The Official Global Pet Expo Social Media Guide

The Show That Means Business is getting even more social this year! And because we know it can all be a bit overwhelming at times, we’ve compiled everything you need to know in one easy-to-digest social media guide.

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Like Global Pet Expo on Facebook to find the latest Show updates as you scroll through your newsfeed as well as recaps at the end of each day. AND, as a Global Pet Expo first, we will be going LIVE a few times throughout the Show. Stay tuned!

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Follow Global Pet Expo on Twitter and include the #GlobalPetExpo hashtag in all of your tweets. We will be live-streaming these tweets on monitors throughout the Show Floor. This is a great way to instantly broadcast your message to Show attendees. Make sure to tag us @GlobalPetExpo, too!

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Follow Global Pet Expo on Instagram for up-to-date Show photos, exhibitor products and features, and more. Include the #GlobalPetExpo hashtag and tag us in all of your photos for a chance to be featured on our social media channels. We will also be live-streaming these posts on monitors throughout the Show Floor.

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We know it’s a big show, so don’t worry if you miss something. We will be uploading Global Pet Expo TV videos to our YouTube channel that highlight the exciting events from each day.

 

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The premier industry event has professional photographers walking the Show floor and attending the Show events, capturing the best moments and turning them into memories. Follow us on Pinterest for boards full of the best Show photos! 

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As the digital landscape changes, so do we! This year, the Show will feature a new snapchat filter allowing you the opportunity to spruce up those tiny pieces of art you snap during the Show.

 

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Global Pet Expo App

Download the Global Pet Expo App for iOS or Android right to your phone or tablet for quick access to show schedules, the exhibitor list, the floor plan and more, all at your fingertips.

 

Important reminder: The official Show hashtag is #GlobalPetExpo so, no need to turn it into an acronym or include 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at the Show and seeing your messages on social media!

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The Show That Means Business is happening March 22-24, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit the website.

Global Pet Expo is SOLD OUT!

With just a few weeks until the doors open to the premier industry event, Global Pet Expo officials are proud to report that all booths on the Show Floor have been sold.

So, what does that mean?

The 2017 Show will feature 1,130 exhibitors, 27% of which are international companies, 3,435 booths and 223 first-time exhibiting companies!

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With more than 3,000 new product launches, Global Pet Expo will showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses. The Show has also grown in recent years with added special sections including the “International Pavilions,” “Natural Pet,” “Boutique,” “Everything Aquatic,” and “What’s New!”

We’re looking forward to another great Global Pet Expo, and we’ll see you in Orlando!

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The SOLD OUT Show That Means Business is happening March 22-24, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit the website.

Remaining Sponsorships Opportunities

Increase the impact of your booth and make a bold statement with a sponsorship at this year’s Global Pet Expo. In a post-show survey, 70% of Global Pet Expo buyers told us they recognized exhibitors from their sponsorships. Don’t miss your chance to be a recognizable business at the premier industry event!

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Below are just a few options:

  • Double sized press bins (NEW!)
  • Rotating light box (NEW!)
  • Show Floor sports bar (NEW!)
  • Main lobby flags
  • Branding towers
  • Floor decals

Visit our website for a full list of sponsorship opportunities.

Every Global Pet Expo sponsorship includes these value-added extras:

  • A highlight of your company’s name and booth number on the Interactive Floor Plan of the Global Pet Expo website
  • Placement of your company’s logo and booth number on a 28’ x 7’ banner outside the Show’s main entrance (banner recognizes all sponsors)
  • A highlight of your company’s name and booth number on the Floor Plan Map & City Guide
  • Recognition in a news release distributed to more than 250 members of the media

Extras and sponsorship availability are subject to change as we get closer to the Show.

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For more information or for a list of remaining sponsorship opportunities, contact Marian Thielsen via phone at (203) 532-3601 or via email at mthielsen@americanpetproducts.org.

Special Events Happening at Global Pet Expo

While this is The Show That Means Business, we do have some special events that are quite entertaining. Take a look and plan to attend:

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The Petworking Receptio
Wednesday, March 22 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hall A – Registration Concourse Level One,
Orange County Convention Center 

Business is built by relationships and we want you to have every opportunity to meet everyone at the show.  Our fabulous FREE Networking Reception gives you the time and place to rub elbows with people you might never have another opportunity to meet.  Have a drink, some eats and mix it up with new friends and old.

No registration is required but please wear your badge to the event.

The event is sponsored by Pets Add Life.

Retailer Excellence AwardsIndustry Breakfast & Retailer Excellence Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 23 |8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Valencia Ballroom, 4th Floor, Orange County Convention Center

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is no exception. Start the day with a wonderful meal and attend the presentation of Global Pet Expo and Pet Business Media’s Retailer Excellence Awards ceremony.

No registration is required but please wear your badge to the event.

Each year, the Retailer Excellence Awards honor outstanding pet stores in a variety of categories. Awards will be given to one retailer in each of the ten different award categories:

  • Best Overall Single-Store Retailer
  • Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer – 2-10 Locations
  • Best Over Multi-Unit Retailer – 10+ Locations
  • Best Live Animal Specialty Store
  • Merchandising Excellence Award
  • Multi-Service Excellence Award
  • Marketing Excellence Award
  • Customer Service Award
  • Excellence in Store Design Award

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New Products Showcase Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 23 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 P
Show Floor in the New Products Showcase

If you really want to be up on new trends and hot products for 2017, make a plan to attend the annual New Products Showcase Awards Presentation.

Each year, more and more manufacturers wait to launch their new products in the New Products Showcase so they have a chance to win first place in the Best in Show contest. The media attention our awards get is incredible and long lasting.

Nine winners will receive a Best in Show award in the following categories:

  • Aquatics
  • Bird
  • Boutique
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Natural Pet
  • Small Animal
  • Reptile
  • Point-of-Purchase Display

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APPA Professional Women’s Network Breakfast
Friday, March 24 | 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Room W209

Guest speaker: Dr. Dani McVety

Home is where the heart is: Bringing hospice care into the homes of those that need it the most.

Join the APPA Professional Women’s Network and the APPA Young Professionals for a complimentary breakfast buffet and special presentation by Dr. Dani McVety.

Dr. McVety is Co-Founder and CEO of Lap of Love and co-host of PetCareTV.  She frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences in hopes of empowering both parties to seek the highest standards of care.  Her talks have quickly garnered the reputation of being “fantastically hilarious,” “bringing humor where it’s needed most,” “incredibly inspiring,” and “simply authentic.”  In her talks, Dr. McVety shares her struggles through veterinary school, how she found her passion in the emergency room, why she felt a calling in the toughest moments of medicine, and how her and her business partner have grown a nationally recognized business.  As a certified body language instructor, one of her favorite topics is communication.  “Communication is the heart of all that we do; it is lifeblood of all our interactions.”

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The Show That Means Business is happening March 22-24, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit the website.

Global Pet Expo is on Snapchat!

#NoFilter is a thing of the past – at least at this year’s Show. As the digital landscape changes, so do we! In fact, we pride ourselves on staying abreast of the new and emerging communication channels so we can meet all of our attendees (that’s you!) on the platforms you like to use.

So, this year we partnered with Snapchat to bring you the below geofilter to help spruce up your tiny pieces of art from the premier industry event.

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The Show That Means Business is happening March 22-24, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit the website.

Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) for Buyers

We know that there’s a lot of planning that goes into preparing for Global Pet Expo, which means that you likely have a question or two about the Show. Don’t worry – we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions to get you started. For a list of all of the FAQs, click here.

  1. What are the qualification requirements to attend Global Pet Expo? How do I qualify?

A complete list of qualification requirements is available here. To access the Qualification form please click here

  1. I do not meet the qualification requirements. Can I still attend the show?

If you do not qualify as a buyer, you may still be able to attend the show as an Industry Visitor. There are two options:  Friday only ($250/person); or Thursday and Friday ($600/person).  If of interest, please contact Annie Rotberg at annie@americanpetproducts.org.

  1. I attended previously but do not remember my Username and Password.

Previously qualified buyers should go to www.globalpetexpo.org/register.  Click the LOGIN link after YES.  Then, use the “I forgot my Password” option below the “Username” box.  The trick is that we must have your current email address in our records. If you do not receive a response after entering your email address, we may not have your current email address on file.  To update or confirm your email address, send an email to cbonifati@americanpetproducts.org.

  1. I did not receive the email with my login credentials, my registration confirmation or show updates even though I have given you my current email address.

First check your spam and junk mail folders. Some email providers filter emails from globalpetexpo.org and americanpetproducts.org unless you have identified them as “safe senders”. This can usually be done by simply highlighting the email address and using the drop-down menu to specify the sender as safe. Different email providers may use different techniques for this.  If the problem persists, please contact Chris Bonifati (cbonifati@americanpetproducts.org) to confirm the email address that we have on file.

  1. I need to apply for visa and require a letter of invitation.

Global Pet Expo will provide a Letter of Invitation to qualified buyers who are registered for the Global Pet Expo. To complete the request form, click here (http://globalpetexpo.org/buyer/letterofinvitation.asp) . Login is required. Username and Password available only to qualified buyers. Forgot your usename and password? See #3 above.

  1. Can I register on-site?

Pre-registration is recommended, but on-site registration is available. Companies qualifying for the first time must be prepared to stand in long lines and must be sure to bring the two required proofs of business. One of which must be a wholesale invoice from a manufacturer or distributor. No one is permitted into the show without the required two (2) proofs of business. Please click here for acceptable options. RETURNING qualified buyers must have company ID and personal photo ID.

  1. Is the show open to the public?

No, Global Pet Expo is open to the trade only, to qualified buyers or qualified representatives.  Click here for more information regarding qualification and requirements.

  1. How can I get a list of exhibitors and their booth numbers?

The 2017 Exhibitor List is available by using drop-down menu options under the blue BUYER tab on www.globalpetexpo.org.   Qualified buyers are able to view the expanded Exhibitor contact information (products,contact information,etc) by logging in with their Username and Password. Forgot your username and password? See #1 above.

  1. Is there a cost to attend the seminars?

Pre-registration is recommended but seminars are free to attend for registered attendees. To see the seminar schedule please go to http://globalpetexpo.org/seminars.

  1. Are children permitted on the show floor?

No children under the age of 16 are allowed onto the show floor at any time. There are NO exceptions. ID may be requested. A professional Day Care service will be available during show hours for children under the age of 16. More information is available at https://www.kiddiecorp.com/appakids.htm

  1. Are there travel and hotel discounts available?

OnPeak is the Official Travel Agency of Global Pet Expo and is your best resource for the lowest rates offered at participating hotels near the Orange County Convention Center. Due to the large volume of rooms reserved for Global Pet Expo attendees, OnPeak is able to negotiate the lowest rates available. Many of the hotels offer complimentary shuttle bus services to and from the convention center. Go to http://globalpetexpo.org/hoteltravel.asp for more information.

 

For a list of all of the FAQs, click here.

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The Show That Means Business is happening March 22-24, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit the website.

Announcing: Country-Specific Pavilions for International Exhibitors

With impressive growth at the premier industry event, the 2017 Show will feature for the first time country-specific pavilions for international exhibitors.

Pavilions from the United Kingdom, Canada, China and Taiwan will replace the International Pavilion, where previously multiple countries exhibited together in one space. Global Pet Expo officials also expect more than 100 additional international exhibitors to have a presence in the special sections and general Show Floor area where they will feature products that showcase international trends.

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The overall success of the Show is influenced by international participation and we’re happy to offer this exciting new opportunity to cultivate that influence.

Take a look at our floor plan to see the location each of the country-specific pavilions and plan to stop by during the Show in March.