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ShowBiz Connections – FAQs

  • What is ShowBiz Connections?

ShowBiz Connections (SBC) is a program introduced by CHA in the Winter of 2010 to match up exhibitors and event attendees based on similar interests (supply and demand). SBC is a complimentary matching service based around the event registration system. Exhibitors and attendees select from a variety of filters that begin with similar product interests, and then are matched up through SBC and notified of their matches. A weekly email is sent to all who are registered in the program. The email supplies a link to a personal message center. Within the message center, the user will be able to view and contact all of their matches through the private messaging system.

  • As an exhibitor, how do I register for ShowBiz Connections?

As an exhibitor, you must update your Show Directory listing for the event. This may be done through the show website on the Exhibitor tab. Ensure that you have the correct email address you want notifications to go to, and ensure that all categories listed for your products/services are selected. These are the categories your initial matches will be based on. Once your Show Directory listing is updated, you will automatically be enrolled into the ShowBiz Connections program and will receive an email from the program on the next scheduled day.

  • As an attendee, how do I register for ShowBiz Connections?

As an attendee, you must register for a badge for the upcoming event. During the badge registration process, you will be required to answer several questions that will be used for filtering and matching purposes. Once you receive your confirmation on your registration, you are automatically enrolled into the ShowBiz Connections program and will receive an email from the program on the next scheduled day.

  • As an exhibitor, how do I use ShowBiz Connections?

We suggest you using this program to reach out to a target group of attendees. Your initial list will supply you with those attendees looking for a product or service within your designated category. You will be able to filter amongst all attendees based on several different filter selections. You may want to fine-tune a message and target those you would like to spend more time with at the show by requesting individual meetings. Or send out a show special or discount on a specific product to those that are interested in that category.

  • As an attendee, how do I use ShowBiz Connections?

We suggest you using this program to plan out your event experience. Contact those exhibitors that fall under your interested categories to schedule private meetings or to see what kind of specials they may be hosting at the event. Ensure they know you will be at the show and that they are part of your plan to visit their exhibit.

  • What are the benefits of using ShowBiz Connections?

ShowBiz Connections enables private pre-show communication between exhibitors and attendees. It helps to better plan your event days to get the most out of your exhibiting or attending experience. Post-show, the program stays live 30 days after close of show. This gives you the ability to go back and contact matches you may not have seen at the event to extend your event experience beyond the show floor.

  • Will my personal email ever be given out?

No! Your personal email information will only be used by the program to send you your weekly update emails. The message center is a privately hosted messaging system that does not ever touch your personal email.

  • Can I get a mailing list of all of my matches?

Yes. When in the message center, you may select all of your matches and export them to Excel. This will give you mailing contact information only. No email addresses will be a part of this list.

  • Does each new list have all of the old matches?

Yes. Every week your list only grows bigger & bigger. All of your prior matches will always be on your list.

  • If I log in on another day, will my list be updated?

Yes. The matches are refreshed, overnight, every 24 hours. You may use the link in your weekly email to log into your account at any time to receive all of your latest matches.

  • Need More Help?

Having trouble navigating through the system? Please feel free to reach out to us and we will be happy to walk you through it all! Email: registration@craftandhobby.org or call 201-835-1231.