The Powerpage has been around a long time. Which begs the question – has it always been this clueless? (spoiler: yes)
Tom Hesser posted his MacWorld/iWorld 2014 Expo Hall wrap-up (let’s just ignore the intercap W because…sigh…) on Tuesday – a short three days after the show closes. Perhaps he banged his head in the interim. It would explain why he says:
The first day, Wednesday, was my traditional walk around the show floor.
The show floor opened on Thursday.
Hesser mentions some missing vendors like Mophie without pointing out Mophie had already attended (the much bigger) CES show in the iLounge Pavilion.
It would be interesting to find out if there were specific reasons for some of these changes or it was just a matter of timing. The Expo, occurring much later in the year than normal, may have had some affect on attendance.
Yes, it would. Did you ask them? Have you sent an email or called any of the companies you mentioned asking them why they didn’t attend Macworld Expo this year?
In regards to the software developer section, Hesser says:
these areas are populated by cylindrical kiosks that can accommodate one company/developer per side…
I’m no geometry whiz but…how many sides does a cylinder have?
In response to why Hesser believed these small kiosks were popular, he says:
This area was created as the result of a couple of factors. One, the economy was cutting tech budgets, but not conference booth fees. After 2009 when Apple dropped out of Macworld Expo, vendor attendance began to drop off…Smaller spaces meant a lower priced option and the return of smaller vendors.
True. But, if that’s the case, why wouldn’t the vendors who had been there in the past taken up residence in those spaces? If it was simply a cost measure, you’d think the companies who left after Apple did would come back, wouldn’t they?
Yes – If it was only about costs. The lack of vendor attendance is about a lot of issues – cost only being one.
This year saw a number of new developers as well as some well-known ones who seem to have elected for the smaller, cheaper spaces
Hesser either doesn’t know or ignores the fact IDG has, in the past, restricted these small booths to developers who hadn’t attended the show in previous years. These booths were smaller and cheaper and designed to tease developers and companies to come to the show. They also wouldn’t allow vendors to show in that small space two years running. Obviously, with companies like AgileBits, Readdle, and BusyMac there, IDG has changed that policy. I wonder why that would be? (actually, no I don’t…)
I could list a ton of products old, new, or improved that I saw, but that would be a bit crazy.
Umm…why would that be crazy?
…throughout the show flow.
The people are still there, but in fewer numbers.
That’s just shitty writing. And it’s what you get when you send the “West Coast Correspondant” to the show.