There is nothing like a good trip, laced with loads of complications to get the blood running and the imagination jetting off to the moon. This was my first experience going to a trade-show and I must say that I am quite happy that I got the chance, even though snow storm, which has been deemed “Q”, brought about a million complications.
My co-worker and I traveled from NYC to NJ back to NYC and then to PA, only to be sent back home NYC when every window of opportunity closed on us. We left on Thursday and finally made it to KC on Saturday afternoon, only to find that our rooms had been given away! However, I love the kindness that we encountered in KC! Thanks to the help of several hotel employees at several overbooked hotels, we finally found a hotel. With no time to spare, we booked the rooms and with suitcases in hand, ran over to the convention center to set up the booth. Eight hours later and only four hands between the two of us, we finished setting up with just enough time to get a little bit of sleep before the show started the next morning. Phew!
Even after all the mayhem, the Camex show was very successful! It was quite refreshing to have face-to-face conversations with people I’ve only communicated with via email or over the phone. There were fun things happening at our booth. We displayed our most sought after products, plus new products that drew lots of people to our booth.
There was also a live demonstration of all the latest ASUS laptops and tablets. Andy, the ASUS representative, was a delight to work with.
Then there was the three days of giveaways! Our show assistant, Austen, walked around passing out flash drives that contained our show specials as well as a chance to win a prize (Day# 1 ASUS MEMO Tablet, Day# 2 Monster Beats, Day# 3 Livescribe Pen, Notebook, and Microphone ear buds).
I was hopeful every time a flash drive was inserted into one of the computers. I believe that I was more excited than most of the contestants. However, as the first two days went on, we hadn’t found any winners. I wanted someone to so desperately win.
I got my wish on the third day! Hugo Lamprea of NYU won the Livescribe suite of products. We still haven’t found the other two winners, but I have my fingers crossed hoping they will contact us when they realize they have won.
The convention center was way bigger than I expected so when I left the booth to explore, I didn’t even cover 1/4th of the floor before I got tired and returned to home base. There were so many new products to discover, like Happy Socks, Vintage Posters/Calendars, and Quick Notes. The list goes on and on.
All in all, I loved being able to present our products at Camex. Overall, it was an amazing experience, one in which I hope that I get to do again.
I have posted all of the photos taken at Camex. They can be found on our Facebook page…click here to be taken straight there!