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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike@Gendan View Post
    The pic was Automechanika Birmingham (UK) this June.
    RT do quite a few though:
    http://fairs.ross-tech.com/event-calendar/
    OK, what about MLA this year ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
    Way back when, we used to have "Got VAG-COM?" stickers. Those were very popular.

    We should probably get some new stickers made with the current VCDS Logo (the one you see on that hats in the post above).

    -Uwe-
    Maybe some free merchandise, hats stickers for long time licensed users?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacewalker View Post
    OK, what about MLA this year ?
    The Master Locksmiths Association?
    https://www.locksmiths.co.uk/mla-expo/

    I doubt that's really Ross-Tech's target market, and would be only 4 months after the Birmingham Automechanika that Bruce came over for.
    Apparently I should put something witty or profound in here.....

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    just asking .....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacewalker View Post
    just asking .....
    Certainly, and no offence meant.
    The thing with trade shows is they are surprisingly expensive (costs include travel, accommodation, space rental, stand design & build, power, flyers, freebies, and much more I've forgotten), for little or no immediate gain.

    Very few sales are made at trade shows - it's all about brand awareness and making sure people know what you do when they next need something you sell.
    If a company exhibits at too many shows in the same region in a year, the costs soon outweigh any positives that being at the shows would bring in the longer term, so it's all about striking a balance.

    Shows in Europe will be expensive for Ross-Tech as they have to haul everyone over the Atlantic, so the balance would tip very quickly if they attended more than one show a year in a European country (or even in Europe as a whole!)

    Your profile says you're in Poland - your best opportunity would probably be Automechanika in Frankfurt, which happens every other September - the next one is in 2020.
    Apparently I should put something witty or profound in here.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike@Gendan View Post
    Certainly, and no offence meant.
    The thing with trade shows is they are surprisingly expensive (costs include travel, accommodation, space rental, stand design & build, power, flyers, freebies, and much more I've forgotten), for little or no immediate gain.

    Very few sales are made at trade shows - it's all about brand awareness and making sure people know what you do when they next need something you sell.
    If a company exhibits at too many shows in the same region in a year, the costs soon outweigh any positives that being at the shows would bring in the longer term, so it's all about striking a balance.

    Shows in Europe will be expensive for Ross-Tech as they have to haul everyone over the Atlantic, so the balance would tip very quickly if they attended more than one show a year in a European country (or even in Europe as a whole!)

    Your profile says you're in Poland - your best opportunity would probably be Automechanika in Frankfurt, which happens every other September - the next one is in 2020.
    Know that ... doing this over 4 years and know exactly what you thinking
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike@Gendan View Post
    The thing with trade shows is they are surprisingly expensive (costs include travel, accommodation, space rental, stand design & build, power, flyers, freebies, and much more I've forgotten), for little or no immediate gain.
    And yet, they are the most effective way to reach the largest audience with information about what you do and how you do it. The biggest bang for the bucks spent can be reeled in when promotion of the event is done via direct Postal, periodical and direct web marketing prior to the show. People need to see your name and product 7 times before they will even give it a second thought. (not my statistics but statistics I have read from others.)

    Very few sales are made at trade shows - it's all about brand awareness and making sure people know what you do when they next need something you sell.
    If a company exhibits at too many shows in the same region in a year, the costs soon outweigh any positives that being at the shows would bring in the longer term, so it's all about striking a balance.
    Indeed. We go into shows - not expecting direct sales but knowing that the brand awareness is increased by our presence.

    Shows in Europe will be expensive for Ross-Tech as they have to haul everyone over the Atlantic, so the balance would tip very quickly if they attended more than one show a year in a European country (or even in Europe as a whole!)
    Shows in Europe are the most expensive for Ross-Tech. We do the AAPEX show in Las Vegas, NV, USA every year. We do the Automechanika Frankfurt every two years. We have participated in 3 shows in China. We have a good sense of what it takes to do these events. Euro is by far the most expensive - 33% more than the next most expensive - Las Vegas...

    We will continue to be present in some large events around the world and as I did with Gendan, if our distribs are participating in a show and would like RT support, a request can be made and we may send representation. I enjoyed meeting the people in the trades at the Birmingham Show. I found Mike and Grant from Gendan to be exceptional in their presentation of options for the prospects. They did an outstanding job in their stand. They did not need me there but I was pleased to work alongside them.

    By the way, I did then go on to Warsaw and to Biaystok Poland where I spent several days with our Polish distributor. Wow it was hot in Poland in June! Not as hot as Philly, but it was hot!

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    I am finding my Dell laptop with 17" screen a bit much inside my TT, so hopefully going to snag a unit like this one.
    Dell Latitude E6220 Intel i5-2540M 4GB RAM 250GB HDD Windows 7 Pro 12" screen

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    I've used many different sized laptops in different cars and the least cumbersome was a 1st gen Microsoft Surface Pro (or any other tablet for that matter). Even normal 12" class laptops were'nt great nor terrible.

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    Yeah, bigger is not better for working inside a car.
    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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