METS, the Marine Equipment Trade Show is the marine industries annual pilgrimage to Amsterdam. 2018 was no different as Louise and I caught the plane from Southampton to Schiphol Monday evening ready to be there for doors opening on Tuesday 13th November.
In the build up to the show, we are always busy making sure deadlines are met, from initial booking the stand, to logistics, show guide entries, and the all-important press section within the METS website. Getting on the plane to Amsterdam can sometimes feel like a bit of relief, yes, we have a few busy days ahead, however, when we know everything is in place the stands are built and the clients are happy and prepared, we can relax a little.
For the past years, we have attended the show for all three days, however 2018 we made a strategic decision to make it two days. Shows are a great opportunity to connect with clients (especially when one of ours is based in Sweden!), the media, and friends in the industry. For the previously mentioned reason, shows also mean you can lose a great deal of time away for the world and clients not at METS, and not all our clients exhibit there. So this year we attended but maximised our time to be more productive.
This year we had three clients exhibiting at the show, Baltic Lifejackets in the Swedish Pavilion, OYS in the Superyacht Pavilion and Scot Seat in Hall 3. The exhibition is always good for our step count, constantly walking between the many vast halls in the RAI centre. In addition to this we have scheduled meetings with clients visiting the exhibition, fortunately one was on the same flight, so that helped save a bit of time! Throughout the show we were updating social media for our clients (and Box) as well as day to day support and media meetings on client stands.
After a busy two days, it was back to the office to write up the notes, schedule in the topics discussed and catch up with those clients who were not in Amsterdam.
Thank you, METS, for a great show, we will be returning to the RAI 19th November 2019 for the next edition.