Registration Opens for PBI’s 6th Annual Print & Media Conference

CHESTNUT HILL, MA—July 5, 2011—For print buying pros, creatives and marketers who want to benefit from the insights of thought leaders in the graphic arts, digital printing and content marketing, Chicago is the place to be this September. The reason? PBI’s 6th Annual Print & Media Conference takes place on Sept. 13-14 at McCormick Place, alongside GRAPH EXPO 2011.

For the first time, Print Buyers International (PBI) is holding its annual conference in Chicago. The event will co-locate at GRAPH EXPO, the U.S. print industry’s largest annual trade show and conference. Previous PBI conferences have been held in New England.

PBI conference attendees can choose from 16 sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. More than 20 speakers will participate, including experts in digital printing, G7, mobile computing, color management, print buying practices, sustainability, multi-channel marketing, QR codes, and paper.

PBI’s 2011 Conference is this year’s only independent conference targeting customers of print & digital media. The program was built to address the most pressing needs of today’s print media specialists.

Online registration is now available, with group rates are available for three or more registrants from the same firm. Print Buyer Boot Camp, running all day Monday, Sept. 12, is also open for registration.

Early Bird prices are available only through July 31, and include ticketing options for the two-day Conference, the one-day Print Buyer Boot Camp, or any combination of the two PBI events. Members of Print Buyers International are offered the best discounts. Click for information on joining PBI.

Additional benefits for conference attendees include complimentary tickets to the GRAPH EXPO show floor, with 500+ exhibitors, plus discounted prices for rooms at 27 Chicago hotels. Airline discounts are also offered to PBI attendees. Details on hotels and airfare are available here.

“We’re really excited to be part of the GRAPH EXPO buzz this year,” said PBI founder Margie Dana. “For anyone in the graphic arts, going to GRAPH EXPO is like a kid going to Disneyland. And we’ve built a program like no other. It includes cutting-edge print manufacturing information, best practices for print buyers, multi-channel marketing case studies, and some sessions on newer media, including QR codes, mobile computing—and content marketing—which affects all of us in the graphic arts.

The Conference kicks off on Tuesday with a keynote address by Joe Pulizzi, a leading author, speaker and strategist for content marketing. Joe is first and foremost a content marketing evangelist. He founded the Content Marketing Institute. His keynote, sponsored by Fujifilm, is entitled, “Diving into the Content Marketing Revolution.”

Nine other sessions will run on Tuesday, leading up to the cocktail reception in the Sponsor Center at day’s end. Six sessions will run on Wednesday, with time built in for attendees to visit sponsors as well as the GRAPH EXPO show floor.

PBI’s 6th Annual Conference will have its own ballroom and breakout rooms at McCormick Place. The Sponsor Center, accommodating 30 sponsors, will take up half the ballroom, while the other half is reserved for roundtables. For details on sponsorship, visit the show’s Sponsor Information page.

Registration Information
Click for details on registration and the conference program, or contact Executive Administrator Phyllis Myung at

About Print Buyers International
Print Buyers International (PBI) is an independent organization that caters to professionals who purchase or influence the purchase of print and other media. Each fall it hosts an annual conference, providing education and networking for professionals who work with printing and the graphic arts. Learn more at