Gifts Today magazine

Seminars announced for NY NOW 2018

Industry experts to offer valuable insights on business operations, engaging customers, new design trends, and more, during seminar programmes

NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, knows how important it is for attendees to advance their skills or business and make the most of their time at the Market.

During the upcoming winter 2018 market, NY NOW will once again offer a busy schedule of events and educational seminars that will provide attendees with great tips and insights to implement when they return to their stores, showrooms or studios. 

Sessions are led by industry experts including representatives from associations, leading trade and consumer publications and more. Registration is now open and can be accessed here.

“No matter the size of your company or number of employees, there are always new things to learn when it comes to running a business, particularly in our industry,” says Randi Mohr, VP and NY NOW director. “However, we realise how much that scheduling plays a factor when looking for these important educational opportunities, which is why we continue to provide programming from top level experts during NY NOW so our attendees can maximise their time and take home a wide range of insights on a variety of topics.”

The initial schedule of exciting seminars at the winter 2018 market includes:

• Sunday, February 4th
º 10:30 am - Creating a Standard Operating Procedure for Your Business (SOP)
º 10:30 am - Kick-Start 2018 with a Plan for The Numbers (Part 1 of 3)
º 12:00 pm - Innovative Purchasing - Consumer Patterns in Personal Care Products
º 1:30 pm - Facebook 2018: Making the Most of Social Media’s Giant
º 2:30 pm - Kick-Start 2018 with a Plan for The Buy (Part 2 of 3)

• Monday, February 5th
º 8:30 am - Puttin’ on the Paint - From Theory to Selection, presented by the IFDA
º 10:00 am - Kick-Start 2018 with a Plan for the Marketing (Part 3 of 3)
º 10:30 am - Contests, Sweepstakes & Social Media, Know the Rules!
º 10:30 am - Influencer Marketing on a Budget: Leveraging Micro-Influencers to Boost Your Business
º 12:00 pm - Community Connections: Leverage SHOP LOCAL Trends through Retail Events to Drive Sales!
º 12:00 pm - Drive Traffic and Boost Sales with In-Store Classes and Special Events
º 1:30 pm - Merchandising for Booths, Pop-Up Shops & Trade Shows
º 1:30 pm - Sustainable. Timeless. Design
º 3:00 pm - Emerging Trends in Personal Cares Products 2018

• Tuesday, February 6th
º 9:00 am - How Much Should I Buy?
º 10:00 am - How to Spot, Shop & Sell On-Trend Gift Items
º 10:30 am - Loyalty Programmes: Squeezing More Money Out of Current Customers
º 11:30 am - A Dialogue on Design
º 1:30 pm - Magnify Your Business: Tips, Tools & Strategies for Automated Marketing
º 3:00 pm - Understanding How Trademark Rules Impact Your Business & Branding

A Night on Broadway Returns
Additionally, NY NOW will once again offer attendees the opportunity to experience the New York theater scene during NY NOW’s popular A Night On Broadway outing on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00pm. This year, a limited number of tickets will be available for Hello, Dolly! with two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, who joins the cast in January. The classic story of a meddlesome matchmaker who brings together the young clerk of a wealthy Yonkers merchant and his assistant with a widowed milliner and her assistant, while making sure she herself gets to marry the merchant, in Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker.

Attend NY NOW
NY NOW is open to members of the industry including retailers and buyers as well as members of the press. For more information on the market or to register for seminars, please visit

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