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Breaking News: InstallerNet to Acquire MERA

InstallerNet MERA

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – InstallerNet, a Boston-based company that coordinates installation of consumer electronics through the largest network of independently owned mobile and home electronics installers in the United States, has offered to acquire the Mobile Enhancement Retailers Association (MERA), a non-profit association of auto electronics specialty retailers. Under the plan, InstallerNet’s more than 2,000 members will become MERA members, and MERA will expand beyond its current specialty retailer focus and invite all retailers of mobile electronics products, accessories and services to join.

Good News from Michigan

Radios, Knobs, Speakers & Things Pontiac, MI Pontiac, MI – Radios, Knobs, Speakers and Things’ (RKST) Annual Tent Sale, held June 13th and 14th, was up 35% over ’08’s event.

In the face of all the bad economic news coming from Michigan, RKST is doing well at retail in Pontiac, MI.

Shawn Morris told “We always put the customer first. Customer service builds a strong relationship and keeps customers coming back.”

MECA – Building Business at Retail

MECA MECA Commissioner, Steve Stern, recently completed a very ambitious road trip through 10 states. Stern, based in Nashville, TN, told “I really wanted to see first hand what was happening with 12 volt retailers, deliver the MECA message, train judges and work with retailer as they hosted events.” Based on Stern’s trip log activity along the way and post-trip information, he had a very successful trip.

MTX Audio Supports Their Dealers When and Where They Need it Most

MTX Phoenix, AZ – MTX Audio, a worldwide leader in high-performance mobile, marine, and residential audio products, is providing a level of support to authorized retail partners that is unparalleled within the industry. During one of the most challenging times in U.S. economic history, MTX is providing support that helps its retail partners fight the economic downturn with tools and branding efforts that allow dealers to convert more customers into sales.

Vickers Audio Sales Explode in 2009!

Kelley Vickers MARIETTA, GA – When asked about the current business climate, Kelley Vickers, owner of Vickers Audio, distributor of 12-Volt and Home Audio products located in Marietta, GA, stated their 1st quarter business was up an incredible 30% from 2008.

Vickers told “There are many factors for our success including Clarion’s decision to change its distribution network from direct dealers to distributors. We wanted to get the new program off the launch pad so we had a Clarion promotion where qualifying Clarion dealers could get a free 52” plasma TV.”

Slick Chix to Headline World Finals After Party

Slick Chix Tulsa, OK – The list of on-site activities scheduled for the Unified dB Drag Racing / USACi World Finals, October 3rd and 4th in Tulsa, is growing.

Slick Chix, lovely ladies oil wrestling, will certainly draw a crowd to the ring when they “get it on”., the world’s premier oil wrestling league, has signed on as the headliner for this year’s Unified Finals after party sponsored by Soundstream.

Elettromedia-USA Kicks Off 5-City Tour

"Our workshops will definitely hit home with retailers who attend" -Matt Severaid Irvine, CA – Elettromedia USA’s Masters 5 city workshop tour kicks off Friday, July 10th in Atlanta, GA.

The agenda features business and technical presentations designed to teach retailers how to squeeze more profits out of their respective businesses and overcome obstacles associated with modern vehicle integration. The workshops showcase an AllStar lineup of presenters including Bryan Schmitt-Mobile Solutions, Larry Frederick of Elettromedia-USA, Larry Penn of Elettromedia-Italy plus Ken Wiseman and Matt Severaid of Elettromedia-USA.

Social Media and Your Business

Social Networking and Your BusinessIt seems that everywhere you turn these days, people are talking about Twitter, Facebook, Myspace or any one of the dozens of other social networking sites on the internet. For some people, the idea of using these sites is like second-nature; but for others, it may be like trying to learn a second language. If you happen to fall into the latter of the two, rest assured – you’re certainly not alone. As has continued to expand its reach into the social media world, we have had conversations with many individuals throughout the 12-Volt industry whom have wondered, “Just what exactly is social networking and why should I be a part of it?”

JL Audio Announces 'Living the Dream' Contest

JL Audio Miramar, FL – Three lucky JL Audio Facebook fans are going to be sounding a lot better when this contest is over. Whether it’s a W7 or a subwoofer amp or a pair of C5 components, here is your chance to own that JL Audio product you’ve been dreaming about, absolutely free!!!

iGrip Adding Profit Dollars

Howard Marcus Iverness, FL – “The iGRIP team and I are very excited about the introduction of our new packaging and program which will be shipping in the middle of July. It is the ‘Try me’ package and the ‘Perfekt fit’ program” Howard Marcus told

For those not familiar with the iGRIP product, it is the solution to mount your cell phone, PDA, iPHONE or iPOD safely in your vehicle. Not only does it provide safety and convenience for the driver, it also allows the driver to comply with all legislation prohibiting hands free use of mobile devises while driving.