I was thinking about how professional conferences and the accompanying them trade shows are a great place for networking, finding out what’s hot in the industry and learning from the leading experts in the field.  I still believe that conferences are very useful  but I am starting to have some second thoughts about the tradeshows.
Considering the myriad of online communication recourses available to companies for interacting with their customers and the community, and the global economy crisis, 2009 will be an interesting year.
I decided to post this to see if you have any opinion on the subject. I think it will be interesting to see the different views as to what makes you go to the vendor booths, other than the swag. And what will make you go this year, especially if you feel the burdens of the word crisis? Maybe you believe that tradeshows are useless and the conference part is all that is needed?


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