Vegas Done, bittersweet, A rant.

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Tyrone Blue

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Kudos to Ryan...

After attempting to check in at the front counter, I was informed that my room had been canceled. A call to Ryan had me off to my room in under 5 minutes. Damn, what a great guy. He came running down from the party and fixed the problem faster than you can imagine!
 

bill_smith

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Perhaps the way to look at things is to see who is really contributing, and who isnt, and make your choices about whom you pay attention in that way.
 

DJ Dr. Drax

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Well as a sponsor & one of the largest exhibitors, I would comment that the exhibit space was filled. There were no empty spaces. Our booth was buzzing the entire time. I don't think that there was ever a time when we didn't have a good crowd in the booth signing up.

I couldn't give you a numerical count, I resigned as head of the booth & chair counting committee. What I do know is that walking the floor before it opened, I didn't see any dead spaces or places that used to be dead spaces.

We had a very successful show. We signed up a large number of new people & we gave away almost $6K worth of prizes.

We will definitely be back. Chuck, we missed you & look forward to seeing you in 2010. There is always something new at MobileBeat. We were pleased to have a large role in bringing in Otis Day, He was incredible. What great show & he didn't curse once. Mobile Beat? It's worth it!
 

Randy Bartlett

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OK. now I feel bad, because it was my comment at the beginning that got this all started. It "seemed" to me that exhibit space was down a bit, but I didn't even think about all the rooms across the hall that were filled. With those in mind, it probably wasn't down, but either way, the real question is whether or not there were enough vendors there to make for a great show. The answer is yes. I didn't hear anyone, anywhere, complain that there wasn't enough to choose from.


It "seemed" to me that attendance was down. I based that on one specific thing - the opening seminar "seemed" to have fewer chairs in it than before. I often speak on Day 1, and maybe it just "seems" more full from the stage than from the audience.

Again, the real issue is whether it was worthwhile. The answer is yes.

I belong to a private group of DJs that meets twice a year. We have about 40 in attendance, either no vendors or sometimes we allow one to come in a present something, and I spend a LOT more money for that than I do for our convention, and that's still worthwhile. So Mobile Beat is a no-brainer.

As to the specific number of vendors, I'm speaking for Mike here, which is a very dangerous thing, but since I'm pretty sure this wasn't his first rodeo, I think I understand his reluctance to put out a number.

Hypothetical "conversation"

"Last year there were 30 vendors. This year there were 31. We were up."

"Oh, really? But one of those was Mike Walter and he was really a speaker. And one was the ADJA, who is really more of a partner. So you were really down."

Or,

"Last year I counted 30 spaces. This year I counted 28, so you were down."

"But did you count the spaces across the hall?"
"No, those weren't in the exhibit hall."

Or,
"Last year we sold 28 spaces. This year we sold 26, but six were double spaces, so there was more floor space sold."
"So then you were down, right?"

The point is, people often use statistics the way a drunk wuses a lamppost - more for support than illumination. Why fuel that issue?

Frankly, I thought the show was going to be half of what it was last year, what with all the gloom and doom in the press. I think it's more important than ever to become lean mean marketing and performance machines, but sadly, most people do the opposite, which is to stop the educational process in down times. That's when it's most critical, but it's just not the way most people think, so I was very pessmistic going in.

As Mike Walter pointed out, in his usual positive fashion, this was the most positive show I've been to in a long time. Thinking about it now, I think the reason might be that more negative people stayed home while more positive people attended. (Lots of exceptions, but it only takes a small percentage to change the vibe.)
 

Maui Mobile Music Chuck

Life On A Rock :)
I'm going to let this go and I hope that you all do also. It sounds like it was a great year and I am sorry I missed it, and I am sorry for the grief that I brought here.

I try to be positive always and those that know me know that.

I have PM'd with Mike, and I think we are cool,,, enough said, move on....
 

Rob Johnson

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Chuck,

I can tell you that the coffee shop near the MB Registration doesn't take Hawaiin money:confused:. I asked. They said they only take American money.

Sorry. You will have to exchange yours before you come next year.

Rob;)
 

KeithAlan

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Ryan, Mike and staff -

Thanks for yet another great show. Those who didn't attend missed some good information.

You know you will be seeing me next year! I have already blocked off the dates.
 

northernbear

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Mobile Beat 09 a Success???

Just dropping in to say all the video footage I saw of the show confirms what I heard from my collegues. A definite decrease in the number of exhibiters and attendees. A lot of views show very empty rooms, even the exhibit hall looked empty. I know we should put a positive spin on this, and maybe it is the economy, or maybe not.
 

djrox

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I think the reason might be that more negative people stayed home while more positive people attended. (Lots of exceptions, but it only takes a small percentage to change the vibe.)
Careful Mr. B, don't become a practitioner of that which you claim to despise. Remember the poignant and funny lamppost line.

It is all spin and your take depends on your chosen position. Why debate the nonsense?

By the way, do you care to share the names of those negative sorts to whom you referred?
 

Robbie Britton

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Randy B. said...

"I think the reason might be that more negative people stayed home while more positive people attended. (Lots of exceptions, but it only takes a small percentage to change the vibe.) "

You may be on to something there.

I bet most of the Doom and Gloom economy types did make it this year.
 

Randy Bartlett

Senior Member
Careful Mr. B, don't become a practitioner of that which you claim to despise. Remember the poignant and funny lamppost line.

It is all spin and your take depends on your chosen position. Why debate the nonsense?

By the way, do you care to share the names of those negative sorts to whom you referred?
No, because it's not about a specific individual. Read the entire line ((Lots of exceptions, but it only takes a small percentage to change the vibe.)

And you're right in your second line. (New Orleans reference for you there.) I agree. Your take depends on your chosen position. I choose to be positive and trusting and agreeable. If someone was negative and cynical and disagreeable, they would see the whole thing different. (Something about the half full glass...)

But I've never met anyone who thinks he's negative. They always say things like, "I'm not negative - I've just realistic!" In fact, I don't even remember meeting anyone who acknowledges being disagreeable, but I know those people exist.

One last thought...I intentionally worded it as a theory. "I think the reason might be..." I don't even know if it's true, but don't you think it's at least a possible theory? I've heard from many people that this was either their favorite or one of their favorite shows ever. There must be some reason. Maybe it was just because I didn't present. :-(
 

djrox

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One last thought...I intentionally worded it as a theory. "I think the reason might be..." I don't even know if it's true, but don't you think it's at least a possible theory? I've heard from many people that this was either their favorite or one of their favorite shows ever. There must be some reason. Maybe it was just because I didn't present. :-(
Dats sum purdy fancy fin-essin' you done spun dere. Can't nobody argue "I thinks" and "might bees."
 
And? I'm curious, what are we looking at? I see a few ADJA members, Mike, Wolfie, etc. Was this a social meeting of members?
Well, let's see if I can explain a few things with the photograph. What you see is a number of local and regional chapter leaders speaking to people. Some were new recruits (who signed up on-site), some were current members (many of which renewed their memberships) and some just simply had questions about the organization. What's most impressive is that the people working the booth are not talking to each other . . . they are talking to attendees who have stopped by the booth to get information about the ADJA.

To the left, you see Robbie Britton who is speaking to someone. Steve and Mike Fernino are each talking to someone. Charles Snyder is speaking to a couple who operates a husband and wife DJ company. Behind Robbie there are two more people speaking to JR who was talking to people from behind the computer systems that showcased the "text live" benefit now being offered by the ADJA. Behind the Fernino brothers there are 3 more people - I believe Cain Humphries may be speaking to them (but not sure). My forehead can barely be seen above the right front video screen - talking to a new recruit (who signed up on the spot). Further to the right (out of the frame of the picture) is where Drax probably was. The 3 on-line computer systems were busy non-stop with occasional waiting lines. This is where new members signed up and current members renewed their memberships.

The 20 X 20 booth was packed like this nearly all day, both days. This was the first time donating my time in the ADJA booth and I must say . . . it was an incredible experience to speak to so many who are passionate about our industry and hungry for the opportunity to build and grow their business.

The national meeting was one of the best I have ever seen and really fired up alot of people, hence the impressive showing. We most definately had one of the busiest (if not THE busiest) booth at the show. :)
 
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tmacsound

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I couldn't agree more with you Larry. Everytime I came close to the ADJA booth it was crowded. I thought it was a good show with some great seminars.
 

Cubbie

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I have sat here for 6 days now reading about this and that about the Vegas show. It was down...it was up...people who didnt even attend are watching videos like the Kennedy assassination Zupruder films and some how they can tell it was down. Without walking in the hallways or even attending, this video watching genius is going to conclude his statement by saying "I know we should put a positive spin on this, and maybe it is the economy, or maybe not."

I attend trade shows for a living...to find exhibitors who might want to exhibit at our show, and I can tell you Mr Northernbear that 5 out of the last 5 trade shows I have attended exhibitors and attendees have been down. LDI, IAAPA, CES, NAMM, AES all down 30 to 40%. It was a major announcement when Apple pulled out of MAC WORLD.

That being said with your big video theory or anybody for that matter. If we as show producers helped someone grow their business, if someone walked out of any seminar with a nugget that can help them grow, and that attendee who learned something actually bought gear than that my friend is a successful show....

The Vegas show is what YOU make of it...Its what YOU learn and can take from the show...and supporting the manufacturers who are there supporting you by exhibiting. If you come in with a chip on your shoulder, and think you know it all, then I am pretty sure that is all you will get out of it....I enjoy talking to Randy, Peter and some DJ from Montana whose got great ideas...

Support the industry and those who want to support you in a positive way....and as Forrest Gump once said....That's all I got to say about that....
 
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