AV Matters
The Stimson Group Newsletter
June 2008
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It's not too late to get yourself to InfoComm next week! No matter what your business outlook, you need to stay connected, up to date, and trained. At InfoComm you can get all three. Come for the technology; stay for the networking.

In this abbreviated issue of AV Matters we have a link to the pre-InfoComm purchasing survey and the results of last month's HDTV survey. There is also my short list of things to do and see at InfoComm.

Tom (TR) Stimson, CTS
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R&S Monthly Trends Survey

May '08 Results
We asked folks about their experiences with HDTV content in events. Only 27% of the respondents claim to see a variety of HD projects. 65% have never recorded any event in HD. A mere 12% say that their sales team has training in HD formats, content, or equipment! Are you ahead of the curve or behind?  Download the results and see for yourself.

June Survey Preview
For most R&S companies, June is when we think about new equipment and develop purchasing plans for the coming year. This month's survey asks what product segments are important and why. Whether you use, recommend, or decide, we need your views.

Take the survey now.

Last Minute Trip to InfoCommlogo
I have been asked many times in the past week about how to plan a trip to InfoComm. If you are an old-timer trying to get more out of the show - good for you!. InfoComm is more than acres of cool exhibits. There are enough networking, training, learning, and social events to fill up anyone's calendar. The show floor is open starting Wed June 18 at 9:00 am and closes Friday June 20th at 4pm. But before you book your trip, look at the complete show schedule at this link. I recommend arriving on Tuesday and attending the Opening Night reception. Even if you are new to the show, you will find someone you know there. Ask folks why they come to the show and what they hope to learn. Use this information to build up your to-do list for the coming days. There are other Special Events you might be interested in.

Plan on taking at least one seminar. There's bound to be a topic that's important to you. To take a peek at all the classes, go to this link. Some classes are offered by InfoComm and others by various show partners. You can register for any of them via the registration website. On Wednesday I recommend Anatomy of a Las Vegas Staging Event or Lighting Design 101 or How to Train Rental and Staging Staff. On Thursday there's my course Rental & Staging Business Survival Kit.  There's also Introduction to Live Audio Gain Structure. On Friday, don't miss Basic Networking and WiFi for Events.

Check with your manufacturer representatives about events they may be holding or new products they will be announcing.  Don't be surprised that just by asking you get invited to a reception, dinner, party or a private screening of a new product.

You can find the exhibit floor guide at this link. I find that by perusing this in advance and marking companies I don't want to misss, that I make better use of my time on the floor. There are also a number of Special Exhibitions that you might miss if you don't know they are there. The Rigging & Staging Demos are back this year as is the Large Venue Display Gallery. Don't miss InfoComm Central - this is where you can learn more about how to maximize your show and membership experience. Learn about Certification, Standards, Education, the new online social networking tool being unveiled this month.

Finally, don't miss the Rental & Staging Forum and Reception at 2:30pm on Wednesday in Hilton Ballroom A. Also, the Rental & Staging's Product Awards and Lighting&Sound America's Staged Events Awards are being held on Thursday at 3:30 pm on the InfoComm Central Stage. Find me at one of these events and I will introduce you to someone you need to know.

Art of SalesAbout Thomas R. Stimson, MBA, CTS

Tom Stimson is celebrating over twenty-five years in the communications technology industry.  As a Consultant, Tom helps companies build smoother operations, focus sales, and increase profit. For more information visit the website.