June 03, 2009 19:57 ET

Ecast Hosts "Touch Points," a Podcast Series Exploring Best Practices for Deploying Customer-Centric Solutions

Industry Leaders Share Insights About Digital Signage and Self-Service Deployments Across Major Industries, Vertical Sectors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Ecast, a leader in place-based media, has launched "Touch Points," a series of weekly podcast interviews exploring real-life deployments of customer-centric solutions in various industries. The current series, delivered in partnership with the KioskCom Expo and Digital Signage Show, took place on the exhibit floor of the KioskCom Expo in Las Vegas last month and brought together thought leaders from retail, healthcare, consumer electronics and financial discussing emerging trends, technologies and best practices for impacting the consumer experience. To listen, go to

The first podcast features Kari Blankenship, retail systems manager of major outdoor sporting goods retailer Cabela's, who discusses the company's nationwide interactive kiosk deployment designed to enhance the customer experience by extending its online presence into its brick-and-mortar locations.

"From USPS veteran and leading retail consultant Margot Myers to Virgin Entertainment Group CIO Robert Fort, each speaker brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the technology, ROI considerations and customer needs informing successful digital signage and self service implementations," said Bob Cooney, VP of business development and manufacturing, Ecast, who also co-hosts the interview series with digital signage veteran Dan Hagen.


Speaker              Company                   Title
-------              -------                   -----
Kari Blankenship     Cabela's Retail           Systems Manager

Margot Myers         Platt Retail Institute    Director, Education &
                                                Training (USPS)

Laura Davis-Taylor   Retail Media Consulting   Founder and Principal

Nikki Baird          Retail Systems Research   Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Bart Foster          SoloHealth                CEO and Founder

Robert Fort          Virgin Entertainment      VP of Information
                      Group                     Technology, CIO

Ron Potesky          Ricoh                     VP Corp Com, Prod Sol,
                                                Channel Mktg.

David Cohen          Firestone Financial       President and CEO

Jenny McGinley       Southern Cross            Owner (bank/financial
                      Communications            institution clients)

Frank Olea           Olea Systems              Vice President
                                                (kiosk solutions)

Kirk Nelson          ArcaTech Systems          Assoc. VP, OEM Solutions
                                                (transaction solutions)

Jason Dennis         Walsh Wireless            Regional Sales Manager
                                                (wireless solutions)

David Allen Moss     Boondock Walker           Partner and Co-founder
                                                (content solutions)

David Drain          Self-Service/Digital      Executive Editor
                      Signage Assns.

About Ecast

Ecast is the leader in place-based interactive media. Its hospitality network delivers digital music, games, entertainment, information and interactive advertising to more than 10,000 bars, restaurants and nightclubs across the United States. Leveraging the personal impact of touch combined with the interactivity and targeting of the Internet, Ecast brings unsurpassed consumer engagement to out-of-home markets. The Ecast EQ™ product for the bar and nightclub market dramatically changes how consumers interact with in-venue entertainment. With the launch of Ecast IQ™, Ecast is expanding its placed-based interactive media into a broad range of markets including retail, hotel, medical and sports arenas. For more information, please visit

Contact Information

    Vickie Welch
    Right Brain Marketing

    Suzanne Maineri
    Sr. Manager, MarCom