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Will the Trade Shows and Expos ever come back to before-covid-normal?

Online events and networking have got a massive boost amid pandemic, number of billion dollar deals have been reported to happen online.. Should it be worrying or it comes to you as a great technology achievement?


What's your take on the traditional expos and trade shows? Are they ever gonna come back to the before-covid-normal?

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KPIMaster
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Enterprise Account Executive
Yes virtual events were a waste of money in my specific industry, they decided to go back in person right away this year.Β Β 
swizard
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Sales Evangelist
well, quite a few industries have been struggling with online events and their poor ROI.
HarryCaray
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Regional VP
yeah our company is already attending a number of in-person events.Β Β 

When NYC says there's going to be no more remote schooling, I'd say that's a pretty significant sign that things are heading back to normal.
swizard
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good luck harry!
HarryCaray
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thanks
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hellogrinch
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Sales Exec
I think the recent few months the trend has been very positive. Looking fwd to have the real-life-events back on track?
swizard
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Sales Evangelist
yes we do!Β 
stanrym
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CEO
it's good to meet with folks. I think the expos are coming back
swizard
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Sales Evangelist
it indeed is!
Ace
Arsonist
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CEO
100%. It may take a couple years to go full capacity but it will go there
swizard
Celebrated Contributor
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Sales Evangelist
Agreed but in terms of the time needed might take a little longer IMHO
Ace
Arsonist
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CEO
Yes agreed
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Senior Account Executive
I'm getting ready to attend a government show in November.Β 

Also, didn't CES announce Las Vegas for 2022? I think we are making a come back.Β 
swizard
Celebrated Contributor
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Sales Evangelist
whoa! good luck to you CuriousFox!
taylor
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Strategic Account Executive
Absolutely. Expos, trade shows, etc. are MASSIVE money-makers for the organizers. They're hurting right now _not_ being able to have them.Β 

They'll be back in 2022 for sure. 2021 already saw some real estate conferences get together in person (lol florida), but I think 2022 will see the floodgates open wide.
swizard
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Sales Evangelist
Thanks for sharing taylor!
funcoupons
WR Officer
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that's queen coups to u
Yes. I think people are antsy to get back to in person.Β 
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saleskick
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Sales Specialist
It is showing some really positive signs already, I think it will come back pretty soon.Β 
hellogrinch
Valued Contributor
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Sales Exec
Agreed!Β 
NoSuperhero
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BDR
For sure, comedy shows are already starting to be a thing. I can see Adobe doing one and Flatstock happening in 2021, i don't see why not
swizard
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Sales Evangelist
Fingers crossed!
Chep
WR Officer
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Business Development Team Lead
Expos are for sure coming back just a matter of time now with vaccines rolling out
swizard
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Sales Evangelist
thanks for sharing Chep!
Domot
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Account Executive
They absolutely will. Lots of cities are built around these kind of events. If these aren't planned anymore, there are a lot of hotels and event locations that can close shop
swizard
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Sales Evangelist
Agreed!Β 
Jewcan_Sam81
Opinionated
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Account Executive
I really doubt that the massive 5-10K person conferences will ever come back in full the way they used to be. The big companies will try because they're all obsessed with "Business as Usual," but it for sure won't go their way
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