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|The front page of the Expo 2011 website|
In the past, hcmcexpo.com.vn was the official website of the exhibition providing viewers with information about registrations and general views on the expo. In 2009, the website underwent a complete revamp aimed at adding values to the on-site exhibition via activities including online exhibition, and online B2B.
The website operator, the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade, also wanted it to become an exclusive website for wood and handicraft trading, helping local exporters approach new trading methods and get latest news on the industry.
One important part of the website is the Exhibition Information section that introduces all related information about the exhibition, pavilion, registration form, pictures and information on the previous exhibition, as well as the detailed schedule on all upcoming events of Expo 2011. Visitors can choose Visitor Information to register for B2B activities or participate in other supporting activities for visitors.
Those who can’t attend the exhibition can still go to the Online Tradeshow, which allows visitors to review the previous exhibitions and see the current one.In addition to business supporting information, the website owner organized the Communication Column to help reporters get the latest information about the exhibition. They can also search for information about local and international exhibitions, get to know the latest consumer trends and explore Vietnam’s export markets.
Hcmcexpo.com.vn is playing an important role in helping international buyers get contact with local wood and handicraft makers. The department’s figures show that there were 179 companies participating in the Online Tradeshow with more than 3,000 items in 2008, the respective numbers in 2009 rose to 761 and 5,000, and 800 and more than 12,000 items last year.
Therefore, together with the annual Expo, the website has become a unique online exhibition for wood and handicraft producers and exporters in Vietnam.
Many companies have described the website as helpful as it offers business information and that on products for foreign importers when they do searches. This is also a place where Vietnamese producers can get updates on their business partners. But the most important thing is that the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade as the Expo organizer will exempt them from all costs.
At the beginning, the department set the target of making the website the most useful trading promotion tool for entrepreneurs.
Many local wood and handicraft producers are small and medium, so their trade promotion budgets are still limited. Most of them choose to put the logo or buy commercial advertising on well-known sites including Alibaba.com and Google.com at high costs.
Le Phuc Thinh, managing director of Saigon Palm, a frequent customer of Alibaba.com, told the Daily that every year he spent an average of VND100 million on trading promotion activities, including local and overseas exhibitions and online commercials. For small logo and product display of Saigon Palm on Alibaba.com, he paid US$1,500 per year. This year Thinh has decided to cut half the spending on on-site exhibitions to focus on online trade, he said, because the online version will last longer than the on-site exhibition.
Therefore, the free Online Expo has helped him cut trade promotion cost. Thinh said he really appreciated the department’s assistance for entrepreneurs like him.
The website is undergoing the last phase of technical improvement in the lead up to the opening this Wednesday of Expo 2011.