BREAKING NEWS: Nortek Reorganizes Its Reorganization

AVC GroupToday, just a short time ago, Nortek Inc.’s AVC Group released an announcement that a major new phase of their reorganization is in the works. Specifically, the AVC Group which currently is the merged brands of Niles Audio, Elan, and Xantech, will be expanded to include SpeakerCraft, Proficient, Panamax/Furman all under the same roof. Furthermore, Nortek’s former reorganizer – Mark Terry – has been reorganized out of the newly restructured company.

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Alliance Expo 2012 Draws Large Dealer Attendance

Audio Associates Management

Mike Lefkowits, Ron Meyerowitz & John Bogle Jr. of Audio Associates

Audio Associates Corp. launched its “Alliance Expo 2012” Dealer Show Tuesday at the Doubletree Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. Attendees braved gray, rainy, sticky, humid weather…and a resulting variety of roadway-clogging traffic accidents…to travel from all around the New York Metro area and the Mid-Atlantic to see product displays from 23 manufacturers representing top brands in the specialty A/V business. Continue reading

Monster’s Cable-less Future

Photo of Central Hall of Alliance Expo Showing Monster Cable Display

Monster's presence at this week's Alliance Expo

This week at the Alliance Expo 2012 being held in Newark, NJ by Audio Associates and their vendors, Monster (formerly Monster Cable) had a large presence with a booth that stretched down one wall, across a corner, and along another wall with an impressive showing of their product line. The Monster presence included those products for which they are best known – cables and headphones, but perhaps even more impressive than that – they demonstrated some of their new wireless technologies and systems…pointing towards a wireless future. Continue reading

Connecting Three Powerful Partners – Technology, Vendors & Dealers

Ron Meyerowitz at Alliance ExpoAt this week’s Alliance Expo 2012 in Newark, NJ, we sat down with event promoter Audio Associates’ CEO Ron Meyerowitz to get his take on the event…and on trends in the industry. The dealer show, held annually by the well-known New York Metro-area sales representative firm, appeared to be quite successful at a time when many in the industry find business sluggish. We wanted to know – why was this year their biggest show ever…and what is the secret of their success?

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QR Codes are Quite Popular with Electronics Shoppers

Nielsen Study of Smartphone Use by Type of RetailerNew research from market researcher The Nielsen Company conducted just this month (May 2012) shows that those QR (quick response) codes are popular with shoppers in many different types of stores. But these codes are most popular with smartphone-equipped shoppers at electronics stores according to this latest research. Why? Continue reading

Our BIG Announcement!

Our Big Announcement Fireworks Graphic<May 17, 2012> OK…the day has finally come. It is time to make our big announcement. For those of you who don’t know, Stratecon is a strategic marketing company. In addition to writing newsletters about trends and issues, we work with companies of all types to develop strategically sound marketing plans and to drive new business development. Continue reading

New York’s Huge ‘Alliance Expo’ Dealer Show is Next Week

Audio Associates Dealer Show

Audio Associates Dealer Show

<May 16, 2012> New York manufacturers representative firm Audio Associates tells me that they are ready-to-go for their huge dealer show called “Alliance Expo 2012 – Partnering for a Stronger Tomorrow” scheduled for next week and originally announced in the ALERT last month. Launching this coming Tuesday, May 22nd and wrapping up Wednesday, the company says they are pulling out all of the stops for another mega-event, taking place this year at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Newark, NJ. Continue reading

Ciornei Makes Triumphant Return to Russound

Oscar Ciornei, OAC Group

Oscar Ciornei, OAC Group

<May 16, 2012> Russound announced today that it has retained the OAC Group to work with the company on a variety of product and marketing projects. The announcement follows the company’s recent divestiture of Colorado vNet – selling it to Russound’s former Vice President of Sales Mike Anderson. But the development is most notable for what it appears to represent – the triumphant return of Oscar Ciornei to Russound. Continue reading

Best Buy’s Founder is Forced Out as Ex-CEO Receives $6.6 million Severance

<May 16, 2012> The news out of Best Buy Stores, Inc. continues to be ugly. Earlier this week, we learned Best Buy Logothat the board investigation into the unseemly Brian Dunn affair has taken an unexpected turn, resulting in Best Buy founder and board chairman Richard Schulze being forced out of his own company. And yet, some market analysts are celebrating. Why? Continue reading

Nortek’s Net Losses Continue – And Continue to Improve

<May 16, 2012> Late last week Nortek Inc. released the results of its fiscal first quarter or the period that Nortek's Headquartersended March 31, 2012. Nortek – parent company to venerable industry brands such as Niles Audio, Speakercraft, Xantech, Elan, and more – showed a 7% sales increase in the quarter to $522.8 million as compared to $488.6 million in the year before. And while the company continued to book a net loss in the first quarter, it clearly showed solid improvement in several areas…including a dramatically reduced net loss of $1.2 million as compared to the same quarter last year when the net loss was $21.1 million. Continue reading