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ad:tech 2009 · By: tavis.parker

This photo gallery contains pictures from ad:tech 2009 in San Francisco, California. The conference was held on April 21-22, 2009. Plain Black was an exhibitor at the event and brought over 2000 Gooey dolls!

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This is how our exhibit booths always start. We get the floormats installed and the pop-up backdrop. Then we begin building out the rest of our booth. Usually takes about an hour to get the basic components all setup.

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JT taking a moment for a photo with the star of the show. Gooey!

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This has been a very popular design for us and the projector is a very eyecatching thing when used with a black backdrop. We always get a lot of compliments on our booth design and are able to draw a crowd most of the time.

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It's hard to show just how many Gooey dolls we have crammed into the display. So we've included several pictures in an attempt to accomplish this. There are over 2000!

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You can begin to see just how many we brought with us to ad:tech 2009. It was our largest amount to date and we still gave them all away!

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Tavis overwhelmed by the sheer number of Gooeys. You may not know this but Tavis (aka "Tavisto" on IRC) is the world's foremost expert on Gooey Exhibit Design & Construction. Most of the 2000 Gooeys are adjusted and aligned into the proper "eyes forward" design.

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Up close and personal with Gooeys deciding to take over our table. Hey, there's 2000 of em so they do what they want!

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Gooey is a marketing genius and he likes to hang off every structure we have. In addition, you'll commonly find him taking over other people's exhibits, tables, truss, and lighting rigs.

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This is a photo from floor level. This gives you a better idea of how high and how many there are. The pile was almost 4 foot tall in some places.

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Tavis found out how scary it is to lie down next to the Gooey pile. There's nothing worse than being at the bottom of a Gooey avalanche.

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JT and Tabitha from Plain Black were on hand to answer questions, hand out Gooeys, and give live demos. Tavis was there as well and took many of these photos.

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JT giving a demo and answering questions.

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JT answering questions and helping people understand the true potential of WebGUI.

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JT educating more people about why WebGUI is the best CMS product available.


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Tabitha is a designer at Plain Black and was very busy explaining how easy it is to design a site in WebGUI. There was lots of interest at ad:tech about how to design a site in WebGUI.

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Tabitha explaining the benefits of using WebGUI. She did an excellent job considering it was her first tradeshow with the PB road crew.

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We were not short on visitors to our booth. When Plain Black has a booth, there are always a ton of people around learning about WebGUI and getting free Gooey dolls.

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Tabitha has phenomenal technical design knowledge and is also an excellent "booth babe". :) Way to go Tabitha!

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More people learning about WebGUI. We had a stead flow of interested people for both (8-hour) days.

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More tweaking to the exhibit.

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More adjustments to the Gooey wall. It has to be perfect in order to draw in the big crowds! :)

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Tavis doing his due diligence and making sure the Gooey pile is in tip top shape.

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Tavis admiring all of the hard work that went into building the Gooey wall.

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