ATA Show 2007 - Atlanta, Georgia!
The Alaris Concepts Perspective
"Are we really here? I can't believe two
country canucks actually found this place 2500 miles from home!"
First of all, I can say that it was very cool to
be a part of something so significantly huge as the Archery Trade Association
Trade Show. It was a bit overwhelming at first. Everywhere you
looked...exhibitors, marketing campaigns, dealers, booths, media, and of course,
everything you could imagine related to bowhunting.
"Something tells me we didn't bring enough
Here's the reported statistics on the
In other words, a whole schwack of bow hunters
under one big roof! Go to the
ATA web site
for more details.
My brother, Bryce, and I got the Bowkaddy booth
set up in good time on Wednesday morning. The shiny Arctic Cat was sitting
in our assigned booth when we arrived, thanks to the guys at Muzzy Broadheads,
one of whom brought his personal machine down for us to use during the show.
Having put in a good half day's work, we decided
to enjoy some of the local attractions, highlighted by a visit to the fantastic
Georgia Aquarium (apparently the world's largest indoor fish tank!). Other
extracurricular opportunities included tours through the World of Coca-Cola and
CNN Headquarters as well as professional basketball and hockey games in the
Georgia Dome. From our hotel, all of
these were within a 10 minute walk away.
"Think they'll let us take fishin' rods in there?"
GWCC was already bustling with activity when we arrived Thursday
morning (Day 1). It was a marketing marvel. Everywhere we
looked...signs, banners, suspended 3D features and enough business cards
floating around to cover a quarter section. Between Bowkaddy demos and
discussions, we found a few minutes here and there to sneak around and get some
digital pix. The lighting wasn't the greatest, but I got a few decent
photos to post....
The ATA introduced a few new ideas for this year's
show. The REAL DEAL and the New Featured Products areas attracted
prospective buyers to check out the latest, greatest and best products/deals in
the show. Bowkaddy appeared in both areas. With the show as big as
it is, you have to take every advantage to bring people your way. Some
buyers spend the entire 3 days walking the floor and still don't see everything.
Friday evening was highlighted by another new
event organized and hosted by the ATA - a half-million dollar giveaway!
Anybody with a $50 dollar raffle ticket was allowed into the Thomas Murphy Ballroom
where fingers were crossed for nearly 2 hours as over 100 prizes were presented
to lucky winners. Cash, bows, crossbows, dream hunts, even a brand new Camo Edition
Chevy pickup were given away. Unfortunately, our tickets stayed in the
drum. Better luck next year.
"How do we get a brand new pickup back across the
Overall, the show was a success for Alaris
Concepts. Besides the obvious interest in the ATV and pickup applications,
there was a surprising amount of discussion on its use with the new utility
off-road vehicles (Polaris Rangers, Yamaha Rhinos and the like). Several
orders were placed during the show, and Arkansas Outdoor Dealer Supply requested
to become the Bowkaddy sales reps for four states including Texas, Louisiana,
Oklahoma and, of course, Arkansas. The name of the game in this business
(or any business, for that matter) is exposure, and we certainly achieved that.
If Bowkaddy wasn't a word in the dictionary of many bowhunters before, it is
Including the new dealers gained at the show,
Bowkaddy is now available in 18 locations in 4 provinces and 8 stores in the
following 7 states:
Next year, the show will be returning to
Indianapolis, Indiana, the hunting heart of America. It promises to be
even bigger and even better...and Bowkaddy will be there!
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