What to Expect at The PPAI Expo 2022


Another year is coming to a close, so you know what that means: The PPAI Expo is right around the corner!

We can’t wait to see you at the Mandalay Bay for The PPAI Expo 2022!

This will be the first in-person Expo since 2020, so we know everyone’s so excited to get back together to see what’s new and celebrate the promotional products industry. But since it’s been such a long time since January 2020, you might be feeling a little out of practice when it comes to all things tradeshow. Not to worry! Here’s the PPAI Expo primer you’ve been waiting for:

Education Day

The PPAI Expo show floor is open beginning on Tuesday, January 11, but did you know that tons of free education sessions are taking place on Monday, January 10?

If you’re arriving in Las Vegas a little early, be sure to stop by the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to catch the keynote session at 8:45 a.m. and then stick around for a day full to the brim with educational opportunities, including several SAGE sessions you won’t want to miss! You can even earn CAS and MAS credit while you’re at it, getting you one step closer to a prestigious industry certification.

The SAGE Answer Station will also be up and running on Monday! Got burning SAGE questions you want answered or need a little one-on-one training? That’s what we’re here for! Give us a call or shoot us an email, and we’ll schedule a time for you to get some personal attention. We’ll also be accepting walk-ins, but spots will be limited, so scheduling a time slot is recommended!

Health and Safety

With the COVID-19 pandemic still fresh in everyone’s minds, safety is a top priority at this year’s Expo. PPAI is staying on top of local and federal regulations pertaining to public health to ensure everyone has a safe and healthy tradeshow experience. Currently, masks will be required at the show, but rules are fluid as PPAI and the Mandalay Bay continue to monitor the situation. Either way, you can rest assured knowing that everyone will be following the most up-to-date health and safety recommended standards.

Plan Ahead

To maximize your show experience, make sure to download SAGE Mobile, the official tradeshow planner for The PPAI Expo, before you get to Vegas!

Downloading the app before you go will save you time and give you a chance to make sure you have your login credentials in order before you ever step foot on the show floor. If you’re having trouble with your download or need login help, we’re here for you! Just email support@sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243, and we’ll get you ready to go.

Then, download The PPAI Expo from the tradeshow menu so all the show’s info is on your device. You’ll even be able to access the floor plan and full schedule without an internet connection!

You can best plan your time at The PPAI Expo in SAGE Mobile by creating a walk list. Just select all your favorite exhibitors, and SAGE Mobile will create a personalized walk list for you that takes you on the most efficient route to all your must-see booths. You can also plan out your education schedule by choosing sessions and adding them to your calendar, so you don’t miss a thing.

At the Show

There’s so much to do and see at The PPAI Expo, so it’s a good thing you get three days to do it all! Don’t rush yourself, or you’ll be paying for it the next morning: the show floor is deceptively large. Luckily, if you plan your schedule and walk list out ahead of time, you’ll be able to make sure you get to everything on your list.

Between networking events, parties, dinners, and more, you’re sure to have a busy schedule. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, PPAI will have a Mindfulness Room set up in Banyan E for you to relax, meditate, reflect, or pray.

Don’t Forget About SAGE!

We can’t wait to see you at The PPAI Expo. You can find us in our booth each day, and we’ll be hosting live education with interactive sessions on SAGE products and services throughout the entire show at SAGE Experience.

You can learn more about SAGE Experience and see the full schedule here.

We’ll also be at The PPAI Expo’s hottest party, Promopalooza! With lots of snacks, drinks, dancing, and networking, it’s sure to be this year’s most Instagram-worthy party. With a gorgeous venue and all your favorite industry professionals, this is one event you definitely won’t want to miss out on.

Want to learn more about The PPAI Expo? Check out PPAI’s website here, and give our blogs on surviving Expo and getting the most out of hybrid tradeshows a read.

See you in Vegas!

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Caitlin is a Marketing Coordinator at SAGE. When she's not writing, she enjoys baking and spending time with her beagle puppy, Piper.

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