"ECRM sessions are perfect for us because in the same place we can meet our current partners to check-in as well as connect with new potential accounts. Not only do the meetings offer insight, but the sessions are a great place for us to learn more about what’s trending and what’s coming up in the market. We learn a lot from our session attendances because we can survey our buyers all in one place, as well as learn from our peers."
David Slagle, Designer Protein, LLC
"We're very happy with the success of this session. Approximately 80 percent to 85 percent of the meetings were valuable leads to grow our business. It's definitely necessary to use these types of sessions to broaden the relationships and express our products in a way that differentiates us from the other hundred Mexican-style salsas on the market -- face to face meetings help us to accomplish that."
Griffin Hussong
Imperio Salsa LLC
"The format is a lot more respectful to suppliers’ time and efforts. Instead of trying to catch a retailer as they are speeding by your booth at a trade show, ECRM brings them right to you for a private, pre-scheduled meeting. It’s much less stressful. ECRM is a great way for emerging suppliers to grow their business, and I would recommend to any supplier looking to get into retail and foodservice. ECRM sets you up for success!"
Leah Caplanis
SOCIAL Sparkling Wine
"We use ECRM as an opportunity to meet with as many retailers as possible to ensure our fine products are made available to customers at retailers across all classes of trade in the U.S. Covering both everyday and Seasonal business. It is a great forum for planning with our business partners and customers."
Paul Minger
Haribo Of America Inc
"The value of ECRM sessions is the time savings. It takes me out of the office, where I am not interrupted by phone calls and/or emails. ECRM helps expand my business by giving me an opportunity to spend more time with vendors, and validating the right assortment. ECRM also provides useful software that will allow me to work on a spreadsheet which will help me plan better for the next season. I am looking forward to the next event!"
Barry Phillips
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing an excellent venue to meet with some really great buyers representing companies large and small to discuss our exciting product portfolio. I can think of four very good reasons why the ECRM Candy meeting has become an integral part of our plans for the past three years. The first is that we are able to speak with the buyers one on one. There is no one walking down the aisle to interrupt or anything at another booth to take someone’s attention away. Second, your MarketGate program is so complete and your staff is so competent that everything is right at your fingertips. It makes the meeting easy and follow up quick and simple. Third, the way the session is structured I had plenty of time to visit with some of the buyers who may have had a question or two that I could not answer at the time of our meeting. Finally, the post-convention support you provide is amazing. Everything that transpired during my meetings was captured and as a result it will translate into orders and wonderful opportunities for our growing company. Again my compliments for creating and conducting a fabulous convention. I look forward to the ECRM every year. I know that it’s not easy to coordinate such a program, however, all your people are so sophisticated they make it look easy. It saved me considerable time that would be spent traveling the entire country and many dollars to accomplish the same task. Thank you for your efforts on our behalf."
Steve Bruner
Candy Dynamics