SOURCE: CntrStg

September 17, 2008 09:42 ET

CntrStg at CES 2009 Facilitates Face-to-Face Meetings and Improves Communication Between Companies and Influential Bloggers

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - The 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, marks the launch of CntrStg (www.cntrstg.com, pronounced "CenterStage"), an independent blogger lounge designed to promote focused discussions and improved communication on the topics that matter most to both bloggers and technology companies. Not only will CntrStg be the single place for bloggers and corporations to meet face-to-face during CES 2009, it is expected to become a standard feature of all large industry events and tradeshows.

Founded by 15-year veteran blogger Steven Hughes, and fellow online community leaders, Eric Hicks, Mike Temporale and Johan van Mierlo, CntrStg is a proactive, community-led effort that strives to match up influential bloggers with representatives of products and companies in order to drive meaningful interaction, discussion and word-of-mouth referral. CntrStg actively represents the wants and needs of bloggers, allowing them to better interact with companies, their products and associated messages. CntrStg also provides a centralized, controlled environment for companies and product managers to share their message with interested and engaged audiences through direct, meaningful interaction.

CntrStg is not only a lounge for bloggers to relax, but also a place to network and get work done. Most important, CntrStg features a presentation space that enables companies chosen by the community to speak on topics and products that are important to them. Sponsored by HP, CntrStg provides a location for corporate marketers to make live announcements to bloggers who will then share the news with established audiences.

"The bloggers and influencers are the ones who drive the buzz and get CES news out to the buying public," said Hughes. "CntrStg ensures a steady flow of content to bloggers and secures a ready outlet for companies' news. Through the setting and process we have designed, CntrStg places the spotlight on both those presenting, as well as the influencers attending, by providing focused discussions and improving communication."

CntrStg attendees will select the companies to present at CntrStg by polling the community, ensuring all interactions return value to both the blogging community and the selected product marketers. By streamlining the process of reaching bloggers and offering the additional benefit of chartered transportation, CntrStg makes it easy to arrange a time and place for bloggers and companies to meet.

Influential community leaders, bloggers, and podcasters are welcome to register for free at the CntrStg web site, the place for bloggers and corporations to meet during CES 2009. To register or learn more, please visit www.cntrstg.com.

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