Originally Posted by JeffDM
CES is not dead yet. A reduction in attendence for one year isn't necessarily the cancellation of a show, it's definitely possible, but I hope people don't just give up like fatalists. It isn't over until the fat lady sings, and I didn't hear her sing just yet.
I'm not giving up, it's just fact. Look at Interop and Comdex. CES just took longer because it's got more industries involved in it, but they have been coasting on momentum for a few years now. This economy will take that momentum away. Once attendance starts to spiral, it becomes a self-fullfilling prophecy.
Why do you think IDG is handing out passes for next years MacWorld like crazy?
Just the way these things work....
Times are tough for the industry, but that's nothing new, what did CES look like in the middle of the dot bomb?
This is a little different - the web is far more established then back then and unlike the dot bomb the current economic influencers are across all industries.
it's still a good way to find and make business connections and network.
Sure it is - I'm a firm believer in "pressing the flesh". But it's also very expensive - expenses that are easy to target and eliminate (see this years attendance).
At least for me, relying on the web for everything leads to a bit of a tunnel vision, I've found shows to be useful to see who else is out there, in terms of all the vendors, big and small, and to see who the customers are, and to get exposed to the broader industry.
I don't think CES is out next year, but I think the era of the mega show (and CES as we knew it) is over - Interop is hanging on, but instead of filling the main convention center, it's off in smaller ones like the Mandelay Bay convention center. I was in Vegas for the Microsoft Management Summit last year (at the Venetian) and went over to Interop for an afternoon - it was a sad shadow of it's former self