It was a long day. The show hours were from 12pm to 5:30pm but we got downstairs early to set up the booth as we arrived too late on Tuesday to set up.
In any event, ERE Expo is facing the same thing that most other shows are facing this Fall – less than anticipated crowds due to fear over the economy. As I have said before, economic fears shouldn’t have this kind of effect on these conferences but the media is doing a great job at instilling fear in people and making the economy out to be worse than it actually is. People, get out and spend money and invest!!!
Sorry for making that diversion again but I am tired of hearing those excuses. Nonetheless, all the vendors I talked to said that while traffic was lighter, the quality of the prospects they talked to were very high. I’d have to agree with that which makes it all worth it.
Before the expo hall opened, I was interviewed on camera with Bill Vick to talk about the state of recruiting and talent management today. We also discussed the challenges that organizations face today with recruiting both here in the U.S. and globally as well as where I believe this is headed in the future.
Some interesting things throughout the expo was the use of Segways by iCIMS to drive throughout the exhibit hall passing out flyers. Optijob, who was a couple of booths down from us, was having a blast shooting Styrofoam rockets all over the place. There were also some great educational sessions taking place but we stayed at our post in the exhibit hall helping to enlighten attendees on what we do.
It was a successful day and we are looking forward to Day Two on Thursday and then going home.
Please don’t forget the message we are continuing to spread – if you are considering a Talent Acquisition or Talent Management System, don’t go it alone. Let us help you to ensure you select the right product, the first time, and take risk out of the project. It is too important of a decision to leave to chance!
If you are in Florida, come see HRchitect on Thursday. If you are not in Florida, visit our web site and contact us today!
Solving a piece of the puzzle…
Matt Lafata, HRchitect