I just got back, and I agree. The numbers sure seemed lower, and the training classes were poorly attended. I did go to the RTI trainings, which were full. I enjoyed the RTI SDK session; maybe i can learn to write my own drivers.
We all just got back last night and this was a real eye-opener about the total waste of time and big money to bring the staff to the Cedia expo.
The Internet and webinars ARE the way of the future. When the newly developed technologies are created by the manufacturers, they quickly email BLAST it out!!
In the past, they held it and teased the new stuff like Apple and forced you to go to the "show" to see and touch the magic. By the time the show arrives, its old news and sleepy....Blogs, websites, forums, emails are filled with all the new stuff months before its really ready for primetime.
I went to every BOOTH on the floor and off site "suites" and didn't see ANYTHING that was "new".
I am real curious on how the Cedia press people try to "spin" the attendance and create value for next year. Sad that the venue is so important, versus the real meaning of dropping plenty cash to get "cutting edge" knowledge.
It is finally time to realize its our own faults for allowing the manufacturers to give away the products to mass merchant retailers like Wal-mart and Amazon. we drove the race to zero in a fast car! I mean Monoprice and Sonos are ON THE FLOOR.
Wireless and Bluetooth technologies are getting better and better and putting us all one step closer to dinosaur land.
I am not trying to start a war, but I spoke with plenty other dealers that all thought the same thing... The show is over or really close.
The summary is CEDIA needs to evolve, as we all did.
1. It can't be just about the show. 2. Volunteer level training isn't good enough anymore. 3. Unlike Cheers, nobody knows your name :(
I get it, it's run by volunteers, guess what, volunteers aren't good enough in this industry anymore. Those really good are too busy making money, a few who really tried to help, lost their businesses during their term.
What I need: more in-depth training - not a 45 or 90 min over view - on a specific item, show me how to setup 'Johns model ABC' router from a to z. Stop trying to be so vendor neutral.
Lounges/Roundtables with titles - to talk to peers on a subject - business, networking, iPad integration, adwords, etc.
eMail Send me a weekly email summarizing what's going on. I know you already get 15, that you don't read! Because they're not targeted. I'm interested in... check all that apply....send me stuff about that, just that (maybe the really important other stuff too, in brief).
One of the vendors does a nice job with their weekly, but also has so much filler/format that you have to scroll through to get to the good stuff. I read those emails at lunch guys on my iphone, give me the 30sec meat's worth, hold the potatoes and graphics.
Vendors Great job. Thanks for the support. Love you guys. Give me more info! Make a 2-3min video on a subject of a device. Show me how to setup your device. Don't make me jump through hoops and logins to download a manual. Show me fronts, backs, what's included.
Here's a secret - why is SnapAV doing well, they do these things.
What do you want from CEDIA? Not what they're doing wrong, or did, what should they do to make themselves relevant and earn your dues?
It takes intelligence to recognize stupidity. It's not their fault, they're stupid.
To go to a show like this and claim you did not see anything new makes one wonder if your eyes were open.
I fully understand year after year going to these events can make things seem like it is always the same old stuff, but there are ALWAYS a few new items or improved items on the show floor that are worth looking at.
I imagine it all comes down to what type of projects you do and how they are done. Maybe you have found everything you will ever need for the systems you do.
Many people are constantly reviewing and fine tuning the how and whys of their systems and specifications. So coming into shows like Cedia they will usually have a list of things they are looking for or wanting to get new solutions or options for.
In the end it is all about how to improve your bottom line.
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