Exhibitions can be very rewarding for a business; I should know I’ve manned many a stand on my own over periods of more than a day, but they can be tiring and require careful planning to ensure you have the best chance of achieving your return on investment. Follow these tips and smash your ROI at your next event.
More information can be found on the NHBA website. We look forward to seeing you there.
Outbox is delighted to be supporting the Sport Expo The Outside In to be held at Pinehurst School on March 3rd. It is New Zealand's largest sport expo so pop the date in your diary and check out their website http://www.sportexpotheoutsidein.com/index.html
The past month has been rather social, not perhaps in the party way, but in boosting business by exhibiting, networking and press coverage. These events are not as daunting as you may think and I really enjoy interacting with a wide range of businesses and learning from their successes.
A particular favourite was the Blue Banana Brainstorm lunch with Annah Stretton in the Euro private dining room. A select group organised by Linda Coles, who come together over a delightful lunch to learn from a speaker ‘How they grew it’, to network and share experiences. I would highly recommend joining this LinkedIn group and attending the next lunch at Euro if you are available.
The Auckland Tourism Group run The Effective Network, bringing together over 100 local business people to network. This meeting was at The Riverhead Tavern and discussed the pros and cons of discounting services and products while enjoying the fabulous view, wine and nibbles.
Earlier in the month Outbox exhibited at the Venus Womens Expo in Takapuna, an extremely busy evening with a constant stream of visitors to the stand. I hope this was due to our services but it could have equally attributed to the view of the recently auctioned ‘Block Houses’ out of the window!
The National Business Review wrote about the Virtual Professional industry raising the awareness around New Zealand of the benefits that outsourcing can bring especially to small and medium sized companies. Another article in the North Shore Times highlighted the award Outbox won last month and this led to a number of calls from readers wishing to know more about our services.
During October I shall be at the MyBiz Expo and the Ladies Who Lunch Seriously mini expo and showcase.
There are certainly many opportunities around to promote your company, visit our Pinterest board for more ideas; we hope to see you at one of them soon.
New Zealand Virtual Assistant Conference
28-29 August 2012, Wellington
I was delighted to be awarded the title ‘Virtual Assistant of the Year 2012’ while attending the inaugural New Zealand Virtual Assistant Conference in Wellington this week which gave the Virtual Assistant community of New Zealand a chance to connect in person and plan a direction for this young but very exciting and forward thinking industry.
Keynote speakers Justin Flitter and Hannah Samuel imparted much of their knowledge regarding social media and reputation branding. They were joined by a number of others representing fields that compliment the industry and the conference was sponsored by Xero, Private Box and BeMyVA.
I found the discussions and speakers inspirational and a certain buzz was felt in the room. Plans are in place to promote and further establish the industry and even a name change is on the cards, so watch this space.
Thank you to Debra Clark and her committee for all of the organising and a special thank you to Larissa Paris of Xero and John Palmer of BeMyVA for being judges and awarding me this special title.
So many business owners these days lack the time to compare the best in market offers for all the services that support their business. Does this sound like you? At mybiz expo you can bring in a pile of your bills and compare the offerings of different providers to make your bills smaller and your business bigger – on the spot!
Mybiz Expo showcases business suppliers from power company, phone company, banking, and insurance through to photocopiers & printing and the best business services in the country - all under one roof - and Outbox will be there as well.
If you're looking to get the best offering in any of these business service categories, you need to invest some time in attending mybiz expo, Plus there are inspirational technology and business services seminars, demonstrations, networking opportunities – and the chance to win a fantastic Ford Kuga Titanium.
We look forward to seeing you at Stand 2011
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