Tuesday, April 21, 2009

N.A.B. -- Taxi Lines (Or Lack Thereof) as Barometer of Convention's Health

I am in Las Vegas this week at the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention.   First thing I noticed when getting off the plane in Vegas?  No taxi lines.  Second thing?  No problems getting seated for dinners right on the spot.  Both of these realities reflect the convention's health ... or lack thereof.  Bottom line -- attendance is way down, following the lead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier in the year.

Nonetheless, the benefits of meeting with partners, press, customers and competitors in one place in rapid-fire mode are real ... so long as financial bloviation is kept in check.  Something that many companies still haven't learned.