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November 20, 2019

How Is The Events Industry Evolving?

In a recent survey, we asked, “What is your perception regarding the corporate meetings and events industry? Is it… growing, shrinking, stagnant, or evolving?”. The results indicate that the overwhelming majority, 66%, of respondents believe the industry is evolving. READ MORE

Event Tech Trends Featured

November 4, 2019

Event Tech Trends Changing Attendees Expectations and Experiences

Thanks to new technologies and trends in event tech, corporate meetings and conferences are getting a makeover. Immersive audio and interactive engagement are just a few innovations changing the event industry. READ MORE

Instagrammable Featured

October 16, 2019

How to Create Instagrammable Events

For attendees to want to share an event on Instagram—a primarily visual platform—there must be compelling, striking visuals. Visually-engaging stimuli—from holographic effects to unique LED or 3D digital signage—can transform experiences into an art worth sharing. READ MORE

 

Blake Taylor Podcast

August 28, 2019

Elevating Corporate Events With The Art of Lighting

One of the often-overlooked aspects of producing largescale business events is lighting design. As brands look to find creative ways to capture tradeshow audiences with content, audio, and visuals, the right lighting can enhance an immersive experience like no other. READ MORE

AOP Featured

August 21, 2019

Innovation Experience – Art of the Possible

At our latest Innovation Experience, Art of the Possible, we hosted our guests through a tour of art and technology with a focus on immersive environments, interactive technology, and digital scenic. We wanted to inspire our clients with new ideas to create memorable experiences. READ MORE

Melanie and Billy Podcast

July 9, 2019

How RFID Is Transforming Asset Tracking in AV

In the past, event technology specialists at AV companies had to manually scan each item of gear making its way to the warehouse. It’s an antiquated system that takes time, and is prone to human error. Here at Alford Media, that has changed with RFID asset tracking technology. READ MORE

 

Infocomm 2019

July 2, 2019

Infocomm 2019: Innovative Tech And How It Will Captivate Your Audience

Thousands of exhibitors gather at Infocomm each year to showcase new technologies and ideas. Several of our employees attended the event to see what innovative trends are coming to the market. Here are just a few of the exciting event technologies that we experienced. READ MORE

Dan Thompson Podcast

June 10, 2019

The History Of The Burgundy Way

Much has changed in terms of technology since Alford Media was founded in 1984. While much has changed on the back end, the one thing that has not is how Alford treats its employees, a feeling that Dan Thompson said is “one of the best.” READ MORE

SlideMark™

May 31, 2019

Engaging Your Attendees With SlideMark™

Introducing SlideMark™, a web-based app that allows audience members to bookmark and annotate slides from conference presentations. No longer will attendees need to take pictures of the screen on their phones. In addition, producers and meeting planners can receive data on what content is most engaging to the attendees. READ MORE

 

Participant Experience

May 24, 2019

Alford Brings Participant Experience To The Forefront

We know that audience engagement is a necessary part of any event. We have the products and experience to keep your attendees’ attention on your content and help create a memorable experience to keep them coming back. READ MORE

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 this 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

 

LED Wall at Art of The Possible Innovation Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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 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

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

 

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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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

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

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

 

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

QuakeCon 2015

July 31, 2015

Alfordgram – QuakeCon20

This year was the 20th year of QuakeCon. Thousands of gamers joined together to play on world-class network, culminating in North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party. We have the great pleasure of working with Bethesda to make this event come to life. READ MORE

 

InfoComm15

July 17, 2015

InfoComm 2015 – Collaboration in IT

This year’s InfoComm was the first I attended and there was a lot to take in. While I could have easily filled my time with the on-site classes, instead I spent the good majority of my two days on the floor walking every aisle and perusing every vendor. After some time to process, I‘ve settled on what was promising from the AV/IT perspective. READ MORE

Wish Night 2015

May 27, 2015

Alfordgram – Wish Night

Alford Media Services has had the great pleasure to work with Make-A-Wish North Texas, donating equipment and services for every Wish Night, for the past 18 years and this year as well. However, the Alford relationship with Make-A-Wish goes back even farther. READ MORE

Drone

May 5, 2015

NAB 2015 – Drones, Drones, and More Drones

Bill Brady, our Manager of Video Services, walks us through his experience and all the cool tech at NAB this year. READ MORE

 

#ParklandHealth

April 2, 2015

Alfordgram – New Parkland Hospital Lighting Ceremony

In celebration of the new Parkland Hospital’s scheduled August opening, six downtown buildings and Parkland itself were lit purple. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Alfordgram – Challenges Welcome

Family Legacy Missions International approached us with a mission to support two gala widescreen events, in two cities, just two days apart. We were up for the challenge and we knew we could pull it off. In fact, “Challenges Welcome” is an anchor of our Alford Values.
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