Three breakfast keynotes. A grand keynote and a lunch keynote. Six breakout periods with five track sessions for each breakout. Plus networking and product demos. Event organizers made sure that attendees were plenty busy on the second day of the first-ever Subscription Show, held Nov. 4-6 at Bostonís World Trade Center conference venue.
Michael Moran Alterio is Subscription Insiderís staff writer focused on subscription business trends and research. He is a journalist and data analyst with over 20 years of experience†with a keen sense for the story behind the spreadsheet.†
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