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How to get involved with LSAF [message #67174 is a reply to message #67172 ] Fri, 22 April 2011 22:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham  is currently offline Wayne Parham
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One thing I've noticed over the many years I've done this show is that most people like it, some love it, but there is always one or two that just don't get it. They have a wish list of things they'd "like to see" but then expect others to do it for them. Not exactly sure how to respond to them.

At one time, I was pretty active encouraging people to get involved, to get into action in some way. I did that for several years. But now I really don't. I think there are enough of us out there that get it, someone will nudge these guys and help them understand what we're doing and how to go about making this show work for them.

The Lone Star Audiofest is free for all. It's all inclusive. It's a real grass root movement, probably the closest thing to an open source project we have in audio. But like all other open source stuff, the participant has to take responsibility for their own success. The benefit you gain from this show is directly proportional to the amount of effort you put into it.

I would like to remind all the exhibitors of this fact. They should each take it upon themselves to promote their own rooms. They should speak to the audio press about it. They should announce their intention to attend on their websites. Everyone should take it upon themselves to do their own press releases. That's how this show works.

Exhibitors should also send a message to the Lone Star Audiofest email address announcing their intention to attend, and perhaps send a logo and photo of the gear they plan to bring. That way, they can be added to the exhibitors list. If they don't send word, they won't be listed, I mean, we're not combing the web looking for people that say they might be here. Make a reservation and send an email.

Re: How to get involved with LSAF [message #67177 is a reply to message #67174 ] Fri, 22 April 2011 23:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Shane  is currently offline Shane
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You know what my stance on the show is. Very much like yours. I wonder though, after reading some of the forums that mention the LSAF, if the exhibitors realize that the committee isn't in the advertising business per se, and they need to voice it themselves? I know some do this and are aware, but I get the feeling that most aren't. I might be off base as well.



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Re: How to get involved with LSAF [message #67181 is a reply to message #67177 ] Sat, 23 April 2011 02:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham  is currently offline Wayne Parham
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I don't think you're off base at all. But I don't think that most people are confused by this setup. I think there are a few people that want more, but there's always that. Most people understand what we're doing and how it works.

I look around at the exhibitors websites, and I see several of them that prominantly display the fact that they'll be at LSAF with statements like "Come see us in Dallas at Lone Star Audio Fest, May 13-15, 2011." They post messages in their support forums. They do the appropriate amount of self-promotion, and use the show to connect with their customers and prospects.

I don't suppose there's anything wrong with the shows that have a traditional promoter. But that's not what LSAF is. We basically let the exhibitor keep the couple thousand bucks they would have paid for the same room at another show. They can use that money to advertise their room in other ways, or they can do their own self-promotion and use the money for other forms of advertisement or for R&D or whatever else.

If people are wondering if LSAF is advertised, honestly, they must not have their thinking caps on because the rooms are $99/night and the reservation is made directly with the hotel. Where would the ad revenues come from? Most trade shows like this cost a few thousand bucks. And in my experience, you don't get much for your money. That's why we did LSAF the way we did.

We get the same advantage of having a group of high-end audio exhibitors, which makes it a convenient place for people to come. Walk-in attendees can experience several types of systems in a weekend. And we get good coverage from the ezines and messageboards. That reaches out to everyone else that couldn't attend the show.

I'm very happy with the exposure I get from LSAF every year. I know you are too, as are most others. I don't mean to be "preaching to the choir" here, and I know I am. But I did feel I needed to respond.

Re: How to get involved with LSAF [message #67188 is a reply to message #67181 ] Sat, 23 April 2011 10:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Norris Wilson  is currently offline Norris Wilson
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LSAF is an annual event for a closely knit family, a family gathering. It is easy for all of us involved to let our family and friends know about the virtues of LSAF and all that it has to offer.

So, lets get the word out in every way that we have available.
Time is short before the show begins.

I am looking forward to seeing the family this year.
And meeting new family members that will be making the show for the first time.

After all, it is the people that make this show what it is.

Still having fun in audio after thirty years in the hobby.

Norris
Re: LSAF 2011 - Who's Coming? [message #67209 is a reply to message #65160 ] Mon, 25 April 2011 12:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AudioFred  is currently offline AudioFred
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I plan to be in the AudioKinesis room at 3:00 PM on Friday, May 13th, when Duke reveals his "secret weapon". Cool http://audioroundtable.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=16112&start=0&
Re: LSAF 2011 - Who's Coming? [message #67211 is a reply to message #67209 ] Mon, 25 April 2011 13:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham  is currently offline Wayne Parham
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Me too!

I'm thinking the secret-sauce might be a built-in flanking woofer perhaps? He did that in one of his earlier models and I always thought it was a splendid idea. An elegant design from a really cool guy.

Re: LSAF 2011 - Who's Coming? [message #67212 is a reply to message #67211 ] Mon, 25 April 2011 13:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Shane  is currently offline Shane
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Maybe the setup he had at RMAF? Those were cool!!!!!



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Re: LSAF 2011 - Who's Coming? [message #67213 is a reply to message #67212 ] Mon, 25 April 2011 14:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham  is currently offline Wayne Parham
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Did they have side-mounted and/or rear-mounted (flanking) woofers?

No fair asking him directly - we gotta guess!

Re: LSAF 2011 - Who's Coming? [message #67214 is a reply to message #67213 ] Mon, 25 April 2011 16:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Shane  is currently offline Shane
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If they're the ones he had there, then you'll just have to wait!!

Muhahahahaaaaa.



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Re: LSAF 2011 - Who's Coming? [message #67216 is a reply to message #67214 ] Mon, 25 April 2011 18:40 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
Wayne Parham  is currently offline Wayne Parham
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Dratz! Well, I'll get to see them pretty soon.

That Duke is always coming out with new cool models!

Makes me feel like a fuddy duddy - All my stuff stays the same, my loudspeaker line is like a zillion years old. I mean, I wouldn't change anything but still, Duke always has something new and he picks the coolest names for them too! (And they're always done right)

Just a few more weeks... Can't wait!

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