CustomRetailer April 2011 issue


Big As All

CustomRetailer sat down with David Kroll, CI product development manager, KEF; Mark Aling, Director of Marketing, Paradigm; Al Baron, Line Manager, Polk Audio; Jennifer Davis, Vice President of Marketing, Runco; Simon Wehr, Director of Marketing, Sonance; Mal Hollombe, President, Soundcast Systems; Jeremy Burkhardt, CEO, SpeakerCraft; and Lynn Stearn, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, SunBriteTV, to find out about the current outdoor market and how you can grab a slice of it.

Enter the ‘Game Changers’

We recently caught up with renowned loudspeaker designer, Cary Christie, founder of Artison, who filled us in on how he and his newly revitalized company are creating specially designed high-performance products uniquely suited to meet the needs of custom installation pros.

Meet Me In New York!

With CEA DemoSuites and LineShows only two short months away, I wanted to make sure these events are on your radar. Join us in New York City, June 20 to 24, when the Consumer Electronics Association presents the first-ever CE Week New York. There is no better way to make a collective statement about the vibrancy of our innovations and the success of our businesses than to take over New York City.

Service Efficiency – How to Increase Your Bottom Line

Once upon a time, you could sell A/V gear and make a decent return on investment. Projects fell from the trees and life was easy.

Social Media & the Workplace: What's Your Policy?

Even if your company isn't active in social media, your employees likely are. And as the use of social networks grows, so grows the blending of personal and professional contacts.

The Distributor Dish

CustomRetailer: What category this year will drive the most profit for your retail and integrator customers? How has that changed from last year?

The Future of Home Integration: Recurring Revenue: Part 3

In Part I, we described the gathering storm that is casting a dark shadow upon the livelihood of independent custom integrators. Major electronic service providers (ESPs) such as Comcast, Verizon and ADT had begun test-marketing wireless home integration packages, using the business model they do so well: inexpensive installation costs plus recurrent monthly service charges.

Your Moment to Shine

Looking for a way to distinguish yourself from the competition? Winning an award can do just that. Enter CEDIA's Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition to showcase your best work. The Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition recognizes the best designers, manufacturers and industry leaders each year.