Multiple emails are sent throughout the year to past and current show Sponsors and Exhibitors letting them know of the important dates for registration and deadlines. If you have never participated in METROCON, simply go to this website’s Home page and enter your name and email address in the Exhibitor category under our “Want to hear from us?” section in the website footer.
If our emails never made it into your inbox, it could be that your provider or company has the spam settings extra high and they are landing there. When sending out these emails, we take extra measures to do everything possible not to land in recipients' junk mail folders by not breaking spam rules, but, unfortunately, as every internet service provider and corporation is different, we cannot control what ultimately goes through. Please ask your I.T. Department to make sure that all emails from @metrocon.info - specifically firstname.lastname@example.org - come through and/or sign up (see the Q&A directly above) to receive information about METROCON using an email address with Gmail, Yahoo, etc.
Except for show Sponsors who purchase booths prior to the initiation of online registration, Exhibitors do not have the option to choose the location of their booth(s). Exhibitor requests for assignments will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed. This is the method we have used for the 14 years that we have put on this show.
The process is actually a complicated puzzle because the Committee of volunteers takes care to look at...
- requested booth location (first come, first served)
- how many booths one has and/or the combination of booth levels purchased and/or the configuration requested - i.e. 4 booths as a 10'x40' vs. 4 booths as a 20'x20' (because any combo of these 3 things may automatically determine a location)
- proximity to competitors (most companies do not want to next to or across from their competition)
Look, we want our Exhibitors to be happy or else they won't come back. Luckily, if you compare our Exhibitor lists from year-to-year, you will find a large percentage of returning Exhibitors, which we feel speaks volumes.
No, you do not. We do not have an application process. We simply ask that you are a company that has products and services catering to our audience of Interior Designers, Architects, Specifiers, Facility Managers, Real Estate Professionals, Interior Design Students & other Essential Industry Members catering to the built environment. If we think that you are not a good fit for our audience, we will let you know.
Yes, we do, and the service is completely optional. Lead retrieval will be handled through a third party vendor that will allow you to choose whether you want to use a lead retrieval app with your own mobile device(s) – for use with a QR code on Attendee badges – or to use a Prospect Tracker “gun” – for use with a bar code on Attendee badges – in order to free up your mobile device to use for other tasks. Find information on our Exhibitor Resources page.
We do not share our pre-registration list in the weeks leading up to the show, but about 2-3 weeks after the show all Exhibitors and Sponsors will receive an Excel file containing the list of Attendees' names, addresses, email addresses (unless an Attendee chooses to opt-out on sharing his or her email address), and self-declared design practice areas. When the list is ready, an email will go out to the email address you used when you purchased your booth.
Exhibitors with Mobile Display Units must move in three days before the show starts (Monday). Event Sponsors who are also exhibiting are allowed to start moving in two days before the show starts (Tuesday). All other Exhibitors may start moving in on Wednesday morning, and every Exhibitor must be completely moved out by 12:00 PM the Saturday after the show. (See the Exhibitor Resources page for exact dates/times.)
Move-in and move-out is to be done through the dock doors located in the northeast side of the building. This is to protect all Exhibitors and their products from theft. In the past, we have used a “shift” move-in and found this arrangement to be more of a hindrance than a help to Exhibitors.
No, you should not register anyone who is strictly there to set up and tear down as an Exhibitor Booth Worker or as an Attendee. Before they move anything, however, they are required to check in at the Exhibitor Registration Desk and will be given a wrist band that they must wear during set up and tear down.
You cannot use your own workers when motorized equipment - e.g., a pallet jack, forklift, etc. - is required, but you can use your own workers to do everything else - i.e., load and unload your truck, move items in and out with non-motorized equipment, set up and dismantle your booth, etc. In other words, if you require motorized equipment, then you will need to use the General Services Contractor.
No, if your company’s own employees will be setting up / tearing down your booth, you do not have to file an EAC (Exhibitor Appointed Contractor) form with the General Services Contractor (GSC).
There are no existing electrical outlets that you can just plug into, so you will need to order electricity via Expresso, GES's online ordering portal, which you can find on the Exhibitor Resources page. On average, electricity costs around $75 per 5 amp outlet. The electrical contractor will set-up service in your booth and provide the outlet, and you will need to bring your own extension cord if you think that your equipment cords won't be long enough within your booth.
Yes. Once you are on-site, use your device to check for networks and chose “Market Hall” as your network. Note that you can use your own cellular-based hot-spot in Market Hall if desired, but signals (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) vary and are not guaranteed.
If you want to offer anything other than candy (branded or not), then you must coordinate directly with Levy Catering, the official caterer of Dallas Market Center: Jennifer Aswegan, Catering Sales Manager – 214.749.5493 | email@example.com. Please know that due to the alcohol permit Levy Catering holds with TABC [Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission], exhibitors are not allowed to bring ANY alcohol on the premises, even if it is sealed and will not be consumed on-site.
Booth giveaways are always a good way to attract Attendees. The main restriction we have on giveaways relates to food and beverages. (Please reference the question above.) If you would like for us to promote your giveaway before the show on social media, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide details about what you are giving away and how attendees may enter (if applicable).
No. For a variety of reasons, the Committee of volunteers does not allow exhibitors to sell items from their booths. You may take orders, but we ask that no monetary transactions take place at the show.
Our affordable continuing education is a major draw for Attendees. Each year the Committee of volunteers evaluates the previous year’s CEU schedule, as well as reviews Exhibitor and Attendee post-show feedback, and works hard to balance the time the Attendees are in class versus the time they are on the trade show floor. This is a work in progress, and each year it seems to work better.
Absolutely not. As you can imagine, every year the Committee of volunteers works extremely hard organizing such a large undertaking to benefit exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees. Every action that we make must support the overall health of the show and be for the benefit of those who have invested their time and money to make the show a success. It is due to this thoughtful care and consideration that the show is as successful as it is today.
Taking your clients / customers away from the show during show hours definitely does not benefit the overall health of METROCON in any way. If the Committee starts allowing participants and non-participants to chip away at the show, then soon the show will weaken and, ultimately, may not exist at all, which would be to the detriment of the entire design community as a whole.
Please try to consider if the roles were reversed. In other words, if a vendor – whether or not they were exhibiting – took attendees away from the trade show floor during show hours while you were exhibiting at the show, would that upset you and/or seem fair after you had committed your time and money to support the show, and would you resent the actions of that vendor? We think that the answer is YES, and we do not want to risk a) alienating all of our committed Exhibitors and Sponsors, b) alienating your industry peers against you, c) opening up the flood gates for future events such as these.
Simply hold your event outside of official trade show hours, which you can find on our Schedule page. In fact, Exhibitor & Sponsors - if you let us know about your event being held outside of official trade show hours, then we'll even promote it on this website.