This year's Digital Dealer Conference & Expo will be held in Tampa, and you could say we're pretty excited. In a city with perfect weather, there's plenty to see and do. It can be overwhelming, exhausting and crazy all at the same moment. So, we have prepared our ready list to get the most out of Digital Dealer this year and enjoy all the little things too!
Top 10 Ready List:
1. Have a copy of all the sessions — either the Digital Dealer app or a print out.
These are often in your welcome bags, but just in case, you don't want to miss out on a great session. So plan ahead, map out the sessions you want to attend and have it handy at the show.
2. Keep your day full of variety.
Speaking of sessions, a word of advice: don’t plan sessions covering the same topic during the same day. We’ve heard the stories in the past where “Today I'm going to go to all digital marketing sessions and see what everyone is doing great out there.” By noon, you're overloaded and ready to run for the hills -- or the beach.
3. Know the expo hall layout.
With so many vendors, it can become mission impossible. It's best to plan ahead for each day and tackle what you are looking for most. The thought of visiting all the booths, finding out who has what new product, new innovation, new tech or just a new company in general can be tiresome in itself. Save yourself the headache and take a peek at the Expo hall floor plan now!
There is nothing worse than planning to stop at the kiosks setup and discovering that there's no food left. Power up with bananas, fiber or protein bars, as well as other quick snacks that you can have hidden in your bag. Water too! Save yourself the hassle of waiting in line in the morning before sessions trying to get a coffee or water.
5. Water. Lots of it.
Digital Dealer is a lot of walking, even if you don’t realize it. Stay hydrated. It will also help for after show activities.
6. Divide and conquer.
If you are traveling with a team, divide up the ideas, sessions and booths to get the most out of each day. If you are traveling alone, make sure you download all the presentation decks after the show to revisit anything you might not have remembered or were unable to attend.
7. Charge Up!
Find your vendor that has a booth and take a break there while charging up your devices. Don’t leave the hotel without a full charge as plugs are hard to come by, or get yourself one of those power banks so you can charge on the go!
Switch up your shoes each day to save your feet from all the walking on concrete and standing. Or, grab a pair of those inserts.
9. Take a break in Hyde Park.
Experience the relaxing side of Tampa in Hyde Park with nice shops, popular restaurants and plenty of trees to recharge your batteries under. Plus, you won’t want to miss the Key Lime Creme Brûlée from Timpano. Trust us.
10. Explore the Florida Aquarium.
Take a walk on the wild side and admire more than 20,000 aquatic animals and plants at the Florida Aquarium. From sharks and stingray touch tanks to penguins and a wild dolphin cruise, there's always something new to see.
Whatever your cup of tea is, Tampa is not going to disappoint. The convention this year will be one to remember, follow these tips to get the most out of your experience. Enjoy the show!