Possible Video Expo Booth?

Brian McCaskill (brian@facets.org)
Tue, 7 Mar 2000 12:00:36 -0800 (PST)

Dear Vidlibbers,

Sorry for repeating myself but I just wanted to check one last time
regarding the possibility of a shared booth among the video vendors at the
upcoming ALA Convention in Chicago. Although this message is mainly for the
video vendors on the list I'd be more than happy to talk with anyone else
who will/might be exhibiting at the convention and has any questions
regarding the information below.

I have been reviewing the Exhibitor Prospectus for the upcoming ALA
Convention in Chicago (July 8-11) and I was curious to see if any of the
distributors or related groups out there were
interested in splitting a 20' x 30' booth. From the information that I've
received it would be cheaper (if enough vendors were interested) for
everyone to reserve a larger booth rather than reserving smaller, individual
booths for their respective companies.

I've checked with Laura Vojtech, in charge of exhibitor relations for the
convention, and she has told me that the approximate cost would be $14,000
for a completely furnished 20' x 30' booth that would include 12 individual
2' x 6' tables (one for each company). To put this cost in perspective,
renting a single 10' x 10' booth for your company with all of the extras is
going to be about $2850-$2875. So even if you split a 10' x 10' booth
between 2 vendors (which is the maximum amount you could have in that size
booth) the cost would be about $1425-$1437 each. If, however, 12 vendors
split a 20' x 30' booth the cost would be about $1,166 each. Not to mention
the increased traffic that comes with a larger booth that is easier to find
and has the convenience of one location for a majority of video exhibitors.

Once I get at least 10 people interested I will get more information from
Laura Vojtech and pass it on to the interested parties so that we may
proceed. If I do not have 10 vendors interested within the next couple of
weeks I will have to review other options as time is running out and prime
booth locations are getting snatched up.

Right now I have 6 vendors who have expressed interest in sharing the booth.
I would like, hopefully, to get a maximum of 12 vendors to split the cost.
At the very least we would need a minimum of 10 vendors to make the cost of
the booth worth renting.

If anyone is interested in sharing the 20'x 30' booth please let me know as
soon as possible. Also, of course, if anyone happens to have any questions
or comments regarding this information or would like to discuss it further
please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Just so you know, I will be out of the office on Thurs. and Fri. of this
week (3/09 & 3/10) attending a conference here in Chicago and then I'm on
vacation the week after that (3/13 - 3/17). I will be back in the office on
Mon., Feb. 20 and will immediately contact anyone who has left me a message
regarding the convention. By the way, if anyone happens to be attending the
Society for Cinema Studies Conference in Chicago from 3/9 - 3/12 please feel
free to stop by Facets' table and we could discuss this information there as
well. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Brian McCaskill
Director of Educational Services
Facets Multimedia
1517 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
e-mail: brian@facets.org
phone: 800-331-6197
fax: 773-929-5437

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