Monday, April 23, 2012

Planning for BEA Made Easier

We got a lot of feedback last year about the difficulties in navigating the BEA website for events and the conference program.  It was on a separate website, it was challenging to navigate, and could not be bookmarked or saved.  While we had all the content, people had a hard time finding what they wanted and that is not acceptable for a good customer experience.   So - we went back to the drawing board.

The results are huge leap forward for this year.  Take a test drive - create your own agenda - just go through this link: BEA Show Planner - Create a free account

We are not done.  We will continue to improve and refine the functions going forward BUT it is a ginormous improvement from last year
  • Ready Now:
    • ALL content is currently live on My BEA Show Planner, along with all of the exhibitor content. There is no separate website and search interface.
    • All events, authors and books can now be added to the same My BEA agenda along with exhibitors our attendees plan to visit
    • The personal agenda is saved in your account and printable; much of it will synch with BEA Mobile (we are still testing how much will actually synch this year)
    • Multiple options to view and sort data:
      • Keyword Search
      • By Event Type
      • By Author/Participant
      • By BEA Education Track
      • View All Events
      • View All by Day
      • View All Authors/Participants
      • View All Books
    • All of the data links together as well: Events are linked to the Authors participating, Authors are linked to their Events and Books, Books are linked to their Authors and Publishers (Exhibitors); We have the foundation to link Events to Books as well and should have that in place next year at the latest.
  • To Come:
    • Grid View of Events by Day and by Type (to come for this event)
We are open to input on ways to further improve!  Surf, schedule and enjoy!!!!


  1. So PW just came out with its BEA edition, and after perusing the galley/signing article and comparing it to the BEA show planner, I found that many of the authors PW lists as autographers are not included on the official BEA list. How often is the BEA planner updated?

  2. Question about WIFI where is it available for purchase? Seems crazy to have all the bloggers, plus encouragement to tweet, text use the BEA App and much more when there is not a best known to connect to the internet? The phone reception is awful, so that cannot be the solution. NO wifi for attendees, that is like having a cooking show but no oven Any info? Help? Can't ignore this, kind of important.

  3. We could not agree with you more. It is an issue at all convention centers. There will be WiFi in certain locations for free and for purchase from Javits. The free WiFi is still being worked on, but it will be available in the Special Events Hall, some of the 1E conference rooms, the Book Bloggers Conference rooms. BEA has sunk huge money into this, but it is like making Model T into a jet plane. There will be options available, but I would be less than honest if I said it will be great. We know, we are working on it and Javits is investing in their infrastructure. Thanks for your patience!!

  4. Thank you for this Steve. OK, wifi in the conference rooms, that is good to know! Though people should be paying attention to what's being said & not tweeting or texting, but that's another issue! Keep up the good work!!!

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