So we’re back from SHRM in Atlanta, GA and despite the fact that my feet are still recovering, we had a great time and a great show. Some highlights for me besides meeting so many awesome people in the HR space was the Fisher & Phillips party on the field in the Georgia Dome, wandering through the Georgia Aquirium on Sunday morning, and eating Googie Burger in the Centenial Olympic Park while watching the fountain show.
SHRM 2012 is sure to be a memorable one, since the official start of the conference with the drum line, the annual SHRM conference and exposition, just kept getting better. Attendees were saying great things about Condoleezza Rice, they were excited about the sessions they were attending, the new friends they were making, the swag they were collecting, and the anticipation of seeing Jerry Seinfeld.
As an exhibitor and attendee of the conference it is the best of both worlds being able to attend the sessions and greet fellow attendees at our booth on the expo floor. This year it was great to see so many people wearing our Beyond.com T-shirts. In fact, we gave so many away that we could have given out every shirt we brought with us on the first day of the expo. And speaking of shirts, thank you to everyone that stopped by the Beyond.com booth and wore one of our T-shirts for the chance to be spotted to win $100. We picked one winner each hour the expo was opened, so we got to make a lot of people happy.
As for our fellow vendors—there were a lot of great booths and giveaways (as always), but here were some of the highlights—in my opinion.
- VPI Pet Insurance: Again had dogs in their booth this year (great draw!) If I was on a break from working our booth I was here petting the pups.
- CareerBuilder: Combined two of my favorite things, Plinko and food. (Also if I recall, didn’t you guys have a “Price Is Right” style wheel last year in Vegas?—Can’t blame you “Price Is Right” IS awesome).
- Franklin and Covey: I think they had the best booth. They didn’t try to sell me anything (which I like, but also don’t understand). I just had to stand in a line (for 20 minutes) for the chance to win a Kindle Fire—pretty cool if you ask me. What would have been cooler? If I had actually won.
- Glassdoor: Loved the peach stand idea and the guy dressed as the giant peach the first day—nice touch.
So that’s what excited us, but what were the attendees looking forward to and were their expectations fulfilled?
Also, here are some of the highlights from our $100 winners.