Flux: My First Marketing Event Experience

flux

I recently attended an event for the book, Flux: What Marketing Managers Need to Navigate the New Environment at Rotman. It was a “Marketing Experts Speaker Series” and the editors, David Soberman and Dilip Soman made a presentation and 10 marketing professors were there to address questions by the audience about the book and marketing in general. It was the first time I had actually been to a marketing event and it was really interesting to see all the different paths that marketing can lead to.

All the attendees received a copy of the book and I will definitely be putting Flux in my reading list. At first glance, it seems a bit academic but it seems to have some practical application uses as well. The book’s 15 chapters are written by 15 different professors at Rotman and should therefore have different perspectives.

I was lucky enough to talk to some very interesting marketing professionals at the reception afterwards. I must say that the whole “networking” thing is quite foreign to me but I love a good excuse to listen to others’ experiences. I enjoyed the event and  I’ll be on the lookout for similar events and opportunities in the future!

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Canadian International AutoShow

The Acura Display at the CIAS 2012

I attended the 2012 Canadian International AutoShow in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and what I witnessed was marketing madness. Sponsors, social media, advertisements, free swag, contests, test drives, extravagant displays, posters, and employees who breathed the brand were there.

By the looks of the displays, some of those car manufacturers really put a lot of time and effort into making their presence at this auto show a success. I wonder how long they’ve planned for this event, and I’m wondering when they’ll start planning for the next auto show.

I initially did not consider going to the show since it had a whopping $20 entrance fee but the price was only $15 for those who paid with a valid TD credit card. I must admit that this small discount made me a little more loyal to TD. TD Canada Trust was one of the sponsors and they had a few booths throughout the show.

It was well worth the money though. There were over 1000 of cars to see spread across 600,000 square feet of space. I’m generally not a “car person” but I still enjoyed my time and I was glad to have attended the largest consumer show in Canada.