Heading to Tradeshow – What do you need?


Next week (January 10-16), we will be heading to Las Vegas to the largest Promotional Products Trade Show in the industry with over 1400 booths!!  While we are there, we would like to take the opportunity to help YOU with your marketing needs for this coming year.  

Over the past couple of months, we are sure you have been working on your marketing plans and incentive and award ideas for 2010. If you have a list of ideas and dates, we can walk the show floor and be your eyes and ears. Give us an idea of what you need and your budget and we will look for the hottest, most creative ideas out there, just for YOU!


If you would like our help we will make it easy – Just email us: CustomerService@CEShoppes.com with a list of event dates, the theme of the event, what types of items or ideas you are looking for, quantity, budget and any other information that would be helpful to have as we are walking the tradeshow floor. Please respond prior to January 12, 2010. We will follow up with an email to let you know we received your email before we leave for the show, so you will know we will be thinking of you while we are out there.

An Educational Flight

Having returned recently from the ASI show in Las Vegas, it never occurred to me before how rewarding a long flight can be. During the ASI show in Orlando this past January I missed some of the educational classes, so I purchased those classes as mpegs, which were transferred over to my mp3 player. My flight to Las Vegas was spent listening to Jeff Burrows class on The Entrepreneur’s Success Code: How to Run a High-Performance Business and Have a Life!” 

It was so informative, and it brought back memories of when we took the E-myth seminar out in California a few years ago. A seminar that brought about many new changes in the way we do business. That weekend seminar cemented our need for procedures in the way we handle everything in our office. We now have a concrete matrix of procedures on how we take an order, to managing our customers’ expectations each and every step of the way.

During Jeff’s class, I wrote pages and pages of notes. So many ideas were flying through my head; it was hard to keep them all to myself. I found myself several times, during the flight, wanting to pick up the phone and call my business partner to discuss all that was being said.

When I arrived in Las Vegas, and attended Education Day, I took a class by Bobby Lehew on Marketing in a Web 2.0 World: How Small Businesses Can Be Heard in a Big Way. It was a phenomenal class in regard to social networking. Bobby talked about LinkedIn, Facebook and other ways to raise the online visibility of your company. Once I arrived back home in Tampa I immediately began putting to work his ideas for more visibility for my company. 

One of those ideas was working on a blog. I had written many articles for our company blog over the past couple of months, but was not ready to put them out for everyone to read. However, Bobby promised they didn’t have to be perfect, and for now, I hope he is correct. I wrote two different entries on the plane trip home and will post them soon.