#2013CES – What I’ll Be Looking For

It’s Sunday night and I’ve arrived in Las Vegas, here for dual, yet related purposes. First, on Monday I’ll be moderating a panel at The 2nd Screen Summit @ CES, specifically looking at Advertising and 2nd Screen. As the Chair of the Advertising Subcommittee for the 2nd Screen Society I’m always eager to participate in these sorts of things and I’m excited to initiate the conversation. The whole program for the Summit is filled with outstanding topics and speakers so I recommend you follow the action on Twitter with @S32Day and myself, @RickLiebling as well as #S3CES.

On Tuesday, CES proper will kick off and it will no doubt be a madhouse. From Ultra HD TVs to the latest in automotive tech, this show has it all. It’s overwhelming in its breadth, the amount of attendees and in the sheer volume of awesome innovations. But faster, thinner, brighter and bigger (or smaller) won’t be the metrics than impress me.

I’m looking to see which companies are introducing products, not because they have the ability to do so, but because the products truly meet consumer needs. What brands and products are making things easier or better for people. Which ones are creating products that help people reach their full potential. Those are the products I think will have the greatest chance for success.