If $100,000 Unexpectedly Dropped into Your Lap, How Would You Spend It?

Imagine for a moment that you won the lottery, or gained an inheritance, of a substantial amount of money…say, $100,000. How would you spend it? That was the intriguing question pollster Harris Interactive asked an online panel of U.S. Internet … Continue reading

In Semi-Annual Update, CEA Says Industry Sales Will Hit New High

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) maintains a semi-annually updated forecast for all major categories of consumer electronics and has announced the results of their latest update for July saying the industry will hit another new high watermark in industry-wide sales. … Continue reading

Builders Group Holds Mid-Year Construction Forecast Meeting; Economists Cautiously Optimistic

The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., (ABC) a builders trade association, held their third annual Mid-Year Construction Forecast presentation this week…inviting economists from three industry-related associations to present their outlook on the construction industry. This year, the invited economists included … Continue reading

Marketers Continue to Shift B-to-B Advertising Dollars to Digital

Whether you’re a manufacturer/brand, distributor, rep…or even an integrator selling largely commercial installations…you are a business-to-business or B-to-B marketer. And you’re going to want to pay attention to this new data on marketing trends for B-to-B marketers. New data released … Continue reading

Alpine to be First to Market with Apple’s CarPlay Console System

Alpine Electronics will be the first of ultimately several companies to offer a in-car infotainment system based on Apple’s CarPlay system according to a report late last week by the Nikkei. Alpine’s system, which will likely be replicated by others, … Continue reading

Major OLED Production Problems Force Panasonic & Sony to Refocus on 4K

  In a report that appeared in the Nikkei on Christmas Day, it appears that Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. have dissolved a joint OLED production initiative and will instead seek new methods individually. As a result, both companies will … Continue reading

Startling Jump in November Housing Starts; Are Happy Days Here Again?

Newly released data from the Commerce Department shows that housing starts took what many are characterizing as a startling jump in November – rising 23% overall above the October rate and almost 30% above the November 2012 rate. Analysts are … Continue reading

Yikes! New Research Confirms It: Affluents are Moving to Digital Shopping

In news sure to send a chill through the backbone of every luxury retailer and manufacturer of every luxury product – electronics included – eMarketer is reporting that new research makes it clear that Affluents, loosely defined as those with … Continue reading

Hey Sales VPs, Think You Know Everything About Your Sales Team’s Performance? Think Again!

New research from Salesforce.com in conjunction with The TAS Group has recently uncovered some surprising data about the sales process. Having conducted a survey from a wide variety of industries, the company has created a report and infographic called 10 … Continue reading

Strata-gee’s CEDIA Expo Survey Offers Surprises – Positive & Negative

The CEDIA Expo is next week and our annual CEDIA Survey is now closed for responses. Thank you all who participated – we truly appreciate those of you who took the time to respond. Results are in and we have … Continue reading