ProZ.com presence at the ATA conference?
Thread poster: Katalin Horváth McClure

Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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Oct 23, 2009

I am not sure whether this is the right forum to post this, so please move it if needed.

I am wondering if ProZ.com will be present at the ATA Annual Conference in NYC next week.
I did not see ProZ listed as an exhibitor on the conference website.

Katalin


 

vorloff
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ProZ not at ATA conference Nov 3, 2009

Not only did ProZ not exhibit, but I didn't even see any staff listed in the attendee book. Very strange since they are based in NY. Their silence to your post is also a bit odd...

 

Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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Yeah, I know Nov 3, 2009

I asked before the conference, because I wanted to know if I should search for them there - they were not around in any shape or form.

 

Lucia Leszinsky
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ProZ.com was not present at the ATA Annual conference in New York Nov 3, 2009

Hello Katalin and Vera,

I apologize for the delay in my reply.

In effect, ProZ.com was not present in the ATA Annual Conference this year.

Maybe the next one?

Thanks for bearing staff in mind though.

Regards,

Lucia


 

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Thank you for confirming ProZ's absence ... Nov 3, 2009

... but I, for one, am more interested in why ProZ wasn't present or represented at such a major industry event. Any specific reason?

 

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But why should Proz be present? Nov 4, 2009

Lawyer-Linguist wrote:

... but I, for one, am more interested in why ProZ wasn't present or represented at such a major industry event. Any specific reason?



I myself, both a freelancer and representing a company, didn't attend. I'm in New York, only 30 minutes away from the conference site. I didn't attend just because I didn't feel any need to attend.

[Edited at 2009-11-04 01:34 GMT]


 

Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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ProZ was an exhibitor at past conferences Nov 4, 2009

Since ProZ was an exhibitor at past conferences (at least at the last two, in San Francisco and Orlando, for sure), I kind of "expected" a presence, especially that NYC is a lot closer to ProZ headquarters than any of the previous ATA conference locations.

As to:
But why should Proz be present?
...
I myself, both a freelancer and representing a company, didn't attend. I'm in New York, only 30 minutes away from the conference site. I didn't attend just because I didn't feel any need to attend.


That's fine, but I think (correct me, if I am wrong) you, jyuan_us, represent a lot smaller chunk of the translation market, than ProZ does. When a company has a strong market presence, a well known brand, it is usually a strategic decision whether to exhibit at a large event or not, and the decision involves a bit more than "feel any need".

Katalin


 

jyuan_us  Identity Verified
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If the company is already well-known, Nov 4, 2009

Katalin Horvath McClure wrote:

When a company has a strong market presence, a well known brand, it is usually a strategic decision whether to exhibit at a large event or not, and the decision involves a bit more than "feel any need".

Katalin


Why should they attend?


 

Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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Do I need to explain? Nov 4, 2009

I did not say ProZ should attend the ATA conferences.
All I said I expected to see it.

As to your question:
If the company is already well-known,
...
Why should they attend?


Please ask Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, Logitec, etc. why they attend the International Consumer Electronics Show?
Ask Toyota, Honda why they attend the Tokyo Auto Show (currently underway)?

They are all well-known in those industries...


 

Jared Tabor
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This year's ATA conference Nov 4, 2009

Hello all,

Drew, who has generally handled this in the past, is currently in Argentina, and focus was being given to organizing the virtual conference, so unfortunately this time around plans could not be made to attend. As Lucía says, hopefully next time.

Best regards,

Jared


 

Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
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Some small presence Nov 5, 2009

A ProZian did make a brief announcement at the French Language Division meeting regarding a conference in Nice. It did sound nice, but it is too far away, too much, and too soon after the ATA conference for me to consider attending.

This was my first ATA conference and I will admit that I was hoping to say hello to the ProZ team. Perhaps next year.


 


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