So what's the difference between Expo and Convention?

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  • LochNESSLochNESS Posts: 4,754 ✭✭✭
    image Howdy! So the answer is???

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  • I'll bite...

    Conferences educate

    Trade shows provide a marketplace

    Expos and Conventions are pretty synonymous and hover somewhere in between conferences and trade shows. My personal, professional opinion is that some conventions are simply providing a meeting place while I would say MOST Expos are driven by people who are very invested in the industry and want to both educate and actively promote the marketplace aspect.
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  • LochNESSLochNESS Posts: 4,754 ✭✭✭
    Now for a serious response:
    Very interesting, thanks for your perspective! I've never exhibited, but I have attended many MANY conventions, expos and conferences. I've spoken on a panel a few times. I'm actually at a convention right now, LOL. I always leave feeling educated, but the method varies.

    At conferences, the speakers educate me on sometimes abstract topics with often motivational or positive messages. I go home ready to work!
    At expos, the sales and marketing reps educate me on their products, often new and upcoming, and I go home carrying tons of business cards and takeaway swag.
    Conventions are different, usually a combination of vendors and conference-style panels, but I agree they definitely provide a meeting space. Networking, more specifically. Coin shows - like the ANA's World Fair - are often labelled as conventions but I liken them more to trade shows because it's all about buying and selling (and mostly between vendors, in my experience).

    I only attended one real trade show, Summer NAMM (nat'l assoc. of music merchants) and I felt very out of place. Almost like going to a career fair with no resume image I wasn't buying, and I wasn't selling. Coin dealers would call that a "tire kicker" but I had a great time and saw some AMAZING products.
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  • Very interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing. I love going to Expos and coming away with swag! What topics do you speak about when at conventions? Sounds like you have a varied range of interests and hobbies.
  • LochNESSLochNESS Posts: 4,754 ✭✭✭
    Taryn,

    So sorry for not replying sooner. I "subscribed" to this thread and yet, never realized I left you hanging until just now! Anyway, to answer your question...

    I'm a musician by trade, so the topics I have spoken about [on panels] have been music-related.

    I really have a limited range of interests and few hobbies. Music is my first love, and career. Numismatics is my #1 hobby.
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