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Waiting to Make a Decision About Data Management?

Vulnerability Awaiting Plunder“With data collection, ‘the sooner the better’ is always the best answer.”—Marissa MayerIt’s a simple truth in today’s business environment: Data is driving business like never before, whether it’s data about customers, products, competitors or any number of other factors that determine how well informed we are. For those of us in the automotive specialty-equipment trade, “data” is typically talked about in terms of product data—all of the properly presented words, numbers and pictures that illustrate the full rich value, function and desirability of a particular product.

SEMA News—January 2014

BUSINESS Technology
By Jon Wyly

Waiting to Make a Decision About Data Management?

Vulnerability Awaiting Plunder

“With data collection, ‘the sooner the better’ is always the best answer.”—Marissa Mayer

One-Size-Fits-All Websites

Not Always a Genius MoveWhile often ballyhooed as a panacea for the wide variety computing screen sizes company websites must accommodate, one-size-fits-all websites are actually a trade-off that often end up being more trouble than they’re worth.The problem: these “responsive websites,” as they’re known—or sites that auto-sense a device’s screen size, and then respond by reconfiguring text and graphics to fit that screen size—often render on desktop PCs with ridiculously large text and other over-blown features that are tedious to wade through.

SEMA News—January 2014

INTERNET
By Joe Dysart

The 2013 SEMA Show: It’s a Wrap!

The SEMA Show is now a wrap. The 2013 Show featured nearly 2,400 exhibitors and covered more than 1,000,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. The benefits to Show exhibitors included access to more than 60,000 buyers and the chance to work with manufacturers, such as Ford, Scion and Hyundai, on project vehicles that showcased their products as they were intended to be used.

SEMA News—January 2014

REQUIRED READING

Global Participation at the 2013 SEMA Show

Buyers from 135 countries descended on Las Vegas to meet with exhibitors at the 2013 SEMA Show and take part in numerous international programs. In fact, 25% of all buyers at the 2013 SEMA Show were from beyond U.S. shores, which was good news for exhibitors seeking to broaden their customer bases.In the next issue of SEMA News, we will look at other international activities held at the 2013 SEMA Show, including coverage of the international journalists who served on the Global Media Award panel. These leading media outlets from 20 countries were charged with selecting the top 10 products each believed would sell best in their home markets. We will explore insights into their vehicle customization markets and their reasons for their selections.

SEMA News—January 2014

INTERNATIONAL
By Linda Spencer

The SEMA Show: Now Reaching Consumers

As a trade-only event, the SEMA Show requires attendees to demonstrate involvement in the automotive aftermarket in order to gain a badge. Although there are instances where guests and VIPs are allowed to visit the Show, the vast majority of the more than 126,000 attendees are members of the industry. And yet data indicates that the SEMA Show is more than ever before boosting consumer perceptions of automotive culture, the idea of customization and interest in the latest model year’s offerings of cars and trucks. The SEMA Show has long attracted coverage from the enthusiast media, centered on racing heroes, the newest performance technologies and tuner-culture builders, such as Chip Foose. As a result, there is high awareness among the core group of enthusiasts who fix, repair and modify practically every car they own.

SEMA News—January 2014

CHRIS KERSTING

SPY PHOTOS

Ford F-750 and Corvette Z07 Prototype?

SEMA News—December 2013

INDUSTRY NEWS

SPY PHOTOS

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SEMA Data Co-op Case Studies

How Robust Data Has Improved Business The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC), the industry-owned data repository, moved from Beta phase into full operation just last summer. Since then there’s been a lot of talk about “clean data” and the need for manufacturers within the specialty-equipment industry to “take control” of it. ACES, PIES, long descriptions and even product photos and videos are now critical to sales in today’s digital age.

SEMA News—December 2013

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
By Mike Imlay

SEMA Data Co-op Case Studies

How Robust Data Has Improved Business

Fast Facts

Breaking news from SEMA members, including BedSlide/Tākit, Aeromotive Inc., Holley Performance Products, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas and more.

SEMA News—December 2013

INDUSTRY NEWS

Rogue Cloud Use

Vulnerability Awaiting PlunderRogue employees working with sensitive company data in public cloud services are regularly wreaking havoc at workplaces, triggering the loss of company secrets, the defacement of company websites and the loss of control over the cloud accounts to competitors and hackers.“Enterprise IT is rapidly losing control of corporate data,” said Andres Rodriguez, CEO of data-storage company Nasuni. “It’s a risky proposition that IT needs to be in front of and not behind.”

SEMA News—December 2013

INTERNET
By Joe Dysart

Retailer Spotlight

In the Family Way With Chuck’s Truck Accessories and Line-a-Bed SalesMany of the most famous names in the history of the automotive specialty-equipment industry started as family endeavors. Chuck’s Truck Accessories and Line-A-Bed Sales exemplifies that type of familial heritage. In fact, one of the joys of doing business for owner Chuck Vaughn comes from the fact that his wife, father, son and several cousins work at the retail and installation store.

SEMA News—December 2013

BUSINESS
By Steve Campbell

Retailer Spotlight

In the Family Way With Chuck’s Truck Accessories and Line-a-Bed Sales

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