livestreamed broadcast on Freeman’s OnlineEvent platform, which also hosted an online ECEF experience that ran from Nov. 1–5.

    Here are five top takeaways from this year’s event:

    1) Renew your focus on networking.
    2) How to recover when your biggest asset becomes your biggest liability risk — and how to rebalance revenue sources moving forward. 
    3) Create FOMO for forward momentum. 
    4) Don’t be afraid of change.
    5) Understanding digital event data is imperative. 

  • Although the pandemic continues, signs of structural change and growth offer optimism for executives at association and independent organizers. Several points of light will illuminate the stage of the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF).

    For its 20th anniversary on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, ECEF moves just across the Potomac to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Totally reconfigured to prioritize both safety and top-to-top networking, ECEF 2021 requires clients to be vaccinated and wear a mask.
  • The trade-only event for qualified bar and beverage industry professionals only will be requiring proof of vaccination for entry.

    As well as being able to prove they are 21 or over to gain admittance to Bar Convent Brooklyn, visitors must provide documentation demonstrating trade affiliation and evidence of being vaccinated against coronavirus.

    Sam Lippman of Lippman Connects and producer of the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) in the USA shared his take on the development with EW: “Communities/industries/professions that require proof of vaccination (such as bars and restaurants in NYC) continue this requirement to participate in their events. So medical events such as HIMSS and HLTH are requiring proof of vaccination while a construction show, World of Concrete, and a gift show, NY NOW do not.”

  • Lippman Connects, a US-based exclusive event organiser, has announced the Large Show Roundtable (LSR), its networking and information sharing event, will take place 19 August, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The organiser confirmed that all four of its remaining Lippman Connects events for 2021 will be in-person or hybrid experiences.

    Lippman Connects also announced that EVOLIO Marketing will be its exclusive provider of research for LSR, ESR, and AAR in 2021.

     

  • Starting with Large Show Roundtable (LSR) on August 19 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The Breakfast Keynote spotlight will be shared by Michelle Edmonson, AMT Senior Director – Events and Content, and Bob Ryley, Senior Vice President Exhibition Sales, GES. 

    The remaining four Lippman Connects events for 2021 will be in-person or hybrid experiences.

    At the same time, Lippman Connects announced that EVOLIO Marketing will be the exclusive provider of research for LSR, ESR, and AAR in 2021. 

  • “We will see F2F events come back but they will be more purposeful due to slashed travel budgets and increased restrictions,” said John D’Adamo, heads of USA Sales for VenuIQ. So even if an event stays strictly physical during the show, it will behoove all parties to maintain a connection online the rest of the year. Companies like CventJunoGlisserSwapcard and more are among the many touting the ability to create a 365-day ecosystem. 

    Sam Lippman, president and founder of Lippman Connects who has more than 35 years of hands-on experience producing exhibitions and conventions, noted this will be more important —  and successful — for certain industries and sectors. An example would be a group looking to purchase a large machine every five or six years, and therefore does not need to be on top of the latest trends. But a technology-based organization should already be hardwired into the idea of maintaining connections year-round via a device.

  • As shows like World of Concrete return, we are witnessing the first piece of a long endgame. Are attendees going to return to a brave new world? Have organizers discovered new avenues of engagement? Has the industry as a whole, as Stevens asked, learned anything?

    We polled about a dozen event professionals who can’t see the future, but can make educated guesses about where trade shows are headed. One thing is certain: “The next three months to 18 months are going to be a very fascinating time,” said Sam Lippman, president and founder of Lippman Connects, who hosted an education session on this very topic during the Event Leadership Institute’s inaugural Business, Design & Strategy Summit in June.

    Here’s some of what we found.

    Some Events Won’t Change Much.

    Fashion, jewelry and other industries that rely on tactile experiences and are designed to produce bulk orders will resemble their 2019 counterparts, Lippman predicted. JCK, for instance, is making only modest changes to its showfloor and flow for its August event in Las Vegas. 

    “If you're doing marketplaces, and you have a loyal cadre of buyers and sellers, coming back to the physical manifestation without too many changes is probably a good thing,” Lippman said.

  • It appears that different organizers will follow different procedures to limit risks while the “Delta” variant gains prevalence in this country. Sam Lippman, president and founder of Lippman Connects and who has more than 35 years of hands-on experience producing exhibitions and conventions, said he was among a handful of attendees wearing a mask at World of Concrete, which took place June 8-10 in Las Vegas.
  • Marking 20 years of connecting leaders to leaders, Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) will open for a full day of in-person interaction on 3 November at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA located just outside of Washington, DC.

    The 20th anniversary agenda offers a re-conceived format with expanded networking activities punctuated by what ECEF producer and president of organiser Lippman Connects, Sam Lippman, calls “four provocative C-level presentations”.

    In addition to re-opening as an in-person experience, ECEF will continue to serve a worldwide audience via a robust digital presence. Both in-person and online registrants will have platform access from 1 to 5 November, 2021.

    “For 20 years, through good times and bad, ECEF has been helping leaders stay in the lead. Whether reclaiming market share or exploring new markets, executives will find ideas and connections at ECEF 2021,” said Lippman.

  • ARLINGTON, VA — Marking 20 years of connecting leaders to leaders, Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) will open for a full day of in-person interaction on November 3 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA located just outside of Washington D.C. The 20th Anniversary agenda offers a re-conceived format with expanded networking activities punctuated by four provocative C-level presentations.

    In addition to re-opening as an in-person experience, ECEF will continue to serve a worldwide audience via a robust digital presence. Both in-person and online registrants will have platform access from November 1 through November 5, 2021.

    “For 20 years, through good times and bad, ECEF has been helping leaders stay in the lead. Whether reclaiming market share or exploring new markets, executives will find ideas and connections at ECEF 2021,” said Sam Lippman, President of Lippman Connects and producer of ECEF.


    About Lippman Connects
    Lippman Connects produces information-sharing and networking experiences for exhibition and convention industry executives, managers, and professionals. The Lippman Connects portfolio includes Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum, Attendee Acquisition Roundtable, Exhibit Sales Roundtable, Large Show Roundtable, and Digital Summit. Learn more at www.lippmanconnects.com.
  • “Michael was smart, curious and always probing for the ‘story behind the story,’” said Sam Lippman, president of Lippman Connects. “He was successful because he could be trusted. We in the trade show industry appreciated and benefited from his professionalism.”
  • COVID-19 caused Sam Lippman, president of Lippman Connects, to undertake “the hardest thing I’ve ever done professionally” — reimagine, in only weeks, a portfolio of in-person, executive-level roundtables that had taken years to build, and to digitize them.

    “We had to build the plane as we were flying it,” Lippman said. Fortunately, he had decades of experience developing conference content and a team in place with fresh experience creating online businesses. “They understood the direction we were heading and could translate my objectives into our totally new format — real events in a virtual space.”

    But some sponsors were skeptical. “COVID-19 was forcing all of us into something new,” Lippman said, “so we were building brand-new events. ‘But we love your real-life events,’ some sponsors said, ‘and have had no success with online ones. Please move our deposit to next year.’” Lippman was unable to convince more of his sponsors that his new online events would have the “same high level of fit and finish and strong customer service” as his in-real-life ones did. “I wish I could have done a better job of explaining how I was deconstructing my live events to make sure they would remain valuable online.”

  • Event industry networking specialists Lippman Connects, US-based producer of Digital Summit, has announced the first of five topics for its new series roll out. The initial 11 February session, ‘Attendee Marketing: Digital Marketing Applications and Solutions Delivering the Best ROI’, will kick off the series via Zoom. 
  • What do trade show organizers need to know to transform their core businesses from in-person marketing events to online marketplaces and digital communities? According to Shelly Palmer, CEO, The Palmer Group, “Attention is the currency of the realm. Be good at that.”
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