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Last post 02-12-2011 8:07 AM by starwind. 9 replies.
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  • 01-26-2011 10:26 AM

    • bcarnes
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    GENCON exhibitor newbie question

    What would be the best advice if someine were looking to set up dealer space for the first time at GENCON.  I have heard horror stories about cost and space and such.  We are a very small gaming operation and any money that we put forth is coming out of our own personal income.  i have a connected hotel room already so that is not a problem.  We are planning on running games too but I know that can be tricky as far as how things are designated.  Thanks

  • 01-26-2011 12:09 PM In reply to

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    Re: GENCON exhibitor newbie question

    Here's the exhibitor site:

    http://www.gencon.com/2011/indy/sm/exhibitors/default.aspx

     

    Last year they had the 10X10 booths entrepeneurs (sp?) alley that were not real expensive...

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  • 01-26-2011 12:31 PM In reply to

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    Re: GENCON exhibitor newbie question

     I did find the link.  I am having a problem opening the PDFs.  I was trying to get some advice from some others who have already done it.  thanks for any help you can give.

  • 01-29-2011 7:28 PM In reply to

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     First time at Gencon last year for us, we got one of those nice cheap booths and were lucky enough to be picked for Marketing Fellowship.

      We'd been doing conventions for some time before Gencon, and things weren't much different... just bigger. Make sure to plan out how your going to do stuff, practice any speechs/demos. Quadrupal check you have everything before you leave home (We managed to forget the legs to our tables... had to make my husband go find a home depot). Get the cheap booth, apply for Marketing Fellowship. If you've got something to show off at Trade day, do that too. Be friendly to your neighbors. Have more staff then you think you will need. On moveout day the only hand truck/dolley you'll find is the one you bring with you. Last year the Catan folks paid for wifi in the vendor's hall, but the signal wasnt strong enough to get to where the cheap booths were, but luckly my Phone's 3G could so we could ring up credit cards. Comfy shoes! If you can afford it, those workshop foampad tiles for the floor are a godsend.

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  • 01-29-2011 7:45 PM In reply to

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    Re: GENCON exhibitor newbie question

    On The Lamb Games:

    Comfy shoes! If you can afford it, those workshop foampad tiles for the floor are a godsend.

    I can confirm this!!!  Those foampads for the floor can be picked up at Wal-Mart or Meijer for real cheap. They're in the automotive/hardware department. 

    Also, keep water handy and some hard candies for your throat.  You can QUICKLY lose your voice.

    Remember to eat.  You don't realize how much energy it takes to be ON for 8 hours straight.  Last year, I was pooped!!!

    If you can afford it, sign up for the Cheese Weasel promotion (if they do it again).  A lot of people will show up at the booth, many just want their cards punched, but they all have to listen to the spiel.  We had a lot of increased sale due to this promotion.  We sold quite a few books to people who had never heard of the webcomic.

    As for other costs, once you see the pdfs, you'll understand why you might need to bring the stuff with you, if at all possible.  We're lucky.  I live 45 minutes north of Indy so all the product is shipped to me to save money.

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  • 01-31-2011 6:39 AM In reply to

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    Re: GENCON exhibitor newbie question

    Comfy shoes. If possible bring your own padded chair for breaks.  Also the padded floor mats are great. You do not need to do the whole booth just where you will be standing. They are usually under $20 for a package of mats.

    You should have 2 people so you can take breaks. 

    Make sure to attract people to your booth (candy, hand-outs, etc.) to make sure people stop by the booth. Too many times a smile does not always get people to stop at your booth. Something shiny or free candy will get people to stop so you can give your game pitch.

     

  • 01-31-2011 7:13 AM In reply to

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    Re: GENCON exhibitor newbie question

     thanks.  some of this info we have familiariaty with because of running games for manty years.  It is primarially the getting in to the exhibity hall costs and stuff and placing.  we manufacture all of our stuff ourselves

     

     

    thanks for the input

     

    FYI our blog which gives a lot of info about is is blog.sailpowergame.com

  • 02-01-2011 11:39 AM In reply to

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    Any advice on how much product to bring?  I know it can vary (product type, how long the product has been on the market, how much it has been advertised before, etc.) but any advice would be welcome.  In my case it is software that so far has only been sold on-line at my own site.  Should I bring as much as I sell in a given month?  2x as much?  1/2 as much?

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    Re: GENCON exhibitor newbie question

    SowelBlack:

    Any advice on how much product to bring?  I know it can vary (product type, how long the product has been on the market, how much it has been advertised before, etc.) but any advice would be welcome.  In my case it is software that so far has only been sold on-line at my own site.  Should I bring as much as I sell in a given month?  2x as much?  1/2 as much?

    Personally, I would say bring as much as you can, without incurring insane expenses. What you don't want to happen is to run out of product on a Friday afternoon. If you are driving, I'd cram every possible space in your vehicle with product.
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  • 02-12-2011 8:07 AM In reply to

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    Re: GENCON exhibitor newbie question

    SowelBlack:

    Any advice on how much product to bring?  I know it can vary (product type, how long the product has been on the market, how much it has been advertised before, etc.) but any advice would be welcome.  In my case it is software that so far has only been sold on-line at my own site.  Should I bring as much as I sell in a given month?  2x as much?  1/2 as much?

     

     

    The amount you bring depends on how you are getting it to the show. If you can bring extra do so if it is easy to transport back.

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