Sara Malo joined MailCon as Director of Sponsor & Exhibitor Success this September with the mission to apply her experience to help shape the event’s transition into a standalone omnichannel conference. She’s since led the company’s sales, client success, and business development initiatives, making strategic changes and forming partnerships with industry leaders and companies.
In this Q&A, Malo covers a scope of questions about her experience, the marketing events industry, as well as what attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and preferred partners should expect ahead of MailCon 2022, which is set to take place from Jan. 11 to 13 at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
MailCon is implementing multiple strategies that will make the conference in January the best one yet. With that in mind, we have designed and executed a complete white-glove strategy and experience that will address the marketing and networking needs of every single person that enters our event.
We have launched campaigns to carefully search, connect with, and invite qualified and skilled professionals to speak at our event. With qualified outreach and a business-nurturing environment, we will help our partners expand their industry knowledge and establish profitable relationships with their target audiences.
MailCon is making significant changes in practice ahead of our first standalone conference in January. We have doubled the floor plan in our exhibit hall, where we will offer separated tracks based on content and niche type. This will provide our attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors the room and opportunity to mingle with industry leaders and learn about new updates and grasp fresh business development opportunities.
MailCon 2022 will also feature an entire second day of content, along with two exhibition days. We have added more branding and sponsorships and more exposure while marketing to qualified attendees. With a fully hands-on experience, our attendees are set to leave our event feeling inspired, positive, and ready to grow their partnerships and business.
Due to the vastness of our event, there’s a lot a MailCon first-timer can learn and do to maximize their experience. Here are some essential first steps:
In future conferences, we will have mentorship programs where we will pair first-time attendees with MailCon veterans. We will also introduce a meeting forum where everyone can go and set up meetings with other attendees ahead of the conference.
The action plan is very similar for everyone: plan, network, and follow up with your connections. As an event organizer for many events, I can say that events are what you make of them. With a positive and driven attitude, it’s incredible what you can learn at a conference and take back with you.
You should also set goals for yourself and your team while at MailCon because we will be hosting one of the most spectacular and informational events the email marketing field has seen yet.
Accessibility has always been one of our top priorities at MailCon, which is why we’ve tailored our conference model to be affordable to exhibit, sponsor, and attend. At the same time, we still present our preferred partners with a quality event and endless growth opportunities.
We’ve added a second day to our conference, doubled on content and exhibit hall, and designed fully-approachable options for attendance and exhibition that will also help us grow our preferred partners’ list.
I’ve been in the marketing conference industry for over 20 years, and almost half of that has been in business development for our industry events. During that time, I learned that email marketing is not going anywhere, nor is omnichannel marketing.
One of the biggest things that drew me to email is its versatility. I know that there’s no abandoning email because people always prefer to receive messages in their inboxes, despite all other forms of communication currently out there. I see fantastic growth potential with MailCon, especially as we continue to venture out as a standalone omnichannel marketing event that stands for more than just a regular conference, but rather an empowering movement for all. Growth is our keyword.
Technology is constantly changing in this space, and it feels like staying in the now is a job of its own. The pandemic was also a game-changer for those of us working in the event industry, as it forced everyone to come up with new and innovative alternatives to remain connected during those divisive times.
In a way, the industry is still trying to get back to a semi-normal event routine while we also do our best to keep everyone safe and protected. This pandemic-induced reality is the new norm for everyone in the B2B event space, but everyone has done a great job at huddling together to develop safe ways to do in-person business.
While I have worked remotely for over ten years, the work from home model didn’t gain much traction until the pandemic forced everyone to go remote. As expected, a lot of companies are still navigating through this process. But unlike other industries, ours was hugely successful during the pandemic due to loyalty because most of our conversations with our global networks mostly happen online. In such a short time, everyone in the events industry has learned to host entirely virtual conferences, which is nothing short of remarkable.
But despite pandemic-related challenges, the goal has remained to produce high-quality outcomes for all aspects of the events we put out, regardless of how we host them. I see that people are more inclined and excited to travel and attend in-person events now more than ever. It’s almost like the pandemic gave us a refresher, and now people are coming back very excited.
MailCon 2022 is scheduled from Jan. 11 to 13 at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Follow this link to learn more about the event or to register for the event.
Want to take your experience even further? Don’t miss out on the exclusive opportunity to exhibit at one of MailCon’s tabletop booths and other exhibit spaces. Contact MailCon’s Director of Sponsor & Exhibitor Success Sara Malo, or visit our Sponsors & Exhibitors page for more information.
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