FAQs/Answers for CS Week 2023
These 13 FAQs/Answers help CS Week attendees learn, plan and engage. Get the most from your utility’s travel/training dollars and your time with this tool. Click any underlined word to jump to more information.
Q1: What’s new for 2023?
Popular business process Synergy Groups have been renamed as Deep Dives. Deep Dives offer focused presentations, panels and extended discussion around these key processes and hot topics: Billing & Payments, Contact Center, Credit & Collections, Customer Assistance, Digital Engagement and Field Services/Revenue Protection. Registration is required for Tuesday’s Deep Dives. Each will operate on its own schedule, taking breaks/meals when they best fit the Dive’s dynamic. Sponsorships are available for Deep Dives, so attendees can learn industry perspectives too.
CS Week ENGAGE311/EXPO311 shifts to Wednesday through Friday morning, sharing Tuesday’s Welcome Reception and Thursday’s Special Event with Conference 47.
Q2: What about COVID safety and security concerns?
Answer: CS Week remains in close contact with the Charlotte Convention Center (CCC) and public health authorities regarding local COVID protocols. Like last year’s center in Phoenix, the CCC is accredited as a GBAC (Global BioRisk Advisory Council) Star Facility. Click the CCC link for the latest precautions and protocols.
Q3: When should I arrive for CS Week 2023?
Answer: Check out Plan Your Week and see how CS Week’s venues are scheduled to maximize attendance. Come for one venue, stay for another!
Whether traveling by air, train or car, visit 2023 Agenda for the venues/events you want to attend. Most launch early with breakfast, so it makes sense to arrive the day/evening before, get situated at your hotel, check-in at Main Registration on the Street Level of the CCC, look over Conference bag contents and get your CS Week bearings.
Executive Summit and Key Account Forum offer dedicated registration areas adjacent to their meeting areas in The Westin Charlotte, starting Sunday afternoon. ENGAGE311 opens its dedicated registration desk in the CCC’s West Meeting Wing on Tuesday afternoon.
Q4: What’s there to see and do in Charlotte?
Answer: Charlotte’s winning combination of moderate temperatures, close by entertainment, historical and cultural attractions, trails and museums make visiting the Queen City a treat for the senses. Visit 101 Fun Things to Do in Charlotte for ideas and options before and after CS Week 2023!
Q5: When does CS Week 2023 registration open?
Answer: Shhh! Registration was opened with a quiet launch in September. Watch for emails announcing our loud launch in October (date TBD), along with links to our boutique venues’ registration pages, their fees, policies and tentative agendas. Be sure to tick Tuesday’s Deep Dives and Wednesday’s Women in Utilities Sunrise Event registration boxes for a full conference week experience.
Q6: How can my utility save money and send more attendees?
Answer: Early Registration opens in October 2022 and closes 3/31/23. By registering early and using the Utility Group Registration Form, utilities can maximize their ROI:
20% discount for 3-5 attendees
30% discount on 6-10 attendees
40% discount on 11+ attendees
Julie Shankles, Registration Mgr, is available for questions at 903-821-8631, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST.
Utility Group Discounts also apply to:
Regular Registration, 4/1/23 thru 4/29/23
On-Site Registration, 4/30/23 thru 5/3/23
Q7: What about hotel accommodations and local transportation?
Answer: CS Week has reserved room blocks at two hotels with amenities that seasoned travelers expect within walking distance of the CCC - The Westin Charlotte and Hilton Charlotte Uptown. As CS Week draws closer, reservations typically exceed block numbers, so we try to meet demand by seeking more rooms, often in other nearby hotels. Reserve early and stay close at negotiated rates. Beware of reduced hotel offers from third parties outside CS Week; they are SCAMS!
Once registered, book your travel arrangements. Review Transportation to get your bearings and review local getting-around options.
Q8: How do I get the most from the Exhibit Hall?
Conference 47 Exhibit Hall opens Tuesday at 1 pm and remains open until Thursday at 3:30 pm. CS Week 2023’s agenda provides wandering-the-aisles and appointment time during receptions, luncheons and private consultations/demos.
Exhibitors and sponsors, check out the 2023 Prospectus to see how your marketing dollars go to work, virtually and in person, 365 days/year at CS Week.
About two months before CS Week 2023, watch for email broadcasts with links to request appointments for private consultations/demos on Wednesday and Thursday. For two hours each morning, vendors offer show-and-tells at their booths. These often include attendees from multiple utilities, allowing you to learn from others and ask questions in a small setting. Our industry partners, many with a wide portfolio of clients, are ready to share examples, case studies and success stories as they demo their best and latest products/services.
Q9: How do I efficiently navigate the Exhibit Hall space?
Answer: CS Week provides lots of options!
Download the CS Week 2023 Attendee App, about two weeks before Conference 47;
Review the digital 2023 Program (published at csweek.org in late February 2023);
Fold out the printed 2023 On-Site Guide cover to see the Exhibit Hall floorplan and vendor/booth listing;
Review the printed 2023 Exhibitor Catalog.
Options 1 and 4 allow you to cross-reference your must-see list with exhibitors offering similar products and services. Consider visiting competitors in like disciplines to gain broader perspectives.
Color code or mark your On-Site Guide or Exhibitor Catalog floorplan with:
Vendors who have reached out to you or your utility’s execs personally;
Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors;
Products/services that align with your utility’s planned initiatives, current programs and long-range projects; and
CS Week Dream Prize Giveaway sponsors. Be sure to secure their stamps on your Giveaway card to be eligible to win fabulous gift cards ranging from $500 - $10,000!
Share a game plan with your executive before Conference and be open to redirection. After CS Week 2023, circle back and report your learnings and interactions.
Do your homework and visit vendor websites before you arrive. Be prepared to discuss your utility’s customer service/technology roadmap, including timing, key decision personnel, scope, anticipated CX enhancements and challenges to overcome. Accept badge scans or bring business cards and set a personal goal to give/share at least 5 per day.
Q10: How do I get the most from the Exhibit Hall?
Answer: Conference 46 Exhibit Hall opens Tuesday, 5/3/22 at 1:00 pm and remains open until Thursday, 5/5/22 at 3:30 pm. CS Week 2022’s schedule provides Exhibit Hall time during receptions, luncheons, private consultations/demos or just wandering around.
Exhibitors and sponsors, check out the 2022 Prospectus to see how your marketing dollars go to work, virtually and in person, 365 days/year at CS Week.
Request appointments for private consultations/demos on Wednesday, 5/4/22 and Thursday, 5/5/22. For two hours each morning, vendors offer show-and-tells at their booths. Private consultations/demos often include attendees from multiple utilities, giving you an opportunity to learn from others and ask questions in a small setting. These industry partners, many with a wide portfolio of clients, are ready to share examples, case studies and success stories as they demo their best and latest products and services
Q11: What meals are provided at CS Week 2023?
Executive Summit and Key Account Forum provide Monday and Tuesday breakfasts, lunches and breaks adjacent to their Westin Charlotte meeting rooms and private receptions/dinners on Monday evening (TBA).
ENGAGE311 provides breakfasts and lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday plus an evening networking reception on Wednesday. Attendees are invited to attend Conference 47’s Welcome Reception on Tuesday and Thursday Night’s Special Event.
Oracle Energy & Water, SAP and SEW Vendor User Groups provide breakfast, lunch and breaks on Monday. Deep Dives and EVCx provides breakfast and lunch on Tuesday.
Conference 47 provides:
Welcome Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres/drinks on Tuesday evening;
Continental breakfasts on Wednesday and Thursday;
Women in Utilities Sunrise Event as Wednesday's full breakfast for a small fee.
Plated lunches in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday and Thursday;
AM and PM breaks with hot/cold drinks and snacks will be provided in the Workshops aisles on Wednesday and Thursday;
Networking Reception (LeadNext and Canadian Receptions are co-located) with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks on Wednesday evening; and
Special Event with street food and drinks on Thursday evening.
CS Week Benchmark meeting (members only) provides Wednesday lunch.
Q12: How do I get the most out of what CS Week has to offer?
Visit our website, csweek.org for up-to-date information about our venues and their learning/networking opportunities. Click tabs and links, check out photos of our Board, Executive Advisory Panel, Planning Committee and venue steering groups. This is the place to become in-the-know. We’re always available to talk, so call us with your questions/comments at 903-893-3214.
Review the 2023 Program, published digitally in late February, to plan which venues, Conference Workshops, receptions and activities to attend.
Download the Conference Attendee App and set your password before Conference 47 begins. Lots of attendees enjoy the App’s social media features, especially sharing photos.
Boutique venues provide targeted information about content, schedule and speakers to registered attendees. Watch your inbox for emails for these venues:
Key Account Forum
Vendor User Groups: Oracle Energy & Water, SAP and SEW
Review the 2023 On-Site Guide included in your Conference bag:
Launch your Week with Tuesday’s Attendee Orientation whether this is your first or umpteenth CS Week.
Attend all receptions and special events for great mingling and connecting.
Put your pedal to the metal at Thursday Night’s Special Event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Thanks to its long-time sponsor, CS Week always plans a great party, this year an interactive one full of speedway twists, turns and fun.
Save your Conference bag items for contacts once you’re back at work.
Q13: What should I pack?
Business cards. Share with exhibitors and fellow attendees and use them as your ticket to win vendor prize giveaways.
Business-casual attire. Indoor spaces at convention centers and hotels are generally cool, so many attendees appreciate having a sweater or jacket.
Comfortable walking shoes. With its 200,000+ square foot Exhibit Hall, CS Week is a place to get in your steps. You’ll also appreciate sidewalk-friendly shoes as you venture out to enjoy Charlotte’s local cuisine, sights and sounds.