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Welcome to The Stimson Report

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Every week we all receive dozens of emails of press releases, manufacturer announcements, and public relations statements. I have often wished that someone would read them for me and let me know if there was anything important going on. If you have had the same wish, then this is one email you need to read. In addition we will occasionally profile some B2B companies targeting the rental & staging segment. There are a number of new wholesale rental companies vying for your business. And we will also let you know about useful products that come from outside our normal market channels. Just this month I discovered a cool $6 device that should help you keep up with wireless remotes. No space this month, but I will tell you more next time. If you want your company or product to be featured in future editions just let me know.

In the meantime, there are some important events on the horizon. The LDI Show will be in Orlando November 12-18. The exhibits are Nov 16-18. I hope to see you there at the InfoComm Rental & Staging Council Reception on Friday at 5:30 pm at the Rosen Center Salon 10. The reception is mostly a networking event, but we will share InfoComm news and help orient some of the LDI attendees who are not members about what InfoComm is all about. Mostly though, we will enjoy free food and drink.

In more LDI news, ESTA has renewed their sponsorship agreement with LDI. ESTA President Bill Groener says LDI is the only North American event specifically dedicated to those segments of the entertainment industry most related to live entertainment. While many folks will acknowledge that InfoComm has made some headway with its PLASA-sponsored Lighting & Staging Pavilion, LDI continues to offer a unique value to companies and individuals in the entertainment sector. This is just one reason why I plan on going to LDI for the foreseeable future.

These big annual shows are very important, but what about regional events? No one can afford to send everyone to InfoComm or LDI and sometimes the timing just doesn't work. Rental & Staging Systems Magazine is coming to the rescue with the Rental & Staging Roadshow. Products, seminars, and networking all for free. Read more about the next Roadshow in this email.

The juxtaposition of InfoComm and LDI is one of corporate versus entertainment. In the November issue of Rental & Staging Systems my column will touch on a frequent question How should we market our company? This is not something I can completely address in one piece, but I will talk about selling direct to end customers versus producers. This includes some important insights on the differences in the market channels between corporate and entertainment.

Finally, I want to encourage folks to notice the number of announcements in the trades about Green initiatives. There is an entire Green Meetings movement that you will need to be aware of as you plan for 2008. Google "green meeting" and see what comes up. I have also noticed that a number of you have added a green meetings statement to your website. Good for you! I predict that over the next couple of years we will see an increase in meeting RFPs with a green clause in them.

I promise more industry news in future issues. So much to tell, and so little space! Most importantly I want to thank our key sponsor Barco for making this service possible. See you at the show!

Tom Stimson, CTS
The Stimson Group


The Stimson Report Oct '08

Who is not thinking about the economy? Probably no one. Are you talking about it with your customers and employees? I hope so. With everything going on, I am sure lots of folks have questions, concerns, and outright fears for their jobs, livelihoods, or mortgages. I want to share some thoughts how to face the crisis both in terms of helping yourself, your employees, and your customers. Read more in this month's The Stimson Report.

The Stimson Report DEC 08

I know we're all tired of talking about the economy so I will give you a break. Instead I want to look back on a year of networking in particular at the Rental & Staging Roadshow.

The Stimson Report for June 2008

It's June and time for InfoComm (June 14-20), but that's not all. The economy is at a tipping point; technology is having break through's all around us, and the need to stay informed is greater than ever. In this issue of The Stimson Report we highlight the InfoComm Show and point you to some important news and information. Read more and then join us at the show.

The Stimson Report April 2008

This month I have been thinking a lot about labor and staffing. Coincidentally there has been a huge story developing with a management lockout of three labor unions responsible for AV at the St Louis Convention Center. All the best links are included, so please read on. Next, I want to share some web-based products where project managers (and we all manage projects, don't we?) can share information. Then while you are thinking about how stay ahead of your shows, let me present another AV Industry B2B with a brilliant strategy. Read on in this month's The Stimson Report.

The Stimson Report Feb '08

This month's Stimson Report brings you a mixed bag of news and revelations. There is a brief profile of a new AV company that I think you will admire. I present a new website for sharing corporate events war stories that should appeal to most of you old-timers. And I share some thoughts on online networking including my favorite business tool. In addition there's a selection of news items that have recently caught my eye.

The Stimson Report Jan 08

AV Rental & Staging growth areas for 2008: Part of growing a rental company is making purchases for rental inventory in the "If we own it we will rent it" category. Here are a couple of items I think are now part of that group but will soon be must-haves. Audience Response technology was once too specialized and complicated to fit easily into the larger live event arena. But now most of these products are inexpensive and easy to use - but they do require some pre-production. Consider this another service you can provide your customers that falls under the graphics/slides production category.

The Stimson Report Mar '08

Networking, networking, networking...this was a big month for visiting with stagers from all across North America. Between the Orlando Roadshow and Barco's Annual Rental Partner Meeting - I have been privileged to attend two major networking events in as many weeks. There were lots of lively discussions on the economy, insights into where business is headed, and great times with old friends. Read about this and more in this month's Stimson Report.

The Stimson Report May 08

No matter how well a company is doing, the conversation turns to the economy and the uncertainty of the future. The discussion isn't doomsday; no one seems concerned that the downturn will last. What they are interested in is more creative ways to survive and come out on top. This month I explore the industry buzz about the economy and some thoughts about what it all means in The Stimson Report.