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WTF is Esports? Esports is one of the hot buzzwords in the entertainment market. Companies seem to be pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into building esports arenas, gaming lounges, and other location-based entertainment venues catering to the burgeoning esports market. Bob Cooney opens with an overview of the market and its growth along with definitions we can agree on to frame the conversation.
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An 8X entrepreneur with thirty-five years of experience launching emerging technology companies, Bob Cooney is widely referred to as the world’s foremost expert on location-based virtual reality.
An Inc. 500 CEO with a successful NASDAQ IPO, Bob is the go-to-market strategist behind many of the world’s most successful immersive entertainment products. Cooney mentors founders and executive teams of some of the top VR companies and helps operators choose the best VR products for their locations.
In my last blog post on how to design entertainment experiences, I wrote about the importance of a holistic approach to experience design where you consider all of your stakeholders. But it’s not enough just to identify them. You need to engage with them to understand their needs, so you can design an experience that…
In a time when everything is changing, we all need to innovate the design of experiences we offer our customers. What we did last year is unlikely to work today. We’ve never seen anything like this in our lifetime. Well-worn best practices are suddenly obsolete, making innovation a required skill for survival. Innovation is not…
Everything has changed, but at the same time, nothing has changed. That’s the paradox of the times. The rules of being in public are changing. Consumer habits, parent’s risk profiles, entertainment options and appetites are all changing. Yet the initiative to innovate business models is lagging. When I talk to business owners and executives, the…
When I spoke to Randy White in June of 2020, one of the areas we touched on was the need for more social experiences. Why do they want to be entertained? Why do they go out to movies, or bowling, or restaurants? Randy’s opinion on this is they want to socialize. “People want social experiences”…
When I spoke to Randy White this month, one of the areas we touched on was the need for more social experiences. Why do people want to be entertained? Why do they go out to movies, or bowling, or restaurants? Randy’s research on this strongly suggests people want to socialize. “People want social experiences” has…
On a call with a client last night with a location-based entertainment startup, I was continually asked for answers to questions. “If we do this, what will the result be?” This line of thinking is based upon cause and effect. One thing happens, and it triggers a response. It’s pretty much how we are taught…
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Bob Cooney was an early advisor once we determined that we would be entering into the space of family entertainment. With his nearly 30 years of predicting business and technology trends, evaluating product and market viability, and helping to introduce new experiences to the public, he would be an asset to any company looking for leg up on the competition.
Founder and CEO of Hologate
VP Latin America, GM of Mexico, American Gaming Systems
"An eye-opening experience"
Ever since our first contact with Bob, we've felt that unique chemistry that defines true professionalism. With true down-to-Earth and practical approach, Bob has been an invaluable help to our strategic development. Thanks to Bob's intimate knowledge of best practices in out-of-home entertainment market and track record-proven "do's and dont's" combined with crystal clear intensive study framework, our team was able to lay the foundation to what normally takes months to prepare. On behalf of all of Neurogaming team, I would like to thank Bob for his time and help!
I've worked with several consultants throughout Virtuix's history, but I can say that our workshop with Bob has been the most impressive and valuable consulting session I have ever experienced. Bob is a marketing genius. In just one day, we were able to cut through the noise, including our own nonsense, and distill a brilliant marketing message and positioning that set us up for success in this competitive industry. If you need help to navigate marketing and find your value proposition in the location-based entertainment space, Bob is the best guide around."
CEO, Founder, Virtuix
"provocative, engaging and informative…overwhelming two thumbs up!”
Executive Vice President of the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA).
Emmanuel from Scale1
ICART, President SCALE-1 PORTAL".
Bob has been instrumental in developing our go-to-market strategy. His understanding of the location-based entertainment market has informed our transition from a game studio to a solution provider that builds turnkey games for the LBE market.
Matt Schiel Design
SVP Dave and Busters
Bobs creativity, big picture view, and extensive industry insight enable him to quickly position a product and formulate a go-to-market strategy. His charismatic leadership, relatability, and genuine enthusiasm enable him to facilitate this type of thinking during his workshop. Our team came away from the workshop educated on the industry and with a real sense of ownership in the positioning, brand identity, and market strategy developed over our 2 day session. We are charged up and excited to tackle the challenges still ahead. Bob's executive mentoring workshop is fantastic and I would highly recommend it to any company looking to enter the Location-Based Entertainment space.
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