LOUISVILLE, Ky. – GIE+EXPO 2013’s $10 early-bird registration fee is available through Sept. 11 at www.gie-expo.com.

From Sept. 12 until 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 22, preregistration will be $25. For those who wait to register during the show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Oct. 23-25, the fee will be $50 per person. 

Attendees have user-friendly tools that make the registration process easy; plus, registrants can schedule and manage appointments with exhibitors and set their agenda with real-time Personalized Dashboards. Through the dashboards, attendees can also manage their attendance in educational sessions and access exhibitors’ brochures.

The Connect Me mobile smartphone app, which will be available through the App Store in early October, allows attendees to locate exhibitors that match their product interests before and during the tradeshow. They can also browse the entire exhibitor list, collect exhibitor electronic brochures and manage appointments. All data collected returns to the dashboard in real time. 

With Buyer Connect attendees are able to keep track of the exhibits they visit, download company information about those exhibitors, send individual e-mails to exhibitors’ contacts and follow up at their convenience. Buyer Connect helps exhibitors keep track of attendees who stopped by their booth, create show reports and send emails to leads. 

Exhibitors also have access to Invite a Customer, the fast and easy way to create and launch email campaigns alerting customers to the products and services that will be featured at their booths, as well as the customer events they are planning during GIE+EXPO.

Before and after the show, exhibitors can use the lead retrieval app CompuLEAD Smart, which enables exhibitors to connect with attendees on and off the floor using their own smartphones. 

In addition, outstanding prizes are available for those who register early. Two lucky registrants will win the two grand prizes: $2,000 travel packages to the show. Each package includes a $500 gift card for expenses, a luxury hotel suite for three nights in The Galt House or Seelbach Hilton Hotel, $100 in gift cards for local restaurants, $50 for souvenirs at the Visitor Information Center and VIP seating at the GIE+EXPO concerts. Performers include Craig Morgan on Wednesday, Three Dog Night on Thursday and Holly Williams on Friday. 

And, GIE+EXPO’s Refer-a-Friend program will award an Apple iPad to one lucky winner. To enter, register online and then send an online invitation to a friend. When that person registers you will be eligible for the iPad drawing. Instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email, and the winner will be announced at the show.

A big hit last year, the $10,000 Friday Giveaway will start at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25.  Winners must be present to win $1,000 at 1 p.m., $2,000 at 2 p.m., $3,000 at 3 p.m. and $4,000 at 4 p.m. To be eligible, register for GIE+EXPO. An entry form with instructions will be mailed along with badges.