Consumer Shows Are Back!

May 3, 2023

I recently supported one of my dealers at a consumer trade show. And honestly, I couldn’t wait. If anything feels like a return to normalcy it’s that my calendar this year is filling up with customer-facing events that my dealers are organizing. My pedantic nature distinguishes between trade shows and consumer shows. It seems simple: […]

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DSE 2022 Overall Experience Was Great for Me

January 10, 2023

I attended DSE 2022, and my agenda for the show was to meet with people whom I had either only met over video, had not seen in a long time, or people I had not met before to find more opportunities direct or indirect. This was my first event show in the past few years […]

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How to Make a Case for Getting Training and Professional Development

May 27, 2022

It’s good to be back to having conferences, trade shows and events in person again. They started out with lower attendance numbers, but seem to be bouncing back. Over the past few weeks, and every time trade show season rolls around, there’s a lot of discussion about paying for training, particularly in-person training. In fact, […]

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A Successful Digital Signage Experience for Trade Shows

April 26, 2022

My Favorites From the New York International Auto Show 2022 I have been attending business trade shows since the mid-1990s when I first worked for a relatively small but very successful CD-ROM OEM hardware/software technology company. As time went on and I changed my technology focus (from data storage and backup to telecom/network, then video […]

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Going Virtual

February 3, 2021

I can remember a time, long ago, when people with shared interests used to meet in large gatherings. They would travel from far and wide and journey to a single location in order to sell their wares, share stories, renew old friendships and make new connections. By day, these travelers would converge to discuss their […]

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Prolight + Sound, Heimtextil, Techtextil and Texprocess Postponed until 2022; International Consumer Goods Show Canceled

January 28, 2021

Back in September 2020, a decision was reached by Messe Frankfurt and the industries involved to forgo any physical events at its home base in the first quarter of 2021. Now, following close consultation with customers, the organization announced that “it has become necessary to postpone the international physical trade fairs planned for April and […]

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September: An Interesting Month for Trade Shows

October 14, 2020

In case you were not paying attention during the month of September, a few news stories broke regarding industry trade shows: Sept. 16 — ISE announced it was moving from February to June for 2021. Soon after Sept. 16 — InfoComm announced it was keeping its previously planned June dates. Sept. 21 — DSE announces […]

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The Good (and Bad) of Virtual Events

June 19, 2020

2020 is the year of remote everything. It has been a work from home, webinar heavy, travel light year for the whole country and, of course, for us in the AV industry as well. As such, our biggest events of the year have all been canceled or shifted into the ether. Many have been clamoring […]

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

March 9, 2020

Updated: Nov. 11, 2020 Most (and pretty much all, as we update this story in November 2020) industry events past Q1 2020 shifted or changed in light of COVID-19. rAVe pulled together a list of AV or related events and trade shows on our radar and included their event statuses and/or what happened with the […]

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In Defense Of The Regional Trade Show

August 6, 2018

Last week I attended a small, regional trade show by the name of “CI Expo” in Oakland, Calif. It was one day, lasting less than eight hours, and came with a free lunch, free training and education throughout the day, and my personal favorite part of attending any size/length trade show, lots of meet and […]

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ISE 2018 Will Be the Biggest and Best AV Trade Show in History

February 1, 2018

If you’re not headed to Amsterdam next week for ISE, you should be. So, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make reservations to go next year. ISE has quietly and quickly become the most important AV trade show on this planet. I don’t know which show AV people on Mars go to, but on Earth, nearly all of them are […]

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ISE: If You Sell to Education, You Should Go

January 2, 2018

Integrated Systems Europe will take place this year from Feb. 6-9, in Amsterdam. Many of us in the United States view this show as “Europe’s InfoComm.” While the show takes place in Europe, it’s a viable show for people throughout the world. If you sell to education in any way, or work in education, you […]

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20 Square Feet of Raw Power!

October 16, 2017

Working for a manufacturer in commercial AV, it can seem like the whole year revolves around two trade shows, ISE and InfoComm. Considering the scale of these two events and the amount of new product introductions, it’s not surprising that it feels that way. Over the last few years however, I have started to appreciate […]

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Regional Trade Shows Bring Value

April 27, 2017

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Symco Philadelphia Technology Showcase. This isn’t my first time talking about how I find industry shows to be valuable, but as I walked around yesterday it really solidified the fact that regional shows are getting better and better. Let me explain. How Regional Shows Have Gotten Better […]

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Interactive Floor Systems for Tradeshows and Events

April 26, 2017

By Meghan Athavale Lumo Interactive We’re contacted by a lot of agencies and businesses that want to set up an interactive floor at a tradeshow or event, but don’t quite understand how it all works, or what kind of equipment they’ll need. To help you decide if an interactive floor makes sense for your project, […]

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CCUMC 2016: Were You there?

December 2, 2016

At the beginning of November, I attended the CCUMC conference in San Antonio, Tex. For those of you who don’t know what CCUMC is, you should check out the website here. In a nutshell, it is a group developed and lead by Technology Managers in higher education. The group has a mission of providing a […]

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rAVe Founder Gary Kayye to Keynote Integrate 2016 Show in Australia

July 8, 2016

The 2016 version of Integrate, Australia’s version of the ISE show — combining both ProAV and HomeAV into one event — will feature the debut of Gary Kayye’s latest keynote — The Future of AV: It’s Revolutionary, sponsored by Crestron. The show is held 23-25 August, 2016 at the Sydney Showgrounds, Olympic Park, Sydney Australia. […]

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Attention and Retention: The Key to Successfull AV at Events

March 24, 2016

We’ve all heard the saying that in a digital world, content is king. Some still stand by that saying and in the face of a never ending avalanche of content out there, others have started modifying it to include variations like relevant content is king or context is king. I don’t disagree with any of […]

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ISE 2016 to Be Four-Day Event

December 3, 2014

Integrated Systems Events has announced that its 2016 event will take place over four consecutive days at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam — an increase of one day on previous exhibitions held at the venue. This decision, stated ISE Managing Director Mike Blackman, was largely due to the exhibition’s “rapid rise in size and […]

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Move Along, Folks… Show’s Over

July 15, 2014

Well, here it is — July. This is the time of year when I have to stop, catch my breath and regroup with my team. The “tradeshow season” really is finished with InfoComm, after having started (at least for me) in February with ISE in Amsterdam. So not only have I been on the road […]

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Post InfoComm Wrap-up: Part the Third – The Issue of Booth Babes and A Call to Arms

June 24, 2014

My InfoComm wrap-up will be in FOUR parts this time. Next part will be about technology. Before we get into that, I have something important to say — something about this show which bothers me. Read on. Some of you who follow me on Twitter might have seen my hashtag #AVHallOfShame. It’s one I use […]

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Coming At Trade Shows From Another Angle

June 10, 2014

If there’s anything that I’ve done more often than attending trade shows, it’s been writing about attending trade shows. That includes both editorials and blog posts about how to work the show as an exhibitor to get the maximum return on your company’s investment, as well as suggestions on how, as a member of the […]

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Tradeshow Season

May 6, 2014

It’s trade-show season, in full swing. With one of the biggies behind (NAB), and other biggies coming soon, are you open to hearing from your users and incorporating their feedback into your new products BEFORE you launch them? Every vertical market has overlap in how they use your products, but there’s enough differentiation in vertical […]

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You Picked InfoComm and ISE to Win rAVe’s 2014 Trade Show Battle

February 20, 2014

In January, we asked the readers of rAVe which trade shows around the world matter enough for them to attend. As most segments of the ProAV industry continue to grow as our world economy finally starts its recovery, there are clear segments of commercial AV that are benefitting — for example, the digital signage, government […]

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Conspicuously Absent? The Tradeshow Conundrum

November 20, 2013

Often, we tend to question the importance of attending yearly trade shows. With rising costs on all levels of attending a trade show, we end up second-guessing the commitments we have set in year’s past. When preparing for a trade show, in many cases, a majority of your marketing budget may be spent without being […]

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