Awash in a Sea of Incrementalism, Pre-Show Press Day was a Desperate Search for Innovation

2012cesreport<January 18, 2012> The day before the International Consumer Electronics Show opens, the show promoter holds something they call “Press Day.” Press Day is a mind-numbing endurance test of the media’s stamina with back-to-back-to-back-to-etc. press conferences. Each press conference is supposed to be 45-minutes long to give the press 15-minutes to move to the next one. Continue reading

Onkyo & Gibson CEO’s Give the ALERT the Inside Scoop on their New Partnership

OnkyoGibson2Gibson Guitar Becomes Exclusive U.S. Distributor of Onkyo & Integra Brands

<January 18, 2012> As one of a select (and very small) group of reporters invited to a hastily-arranged private audience with the CEO’s of both Gibson Guitar Corp. and Onkyo Corp. to discuss their recently announced strategic alliance, I was intrigued. The interview was held on a custom Gibson tour bus literally and figuratively…as the Gibson CEO clearly drove the discussion. Continue reading

CES Wrap-Up #1 – The Big News at CES Was That There was No Big News

2012cesreport<January 18, 2012> When my kids were younger, they used to really love those Magic Eye puzzles. You know, the puzzles that look busy with lots of bright designs and graphics, but a hidden image is buried within them if you put your nose on the page, defocus your eyes, and really concentrate? This could be a pretty good analog of this year’s recently completed CES. How so, you ask? Continue reading

LG – Last Year We Were Smart, This Year We Are Smarter

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2012cesreport<January 18, 2012> CES Press Day kicked off this year with LG who seemed anxious to update the media on their progress in 2011. Wayne Park, President and CEO of LG USA, told reporters that although 2011 was a tough year economically, LG’s revenues were up 8 percent. Park also told the group that LG had a record-breaking fourth quarter in U.S. sales. Continue reading

D&M Makes it Official – Brian Poggi is Appointed President, Americas

Brian Poggi Headshot<January 6, 2012> As first reported in Stratecon’s BEACON yesterday [see story here], D&M Holdings, Inc. officially announced today that it has appointed Brian Poggi as President, Sales and Marketing – Americas effective immediately.

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Sources Say D&M Holdings is Set to Announce New President

D&M Logo<January 4, 2012> Sources are telling the Beacon that D&M Holdings is close to announcing a new President of Sales & Marketing for the Americas, a position that has been vacant ever since the company parted ways with former President Bob Weissburg in August 2011. According to these sources, D&M will announce shortly, perhaps as soon as next week’s CES, that it has selected Brian Poggi to be Weissburg’s replacement. Continue reading

Stratecon’s Top 10 BEACON & ALERT Stories of 2011

TOP 10<January 4, 2012> With the close of 2011, it’s time to look back on those stories that readers found most meaningful. Stratecon’s newsletters had another record year and our website activity continues to reach ever increasing heights as more and more readers seek out ALERT and BEACON stories to get “the scoop” on what’s happening in the technology business today. Continue reading

Once Again, It’s Show Time – Our CES Survey Results Reveal Reader’s Real Intentions

Survey Image<January 4, 2012> Next week, the International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas, NV starting January 10 and running through the 13th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Over the last few years, many ALERT and BEACON readers have indicated to me that they no longer attended the event as they feel the show is no longer targeted at the specialty side of the business – and instead were using the CEDIA Expo as their main show. Continue reading

More Details Emerge on Unique Gibson Guitar & Onkyo Partnership

Gibson Logo<January 4, 2012> Only hours after the initial announcement this morning that Gibson Guitar Corporation and Onkyo Corporation will partner with mutual investments and the creation of a joint venture (JV)  for product acquisition and marketing – new details of the deal are emerging. Also, the Japanese stock market has reacted to the deal driving up the value of Onkyo stock. Continue reading

Gibson Guitar Buys Stake in Onkyo Corporation & Takes Control of Onkyo USA

Onkyo logo<January 4, 2012> In a surprise move, Gibson Guitar Corporation announced that it has invested in Osaka, Japan-based Onkyo Corporation as part of what it called a “strategic partnership” pursued as part of a “continued diversification into the music and audio lifestyle arena.” The company also announced that it has taken a majority interest in Onkyo’s American subsidiary, Onkyo USA Corp. Continue reading