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Klipsch Gets It On…On-Wall, That Is

Klipsch logoKlipsch announced today it has launched an entirely new line of on-wall speakers, designed to augment on-wall flat panel TV installations with richer, more dynamic audio. This new series of products, called the Reference Premiere Designer On-Wall speakers take up minimal space, while delivering maximum sound.

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New Social Media Study is a Wake Up Call for Brand Marketers

iPhone showing social mediaLet me see if I can get your attention right now: 76% of all U.S. consumers purchased a product they first discovered in a social media post.

Let that sink in for a minute…digest it a little. Now WAKE UP! Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans bought a brand’s product that they first discovered in a social media post. If ever there was a time to tune-up your social media marketing strategy…it’s now. What’s that you say? You DON’T HAVE a social media marketing strategy?? No worries…you’re only missing out on about 8 out of 10 consumers in the market. I’m sure you’ll be fine…NOT!

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Quirky Shinola Launches New Headphone Line, Made in Detroit

Can of ShinolaQuirky Shinola, the scrappy Detroit, MI-based manufacturer of an eclectic collection of disconnected product lines, including watches, bicycles, leather goods, jewelry and, now, audio, has introduced a line of headphones, including over-ear, on-ear, and in-ear models. The company, which is owned by Bedrock Manufacturing Company, LLC, is as much an experiment in bringing manufacturing back to bankrupt Detroit, as it is a power brand.

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Gibson Brands: Putting Its Assets On the Line

Sells Warehouse & Property for $6 Million


Gibson Brands, Inc. has reached an agreement to sell its property on a half-acre in the North Gulch area of Nashville, TN to a private equity group for $6.38 million, according to a report by the Tennessean. The property includes an unused Gibson warehouse. The purchase was by Somera Road Inc., who worked in partnership with Tricera Capital, a Miami, FL private equity company.

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Elan Reveals Opening of First Training Center in Dallas

Elan logoElan revealed Wednesday that it has opened a training facility in Dallas, TX as of January of this year. The company says the facility is operating at 95% capacity and has already trained more than 200 dealers from around the United States.

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CEDIA’s Big Dig in Fishers, IN Begins

Association Breaks Ground on $14 Million HQ Building

CEDIA announced today it has broken ground on its previously revealed new $13.7 million headquarters building being built in Fishers, Indiana. The project is expected to take about a year to complete, with the organization taking residence in November 2018.

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Nearly 60% of Prime Users Say No to Amazon Key

Photo of Amazon Key service deliverConsumer’s Front Door an Impenetrable Barrier to Online Delivery People

Gifted visionaries like Jeff Bezos can image amazing products and convenient services. For example, like designing the world’s easiest online shopping site…and, dreaming of having consumers purchase goods online to be delivered IN their home. Today, in 37 cities across the United States, Amazon is launching its new delivery service where deliveries are placed past your temporarily unlocked front door and placed into your home…thanks to a special $250 door lock and cloud camera packaged solution that can be temporarily opened for the delivery person, called Amazon Key.

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CEDIA Elects New Board Members; Is Change at Hand?

Photo of Matt D. ScottCEDIA has wrapped up the election process for three open board seats that we first told you about here in a post from September. There were a total of seven candidates vying for three open slots. The election is over and ladies and gentlemen we have a winner, er, three winners.

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