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Eric Hagström

May 13, 2019

The Challenges and Possibilities Behind International Shows

The events industry has many unique challenges, but can also bring an infinite number of exciting possibilities. On today’s episode of Backstage Pass, we speak to Eric Hagström, Senior Project Manager for Alford Media, to get a better sense of these challenges and best practices for putting together an international event. READ MORE

3D Digital Signage

May 10, 2019

How to Make Your Signs Pop with 3D Digital Signage

Bring your 3D signs to life with custom, projected moving-graphics. Use 3D Digital Signage for impressive conference entrance signs, immersive digital signage in attendee space, or a simple way to liven up a 3D logo on stage. READ MORE

Visual Effects

April 29, 2019

Alford Focuses on Visual Effects

For the past 35 years Alford Media has specialized in video, ever evolving and changing. We’ve identified Visual Effects as a trend that has continued to increase with more requests for special projects and wow factor add-ons at events. This is a new focus for Alford, adding it to our list of services with more innovations to come.  READ MORE

 

Interactio

April 26, 2019

Interactio – How to Streamline Your Audio Streaming

We are thrilled to introduce the Interactio mobile system. This system fully replaces audio streaming hardware for events, allowing streaming of any audio to listeners’ phones or tablets. READ MORE

RetroMorphic Flip Text

April 19, 2019

RetroMorphic™ Flip Text – Bringing a Retro Style to a Modern Audience

If you want a retro look without the premium price tag, Alford has a solution for you. Our custom RetroMorphic Text app lets a computer simulate the look and sound of an old-style split-flap (Solari) display on a digital display, complete with sound effects. READ MORE

How to Engage the Modern Active Viewer at Live Events

April 10, 2019

How To Engage The Modern Active Viewer At Live Events

The nature of the end-user experience at live events is changing. On today’s Backstage Pass with Alford Media, we chat with Dan Thompson, Senior Account Manager about Alford Media’s growth into a company that embraces outward trends in a holistic fashion. READ MORE

 

Inside Look in Event Tech with Steve and Tom Alford

April 4, 2019

Inside Look into Event Tech with Steve and Tom Alford

We celebrate Alford Media’s 35th anniversary! In honor of this milestone, we sat down with Steve and Tom Alford to learn how and why they founded Alford Media, what’s changed in the industry, and what they’re most excited for going forward. READ MORE

Alford Embraces RFID Technology to Streamline Business Operations

March 21, 2019

Alford Embraces RFID Technology to Streamline Business Operations

Alford is now using RFID technology to improve operational excellence by tagging all gear and cases in order to more efficiently be tracked. Learn more here. READ MORE

How Are Digital Audio Networks Transforming AV Today

March 11, 2019

How Are Digital Audio Networks Transforming AV Today?

Running event technology seamlessly is the bare minimum in today’s event technology world. On today’s episode of Backstage Pass with Alford Media, we hear from Operations Manager Matthew Dietzler, and Audio Designer Jonathan Lieurance to break down this dichotomy. READ MORE

 

Astera Titan Pixeltubes

February 27, 2019

Introducing Astera Titan LED Wireless Pixeltube

We are pleased to announce the addition of the Astera Titan LED Wireless Pixeltube to the Alford lighting department. Learn more about them here. READ MORE

How Alford Access Is Setting a Standard for Event Tech Communications

February 25, 2019

How Alford Access Is Setting a Standard for Event Tech Communications

Communicating with your event technology team before an event is crucial for success. In this addition of Backstage Pass, we’re joined by Dave Pooser, Director of Product Innovation at Alford Media, to discuss Alford Media’s own collaboration platform and how it can ease the event planning process.  READ MORE

Vari-Lite 2600 Series

February 20, 2019

Alford Adds Vari-Lite 2600 Series

We are proud to present the Vari-Lite 2600 Profile and 2600 Wash, two of three luminaires designed as the LED generation update for the popular VL2500 Series. READ MORE

 

How Trust and Transparency are the Foundation of a Successful Event

February 14, 2019

How Trust and Transparency are the Foundation of a Successful Event

Tom Alford, Executive VP and General Manager at Alford Media, explains the importance of transparency and trust in the events industry and describes the evolution of shared information and communication at Alford Media. READ MORE

Alford Access

January 30, 2019

Alford Access is Now Live

Alford Media is excited to announce that Alford Access is now live! With Alford Access, you’ll only need to look one place for live, real-time access to your show. Our user-friendly dashboard is available 24/7 and allows for easy, collaborative communication between you and everyone on your event.  READ MORE

Alford Preset Remote App

January 28, 2019

Alford Preset Remote Update

The Alford Preset Remote has an exciting new update that all our users are going to love! READ MORE

 

Audio Network Podcast

January 9, 2019

Why Audio Engineers Need to be Network Engineers

The evolution of the AV industry has been fueled by technological advances that have garnered much debate through the years. In this podcast, Matthew Dietzler, Alford Operations Manager, discusses the audio transformation from analog to digital and why all audio engineers should learn to be network engineers as well. READ MORE

Loyalty

December 31, 2018

Thank You for Your Loyalty

If asked to sum up the reason for our longevity and success in one word, it would be easy, loyalty. Steve Alford, President of Alford Media, describes the importance of loyalty to Alford and within the industry. READ MORE

Lighting Design with Kurt Wunsch

December 17, 2018

How Lighting Impacts Your Message

Lighting plays an important role in delivering a strong message and fully engaging attendees to create a memorable experience. Kurt Wunsch, Lighting Designer, explains how in this podcast. READ MORE

 

November 23, 2018

How LED Can Be Used to Transform Your Corporate Event

LED continues to expand its presence from award shows to live concerts to corporate events. How can event producers keep their shows fresh and continue wowing attendees with the tech becoming ever more familiar? Here are some different ways to incorporate LED into your event and set your show apart. READ MORE

Visual Effects - Feature

November 14, 2018

Visual Effects Technology Advances and Its Impact on the Industry

How is visual effects technology impacting the events industry and how can it be useful for corporate events? Shawn Lunsford, Video Service Technician, answers both of these questions and more in this podcast. READ MORE

LDI 2018

October 31, 2018

LDI 2018: What’s The Latest Tech?

Our Lighting Manager, Blake Taylor, Lighting Designers, Kurt Wunsch and Dominic Fanelli, and Director of Product Innovation, Dave Pooser, all attended this year’s event, discovering new ways to work, testing the latest gear, and continuing to learn all of the nuances of the industry. READ MORE

 

October 17, 2018

Alford Advances Show Site Networking with A-LAN

While we are typically renowned for our expertise in sound, lighting and projection, one of our more recent innovations involves an equally important, but not as obvious aspect of the event, the networks we use on site for running the gear.  READ MORE

Visual Effect

October 3, 2018

What the Hologram Effect Trend Means for Events

With the technology behind hologram effects becoming more cost effective and easily accessible these visual elements are a fun, engaging addition to many events and conferences. READ MORE

September 28, 2018

Creating the Alford Experience: Operations Management

As Richard Branson said “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.” That has always been Alford’s approach to superior service and engaged employees. READ MORE

 

September 12, 2018

Alford’s Innovation Experience – Old and New Technology Collide

As part of our commitment to always be innovating, we hosted an Innovation Experience this summer to showcase some of the latest technologies and introduce new and creative ways to utilize staple event elements that would inspire our clients and generate new ideas for their events. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

The Sleek Sound of L-Acoustics Syva

L-Acoustics Syva is great for corporate events in small ballrooms or for high-end meetings with a ground supported speaker system. With the options of black, silver, or gold, Syva can fit perfectly in any environment including intimate settings, amphitheaters, and gallery spaces.  READ MORE

Travel

August 13, 2018

Creating the Alford Experience: Travel Management

We take pride and place great emphasis on ensuring we have the right team for each event and every client, meaning efficient and effective travel management is also a top priority. While we aim to keep travel costs low, our primary focus is to make travel less stressful so that our technicians can concentrate on the event and put all their energy into executing a successful show. READ MORE

 

July 31, 2018

How Alford Access Can Improve Your Event Communication

Through Alford Access, you’ll only need to look one place for live, real-time access to your show. Our user-friendly dashboard is available 24/7 with access to data such as your budget and equipment list, the crew list and contact information, venue information, and any related files. READ MORE

LED Calculator

June 18, 2018

Alford Releases LED Wall Calculator App

Alford is excited to introduce our new LED Wall Calculator app, capable of configuring the panel requirements for numerous types of LED wall options. READ MORE

June 14, 2018

Retro Tech Is Back In Style

Everything old is new again – it’s a truism that covers areas from clothing fashions to movie remakes to interior design, and occasionally bleeds over into technology. READ MORE

 

May 17, 2018

The Current State of AV over IP and Potential Future Developments

AV over IP is a hot topic in a variety of industries where sending audio and video through simple, robust and reliable channels is an important goal. The event tech industry is one area where the ability to easily set up, use and break down equipment that fulfills those AV needs is imperative. READ MORE

May 9, 2018

Load Cells and Braceworks Boost Safety and Efficiency

Two related technologies, load cells, and Vectorworks’ Braceworks help our staff improve overhead safety for hanging lighting, speakers and screens while gaining more visibility into the planning process and reducing the time spent physically setting up a venue. READ MORE

April 20, 2018

6 Ways to Use Live Streaming at Your Event

Event planners know the many ways in which live streaming can be utilized, yet there are multiple techniques that can be revamped and freshly executed. READ MORE

 

April 11, 2018

ISE 2018: What’s New in the Netherlands?

A few months ago, Alford sent our Director of Product Innovation, Dave Pooser to the annual exhibitor show, Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam. After exploring all new technology and gathering research, Dave compiled a list of his biggest take aways.  READ MORE

April 1, 2018

Event Technology – How to Fail Miserably

Lots of events try to be successful the old-fashioned way—by succeeding. This year why not make your event stand out from the crowd? If you turn it into a massive failure, it’ll be discussed for years! Check out these tips on how to maximize your failure. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

The Sensory Experience

Participant experience has become a central part of the events industry’s focus, particularly when engaging all five senses of the attendees. Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are all relevant and varied means to creating a rich and entertaining environment that captures and holds an attendee’s attention. READ MORE

 

March 14, 2018

Riedel Bolero Wireless Intercom System Comes to Alford

Bolero is an all-new wireless intercom system capable of supporting 10 belt packs per antenna and up to 100 antennas in a single deployment. READ MORE

March 5, 2018

The Burgundy Difference

As part of Employee Appreciation Week, Steve Alford addressed what makes our Burgundy culture here at Alford Media truly different from the rest.  READ MORE

February 28, 2018

Women in Event Tech: Lean into Leadership

According to a survey of 21,980 firms from 91 countries, companies with female leadership performed at higher rates and correlated with increased profitability. In the tech industry, women are far less likely to be involved in leadership and Alford Media Services is well aware of the industry’s gender disparity.  READ MORE

 

February 27, 2018

Alford Introduces Shure Axient Digital

Alford has added Shure Axient Digital, a wireless mic system that replaces the UHF-R series, to our inventory. READ MORE

February 26, 2018

Four Fun Finds From The Special Event

Alford’s Director of Product Innovation, Dave Pooser, writes about the new and fun technologies that came out of The Special Event this year.  READ MORE

February 8, 2018

Second Screen Trends in the Events Industry

Using computers, tablets, and mobile devices as a second screen is becoming an ever-increasing opportunity for audience engagement, particularly so in the events industry. Audience interest, a desire to engage more fully with the topic at hand, and the ability to have a richer, more varied experience all come into play. READ MORE

 

January 17, 2018

Women in Event Tech: STEM

As we continue to cement our commitment to diversity and inclusivity, we are striving to pave the way for other talented female engineers to design and build their own roles. These women are as equally capable and dedicated to growing with the event tech industry, making a name for themselves as experts in their field.  READ MORE

IT

January 10, 2018

How IT Impacts Collaboration and Communication

Information technology — that mix of software, networking, and cloud services– continues to have profound effects on the events industry. READ MORE

Women in Event Tech

December 29, 2017

Women In Event Tech: Mentors Matter

One of the greatest barriers for women’s growth in the tech industry is said to be a lack of mentors. When looking at the opportunity for increased diversity in event tech, mentorships are increasingly important. In this article, we talk to a couple of our newest employees at Alford, Candace Kemp and Pam Schoen, about their experience in event tech and what has helped them succeed.  READ MORE

 

Alcatraz island

December 20, 2017

Alford Outside of the Ballroom: Unconventional Venues

Alford has worked in some of the most complicated, unique and unconventional venues there are. Event locations such as these keep our technical crews and project managers on their toes. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

Alford’s 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Over the years that Alford has hosted the chili cook-off, we’ve seen steady growth in participation, creative new entertainment for the family and a supportive community that continues to get involved. READ MORE

LED

November 30, 2017

Alford Adds Absen LED To The Inventory

Alford has added Absen X2v LED panels to our inventory, offering more in-house options for our clients and more ways for us to realize your vision. READ MORE

 

Kino-mo Hypervsn

November 29, 2017

Alford Introduces Kino-mo Hypervsn

Alford recently added some of Kino-mo’s Hypervsn LED displays to our graphics presentation arsenal. Learn how you can incorporate these at your next event. READ MORE

November 22, 2017

Alford Outside of the Ballroom: Outdoor Events

We may have more challenges to contend with when supporting outdoor events, but our project managers and technical staff have the experience, planning, and problem-solving skills needed to execute incredible outdoor events. Here are a few examples of our outdoor events. READ MORE

SMU Quad

October 25, 2017

Alford Outside of the Ballroom: Higher Education

Alford is widely recognized for our corporate conferences and events. However, we are also known to work with many other types of organizations and events. One area of specialization we’ve dealt considerably with are universities.  READ MORE

 

Project Managers

October 11, 2017

How Alford’s Project Managers Create the Big Picture

Alford Project Managers consistently set themselves apart as specialists who thrive in challenging and ever-changing environments.  READ MORE

September 29, 2017

Introducing QolorPoint Wireless LED Uplighters

Alford has added QolorPoint Wireless LED Uplighters to our lighting inventory. READ MORE

Alford Conference

September 14, 2017

Why Alford Holds an Inclusive, Biennial Conference and Why You Should Care

Alford’s biennial conference and retreat was a chance to relax, recharge and refocus.
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August 30, 2017

Catchbox Comes to Alford

Alford introduces Catchbox! These are soft covered wireless mics that can be thrown and tossed around the audience and only turn on when movement has stopped. In addition, the covers are customizable to incorporate any company name, logo, or color. READ MORE

4K Laser Projector

August 10, 2017

The Benefits of 4K Laser Projectors

4K laser projectors offer rich, crisp and detailed imagery for events. READ MORE

Barco UDX 4K32 Laser Projector

July 31, 2017

The Future of Projection is Now

The next generation of projection technology has arrived, and it didn’t bring any lamps! READ MORE

 

Riedel MediorNet

July 27, 2017

Riedel MediorNet – Redefining Signal Transport

The Riedel MediorNet system is a game changer when it comes to signal transport. Our most recent use case that demonstrates its abilities was at the SAS Global Forum 2017. READ MORE

SAS

July 20, 2017

A Successful SAS Global Forum, Highlighted with LEDs and Audience Engagement

The SAS Global Forum 2017 was deeply themed around personalization. READ MORE

InfoComm 2017

June 30, 2017

InfoComm 2017 – Trends

Latest tech trends out of InfoComm 2017. READ MORE

 

June 15, 2017

How We Work Abroad

International events have their challenges, but with the right team, right strategy, and plenty of planning you can always count on a successful show. READ MORE

Wireless Mic

May 31, 2017

What’s Changing in Wireless Availability and How It Affects the Events Industry

A major FCC change means new strategies for successful wireless communications at events. READ MORE

Alford Media

May 17, 2017

What is Alford Media Really Like?

A look into Alford Media from one of our long time employees. READ MORE

 

sound waves

April 26, 2017

The Science of Sound

Sound plays an integral role at events and the right application can be used to impact the audience in varying ways. READ MORE

Event Backups

April 19, 2017

Event Backup Plans: Adapting in the Face of Major Obstacles

Taking on major disruptions successfully is a sign of an event technology company’s experience, thoughtful planning, and ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. READ MORE

Color Psychology

April 6, 2017

How the Psychology of Color has a Major Influence at Events

Color and lighting have a major influence on the mood and emotions of event attendees. Learn how to use lighting to impact your messaging and your attendees’ experience. READ MORE

 

Site Survey - Show Site Setup

March 28, 2017

Why Site Surveys are Invaluable for Corporate Events – Part 2

The importance of site surveys can’t be overlooked. READ MORE

March 24, 2017

Why Site Surveys are Invaluable for Corporate Events – Part 1

Site surveys are the foundation of corporate and live events’ success. READ MORE

Cyc Widescreen

March 8, 2017

Understanding the Difference Between LED and Projection

Understanding the differences between LED and projection is critical when planning an event. READ MORE

 

February 15, 2017

Why You Should Use One Vendor for All of Your Event Tech Needs

Working with a single event technology company means high levels of consistency and quality. READ MORE

LED Screen

February 9, 2017

LED Screens – How to Choose the Right One

So you’ve decided to use a LED screen at your next event, what do you need to know to find the right one? READ MORE

Digital Interactivity

February 3, 2017

The Growing Importance of Interactivity in the Digital Space

Interactive technology adds an entirely new dimension to events. READ MORE

 

January 19, 2017

Balancing the Benefits and Drawbacks of Live Streaming Events

When it comes to live events, streaming has both benefits and drawbacks. Companies and event planners can greatly extend the reach of an entire conference or a few select parts with live streaming, but such an approach could also impact attendance. Let’s examine some of the advantages and drawbacks of live streaming events and consider how this option might best be applied for your next conference. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

Beacon Technology’s Role in Live Events

Beacon technology provides a hyper-localized method of enhancing the event experience and gathering attendee data. READ MORE

January 4, 2017

How Will Augmented Reality Influence and Enhance Events?

Augmented reality makes it easier to engage event attendees and efficiently share information in a way that feels personal. READ MORE

 

Riedel MediorNet - Lower Quad Mobile system

December 12, 2016

The Benefits of Riedel MediorNet Modular Frame Systems

Riedel MediorNet Modular frame systems offer a host of advantages on show site. READ MORE

Projector

December 6, 2016

Why You Need Two Projectors for One Screen

Do you want to improve image quality during your event? Think about double stacking projectors. READ MORE

Riedel-MediorNet

November 30, 2016

Press Release: Riedel MediorNet now at Alford Media

Alford Media is excited to announce the purchase of 4 Riedel MediorNet Modular frame systems. MediorNet is currently used in TV production, and events such as the Red Bull Air Races, Formula 1, and the X-Games. Alford Media is the first company in the live events industry to integrate this technology on show site. READ MORE

 

Why Backups are Essential

November 16, 2016

Why it is Essential to Have Backup Equipment During an Event

Backups may never be used, but if they’re needed, they can save the show and everyone involved money, time and logistical headaches. READ MORE

Lighting

September 14, 2016

The Types of Event Lighting That Wows Attendees

When planning a corporate event, creative producers have a lot to consider – but one of the most important aspects involves the show’s lighting. READ MORE

Certain challenges can make event planning a bit stressful.

August 18, 2016

Top 7 Technical Challenges When Planning an Event

Event planners have to overcome a number of challenges to put on a great event. Here are seven of the biggest ones that can always cause T.R.O.U.B.L.E. READ MORE

 

Peterbilt US EPA Certified SmartWay Semis

April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day from Everyone at Alford Media!

Our Mission Statement – “We have a burning desire to excel—on show site, at the office, and in life. We believe true success cannot be achieved without the sincere outpouring of goodwill towards our community”. This is why we believe that we have a responsibility to our community, both local and global, to implement sustainable business practices. READ MORE

The Old Alfordmedia.com

April 18, 2016

Simplifying Our Communication

Our website has been showing its age, and we realized it was way overdue for a redesign. Looking back this was a long process; however, a great reminder about the importance of keeping some simple rules of communication in mind when approaching any project. READ MORE

GrandMA

March 31, 2016

Wireless Access Point on the grandMA2

Dominic Fanelli, Lighting Designer, walks us through setting up a wireless access point on the grandMA2 and connecting your remote device. READ MORE

 

February 9, 2016

Alfordgram – Astra Lite Panels

Blake Taylor, our Manager of Lighting Services, discusses the Astra Lite Panels and how they can be used at your corporate meeting or live event. READ MORE

Riedel Mediornet

December 11, 2015

Riedel MediorNet

We were asked to create a communication/audio/video link for a very large venue between the general session and a separate location. The distance of cable used was around 1200’ to create that link. Due to challenges, the decision was made to utilize five Riedel MediorNet frames to manage all data transfer. The advantage of using MediorNet throughout the show is its flexibility.  READ MORE

Coffee, Tires and Cadillacs - The Three Basics to Customer Loyalty

November 24, 2015

Coffee, Tires and Cadillacs – The Three Basics to Customer Loyalty

Although at the surface coffee, tires, and Cadillacs seem completely unrelated, on a recent Monday morning I was struck by their similarity. READ MORE

 

November 20, 2015

JBL Upgrade

Alford has upgraded our JBL inventory. We just got in our VTX V20’s and VTX S25’s. READ MORE

October 4, 2015

Alfordgram – Alford Media Expands Its Lighting Inventory

Alford Media’s lighting department has added some serious punch to their arsenal with the addition of three new types of lighting fixtures. READ MORE

AHA-Heart-Walk

August 29, 2015

Heart Walk 2015

Alford Media Services has been involved with the Dallas Heart Walk since 2007, both participating and working at the event. We walk to support the cause of promoting physical activity and building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The Alford Media Team will participate in the 2015 Dallas Heart Walk on September 12 with our Team Captain, Shawn Logan, and we would love for you to join us! READ MORE

 

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