Your Guide To CEDIA EXPO
With CEDIA EXPO just a few short weeks away, this EXPO Guide issue will provide you with insight into what you will find waiting for you in Atlanta. CustomRetailer's highly successful Build the Buzz program is a heads-up as to what gear you'll experience at EXPO. The Build the Buzz program is a New Pre-Show Product Showcase that generated over 27,000 page views online in nine weeks last year. Showcased products are featured from August 3-September 15, 2009. The site provides EXPO attendees instant advance access with functionality that among other things, allows the site visitor to schedule an appointment with the exhibiting manufacturer. We have taken a product from each of the manufacturers participating this year (as of press time) and included them in a special section starting on page 24.
We are also proud to feature in this issue, CEDIA's 33 finalists for the annual Manufacturers' Excellence Awards to be celebrated at the Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Banquet during EXPO on Saturday, September 12. The Designer Awards and the new inductees into CEDIA's Product Hall of Fame will also be revealed at the banquet. The Best New Technology category, which honors products that will be released after Sept. 30, 2009, is based on: innovation, value to the technician, value to the business and impact on the client's lifestyle. The Best New Product category honors those released between Sept. 30, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2009, and is based on the same criteria.
Of course, when it comes to EXPO, we think of learning, and Leslie Shiner has an update in her CEDIA View column on what to expect at EXPO and beyond. Please make sure you check back to the CEDIA site regularly over the next couple of weeks for updates and can't-miss courses: www.cedia.net/expo