How to Blow $200,000 On A Booth (IDIS)

Author: John Honovich, Published on Mar 26, 2015

The industry has more than doubled in size in the past 10 years yet trade shows are struggling to get the attendance numbers they once achieved a decade ago.

But one manufacturer is betting big that a mega booth at ISC West 2015 is going to make them a 'game changer'.

In this note, we examine their flawed approach.

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