Digitalisation is affecting all industries and the trade fair sector is no exception. We talked with Klaus Reinke, Chief of Corporate Strategy & Organisation and member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, about the challenges facing trade fairs today, the trends on the horizon and how Messe Frankfurt is dealing with them.
This past week, Messe Frankfurt launched completely revised exhibitor and product searches for its event websites. The new features particularly include possibilities for exploratory product-oriented searches. In addition to this, users will be shown an inspiring presentation of the online search results with a Pinterest-like tile look. The modern display of search results benefits exhibitors by providing them with much higher visibility.
The new search features are already available for the Christmasworld, Creativeworld and Paperworld trade fairs. Starting in October, the search will also be activated for the Heimtextil fair and the other trade fair websites will follow step by step.
Due to the importance of search features on the websites of event organizers, we spoke with Henric Uherek, who is Coordinator of Web Solutions in Messe Frankfurt’s Digital Services unit and responsible for the future development of the exhibitor and product searches for the third largest exhibition organizer in the world.
Messe Frankfurt’s new website was launched on August 22nd. A total of 170 websites provide information on the individual events, services and the world’s third largest trade fair organiser itself under the umbrella of messefrankfurt.com. The significance of this web presence as well as the complexity of a relaunch of this scale deserves a look behind the scenes. We talked with Martina Bergmann, Head of Digital Services at Messe Frankfurt, who has overall responsibility for development of the new global web presence.
Since the 1980s industries have been growing together worldwide as a result of globalization and digitalization. Value chains have spanned the globe as new production sites and new markets were created that no one could have dared to dream of. At the same time, suppliers and customers alike can obtain information and engage in business online at any time around the world. This development has not least affected the trade fair industry.
The UFI extends invitation to Global Exhibitions Day 2017 (#GED17) on June 7, 2017. For the second time now, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has organized a day to celebrate and connect the trade fair industry around the world. According to the motto “Think Global, Act Local”, activities will be carried out around the world to raise awareness of the importance of trade fairs for their regions and also for the various different nations, industries and the global economy as a whole. Continue reading
On the occasion of the upcoming textile trade fairs Techtextil and Texprocess (May 9th to May 12th), Messe Frankfurt provides its optimized navigator apps vor visitors and exhibitors.
The critical debate surrounding digitalization initiated by the German Media Congress in January in Frankfurt almost seems like a journey back in time. Since then, an increasing number of marketing managers from reputable companies such as Deutsche Telekom and Philips have plead for more prudence with regard to adapting digital technologies in marketing and investing in digital advertising. Are conventional forms of advertising about to experience a comeback?
Apps have become an integral component of the marketing and communication services offered by trade fair organizers. Ellen Matheis, coordinator of web solutions at Messe Frankfurt, talks about the advantages of trade fair apps for exhibitors and visitors, as well as the added value for organizers.
With smart key features and improved usability, the new version 4.0 of the Heimtextil Navigator-app joins the digital with the real world of trade fairs and thus helps users achieve trade fair success in both realms.
Trade fairs are increasingly connecting the digital and the real world. Henric Uherek, Coordinator Messe Frankfurt, explains the challenges that this development poses for exhibitors and trade fair organizers and what’s up next for digital trade fair marketing in 2017 and beyond.