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|Thursday, December 16, 2010|
Niche manufacturer VocalBooth has landed some major endorsements over the past few years: Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, Madonna, Mariah Carey, even the one-and-only Lady Gaga. But those names pale in comparison to the company’s latest publicity tool, a little reality show called American Idol.
The hit music show plans to use a VocalBooth portable sound enclosure as it expands its format to show more behind-the-scenes rehearsals of artists honing their styles and recording their work. VP of marketing Jennifer Mathey says the company plans to install the booth for the show in Los Angeles on Jan. 10.
Exposure to millions of music-loving viewers could bring a whole new level of attention to a 20-employee, Bend-based business that has been cranking out miniature recording studios since 1997. VocalBooth products have caught on with touring musicians because they allow the artist to make spontaneous recordings when the muse strikes rather than having to arrange time at recording studios. They are also used for radio programs, voice-overs and video games. The company’s sound booths were named product of the year in 2009 by Economic Development for Central Oregon.
Mathey says VocalBooth welcomes the celebrity endorsements but doesn’t actively pursue them.
“It’s word of mouth that drives it,” she says. “All of the artists on our website give endorsements because they want to, not because we’re paying them.”
COO Jay Riker says the extra publicity seems to be paying off. “We suffered along with everybody else during the recession, but we’re seeing a surge in people talking about our products,” he says. “We’re scrambling to keep up with orders.”
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Friday, July 18, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
With the increasing retirements of Baby Boomers, a massive real estate shift has created a significant increase in demand for NNN properties. The result? Increased demand has triggered higher prices and lower yields.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Portland startup Green Endeavor strikes gold, inking a partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois-based consulting and certification company with offices in 46 countries.
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
BY MARY SPILDE | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Faced with the aftermath of the “great recession,” increasing concern about the environment and dwindling family wage jobs, we have some very important choices to make about our future.
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