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ECRM® MarketGate applications and EPPS™ events have become an essential part of the way many companies do business - hear what some of our clients are saying about ECRM® and our events in their own words.
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Cosmopolitan International Consulting:
"Excellent organization. Outstanding quality of the attendees. Excellent quality/price ratio. We sincerely believe that this event will bring several business opportunities in the future."
Pierre De Agostini
"Over the past eight years I've attended many trade show events, presenting Crayola® and Silly Putty® products to customers across various channels. I'm happy to report that ECRM-run events consistently exceed my high expectations. Partnership with ECRM has been extremely advantageous to Crayola® business opportunities. Here is just a sampling of the vital support they provide. * Presenting new products to current and new customers * Securing customer commitments and/or follow-up meetings * Collecting customer feedback on products and services * Helping with sell through of closeout items * Management and scheduling appointments with valued potential clients * Ensuring easy set-up of presentation rooms or booths * Providing expert support and maintenance of website information. Perhaps what makes ECRM an outstanding leader in their field is a corporate culture that is guided by strong business values, including integrity, objectivity, partnership, innovation and high performance. Naturally, not all customers purchase new Crayola® products, but ECRM expertise gives Crayola® the best opportunity to achieve our greatest sales potential."
"ECRM has provided our senior-level sales, marketing and category management executives with a forum to meet with a great group of retailers from all channels of trade in a category-focused format."
Nipro Diagnostics, Inc.:
"ECRM really gave our company a strong foundation in its early stages to make sure we saw the right customers at the right time throughout the year. We will continue to expand because our attendance provides us with consistent exposure from the senior management level to make sure that we are executing. I highly recommend attending an ECRM show for anyone considering it."
Vogue International Inc:
"By attending ECRM International EPPS, Vogue International was provided a conduit to expand our distribution throughout Europe and Asia, something that would have been difficult to replicate had we not participated. ECRM provides a great platform for manufacturers and retailers from around the globe to meet and build potential long term business partnerships, and as a result of our meeting(s) in Athens, I have already put the show into our budget for 2010."
“You can really get a lot accomplished in such a short period of time. Although we can get in front of these big guys we are meeting with outside of ECRM, it is MUCH more focused and decisions are actually made during these meetings at the shows. It really gives you a chance to learn and get in front of the niche guys. With the big guys, it gives you amo to follow- up as ECRM is very well-recognized by the major players in the industry.”
SpecialMade Good & Services:
"By attending EPPS, we actually were able to bring to market an innovative product that there was no way some of the large retailers would have taken our calls. When they saw the product at EPPS, it just popped and the next thing you know, there was national distribution. If you did not have this event, it would still be sitting on the drawing board and would never have got off the ground!"
"These events are an excellent opportunity to see several quality contacts, with little effort, in one convenient location. We can meet with the buyers in a relaxed and friendly environment. Additionally, ECRM provides so much valuable information to make things easier for us to prepare and follow-up."
"My company has attended 3 ECRM events, and 80 percent of our distribution is a direct result of participating in these meetings. Unlike a typical tradeshow, ECRM provides manufacturers the opportunity to meet with a large number of focused decision makers who are looking to grow their categories. EPPS events are a very efficient way to grow your business, listen to new ideas and network with other manufacturers. The staff really cares about their clients. With ECRM, you don’t feel like the company is just looking to fill the exhibition floor and make money. It is a true partnership.”
Adams Respiratory Therapeutics:
“Prior to attending ECRM, the company was at $14 million in sales. The company is now at over $250 million. We went public and raised over $120 million dollars; stock went up from the teens to over $40 per share. I attribute it all to ECRM attendance.”
"We have been attending ECRM shows for three years now and each year, we meet with significant buyers that make decisions while we are at the show. We have added several new customers that have led to our products being available in hundreds of stores. The time here is used very efficiently, we have three full days and every minute is used and is valuable."
Good Groceries Company Inc.:
“An EPPS event is a great investment. The fee we paid for registration here does not even compare to the $100,000 it would have cost us if we had visited each of the buyers at their offices, factoring in meals, lodging, entertainment, not to mention time out of the office. There’s nothing better than this type of show. We love the low-key atmosphere; meeting with major players: company owners and direct decision makers. In addition, pre-event software allows you to prepare and plan to go after certain accounts. It's a great format to develop products and build relationships with major players across the industry.”
Marty Sokoloff & Denny Arsene
Maui Babe™ Sun Care Products :
“ECRM events are the most effective way to sustain profitable business relationships with a large number of retailers at one place and time. The platform of the shows facilitate the best way to get in front of decision makers, ultimately eliminating follow-up office visits and saving thousands of dollars collectively to meet with each individual buyer. ”
Bunky Mar, Inc.:
“In the promotional health and beauty care category, ECRM is “the” meeting place for manufacturers and retailers. At other trade events, it’s more of an exhibition and you hope that buyers will stop by your booth. At ECRM, you are guaranteed planning sessions with qualified buyers. I have been attending ECRM shows for over 10 years and I have not found a selling format that provide this type of one-on-one interaction, enabling us to form new partnerships without traveling all over the country. I have successfully launched several new brands using these events. In addition, ECRM offers excellent socializing opportunities that enable attendees to really get to know each other on a more personal level. At ECRM, you feel like you are selling to your friends.”
"ECRM is a top notch organization, and I am already looking forward to next year’s show...Although I have been a brand manager for many years, I have always worked for large companies, and have never attended an ECRM show. I found the show to be very well organized and productive. Having everything in one hotel--meals, lodging and meetings, made it easy, and reduced the time spent getting around."
Amigos Canning Co:
First I want to thank you and the ECRM team for providing a GREAT show. All was planned to the best. I have participated in many selling shows over the years; I have been in the Business over 25 years. The ECRM show made it possible to show case all of my company’s capabilities and products in a organized time frame.
“ECRM is valuable. Very efficient use of time. Allows us to accomplish in 3 days in what would normally take 6 months. Handles the initial part of the sales process and moves right to the follow-up. Such a time saver. A lot of success because this was the second meeting. Closed 5 - 6 from last year, expect to close more this year. That adds credibility.”
XMI PTE LTD:
“We choose to attend ECRM to reconnect with past dealers and introduce new dealers to our award winning products. It is a great venue to make personal connections as well by having the ability to meet multiple decision makers in a controlled and comfortable environment. ECRM staff members go above & beyond to meet our expectations.”
Emerge Technologies, Inc.:
“ECRM is excellent. Best trade show I've ever participated in--the tablets provided to record real time comments and notes were SO EFFECTIVE. Well organized and a really polite, polished, positive support team.”
TP-LINK USA Corporation:
“The Electronics Retail Summit was a good event. We met a lot of customers who we already knew and we didn’t know before. Your organization was very professional.”
"The show helped expand our business by being able to see lots of customers under one roof and by having one on one time with each of them. I love the format." "ECRM provides you with a great environment for getting down to business." "The software is a great way to minimize paper and have everything you need, when you need it. Marketgate follow up will greatly benefit our company."
“We choose to attend ECRM because of the scheduled meetings and they have helped to expand our market. ECRM has helped by opening our market to get to new customers. We find the value of meeting with new companies who are not familiar with us. ECRM provides us with the ability to sit face to face with our buyers.”
Steffy Wood Products, Inc.:
“We choose to attend ECRM to meet face to face with dealers that we may not have met with at other trade show formats. The show was excellent and outstanding staff. Your company has it down pat on how to treat customers. We will be back.”
John Steffy & Eva Speaker
Dixon Ticonderoga Company:
“We choose to attend ECRM because it provides a great short meeting setting to touch base with customers all in one place. We got to meet with smaller customers who we may not have had an everyday opportunity. Buyers come to us versus carrying our products to them. We think this is a great format & time efficient program to connect with multiple customers at once.”
Rock 'N Learn, Inc.:
“At ECRM we were able to discuss expanded promotional opportunities with our existing retailers while generating interest from new retailers. It is an efficient use of time and there is less emphasis on having an elaborate booth and more emphasis on what really matters- our product. There is guaranteed traffic to our space and fun activities to ensure lots of productive networking. ECRM is a good organization and most importantly, lots of friendly/ helpful staff. We never had to wait to get an answer or have any need met. Amazing!”
McDonald Publishing Co., Inc.:
“We came to ECRM’s Educational Supplies event last year and saw unbelievable results. We find value in the great customer relations building and excellent format. The event is so organized, and is a first class event. We look forward to next year!”
Greeting Pen Company:
“The efficiency of the reverse tradeshow is far superior to the traditional model of standing in a booth in the middle of some enormous hall and waiting for someone to walk in. ECRM is different in the way that you are guaranteed face to face meetings with buyers and decision makers in the organization. The Greeting Pen was selling into this trade-class without any strategic plan to gain entrance and create relationships. The Educational Supplies event was the perfect venue to launch our products into the parent/teacher stores. The show paid for itself on the first day! Over the 3 day show we opened numerous new retail & catalog accounts.”
Publications International, Ltd:
“We attended the Educational Supplies event to introduce our company to the Education market. We find value in the one-on-one quality time with attendees, and the immediate feedback on our products. ECRM is the best in the industry to meet & share ideas with key retailers, distributors, and wholesalers.”
Falcon Safety Products:
“ECRM’s preparation and support are unparalleled. We choose to attend the Educational Supplies event as a doorway to enter the Educational Supplies channel. There has been an outstanding value for the expenditure. Our connections to the dealer, wholesaler, and catalogs were paramount.”
“With ECRM providing a one-on-one meeting structure and being able to sit down and have face to face conversations with my dealers and potential dealers there is a BIG value in attending. It has been very productive to have that personal contact.”
Westco Educational Products:
“ECRM provides focused meetings with customers. We decided to attend because of the new concept and meeting format. The time spent with each client has been priceless!”
Whitney Bros. Co.:
“We decided to attend the Educational Supplies event to secure more face time with clients, and this format has provided a good concentrated opportunity. The one-on-one meeting guarantee along with the efficiency of the meeting format and ECRM handling all of the details was perfect!”
Remedia Publications Inc:
“ECRM was well worth the expense. I could not fly and visit with each account for the cost of the show. The customer service was the best I’ve ever had and everyone was so helpful. So glad we made the decision to attend this event."
Essential Learning Products:
“I decided to attend ECRM’s Educational Supplies event after getting reports from other vendors raving about the 2011 show. With the list of dealers attending in 2012 it convinced me that I should not miss the next one. I found value in the guaranteed meetings with many key dealers, meeting new customers, and the focused agenda. We had meetings at this show with dealers that we have been trying to sell for years and this was an excellent connection.”
Clarence J. Venne, LLC:
“ECRM is probably the most appreciated show we attend. We recommend our customers to attend, especially the education customers for the new ECRM Education Supplies EPPS Show. We continue to hope ECRM would pursue a Craft Show in the near future. ECRM provides an enormous and important function for small manufacturers and retailers alike. This is probably the last of the true working shows, where manufacturers and retailers come face to face and work together. Most retailers who attend an ECRM Show usually see most all of the manufacturers participating in ECRM. The human element in retailing and sales keeps shrinking. It may be one of the reasons retailing has yet to fully recover, although we know the economy in general is not doing retail any favors to be sure. One thing being lost in the retailing industry in particular is the art of creative merchandising, and bringing new product into the stores. A sign of the times I guess, no longer are there many true merchandisers. Hopefully over time ECRM will continue to help the manufacturer’s efforts to utilize new products and creative merchandising for the retailers benefit. I see ECRM as the only show in our industry left exerting any effort to put manufacturers and retailers together to encourage this process.”
"I got in front of a lot of buyers at ECRM in a short period of time. Being a new company, launching a product, it made for a perfect venue."
"It was a great experience coming to the show. I was able to speak with major buyers and get my product into the stores."
Soleil Pet’s World Inc.:
“I just want to thank you and ECRM team for all the services that they provide to us. It was the best trade show out of all the others, which I have participated in before. It was more organized and efficient. Please let us know about upcoming ECRM shows in our categories, we would love to participate again.”
Kate Feng & Mehra Boroujerdi
"If you make the commitment to ECRM, it makes an important statement to buyers. The meetings we had would have taken a huge amount of expense and time to arrange on our own." "ECRM can provide you with organization, connections and service that other shows can't. I can’t think of any kind of service that can cover what ECRM does – show, sales company or otherwise, covering such a huge territory, on so many levels.”
"Our expectations were exceeded! Your staff was so organized--ECRM bends over backwards to make things easy and efficient. The connections made in three days would be impossible to make in a year of traveling around the country."
Sanofi-Aventis U.S., LLC:
"As an emerging company in the generic pharmaceutical space, I find ECRM to be an extremely productive meeting. It allows my company to meet with many potential and existing customers in a setting that is conducive to efficient business discussion. Additionally, with limited budgets, I am able to meet with customers face-to-face without incurring travel expenses for individual trips. Lastly, ECRM allows for excellent networking within the generic pharmaceutical space."
Novo Nordisk, Inc.:
“ECRM helps provide a stepping stone in utilizing time and meeting with many of our key customers. This meeting is very highly productive and I strongly recommend attending an ECRM show for anyone considering it."
“This was our first time attending. We used the technology ECRM provided and the experience was great, loved the event”
“This is the best event of the year.”
Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.:
“If I only had one meeting I had to go to in the year, I would go to ECRM!”
For the use of time you get the most out of it. Great for developing and continuing relationships. There is not a better show!
I have been attending the ECRM branded pharmacy event for several years. It is a great way to start the year, get feedback from our customers, develop opportunities for the coming year, and update customers on what is going on at Eisai. These meetings have always been well organized, well attended, and timely. The individuals I have dealt with at ECRM are dependable, professional, and friendly. I would highly recommend this meeting to anyone who is customer focused in the pharmaceutical industry.
Advanced Nutrient Science International:
“The ECRM Vitamin, Diet and Nutrition EPPS event is an extremely busy show. By managing the traffic flow in such a critical fashion, ECRM created an extremely focused form of communication between buyers, sellers and others. That prompted buyers (and "shoppers") to ask "only" pertinent questions. In addition, I feel it forced Buyers to make "immediate" or at least a "mental decision" regarding whether they were really interested in bringing in our products or not ... I can't tell you what an impact that had on our success.”
Tian Fine Foods/Pure Heaven Foods:
“Absolutely no complaints! The biggest expense we have made at a show, but it was worth it. We were expecting to have about to about five customers, but 90-95% of the people that we met with asked for samples and all want our products in their stores by March. At the event, our product was being talked about among other buyers. Also, the 20 minute time intervals were perfect. Not only did we gain a lot of contacts, but another benefit was that we were able to practice our sales pitch among these meetings. We were so impressed with the staff and coordinators of the event. They’re helpful, insightful, and efficient, and are always there to help you understand what’s involved.”
Esther Leong & Donna Gray
“Our team at Aqua Star was very impressed with the quality of meetings at the Fresh & Frozen Foods event. Because it was very efficient and well-attended, we had a lot of success and we’re looking forward to working with ECRM in the future.”
Andre Prost, Inc.:
"We attended the recent ECRM Candy Annual Planning event, from the moment we made that decision and with only 5 days to prepare, a bit last minute, I was scooped up by my account manager to prepare, lots of work first time around but well worth it. From the vice president of grocery, all the way across the board, his team got us set up and ready. The meetings were quick and concise, the leads have been solid and have, only 1 week after, begun to pay off. There is no question that we will attend more of these and be happy with the quality buyers that attend and the great team of people that make it happen."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing an excellent venue to meet with some really great buyers representing companies large and small to discuss our exciting product portfolio. I can think of four very good reasons why the ECRM Candy meeting has become an integral part of our plans for the past three years. The first is that we are able to speak with the buyers one on one. There is no one walking down the aisle to interrupt or anything at another booth to take someone’s attention away. Second, your MarketGate program is so complete and your staff is so competent that everything is right at your fingertips. It makes the meeting easy and follow up quick and simple. Third, the way the event is structured I had plenty of time to visit with some of the buyers who may have had a question or two that I could not answer at the time of our meeting. Finally, the post-convention support you provide is amazing. Everything that transpired during my meetings was captured and as a result it will translate into orders and wonderful opportunities for our growing company. Again my compliments for creating and conducting a fabulous convention. I look forward to the ECRM every year. I know that it’s not easy to coordinate such an event, however, all your people are so sophisticated they make it look easy. It saved me considerable time that would be spent traveling the entire country and many dollars to accomplish the same task. Thank you for your efforts on our behalf."
Premier Candle Corp.:
"I look forward to coming back for another event with ECRM. You and the entire team were outstanding. I feel that the Household and General Merchandise event is the most organized event I have participated in many years."
"As an international manufacturer, ECRM has provided us with an opportunity to reach many new accounts. They have revolutionized the Trade Show experience, meeting the needs of both buyers & sellers."
Ontario Inc o/a Chamease:
"I can’t tell you how excited I am about the Private Equity Show. I have not even finished the follow-up from the Private Equity Show -- and I am very excited to announce that yesterday I received a call from a very serious player in the DRTV industry, who met us at your New York Show. They are flying me in to meet with them. They are also flying in other members of their international corporation, to see if we can put a deal together. Talk about fast! Talk about serious – “wow”! Talk about results! ECRM is a true catalyst in the fruition of success!"
Goo Goo Cluster, LLC:
"We recently attended our first ECRM and were pleasantly surprised by how much business we actually did with influential buyers in our industry. The event was well organized and well run and I can't think of a good reason for us not to do it all again soon.”
Sunclean LLC dba DEC Green:
“I am following up with a leading convenience chain today with six senior department heads as a result of our initial ECRM Checklane show in January. Obviously, we have had many contacts since January to get us to this live Demo PowerPoint and Financial Overview opportunity as a result of meetings initiated at ECRM. Both the Checklane and Fixturing shows were excellent for DEC Green in meeting new and large chain department directors and VP's within both of these channels. This is a particularly vital function of our attendance and would recommend attendance at future shows to anybody who needs to touch these chain retailers and wholesalers.”
ImpaX Products, Inc.:
“I find ECRM to be the most efficient method of reaching decision makers I know of.”
Top Shelf Fixtures:
“I attended ECRM’s Innovations in Retail Fixturing and Checklane, Front-End, and Impulse events for the first time and found it to be an exceptional forum to generate new business. Top-Shelf Fixtures had very good meetings and the twenty minute one-on-one meetings were timed perfectly to maximize coverage of the buyers. The ECRM staff did an excellent job of managing the event and the MarketGate Mobile data base was a great resource for discussions with the buyers. We will be looking to include ECRM in our future trade event schedule.”
HealthGuard Wellness LLC:
“Health Guard attended ECRM’s Checklane, Front-End, and Impulse event for the first time and found the schedule of meetings with buyers to be very high quality. MarketGate Mobile software has been very useful for us to manage our activity at the event and assist us with follow-up. We have also participated in Vitamin, Diet, and Sports Nutrition with ECRM and will be looking into doing other ECRM events in the future.”
Dana Industries Inc.:
“In one word, ‘Fantastic!’ This was the first experience Dana Industries had with ECRM. The staff did a stellar job of organizing and managing the event. It was a very stress-free environment and Dana had great meetings with companies such as Sobeys, Delhaize, Sav-A-Lot, and H.E.B. Mexico. Dana Industries will definitely look to include ECRM in our future trade event plans.”
Wahl Clipper Corporation:
“The ECRM show is exceptional and the format one of the best.”
A & W Products Company, Inc.:
“With ECRM there is always value in opportunity. ECRM is more efficient than other trade events because access to customers is guaranteed.”
Travelpro International, Inc.:
“ECRM is very efficient. The twenty minute meetings force both teams to get to the point, yet it’s enough time to determine if there are opportunities between us to pursue later. We chose the ECRM event to get exposure to retailers we don’t normally see at other trade shows. Also, given the format, we don’t spend as much on booths and the associated shipping charges.”
G4 de México SA de CV:
“ECRM has provided the best environment possible for us. Prospects visit your suite, so they are in your territory. You can create the environment you like. Buyers are in a relaxed and open mood, which is probably the best feature about these events. Lunch breaks and social gatherings give you a chance to get to know the buyers in an even more relaxed way. ECRM team takes care of everything, so you can concentrate on selling and forget about everything else.”-
Delai Stationery & Gift Co., Ltd.:
“The reason we choose to attend the ECRM event is because it is different from other shows. Before attending we know who is attending the show, and we can well prepare for our meetings based on the information on ECRM website, this is very efficient. Secondly, ECRM provides a good follow up system through their website; Finally, ECRM's service is very good.”
Terravant Wine Company:
"We attended our first ECRM wine event last September in Napa, California. Because we registered only a few days before the event, we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare and we didn’t know what to expect. But, the event ended up being a HUGE success for us and we were completely impressed by ECRM’s format and professionalism. We were able to network with several customers during the show and business started picking up as soon as we left. Our business has shown double digit growth from the relationships that we developed at the event - our sales went through the roof! In addition, we are now the primary wine provider for a prominent, North American restaurant chain. We don’t typically attend trade shows, but ECRM’s private-meeting format is so efficient, you can’t afford not to attend! We can’t wait to see what happens at your next wine event in May. See you then!"
Gruppo Casaleone Vini:
“ECRM's Italian Food and Wine event 2011 that took place in Rome, Italy was the most productive, well organized and professional event that I have experienced in the course of my 29 years work as a wine produce.”
World's Finest Chocolate:
"I have been attending ECRM planning sessions for 3 years and I have been very pleased with the success and effectiveness of the event’s meetings. I can always be assured that both the hotel and ECRM staff will be very accommodating and professional. The customer meetings are well organized and run smoothly. We are able to meet with many retailers to discuss our products and programs that we would otherwise not be able to reach and this has substantially increased our distribution and sales.The value of bringing most of the top retailers, suppliers and industry partners together at one venue greatly improves our efficiency at planning our business throughout the year. As the confectionery industry continues to evolve and develop, the support of ECRM and the planning sessions will continue to provide our company with the opportunity to meet with the key decision makers of our customers to grow our mutual business. I will continue to attend the key planning sessions that impact our business the most and look forward to the next event."
3M Consumer Products:
"ECRM's Electronics event enabled us to create new business by meeting with buyers in the Retail Electronics industry that are difficult to see. We find these events to be the fastest way to introduce new products and meet potential distributors. Unlike other trade shows, ECRM offers a guarantee that the right people are sitting across the table that can make the decision to bring your product into their stores."
Sunrise Pharmaceutical, Inc.:
“ECRM is by far the most innovative and most effective platform to meet with potential prospects in one location. Here we are given an opportunity to meet with key decision makers in a very structured and clutter free environment, providing significant value for our investment. ECRM proved to be an exceptional event for us and it has surpassed all our expectations by leaps and bounds. The ECRM team deserves a round of applause for job well done."
"The ECRM Contract Packaging & Filling: Pharmaceuticals Event was well planned and well organized. It is the only trade show where we can have direct contact with the relevant decision makers of the contract packagers and manufacturers."
Trigen Laboratories, Inc.:
“The ECRM Contract Packaging & Filling event was very beneficial to our company. It helps us save time by being able to meet with all of our clients in a few days without traveling to numerous locations. It also assisted us in making new contacts with prospective customers that we are not currently doing business with. This is a unique event because you get a private setting to have meetings with most of the companies in the industry.”
Elexa Consumer Products:
“The Electronics Retail Summit hosted by ECRM and Levin Consulting was our best event yet. The retailers that we met with this year were engaged in conversation and willing to view each manufacturer’s products. At other events, the attendees are not required to meet with you but here, we get guaranteed meetings with each retailer in our category.”
Jeff Petras & Vicki Fil
“The Electronics Retail Summit hosted by ECRM & Levin consulting was our first ECRM event. The most important thing to say is that this format just works. We liked that you can have meaningful meetings with people, and that we could learn more about them beforehand to prepare for the meetings. The nightly dinners were really helpful overall to network and get to know people in the industry. It was extremely worthwhile to attend.”
Monique Witt & Alexander Gruber
Xttrium Laboratories, Inc:
"I just wanted to congratulate you on your “Innovator of the Year Award” and to add my personal appreciation for your innovative vision to improve the supplier/retailer buying experience. Over the past ten years, Xttrium Laboratories has generated almost $45 million in Xttrium Brand Generic Rx Oral Rinse gross sales as a direct result of ECRM result-oriented and cost-efficient conferences. Thanks to ECRM, Xttrium Brand Generic Rx Oral Rinse contributes 37% of Xttrium’s total annual sales. Today, Xttrium enjoys the largest retail market share of generic Rx oral rinse sales, because you reached for the stars and lived your dream to make ECRM a reality. In fact, the benefits from your vision also blessed our Xttrium employee’s by providing them with steady employment, major medical coverage and an improved quality of life for them and their families as a direct result of our increased sales. Your MMR Innovator of the Year Award is well deserved. Your vision for ECRM-EPPS didn’t just make doing business more fun, creative and easier, but it also benefitted so many manufacturers and retailers employee’s life journeys in so many other ways."
"Thanks to you and the ECRM Team for your support throughout the recent Convenience show in Florida. The session provided a great platform for us to present some new items we are introducing to several Retailer and Distributor operators in a short period of time. The tools provided to us at the ECRM enabled us to quickly bring our Sales Team up to speed on the immediate next steps. Thanks again!"
Schwan's Consumer Brands - NA:
“I don’t know if I could ask for a better event – we found a lot of great opportunities and I was impressed with the format. We’re looking forward to future Foodservice opportunities with ECRM.”
SK Food Group:
“Compared to other convenience store shows, this event was way more productive. We’ve made more contacts here at ECRM than we have with two other convenience shows combined. We’re going to continue to present our products at ECRM planning sessions.”
“Being my first show and a new product, I was very nervous about the expense of the show. I was worried I could not afford it, but now I know I could not afford to miss it."
“The show might seem costly, but it saves us a great deal of money and time. If I had conducted these meetings on an individual basis it would have cost us ten times the amount spent. We meet with decision makers and the most knowledgeable people in the industry. Each time we attend an ECRM conference we gain more knowledge and become partners with our customers. We have come to rely on ECRM as our partner for instituting new ideas and concepts. The whole experience is wonderful. From the beautiful accommodations to the world class food. Our success and growth is directly tied to ECRM.”
ATC Group, Inc.:
“We met someone from ECRM at another trade event. We had considered attending a few years ago but there wasn’t a fit for our industry at the time. The timing and audience at the Meal Solutions for Convenience Channels and Checklane, Front-End & Impulse EPPSs were a fit, so we registered. We like the format which allows honest conversations with the buyers. Twenty minutes is the perfect amount of time for our meetings. Even if the buyer wasn't the correct contact, they are willing to listen and pass along information to the correct person. Overall, ECRM puts on a well-run program, has helpful and attentive staff, and provides an efficient, productive format in which to do business.”
Printex Packaging Corporation:
“ECRM is an incorporated tactic in our overall marketing strategy to stay in touch people, trends and markets that we specifically touch in our business. They also provide a fair and reasonable product and are wonderful to work with.”
“ECRM is constantly strategizing to improve the effectiveness of each Contract Packaging & Filling show for all participants; buyers and sellers. The ability to see existing customers and meet with potential new clients in a single location, over a few days saves my company time and money. ECRM’s successful format continues to outshine all other traditional trade shows I’ve attended in recent years.”
“On behalf of Greenstone, I wanted to pass along a sincere thank you to ECRM for its unrelenting assistance and help in putting together the first Greenstone LLC Discussion Panel prior to the ECRM Generics meeting in Orlando Florida. As always, the meeting is very well attended by the key decision makers within the industry, and it was an ideal venue for us to begin the meeting. ECRM’s assistance in everything - from reaching out to attendees and securing a meeting room to the audio-visual assistance and other details – was very much appreciated. The meeting was a success and US Pharmacist will be publishing an article on the content in their upcoming issue.”
Adler Fels Winery LLC:
“Unequivocally the best event I have ever attended! I’m looking forward to the next ECRM wine event!”,
“ECRM can help us save money and time by meeting these large retailers, all in one place and at one event. It’s extremely efficient and this is the way all business meetings should be conducted.”
Johnny Lam & Phillip Nelson
Metco, S.A. De C.V.:
“The most valuable thing I found in coming to the International Food EPPS is that I had a full, productive schedule with retailer’s “VIP” buyers and distributors from different countries at the same event – you will not find that in other traditional trade shows. I can continue to expand my business by attending the International Food EPPS, and I look forward to working with ECRM to see how I can attend more events like this in the future.”
Magnolia Spice Teas, Inc.:
“I found a lot of value in the ECRM International Food event due to several productive meetings on our schedule, all in one place at one event. It was a very effective use of my time. With the buyers that attend the ECRM events, there appears to be a fraternity or club-like atmosphere – an environment that conveys the open-minded attitude of ‘if you are here, then we want to do business with you.’ So much was already done with the pre-planning, and, with the efficient profile and software system, the retailers already knew something about our products and our company. One big-name retailer that had been on my wish list for a while called me only a few days after the event and said ‘we want you to be a vendor.’ We now understand the ECRM business model and we were quick to see what other events we could attend.”
Hispanic Specialty Brands LLC:
“ECRM’s EPPS events are probably the best trade shows in the industry. Having actual meetings and networking opportunities with the decision makers in our category has been extremely efficient and effective for Casa Mexicana. We have gotten many high-quality leads and customers from this event and we’re looking forward to our next ECRM show.”
Lumilite Products Co:
“This is my first ECRM show and these events are extremely organized, effective and beneficial for generating business. I’ve been to trade shows for 10 years and this is the first one I’ve been to without having one complaint.”
World's Finest Chocolate:
“ECRM has a fabulous format that really allows you to ‘chip away at the stone’ and build solid business relationships with major clients.”
Larry Vander Meulen
Allison Medical, Inc.:
“Allison Medical has found the ECRM events to be an exceptionally well-organized and cost effective part of our marketing strategy to connect us with relevant individuals in each segment we attend. The Managed Care event was no different. The quality of the contacts and information we gained was a great value to us and helped us to deliver our message. The receptions and meals were great, as always, and are an important part of the ECRM experience of building and reinforcing business relationships. ECRM’s technology utilization is also a great help as we prepare for and meetings and then record our notes for follow up. We are strong proponents of the ECRM method and look forward to our next event.”
Victory Pharma, Inc.:
“We recently decided to attend ECRM’s Managed Care/GPO event to meet with current and potential Managed Care/GPO customers. We found the meeting to be beneficial since we were able to meet with many customers over a 3 day time frame without traveling to multiple cities. We like attending the ECRM shows to meet with a variety of different customers in one or two venues throughout the year. ECRM provides access to most of our customers to us in an easy and efficient manner where we can have productive one on one business sessions. Unlike other trade shows, we don’t have to worry about setting up our booth and making appointments – the work is already done when I arrive and they bring the customers to us. With efficient meetings and a helpful staff, ECRM provides us with great customer service and great value.”
“ECRM saves Centrix Pharmaceuticals an immeasurable amount of time and money. We could not spend money like this and see all the people we meet with any other way. Plus, we would not have the time to travel separately to each customer. Over the past three years, ECRM has helped us build our business; we meet important industry contacts time and time again, and build relationships. Additionally, ECRM does all the legwork for us in scheduling the meetings, so we don’t have to hook people into a booth and try to capture an audience. We plan to continue attending ECRM’s shows in the future because they have served us well in the past.”
Paul M. Smith
“ECRM events are a precise and effective way for us to reach our company goals. They present a simple, yet logical format of meeting with many key retailers in one location”
Coffee Bean International, Inc.:
"An ECRM EPPS event provides a guaranteed 20-30 quality conversations. Real conversations with retailers, with time to prepare in advance. This is in contrast to other shows where you don’t get to filter out who you meet and when. So at a normal show, I could be locked into a conversation with a non-strategic buyer while a very strategic buyer walks right past the booth. At ECRM I am able to capitalize on each meeting by researching and customizing my presentations for each retailer with whom I meet."
“Besides meeting customers on a personal level and expanding your contact base, the format of ECRM shows allows you to prepare for face-to-face meetings. This gives you a chance to accomplish what you really went for – to sell your product. We’ve done other trade shows before and ECRM is by far more effective.”
Mardalvi International Corp.:
“We chose to go to an ECRM show because it provides us with an opportunity to present our line to several new buyers in only two to three days, which is an opportunity that other trade shows just can’t offer. This event gave us the confidence to be able to explain key points and the potential of our products because we had the personal, face-to-face meeting. This is definitely a more productive and effective way to do business with the important clients that can sometimes be difficult to contact outside of an ECRM event.”
Maria Teresa Vivar
Mitsui Foods International:
“Other trade shows are just turning out to be a place for closeout buyers and brokers. If you want a set schedule of private, uninterrupted meetings with the right buyers, go to an ECRM event.”
“The bottom line is I am a manufacturer just entering the Consumer Electronics World. The ability to have face time with this big of a lineup of buyers without ECRM is very difficult. The potential from the Electronics Retail Summit is unlimited and we anticipate a dramatic increase in our sales and distribution within the next two years, from this ECRM event alone. We not only made sales, we learned so much about our packaging and distribution, it was an invaluable experience.”
“Efficient, it’s in your name. To try and meet with this many retailers would cost us $100,000 a year and tons of travel. You guys make it a one stop spot for the entire year. In addition, the staff and event coordination is amazing, you handled my meeting requests, freight, everything right down to my door sign. ECRM handles everything involved in the entire process so that we can focus on our goals.”
Allison Medical, Inc.:
“When we signed up for ECRM’s Home Health Care event, we knew the show would pay for itself with new business. ECRM and its personnel are very efficient in bringing new and established customers together with vendors. We had twenty-minute meetings with key people in the diabetic and pharmaceutical categories that were to the point and helped us expand our business.”
“ECRM’s Home Health Care is our most productive show each year! You can get more done in 20 minutes with a buyer than you can all year. We get to SHOW them why our products are better than our competitors, which has given us the chance to get our foot in the door with buyers that wouldn’t normally think about adding our product line. We still do other trade shows, but we just have more success at ECRM. Buyers come to you for 20 minutes in one-on-one meetings. That’s something you just can’t find anywhere else."
Perfecta Products, Inc.:
“At Home Health Care, we presented items in a new category for Perfecta Products – the adult incontinence/personal hygiene category. Our one-on-one meetings with the buyers were informative and beneficial. It is amazing what can be accomplished in 20 minutes. It was precisely the right amount of time to present our products and get good feedback from the buyers. We established what the next steps would be, so we could easily follow up with everyone we met with.”
PBM Products, A Perrigo Company:
“Overall, ECRM Home Health Care was a great event. This was my first time to attend a “speed date” type of trade show. I found it to be very efficient. Instead of making our appointments and traveling all over the country, everything was set up for us in one place. PBM now has two very large opportunities with two major US customers that we previously had a hard time reaching. I’m excited about all of the opportunities from this event, and look forward to attending future events.”
“We only had two items for our first ECRM event and our product catalog has since grown immensely to a full line of salty snacks, due to business with several key retailers. Business with CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens – we owe it all to our meetings at ECRM shows.”
Superior Nut Company:
“It’s the best business show in the country, bar none. No one does it better in terms of organization, format and efficiency. If I had the budget for one show a year, it would be with ECRM.”
Dollar Only Wholesale, LLC:
“The structure and planning for these events is incredible. It was my first ECRM show, and I can’t wait to follow-up with these productive meetings. I’m looking forward to my next ECRM event.”
Burt's Bees, Inc.:
“ECRM’s Cough, Cold and Allergy EPPS event is an excellent opportunity for Burt’s Bees. The timing is perfectly aligned with category reviews and we can meet face-to-face with decision makers in just a few days here. Unlike many other trade events, there is a clear purpose and agenda to these meetings, everyone is here for a specific reason. ECRM provides a great forum for us to meet with our customers and make an impact in the category.”
Ricola USA, Inc.:
“ECRM provides Ricola with a great opportunity for interactive discussion. The twenty minute meeting format gives us undistracted, face-to-face time with retailers, unlike other formats. In addition, ECRM is the only format that uses technology to facilitate the entire meeting process. Unique methods and technology set ECRM events apart from other trade shows.”
Robert (Bob) Thomas
Too Good Gourmet, Inc.:
“We don’t have to look very far to find the value of ECRM. In fact, we can directly trace over $1 million in sales from the ECRM events that we’ve attended.”
Mount of Olives Treasures:
“The fact that so many key retailers come to you and your product displays during the events – it really takes the hassle away. And, the scheduling format results in business targets maintaining their appointments, allowing you to truly capture the opportunity and value in the event.”
“ECRM is a lot more productive than trade shows because of their scheduling process and the companies that attend. This way, you don’t arrive at the show wondering if you’ll meet with qualified customers, you know you will.”
Lehi Roller Mills:
“ECRM did a great job hosting this event. The friendly staff is always there to support you and put you in the best position to succeed.”
Valor Chocolates USA:
“We chose to participate in this year’s ECRM Winter Confectionery event, in an effort to present our products and programs to retailers that we have never met with. As a smaller company, it is difficult at times to get in front of major retailers due to time availability, etc. The ECRM event allowed us to present our programs in a focused atmosphere. We gained a lot of new contacts and now have a tremendous opportunity to grow our business.”
Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc.:
"At Upsher-Smith, we start off every year with a new plan with each one of our customers at ECRM’s Branded Pharmaceuticals event. The format of the event ensures quick, continuous meetings that continue to grow our business. We are assigned to meet with all our customers at scheduled times, which holds them accountable to finding us at the show. All these meetings at once would be overwhelming, but ECRM prepares us with continuously updated customer information and easy follow-up through the MarketGate software."
“The ECRM Cosmetics, Fragrance and Bath show was an extremely successful show for us. It was the best way to start off 2010 and the most effective format for us to present our holiday line. We were thrilled that we had the ability to see so many top notch retailers in just a few days.”
Chocolates Turin, S.A. de C.V.:
"Turin Chocolates has chosen to be part of ECRM shows for many years. As a company, we realize the value of attending ECRM events compared to other shows. When you exhibit at the confectionary shows, you are constantly watching the aisles to see if an important buyer is passing by. There is a very good chance you will miss many important opportunities. With ECRM events you are guaranteed 20 meetings with all of these buyers, which saves you the stress of seeking out buyers. At ECRM, you have your own meeting room which you can merchandise with everyday and seasonal products. In addition, you are equipped with a computer that helps organize your meeting notes, as well as, helps with follow up after the show. We feel it is very cost effective because we are having meetings with many buyers in one location instead of spending time and money flying all over the country to present your line at headquarter calls."
Ann Marie Cavanaugh
"This was our first ECRM show and the event opened up entirely new opportunities that we might never have seen if we had not attended. The ECRM show offers a nice blend of opportunities that include the convenience store market, traditional brick-and mortar, online e-commerce, close-out retailers, and the catalog business. This format is excellent because the scheduling is highly efficient—we know who we will see and when we will see them—affording us the opportunity to be prepared for each meeting. It also eliminates wasted down time and time away from the office."
Ken Johnson & Steve Wahl
Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation:
“ECRM makes it possible for us to see all of our customers in one location, giving us face-to-face meetings with many companies in the industry we want to see. The organized, structured arrangement of our meeting schedule provides us with an efficient way to improve our business.”
“ECRM has been a valuable tool for our company in helping our business grow. ECRM EPPS events and technology have assisted us in simplifying the whole process from start to finish.”
Windmill Health Products:
“We have been attending ECRM events since the very beginning. Through the past 16 years, the shows have connected us with every major retailer in the country. ECRM has helped us to develop lasting relationships with buyers and other manufacturers in the industry. The platform allows us to aggressively launch new products in a two to three day period, while doing this on our own would take close to 3 months. Not only are the events a success, but the ECRM staff provides support to make sure you are accomplishing your goals.”
Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.:
“We really get a lot accomplished at ECRM events. Contrary to your typical trade show, ECRM events are more of a two day working session at one location where you can see a whole universe of retailers that present huge sales opportunities."
Forest Laboratories, Inc.:
"Thanks for all of your efforts in making our meeting a success - no one runs a better meeting than ECRM!! Also, our meeting space was very nice and was commented on by several of our customers – it’s much appreciated."
The Tend Skin Company:
“I just want to let you know that your show (Skin/Hair EPPS), which I almost wasn’t going to spring for, has paid for itself many times over. Looks like we are now in a major retailer and about to become the vendor of another. Our success is also thanks to a sales rep I met from your event. Good job!!!"
Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc.:
"The ECRM meetings are must-attend events for our prescription and OTC products, and they have a great reputation for well-run meetings in the retailer/manufacturer space."
"This is one of the best (if not the best!) tradeshows. Buyers get to see a lot of product, no waiting, pre-set schedules- I loved it!"
Yes To, Inc.:
"As we launched Yes To Carrots ECRM was a critical component of our development and a lot of fun! Today, we view ECRM as the perfect setting to meet our retail partners and catch up with our industry peers!"
Humco Holding Group, Inc.:
"ECRM is the fastest way for me to have meaningful meetings with all the decision makers. I find that other forums don’t give me quite enough time to make the presentation and determine if the follow up will aid in additional sales. The cost is minimal if the sales follow. ECRM helps me put my name and face with the product and the meeting allows me to determine if the skus are a fit for a certain retailer. Additionally, I am immediately able to use the MarketGate software and make contacts at ECRM. I recently have been with two different companies within a short time frame and I wanted to make sure that there was CLARITY of who I was with and what I was selling now vs. the previous products. The software makes it simple for me to send emails and new item forms etc."
"ECRM events are the most effective way to sustain profitable business relationships with a large number of retailers at one place and time. The platform of the shows facilitate the best way to get in front of decision makers, ultimately eliminating follow-up office visits and saving thousands of dollars collectively to meet with each individual buyer. ”
Mitchell-Vance Laboratories LLC:
“As a small business entrepreneur marketing a unique silicone sheeting scar treatment product called, ScarAway, I needed to expose the product, its benefits and retail potential in the most cost-effective manner. I know that I am not alone as today everyone is watching their expenses, especially the small business owner. We have to be smart about where to spend and where to make cuts. Although the expenditure for ECRM was substantial, the savings were far greater in the long run. I had already been going through the process of introducing my product line to buyers 1 by 1 and the process can be quite lengthy. I could have spent months and months meeting buyers 1 at a time...thanks to ECRM I was able to meet with 50-60 buyers all in one place in a condensed period of time. This was a huge benefit that ultimately saved me precious time as well. I made connections at ECRM with buyers, brokers, distributors and trade magazines that I would never have been able to make.”
“Health care was my first ECRM event and it was nothing like I’ve ever experienced. It’s a very classy event and 90% of the buyers we met with were extremely interested in my brand. The ECRM staff was very accommodating, flexible, and great to work with! Even the meals and evening activities were top-notch. I would highly recommend this event to any and all start-up consumer brands!!”
"Great show!! You have very good people and a terrific process for all to leverage."
“The ECRM show we attended has made significant strides in launching our company. We are big supporters of our format… Everything set up in your room and you don't find yourself as hurried. Also, the guaranteed appointments are always nice.”
Better Office Products Company:
“I think the mix of clients at the show was great. It gave us the opportunity to meet big, medium, and small accounts.”
"ECRM meetings are the most effective meetings we go to. I am meeting several contacts that in another setting, I may have not had the time to meet with. Here, I can take the time to meet with them and see what they are about."
Astonish Industries, Inc:
"Having exhibited in many shows all over the world for more than 30 years I can honestly say nothing compares to the ECRM experience. Not only an opportunity to have 1 on 1 meetings with buyers in an orderly and well organized manner, but also the chance to meet them on a social level. The whole ambiance set by ECRM is a truly winning formula. As a result we have formed relationships with buyers that normally could take years to achieve and then may not even happen."
Xttrium Laboratories, Inc:
"ECRM shows are very valuable to my company, because we meet with key national and regional retail industry decision-makers. Normally, when you contact major retail chains and ask for the name of a Category Manager, you are told to send a letter stating your request. At ECRM events, appointments are scheduled with key decision-makers and I'm given their direct contact information."
"The environment that ECRM has created is conducive to a lot of positive collaboration. We have developed our customer base substantially through attending ECRM's shows and when we leave, we have a rock solid group of 15-20 manageable leads."
Belcam Inc., Delagar Div., Denco Div.:
“Overall, a very good show! It was great not having to rush through all our brands in 20 minutes. Being able to focus and really get to the core of what the buyer was looking for was super!"
Caboodles Division of Plano Molding:
"EPPS is a wonderful venue for us to introduce our new and exciting products to a wide range of customers that we would not get to see otherwise. We are proud supporters of the ECRM concept of shows and will continue to exhibit to enhance the Caboodles products and brand."
Natur Research Foods, Inc:
"I just wanted to say thank you for allowing us to present our product at ECRM's Fall Holiday Baking Show. You and your staff were most helpful in allowing a new product like ours to receive recognition for the holiday baking season.... I was pleased that Nature Research could bring a new product to ECRM and that I received many comments from the buyers glad to see new product at this type of show. I would recommend this event to any new company or a company launching a new product."
Lance Private Brands:
"This was one of the most well organized, well planned, well timed, and successful events I have ever attended. The 20 minute meetings were the perfect amount of time for the customers to express their needs and allow us to describe how we could fill those needs. It also worked for customers we are currently doing business with as a category review time with no interruptions."
"Thank you for the preferential conditions you gave to Phabel for attending to the Brighton’s meeting. It was quite an experience! I must say that we were impressed by the professionalism of the ECRM team, as well as of the whole session."
Original Gourmet Food Company:
"We have never come to a show and not had a success. We are just a middle sized account and always add new sales from these shows. We have never come to a show without adding a major account, everyone gets to see new products and offer their instant feedback at once. We know right away if we have a winner. In the last three or four years, ECRM has doubled our business. The only manufacturer who is not successful at ECRM did not do their job properly!"
Pantina Cosmetics Inc:
"We have done a lot of traditional trade shows but really enjoy the EPPS format because they have more impact. The 20-minute meetings are more intimate. The ECRM staff is also phenomenal from the standpoint of interaction, follow up and communication."
Richard De Santis
Sheralven Enterprises Ltd.:
"EPPS offers great exposure because everybody from the small guy to the big guy gets an equal opportunity to meet all the major retailers."
Winona Foods Inc.:
"I thought the best format that I have had for meeting the decision makers."
T. Marzetti Company:
"Good event; we accomplished all the goals we had set for customer meetings."
Tec-Clean USA LLC:
“This was our first ECRM show, and I feel it was a great success for our company. The ECRM staff, did a great job at helping us network during the social functions. We will definitely be back next year. Actually we are trying to figure out what other ECRM shows would be beneficial to getting our message across. Thanks for doing such a great job.”
Pet Botanica, LLC:
“I have attended hundreds of meetings and tradeshows in my 30+ year career in sales and marketing. The 10-minute private meeting format utilized at ECRM’s EPPS Natural and Organic meeting was by far the most efficient and productive use of time I have ever experienced. The meetings were with qualified contacts and the potential for real business as a result was quite astounding. Pet Botanica definitely will plan on attending future ECRM events.”
“Superb exposure to multiple accounts in a short period of time. Well planned. Attentive staff.”
“Well run, productive event for Dicksons. Plenty of networking opportunity. High level of professionalism by your team.”
“The EPPS show was a very good event for Confab, we got to meet a lot of people in a very short amount of time. In addition, something of the sort would have usually taken 2-3 months under regular circumstances. Our account manager was a tremendous help in the entire process. We would have liked to have more meetings! Overall it was a great show!”
Corneal Science Corporation :
“We felt that the ECRM team and meetings were very well organized, and very functional. The web site prior, during, and after the event has been most efficient. We found the staff to go above and beyond to make things right at the event. Business meetings functional and efficient. Accommodations and social events 1st class. We found the staff each person we encountered to be very accommodating and pleasant-- it was about making our meeting successful. We would love to return if applicable. We found value in the meetings and structure of ECRM meeting style. Great job to all of the staff- each and everyone!”
Melissa L. Triano
“This was the best show I have been to in years. Attentive staff, always smiling and extremely helpful and knowledgeable. To be face to face with a serious potential buyer for 10 or 20 minutes is the best scenario I could hope for. Access to this fantastic website which allows me to follow up for up to one year with these customers is a great tool, eliminating hours of work. I even have to congratulate you on your choice and quality of food and wine. Chris, our contact, was professional and always available for us neophytes. You run it right and I congratulate you and all your staff. It was first class all the way.”
"Montagne Jeunesse finds the ECRM events a very effective part of marketing mix. Allowing us to showcase our new products concepts directly to the major decision makers of some of the largest retailers in the world."
"Absolutely the most professional, well organized event I’ve ever attended. All staff is well trained and well informed with a great disposition and willingness to help. Great job!"
Bonne Bell Company:
"EPPS is a great chance to get our full story in front of retailers at an executive level. It would take five months and a lot of money to go see as many buyers as we’ve met with in three days."
Allegro, a division of Conair:
"ECRM has always been an efficient and productive show for Allegro. The international events tend to be an ideal blend of productivity and fun. The show format eradicates the conventional noise associated with regular exhibitions; the structure is such that both retailers and vendors can optimize their time."
"As a company attending only our second ECRM show, I have been really impressed with the detailed organization that ensures everything runs smoothly. Original Additions strategy is to gain international exposure/customers for our brands and both of these objectives have been met through the ECRM shows we have attended."
NYX, Los Angeles Inc.:
"All the technology is user friendly and incredibly easy to understand. Everyone says it’s the best program going for buyers and sellers to keep information. The way EPPS is organized is great."
Markwins North America:
"Very efficient structure for meetings to product and action points. Meetings are very focused and provide opportunities for relationship building with either existing or future clients."
Pacific World Cosmetics:
"I’ve been attending ECRM shows for over 10 years and have found them useful from the beginning. I attended the first international show in Barcelona three years ago and have been to every one ever since. The fact that the meetings are scheduled for you makes the show more user friendly up front, and the technology the show employs provides an easy basis for follow up."
Straight Arrow Products, Inc.:
"The contacts were very well qualified. The addition of the tablets that allowed us to document our meetings was also a great asset to the follow up process. The accommodations were very nice."
Mary Jo Smith
"If you are looking to build relationships with international retailers and distributors, your money is well invested in an international ECRM show. There is no other show that offers a better return on your investment than an ECRM EPPS events."
"This was the first opportunity our company took to reach out globally with our line of products. We used this show as a tool to better understand what the different regions of the world required as far as packaging, shipping, etc. We also used the show to expand our knowledge of important retail and distribution outlets worldwide. As usual, the show provided an excellent venue for accomplishing these goals."
"The show provided a tremendous opportunity to easily reach international accounts. I was pleased with the turnout and the overall experience."
“The one on one time provided with the vendors is fantastic. The limited time frame requires everyone to be on task and accomplish what needs to be done in the limited timeframe. I was surprised over and over again with vendors I had originally had on my no interest list showing me products I would like to see in our stores. This was a great show with a focus on the things I need without needing to wander a convention center to find it.”
Florida Wine & Spirits:
“In 2011, I suggested to my supplier that they attend the ECRM meeting in Napa, California. Although this seemed rather expensive initially, I can verify that the contacts and sales made from these meetings more than paid for any and all expenses. The meetings were done professionally and without interruption. It allowed my clients to open multiple states with various buyers and eventually led to a national chain launch.”
“My company is relatively young at just 3 years, (just over a year full-time) and I have to say that because of your event, we are now speaking to companies we have been trying to access for some quite some time. I would even go as far as to say that the ECRM event has completely changed my business. If all the businesses we are in advanced discussions with (from the event) employ our services based around current and surplus inventory marketing and sales channel management, my business will be a completely different animal from what it was before the event!”
Quest Products, Inc.:
"ECRM is the best game in town. Sure beats the hell out of any booth or trade show set up. The aspect of being able to meet with these many buyers at the mid-tier level and to do it in a day and a half – you can't get that anywhere else."
nuCourse Distribution, Inc:
“At ECRM you have exclusive one on one time with decision makers, priceless. ECRM has helped expand our business by connecting with preferred re-sellers. The event itself and the events that were planned were great! All of the ECRM and Levin staff members were professional and very helpful.”
Global Infomercial Services Inc.:
"Creating new relationships with suppliers outside of our typical circle of DR vendors we already now is always a great asset to us in product sourcing. There were also 2 products that I was trying to locate the supplier so that I would be able to obtain information. Coincidentally we ended up meeting them at ECRM, so that saved me a ton of time from ‘cold sale’ calls!"
“ECRM has the right format for their shows – 20 minute meetings are perfect and the schedule completely exceeded my expectations. I’m looking forward to the next ECRM wine & spirits event.”
International Pharma Packaging & Distribution:
"The ECRM events are unique in the sense that they take the guess work, planning, and anxiety out of new-prospect acquisitions. With their one-on-one meeting style, most of the pre-screening process is taken care of. While you still have the ability to select your own prospects, their screening process handles 99% of this, allowing you time before the show to do an in-depth study of the prospects that have been pre-selected for you. These two to three day events allow you to meet with 20-40 potential prospects at one location, thus saving 10-15 times the amount of money and time that a company would spend traveling to see the same number of prospects. Not to mention the time that would be required setting up these meetings, scheduling the air fare or road trips, hotel rooms, meals, etc. The ECRM events, in my opinion, are far superior to the typical trade-show venue. Lead generation, based on previous trade-show experiences, is easily 5 times more effective through ECRM for the same travel expenses and time."
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