With the economy hitting companies hard and limiting budgets, many companies have opted out of attending conferences and utilized online media such as webinars as an alternative. Corbin Ball, a meetings technology expert, addressed this issue recently in his article http://www.4hoteliers.com/4hots_fshw.php?mwi=5611.
For our customers, we have postponed the annual national conference at their request for the past couple years in favor of more localized conferences. We feel that it’s valuable to get our customers together to network and get ideas and tips from each other, but how valuable is it really? With the economy and manufacturing starting to pick up, is it time to rally the troops for another national conference?
So we ask you: Do you value face-to-face meetings and conferences or see it as a waste of time and resources? For you industry professionals, what are you doing to stay in front of your customers and get them networking?Posted by Debbie McCall, Account Manager, ProfitKey International