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Old 01-06-2011, 02:25 PM
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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the electronic industry's largest trade show. CES hosts this annual event in Las Vegas and draws businessmen and consumers from all over the world.

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When attending CES, you'll want to be fully prepared. Take a lightweight briefcase and stock it with pens, paper, calculator, business cards, breath mints, and snacks. You might also want to keep an umbrella with you in case it rains. Be sure you allow room for literature (flyers/catalogs) that you will collect throughout the show. Some attendees use a small case with wheels so they can pull it instead of carrying it.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:30 PM
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Prior to attending CES, take their program guide and plot out the products you want to see and where those company's booths are located. It helps to have a game plan before attending any convention. The more prepared you are, the more productive your trip will be.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:32 PM
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The first and last days of the show are usually less busy. This is the time to meet with reps and take care of business because it won't be as crowded and the noise volume will be lower. Once it gets crowded, it becomes harder to corner a rep and see the products up close.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:33 PM
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If you're a buyer, try to set up appointments before hand with your vendors. This way, in case it's real crowded, you'll have a reserved time that you can speak with that company's rep.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:33 PM
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Get there early. A lot of companies hand out free stuff like samples, posters, bags, etc. They usually don't bring enough for everyone so the early bird gets the worm.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:35 PM
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Wear comfortable shoes and consider lining them with gel inserts before you leave for the trip. Like any convention, you're going to be doing a LOT of walking and if you have the right shoes, it will save your legs and your back!
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Take ear plugs with you to the CES show. The volume gets loud and this can wear out your ears in a hurry.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:43 PM
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The lines at the show can be long and it does require some patience. It is suggested that you bring your iPod so that you can listen to music or podcasts while waiting in line. Or you can cruise the internet on your Android or iPad . Of course you can also review some of the literature you've picked up while waiting in the lines or simply take the time to meet other visitors and do a little networking.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:52 PM
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Las Vegas is an exciting town (to say the least) and there's is plenty to see and do there. If you schedule some extra time and plan well, you can check out more of what Vegas has to offer and do a little sight-seeing or gambling. For any larger Vegas shows, be sure to reserve tickets in advance.
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Go over the map of the convention areas before you actually attend. You'll save time by knowing where everything is before you get there. You don't want to spend your whole trip being lost.
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On the subject of planning ahead, be sure to make reservations ahead of time for everything. Don't underestimate the size and popularity of the Consumer Electronics Show. You should be prepared by booking your plane, hotel, rental cars and any special dining arrangements in advance.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:59 PM
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Each year the convention features a display with the winners of the "CES Innovation Awards". This is a chance for you to see all the hottest new innovative products up close and all in one place. A don't miss!
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:02 PM
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The CES show wouldn't be the same without the parties! Contact your vendors prior to going and see who's throwing a party and where. Ask if it's open to everyone or by invitation only. Plan which parties you will attend rather than waiting until you get to the show and having to figure it all out on the fly.
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:05 PM
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Network, network, network! Read up on your marketing books and sharpen your networking skills before you attend the show. Think about what you will say to prospective clients and how you will present yourself and/or your company. Practice your pitch in advance so that you're fully comfortable and prepared for any business conversation.
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