The ability to fulfill on the let’s meet at the meeting promise has been strengthened for the upcoming Expo! Expo!, the Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE), which takes place in December at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The convention will feature the launched of the IAEE Deal Center, an innovative online meeting scheduling system.
Similar to the social networking concepts of MySpace and FaceBook, DealCenter is a privatized social networking site specifically for meeting attendees. Exhibitors, planners and other attendees each receive a Profile Page, which also includes sections for meetings requested and scheduled. Emails are created and sent within the system, and meetings can be set up either around specific Expo! Expo! events—or more ideally, at the DealCenter space provided for on the Exhibit Floor.
“Using the DealCenter IAEE exhibitors and attendees now have the ability to effectively plan their meetings with others ahead of time and get the most ROI from their time on the exhibit floor and at the convention itself,” said Jaymie Scotto, CEO of DealCenter, LLC.
The innovative system, introduced earlier this year is expected to optimize meeting time for both attendees and exhibitors. “Expo! Expo! is our key event of the year and will facilitate effective networking and interaction among exhibitors and attendees,” said Julie Anderson, CEM, CAE Director of Exhibitions, IAEE. “We are happy to bring the DealCenter on as a partner for the Expo! Expo! and as a new member we think they will also enjoy the networking and education sessions offered at Expo! Expo! 2008.”
The purpose of the DealCenter—both an online and physical place—is to increase face-to-face interactions, expand the new contact and fresh business opportunities, and match buyers with sellers for more effective networking. Obviously, there are few better stages to present a product that optimizes time for convention and trade show attendees than the major event for planners of large scale meetings. “We’re excited to be part of IAEE Expo! Expo! 2008 and we’re confident it will be a great showcase for the DealCenter,” added Scotto.