Friday, June 28, 2013

Get Connected at Ticket Summit®!

Ticket Summit® is in a little less than three weeks, and the conference offers countless ways to connect with the ticketing industry. Forge business relationships that will help you to achieve your business goals throughout the year.  You’ll also get a chance to meet industry leaders and influencers, and reach out to them year-round.

Of course, the best way to make connections at Ticket Summit® is to attend one of the many networking events. The Networking Cocktail Party will be held on Wednesday, July 17 from 5-7 PM, and is a great chance to meet everyone at the conference. Game Night, scheduled for Thursday, July 18 from 9 PM to 12 AM, is a more informal networking event, packed with arcade games and an open bar. As always, the conference wraps up with the Closing Gala at the Bank on Friday, July 19 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Breakfast and lunch are also great times to meet someone new.

Visiting the Ticket Summit® trade show is also a fool-proof way to network and make connections. Numerous exhibitors, representing various aspects of the industry, will be offering information about their products and services at the trade show. Take some time to visit them; you never know who you might meet!

Network with Ticket Summit® speakers at Speaker Q&A Roundtables, which give you the chance to ask speakers questions about their sessions. During these roundtable sessions, discuss issues facing the industry with speakers and other attendees.

Stay connected to exhibitors and conference speakers year-round through the Ticket Summit® Mobile App. The app includes information about speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, the schedule, and much more. It also includes contact information for exhibitors and speakers’ Twitter handles, so that you can connect with them after the conference is over.

So, be sure to get connected with the industry at Ticket Summit®, July 17-19, 2013 at Bellagio in Las Vegas! Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Explore Bellagio!

The world-class Bellagio is home to Ticket Summit® 2013 and much more! Be sure to take some time to explore the hotel and all it has to offer while you’re there attending Ticket Summit®. Here are some attractions you definitely do not want to miss:

·         Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art: Through October 2013, the BGFA is hosting Warhol Out West, the most extensive collection of the legendary Andy Warhol’s works ever exhibited in Las Vegas. The BGFA is open daily, but tickets are necessary for admission.

·         Conservatory & Botanical Gardens: Enjoy nature in the heart of the Strip at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, which is always open to the public. This summer’s theme is Summer Garden Party.

·         O by Cirque Du Soleil: Cirque weaves an aquatic tapestry of artistry and surrealism in O. Each night, the cast performs in, on, and above water to create a breathtaking experience.

·         Nightlife: Bellagio offers a Vegas entertainment experience for everyone, from the Pool Bar and Lily Bar and Lounge to The Bank, home of the Ticket Summit® Closing Gala!

·         Casino: Bellagio’s unparalleled casino features countless table games, a variety of slots, race and sports book wagering, and the World Poker Tour. Earn benefits by joining the M Life program.

Bellagio is home to some of the most sophisticated and luxurious amenities on the Strip—you can even order your own linens and toiletries to enjoy the luxury of Bellagio when you return home. Don’t miss out on the experience—be sure to book your room today!  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Conference Networking…Where to Start?

Conferences are a fantastic opportunity for networking within your industry and making connections that will help you reach your business goals. But, networking at conferences can be daunting, especially if you don’t know where to start.
Just like exhibiting at a trade show, it is important to have a goal in mind when networking at a conference. Ask yourself: what do I hope to achieve in attending this conference? What sort of connections am I trying to make? Having a goal in mind will focus your networking and enable you to make the connections that will help you.

The questions you ask yourself are important, but those you ask while networking at the conference are even more essential. Steer away from yes or no questions, as those questions shut down rather than foster conversation. Instead, ask perceptive or in-depth questions, such as “What made you chose this business?” and “What challenges did you face early on?” Questions that show a genuine interest in the other attendee and their work will help you to stand out from the “What do you do?” crowd.

Researching potential connections in advance can also help you stand out from the crowd. Many conferences include lists of exhibitors and attending companies on their website. Researching these companies can help prepare you for conversation with their representatives and allow you to form some questions in advance. Before the conference, you can even reach out to exhibitors you are interested in visiting at the conference to ease the introduction.

Following up after the conference is equally as important as making connections onsite. Be sure to follow up via email or social media promptly to maintain your connections. Show people that they made an impression on you and that you are interested in continuing the conversation and they will reciprocate.
Networking can be intimidating, especially at a large event. But with a little planning, you’re sure to make the connections you need to expand your business!