Audio Collaborative 2020 — The Blog Version, Pt. 1

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By: Steph Beckett & Leah McCann Wednesday marked the start of the seventh-annual Audio Collaborative conference put on by UK-based Futuresource Consulting. Over two days, the 2020 conference, a virtual version of the show this year, tapped a lineup of industry experts to inspire a listening audience. Who was that audience? AV, technology and IT […]

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Almo E4v Roundup Part 1: UCC Gets Personal

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I love an industry trade show as much as the next person. But COVID-19 had other plans for us this year. “No trade shows for you!” it said. “No fun for you!” it said. No sir/ma’am, the AV industry responded. Instead, it got creative in a collective effort to meet virtually and connect the world’s […]

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5 Technology Opportunities for AV/IT — Trends from SYNNEX Top Tech Day

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Did you catch SYNNEX’s latest LAVNCH event, Top Tech Day, this Wednesday? Yes or no, we tuned into all the live sessions to bring you this story on the technology opportunities, products and solutions of 2020, 2021 and beyond. Among Top Tech Day’s presenters, moderators and panelists included SYNNEX Vice President of Product Management Sandi […]

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Meaningful Engagement During a Pandemic — a DPAA Video Everywhere Summit Recap

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Every year, the DPAA, or Digital Place Based Advertising Association, hosts an event called the Video Everywhere Summit. The event is traditionally held in New York City, positioned as “the largest one-day omnichannel marketing event of the year.” It usually, impressively, includes big household names — last year, it was Adidas, Deloitte, IBM, HP and […]

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Day One of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

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This week, I was excited to cover my first virtual event on the first official day of fall (Yes! Fall officially began Sept. 22!) on what’s finally a beautiful (not deathly hot) North Carolina day. This show was one that I’d never attended, and one that would be all-brand-new to me — designed specifically for […]

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Here Come the Millennials — a LAVNCH EMEA Recap

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Welcome to our second LAVNCH EMEA wrap-up article of the day, where I’ll be recapping for you #AVtweeps the Workforce Session of UCC Collaborative Day. Missed it live? Read my recap below, then register for the LAVNCH EMEA archives. (You must read the entire article to get the CTA, though — no cheating.) I was […]

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LAVNCH EMEA Day 2: Hybrid Working Is Bursting With Opportunity

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We at rAVe were as excited about day two of LAVNCH EMEA — UCC Collaborative Day — as any other LAVNCH event we’ve hosted thus far. It’s like Chris Mcintyre-Brown of Futuresource said yesterday on ProAV Day and reiterated this morning: UC&C (unified communications and collaboration) is intertwined into every AV discussion today. How could […]

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A Walk-Through of the Pro Audio Landscape — the LAVNCH EMEA Audio Session Recap

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Hi everyone, Steph Beckett here as your stand-in recap host (just for this session today). I was lucky enough to get to watch today’s audio session of LAVNCH EMEA — and I get to tell you about everything I learned. I’ll preface this by saying I care a lot about the audio realm — I […]

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Welcome to LAVNCH EMEA — Disrupt, Create and Innovate

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Us rAVe-rs woke up bright and early — some of us never went to sleep, actually — to get online today. The occasion: LAVNCH EMEA, which kicked off Wednesday in an exciting start to two full days of AV innovations and solutions launched virtually through our live, online event platform called LAVNCH. If you’ve been […]

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Digital Signage Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: ‘Gotchas,’ Watch-outs and Getting Safely Through the Doors

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Digital Signage Day was our fifth and final day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0. With support from our partners Samsung, NEC Display and Epson — and a great partnership with DSE and the DSF — the content from these supporters and our session educators was fantastic today. Read on for the story. Keynote: Digital Signage Gets […]

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Announcing the 2020 rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards Winners

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We are excited to announce the winners of our ninth annual 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. Our awards are different from ANY other industry awards, and the stats speak for themselves: We had more than 205,000 votes for the final awards! Nominations for the awards came SOLELY from you — the AV community. We don’t charge […]

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EdTech Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: Hybrid, HyFlex and Where EdTech Is Headed

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LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 is moving right along, everybody. Today was EdTech Day — possible thanks to all the support from Intel, Nureva, NEC Display and our partner for the day: HETMA (Higher Education Technology Managers Alliance). Read on for our recap of the day. Keynote: Reimagining the Classroom It’s hard to reimagine what the classroom […]

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New Tech LAVNCH Day: Temperature Checks, Holographic Tech and a Whole Lot of UCC

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Today’s LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 theme was New Tech LAVNCH Day: a day dedicated entirely to something we’re all desperately missing by not being able to attend conferences this year — new product launches, like those you typically see on the trade show floor. This day looked a little different from all our other LAVNCH WEEK […]

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The Great AVoIP Debate

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I spend some time on Twitter, and yesterday I noticed a lot of online chatter happening around a panel rAVe put together for LAVNCH WEEK 2.0. Kudos to the staff at rAVe for curating the speakers, because to my knowledge, the people on the panel and the groups they represent had never been assembled together […]

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ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: CX, Crystal Balls and a Hot Debate on AV-over-IP

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ProAV is at a crossroads today. And it’s not just because so many of us are working from home and don’t know what the commercial/business space will look like in three months, even with well-researched predictions. Big innovations in ProAV were happening long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has expedited — expedited like the first […]

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UCC Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: Revolution, ‘Next Normals’ and Marriage

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Wow, what a way to kick off LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 — UCC Day today included three fantastic education sessions and amazing partner content from AVer, Nureva and Bluescape throughout the day. There wasn’t a minute I didn’t feel like I was learning, growing, soaking in something new related to the UCC space of AV. So […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 Is Coming. Here’s How to Get In On It.

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I can’t believe it’s already the middle of June. More specifically, I can’t believe it’s already June 18, because that means LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 is only FOUR days away. You didn’t know there was a LAVNCH WEEK 2.0? Where ya been? This week, we’ve been previewing some of the great presenter content planned for LAVNCH […]

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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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LAVNCH WEEK, By the Numbers

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Last week’s LAVNCH WEEK was huge for both THE rAVe Agency and the industry. In fact, it was the largest virtual AV event, ever, with five days, 36 presenters and 20 hours of streaming — all in one platform. Let’s jump into the numbers. Here are some interesting stats: We streamed 15 terabytes of data […]

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LAVNCH WEEK End User Day Tech Talk — Blog Version: “#DearVendor and #DearCustomer: Two Sides to a Thriving Relationship”

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We’re continuing with our theme of providing corresponding blog posts to go with our LAVNCH WEEK coverage! Scott Tiner, director of client services at Bates College and member of the rAVe BlogSquad, delivered our Tech Talk about the interesting and symbiotic relationship between a vendor and customer. Below are his tips and advice for cultivating […]

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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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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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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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DSE Partners with rAVe for LAVNCH WEEK

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Digital Signage Expo (DSE) announces a partnership with THE rAVe Agency for the AV industry’s first all-digital launch event, LAVNCH WEEK. Created by THE rAVe Agency in partnership with Zoom Video Communications, LAVNCH WEEK (pronounced “launch” week) is a five-day virtual event that combines keynote presentations, interactive panels and video content. DSE is proud to […]

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Paul Richards of PTZOptics Gives Preview of Tech Talk for LAVNCH WEEK

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Hello, everyone! Your LAVNCH WEEK emcee here! I’m taking some time to interview a few of our fantastic speakers before LAVNCH officially kicks off on April 27. What’s LAVNCH? I’m so glad you asked because I obviously need the practice of explaining it to people! LAVNCH is a new platform we’ve built at rAVe to […]

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Intel Unite, LG, Kramer and Barco Are Just Some of the Great Brands to Support LAVNCH WEEK

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The AV industry doesn’t quit, even when the world slows down. So when 2020’s biggest AV trade shows started to release their postponement and cancellation announcements one by one, starting as early as February, it was time to expedite the release of a new platform, called LAVNCH — something rAVe has been working for more […]

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