New NYIGF "Wayfinder App" launches

App offers enhanced keyword search via mobile devices
White Plains, NY – A new – and improved – NYIGF “Wayfinder App” for mobile devices will provide a wide range of information to help attendees and exhibitors navigate the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) more efficiently. The free application is available for download beginning July 5, through iTunes, the Android Market, BlackBerry App World, and http://search.nyigf.com/mobile.aspx. With an improved keyword search capability, the new NYIGF Wayfinder application allows users to pin-point search for exhibitors or products by name, product line, product category or description.  Real-time results include company names and booth locations, and all of the mobile data synchronizes with the online information available through the NYIGF website (www.nyigf.com).

“With this new mobile app, a wealth of time-saving information is now, literally, in the palm of your hand,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president.  “Based on user feedback, we’ve upgraded our mobile offerings with a new keyword search that returns immediate – and very targeted – information.”

Other features of the NYIGF Wayfinder application include the complete seminar schedule, special events, shuttle bus schedule and the floorplan. It also connects to attendees’ online “walking lists,” which can be created pre-Show using the exhibitor and product search tools available at NYIGF.com.

The application is compatible with Android, iPhone and BlackBerry devices. Once a connection is established online, Wayfinder can be used in “airplane” mode, eliminating the need for Wi-Fi, except for updates.

The Wayfinder application was designed and produced by Whereoware of Herndon, VA, a web strategy, design, development and marketing company specializing in trade shows and associations. Founded by gift and home industry veterans, Whereoware has been serving manufacturers in the gift, home and lighting industries for more than 10 years.

NYIGF runs Saturday, August 13, through Thursday, August 18, 2011, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94. NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800+ exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 85 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nyigf.com.