New Research Quantifies Impact of ‘Showrooming’

New research released today from Harris Interactive, conducted on behalf of CouponCabin.com, provides a sobering look at how prevalent the practice of showrooming is among smartphone- and tablet-owning retail shoppers. Showrooming is where retail shoppers use their smartphone or tablet … Continue reading

Japan Moves to Set Worldwide Standard for Residential Energy Storage

At last month’s CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis, we learned about – and reported on – a new venture by industry stalwart Joe Piccirilli to sell a residential energy storage hub under the Rosewater Energy Group brand. Their hub uses rechargeable … Continue reading

NEC & Partners Launch Program to Drive Adoption of Residential Energy Storage

It seems that a great green wave is sweeping over Japan as the government and several businesses partner to drive adoption of, and set standards for, the residential energy storage (RES) system business. In a separate post, we reported on … Continue reading

Expo Keynote: TV Personality Delivers a View That’s Fun, Futurisitic and Funny

This year’s Keynote Presentation at the CEDIA Expo earlier this month was given by well-known physicist and television personality, Dr. Michio Kaku. Kaku is undeniably well-qualified to talk about technology…and the future. And although the official title of this keynote … Continue reading

Question: How Many ‘Connected’ Devices are in Your Home?

New research released today from marketing consultant Chetan Sharma says that the typical American home has on average a total of five connected devices. A connected device is any device which is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, wired, or … Continue reading

7 Lessons on Marketing Strategy from My Day with the Cake Boss

Two weekends ago, we celebrated my wife’s birthday. For the last few years, one of the things she most wanted for her birthday was a birthday cake. Not just any cake, mind you, but a cake made by Buddy Valastro … Continue reading

J.D. Power & Assocs. Survey Proves What We’ve Said All Along: 3D is Dead as a Sales Motivator

I know not everyone who reads this post agrees with us, and we’ve taken a fair share of criticism for our viewpoint, but we’ve been consistently skeptical of the power of 3D to drive HDTV sales. And now, after the … Continue reading

SpeakerCraft Crafts a New Kind of Speaker

At the CEA Line Show last month, we saw a whole spectrum of exhibitors, including: 1) Unknown brands vying to get the attention of the tech press; 2) Well-known brands showing products again that have already been announced and shown; … Continue reading

Latest CEA Industry Data Shows Shocking Struggles, Are We Headed for a ‘Meltdown’?

One of the benefits of attending the 2012 CEA Line Show in NYC is that the sponsoring trade group (Consumer Electronics Association) brings their resident economist who provides the latest market research data of where the industry is now…and where … Continue reading

Don’t Worry About the Top 1% or the Bottom 99% – Worry About the Middle 60%

A new report from the Federal Reserve Board shines the light on why the economic recovery is so anemic – middle income families got hit the hardest in the recent financial industry collapse in 2007-2010. And with an economy that … Continue reading