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What are People Buying?: Word on the Street — September 16th thru September 20th

September 22nd, 2013 COMMENTS
What are People Buying?: Word on the Street — September 16th thru September 20th

Word on the Street by Kevin Carty

At least five times a day, I am asked by distributors:  “So what are you seeing in exhibit design? What are people buying?” I love when I am asked that question. It’s usually an indication that we’re all busy.

So what’s selling? . . . Portable and custom hybrids with tension fabric graphics continue to drive the ship, but the biggest sales superstar right now – – iPad Stands!

If you have been to Classic, then you know my office is above Accounting and next to Design. Everyday, I walk up and down those stairs 15-20 times. On my way to Customer Service or the Set-up area, I generally tour Production to see what is being built and shipping that day.

Without fail, I always see multiple iPad Stands, an iPad enclosure, or some creative way we are integrating an iPad or other tablet into an exhibit. From Islands to Table tops and everything in between. And while I see lots of standard “kits,” I also see lots of customized applications as well.

iPad Stands

Classic Exhibits has devoted more than two years to designing a wide assortment of tablet solutions into exhibits of all shapes and sizes. We are clearly the leader. I say that not because I’m bragging, but because we have devoted enormous R&D, Design, and Marketing effort to achieve that position. The proof is in the pudding. Not a day goes by that we are not shipping 5-25 iPad kiosks or enclosures.

Design and innovation has certainly been the driver. From the get-go, we applied for Design and Utility patents because we wanted to protect not only our intellectual property, but also ensure that Classic Distributors had a unique competitive advantage in the marketplace. Those distributors who have embraced iPad Solutions and have marketed them consistently and aggressively are reaping the rewards of their efforts.

Aside from design, the other element that stands out is the “secret sauce,” such as our “Port\Land” Swivel Stop Technology. Whether you’re using an iPad or some other tablet unit, such as a Samsung Galaxy Tab or ASUS, this feature really sets the Classic products apart from those Johnny Come Lately knockoffs. All are clunky, heavy, and less functional, even those units that have “attempted” to copy the same design features.

It’s one thing to “copy” as opposed to “innovate.” Innovation requires a well thought out process that:  a). focuses on your customers, b). understands how they will use it, c). designs it to be attractive and functional, and d). engineers it to be durable and lightweight. Copying does none of that.

iPad Kiosks

I digress. Whether you are building a dynamic island design or just a freestanding interactive kiosk, please keep our iPad Solutions in mind. They are an affordable and a practical accessory to any exhibit.

Thank you for your continued support of Classic Exhibits. We welcome your design and R&D suggestions.

Hope you have a great weekend with your families. Talk to you next week.

Kevin
http://twitter.com/kevin_carty
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kevin-carty/3/800/32a


 

 

NEW iPad Solutions Brochure

March 5th, 2013 COMMENTS

In the past six months, we’ve tripled our iPad Solutions. And, there’s another half dozen in the R&D pipeline. Here’s the newest brochure where you’ll find iPad kiosks, stands, extrusion solutions, counters, and inserts — all designed specifically for retail, trade shows, and special events.

There’s a link at the bottom for the Unbranded Version. The Unbranded Version can also be downloaded from the iPad Design Detail pages in Exhibit Design Search.

If you are attending EXHIBITOR2013, be sure to see the latest models at our booth.

Download the Unbranded Version

–Mel White
http://www.linkedin.com/in/melmwhite
mel@classicexhibits.com

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or www.classicexhibits.com.


 

Recent iPad Kiosk Trends

January 24th, 2013 COMMENTS

Let me share iPad Kiosk sales from an unnamed Classic Distributor. Last week, I ran a report on this distributor focusing exclusively on iPad kiosk sales over the past four months. This distributor is primarily online, but one I suspect you don’t know. They fly under the radar.

On their website, they created a category/menu for iPad Solutions. They also have Exhibit Design Search, which shows iPad kiosks in the Workstations and Counters Galleries. And, they’ve done several email broadcasts to their customers on iPad options. What are the results over the past four months?

Not bad. When you consider that they focused on MOD-1312/1314 until recently, it’s even more impressive. Just this afternoon, I was told to expect an order for 10 more. Nice.

What about Other Tablets?

Although iPads represent the vast majority of orders we’re getting, we have gotten a few requests for other tablets such as the Galaxy Tab and ASUS. It requires modification to the clamshell frame ($100 retail modification price), but the solution is sweet. Same anti-theft locks. Same clamshell frame. Same Swivel Stop feature. For cord management purposes, it works best in landscape mode, but if your client intends to use it in battery mode (9 hour battery), landscape or portrait is fine. We may not be able to accommodate larger tablets, but if you have one you’d like us to explore for an order, please let us know.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab and Note in Clamshell Frame

Unbranded Literature

Download the Unbranded iPad Kiosk Sheet
Download the Unbranded MOD-1312/1314 Sheet (promotional price)
Download the Unbranded MOD-1312/1314 Price List

MOD-1353, MOD-1355, and MOD-1357

Finally, just in case you haven’t seen the Newest iPad Kiosk / Brochure Stands from Classic Exhibits, I thought I’d share. These were all designed by Katina Rigall. The details are available in the Workstations Gallery. All include the exclusive Portrait/Landscape Swivel Stop Rotation feature and internal wire management.

iPad Kiosks MOD-1353, MOD-1355, and MOD-1357

-Mel White
http://www.linkedin.com/in/melmwhite
mel@classicexhibits.com

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Based in Portland, Oregon, Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, and custom-hybrid exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or www.classicexhibits.com.