One Voice: What’s So Special About July 1st?
How smart you are. Yes, it’s Canada Day. But it is also the first day that our manufacturing partners can enter the 2009 EXC!TE Awards competition. Our entry process can be found online and only online at www.customretailer.net. Please make this a priority—you know the old saying, “if you don’t enter, you can’t win.” Entries can be submitted as of July 1, and the deadline for entry is August 7, 2009.
Make a note to Save the Date to attend our annual fun-filled EXC!TE Awards party at CEDIA EXPO on Thursday, September 10. Winners will be notified in advance. We guarantee a good time, and our guests of honor—EXC!TE Award winners—will be photographed with their awards and proudly posted to our Web site.
It’s easy to enter! While there are no designated categories, entrants are limited to three products per company that must be shipping between January 1-October 15, 2009. Each entry must have complete contact information and a brief description of why the product is Exc!t!ng. 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 deadlines not to be missed, 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 27,000 page views in nine weeks last year. Showcased products will be featured from August 3-September 15, 2009. The site provides EXPO attendees instant advance access to products that will be featured at CEDIA EXPO, with a lot of cool functionality that, among other things, allows the site visitor to schedule an appointment with the exhibiting manufacturer.
Here is another Save the Date. Mark your calendars to access the CEDIA Pre-Show Product Showcase via www.CEDIA.net on August 3, when the site goes live. Remember, the most unique feature of the Product Showcase is the ability for visitors to enter the site via the CEDIA Web site, generating the opportunity for tons of targeted traffic for your company and product pages. Manufacturers—mark your calendars to get in touch with our sales team now to get your products uploaded to the site effective July 1, 2009.