Join us at the 2018 National Association of Consumer Shows Annual Convention! 

Attendee registration opens in February 2018 but mark your calendars NOW! 

This is the premier education and networking event for all individuals involved in the production of consumer shows.  Owners, management, show staff, and all industry stakeholders are invited and welcome at the convention.  Bring the team!  If you would like to be added to our mailing/distribution list for when exhibit/sponsor and attendee schedule information is available, simply email us

SUPPORT THE CONVENTION!  Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities will be available -- this is the perfect opportunity for your facility/property or company to showcase all that you have to offer.  Many of our exhibitors are convention centers and facilities from the country; we also welcome any organization who helps support consumer show producers (decorators, advertising agencies, insurance companies,promotional product supplier, etc.).

About Our Keynote Presentations:

“Game Planning” for YOUR Show’s Success” - Presented by Anthony Griggs

Anthony Griggs, a former 7 year NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles (82-85) and the Cleveland Browns(86-88), the  Director of Player Development (Steelers, 92-05), and currently President of AG Squared Networks, Inc., will be kicking off the National Association of Consumer Shows annual convention in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Anthony brings a very unique perspective to this year’s meeting… as a former player, coach, and Director, he is fast becoming a distinctive “top performance” consultant for sports, life, and business. His extensive background and experiences provide him with the ideal mix of unique insights as a player, parent, and coach/administrator.

Having a public/consumer show involves teamwork, strategic planning, setting goals, and most importantly, to have execution by the players involved. The successful teams are the ones that have an effective Offensive strategy and Defensive strategy as sports have shown.  For you to have a positive show, just like football, it involves your “offense” moving in the direction you want and your “defense” preventing any setbacks and delays toward your success. Doing some “key things” keeps you moving towards your goal…to win!

•    What does a win look like for you?
•    How do you know if you won?
Don’t miss Anthony Griggs as he delivers a valuable “high achievement” approach for you to win at your shows…

26 Words & Copy Constructs that Instantly Make You More Persuasive - Presented by Nancy Harhut, Behavioral Scientist & Marketing Guru

In marketing, just like in Scrabble, some words are worth more than others. They're the words with the power to convince and convert -- the ones that drive your success in emails, ads and other marketing materials. In fact, research confirms that even a small word can make a big difference!

This fast-paced, example-jammed presentation reveals eye magnet words, compliance triggers, and 24 other words and copy secrets (one for each letter of the alphabet!) that will make you an instant master of persuasion.

Hear about the scientific studies and in-market research supporting each. And leave ready to write more persuasive copy.

If you’re in the business of convincing people to do what you want them to do – attend, return, buy, bring a friend, etc. -- these are the easy-to-use secrets that you can use tomorrow to get people to open, read and act on your advertising message.

In this session, you will discover:
- The surprising pulling power of the word “because”
- The 140% lift of questions
- How to effectively use Rhyme as Reason Bias
- Why Herd Mentality and Urgency make people act without thinking
- Two ways to use Loss Aversion to prompt behavior

Nancy Harhut is passionate about the impact behavioral science can have on marketing. A Hatch Top 100 Creative Influencer, Online Marketing Institute Top 40 Digital Strategist, and Social Top 50 Email Marketing Leader, she has creative directed integrated campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands. She and her teams have won over 175 awards for digital and direct marketing effectiveness. The Chief Creative Officer of HBT Marketing, Harhut is known for her interesting and actionable insights that focus on the application of behavioral science to marketing.  A top-ranked speaker, she's wowed audiences from the US Department of Defense to Moscow marketers to SXSW attendees. Companies seeking an added advantage tap her for campaign development, consulting and content creation. Follow her on twitter at @nharhut

Room Block Information - Reserve your room now!

A block of rooms at a discounted rate has been reserved for NACS convention attendees and participants at our host hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites in downtown Pittsburgh.  Anyone participating in our convention should book a room at this property.  It is the responsibility of each individual to reserve their own room, either by calling the hotel directly or reserving online at this link only.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites - Downtown Pittsburgh
One Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15219, USA

Standard Room (single/double) Rate: $169
Room rate is exclusive of applicable state and local taxes.  Be sure to confirm hotel cancellation, deposit, and other policies at the time of booking.

To make a room reservation, please call 1.800.222.8733 and indicate you are with the NACS Annual Convention for discounted rates.  Our discounted rates are available three days prior, and three days post event based on availability for those interested in extending their stay.

Or reserve a room online HERE.
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LODGING RESERVATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JUNE 1 -- but we strongly encourage you to book your room right away (DO NOT DELAY).  The room block has a limited number of rooms and they will be available only until the block becomes full or the deadline (whichever comes first).  Rooms are not guaranteed up until the deadline if the block is fulfilled.

NACS members receive discounted pricing to attend and exhibit/sponsor. If you are not a current NACS member, no problem!  Apply for NACS membership with your convention registration and we will honor the discounted member rate!  You could also apply now to get that step out of the way!

Thank you for your interest in NACS and our fantastic annual event.  We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh in June!