CableJive on the CES iPhone App

CableJive CES iPhone App
One week to go before CES 2011 kicks off. CableJive will be there, at booth 4625. We’re excited to meet folks and chat about all the good things that are going on this year.

I’ve been fiddling with the iPhone app, browsing around the maps and looking through the company listings. So much information, for so very many companies. A lot to look through, a hint at the promise of just how much there will be to see and do when in Las Vegas.

CableJive has it’s own corner of the iPhone app, with company information, booth location, and a few product PDFs.

Check it out.

The CableJive CES 2011 Simulator

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We’re getting excited to meet a bunch of folks, have some fun, and see a whole lot of electronics at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We’re booth number 4625, we’re looking forward to seeing you there.

CableJive (mostly our CES expert Cindy) has been really busy, working on all the preparations for the big event. There are a lot of details to coordinate for one of these shows, I had no idea. The sheer volume of the CES instructions handbook requires a dedicated person with a good memory to keep tabs on all of the details.

A few months back we set up a CES simulator in one of the CableJive offices. The office dimensions made for a perfect real-world practice area to get the spacing, materials, furniture. It’s been fun to get everything set up and then talk through what we’re seeing. Normally this is our conference room, so we’ve been having our weekly company meetings in the simulator which has spurred lots of conversations, creativity, and speculation about the event. We were there last year, but only to attend.

CableJive Products on Amazon

CableJive and Amazon

The short story:
Over the past few months we’ve made a more serious effort to have CableJive’s great products available on Amazon.com. We’re hearing and seeing how important this is to our customers, and wanted to make a few notes about what we’re doing to more fully partner with Amazon.

The longer story:
We’ve been fans of Amazon.com for years. In fact, I lived in the northwest when Amazon got started in Seattle and was surrounded by the excitement.

Fast forward many years, Amazon has become a very, very trusted seller of much, much more than books, and is also a destination for millions of people worldwide to browse, search, peruse, shop, etc.

Early on when CableJive was just getting started we recognized the importance of partnering with Amazon to get the word out about our products. Initially we did advertising on pages with related products so customers would learn about CableJive. Then we listed products on Amazon as a third-party seller so customers could buy directly on Amazon and have it shipped out from the CableJive warehouse.

The most significant partnering with Amazon has happened over the past few weeks when we moved quantities of our inventory over to be part of the Fulfillment by Amazon program. This change moves the entire purchasing and product delivery process into Amazon’s hands. Not only do they have the product listed, but when you purchase a product it is shipped from an Amazon warehouse. This means great CableJive products can be put into a box with a million other things sold on Amazon and delivered together.

We are extremely happy with the feedback we’re getting from customers who love Amazon and are happy to be able to purchase our products there. We’re also quite pleased with the increase in sales from folks who haven’t purchased from us before but trust Amazon enough to purchase there.

As an aside. The Amazon web services, which we’ve plugged into heavily, are incredible for managing, importing, exporting, researching, etc. Really cool how much is available to programmatically access.

dockXtender and GenevaSound S

dockXtender on GenevaSound S

This morning I’m fiddling with a GenevaSound S. It’s a pretty nifty little unit. Smaller than I was expecting, but packs a pretty good punch. Glad to report that the CableJive products work well with this unit. The dockXtender, which has saved the day for so many folks, works like a charm providing audio, charging, and control of the device. So, if you need to dock your iPod or iPhone to the GenevaSound S from a distance or with the case on, dockXtender is your friend.

The dockBoss and Universal Dock Converter also paired up nicely with the GenevaSound S. Seems less compelling since the unit has auxiliary input, but if you had a non-iPod or iPhone device you wanted to USB charge while listening via standard 1/8″ audio, the Universal Dock Converter does just that.

For the size of the unit, the sound from the GenevaSound S is pretty impressive, but not up to snuff for what I’m needing so it’s going back.