I agree MVEC is expensive and wow..RM100k...thats alot of investment to be recouped...
Edw, car insurance belum expire lah..how to change..haha but we got ONE! member to switch
Once again, I'll say it takes a collective effort from everyone to make it work. PGi has done its part, now its time for the retailers to do their part. I've got some ideas, maybe I should discuss this with Edwin.
SC is near Sri Hartamas...near that Science Centre thingy...
Sorry to hear about those facts about GAMECON and the lack of custom regarding insurance. I'm sure we all REALLY appreciate everything that PGI and Edwin put into the event.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself last time. A lot of effort, work and time went into the event and into our booth. Of course, our aim was to increase awareness of gaming, in particular Dark Age, and in that endeavour we were very successful with many, many positive comments and visitors. Don't forget that the event was NOT just about boardgames, but about CCGs, RPGs and Miniature gaming as well.
In terms of increasing revenue from the event and recovery of costs, maybe more forceful marketing of the insurance side would be necessary for GAMECON-2? To be honest, I think most visitors had 'tunnel-vision' and were only focused on the games rather than the insurance details. The business side of the event must be made more apparent and attractive in my humble opinion. People did not come to the event to buy insurance, they came to play games, so you must be able to grab them once they are in the door. This is one area I feel was a bit lacking last time. Maybe advertise it as a Games/Insurance event rather than just Games a bit more?
Another thing would be to improve the game sales aspect of the event. Just having the tables outside wasn't really enough to grab visitors attention enough. I think with the current awareness of gaming there needs to be much more in terms of banners, posters at the sales area itself, maybe with sales personnel ready to lead potential customers to the demo tables for the games they show interest in?
More variety and content would also be good on the sales side.
Not trying to flame or point fingers, just trying to give opinions that hopefully will help future events. 
What is this SC place you mention?
If you are heading towards Sri Hartamas using the Kerinchi link, look to your right hand side. You should see a huge building near the Science Centre. Thats the Securities Commission building.
I think PGI needs all the help it can get in terms of layout design, decoration and generally creating the look and feel of a Gamecon. Maybe if we start early, and start emailing the major players to send over some promo materials like banners, posters etc
We had a number of meetings at PGI last time, going over the content, presentation and layout of the event, which was a good idea as we managed to do a lot of brainstorming (hopefully helping Edwin and his crew) and also managed to meet other guys in the community. Hopefully this will happen again.
I don't think the gaming side was the problem (except that this time I would prefer a better location for the Dark Age booth *grin*), but more in terms of getting visitors to appreciate the secondary function of the event - that of increasing PGI business. But this would be an internal issue for Edwin.
The selling aspect wrt games could also be improved IMHO.
I think we need more demos for TCG and miniatures. I think the boardgames demo were already on a pretty huge scale.
Well, hopefully this year, even with a smaller budget, we can still make it better than last year...its not always about the money, its about the effort
Slash the budge by half, double the effort and we still achieve the same results
I thought MVEC has too much space for Gamecon-1. The place was filled up with miniatures but not enough people. I think a smaller venue wouldn't do Gamecon harm, but the decreased foot traffic from potential curious shoppers might be critical.
I'm glad that Panglobal has chosen to support boardgames and am sad to hear that the returns are not as good. I think people still need to adjust to the idea that insurances can give you benefits in other ways rather than the old 'help you renew insurances' benefits. Keep at it, I guess, the marketing of Panglobal insurance as a 'hip' and 'exciting' product will bear fruit soon, especially with the consistent projection of an insurance company that 'rocks'.
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