Is the time you or your crew invest in attending an electrical trade show worth it? Or in today's world is it faster to get your info on new products over the Internet?
My experience was one & done. Spent 2K, 4 nights & 2 days with a pretty solid generator display. Handed out a lot of info, talked to a lot of homeowners... but not a nibble.
My impression was it's mostly people walking around, looking for "give-away" items. Wouldn't do it again any if it was free.
[quote=jnblucy] Is the time you or your crew invest in attending an electrical trade show worth it? Or in today's world is it faster to get your info on new products over the Internet? [/quote]
Over the Internet.
I have gone to several local shows put on by several of our suppliers. I was pretty much unimpressed. I like trying to stay on top of advancements in the field and most of what I saw was the same old stuff just repackaged. I find I do a lot better going online. You can see new stuff and normally with some searching you can get opinions on how the new stuff worked.
I have been on both sides of the table as far as trade show participation. I have not gone to one yet that there has not been something or someone that I never would have seen otherwise. The Internet is great for finding things that you know of but try googling "newest electrical products that I have not seen before". When I was on the manufacturer's side of the table I got to see old friends and had an opportunity to make new ones. Some of them became clients and I became a client to some of the others.
Have electrical distributors invited you (contractors) to a new product introduction session? Or is it pretty much that they will come to visit you to show you the new products?
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