This month, the Wpromote team made its first appearance as an exhibitor at Internet Retailer Conference & Expo in Boston, MA. IRCE is an annual show attended by the largest e-commerce retailers around the world and we were very excited to get a place as an exhibitor this year. The first full day of the show did not have the high volume of foot traffic we were looking for, but day two seemed to be much busier on the show floor. In the end, we decided that this was an extremely beneficial show for meeting potential clients and partners as well as finally putting faces to names. We at Wpromote look forward to exhibiting at again in 2010.
The busy lives of the Wpromote employees required some pretty complex travel coordination. We took 5 different airlines to get all of us there and back! Those of us lucky enough to fly Virgin America were delighted with the nightclub atmosphere at check-in and on the plane, as well as the WiFi available to purchase. If you haven’t had the chance to fly on Virgin America, we highly recommend that you book your next trip through this airline!
This show presented an interesting challenge for us… as they all do! Mike Stone, our VP of Sales & Strategy, made it out to Boston for the first few hours of the show and dinner Monday night, but then he was out sick for the rest of the show. Without our main sales guy, the rest of had to pick up our game! In my opinion we did very well and came away with some great contacts that we hope to soon call clients! We spent time networking with other companies on the show floor including Fetchback, RatePoint and MailChimp, whose services you should definitely check out if you have not already. We loved Fetchback’s dog that came to entertain visitors at their booth for a few hours each day!
After the long show hours we are always excited to have team dinners and explore the city we are visiting. We had some delicious meals, which included a shabu-shabu adventure in Chinatown, Lucca in Little Italy and an extremely eclectic dinner at Delux Café in South End. The unanimous highlight of the trip was the underground, mafia-clad cigar lounge we found in North End called Stanza Dei Sigari.
Look for us at our next show, Search Engine Strategies San Jose. We will be exhibiting August 11-12 in booth #820!