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Fri Jan 20, 2017
Hudson, Massachusetts - The show season opened in New England last year with record crowds since the New England RV Dealers Association partnered with Paragon Group to launch the new relationship by moving the Boston RV & Camping Expo to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
“We knew from the start of the relationship that we had picked the best partner to produce our show and grow the relationship when we reorganized the association four years ago," NERVDA Executive Director Bob Zagami says. "The fruits of our labor were evident on many fronts this past weekend as the show opened to record crowds on Friday evening and the excitement and sales activity continued right through to the show closing on Monday afternoon. This year’s show exceeded all our expectations and the dealers, campgrounds and exhibitors were ecstatic with the results.
Most of our dealers easily exceeded their sales goals for the event and noted the quality of the attendees this year. The seminar programs showed that the show had many first time attendees and many RV enthusiasts who have yet to purchase their first RV, according to a press release.
“The Boston RV & Camping Expo was a great success by every measure this year,” Paragon Group President Garry Edgar says. "We had more product on the floor than ever before and attendance was up by 27 percent. The extra half-day Friday gave us a quick start and helped us get ready for the crowds early Saturday morning. A change in our marketing, adding more radio and a concentration on paid social media set the stage. The dealer discount Email piece brought in a lot of buyers and was a real success as well. Move in and Move out went extremely well this year. A win for all. Let’s do it again.”
The seminar program included Walter Cannon, Executive Director of the RV Safety & Education Foundation.
“It was a real pleasure working with NERVDA and Paragon Group this year – what a terrific show," Cannon says. "Bob and I have discussed having RVSEF representation at the show. This was our first year in Boston, but it certainly won’t be our last.”
Linda Mailhot, co-owner of Seacoast RVs in Saco, Maine and the current President of the NERVDA Board of Directors says the show was a great success.
“Great show promotion plus super weather equals excellent results," Mailhot says. "The quality of the attendees was outstanding as well as the selection of various types of recreational vehicles. Thank you to all of the participating dealers and the attendees that contributed to make this the highest attended Boston RV & Camping Expo to date.”
“It just seemed like everything clicked this year," Zagami says. "We had an incredible array of product from a small unit that could be towed by a motorcycle, a great selection of pop-ups and smaller trailers, a great selection of fifth wheels and motorized units with a good representation of Type B, C and As – topping off with a 43-foot diesel pusher that had a 'sold' sign on it by the end of the show.
As the show season continues around New England in the next four months, the activity and excitement at this show will carry over as RV enthusiasts are ready to buy new RVs this year and NERVDA members expect similar results at other shows they plan to participate in and the follow-up activity at open house events back at the dealerships, Zagami says in a press release.
“The social media campaign that NERVDA utilized for the show included a significant number of Facebook Live videos with the dealers prior to the show and live broadcasts from the show floor every hour, on the hour, that the show was opened," Mailhot says. "Some of our dealers had over 5,000 views of their individual videos that were done by Bob Zagami and John DiPietro. The high level of activity on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and even Twitter brought a lot of new prospects into the show this year. NERVDA worked with Michelle Fontaine, FB Smarty, in building out the social media program for the show this year.”