In Latest Interview, Dave Labuskes Says He Is 99.999% Sure In-Person InfoComm Will Happen

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THE rAVe Agency’s own Megan A. Dutta, director of emerging markets at LAVNCH, virtually met with Dave Labuskes, CEO of AVIXA, to discuss the many recent cancellations of in-person events in the AV industry and the expectations around InfoComm 2021. As of Sept. 15, 2021, both NAB Show 2021 and Enterprise Connect have been canceled due to rising […]

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Part 2: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Exhibit Only 1 Product

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In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021,” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. And, my advice to exhibitors to help them maximize their ROI and reach the attendees well was simple […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1056: How’s the AV Market Doing? We Asked the Experts

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Gary was joined on today’s Rants and rAVes podcast by AVIXA’s economic analyst, Peter Hansen, and its senior director of market intelligence, Sean Wargo. If you’re wondering when COVID will end, this is NOT the episode to watch. But, if you care about how the chip shortage will affect your business, when the AV economy will turn […]

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The World of Events: AV Gets Complicated

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From my experience, AV installations are permanent. The rooms, digital signage, multipurpose rooms and auditoriums that line my portfolio of installations have that in common: They are set up and left for use for many years. At most, there is one specialist that will interface with the controls to make sure the audio and video […]

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Part 1: A Simple Expectation of InfoComm 2021

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We’re fewer than 100 days from InfoComm 2021 week — the first InfoComm since 2019 and the first time two InfoComm shows will be in the same town two times in a row in over 20 years. I don’t think we need to review how and why we came to where we are with this […]

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THE rAVe Agency Welcomes Bruce MacIntosh as Brand Alliance Director

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THE rAVe Agency is pleased to announce Bruce MacIntosh as brand alliance director. MacIntosh will align manufacturer and designer interests, champion data partnerships and lead business development for THE rAVe Agency’s joint venture with XTEN-AV: the only AI-powered AV design platform. THE rAVe Agency and XTEN-AV recently announced a joint venture to provide additional resources — […]

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Integrated Systems Europe 2021: Digital Conference Recap

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Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) came to us both in-person and digitally this year. ISE 2021 took place in-person at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona on June 1 and 2. You can find a short intro to ISE 2021’s schedule here. In addition to the in-person event, the show was streamed live online via a […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: The UCC Day Roundup

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I’ve written live coverage for a lot of AV industry events over the years. But when last year rolled around, rAVe’s new concept, LAVNCH, reinvigorated my excitement to document live happenings in the industry. In fact, rAVe Managing Editor Steph Beckett reminded me in her LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 preview article that the agency developed the […]

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Congreso AVIXA 2021 Connects AV and Ed Industries

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AVIXA hosted the second edition of the virtual Congreso AVIXA on April 27-30. The conference brought together AV and education professionals in Latin America, Spain and Portugal to learn more about technological solutions for new teaching and learning models. Congreso AVIXA hosted 43 sessions presented in Spanish and Portuguese and featured 54 speakers from 14 […]

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AVIXA Intros ‘AV Industry Pledge for an Equitable Future’ Initiative

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AVIXA is introducing the “AV Industry Pledge for an Equitable Future,” a pledge that any individual or company can sign in order to advance inclusive behavior across their company and the industry. AVIXA is calling on the entire audiovisual industry to champion further equity and full representation across every aspect of the AV world, because the […]

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AVIXA Debuts New Website; Focuses More on Training AV Pros

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AVIXA has upgraded its digital presence in an effort, the organization said, “to better connect the AV community with the best professional resources, including AV skills training, thought leadership, market intelligence and standards.” “As the association for the ProAV industry, AVIXA is the hub for bringing all facets of the industry together. This includes learning […]

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AVIXA to Present Power Hour Webinar Series on Digital Signage, Learning Technology

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AVIXA will present Power Hour webinar tracks for digital signage and learning technology, which will run from February through May 2021. “AVIXA’s different Power Hour tracks explore the latest trends in thriving AV solution areas and markets,” said Pam Taggart, vice president of content creation, AVIXA. “During the sessions, technology managers, systems integrators, manufacturers and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1036: Luke Jordan Failed the AVIXA CTS Exam — Now He Runs Its Certification Steering Committee

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If you failed the AVIXA CTS test the first time you took it, you’re not alone. In fact, the guy who now heads the AVIXA CTS Certification Steering Committee, Luke Jordan, did too. It’s almost predictable, as Luke, vice president and co-steward at Electro Acoustics explains in this candid interview with rAVe’s Gary Kayye, if you plan to pass your CTS […]

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RISE Spotlight: Live Events Experiences, Reinvented

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Oh, how much we all miss live events. No matter how much you miss live events, you can’t possibly miss them as much as the people whose entire livelihood is based on live events. The latest thought-leading RISE series by ISE, turned its “Spotlight” on live event experiences and the “reinvention” that will mark their […]

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Gary Explains Why You Should Attend LW3, Unofficially Gives Us a Tour of rAVe’s Office and ‘Star Wars’ Decor

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As I hope you’ve now heard, LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 — three full days of exceptional AV, UCC and Digital Signage-focused education slash content slash thought leadership offering AVIXA CTS RUs — is happening next week. Taking place Feb. 9-11, LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 (what we sometimes like to shorten to LW3 when character counts are tight) […]

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The Awards Gary Kayye Dreams of Hosting Are Open: The AVIXA Experience Awards!

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The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association has announced the return of the AV Experience Awards program to recognize the innovative integration of content, space and audiovisual technology to enrich experiences. Entry to submit award applications is officially open. “Last year, AVIXA created the AV Experience Awards to recognize result-driven projects, answering the question: how did […]

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AVIXA Announces 2021 Council and Committee Leadership

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AVIXA announced the 2021 leadership of the association’s councils and committees, which guide the planning and development of membership policies and education training programs. The AVIXA Board of Directors has appointed Justin Frick of AV Chicago as chairperson of the Live Events Council, Vince Shuster of MediaStar Systems as the chairperson for the Manufacturers Council, […]

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LAVNCH Sets Virtual Event Engagement Bar By Delivering 57,000+ Group Conversations and Chats During the D=SIGN Virtual Conference

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AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) hosted its first event collaboration, D=SIGN: the Digital Signage Conference, on Dec. 8-9, 2020. The virtual event brought together AV professionals from around the world to explore the digital signage ecosystem with 30 speakers across 18 sessions. And, it was served-up on THE rAVe Agency’s LAVNCH Platform! Total registrations for D=SIGN came to […]

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Sessions We Loved from D=SIGN, Day 2

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It’s not every day that we get a brand new conference in the AV industry. Especially from industry-leading associations like AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation (DSF). ESPECIALLY in a pandemic year. That’s why we were so excited for the debut of D=SIGN, which kicked off Tuesday on Day 1 with a flurry of fantastically […]

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Sessions We Loved from D=SIGN, Day 1

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History’s first-ever D=SIGN: The Digital Signage Conference — an exciting new event created by AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) — began Tuesday. The two-day conference, delivered virtually this year,* was packed with products, education and networking for those in the digital signage industry: think AV integrators, retail/hospitality/healthcare/QSR operators, media and content professionals, and […]

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D=SIGN Is Around the Corner. Here’s What to Expect

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It’s officially December, but the year isn’t over yet. Neither are the virtual events. Taking place Dec. 8-9, D=SIGN: The Digital Conference, powered by LAVNCH, is one to look forward to. And it starts just a week from today. D=SIGN was born from two key industry associations — AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation — […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1021: Why You Need to Register for Next Week’s AVIXA + DSF D=SIGN Event

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Gary was joined by both D=SIGN opening keynote speakers, Laura Davis-Taylor and Beth Warren, today on his podcast along with AVIXA’s Sam Phenix and DSF’s Spencer Graham, to talk all about the industry’s new, premier digital signage event. D=SIGN: The Digital Signage Conference is coming Dec. 8-9 (aka next week). You need to register as this is going to THE event you will remember five […]

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AVIXA Announces 2021 Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee

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AVIXA has announced the election results for the 2021 AVIXA Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee. Martin Saul, CEO of ICAP Global, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the Board by AVIXA membership. AVIXA members also elected to the Board Jatan Shah, executive vice president, chief operating and technology officer, QSC, and Brad Sousa, CTO, […]

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AVIXA and the Digital Signage Federation to Host D=SIGN: The Digital Signage Conference Dec. 8-9

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AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, and the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) will host D=SIGN: the Digital Signage Conference, powered by LAVNCH, Dec. 8-9, 2020. This free, virtual conference will explore the solutions, innovations and big ideas around digital signage and digital out-of-home (DOOH). Since registration opened on Oct. 22, more than 1,000 people […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1014: Let’s Catch Up with AVIXA’s Sean Wargo on the State of AV, UCC and Digital Signage

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You may recall that, in mid-August, Gary spoke to AVIXA’s Sean Wargo about the organization’s late-summer market intelligence report. Well — two months later, Gary grabbed Sean again to get his perspective on how things are going as we’re in Q4 2020 — and what new things we might see in AVIXA’s next report. Gary and Sean also discussed […]

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DSF AND AVIXA Just Made Sure Digital Signage Will Be Fastest Growing Segment of AV in 2021

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AVIXA has partnered with the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) to bring digital signage education content to the association’s trade shows and events. AVIXA will announce details later this month on events where DSF will bring its content. The Digital Signage Federation is a not-for-profit organization that supports digital signage professionals through education, certification, networking and […]

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THE rAVe Agency Brings on Amanda Beckner As President and Chief Operating Officer

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THE rAVe Agency, the AV industry’s only creative agency, is pleased to announce Amanda Beckner, CTS, as president and chief operating officer. Beckner brings more than 20 years of strategic, operational and educational success to THE rAVe Agency. She will be instrumental in driving long-term strategy and capitalizing on operational success for THE rAVe Agency. […]

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Bummer Alert: AV in EMEA Could Decline to $65 Billion in 2020

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Following a rise to $71 billion in 2019, the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) ProAV market is set to fall by 9% in 2020 to $65 billion as COVID-19 impacts regional economies, according to the new 2020 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) EMEA Summary produced by the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association. […]

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IT or X? It’s BOTH!

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Suppose you’re active in social media at all. In that case, you may have noticed that quite a few strong opinions are resurfacing about AV’s “Experience” movement that has been happening since InfoComm became AVIXA. I believe the sudden rise of cloud-based conferencing, AV-over-IP and the retraction of hospitality, live and experiential events due to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1001: Sean Wargo’s Team at AVIXA May Be the Key to Understanding the Future of AV

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AVIXA‘s senior director of market intelligence, Sean Wargo, is extrapolating a tremendous amount of data that, at first glance, may seem obvious. But rAVe’s Gary Kayye thinks it’s critical to understanding the future of the AV integration business. Want to learn where the market is heading, how to pivot into the right segments, and when to […]

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