To Rich or Eric
There was less hype. It was almost quiet.
I was wondering if you felt that and if you think that this is a hiccup for 2006 or an ongoing trend?
I think it was just the venue. Because CES is in the same place, and a lot of the same people go to both shows, people might have been subconsciously comparing it to that. CES is so insane, and CTIA is so much smaller, that of course it's going to feel small.
It's also a huge convention center, (it has to be to handle CES,) so CTIA was fairly spread out in the large space, giving it an empty feeling. I definitely noticed wider aisles, etc. compared to CES, and past CTIA shows.
But maybe a better yardstick was the press events. Those are in the same types of ballrooms not matter the city, and even they felt like there was less attendance than past years (by both companies ...
Just at CTIA, I met with STA people, Publicis people, and Samsung Electronics people from Korea. Separate meetings. It was weird.
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