PMA 2015 Conferences to feature speakers Ed Monahan and Dr. Glenn Omura

Ed Monahan

Ed Monahan

We’ve announced so many exciting speakers for the upcoming PMA 2015 Conferences, but we’re not done yet. The always compelling Ed Monahan of Kodak Alaris, and PMA favorite Dr. Glenn Omura, Associate Dean of MBA and Professional Programs at Michigan State University, will be presenting two of the keynote addresses at the PMA 2015 Conferences, January 4-5, 2015, at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Monahan will offer the PSPA/SPAA Conference closing general session, entitled Finding Your Place in the World of Digital Media and Consumption. Professional photographers face new levels of competition and challenge as consumers find their needs increasingly satisfied with digital photo consumption. Choices and purchases have moved to the web and mobile, and the industry is forced to adapt new products and services to compete. This presentation will lay out the influences most shaping consumer lifestyles and purchasing behavior, speak to the dimensions of memories from prints to publishing to digital media, and identify the elements deemed critical for the industry to capture both photos and consumer spend.

At the DIMA Conference closing general session, Engagement Crisis in the Age of Digital, Dr. Omura will discuss the

Dr. Glenn S. Omura

Dr. Glenn S. Omura

advantage retailers theoretically have over suppliers is their face-to-face interaction with consumers, which is the personal knowledge each has with many consumers who walk in the door. Specialty retailers who successfully create an emotional connection with their consumers during the face-to-face interaction will have loyalty, advocates for the store, and long term profitability. But even with this advantage, the age of digital has physically separated businesses from their consumers. Consumers are buying and ordering via PCs, tablets, and cell phones, and never meet a human representative. Businesses are trying to use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social digital techniques and are measuring “engagement” by the number re-tweets, likes, or shares, but this isn’t really emotional engagement like we could have in the store when we are on a face-to-face basis. What should specialty retailers do to build engagement to deliver loyalty, advocacy and profits? Discover what many different kinds of businesses are doing to measure, and more importantly, successfully create consumer engagement.

These presentations are among so many informative, exciting, and inspirational sessions taking place PMA 2015 Conferences, which include the DIMA, PSPA, SPAA, and AIE Conferences at Bally’s on January 4-5, 2015, just prior to the Digital Imaging/Photography Conference and Marketplace, presented by PMA, at 2015 International CES in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

To register for these and all the other opportunities PMA has to offer in conjunction with CES this January, visit

PSPA/SPAA conference to feature vendor panel

The upcoming 2012 PSPA-SPAA Conference at the Renaissance Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev., will feature a vendor panel, Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3:15 p.m., moderated by Mark  Schoenrock, of Lifetouch Inc. Panelists will include Bing Liem, Fujifilm; Mike Gurley, Canon; Chris Van Zandt, Eastman Kodak; and Ron Wrenholt, Lifetouch.

Topics will include video and motion capture in the school picture business; social media impact on the industry; effect of ecommerce on parental purchasing; and more.