Leah McCann

Leah McCann

Leah McCann is a copywriter for rAVe. Contact her at leah@ravepubs.com.

NAB Show 2020 Was Canceled, But NAB Show Express Offered Great Content Anyway

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Like so many trade shows this year, broadcast mega-event NAB Show, originally planned for April in Las Vegas, could not happen due to COVID-19. In its place, NAB organized its virtual NAB Show Express. I registered and attended part of the online event to soak up some industry education and see what the showcase would […]

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Our Favorite Moments From LAVNCH WEEK 2020

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I had the pleasure of providing live coverage for most of LAVNCH WEEK 2020, an all-digital event put on by THE rAVe Agency in partnership with Zoom last week. After five full days of education sessions, product launches and thought-leadership, I wanted to write a wrap-up story of my favorite moments, broken down by AV […]

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Insider Tech Tips From Industry Experts: The LAVNCH WEEK End User Day Panel — Blog Version

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End users in the AV industry are a unique group that should not be ignored, and last week’s End User Day of LAVNCH WEEK was specifically created for them and only them. The final session of LAVNCH WEEK End User Day — and of LAVNCH WEEK overall! — was our panel discussion. The panel, “Insider […]

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Ways to Sell, Serve and Support AV in Churches — The Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK HoW Day Panel

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During our live LAVNCH WEEK Tech Talk, Paul Richards of PTZOptics shared that, these last few months, “connected churches” are discovering just how large their communities really are. And once social distancing is relaxed, many houses of worship won’t be going back to the way things were in their AV systems. For bigger houses of […]

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I Watched Zoom’s Security Updates Webinar. Here Are the Takeaways.

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On Wednesday, I watched Zoom’s 45-minute “Get The Latest Product News From Zoom” webinar. When I received the lead, I figured it would be related to Zoom 5.0, the latest upgrade to Zoom and the result of its 90-day security-enhancement plan. By the way, a quick plug: Earlier on, this same day, rAVe had a […]

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LAVNCH WEEK HoW Tech Talk: “Creating a Scalable Worship Streaming System” with Paul Richards — The Blog Version

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One, in case you missed HoW Day for LAVNCH WEEK today and, two, in case you missed Steph Beckett’s videocast with Paul Richards here, here’s a THIRD chance for you to learn about how to stream for houses of worship, as told by Paul Richards. Because, here at rAVe, we like to give you thorough […]

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Anthony Coppedge on Stats, Facts and Opportunity in HoW — Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK Keynote

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It’s day four out of five for LAVNCH WEEK — the industry’s first all-digital launch event we’ve been putting on with Zoom and our partners this week — and today was House of Worship (HoW) day. This day was created specifically for two audiences: house of worship integrators and AV/IT providers (maybe even volunteers) who […]

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LAVNCH WEEK UCC Day Tech Talk — Blog Version: “Comparing UCC Options” with Dr. S. Ann Earon, the “Industry Godmother”

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By: Madelyn Welch and Leah McCann For today’s UCC Day “Tech Talk,” we were joined by industry veteran Dr. S. Ann Earon to compare unified communication collaborations options and discover where the battle lines are today. With more than 38 years in the industry, Dr. Earon has dubbed herself the “fairy godmother of the industry.”  […]

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Our One-on-One Session With Zoom — Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK UCC Day Keynote

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I was shaking in my boots (with excitement) to hear from Zoom for our LAVNCH WEEK UCC Day keynote. Zoom has been in the news a lot recently, but a lot of us think the UCC platform has done a fantastic job of responding to criticism about its security measures, then directly addressing them with […]

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LAVNCH WEEK DS Day Panel, “Leveraging Digital Signage in Times of Crisis” — The Blog Version

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Even as the world starts to return to “normal” (or, at least, we’re feeling more of a sense of normalcy now than we did in March — but still social distancing, please), it’s important to keep sharing perspectives and learnings among each other, so that we can take them well beyond the COVID-19 crisis. That […]

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LAVNCH WEEK Digital Signage Day Tech Talk, “Programmatic Essentials for DOOH” with Ameet Shah — The Blog Version

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By: Madelyn Welch and Leah McCann Ameet Shah of Prohaska Consulting joined us today to talk about his two favorite topics: the first being programmatic buying and the second being digital out of home.  With those two things as his favorite topics, we think we found the right speaker today for our LAVNCH WEEK Digital […]

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Mark Boidman on “COVID-19 Market Reactions and Forecasts in AV” — Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK DS Day Keynote

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For day two of our first-ever LAVNCH WEEK — created and launched by rAVe in partnership with Zoom — we were particularly excited to have a full day of content specifically positioned around a huge market in our industry: digital signage. So, naturally, we found an expert on DS trends and forecasting to kick off the […]

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LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Panel: “AV Careers, Workforce Development and Pivoting Your Products and Services” — The Blog Version

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The ProAV Panel of LAVNCH WEEK yesterday covered something that’s been on many of our minds. The title of the talk will give it away: “AV Careers, Workforce Development and Pivoting Your Products and Services.” In other words, how can you, and your business, pivot in this “new normal” and keep your head above water? […]

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LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Tech Talk: “Using AV to Trigger Biology” with Mark Coxon — The Blog Version

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In the greater context of AV systems and design, Mark Coxon asked in his Tech Talk presentation for LAVNCH WEEK today, “Why do we bother with all this stuff?” There’s no ONE answer to using audio and video to tell a good story. So how do we do it? Turns out a lot of the […]

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LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Keynote: AI and Voice Are the Future, with William Ammerman — The Blog Version

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“Artificial intelligence is already at work changing you”: a provoking idea, direct from our second LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Day keynote presenter, William Ammerman — author of McGraw-Hill’s “The Invisible Brand: Marketing in the Age of Automation, Big Data, and Machine Learning.” Ammerman’s keynote today for ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK, “AI and the Voice User […]

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Dave Labuskes on “#AVgood” and the AV Industry in 2020 — Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK ProAV Keynote

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Today in history marks the first-ever day of LAVNCH WEEK, the industry’s first virtual launch event — proudly created and successfully launched by rAVe in partnership with Zoom. Kicking off the day with the very first session of the week was AVIXA CEO David Labuskes. Who better to kick off LAVNCH WEEK than Dave Labuskes? […]

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New PSA Initiative, “We Are the Countervirus,” Will Soon Make a Splash on DOOH Screens Across the World

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By this time next week, a new ad campaign and PSA initiative, “We Are the Countervirus,” could be running on nearly every major digital out-of-home (DOOH) network — encompassing hundreds of thousands of screens across the world. The Digital Place Based Advertising Association (DPAA), in collaboration with independent ad agency Madwell, launched the brightly branded […]

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A List of AV or Related Events/Trade Shows and Their Event Statuses in Light of COVID-19 Coronavirus

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Updated: May 18, 2020 A lot of industry events in the coming weeks and months have shifted or changed in light of COVID-19. We pulled together a list of AV or related events and trade shows on our radar, and included their event statuses to date. If you are a vendor/show manager and would like […]

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The Classroom Has Changed. So Has the Projector.

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM CASIO While the classroom has changed, so has the projector. Lamp-based projectors of yesteryear have downsides: They’re bulky. They’re expensive. After only 2,000 to 3,000 hours, they’re at half the brightness. They need constant maintenance. They run hot. Then there’s the issue of mercury; the lamps in projectors leak […]

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One Tester to Rule Them All: Test HDMI AND HDBaseT With One Simple, Future-Proof Device from MSolutions

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM MSOLUTIONS “Get it done right the first time and it’ll pay off in the long run.” How many times have you heard this advice? Have you committed to it in your AV installations? What tools will actually help you get it done right the first time? With HDBaseT, getting […]

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Another Year, Another Video Wallapalooza: Don’t Miss Leyard and Planar’s Roadshow

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM LEYARD AND PLANAR It’s that time again. Leyard and Planar’s popular Video Wallapalooza Roadshow is back for a fourth year, hitting the most U.S. hot spots in the history of the show for its 2019 tour. The series began in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 23, 2019, and will […]

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