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SEMA Ignited

The world’s most unique and celebrated customized vehicles from the 2014 SEMA Show will gather and be accessible to the public on Friday, November 7, 4:00–10:00 p.m., as the SEMA Cruise finds its way to a new event taking place immediately after the SEMA Show at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

Humble Beginnings

It was nearly 47 years ago that the fledgling trade group known as the Speed Equipment Manufacturer’s Association worked with Petersen Publishing Company to put on its very first High Performance and Custom Equipment Trade Show. There were 98 booths and about 120 industry reps in that first show, which was held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. According to a post-show write-up in Petersen’s Hot Rod Industry News (HRIN), “better than 3,000 people filed through the show during its three day run,” a figure that the trade journal admitted “seems like a small number.” But, said one exhibitor, quoted by HRIN, “they were the ‘right people.’ Distributors and speed shop owners, along with the automotive press, filed through the doors to see the latest items that were on the market and talk with many about what’s coming up and merchandising ideas.”
SEMA News—November 2014

SEMA HERITAGE

Industry Poised to Deliver at the 2014 SEMA Show

For much of 2014, SEMA members have generally reported having a good year and, for some, a great year. I’ve observed that the SEMA Show is a barometer of industry strength, reflected by participation and investment in the Show. This year’s pre-Show registration indicates that the SEMA Show will be an outstanding springboard for growth opportunities in 2015. This marks the fifth straight year that the Show has had increased participation levels since the lows of the recession in 2009. This makes for a larger Show, but more important than size is how many innovative manufacturers are taking the opportunity...
SEMA News—November 2014

CHRIS KERSTING

Stars and Industry Icons at the 2014 SEMA Show

The following celebrities and industry personalities represent a sample of of the hundreds scheduled to appear at the 2014 SEMA Show. To view the entire real-time celebrities and industry personalities list, visit here.
SEMA News—November 2014

Stars and Industry Icons at the 2014 SEMA Show

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Previewing Selected New Products You’ll See at the 2014 SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is all about innovation and creativity. For a taste of what’s coming at the 2014 event, check out the more than 70 new products previewed here. During the Show on November 4–7, 2014, head to the upper level of South Hall for a look at the New Products Showcase in the Las Vegas Convention Center.    
SEMA News—October 2014

NEW PRODUCTS

Must-See Features of the 2014 SEMA Show

More Than a Trade Show, It’s an Automotive ParadiseThe SEMA Show is a business event, as everyone in the industry knows. It’s the venue where buyers and sellers come together to provide products to installers and stock the shelves of retail outlets throughout the nation and the world. But it’s also so much more than that. It’s one of the world’s greatest custom car shows. It’s a four-day university of automotive knowledge. It’s a carnival, complete with wild rides and sideshows. There’s more going on at the SEMA Show than at many of the planet’s amusement parks, and there’s only so much time in each day. Attendees have to plan ahead if they want to catch every nuance available. Here’s a brief look at some of the major points of interest.
SEMA News—October 2014

EVENTS

Trade-Show Leads

The Keys Are Collecting, Qualifying and Following Up According to a report entitled “2013 SEMA Show Research”—a post-Show survey of exhibitors and attendees—almost 90% of exhibitors at the 2013 SEMA Show said that they exhibit in order to generate leads and increase awareness of their companies. Slightly higher percentages said that those objectives were met at the 2013 Show.
SEMA News—October 2014

EVENTS

Attract Buyers Before the SEMA Show

Four Expert Tips for Building Online Buzz for Your Booth Starting TodayThe latest registration statistics for this year’s SEMA Show indicate a more than 5% increase in the number of buyers planning to hit the Show floor on Tuesday–Friday, November 4–7. With more buyers than ever coming to the Show, an exhibitor’s obvious goal is to entice as many of them into the company booth as possible. You’ll likely do this with new-product introductions, updates to signature product lines, booth demonstrations, project-vehicle reveals and even, perhaps, celebrity appearances. However, all of those tactics do little good if you don’t build buzz about them ahead of time.
SEMA News—September 2014

EVENTS

Planning Your 2014 SEMA Show Success

Advice for First-Time (and Even Long-Time) ExhibitorsMore than 130,000 automotive industry professionals will attend the 2014 SEMA Show, November 4–7, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), and more than 60,000 of them will be buyers searching the aisles for products to carry in their retail outlets and installation centers. Historically, 87% of those buyers plan to purchase products from the Show’s exhibitors. With some forethought, a bit of research and a successful strategy, even first-time exhibitors can take full advantage of those sales opportunities at what has become the largest annual gathering of small businesses in the United States.
SEMA News—September 2014

EVENTS

Facebook’s Crackdown on Free Business Posts

For Many, a Bitter PillBusinesses smarting over Facebook’s decision to severely limit their ability to communicate with people who like their business pages on the social network recently got an explanation from the web titan about the policy change. But many aren’t buying it.“Facebook wants us to pay for real estate that we used to get for free,” said Leslie Nuccio, creative strategist for Meltwater, a social media monitoring and press relations firm.
SEMA News—September 2014

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By Joe Dysart

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