What I learned at #SPC14 #fun

Many people travel to SharePoint tradeshows, never to know what goes on behind the scenes in the exhibit hall.  I thought post SPC was a good time to let some of the secrets out.

10. To get “Bonked” in Europe means something totally different than it does in the US 


As a marketer, you worry about this sort of thing.  You are careful with the words you choose - often "googling" to be sure you aren't saying something offensive.  And then, mid tradeshow, a fellow with a smart British accent rolls up to the booth wearing a wide smile.  With  a snort and a chuckle he tells something you wish you hadn't heard.  Many of us have these tradeshow moments.  Thinking quickly, you hand him a stack of these ribbons for him and his friends:








9.  The booths at the SPC are magically assembled…I walked the conference hall at 5:50 pm on Sunday evening, only 10 minutes before the doors were to open for the reception and there were boxes, fork lift trucks and messes everywhere.


Quest booth at 5:52 pm PST on Mar 2

Quest booth at 5:59 PST on Mar 2

Another marketing nightmare - you plan an extra 24 hours to get the booth assembled and...it's not!  Fortunately, our talented Events Manager, Keri Ibbitson, clicked her heels, said a Hail Mary and viola! Conference magic happened.

8.  What happens in Vegas is put all over facebook and twitter. Follow up on #spc14 or take a look at the Software SPC 14 conference album.

Here you see Keri getting into the action on stage!

7. Add Quest gals (ok a couple of guys too) to a quiet lounge atmosphere= instant dance party ensues (I think you had to be there -but I know many of you were …)

  <I had the perfect picture of my co-worker to put here, but she had pics of me on her phone too...we'll leave it at that...>

6. RT: Dancin on tables = 2500 steps #questspcwalk #SPC14.  Refer back to number 7!

5.   Something’s can’t be unseen:  

Oh my gosh there's a dude streaking in the #spc14 exhibition hall. Mark Rackley…eating bacon…in these gloves!


4. It takes over 90,000 steps to properly view SPC14 in Vegas!

Congratulations to the winners of our “Walk the Talk #dellspcwalk” contest!  We gave away 3 Fitbit prize packages to our contestants!                

3. We have the best host and co-host on the planet! I knew that ahead of time - I swear they get better every year.

2. Some people still DO use mouse pads! We completely ran out!


1.Quest knows how to draw a crowd….and we love you all!

I have never worked with more creative, energetic, focused and FUN people than I do right now.  Faces were sore from smiling, feet tired from standing, voices were horse from talking - but everyone worked hard to spread the word about Quest's SharePoint solutions until the last attendee left the exhibit hall.  

It was a great show but I'm glad to be home! Now for one last, shameless marketing plug:  Learn how Quest can help YOU Transform your SharePoint!!



About the Author
Michelle Fallon has been part of the Product Marketing team at Dell Software since 2007. She is responsible for guiding and positioning Windows management solutions, specifically for Active Directory and...