1. Carol Fields, Senior Manager, Congress Management Edwards Lifesciences
‘Why’ Healthcare Exhibiting: “It’s one of those industries, where even though people are with companies that are bought and sold, often times you’ll find people at a new company or sometimes on the other side of the fence. So maybe you are on the exhibit company side, and now you become one of the exhibitors. It is interesting how people try to stay in this industry any way they can.”
2. Stacy McManus, Director, Corporate Alliances & Exhibition Operations at American Thoracic Society
How Associations Use Technology to Help Exhibitors:
“We added Beacon technology in attendee badges with heat mapping and are able to provide more precise demographic information of who is in the hall and where are they going.”
3. Christine DiDomenico, Event Marketing Strategist, Contractor, Freelancer
Proven Strategy to Win Leadership Approval:
“I took one piece of paper, after collecting the issues and put them in 3 buckets, Must Do, Nice to Have and Out of the Box…having it simply on one page made a big difference…over a period of time we ended up executing almost all ideas you can see how they all beautifully integrated together.”
4. NeKeta Argrow, Senior Manager Event Operations & Strategy at American Express Global Business Travel
What You Need to Do to Become a Speaker:
“If you want to be involved in a speaking opportunities it is really about networking and not being afraid to ask the question. If you go to a conference and you feel there is a topic that is compelling when you get the notification for papers, submit a topic.”
5. Sue Huff, Director Global Conventions at Medtronic, Inc.
Managing Teams during a Merger
“The most important thing, the legacy company take off previous hats, take the best of the best and look at all the processes we have. When we brought the team together we had a meeting within 2 weeks, let’s share your current process, learn from it, what cool things are you doing and use as an organization.”
6. Cindy McCormick, Associate Director, Convention Marketing at Novo Nordisk
Creating a Pop-Up Sales Territory:
“This is a new field, it is only active for 3 days, it is like a new territory, here are your sales goals…you make it fun for them and they want to win.”
7. Gregg Lapin, Director of Meeting Services at American Association of Diabetes Educators, President-elect HCEA
“Attendees want to learn, touch and feel. We are seeing more and more hands on demos for devices, apps, and technology.”
8. Don Schmid, Lead Global Congresses at Pfizer
“The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is Europe’s new data protection privacy law for Europe is not just for healthcare there are 27 countries participating. There are major penalties for violating the law…with fines up to 4% of your gross revenues.”
9. Janet Aguhob, Senior Conventions Planner at Allergan
What Governs Healthcare Marketing:
“A good place to start are the big 3, the OPDP (Office of Prescription Drug Program), the second is the PhRMA code and the last is Physician Payment Sunshine Act. All three of these govern all of healthcare marketing and we need to deal with them on a daily basis.”
10. Laine Mann, Director Global Congresses at Pfizer
Taking Risks in Your Career:
“It was a very difficult decision, but it happened very quickly…within a 3 week period, I got a Visa, packed up my life and moved alone to go to Australia for a year”. Find out what happened next in this interview.
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A big thanks to Carol Fields, Stacy McManus, Christine DiDomenico, NeKeta Argrow, Sue Huff, Don Schmid, Gregg Lapin, Janet Aguhob and Laine Mann for sharing their advice, insights and inspiration!