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Is Your Content Ready for the AVIXA Era?

Posted September 2017 by Jessaca Gutierrez

It’s been a whirlwind of a month! With record-breaking attendance, CEDIA 2017 brought us innovations as far as the eye could see — from deeper integration and intelligence between devices and our personal lives, to voice control solutions that look promising for seamless home automation experiences and the widening of the 4K display and projector market at both ends of the budget spectrum. more



Top Three Emerging Technologies to Watch at CEDIA 2017

Posted August 2017 by Veronica Esbona

First, I can’t believe a year has flown by and here we are heading to CEDIA 2017! In my CEDIA 2016 wrap-up, I wrote about voice control being everywhere as custom install companies were integrating with Amazon Alexa. This year, voice remains dominant, so let’s look at three top technologies we can expect at CEDIA 2017. more





Keep Your Messaging Simple

Posted July 2017 by Peggy Blaze

I have a riddle for you: What has four letters, sometimes nine letters, but never has five letters? Do you know? It’s actually quite simple…

what has four letters;
sometimes has nine letters;
and never has five letters.

See, the answer was right there; almost obvious once you know the secret —and that’s how your marketing messaging should be. Don’t complicate things for your customers. Give them the answers they seek by spelling it out for them, right up front. more


5 Ways to Catch an Editor's Eye With Your Content

Posted May 2017 by Jessaca Gutierrez

InfoComm is fast approaching and never has your new product been more relevant in the media. But when you're drumming up product content for the press, resist the urge to just rehash your spec sheet. While spec sheets are a fast way to distribute key technical details, they rarely tell the full story behind the innovation that separates your product from the competition. Don't know where to begin? Here are five content ideas that are sure to grab headlines. more


Pushing the Boat Out — Five Tips for Launching a Product at InfoComm 2017

Posted April 2017 by Peter Schuyler

It's April, and InfoComm looms large on the horizon. It's prom for the pro/AV community, and everyone is getting ready to debut new products. Every company has put blood, sweat, and tears into every new solution, weathering delays, rebrands, and a million other details until the final product is ready to go. Now it's time for the new product's grand entrance. What's the best way to make that big splash at the show? more



Going Viral With a Plan

Posted March 30, 2017 by Peggy Blaze

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a video worth? Millions, if it goes viral. But is viral success determined by planning, or is it just a matter of luck? Luck certainly never hurts, but when posting a video there are some steps you can take to improve the chances of it going viral. more





SEO and the Power of Numbers

Posted March 2017 by Veronica Esbona

Earlier this week we used some of our simple search engine techniques to help a new client understand why it wasn't coming up very high in search results compared to its competitors. As part of this process we asked them for a list of five words or phrases that they'd really like to "own." On top of the list: the single word that best describes the client's product. more




ISE 2017 Recap

Posted February 2017 by Veronica Esbona

Another ISE has come and gone, and for the InGear team, the show represents one of the biggest events of the year. The beauty of ISE is that it combines both the pro AV and residential AV spaces, being a joint InfoComm and CEDIA tradeshow — the spaces that most of our clients play in. From a personal standpoint, I’ve been attending ISE since its second year in Brussels, and it’s been remarkable to see how it’s grown into the largest AV event in the world. more


Want to get into the home automation segment but don't know where to start?

Posted January 2017 by Susan Warren

When I was at ISC East, I noticed a lot of traditional security product companies that had been delivering traditional security products are now providing products to the home automation market and taking advantage of IoT. During the show a top level marketing person from a security products company started chatting with me about how her company might move into the home automation market. We had a great conversation and I decided to make a list of the top things to do to move into home automation. more


Turning the Customer Experience Into an Effective Marketing Tool

Posted December 2016 by Peggy Blaze

Sure, Twitter campaigns are trendy, and viral videos can be fun. But according to Forbes.com, the number one trend driving marketing in 2017 will be an increased focus on the customer experience.

While it seems obvious that the customer should come first, that hasn’t always been the case. Now companies — or, more specifically, their marketing departments — are reevaluating the customer experience as a powerful new marketing tool. more


Four-Week Post-Show Challenge

Posted November 2016 by Peter Schuyler

While there is a “wow” factor to the big commercial tech at InfoComm, and the “I-want-that-in-my-house-right-now” factor of CEDIA, for me nothing stacks up against the fog machines, twirling lights, massive video walls, and the din of the thumping line arrays that is the three-day-long nightclub extravaganza of LDI. Where other tradeshows are creating an experience via what exhibitors are selling, LDI is a spectacular, real-time application of the technology and innovation that is the rental and staging industry.

It also comes four weeks before Thanksgiving, so the opportunity to capitalize on the post-show energy is limited. To ensure your message rises above the noise from LDI, try this four-week post-LDI challenge, before the tryptophan from turkey day kicks in. more


How to Start Using Facebook Live

Posted September 2016 by Veronica Esbona

We get a lot of questions about the impact of social media in the AV world and what the best tools are for success. Everyone understands that during an event or trade show, social media activites should be revved up, and Facebook Live is a great way to showcase video of press conferences, new product demonstrations, and other highlights. However, it can be hard to know where to start with this powerful social media tool and how to keep that momentum going after the event is over. So we’ve put together a free guide with info you can use right away. more


CEDIA 2016 Wrap-Up: The Future Is Voice Control

Posted September 2016 by Veronica Esbona

Another CEDIA — the biggest home technology showcase of the year — has come and gone. For our residential brands, CEDIA is an annual opportunity to present their latest innovations to the professionals that install their gear. And this year, the show didn’t disappoint. According to CEDIA, attendance topped just over 18,750 attendees, included over 500 exhibitors, 115 CEDIA training sessions, 13 CEDIA Talks, and six free CEDIA panel sessions. Judging by the chatter, it’s safe to say this year’s show was a success, with attendees energized about future opportunities and a positive industry outlook. more


Think Big

Posted August 2016 by Rachel Dwyer

The theme of this year’s CEDIA is "Think Big," but how can you apply this concept to your own work life? For starters, “let go of self-imposed limitations,” says Michael Port, motivational speaker and best-selling author of “The Think Big Manifesto.” Here are four of his best strategies to get started in thinking big. more





Turn Trade Show Leads Into Customers

Posted June 2016 by Peggy Blaze

You’ve returned from a trade show with a fist full of leads…but what’s next? How do you keep these potential clients interested and engaged in order to turn those leads into customers? Trade show follow up can be an all-consuming process that you most likely don't have the time or resources to do as effectively as you would like. That’s why one of the most successful ways to foster those leads is through a marketing automation platform. more


Five PR Tips to Get Ready for a Tradeshow

Posted April 2016 by Peter Schuyler

Without support, coordinating trade shows can be daunting. Here are five things that you can do in the weeks before the show doors open to ensure your experience is a success: more







The Value of Interactive Content

Posted March 2016 by Peggy Blaze

In almost every industry, marcom professionals are starting to replace traditional, static written marketing content with interactive content tools to fully engage and communicate with their customers. Dynamic content such as online quizzes, polls, and videos are being used to grab viewers’ attention and challenge audiences with newsworthy and salient topics. So how can interactive marketing benefit your business? It can be used to keep users engaged and stimulate native branding. more


To Rebrand or Not to Rebrand

Posted January 2016 by Veronica Esbona

January marked the New Year and with it came CES, which was the largest in history in terms of the increased number of exhibitors and attendees. A reported 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space featured over 3,800 exhibitors with more than 170,000 industry professionals, including over 50,000 from outside the U.S. More than 6,000 members of the media were in attendance with social media momentum topping 1,278,870 mentions of the #CES2016 hashtag. The hottest tech on display included automotive technology, wearables, and virtual reality at what is clearly the largest technology show in the world. more


Let it Stream, Let it Stream, Let it Stream!

Posted December 2015 by Peggy Blaze

Growing exponentially in popularity, live videos are fast, engaging, and often free via easy-to-use applications such as Periscope, Vine, and Meerkat. Even Facebook has recently added this feature. more







'Tis the Season to Work Smarter

Posted November 2015 by Rachel Dwyer

The start of the holiday season is officially here, and this time of year often signals a slowdown in work production and a drop-off in marketing communications, but it shouldn't. The media machine is still hungry for content, and it's actually a great time to stay connected. Here are a few tips to take advantage of the season. more




Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

Posted September 2015 by Veronica Esbona

Fall is here! There’s a lot to look forward to, like the changing of the leaves, crisp air, comfy sweatshirts, and the latest in scarf fashion (for some of you, not for us Floridians). In our world, Q4 is a time to start evaluating how our marketing initiatives have performed throughout the year. more





Freshen Up Your Blog Posts

Posted August 2015 by Peggy Blaze

Blogging has long been a key element to any organization's successful social media strategy. The primary advantage of blogging is timeliness — when executed well, uploaded blog content is relevant, engaging and is one of the best tools to drive traffic to your site. more



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