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Beware of Companies That Solicit Exhibitors
There are many companies that lead you to believe that they are affiliated with NeoCon or a vendor for NeoCon. A few of the services they offer are databases, list rentals, and housing services.
NeoCon’s Official housing partner is OnPeak. We are not affiliated with any other company who may offer you hotel services.
As an exhibitor you are offered a one-time use of our 3rd party opt-in attendee list through our official third party mailing house, Precision Dialogue. This offer can only be accessed through our exhibitor portal.
We will NEVER provide our attendee or exhibitor lists to outside parties. Any solicitations you receive claiming they can provide you with NeoCon affiliated lists or databases are UNAUTHORIZED.
What can you do to stop the E-mails from these companies?
When you receive an E-mail forward to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if they use the NeoCon name we will send a cease & desist letter.
Hit reply to the e-mail and type REMOVE FROM LIST in the subject line and hit send.
Block the sender’s E-mail and the domain in your junk E-mail settings.
Many junk e-mail settings will allow you to import a list of domains to block
Official NeoCon Contractors
If you are contacted by any outside company you find suspicious or are unsure whether they are a legitimate authorized vendor for this event, please contact Sergio Camargo and if possible include any e-mail communication you received from this vendor.
Construction Services 312.527.7570
Meeting Planning and Special Events | 312.527.4141
Dock Appointments/Dock Labor/Shipping & Crating Services Merchandise Mart Loading Dock | 312.527.7563
Andy Frain Security Services | 312.527.7638
Patricia Halbert | Director of Customer Service | email@example.com | 312.527.7606
Wendy Confrey Director of Registration Services firstname.lastname@example.org 312.527.7603
Julie Amato Kohl Vice President of NeoCon® Sales email@example.com 312.527.7083
Madeleine Tullier Director of NeoCon® Exhibit Sales firstname.lastname@example.org 312.527.7583
Maricela Padilla Exhibitor Relations Specialist email@example.com 312.527.7880
Lindsey Martin Director of Marketing, NeoCon® Shows firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke Maher Marketing Manager, NeoCon® Shows email@example.com
Monica DeBartolo Director of Programming, NeoCon® Shows firstname.lastname@example.org 312.527.7055
Megan Davidson Director of Tradeshow Operations email@example.com 312.527.7514
Sergio Camargo Exhibitor Services Supervisor firstname.lastname@example.org 312.527.7587
Walter Young Exhibitor Service Supervisor email@example.com 312.527.7988
Meeting Planning & Special Events
Elizabeth Waters Director of Special Events firstname.lastname@example.org 312.527.7061
Myca Stahl Event Manager email@example.com 312.527.3082
Marie Straquadine Event Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 312.527.7565
Danielle McWilliams Novitá Communications email@example.com 212.528.3160 X 11
Alexandra Zwicky Novitá Communications firstname.lastname@example.org 212.528.3160 X 14
Myron Maurer Chief Operating Officer
Susan McCullough Senior Vice President
Byron Morton Vice President of Leasing email@example.com
Lisa Simonian Vice President of Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Audio Visual Rentals
- Booth Event Notification Form
- Caterer Guidelines
- Preferred Caterers
- Computer Rental
- Chair/Table Rental
- Custom Signage and Graphics
- Floral Order Form
- International Shipping Broker
- Lead Retrieval
- Pedestal Rental
- Photography and Video Services
- Plant Rental Form
- Preferred Caterers
- Specialty Furniture Catalogue
- Specialty Furniture Order Form
- Showcase Order Form
- Temp Staffing Form
- Tenant Special Events Guidelines
- WiFi Service – 1 & 2 Floor
- WiFi Service – 7th Floor
- Water Service
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Promote your brand
Optimize your company’s presence at NeoCon’s 50th edition. Keep your brand top of mind before and during the show by engaging attendees online, creating attention grabbing installations onsite, sponsoring programming, and enhancing attendees’ NeoCon experience through creative activations and hosted amenities.
NeoCon partners with the top media organizations in the industry. Maximize your company’s visibility before, during and after NeoCon by advertising with our 2018 media partners.
If you receive any type of solicitation from Oser Communications regarding a “NeoCon Hospitality and Design Show Daily”—please note that this publication is in no way affiliated with NeoCon and will not be distributed through us or onsite at NeoCon/The Mart in any way.
Interior Design Official Show Daily & Directory
Interior Design, assures brand placement in front of the entire industry during this key product introduction cycle.
The Official NeoCon Directory, produced by Interior Design, is the official guide to NeoCon distributed onsite to all attendees during the show. The Official NeoCon Directory is the only publication that provides attendees with exhibitor locations, floor plans and seminar details.
The Show Daily 1, 2, 3 is the definitive news and product source published each day at NeoCon. The Show Dailies are distributed at the show and shared with the top 100 Giant firms. Let Interior Design know about programs, product presentations, parties, exhibitions, or special event you are hosting during NeoCon.
Interior Design maximizes a brand’s exposure and gives them the Edge at NeoCon with SELECT, the most comprehensive and effective way to drive specifiers to a showroom/booth. Interior Design gets designers to visit SELECT showrooms and booths with on-site signage, lead generator program, and in-book branding in May, Spring Market Tabloid, Official NeoCon Show Directory, and NeoCon Official Show Dailies.
Official Neocon® Product Preview by Contract
This supplement within the May issue will provide more than 40,000 focused commercial design professionals with an informative first look at dozens of cutting-edge products that will be introduced at NeoCon, interviews with design leaders and a glimpse at Chicago attractions. Produced and edited by Contracts’ experienced editorial team, this exclusive new opportunity is your platform to showcase your products to members of the design community, including the readers of Contract magazine and NeoCon registrants while they are pre-planning their NeoCon experience.
This year, Metropolis launches a new publication, Specify, with a NeoCon50 Special Edition. Specify will help architects and designers identify the best new products across workplace, hospitality, healthcare, education, and residential design. It will be poly-bagged with the June issue to reach 52,000+ subscribers, and 13,000+ copies will be distributed at NeoCon. Specify is a take-home from the fair that can be used throughout the year as a handy reference for specifiers and decision makers, helping them make the right choices in products, custom manufacturing, and partnerships.
Design Milk Jobs
Get 50% off your first job listing on Design Milk’s new Job Board using code NEOCON18 —> designmilkjobs.com. Design Milk’s mission has always been to share great design with the world, and wants to continue helping designers and brands grow. Their new Design Milk Job Board is an extension of this mission—allowing designers, architects and other creatives to find the help that they need, or to find the right opportunity that will enable them to grow and hone their craft. Post a job or find an opportunity at designmilkjobs.com
Architectural Record Special Expanded Preview: NeoCon 2018
To celebrate NeoCon, for its 50th edition, Architectural Record's June issue will include a special expanded preview of NeoCon 2018. This editorial feature will include information on new product offerings that will be previewed at the show. Some of the products highlighted include products for the workplace, finishes and furnishings.
Maximize your exposure by advertising in this highly anticipated issue.
Effective public relations can strengthen and complement the sales and marketing strategies you implement to promote your presence at NeoCon®.
Our PR firm, Novità Communications, is here to help you gain exposure for your brand and product. They will be hosting hundreds of media outlets at the show and work in advance of the show to promote it and its exhibitors through print, digital and social media outlets. Please be sure to alert Novità if you are launching a new product, celebrating a milestone, etc. In addition, please let them know if you are planning any media events in your showroom or booth during NeoCon.
You can reach Novità by emailing email@example.com. If an outside PR firm is handling your media relations, kindly forward this information to them. Please feel free to reach out to Novità (full team info below) with any questions or concerns.
Novità Communications 277 Broadway Suite 201 New York, NY 10007 212.528.3160
PRESS OPPORTUNITIES Exhibitors are strongly encouraged to be a part of both the on-site and online NeoCon 2018 Press Rooms. The online Press Room is especially important as it allows the media to collect images and info for use in pre-show coverage.
Pre-Show Upload your press releases here. You can upload product images through your exhibitor profile here. Remember, the more information we have before the show, the more we can publicize your activities.
At the Show From June 11-13, 2018 more than 300 local, national and international media members are expected to visit the onsite NeoCon Press Room at The Mart. To take advantage of this powerful audience and gain maximum media exposure, you are invited to display your press kits (*please see “important notes” section regarding press kits) in the on-site Press Room. We suggest you also keep a few kits in your booth, in case a journalist comes by.
If you would like press kits displayed in the onsite NeoCon Press Room throughout the show, please send no more than 60 press kits by June 1 to. Press kits that do not include "Exhibitor Name-NeoCon Press Kit" on outside packaging will not be accepted:
EXHIBITOR NAME-NeoCon Press Kit
The Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
*Please note that this year, the on-site press room will NOT be open for press kit drop off on Sunday, June 10th. Please have all press kits shipped to the show at the address below for delivery before Wednesday, June 6th. If you foresee that you are not able to pre-ship press kits, please email Novita and let us know so we can make other arrangements.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT PRESS KITS
*We receive several packages each day leading up to NeoCon. In order to ensure your press kits are accounted for exterior packaging must be CLEARLY LABELED WITH EXHIBITOR’S COMPANY NAME AND “NEOCON PRESS KITS.”
*Be sure to clearly mark your company name, floor and showroom/space number on each press kit. Please see the press kit FAQ section for more information.
*We highly suggest lightweight press kits – digital kits are the new norm. Examples include:
– A branded USB drive containing electronic, labeled copies of releases, images and any other promotional materials.
– A postcard listing the web address where the file is being hosted. This way the journalists can take something with them to remember you – and you can update this file all the way to the time of the show — or even afterwards.
*NeoCon (MMPI) is not responsible for lost or stolen press kits.
*Please pick up your remaining press kits by 5 p.m. on June 13. Press kits that are not picked up by 5 p.m. will be recycled.
PRESS KIT FAQS
What is a press kit? A press kit is an information packet conveniently assembled for the media to review. Most members of the media prefer to receive a press kit on a USB drive. These are easier for them to carry and are more eco-friendly than paper kits. Many exhibitors are choosing to host their press releases on a secure area of their website and will provide a web address to the media to access.
What goes into a press kit? A press kit usually consists of the following: *Labeled press release[s]/news release[s] *Labeled, low-res images (72 dpi) with a note indicating that high-resolution images (300 dpi/print quality) are available upon request. This way you can monitor who is using the images. *Company fact sheet/brief company history *Company brochures (where appropriate)
What is a press release/news release? A press release or news release [interchangeable terms] is a brief announcement, which contains newsworthy material. “News” is the operative word. Explain the new and innovative aspects or benefits of your product. In other words, it must contain some information a journalist would want to let other people know about. A release is written in the style of an article [in the third person]. This means that parts of – or the whole – release could be used “as is” in a publication. It can conclude with a “boiler plate, ” which is a background paragraph on your company. The first page always includes the date, contact name, title and phone number for people to call with questions, or if they need more information. Press releases are usually one to two pages in length.
Is it necessary to put our company’s name and booth number on every press kit? Yes. If a journalist picks up your kit and readily sees the booth number on it, he or she saves time by not having to look up the location in the show directory.
Should a product sample be enclosed? If you are a fabric or wall coverings manufacturer, for example, you may choose to add a small piece of the material in or with the press kit. It is not necessary, though.
Should past articles be included in the kit? It is wonderful to show clients and colleagues press coverage. However, we advise not including editorial articles on press kits, as they may pose a conflict to journalists working for competing outlets.
A customizable, NeoCon-branded email is available to exhibitors to share showroom/booth details with clients and customers. The email template provides space to add images, logos and copy to make it specially tailored to your showroom/booth. This template will be available in early March. If you do not receive this, please contact Brooke Maher firstname.lastname@example.org
NeoCon can provide 1X use of a NeoCon attendee list either pre-show OR post-show.
*Email or direct mail piece must be sent to attendee list through a 3rd party mail house *Records pulled are only those who have opted into 3rd party mailings. *$150 minimum order ($75/thousand addresses).
The pre-show list will contain 2017 NeoCon attendee data. The post-show list will contain 2018 NeoCon attendee data and will be available approximately 2 weeks after the show. Post-show lists are available to NeoCon exhibitors until November of the same year.
Attendee list questions? Contact Elizabeth Terry with our 3rd party mail house, Precision Dialogue Direct: Elizabeth.Terry@precisiondialogue.com | 773.745.7923
Promote Your Participation at NeoCon
Let the A&D community and your clients know you are a part of NeoCon.
The NeoCon marketing team must approve all artwork or copy where the NeoCon logo and/or name is being used for exhibitor marketing purposes. Email proof to Lindsey Martin at email@example.com
June 11-13, 2018 | The Mart, Chicago
NeoCon® is the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. Since NeoCon launched in 1969, it has served as the annual gathering place for the commercial design world’s manufacturers, dealers, architects, designers, end-users, design organizations and media. NeoCon will feature game-changing products and services from both leading companies and emerging talent--providing unparalleled access to the latest and most innovative solutions in commercial design.
Enter a Competition
Now in its 29th year, the iconic and prestigious Best of NeoCon Awards continue to honor the best new commercial interiors products in the industry. These products are introduced to the market in 42 categories ranging from Architectural Products to Workplace Technologies. Over 45 jurors comprised of interior designers, architects, and facilities management professionals, review hundreds of products before NeoCon begins. Throughout the show, Best of NeoCon entrants’ and winners’ showrooms and exhibitor booths will be recognized with Best of NeoCon signage and promoted in the Best of NeoCon Guides distributed to all NeoCon attendees, on The Grand Stair projection screen at The Mart and in all relevant online and social campaigns.
Interior Design's HiP at NeoCon Awards is a recognition program Honoring Industry People and Innovative Products. This unique initiative honors commercial industry pioneers and achievement in product applications. Entries are submitted by and voted on by the A&D community. Winners and Honorees will be announced live at an exclusive event held at The Mart on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Submissions will open April 1, 2018 at idhipawards.com
Each year, Metropolis editors seek out the top designs in a viral awards program known as Metropolis Likes. Metropolis Likes NeoCon is announced live via Metropolismag.com, Twitter, and Instagram, to a combined audience of 200,000 followers. Images of the winning product designs, product names, and short descriptions are included in the announcements. Winning entries will receive a custom designed award, delivered in person at NeoCon 2018.
Check Back for Submission Details
Sponsored by BUILDINGS Magazine Entry Deadline: May 11, 2018
Exclusively for NeoCon exhibitors, Product Innovations highlights the latest interior products that enhance the efficiency and sustainability of commercial buildings. This award program covers flooring, seating, lighting, walls and partitions, acoustics, furniture, and restrooms.
IIDA and Contract Magazine will honor outstanding permanent showrooms and booth design based on originality of design, visual impact, and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting and graphics in showrooms and exhibition booths at NeoCon 2018. Winners will be featured in Contract magazine, and on IIDA.org.
Permanent NeoCon showrooms in the Merchandise Mart and exhibition booths are eligible to participate in two categories – showrooms less than 4,000 sq. ft./equal to or greater than 4,000 sq. ft. and booths less than 400 sq. ft./equal to or greater than 400 sq. ft. Winners will be featured in Contract magazine, and on IIDA.org.
Plan an Event
*You are required to fill out the Event/Meeting Notification Form if you will be hosting an event in your showroom or booth during or after show hours. Distributing promotional materials in all common areas, corridors and lobbies of The Mart and the 350 West Mart Plaza building is PROHIBITED without prior permission from Show Management.
Are you hosting a Showroom or Booth party? Will you be having giveaways, contests or other attractions in your space during NeoCon? If so, let us know and receive complimentary promotion on the NeoCon Web site and the opportunity to invite thousands of prospective attendees. Fill in the ‘Event Promotions’ section in your Exhibitor Profile and, once approved, it will be displayed on NeoCon.Com
The momentum at NeoCon will be in full swing on Monday night with showroom celebrations on floors 3, 10 and 11. Browse new products and connect with all of your colleagues and friends from the industry in select showrooms.
Enjoy afternoon cocktails, conversations and connections when the NeoCon energy and festivities move onto the 7th floor Exhibit Hall. Attendees will gather with A&D professionals while exploring hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.