BOCA RATON, FL (04.03.2020) – WeConekt, a hybrid business consulting and marketing company with founders who have a history in the 12 Volt market, announced joining forces with Midwest Sales Group, a sales representative firm – specializing in representing some of the world’s top car audio brands in the Wisconsin and Illinois territories. “We wanted to team up with WeConekt because we saw how they could be a huge resource for our dealers with their wide range of services and deep understanding of our market,” said Steve Fahlmark , President of Midwest Sales Group.
WeConekt offers many services between business management consulting and marketing – their first approach is not to try and sell the client any particular service, but to get a 360 view of the company and then offer only what is needed. All plans are highly specialized to each client.
Timing for joining forces with Midwest Sales Group couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time with everyone in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, where many are faced with new norms and how to reorganize business to accommodate for these new norms.
“We are excited to be working with 12 Volt dealers in the territory, as we feel this is a greatly underrepresented category online in today’s world of consumer brands. We recognize this is a tough time for everyone and are ready to support those who are interested,” said Allison Lopez, CEO of WeConekt.
One thing is for sure, an online presence at this time is imperative as more eyes than ever are on social media, virtual events and other communication platforms, proving once again that the internet is here to stay. It is a time to try new ways and figure out how to continue meeting customers’ expectations in a relevant way. WeConekt is offering dealers a FREE 1 hour consult to discuss challenges and offer solutions. Plus, WeConekt designed some free communication graphics to be used by dealers during this lockdown phase. Please contact WeConekt directly or through Midwest to set up a time.
LONG BEACH, CA (04.02.2020) – KENWOOD USA has announced its training team has partnered up with iDatalink Maestro to bring authorized dealers the first of their combined live training webinars for 2020 this Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM EST.
Earlier this month, KENWOOD began its email promotion “IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU,” which encouraged dealers to capitalize on this time to get prepared with knowledge on their 2020 product line by scheduling a personalized webinar training session. Now, they’ve teamed up with iDatalink Maestro’s training team to bring you the first of their combined “Virtual Training” sessions.
“With so much previous success in holding combined in-person training sessions with KENWOOD, it seemed natural to bring the duo of our class leading products and technologies together using the power of the web during these times,” said Mark Rutledge, iDatalink Maestro’s Director of Engineering, New Products. “Seeing the solutions and advantages of how our products work together seamlessly enables dealers the opportunity to give their customers the best in-vehicle experience possible.”
KENWOOD and iDatalink Maestro’s training teams already have plans in place for additional virtual trainings, including targeted Facebook live events to debut in the weeks to come. “We are all better when we are together and holding interactive virtual training events allows us all to stay connected, even when at a distance,” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales & Marketing. “We couldn’t be happier to host an event that allows dealers to not only learn about the latest in KENWOOD products, but also the opportunity to grasp the full scope of what iDatalink Maestro has to offer them.”
To get access to this live training webinar and/or If you are interested in setting up a personalized training session, please contact your KENWOOD sales rep for details.
RINGWOOD, IL (04.02.2020) – Race Sport Lighting (RSL) has announced to all re-sellers to take advantage of multiple training and educational resources on their RaceSportNation.com support site during this national slow down due to COVID-19 crisis. This site has been up and running previous to the start of the crisis, but the traffic to this site has increased in the last 1-2 weeks, as counter salesman and installers have extra time to get educated on specific categories in the lighting category. Training and education on the lighting category has always been a high priority with Race Sport Lighting, and are convinced that dealers that package training knowledge with displays, simply sell more lighting that dealers without training and displays. Race Sport Lighting even has an online RS University where staff can get certifications in specific areas of lighting to become experts.
“We designed the RaceSportNation.com website to be a separate site for our dealers and distributors to go to for the specific reason to get training, tools, sell sheets, marketing tools, and anything they really need to be a successful Race Sport Lighting re-seller. The rich resources on the nation site are the same resources we send out internally after they are developed for our staff to get knowledgeable, and then to our Sales reps on the road, and ultimately to our re-sellers to be successful selling and installing the products. Our goal has always been over the last 13 years to be the leader of the lighting category, and that is more than great products, its offering tools, training, and resources that our competitors don’t. Value added services is what sets us apart,” stated RSL President Steve Jergensen
ONTARIO, CA (04.02.2020) – What better way to enjoy your day being out on the trails in your UTV is listening to your favorite music while illuminating your boat with over 20 user selectable colors and over 19 different lighting effects to really set the mood.
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This screenshot on Monday, March 30th, shows Ed Dalesandro moderating the Zoom call with Ed Nuttall-Team Nutz, Dalesandro, Risa Schultz-WeConnect, John Brunett-Audio Video, Jeff Peters-Hertz and 12volt News (L to R) across the top.
CANONSBURG, PA (04.01.2020) – Ed Dalesandro and the End Result Rep Firm have been on a mission to work with dealers in the Ohio Valley Tri-State to deal with the Coronavirus National Emergency. Multiple scheduled Zoom calls have taken place with area Home AV and 12volt dealers. These calls have given those on the calls sense of community.
Sondralee Orengia, Custom Audio in Erie PA stated “The calls with Ed have been very helpful. Hearing what other dealers are faced with has given me a big picture look with what’s happening in the marketplace. We have been finishing big home jobs which definitely bolstered our spirits.”
Ed Nuttall, Team Nutz in Pittsburg, has attended all the scheduled Zoom calls. “We work closely with Ed and really applaud his efforts. It’s great to be on a call with other dealers plus vendors to get all’s perspective. Our doors are closed but we are an interlock dealer that gives up some flexibility working at the store” Nuttall related.
Last week End Result conducted “Virtual Town Hall Meetings” with dealers across the Ohio Valley tri states. We presented advice to 36 dealers. We also listened to what they were experiencing and what questions they had. If you were not able to attend but feel that you would like the information we presented, please read on. What we feel is on the line is the health of the nation and the health of our businesses.
Here is what we talked about:
Input came from a number of home dealers after hearing presentations from Rob Keeler from CEDIA, Risa Schultz & Allison Lopez from the marketing firm Weconekt. Dealer input included:
Still uncertainty of rules
Most closed the front door but still performed existing installations carefully
Most laid off most employees allowing for unemployment
All agreed that opportunity for upgrading their systems was in the plans
Many looking for different opportunities
All recognized the importance of a bigger picture and being sensitive to it
Many realized that after the storm there could be an uptick in improving one’s home
Stimulus money is coming and money will be easy to get to improve one’s space
Urban dealers felt that they were experts on getting federal money when it came in to consumers & felt that this (stimulus) would be the same way
It is my job to keep the dealers in this territory healthy, whether you buy from us or not. If you are doing better, most likely we are too. If you are hurting, we are also. In this tough and uncharted time, use us and the dealers around you for team guidance. This is not a time for individual competition amongst reps, distributors, dealers or manufacturers. United we will win again! We are an industry of emotion, something the internet cannot provide. Show yours and let’s get on top when the time is right. For now, plan and do what you can.
LONG BEACH, CA (04.01.2020) – JVC Mobile Entertainment is collaborating with iDatalink Maestro to provide virtual trainings to authorized dealers this Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 PM EST, highlighting their exclusive features.
JVC has expanded their multimedia lineup to now offer 8 receivers that provide support for iDatalink Maestro RR/RR2, with 2 of their receivers providing “Advanced Support”. Exclusive features, including the best in OEM volume knob support and dynamic guideline camera overlay will be covered during the training.
“We are excited about the opportunity to team up with JVC to provide information on our combined exclusive features, as well as provide an overview of our entire product line,” said Matt Yerger, iDatalink Maestro’s E-Learning Manger. “By leveraging the power of both brands at once, dealers can capitalize on efficiently learning about the best in offerings for their customers.”
JVC has been focusing on providing virtual trainings to its dealers and distributors over the course of the last several weeks and is now committed to further dedicating its time and resources to this. “We want to ensure that our dealers are ready to provide the best in product technology and support, and collaborating with iDatalink Maestro allows us to maximize these efforts in an efficient manner,” said Ron Trout, Director of Sales for JVC’s Mobile Entertainment division.
If you are interested in attending this virtual training webinar and/or If you are interested in setting up a personalized virtual training session, please contact your JVC sales rep for details.
For more information on JVC Mobile Entertainment, visit us.jvc.com/car.
NEW YORK, NY (04.01.2020) – SiriusXM and Howard Stern has announced that starting now through May 15, SiriusXM will start offering free access to its full lineup of Premier Streaming content to listeners in North America. Howard kicked o the unprecedented Stream Free access this morning while hosting The Howard Stern Show, on channel 100, from his home.
SiriusXM Select and All Access subscribers already have access to this great content included with their subscriptions. Anyone who is not already a SiriusXM subscriber can download the SiriusXM app or go to SiriusXM.com/streamfree, and start listening free of charge, with no credit card or commitment required.
“With so many people asked to stay at home, we are making our full streaming lineup of music, entertainment, news and information easily accessible to everyone,” said Jim Meyer, SiriusXM CEO. “In the days ahead, we hope it’s a valuable source of information or diversion, a generous mix of fresh live content, and a source of companionship that comes from the hosts on our many shows and channels. And there was no better way to launch the Stream Free content than with Howard this morning.”
Listeners will have free access to more than 300 channels of dynamic programming, featuring the acclaimed The Howard Stern Show, hundreds of exclusive ad-free music channels, and vital news and information sources. SiriusXM is also adding entirely new curated content, and bringing back some beloved music channels by top artists.
StayHome Radio, a feel-good, ad-free music channel, will launch April 1 on the streaming platform and channel 179 on most SiriusXM radios. The channel will feature happy and uplifting songs from artists like Lizzo and Coldplay to P!nk and Bob Marley.
And as people spend time at home, SiriusXM is bringing back The Billy Joel Channel, Dave Matthews Band Radio, and a new channel full of the Top 1000 songs across multiple genres, all available on the SiriusXM app, connected devices, as well as most SiriusXM radios, starting April 1.
Billy Joel’s exclusive SiriusXM channel, The Billy Joel Channel, features music spanning his decades-long career, including songs from his live and studio albums, and Billy telling exclusive stories about his music and career. Throughout the month, the channel will also air Billy Joel: An Evening of Questions and Answers… and a little music too, which was recorded last year in Miami at the Faena Theater. It can be heard on the SiriusXM app in the Rock category and on SiriusXM radios on channel 30.
Dave Matthews Band Radio will include music from the band’s extensive career, along with exclusive, never-before heard interview content, and encore airings and highlights from Dave’s recent Pay It Forward: Live performance streamed from his home and simulcast live on SiriusXM. Dave’s “live from home” performance can be heard in full Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT, Thursday at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT, Friday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, and through the weekend. The channel will also bring back the Friday Night Concert Series, featuring a complete show from the archives every Friday night at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. While the band is o the road, the Friday Night Concert Series will feature standout shows including the band’s 2018 and 2019 tour, originally heard live exclusively on SiriusXM. Dave Matthews Band Radio can be heard on the SiriusXM app in the Rock category and on SiriusXM radios initially on channel 176.
The Top 1000 Channel will bring a new genre countdown every two weeks, kicking o with the top 1000 Classic Rock Songs and followed by the top 1000 Oldies songs, Alternative Rock songs (80s to today), Country songs, RnB songs, Hard Rock songs and Hip-Hop songs. It can be heard on the SiriusXM app and on most SiriusXM radios on channel 177.
SiriusXM’s ad-free music channels offer a wide variety of choices, from favorites The Highway, SiriusXM Hits 1 and our decades channels, to artist-backed channels such as The Beatles Channel, The Garth Channel, Pearl Jam Radio, Grateful Dead Channel, LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Radio, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, and Eminem’s Shade 45.
There are also many additional online-only music channels, including more than 100 Xtra music channels, curated for any mood, occasion or activity, as well as music channels geared toward “relaxing-at-home” listening, such as SiriusXM Chill, Watercolors, and SiriusXM Coee House. SiriusXM music channels are home to more than 200 channel hosts who serve as trusted companions to millions in North America currently in their homes.
Listeners also get live news from major outlets such as CNN, FOX News, CNBC, MSNBC and BBC World Service, and valuable information from channels such as Doctor Radio powered by NYU Langone Health, and Business Radio. There are also inspirational and faith-based channels, multiple channels of comedy, dynamic sports talk such as Mad Dog Sports Radio, and more.
SiriusXM’s entertainment channels include Radio Andy and SiriusXM Stars, featuring daily live shows covering the latest in pop culture, celebrities, lifestyle, and more. Listeners can tune in to hear live shows from SiriusXM hosts including Andy Cohen, Jenny McCarthy, Jess Cagle, Je Lewis, Bevy Smith, Michelle Collins and more.
The SiriusXM app also offers additional features such as SiriusXM video, Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora that listeners can curate themselves, and an On Demand library with more than 10,000 hours of archived shows, exclusive music performances, interviews and audio documentaries.
The SiriusXM app is available on mobile phones, tablets and computers, as well as on a wide variety of connected devices in the home including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more.
OXNARD, CA (03.31.2020) – SSV Works is now shipping the new 5-speaker RZR kits with JVC backup-camera-ready radio.
SSV Works recently announced a collaboration with JVC during the 2020 CES Show in which SSV Works is now the exclusive Powersports distributor for the KD-MR1BTS marine/powersports digital media receiver.
“As a result of this collaboration, we are integrating and making available the KD-MR1BTS into a number of our existing and new Polaris RZR kits for our customers,” said Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO. “JVC is a legacy in the mobile audio radio market, and we could not be more excited to partner with such a brand and provide our customers with the best powersports radio and overall audio solution kits in the market.”
The IPX6-rated KD-MR1BTS digital media receiver features Bluetooth, USB, a 2.7-inch color display, global tuner with weather band, 7-Band EQ, rear view camera capability, and is SiriusXM-Ready.
Available in Spring 2020, vehicle-specific SSV Works plug & play dash kits and harnessing to work with the JVC KD-MR1BTS include: • 2014 – ‘18 Polaris RZR XP1000, Turbo, 900 – NOW SHIPPING • 2019 – ‘20 Polaris RZR XP1000, Turbo, 900 – NOW SHIPPING • 2020 Polaris RZR Pro XP – SHIPPING SOON
“Current SSV Works customers can upgrade their audio kits with a plug-and-play mounting and harness solution, as well,” added Kaplan. “And as a special incentive, we are also announcing that for a limited time, we will include the backup camera with new systems free of charge.”
Added Ron Trout, Director of Sales – Regional Sales Group – Car Electronics Sector – JVC Mobile, “SSV Works is the market leader in aftermarket powersports audio solutions, making them the ideal partner for our KD-MR1BTS. We are looking forward to both our and SSV’s customers to benefit from each other’s expertise and experiencing the next level of powersports audio.”
MARIETTA, GA (03.31.2020) – AIS has just announced the introduction of their new 9.6” rear-view mirror/monitor with built-in DVR.
The unit is comes with great features such as:
9.66” Rear-View Mirror Monitor Infinity (edge-to-edge) Touch Screen Built-in DVR Built-In 1080P Front Camera Interior/Exterior Camera GPS Antenna 32gb Micro SD Card Ram Twist Mount Honda Twist Mount Hyundai Twist Mount
This brand new product, the INFM9DVR, has a resolution of 1280x320p. Included are front and rear cameras that have simultaneous front and rear recording and in real-time viewing. It records sound and has G-shock with GPS functions. The 32gb Micro SD card is included and is upgradeable to 64gb. It has rear camera monitoring so the vehicle owner can see if the vehicle has been tampered with in their absence. Retail price is $499.95
AIS CEO, Kelley Vickers added, “AIS products are not sold to internet retailers or sold on the internet, thereby allowing our valued network of nationwide dealers the most profitable line of safety and convenience products available today. In addition to providing the best and most innovative products, our number one goal is to protect the profit of our dealers and this is why they are fiercely loyal to the AIS brand.”
AIS is a global technology supplier of integrated automotive safety and convenience products. AIS engineers and controls the manufacturing of automotive back-up cameras, back-up sensors, Blindwatch systems, CD players, GPS Tracking, Cruise Controls, DVRs, video monitors, video mirrors, lighting, navigation, Autoplay and Bluetooth modules. AIS also provides automotive leather kits and is the nationwide distributor of Mobileye Advanced Driver Assist Systems.
AIS carries over 3000 SKUs and offers a three year to lifetime warranty for key dealers. AIS is currently interviewing rep firms in several major markets and can be reached at 800-365-6060 and www.aisinterface.com.
PHOENIX, AZ (03.31.2020) – MTX Audio is announcing the introduction of all new audio kits and components to their lineup of Polaris RZR audio products. This new offering is primarily in response to the changes that Polaris made in the RZR platform starting with the 2019 Turbo S models and will be backwards compatible to most 2014+ models.
Two of the primary component additions are with the front and subwoofer speaker systems. A variation from our other model of front speaker pods, the new RZR-14-FS will mount in the footwell in a kick pod style installation using our new POD-LOC technology. These have been engineered to maximize the audio output without sacrificing legroom, sound quality or output while riding. Additionally, the speaker pods installation time has also been addressed with a simple to install, quick mount bracket and single bolt mounting system that gets the speakers mounted in the vehicle in minutes.
The subwoofer option, the RZR-14-SW, is a completely new design of the enclosure as well as the components inside. The enclosure consists of a high output 10-inch subwoofer in a convertible sealed/ ported design made possible through our Quick Install Port Seal technology or QuIPS. We’ve also added heavy duty Neoprene sound damping to the exterior of the enclosure to greatly reduce bass induced rattle in the vehicles body panels improving the overall sound quality when you’re riding. The enclosure is intended to be coupled with the MUD600-1 mono-block amplifier and mounts in place of the vehicles glove compartment and features a side firing design to maximize bass output. The ported design capability allows it to produce deep vibrating bass while the QuIPS technology helps protect your investment in case of deep-water situations by simply installing the seal before going submersible.
Also being introduced are all new RZR audio kits that are designed to fit more models and platforms than ever before. They will consist of a total of six packages that will work on Ride Command and non- Ride Command vehicles alike from model years 2014 to present. These kits will offer different levels of audio experience from the basic package with our 200/400-watt RMS 2-speaker system, to a complete party in a box with our 1000-watt RMS 5-speaker system. All kits come complete with direct-fit hardware and plug-n-play harnesses for a frustration-free installation as well.
“With the changes in the RZR platform in the last couple years, we saw this as an opportunity create an audio experience for our customers that goes above anything they’ve heard before.” said Director of Sales and Marketing, Jason Fickas. “We’ve put a lot of research and development into the new design of our kits to ensure they are the easiest to install without sacrificing any output or sound quality. I can’t wait for all types of riders out there to start experiencing this all new offering from us.”
The new RZR kits and components are slotted to start shipping mid-May and more details will follow soon. Be sure to follow us on social media or check out our website for more details as they develop.