Srinivas Rao To Headline @AVIXA #Infocomm19 #TideConference

April 19th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Srinivas Rao, best-selling author and host of popular podcast The Unmistakable Creative, will headline AVIXA’s TIDE (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.) conference at #Infocomm19 in Orlando, Florida.

The #TideConference brings together innovators from design, architecture, technology, live events, and art to discuss the dynamic results and incredible experiences that experiential design plays in business.

Srinivas Rao told us “We live in a world where every individual and organization has a microphone. When a business doesn’t understand or can’t articulate their unique value proposition, they will drown in a sea of noise. The temptation is to look at competitors. But mimicry is a short-term fix that will make your products and services obsolete in the long run. At TIDE, we’ll uncover what makes an organization truly unique and develop the mindset required to take creative risks that lead to innovative products and services.”

The #TideConference takes place June 11 at the Orange County Convention Center, the day before the InfoComm floor opens. He will join a speaker line-up of designers, brand marketers, architects, integrators, and live events producers who will share their perspectives on the role audiovisual technology plays in different environments to elevate experiences.

More information and registration can be found here.

This Week’s #AVJobs

April 19th, 2019

Andrew Neale

AV Jobs provide a highly specialist Recruitment Service for Audio Visual manufacturers, distributors and resellers.

They also work within the broadcast, events and unified communications industries providing quality and experienced staff at all levels – from board members through management, field service and sales, as well as on-site technical and sales people.

Their Consultants have experience within the AV industry and fully understand all areas from sales through system design and installation, hire and events, operations and service.

Here are this week’s selection of #AVjobs from them…

  • AUDIO VISUAL TECHNICAL ARCHITECT
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location London West End
    Area City of London, England London South West, England London North West, England
    Sector Engineer Engineer – Audio Visual Engineer – Design Engineer – Project Engineer – Technical Architect
    Salary £30000 – £50000 Per Annum Competitive & negotiable salary + benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV29891
  • AUDIO VISUAL PROJECT MANAGER
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location Manchester/Warrington
    Area Cheshire, England Greater Manchester, England Lancashire, England
    Sector Engineer – Audio Visual Engineer – Video Conferencing Manager Manager – Project
    Salary £34000 – £40000 Per Annum Competitive & negotiable salary + benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV29889
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIGITAL SIGNAGE
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location South West London
    Area Surrey, England City of London, England London South East, England London South West, England
    Sector SalesSales – Audio Visual Sales – Corporate Sales – Business Development Sales – Field Sales
    Salary £35000 – £40000 Per Annum Salary doe from £35k basic + uncapped
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV29884

The Official Line on Cennyd Roberts’ Departure At @8OutdoorMedia

April 19th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

If rumours are to be believed then all may not be well in the world of SIS Digital Vision Limited / SIS Digital / 8 Outdoor. We were the first last week to break the news (April 12 here) that Cennydd Roberts, the CEO of 8 Outdoor was to leave the business. The official release on that is now out, which states that he will finish at the end of April and we get the usual platitudes…

Cennydd Roberts, Chief Executive, 8 Outdoor quoted as saying “I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved over the last three-and-a-half years at 8 Outdoor. It’s now established as a dynamic and innovative force in the out-of-home sector with a strong and highly talented team of people in place to take it into its next phase. I’m confident 8 Outdoor will continue to succeed and grow and I wish everybody involved with the business every success” and Simon Grice, Group CEO & Founder saying “Cennydd Roberts was appointed as the first CEO of 8 Outdoor in October 2015 and has been instrumental to the growth of the business from a start up to the successful business it is today. Cennydd’s strategy and vision has placed 8 Outdoor on a fantastic path to further growth and success for many years to come. We wish Cennydd all the success for the future”.

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Waterfront Toronto Sued by @Cancivlib

April 19th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is suing Waterfront Toronto and the federal, provincial and municipal governments of Canada over the quayside smart city project which is being developed by Sidewalk Labs, partly owned of course by Google parent company, Alphabet.

At a press conference this week Canadian Civil Liberties Association executive director and general counsel Michael Bryant, said that Waterfront Toronto and the three levels of government had “sold out” citizens’ constitutional rights to freedom from surveillance, we quote “to the global surveillance mammoth of behavioural data collection, Google”.

He said “The Google-Waterfront Toronto deal is invalid and needs to be reset. These agreements are contrary to administrative and constitutional law, and set a terrible precedent for the rest of this country. Unlawful surveillance is wrong whether done by data profiteers or the state. We all deserve better from our federal, provincial and municipal governments”.

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Talking Retail At Global Digital Signage Conference

April 18th, 2019

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Miya Knights has 20 years’ experience with the use of enterprise technology in retail. She is a consultant, research analyst, journalist, editor and publisher and has a comprehensive understanding of technology market trends, gained first hand by examining the business challenges faced by retailers. She is also incredibly well versed in the technologies that they, the retailer, need in order to meet rapidly-evolving consumer expectations and demands.

Miya has advised the world’s biggest retailers, brands and technology providers, moderated and spoken at industry-leading events and is consistently ranked as one of Vend’s top 50 retail influencers.

She has appeared on BBC News, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 and BBC 5Live, Sky TV and ITN News, and has been quoted in The Telegraph, Financial Times, Retail Week and various retail and technology industry trade publications. As a journalist, Miya was a regular contributor to a number of publications, including The Times, The Independent, Financial Times, E&T Magazine, HRZone, TechWeekEurope UK, CIO UK, Computer Weekly, IT Pro, Cloud Pro, v3.co.uk and Computing.

Prior to joining digital marketing software firm Eagle Eye as Head of Industry Insight, Miya was Technology Research Director at Planet Retail and Senior Research Analyst with IDC Retail Insights. Miya edited Retail Technology magazine for 10 years, and now owns and publishes the title. She has also recently co-authored two books; Amazon with fellow retail expert, Natalie Berg and Omnichannel Retail with Tim Mason, the CMO who launched Tesco Clubcard, which is still one the world’s largest and most successful loyalty schemes today.

Miya will present in London on Wednesday May 15 at the Global Digital Signage Conference. Her presentation is titled ‘How Amazon will Continue to Revolutionise Commerce‘ and will cover all things retail!

Registration for the summit can be found here.

London Digital Signage Week takes place May 13-17, 2019 and as with its counterpart in New York, the week is for anyone involved with digital signage and interested in retail, employee communications, smart cities, digital out of home and of course digital signage!

ELAN Media Launches #DOOH Network in New Mall of Muscat

April 18th, 2019

Tristan Cotterill

Following an agreement with TAMANI Global Development & Investment, ELAN Media has launched a new cutting-edge DOOH network in the largest mall in Oman, Mall of Muscat.

Under the agreement, ELAN Media is the exclusive media representative of Mall of Muscat and will bring its wide experience in the media industry to ensure the successful promotion and sales of the mall’s DOOH advertising network in Oman.

The newly launched network increases ELAN Media’s portfolio of high-value and high-impact advertising assets, which includes ‘The Eye’ a 103m2 LED screen that will be the largest outdoor digital media display in Oman and introduces the pioneering digital advertising technology in the region to the Omani market.

Sheikh Mahmood Al Jarwani, Chairman of TAMANI Global Development & Investment,told us “By teaming-up with ELAN Media, we are creating new platforms to cater to the dynamic media needs and media scenes of the Sultanate of Oman. Being associated with Oman’s most awaited shopping and leisure destination ‘Mall of Muscat’, ELAN Media has the opportunity through this platform and through their cutting-edge, state of the art and advanced digital network to reach to a wider audience than ever before. Enriching the visitor’s experience is our motto and together with ELAN Media we will be able to achieve that goal”.

Jamie Ball, ELAN Media’s Chief Operating Officer told us “we are thrilled to introduce the region’s most- advanced Digital Out-of-Home network to the Omani market, in partnership with TAMANI Global Development & Investment. Our collaboration will positively contribute towards enriching the visitors’ experience at Mall of Muscat, the biggest mall in Oman. This expansion is aligned with ELAN Group’s strategy to grow by entering new markets and achieving business objectives overseas”.

Mall of Muscat is the largest mall in Oman and provides visitors with various unique attractions and entertainment facilities, such as Oman Aquarium, a Snow Park, a renowned family entertainment center (Faby Land), a Bowling Center and a global brand experience.

Wickes Launches Its First Ever #DOOH and Radio Roadblock Campaign

April 18th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Wickes, the UK home improvement retailer, has today launched its first ever digital out of home and radio roadblock campaign to capture the attention of consumers during the busiest period of the year for DIY.

Devised by Posterscope, working with Carat, the highly targeted campaign kicks off with a digital out of home domination on premium roadside OOH sites across London in close proximity to Wickes stores. The domination is planned to sync with a radio ‘roadblock’, that will run across all Bauer Radio stations on Thursday morning at 8am, creating a media multiplier effect.

Vanessa Eagle, Group Business Director, Posterscope, told us “We are always excited to see a client taking advantage of the unique capabilities that digital out of home can provide. By using our Posterscope planning platform ECOS to help capitalise on the agility of the digital OOH channel, we have been able to deploy this campaign at short notice and achieve a complete domination of the right sites at the right time, in the right locations, supercharging the impact of the Wickes radio ‘roadblock’.

The digital out of home campaign will continue through to bank holiday Monday capturing busy Easter weekend arterial routes and is part of an integrated TV, Radio, PPC and social campaign.

Shelley Allison, Head of Core Communications at Wickes, said “As more customers embark on their DIY projects over the Easter weekend, we wanted to do something to stand out. The ability to deploy an out of home campaign at the same time we know our audiences will be hearing our radio ads is an exciting and compelling proposition to make sure our campaign resonates with our target audience.” 
Hanna Puggaard at Carat added: “Easter is a key retail period for Wickes, and we are really excited to engage with consumers with this integrated media first campaign, capitalising on the volume of Bank Holiday weekend traffic on the roads out of London for the break.”

Global Outdoor is Born

April 18th, 2019

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) this week (finally) approved the acquisition of Exterion Media by Global, the Media & Entertainment group, enabling Global to move forward with the full launch of its new Outdoor division, following the simultaneous purchases of Primesight and Outdoor Plus in September 2018 and Exterion Media in November 2018.

Along with Primesight and Outdoor_Plus’s UK OOH assets, the addition of the Exterion portfolio also makes Global a market-leading outdoor company in Ireland, France, The Netherlands and Spain as well as one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the UK & Europe, Global is of course, already the largest commercial radio company in the UK.

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Healthy Q1 Growth for @Barco, Trading Update

April 17th, 2019

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Today Barco (Euronext: BAR; Reuters: BARBt.BR; Bloomberg: BAR BB) announced the results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2019. During the first quarter, Barco booked 269.0 million euro of incoming orders, an increase of 10.0% year-over-year. At constant currencies orders were 6.1% higher compared to last year.

Jan De Witte CEO said “I’m pleased to see that the progress we are making translate into healthy first quarter topline results. After working on portfolio choices and turnarounds over the past 2 years and redeploying resources towards new product offerings and commercial capabilities, we are re-establishing growth and continuing our drive to become a sustainable profitable growth company,” said Jan De Witte, CEO Barco. We now expect to deliver mid to high single digit sales growth for the year assuming currencies and the global economic environment remain stable, with continued EBITDA and EBITDA margin growth.”

Order book as of 31 March 2019 stood at 341 million euro, up 12.4% compared to the first quarter of last year. Sales for the quarter were 242.8 million euro, an increase of 8.4% compared to the first quarter of 2018. At constant currencies sales were 4.1% higher than last year.

All divisions delivered growth for the first quarter of the year and the Enterprise division produced another quarter of solid growth fueled by continued strong momentum for both ClickShare, as well as Control Rooms which delivered its third consecutive quarter of year-over-year sales growth. Sales for the Entertainment division were stronger than last year led by further uptakes in Cinema in North America and EMEA. The Healthcare division continued to post solid results in all segments.

Absen Named As One of China’s Best Managed Companies

April 17th, 2019

Tristan Cotterill

Absen has been announced as one of China’s Best Managed Companies as part of Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies (BMC) programme.

We are told that the company demonstrated excellent business management and was recognised at the gala dinner of the inaugural BMC Awards in China on 21 March 2019.

The BMC programme is a global initiative to identify and recognise private companies with advanced management ideas and excellent business performance. Since its launch in Canada in 1993, the programme has been introduced to many countries including Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Mexico, Chile and more.

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