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Old 24 November 2008, 06:43   #21
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Thats all for now, hopefully get some of the RIB Zone tommorrow once all the boats are in. Ribs have pride of place just inside the front door.
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Ooooh thats a nice looking rib...
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Things are starting to take shape
How have you managed to take such small pix?
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How have you managed to take such small pix?
Looks like a camera phone but I would like larger pics too!!!
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Camera Phone

Yes they are from a camera phone, sent down by the advance party yesterday (Monday). The rest of the team went up this morning to finish build up. If any one of them have a better camera we wil get you some bigger pics if not you are going to have to visit the show to see for your selves.

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Popped in today for a couple of hours was suprised how small the show was as its only 1 hall this year mainly due to none of the big boys (sunseeker, fairline etc) being there . However most of what I wanted to see was there and the RIB zone at the entrance was good to see. Everyone very freindly and easy to talk to. I prefer this show to excel, much more down to earth !
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I visited the Show
RIB zone - most stands deserted and those there just seemed interested in chatting to their mates so definately low key sales technigues employed
Redbay literature didnt include price lists and representatives preferred to chat on the phone rather than engage potential clients
Racing powerboat area deserted and no info
Round Britain Rib Rally 2010 no-one seemed to have a clue about it on the Scorpion stand
Compared to Excel there is little to entice anyone imho and quite frankly i do not know the relevance of this Show or who it is really aimed at
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sounds just like last year
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Amazing how 2 people can have such a different experience of the show.

The show is quiet, a lot quieter than organisers and exhibitors would like it to be, however this is surely good for buyers. I canít comprehend shoppers that like to shop at busy times and be in the middle of a huge Saturday crowd.

I know a few of the stands got fed up as yesterday evening (no excuse but itís a long day exhibiting 1000-2100) as it was pretty empty and wandered of leaving their stand unmanned. I fully agree they let the show down and themselves down.

Today on all accounts seems to have been somewhat busier. Although the footfall has been low, Iíve processed more credit card sales than our daily average at the Southampton show.

I think to try and compare it with Excel you looking at a different beast. Credit Crunch/recession whatever you want to call it reduces foot fall.

However location is location whatever anyone says, Earlís Court is better for most people. Excel is stuck in the middle of no where. Indoor pool, more features, nicer venue (in my opinion), only on for one weekend. These are all plus features for exhibitors and visitors alike.

So the big motor boats are not there, lets be honest some of these companies could not afford to be there anyway but whose buying them anyway.

I hope for the sake of the show more people visit this weekend, Saturday is traditionally the busier day, however if we keep to todayís sales figures for the next two days I will be content.
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Like most blokes I do not like shopping,worse still I hate shopping in crowds, my philosophy is to be spend as little time in such emporiums. I do however like boys toys, so my main point was the Show was quiet so why weren't sales people/representatives of the exhibitors utilising that opportunity and talking to potential clients instead of chatting to mates/ and being on the phone. Granted being at a show for 4 days can be tedious but surely there were opportunities.
I do not include the Radio Caroline stand in that summary as these guys seemed to be the most enthusiastic and had plenty of time for the public. Interestingly in my observation they also seemed to be the busiest.
This also not a dig at your stand Doug -Hope you have a busy weekend
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