Cool Stuff for a Hot Summer!
Roll out the red carpet, cue the lights and roll cameras! Yes, it is that time of year for our manufacturer partners to enter the 2008 EXC!TE Awards competition, where our crack editorial staff determines what products have garnered the most exc!tement over the course of 2008. This year, our entry process can be found online, and only online, at www.customretailer.net/2008exciteballot/. Please make this a priority! You know the old saying—if you don’t enter, you can’t win! Deadline for entry is August 15, 2008.
Make a note to Save the Date to attend our annual fun-filled EXC!TE Awards party at CEDIA EXPO on Thursday, September 4. Winners will be notified before CEDIA EXPO, so you and your team members can make plans to join us. We guarantee a good time, and our guests of honor—EXC!TE Award winners—will be photographed and posted to our Web site.
It’s easy to enter. There are no designated categories, but entrants are limited to three products per company that must be shipping between January 1, 2008 and October 15, 2008. Each entry must have contact information and a brief description of why the product is Exc!ting!!! The winning products will be featured in our annual October Exc!te Awards issue. There you have it. Now get busy and good luck!
While we are on the topic of cool stuff, let me remind you about the new and improved Build the Buzz program. Build the Buzz is a CEDIA EXPO New Product Pre-Show Showcase that generated over 41,000 page views in nine weeks when it was introduced last year. Showcased products will be featured from August 1 to September 15, 2008. The site provides EXPO attendees instant advance access to products that will be featured at CEDIA EXPO, with a lot of whiz-bang functionality that, among other things, allows the site visitor to schedule an appointment with the exhibiting manufacturer.