AUSTIN — Earlier today Share held a conference session on the status of the event here in Austin and of the group overall.
There were only 636 full-week paid attendees at the show this spring, which was below their expectations (crowds did seem light in the sessions and on the floor compared to previous shows). Some of the 900 or so sessions had zero attendees, the board reported.
For the next show in Denver, the group will cut down on the number of sessions and rooms, and there will be no concurrently running sessions during either the general session keynote or any of the themed keynotes. They’re also considering blocking out a dedicated time, perhaps Tuesday afternoon, just for the trade show, to boost attendance there.
In Denver, the group will continue to favor sessions that bring in user experiences, which it seemed they had a lot more of this year in Austin. That’s a good sign. Share is also working on building some kind of online community on its Web site. One idea tossed around was to record conference sessions and make them available afterward as podcasts on the Share site.