August 31, 2020 — ALBUQUERQUE, NM
–– The 13th Annual B2B-B2C Expo was held as a 100% virtual event due to statewide and national regulations prohibiting events with large gatherings. EXHIB-IT! invested in a unique platform that allowed for a two-day event with multiple moving parts and face-to-face activity.
Day-one kicked off with ProTalk Educational Speakers (similar to Ted Talks) and a two-hour Special VIP Matchmaking Speed Networking. Day-two was the Virtual Exhibitor Booth Expo that had 58 Exhibitor Booths plus the Best Local Brand Contest Winners announced from the Live Voting online and Platform Poll. For the last 30 minutes of the two-day event, there was a virtual prize wheel with everyone’s names entered in attendance and over 75 donated door prizes totaling $5,300.00 that were given away at the end of the event.
This annual event in past years has brought in over 900 attendees. Though going virtual this year was quite a change and had lower attendance, the delivery was received well from those who did participate as sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees.
The Top Winner for the People’s Choice Best Local Brand Commercial Winner was Pizza 9 and the Nonprofit Winner was Keshet Dance Center for the Arts. They each received a crystal award donated by First Impression Contributing Sponsor along with $6825 total in advertising and marketing awards from Cumulus Media Networks, Albuquerque Business First, and EXHIB-IT!
“We want to give back to the community and believe that companies and nonprofit organizations that are doing it right when it comes to branding and marketing their message, we want to share the good news by allowing them a platform to promote their efforts,” said DJ Heckes, CEO of EXHIB-IT!. “New Mexico, and especially Albuquerque and the surrounding cities, is a unique state that has a 1° connection to your next business opportunity in that many people really understand how to network and build business alliance partners here in our state compared to many other like-size cities and states.”
EXHIB-IT! is already planning their 2021 event date for late August with hopes that it can be an in-person event since so many business professionals are really wanting to reconnect face to face.
EXHIB-IT!’s B2B Expo is New Mexico’s premier networking event. The event’s mission is to create a prosperous learning environment through a network of leaders and an expo