So there is a trade show of sort coming that my friend was talking about and every year there are thousands of people that pay a lot of money to travel and attend to this event. He is definitely one of those people that has paid a lot of money to do so in the past. This year, he said he is simply going to try and catch everything online for free as he mentioned that he can get pretty much any information that he needs at home through the web.
What was funny about that when I thought of it is that in many of these trade shows that are mainly information based the event organizers seem to have to offer people free stuff in an effort to actually get them in there. Cause nowadays, it seems like you can easily find items such as live streaming video of events like these everywhere to the point where you can pretty much feel as if you are there.
Even official company sites usually offer their own live feeds if the event/news is large enough to warrant one. Makes sense in many ways. With that thought, attending in-person is more like a vacation expense where you should only do that if you placed disposable income for it. That is unless of course you have to be there in-person for whatever reason such as networking. Actually, when you think about it I guess from a business point of view you can probably save a lot of money by capitalizing on that thought too where if you can introduce and pass information to people via a webcast as opposed to traditional means it can end up working out good too. Possibly less overhead while reaching a larger audience base.