UP and UP and UP

Christian stores well-positioned in digital age, says research from ICRS show attendance UP…continued

Publishers enjoyed the energy on the Show floor generated by numerous author signings. Lorraine Caulton, senior marketing manager at InterVarsity Press said, “It was exciting seeing people in line for book signings even before the author arrived!

Russ Schwartz from Thomas Nelson said that Nelson had more than 150 meetings in its conference area with people across all Christian-retail sales channels, plus impromptu meetings in the hall. Nelson hosted a retailer reception as part of its ICRS events that Russ said was helpful to connect with partners and for relationship building. “It’s been great,” he enthused. “We met with our valuable partners to find new ways to grow our business together and continue to do business.”

“It’s been busy,” said NOTW’s Bill White. “We’ve been penned in.”, referring to the constant flow of traffic on the show floor.

DaySpring’s Jim Hauskey said that ICRS 2012 was “one of our best shows ever. We’ve had record sales, and we were always busy.”

Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey

The inaugural Resonate Film Festival featured 14 films that were screened or announced, plus included a special appearance by Hollywood reality show producer Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey of Touched by an Angel fame. The couple introduced a 10-hour History Channel series, The Bible, which will depict Bible stories in latest media production technologies (the DVD series will be available to Christian stores). The Bible, after all, is the oldest best seller to date. Isn’t that remarkable that every time I read it, it is fresh, relevant, and seems brand NEW? After one evening of digging into this best seller, I left hungry for more. Here’s to living by the bread of life, day by day.

Tom Newman won for “Home Run” at Resonate Film Festival

Winners of the Resonate Film Festival Awards, presented Wednesday morning during a special press conference are Home Run, directed by David Boyd and produced by Carol Matthews and Tom Newman in both the Best Feature and the Best Inspirational categories; and Blessing, Curse, or Coincidence (Hatikvah Film Trust), directed and produced by Hugh Kitson, in the Best Documentary category. Congratulations!

I would like to thank…

The Retail Academy, presented by Bob Negen of Whiz Bang! Training and sponsored by Ingram/Spring Arbor, continued to be popular as retailers proactively work to adapt to new realities of retail technology and marketing.

ICRS also welcomed the Orlando community to attend Sunday’s public Worship Him services and the New Voice Showcase, a special concert of emerging Christian artists.

Cadence leading worship at the Champions of Faith Public Event

Another open-to-the-public event, the Champions of the Faith Awards Banquet and Benefit Concert honored individuals and companies who follow the principles of Jesus Christ in their personal and professional lives. Honorees include Orlando Magic basketball team founder Pat Williams (sports), EMI Christian Music Group (Music); Campus Crusade (Charity); Lysa TerKeust, Proverbs 31 Ministries (Author); Ed Kobel, president of the DeBartolo Group (Business); publisher Thomas Nelson Inc. (Christian Product Supplier); For All Bible Center (Christian Store Retailer).

Authors from the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Christian Authors Network, for example, provided training and demonstrations to enhance Christian stores as community gathering places around the common message and art of Christianity.

Independent retailers and chains alike enjoyed a successful ICRS 2012. Mardel VP De Ann Anderson said, “It’s been great. The week has been filled with appointments, and we’re looking forward to good things.”

“It’s been good,” agreed Lester Spoelstra from Selah Books in Redland, CA. “Getting new ideas, seeing new products. Being at ICRS helps me see these so I can compete….”

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