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ExpoChat Season Two Opens with Pertinent Discussions on Topical Issues
the trade show industry are committed to face-to-face meetings, but many
are incorporating online interaction into their personal educational and
The weekly Twitter chat operating on the hashtag #ExpoChat is the only
resource of its kind for those working in expositions, meaning exhibitors,
corporate marketers, trade and association show organizers, suppliers,
content writers and facilities personnel.
"ExpoChat is a gathering place for everyone involved in trade shows and
expos to exchange best practices and brainstorm new ideas together. But
just as importantly, it's a true community where all participants leave
their egos and titles at the door." says Traci Browne of Red Cedar
Marketing. Browne is a co-founder of ExpoChat along with Stephanie
Selesnick of International Trade Information Inc. and Dana Freker Doody of
The Expo Group.
Community response to ExpoChat since it began 18 months ago has been
positive and productive. Those involved have done business with others
they met via the chat; rookie exhibit managers have found mentors; others
have found job opportunities.
"It was important to us when we created ExpoChat to embolden a group of
people networking online to hear and voice their opinions about issues
specifically affecting people and companies working inside that trade show
box," says Freker Doody. "Our struggles and successes are different from
other event professionals, and our community often is fragmented by
separate association memberships. ExpoChat has a 'Love All, Serve All'
In fact, regular participants in #ExpoChat include a rookie exhibitor who
recently completed her first trade show exhibit experience alongside a few
pros who have been at it for 30 years. They share passion for their work,
and embrace new technology tools like Twitter to open new worlds.
"We meet online every Wednesday, and we welcome new participants!" says
Selesnick. "Schedule some time to check out our chats at 3 p.m.
Eastern/Noon Pacific. We post topics, often submitted by participants and
centered on real-world solutions on our blog at expochat.wordpress.com."
ExpoChat is a Twitter chat created by Traci Browne, @tracibrowne; Dana
Freker Doody, @theexpogroup; and Stephanie Selesnick, @stephselesnick; who
serve as moderators along with Michelle Bruno, @michellebruno, of Event
Tech Brief. The community encourages sharing of resources and ideas to
improve careers, results gleaned from exhibit marketing and trade shows in
general. ExpoChat offers a Speaker's Bureau of relevant topics.
More information on the founders, the chats and the opportunities can be
found at expochat.wordpress.com or contact Freker Doody at 972.751.9644.
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