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CEA and MERA Announce Final Push for CarTech Demo Days

For the second year, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA) will be supporting automotive electronics retailers across the country as they host CarTech Demo Days. The in-store events will be held May 16-18, offering consumers the opportunity to experience firsthand the latest technologies at their local automotive technology retail stores.

“We received positive feedback from last year’s participants about CarTech Demo Days and they are excited to do it for a second year,” said Ron Freeman, CEO of AAMP of America and Chair of CEA’s Automotive Electronics Division Board of Directors. “Retailers who have not yet signed up are encouraged to complete the process by May 14th in order to take full advantage of the program.”

CEA and MERA are providing all the creative elements for CarTech Demo Days marketing at no cost as a benefit to member retailers, utilizing the Revenew Marketing Network. In addition to CEA and MERA, leading industry manufacturers including Audiovox, Dual, HD Radio, iSimple, Kenwood, Kicker, Pioneer, SiriusXM and Viper are sponsoring the nationwide program and supporting their dealers. The marketing materials for CarTech Demo Days offer a robust suite of creative elements including an event micro-site, banner ads, web button, Facebook ads, Facebook app, direct mail, print ads, in-store poster and three-touch email campaigns.

“The Revenew Marketing Network provides a great way for manufacturers to market to their retailers’ customers via email and social platforms,” says Chris Cook, president of MERA. “CarTech Demo Days provides a national awareness program that targets local consumers with the right message to encourage them to visit local retailers and learn about in-vehicle technologies.”

The 2014 CarTech Demo Days have already surpassed last year’s total of 214 retailers participating and hosting in-store events. In 2013 CEA hosted a Satellite Media Tour (SMT), which included more than 20 media markets, showcasing the types of products available and educating consumers on CarTech Demo Days, and how to find a local retailer. The 2014 SMT looks to expand on last year’s success of over 8 million media impressions.

For more information on CarTech Demo Days, please visit CarTechDemoDays.com. If any dealers or retailers are interested in participating, please contact Willet Hossfeld at CEA.

About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media.

About MERA:

The Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA) strives to grow the mobile electronics industry by supporting its professionals with education, networking opportunities and legislative support. Members include retailers, manufacturers, distributors, manufacturer’s representatives and others who realize professionalism and continuing education are cornerstones for successful business. In addition to numerous member benefits, MERA publishes Mobile Electronics magazine, the premier industry trade resource, and produces KnowledgeFest, the industry’s only trade show and education conference dedicated to mobile electronics professionals as well as In Car Experts, a premier marketing and buying group. For more information, visit www.merausa.org or call (800) WHY-MERA.

About Revenew:

Revenew is the leader in Channel Networking™ is a technology platform that enables a network of manufacturers, resellers and industry groups to promote brands and generate demand together through distributed marketing. On Revenew’s license-free cloud-based channel marketing platform, members can build target databases, access marketing content and funds, customize and co-brand integrated campaigns and track results. It is a unique combination of distributed marketing automation, online fund management, content portal, contact management and business network – enabling all members to grow their businesses faster and easier. To learn more about the Revenew Marketing Network, visit http://www.revenew.com or contact Suzanne Martin, 877-794-8556 or [email protected].

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 2014 Technology & Standards Spring Forum
    May 19-23, 2014, Seattle, WA
  • CES Unveiled Warsaw
    June 17, 2014, Warsaw, Poland
  • CE Week
    June 23-27, 2014, New York, NY
    • CE Week Exhibits
      June 25-26, 2014, New York, NY
  • CEA Innovate!
    Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2014, Phoenix, AZ
  • CES Unveiled Paris
    October 22, 2014, Paris, France
  • CE Hall of Fame Dinner
    November 10, 2014, New York, NY
  • CES Unveiled New York
    November 11, 2014, New York, NY
  • CES Unveiled Las Vegas
    January 4, 2015, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2015 International CES
    January 6-9, 2015, Las Vegas, NV

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