Re-Cap, Summary of AV’s First-Ever #AVChat

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Last Thursday, a few dozen #AVTweeps—integrators, PR reps and even a few manufacturers—came together for the first-ever #AVchat session created and moderated by Linda Frembes, known on Twitter as @AVWriter. The theme of the chat was how the turbulent economy has affected the health of the AV industry and how AV has seen integrators, manufacturers and distributers change to combat […]

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Vanishing History

Just thought I’d post a reminder because of something that happened to me this week. Most of us in the industry have a tape library… show reels from previous shows, staff events, media clients have given us to composite into show reels, etc. Just thought I would remind you all that mag tape is fading […]

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Isn’t Telepresence Amazing?

I am often struck by the amazing ways that AV technology is able to connect people on a basic level. Lately, my interest has been caught by the ever-evolving definition of telepresence. I recently had the pleasure of participating in a telepresence demonstration call between a Cisco CTS 3010 and an AVI-SPL Caméléon Telepresence system (with a Tandberg codec). The experience was […]

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Twitter’s Top 5 Badass AV Women

The other day, I read a blog by Diana Adams (@adamsconsulting) called “Twitter’s Top 75 Badass Women.”  This wonderful article – which can be read at http://tinyurl.com/Top75Women – detailed 75 great ladies on Twitter who have a passion for their jobs and share it well.  As Ms. Adams wrote: “We got together and compiled a list of […]

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Bigger Boat Syndrome

Anybody who has experience with luxury goods, whether buying, selling, or both understands the psychology of Bigger Boat Syndrome. Especially as technophiles, many of us are susceptible to the seduction of toys that are newer, shinier and cooler than what we, or more importantly our friends have now. I recall one retail client I had back […]

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The 35,000 People…

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Sure, 80% of the attendees of this year’s ISE show in Amsterdam are European, but, it’s the sheer numbers of them that astounded me – and many others here at Integrated Systems Europe in February 2011. Literally, some 35,000 attendees scanned their badges as they walked into the 10 massive halls of AV exhibits during the 3-day […]

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#ISEurope!

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If you’re TWITTER savvy, you probably already know what #ISEurope means. But, for those of you who may be new to the Twitterverse, that’s how you can track, literally in real-time, what EVERY SINGLE Integrated Systems Europe attendees who’s Tweeting about new products is saying at theISE show. And, we’ve made it even easier for you – simply […]

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Day 1 – The Biggest AV Show – Ever?

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At the opening press conference for the 2011 Integrated Systems Europe show here in Amsterdam this morning, ISE Managing Director, Mike Blackman, breezed through his opening remarks and jumped into the meat of his message in less than 2-minutes. And, his message was loud and clear – and included a giant smile: This 7th year AV Mega-show – combining CEDIA and InfoComm – […]

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Designing for the App generation

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As an integrator it’s important to always be well informed on all things tech because technology is constantly changing. In the Audio Video industry we notice this daily. This is so true, that every project I have worked on is immensely different from the last. The only thing that is a constant (recently) is that […]

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ISEurope is the AV Industry’s One True Mega-Show

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Once a year, in Amsterdam, the world comes together for the AV industry’s one true mega-show in the form of an AV fair doubly hosted by both InfoComm (the world’s largest ProAV show company) andCEDIA (the world’s largest HomeAV show company). Dubbed ISE, the annual show is truly the ultimate AV tradeshow in that it holds the latest in both residential AV and […]

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#AVchat Coming Soon to Twitter!

Want to get involved with the AV community via social media, but aren’t sure how? Already involved, but want more in-depth conversations? Good news- #AVchat is coming soon to a Twitter client near you! AV freelancer and social media thought-leader LindaSeid Frembes (aka @AVwriter) is organizing the initiative and plans to host the first session in early February. To […]

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Where’s the Communication?

Background info:  We had been trying to contact InfoComm’s PR department for well over a month (since she canceled a meeting with us). We respectfully reached out a number of times via both email and phone. My frustration finally got the better of me and I sent out an SOS to @InfoComm on twitter, not entirely expecting a response.  […]

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I’m Not An Early Adopter

I never have been. “Look before you leap” is definitely one of my character traits. People are often surprised by that, given my career in CE and my visibility on social media. Yet despite the fact that it seems like I’m on Twitter 24/7 I didn’t sign up for Twitter until about two years ago, […]

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Tweeps- The New Cool Kids?

I really wanted my first rAVe blog post to deal directly with my passion- Green AV. But something has been on my mind over the past few weeks.  So, here it is:  Is twitter creating cliques of “cool kids” in the industry? Many of us are on Twitter; some are even on every day.  We use it […]

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Tradeshows: Yea Or Nay?

CES 2011 is over but that’s just the beginning of the trade show calendar for the New Year. All the dealers I know are highly focused and selective about the shows they attend: It’s typically CES, OR CEDIA Expo, OR InfoComm OR EHX, and occasionally two, but almost never more than that. On the manufacturing side, however, it’s typical for my […]

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Referrals Via The Personal Touch

Every industry and channel has its larger than life characters. They’re the Bill Brasky types that we all tell stories about at industry functions when they’re not there, either as an inspiration or as a warning to others. If they are there, there’s an excellent chance that they’re the ones telling the story. One of my favorite […]

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A Contrarian’s View of the 3-D Craze

Okay, so I’m not generally one to buck industry trends entirely, but I have to say, I’m simply not on this 3-D bandwagon.  Since 2008, we’ve been inundated with 3-D as the be-all, end-all of coming AV display trends. At the 2010 Infocomm, you couldn’t swing aswagbag without smacking a 3-D projector, 3-D flat-panel display, or 3-D […]

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Specialize

The phrase “you can’t be everything to everybody” gets tossed around a lot, but people seldom stop to think it through and ponder the importance of that message. I’m not aware of any successful small or medium-sized business that has ever become successful through doing a whole bunch of things half-assed, as opposed to doing […]

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Audio Video To Do’s for 2011

1. Ditch that pile of remotes: Aren’t you tired of having at least three remotes to simply watch anything on TV these days? My biggest pet peeve is going over to a friend’s house and trying to watch the game, or anything for that matter, and taking forever to figure out which remote from the ‘80s that happens […]

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HDMI Then And Now

Last month I had no idea that the banter on Twitter surrounding a CE Pro story about HDMI-related issues would touch off a minor flame war, and inspire Gary to write a very good blog post about the opportunities that HDMI affords to integrators. For my part, I took advantage of the discussion to Tweet a series of haikus about HDMI. In case you […]

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Are You Gaming Yet?

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Did you know the average buyer of a video game is 30 years old (or young, depending on how you look at it)? Sure, many of those purchases are for their kids, but, according to recent polls, over 70 percent aren’t – they’re for themselves. The gaming revolution is now, officially, bigger than the home […]

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This Can’t Be True – Are We Really An Industry of Whiners?

A few minutes ago, I read Jason Knott’s “HDMI 1.4 Problems Are a ‘Pandemic” column in the online version of CEPro. In it, Jason eloquently describes the world of HDMI-whiners, even labeling it as pandemic, and leaves you with the feeling that HomeAV integrators hate HDMI. Is this true? Really? I find it amazing (and extremely ironic) that the reason they seem to […]

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