• Will-Kisner-Production-Specialist-Engineer

    Employee Highlight Reel | August 2019 | Will Kisner

    Ask The Professionals: What Does It Take to Be A Production Specialist Engineer?  At Wired Production Group, our video production team includes four of the best production specialist engineers in the area. In the field or in the shop, these guys do impressive things behind the scenes to make our live events and video displays […]

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  • Wired Production Group at Dubuque County Fair 2019

    Live Music In The Midwest: Dubuque County Fair 2019

    The Dubuque County Fair Celebrates 66 Years With Fun and Live Music In 2019, the Dubuque County Fair celebrated its 66th annual fair with more than 71,000 people attending the fun-filled Eastern Iowa event. The Dubuque County Fair has welcomed fairgoers to their 96-acre property to celebrate good old-fashioned Iowa fun since 1953. Each July, […]

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  • Josh Leinen Audio Engineer Wired Production Group

    Employee Highlight Reel | July 2019 | Josh Leinen

    Behind the Scenes with an Audio Engineer  When it comes to technical event production, audio engineers are critical to creating the ultimate experience for guests. When you are attending any event, you want to hear everything that’s happening, right? From the emcee’s announcements to the live band backing up your favorite singer, you can’t enjoy […]

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  • The “Big Ideas” Video Marketing Campaign for UC Davis Foundation

    Professional Video Production For Colleges & Universities

    How To Use Video To Show Off Your College Or University Over the years, colleges and universities have grown to understand that high-quality videos are critical to the success of their marketing efforts and that video can play an important role in their online marketing efforts.  Videos are a great way to engage potential students […]

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  • The Collins Story – Connecting the Moon to the Earth: Live from the Moon

    In association with Busbee Communications, Wired Production Group is ecstatic to announce “The Collins Story – Connecting the Moon to the Earth: Live from the Moon” is complete! As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon, the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association is looking forward to entertaining audiences with another look into the […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | June 2019 | Jonathan Rustebakke

    Behind the Scenes with a Lighting Designer Lighting designers make any event production shine bright — and we’re talking literally here. From drab to fab, your event lighting can truly transform your entire event. With a trained lighting designer, your event design will make a lasting impression on your guests.  From the technical drawings of […]

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    Hosting A Midwest Fashion Show Event: Bubble Ball 2019

    Are You Planning A Fashion Show Or Some Other Event?   Find Out How An Event Production Company Can Help With Your Next Event In the event production industry, Wired Production Group is no stranger to creative event planning and unique event design ideas. We appreciate it when our clients come to us with a […]

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    Want To Rent A Jumbotron For A Party or Event?

    Jumbotrons: Get Your Tailgate Big Screen Rental For The Best Football Experience The countdown to football season is on! It’s time to start thinking about your tailgate party plans, including how you’re going to watch the big games. LED screens (or “jumbotrons”) make you and your party guests feel like you’re part of the game! […]

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  • Bruce Bingman

    Employee Highlight Reel | May 2019 | Bruce Bingman

    All About Being A Client Account Manager: Learn From The Professionals We are proud to have two dedicated client account managers who handle the event logistics for clients at Wired Production Group. In today’s blog, we are thrilled to introduce you to Bruce Bingman. Since March 2017, Bruce has been an integral part of the […]

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  • 11 Event Planning Websites and Tools

    Event Planner Resources: 11 Event Planning Resources To Make Your Job Easier Event planners must balance time, budget, logistics — and their team. It’s an overwhelming job! That’s why we’ve created this list of event planner resources for busy event planners. These websites and tools will provide you with resources, education, webinars, blog posts and […]

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    Celebrating Small Business Week with Wired Production Group

    Small Business Week 2019: May 5 – May 11 Many people are celebrating Cinco De Mayo, but we’re celebrating the start of Small Business Week! As a small business, we’re celebrating! According to the United States Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. In our community, […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | April 2019 | Amanda Pierce

    What It Takes To Be A Client Account Manager: Ask The Professionals In the video and live event production industry, communication between clients and the production company is critical to the success of the live event or video production project. To ensure communication is clear and every detail is planned to perfection, it is best […]

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  • Live Streaming Terminology For Event Planners

    Live Streaming: Everything You Need To Know About Live Streaming Services Live streaming is a great way to share your event with people who can’t physically be there. Live streaming allows you to offer a live video feed and “stream” what happens at your event over the internet to computers and mobile devices. People can […]

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    5 Staging Mistakes to Avoid at Your Next Live Event

    5 Staging Mistakes To Avoid At Your Next Event When you are planning an event, your stage design is very important because it sets the tone for your event. Whether you are having a corporate conference, political event, live concert or fashion show, your stage is the main focus of your attendees. It is a […]

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  • Employee Highlight Reel | March 2019 | Jesse Snyder

    What It Takes To Be A Lighting Designer: Ask the Professionals   Creativity is crucial to all event professionals, especially lighting designers. The right lighting can transform your event from boring to exciting. That’s why having a professional lighting designer is so important to make your event stand out. Lighting designers have a mix of […]

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  • Wired Production Group documentary honored at Film Festival

    Collins Radio Documentary Chosen for Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

    Collins Radio Documentary Chosen for Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2019 Contact: Nicole Schroeder, Marketing Project Coordinator (319) 294-9410 info@wiredproductiongroup.com CEDAR RAPIDS – The Collins Story: Connecting the Moon to the Earth – Moon Talk has been chosen as an Official Selection to be exhibited at the 2019 Cedar Rapids […]

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    Should Your Company Exhibit At Trade Shows?

    Trade Show Exhibit Setup And Live Event Case Study: TIGI® Copyright Colour Exhibiting at trade shows is a great way for your company to reach your target market, develop strong brand awareness and find new customers or clients. Trade shows help showcase your business and brand to a diverse, large audience and can help create […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | February 2019 | Lance Lineburg

    What It Takes To Be An Audio Engineer: Ask The Professionals In the event industry, it is often times said that good audio can make a performance and bad audio can break it. This pressure lies on the the shoulders of live audio engineers. Wired Production Group is proud to have audio engineer, Lance Lineburg, […]

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  • Using Videos at Events: What Event Planners Need To Know

    3 Questions to Ask When Planning Video Production for Your Next Event When you begin the event planning process, you need to sit down and consider all of your needs. One of the most important parts of any successful event is the audio and video (AV) production. No matter how big or small your event […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | January 2019 | Bandi Arp

    Event Professionals: Learn About Travel & Logistics Management for Live Events Putting on any event involves logistics management — getting things to and from the event is an important part of the success of your live event. To kick off the new year, we’d like to share a little bit about our jack of all […]

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    Event Planners: 9 Tips for a Stress-Free Event

    Event Planners: Keep the Stress Away When Planning Your Live Events   If you’re an event planner, you know how stressful your job can be. Planning, organizing and keeping your event on track is a challenging feat. Whether it’s technology or managing your time, here are some helpful tips to make your event planning more […]

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    2018 Reflection

    A Message from the CEO of Wired Production Group, Ron Rausch   As we move into 2019, I want to take a moment to reflect on our successes of 2018. What a great year for Wired Production Group. We truly have an incredible group of people that are dedicated to our customers. They are able […]

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  • Now Hiring!

    Have you ever considered joining the live event production industry? Learn more about careers with event industry leaders.   Since 16th Avenue Music and Rausch Productions combined to form Wired Production Group in 2016, our company has grown at a rapid pace. We’ve been connecting with new clients every day, increasing our inventory regularly, and […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | December 2018 | Marcus Soukup

    Production Specialist Engineers: Learn What Goes On Behind The Scenes At Live Events We like to show off the hard work of our employees at Wired Production Group. This month we’re featuring one of our hard-working Production Specialist Engineers, Marcus Soukup. Here’s a song about our Marcus: In West Cedar Rapids, he was raised, behind […]

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    Event Branding | How to Brand Your Events in 2019

    Why Is Event Branding Important? Learn What You Need to Know to Brand Your Next Event Whether you’re hosting an event of your own or you are the keynote speaker at a big event, you want to share your brand in the best way. There are so many things to think about when you brand […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | November 2018 | Eric Freese

    What Does It Take To Be A Video Editor and Videographer? According to IMDB, Eric Dean Freese is known for his video production work in multiple movies. This is in addition to his work with our team at Wired Production Group. Since 2011, Eric has been an integral part of our video production staff as […]

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    Event Planners: 5 Creative Holiday Party Ideas

    Don’t Overdo The Christmas Traditions, Try Something New This Holiday Season The holidays are almost here and it’s time to put on your event planning hat to make plans for this year’s big party. You’ve done ugly sweaters, you’ve done the white elephant gift exchange, you’ve done the photo booths… It’s time to get creative […]

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  • University of California Davis LGS Gala

    Fundraising Events: Video Production and Event Production at UC Davis

    Raising Fundraising Awareness With Video   As one of ten campuses at the University of California, UC Davis is home to more than 38,000 students. For over 100 years, UC Davis has offered a variety of majors in four colleges and six professional schools. It is recognized as one of the top public universities in […]

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  • Event Production Company FAQs

    10 Questions to Ask Before Working With An Event Production Company

    Are You Planning to Hire An Event Production Company For Your Next Event? Here Are 10 Questions To Ask Before You Hire An Event Management Company As a professional event production company, our clients (and potential clients) ask us a lot of questions. The questions we’re asked are great ones! So we thought we would […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | October 2018 | Kim Klein

    What Does An Event Production Office Manager Do? If you want to meet a rockstar event production office manager, meet our very own Kim Klein. Our Wired Production Group team is incredibly lucky to have the best of the best taking care of our office and our crew. Kim is indispensable to our event production […]

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    4 Fun and Easy Fall Party Ideas

    Create Memories This Fall With These Party Ideas Everyone is back to school, fall sports are in full swing, and everyone is gearing up for the holidays. Fall is a great time to gather with some friends for a good time and it’s the perfect season for fun group activities. Here are some fun (and […]

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  • Event Planning Checklist

    Planning Your Next Event   Planning an event is stressful. It involves planning, coordination, project management skills – and a lot of stress! In fact, being an event coordinator made it on the list as one of the top most stressful jobs in 2017. Despite the challenges, pulling off a successful event is very rewarding! […]

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  • Employee Highlight Reel | September 2018 | Mike Mennen

    Being An Event Production Manager Is Challenging. Find Out How Mike Mennen From Wired Production Group Does It Event production managers run virtually all aspects of an event — from the initial event idea and planning to the live event setup, managing the day-to-day activities during the event and the tear down. Their skill set […]

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    College Admins: How To Prepare for College Graduation Ceremonies

    Make Your College’s Graduates’ Big Day Memorable: College Commencement Ceremony AV and Staging Production Tips As college seniors frantically cram for finals and pull all-nighters writing research papers that they waited until the last minute to start, it’s time for college administrators to begin preparing for one of the most unforgettable moments at any college […]

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  • How Drone Aerial Footage Can Help You Get More Business

    Drone Aerial Footage Video Can Help Show Off Your Business And Get More Customers   More than 90% of consumers watched video last week, and 70% say that videos help them to make a purchasing decision. That means when potential customers are using a search engine to look for a business or product, they need […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | August 2018 | Ian Miller

    Making Live Sound a Success at Wired Production Group with Audio Engineer, Ian Miller   He’s cool. He’s hip. He’s Ian Miller! He’s one of our awesome audio engineers and he’s an extremely important part of our Wired Production Group crew. Ian comes from the Quad Cities. He graduated in 2014 from Greenville University in […]

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  • Political Event Production

    Political Events: How to Put on a Winning Political Event

    How to Pull Off Planning and Putting on a Political Event   When an election cycle hits, political candidates are on the road constantly. Politicians travel locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally for a variety of special political events. For successful politicians, it’s all about image. A political candidate’s schedule is erratic because they have […]

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    Outdoor Event Planning: Sights and Sounds of Iowa Irish Fest 2018

    Planning for an Outdoor Summer Festival: Iowa Irish Fest 2018   Since 2007, the Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association has brought Irish culture to the heart of downtown Waterloo with the popular Iowa Irish Fest. In partnership with Qrowe Productions, Wired Production Group is proud to be a part of a special weekend that brings […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | July 2018 | Aharon Moody

    What Does a Stage Lighting Professional Do to Make Live Events a Success? Ask Aharon Moody from Wired Production Group   Aharon Moody has been a big part of the Wired Production Group family since his first day in 2014. With two guys in the shop with the same name, we just called Aharon by his last […]

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  • Outdoor Movie Screening Party for Employees

    8 Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy With Fun Perks

    Fun Ways to Make Your Employees Happy With Special Events It’s important to keep employees engaged in their work, but it’s also critical to keep them happy. There is more to a happy team than just casual Fridays and occasional bagels in the break room! It’s always fun to plan special events for employees and […]

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  • Live Streaming: Things To Consider When Streaming Your Live Event

    Live Streaming Events: Things to Consider Before You Go Live It’s time to get on board with the hottest trend in event marketing: live streaming. Video has made it to the top in the marketing world and if you haven’t jumped on board already, now is the time to take the leap. Turn your event […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | June 2018 | Doug Netolicky

    Doug Netolicky has followed the Wired Production Group company since Ron Rausch began his video production business in 1997. In May 2011, he joined the Wired Production Group team as the Vice President of Business Development with more than 20 years of diverse sales and marketing experience. In his position, Doug is responsible for developing […]

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    Music Event Production: Staging and Producing America’s River Festival 2018

    Live Music Event Production At Its Best Summer is the busiest season for the Wired Production Group team. The hectic schedule starts mid-May and runs through the end of October. Between music festivals, college and university events and other summer production adventures across the United States, our event production calendar is full — but we always […]

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    Cedar Rapids Flood of 2008: 10 Years Later

    Cedar Rapids 2008 Flood: A City Growing Ten years ago the City of Cedar Rapids experienced one of the harshest natural disasters in our city’s history. The Cedar River, which runs through downtown Cedar Rapids, crested to a record level of 31 feet. The brutal flood waters covered 14% of the city and displaced more […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | May 2018 | Alton Perkins

    Wired Production Group Team Member Highlight: Alton Perkins The event production industry is often frantic, stressful and full of deadlines. Alton Perkins is the Warehouse Equipment Manager at Wired Production Group in Cedar Rapids, IA. He helps keep our event planning services and production services running smoothly. If there is a piece of equipment for […]

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  • Stage Design Lighting

    Event Planners: Make Your Next Event Shine With These Lighting Tips

    Meeting Planners: Lighting Tips for Indoor and Outdoor Events If you’re planning an event, don’t overlook the importance of lighting. The table decorations, stage displays, pipe and drape, and registration table are important, but the lighting at an event can make a BIG impact on the entire look and feel of your event. Event planners […]

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    Employee Highlight Reel | April 2018 | Rob Silver

    Wired Production Group Team Member Highlight: Rob Silver   Once upon a time in the city of Cedar Rapids, there was a man named Rob Silver. Rob has the title of Production Specialist Engineer at Wired Production Group and does many impressive things in the video production world. He has been with the Wired Production […]

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    Event Planners: 3 Tips For Event Planners To Maximize Stage Design

    Event Planners: 3 Tips For Event Planners To Maximize Stage Design in Small Spaces   Most event planners have to work within a budget for their event. It makes sense for you to be cost conscious when you decide where to host the event as well as how you produce it. If you are working […]

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  • Billy Peifer Loves Tacos

    Employee Highlight Reel | March 2018 | Billy Peifer

    Wired Production Group Team Member Highlight: Billy Peifer Billy Peifer has a long history with Wired Production Group. Dedicated, loyal, knowledgeable, fun, kind-hearted, hard-working…These are just a few words that describe our Billy P. Billy is our Operations Manager and he takes his title very seriously. He manages all operations of the Wired Production Group […]

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  • Cedar-Rapids-Metro-Economic-Alliance-Annual-Meeting

    What We’ve Been Up To | Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Annual Meeting

    In February 2018, the Wired Production Group team was invited to manage the event production for the the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Annual Meeting. We have very unique clients that bring creative ideas to the table, and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is no exception. The theme of their event: “Building our future, […]

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    How to Use Video Marketing At Your Next Event

    How to Use Video Marketing at Your Next Event   You want to keep up with current marketing trends at your events; right? It’s easy to fall behind the times with our constantly evolving digital world, but to keep your business and your brand strong, you need to stay informed on the marketing strategies that […]

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  • Aaron Wells Audio Engineer

    Employee Highlight Reel | February 2018 | Aaron Wells

    Wired Production Group Team Member Highlight: Aaron Wells This month, we would like to share a little bit of information and appreciation for our Wired Production Group Chief Operating Officer, Aaron Wells. *insert epic drum solo here* Aaron joined the Wired Production Group team as an audio engineer in January 2015. Since his original start […]

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  • 7 Cool Technologies You Should Have At Your Next Event, Conference or Tradeshow Booth

    7 Cool Technologies You Should Have At Your Next Event, Conference or Tradeshow Booth If you’re an event planner or oversee tradeshows and conferences at your company, you probably spend a lot of time and money on the events you host or the tradeshows or conferences where you exhibit. When you spend so much time, […]

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  • Creative Producer Josh Busche

    Employee Highlight Reel | January 2018 | Josh Busche

    On February 4, 2016, the entire world at Wired Production Group (WPG) changed in one swift motion. Josh Busche came aboard the team. Josh (also known as Busche, Maverick or Sir Josh) is a Director of Photography and Creative Producer in our video production department. He is a graduate from the University of Iowa with […]

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  • New Wired Production Group Team Members

    New Year, New Faces

    Happy New Year!  Cheers to 2018! As you know, after many successful years as partners, Rausch Productions, Inc. and 16th Avenue Music​ have joined forces to form Wired Production Group​. From corporate conferences to large music festivals to LED technology and everything in-between, the combined inventory and capabilities of our two companies offers our clients full-service options like never […]

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  • Are you a fan?

    Let’s connect. Have you followed us on Instagram? Have you liked us on Facebook? Have you found us on Twitter? We’ve been working on updating our online social media profiles to better reflect the team and our adventures at Wired Production Group. Make sure to connect with us and keep up with all of our […]

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  • Projection Mapping

    New and Exciting Opportunities at Wired Production Group

    By Lauren Schmitz In one of our recent blog posts about event lighting ideas, we briefly mentioned how projection mapping could be utilized as an exciting and innovative way to light up an event. So, what is projection mapping, and how can we assist you in using it for your next event? The technology uses specialized playback software […]

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    The Sound of Summer 2017

    When summertime rolls around, it means one thing here at Wired Production Group:Concerts. This is one of the busiest times of the year—and also one of the most fun—as our a/v techs sweat through stage setups and work relentlessly to put on some of the area’s biggest shows. We’ve compiled a list of some of […]

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  • A Warm, Wired Welcome

    Recently we updated you all on the physical merger and move in, but we’ve got even more big news! We’d like to introduce three new employees to our team, who all joined us in April. Amanda – Client Account Manager Coming to us from State Farm, Amanda is incredibly detail oriented and is already working […]

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  • Operation: Warehouse Construction and Merger – Complete!

    The last year or so has been so busy for both Rausch Productions and 16th Avenue Music. As most of you know, our two companies merged to form Wired Production Group in January of 2016. Since then, we have been working on the process of streamlining all of our operations into a singular workflow. One […]

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  • Midwest Video Production for Local Businesses

    Wired Production Group is more than just an event production company. One of our many facets is video production and the majority of what we do is for our corporate clients. We create everything from promotional commercials to event recaps to informational videos for trade shows and to be shown at events. Our videographers are […]

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  • Wired in with 2017: Looking Ahead to the New Year

    Happy new year friends! It is almost impossible to believe that we are nearly halfway through January already, but here we are. We would like to start off 2017 by issuing a huge thank you to all of our friends, family and fans for your endless ongoing support for the merger between Rausch Productions and […]

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  • Holiday Event Calendar: 10 Holiday Events in the Eastern Iowa Corridor

    At Wired Production Group, we make events happen. As we look forward to 2017, we are excited about all of the events that we will be helping to make a reality in the corridor area. Meanwhile, we will be taking a holiday break to give our dedicated team a much-needed break. While we’re not involved […]

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  • 5 Ideas to Innovatively Light Up Your Next Event

    By Mackenzie Moffitt Here at Rausch Productions, we are creative problem solvers and artists. What this means is that when we begin the early stages of helping our clients plan events, we think outside of the box to create full-service event solutions that are stunning and unique. One of the best ways to do this […]

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  • 4 Cameras to Instantly Capture Your Next Event

    The digital age brought about the fall and revamping of #InstantCameras By Mackenzie Moffitt Planning an event and want to make sure your guests remember it? Let them take snapshots of the memories they want to make by providing them with the technology to make it happen. The polaroid cameras that most of us came […]

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  • Effective Ways Brands are Using VR

    A follow-up on some of our recent blog posts By Mackenzie Moffitt Working in the realm of technology definitely has its quirks. One of those quirks is that it is a constantly evolving field with people exploring new and innovative ways to utilize the technology as it comes into the mainstream. At Wired Productions Group, […]

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  • Behind the Spotlights

    A Closer Look at New York Fashion Week’s Production Team By Mackenzie Moffitt While it may seem to those of us who don’t live in the Big Apple that the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) takes place every week, the reality is that it actually starts today. This is to showcase the fall/winter 2016 fashion lines […]

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  • Social Networking for Concert Goers

    Tired of being blasted by that one Facebook friend who seems to constantly be going to concerts? Or vice versa, do you feel that very few of your Facebook friends care about the pics you posted from the super rad show you saw this weekend? Rejoice, because indie music promoter Peter Shapiro has created a […]

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  • Lower Stress with Live Music

    Do you ever feel refreshed and re-energized after seeing your favorite bands live? A recent scientific study may have the answer to why that is: live music can lower stress levels. In April 2016, UK researchers Daisy Fancourt and Aaron Williamon published the results of their study which reported that attending a live cultural event lowered […]

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  • Recording Rio: New Olympics Technology Showcase

    By Mackenzie Moffitt We all know the music. When we hear it for the first time every two years, a shiver of excitement runs down our spines. The Olympics are a spectacle enjoyed by nearly everyone around the globe. While the upcoming Olympics in Rio, opening on August 6th, have not been without controversy and […]

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  • Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas

    By Mackenzie Moffitt Holy smokes, are we busy. Our crews have been trekking across the entire state of Iowa, going from one town to the next in order to put on some major concerts. Two weeks ago, we welcomed Carrie Underwood AND Florida Georgia Line to the stage at the Great Jones County Fair. After […]

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  • It’s Not Just Events: Exploring A/V in the Art World

    Interactive art exhibits aren’t new, per se, but they are becoming more popular with the rise of social media. Everyone wants to share the cool installation that they saw to show their followers how hip and cultured they are. What they don’t see, though, is how the subject matter in that rad Instagram post that got […]

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  • Virtual Reality, Blasting Off at the Speed of Light

    By Mackenzie Moffitt Odds are that if you have internet access, you’re not immune to hearing about the current hype surrounding Pokémon Go. This mobile game is the latest installment in Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise, where users see a mobile map of the real world landscape and have to walk around outside to collect the cartoon critters […]

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    Event Planners: How to Know to Hire a Pro

    Don’t “DIY” Your Event Into Disaster With the internet exploding with information, one trend that is going strong is DIY (do-it-yourself). Think about what you see everyday online: DIY furniture, DIY wedding decor, DIY holiday themed desserts. No need for a professional anymore when there’s a YouTube video to show you how to do it, […]

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  • A New Star in the Video Production Galaxy

    With technology progress in hyperdrive these days, more and more new features are added to social media platforms every day. In one of our past blog posts, we asked the question, “Where will video be next?” Well, we can answer that now. While not a new concept in and of itself,  live video streaming is blowing […]

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  • Introducing…

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  • Road Trippin’

    For most people, summer is the best time to hit the open road and head out to music festivals and county fairs. Our production crew is no exception to this and as a matter of fact, we’ll be jumping in the driver’s seat to help produce a rad lineup of awesome events smattered across the midwest. […]

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  • Coming Soon…

    Here’s a quick sneak peek of what we’ve been up to this week: No, it’s not a new fad diet… it’s staff pictures!  We’re in the process of revamping the 16th Avenue Music website and just recently launch a new Wired Production Group splash page. Stay tuned!

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  • GizMag

    Our recent discovery of a website that overviews new and emerging technology resulted in a handful of ideas that would be both beneficial and extremely fun to use as a company. PSA: Careful before you visit this vortex of innovative information, you’ll be lost in these articles for at least an hour. Live streaming your whiteboard […]

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  • The Biggest Reward

    At the end of the day, if the client is happy, we are happy. A lot of time and effort goes into events on both sides… creating and planning, 12 hour days, endless leg work, etc.  When the event is all over and the client smiles and genuinely shakes our hands, that is the moment […]

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  • New Techniques

    Learning new things is a trend around here, and last week a few of our video gurus dabbled in the art of cinemagraphs. If you aren’t familiar, these are pictures that only have one component in motion where everything else seems to be just a photograph. Cinemagraphs are considered to be “living” pictures and are becoming popular in […]

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  • Event Takeaways For Millennials

    Design Your Next Event Takeaways To Engage Millennials In today’s world, the simple question of “What do my attendees want to take away from my event?” becomes more complex when you remember that the majority of your attendees are millennials. For Baby Boomers and Generation X, most of business men and women of those generations would […]

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  • February in Florida

    3 shows in 2 days in 1 state that’s 1,200 miles away… where do we even start? Last weekend, most of our event production staff had the opportunity to enjoy a warmer climate for a few days. Traveling to several cities in Florida, we had the pleasure of working with TIGI and Rockwell Collins in both Miami […]

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  • Team Member Recognized as Leader

    As we’ve enhanced our company in the last two months, it only seems fit to use the opportunity to recognize our staff for their endurance and leadership in the past year. Promoting within our production staff in a matter that will improve organization of events and jobs in the future was the logical next step.  […]

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  • Meet our new creative mind

    Rausch welcomed a new member onto our team at the beginning of this month. He’s brought a unique eye for video production and a creative imagination like no other. He also has tried (almost) every type of strange gum that’s ever been manufactured, can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute and has an exceptional collection […]

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  • Now Hiring – Sales Support Administrator

    Rausch Productions, a family-oriented event and video production company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa established its roots 15 years ago as a video production company. In January 2016, Rausch Productions and longtime partner, 16th Avenue Music, joined together under the umbrella of Wired Production Group. Rausch confirmed its placement as a nationally renowned team of experts […]

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  • Now Hiring – Production Specialist / Event Technician

    Rausch Productions would like to add an assertive, self-starter to our team. This “do whatever it takes” kind of individual will be responsible to perform a variety of technical and administrative duties involved in the planning, design, coordination, and production of various audio-visual projects to support Rausch Productions, Inc. The media supported includes live and […]

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  • Now Hiring – Live Event Lighting Technician

    16th Avenue Music leads the Creative Corridor in live entertainment productions. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 16th Avenue Music has been providing high- quality sound and lighting productions for 25 years. Concerts, festivals, corporate events, and fashion shows- any event requiring a high caliber of production by dedicated, knowledgeable staff operating cutting edge equipment. Each […]

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  • Now Hiring – Live Audio Engineer

    16th Avenue Music leads the Creative Corridor in live entertainment productions. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 16th Avenue Music has been providing high- quality sound and lighting productions for 25 years. Concerts, festivals, corporate events, and fashion shows- any event requiring a high caliber of production by dedicated, knowledgeable staff operating cutting edge equipment. Each […]

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  • New Year, New Beginnings

    Rausch Productions, Inc. and 16th Avenue Music Merge to Create Iowa’s Premiere Full-Service Production and Events Company Tweet it: @RauschPros & 16th Ave Music merge to create #Iowa’s premiere production/events company CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – After 15 years of successful partnership, Rausch Productions, Inc. and 16th Avenue Music have joined forces to form Wired Production […]

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  • Event Trend: Food Trucks

    This past fall we hosted an open house at our new offices to celebrate 15 years of business as Rausch Productions. We wanted to provide our guests with a different experience than showing up at other open houses, and filled our parking lot with food trucks. We wanted diners to have multiple options, but also […]

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  • On the 12th day of Christmas…

    On the twelfth day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… 12 months of fun, 11 Rausch employees, 10 worked-in countries, 9 month old shop dog, 8 A.M. pow-wows, 7 heavy haulers, 6 collaboration stations, 5 caffeine cookeeeerrrrrrs! 4 production artists, 3 LED walls, 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! It’s been […]

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  • On the 11th day of Christmas

    On the eleventh day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… 11 Rausch employees, 10 worked-in countries, a 9 month old shop dog, 8 A.M. powwows, 7 heavy haulers, 6 collaboration stations, 5 caffeine cookers, 4 production artists, 3 LED walls, 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! Joined together by the […]

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  • On the 10th day of Christmas

    On the tenth day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… 10 countries visited, a 9 month old shop dog, 8 A.M. powwows, 7 heavy haulers, 6 collaboration stations, 5 caffeine cookers, 4 production artists, 3 LED walls, 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! It usually surprises most new clients to hear […]

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  • On the 9th day of Christmas

    On the ninth day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… a 9 month old shop dog, Ellie D. 8 A.M. powwows, 7 heavy haulers, 6 collaboration stations, 5 caffeine cookers, 4 production artists, 3 LED walls, 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! When Ron told us he bought a shop dog, we […]

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  • On the 8th day of Christmas

    On the eighth day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… 8 A.M. powwows, 7 heavy haulers, 6 collaboration stations, 5 caffeine cookers, 4 production artists, 3 LED walls, 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! Since our production artists are frequently out and about, there are only six consistent 8 A.M.ers at the […]

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  • On the 7th day of Christmas

    On the seventh day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… 7 heavy haulers, 6 collaboration stations, 5 caffeine cookers, 4 production artists, 3 LED walls, 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! Our fleet of vehicles keep us mobile and available to travel the country in a matter of days. Everybody […]

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  • On the 6th day of Christmas

    On the sixth day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… 6 collaboration stations, 5 caffeine cookers, 4 production artists, 3 LED walls, 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! The team room here at RPI HQ is somethin’ special… housing 5 different desktop computers, 4 lounge chairs with desks attached, a […]

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  • On the 5th day of Christmas

    On the fifth day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… 5 caffeine cookers, 4 production artists, 3 LED walls, 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! It should be no surprise to any person that reads this, has seen our Facebook page or received a newsletter, that caffeine is a big […]

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  • On the 4th day of Christmas

    On the fourth day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… 4 production artists, 3 LED walls, 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! In all seriousness, what would we do without these guys?  They can go from a corporate event on the other side of the country one day, to a […]

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  • On the 3rd day of Christmas

    On the third day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… 3 LED walls, 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! Our LED walls were a new territory for Rausch a few years ago, but like most things we do around here, we rarely “dabble”. At this point, we have several […]

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  • On the 2nd day of Christmas

    On the second day of Christmas, Rausch gave to me… 2 new conference rooms, and a video camera in a home office! Last year at this time, we were in full swing of demolition and designing the new building. After months of build out, designing, purchasing and customizing, we moved into our new space in […]

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  • On the 1st Day of Christmas

    With the kickoff of December upon us, our minds immediately go to Christmas music, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and the 12 Days of Christmas. So, in the holiday spirit we have designed our own Rausch Productions 12 Days of Christmas. Tracing back to the roots of the business, which started with a man following his […]

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  • Event Planners: Set The Stage For A Great Presentation

    Another great article about what to be mindful of when you are setting the stage for a presentation. It highlights important items that may seem like areas to eliminate from your budget until you sit down and see what value they bring to the event. If you can’t see or hear the message, what’s the […]

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  • Do I Have To Use In-House AV?

    Event Planners Ask: “Do I Have To Use In-House AV?” When you’re in event planning mode, sometimes you come across a piece of your event plan so succinct that it doesn’t make sense to do anything besides stamp it with an “Approved” or “Yes!” But is that the best thing to do when you’re setting […]

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  • When the Dust Settles

    October can be a scary and exciting month. Because we are super fans of the Halloween Holiday? No. Because in those 31 days alone, we accomplish the following: Our system listed 56 events 20 events were 2-day 4 events were 3- day 2 events were 5- day 6 days shooting video The Padzilla made its […]

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  • “That’s My Jam!”

    Sometimes you just need a good playlist to complete the experience. Sometimes you need that person to exclaim, “That’s my jam!” Let’s be honest: a silent room of people trying to enjoy themselves is awkward. Custom audio is one of the best parts of what we do. Our client account managers and audio engineers work […]

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  • Ready, set, WEBSITE!

    Our website is finally DONE! Talk about a labor of love. We had no idea the amount of soul-searching and man hours required for this creative endeavor. Luckily, we found a fantastic marketing agency SCULPT, and they guided us through the process. Hours before our building opened up to friends and family to celebrate our […]

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  • A Celebration full of ideas

    Last Thursday marked a huge milestone for our company- we celebrated 15 years in the business, showcased our new office and warehouse, launched a new website and above all, threw a big party to celebrate. This “party” has been an item on the Things To Do list for several years. But as you can imagine, with […]

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  • Will There Be Video Next?

    It looks like videos are becoming the new thing all across the board.  The video app Vine was launched early 2013, and Instagram (originally a photo-based app) shortly followed by integrating videos into their feeds.  BuzzFeed is a website which was created in 2006 and “focuses on tracking viral content and making things people wanted to share.”  More recently, they’ve […]

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  • Dog Days of Summer

    We’re sorry it took a handful of days, but here it is – a long awaited review of the Rausch racket that’s been happening over the past few weeks.  From the Great Jones County Fair to the Beach Boys to the Mississippi Valley Fair, we’re pretty sure our production artists have had their fill of live […]

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  • Welcome to the team, Steven!

    Recently, we brought Steven on as a new member of our team. At the time, the only position we technically had available was “intern” and so he was tagged as such. The title barely applies. It is rare to find someone who lives up to the “whatever you need me to do” phrase. But those […]

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  • Best of luck, Jill!

    It’s with heavy hearts that we say good-bye to one of our most dedicated interns, Jill. She is leaving us this summer, not to return to UNI as she has done for the last four years. This year, she departs mid-July to join a traveling Feld Entertainment show for Disney Live, to put all of […]

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  • Our lesson from Father’s Day

    With the passing of Father’s Day, it’s hard not to talk about our boss, Ron. He has, after all, earned his “father” badge seven times over. And if that’s not the first thing that is mentioned when introducing him in the office, the second thing is explaining how he supports all of us in putting […]

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  • Recap: Invest In She

    One of the benefits of our jobs is the variety of events we execute on a weekly basis, and the cool things we get to see. A favorite on the list from last week was Invest In She. Maybe it’s the entrepreneurial spirit similar to what sparked Rausch Productions conception, or the funding and flourishing of […]

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  • The Future of Event Design

    I was reading BizBash yesterday, one of my favorite event publications, and found an interesting article on the future of event design. This article struck a cord with me, not just as someone who designs events, but also from the perspective of a company heavily invested in the technology side of events as well. As predicted in […]

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  • Oh, the places you’ll go!

    Event Professionals Travel the World One of the perks of our job is the travel. If you are the type of person that thrives in a regimented environment of familiar settings following the same steps each day, the Rausch environment is certainly NOT your comfort zone. In less than a month, we traveled outside of […]

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  • What’s the Point?

    You do the research to find a good stage act- ask industry professionals, read websites, watch demo reels and write 300 back-and-forth emails to said talent. Then you coordinate, book travel, reserve rooms, find out if they like turkey, ham or despise meat for philosophical reasons, and plan a full agenda. Bragging to friends, selling […]

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  • Lessons Learned: Coachella

    Would it be fair to say that Coachella kicks off the festival season?! As the second-most- in-demand concert ticket, it is one of the largest music festivals of the year,  setting the tone to its’ cult following. But why are we interested in it, besides the obvious allure of musical acts, art installations and celebrities? There are […]

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    Event Management: All About the Legwork

    Event Planners: “Is it worth doing myself?” When you really boil down to what event management is, it’s all about the legwork. As an event planner, you can find yourself in the situation with vendors where they are responding with statements like, “well, you can call this (person/place/thing)…” or “Check this site, then this one, […]

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  • Time Lapse Photography by Dustin Farrell

    Mind-Blowing Time Lapse Photography From Veteran, Dustin Farrell From speeding cars and neon lights to setting suns over canyons, time lapse photography is becoming the preferred way to capture change over time. This trend is now allowing those who specialize in still photography to also begin capturing motion. The results are jaw-dropping. Before trekking into the […]

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  • What We Do: Video Production

    We Do Video As other small business owners probably understand, you can never know what the day will hold or what may come up. With the heavy lifting and unpredictable crises that come with the job, you may be confused and wonder why we love what we do at Rausch Productions. A large part of […]

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  • Event Planners: Try These Online Collaboration Tools

    We came across this comic the other day and laughed out loud. Seriously, how often do we feel this way? Besides the paranoia of being framed for a crime all whilst lost in translation of a conference call, it’s easy for “the ease of technology” to interfere with the end result. However, there are a […]

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  • Apps for Your Next Road Trip

    Download These Apps For Your Upcoming Road Adventure We love a good road trip just like the next person. Working in live event production has given us the opportunity to travel all over the state, as well as to the tips of the country. We were in 7 cities in 7 days this summer, with […]

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  • 3 Tips to Make Your Business Card a Stand-Out

    Leave a Lasting Impression with a Professional Business Card Design First impressions are crucial. After leaving that potential client, you hope you’ve clearly communicated who you are and what you are about. But the rest is in their hands. Cazue Web Design and Marketing has five tips for a great business card on their site. […]

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  • Reasons Rausch loves RAGBRAI

    We are mere days away from another highly anticipated and celebrated bike race across Iowa.  RAGBRAI ((Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa)) begins Sunday and Rausch Productions is excited to be in attendance with two of our LED screens for the big week. From a live-event and video production company, here are just a […]

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  • Iowa’s Creative Corridor

    “Keep being creative! Keep doing things that no one has ever done before…” -Sam Fathallah // the video guy Natural disasters can leave destruction in their wake. Yet some are willed see this destruction as an opportunity for economic development and a magnet for entrepreneurs. Eastern Iowans could never have predicted this outpouring of creativity that […]

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  • Review: Video Production of The King of the Wire

    Nik Wallenda survived another of his daring feats last night. Wallenda crossed a gorge near the Grand Canyon on a two inch wide cable. He scaled the gorge for one-quarter mile at a height taller than the Empire State building, and did so without a harness or safety net. The nation tuned in to the […]

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  • #hashtag

    Whether you know it as a pound key, number sign, or metadata tag, today it is most commonly referred to as a hashtag. It is often used on Twitter and Instagram as a way to categorize and group together trending topics. The hashtag, when placed before a word with no spaces or punctuation, becomes a […]

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  • Flood of 2008: Five Years Later

    Five years ago today, the Cedar River crested during the Flood of 2008. It was a hard summer in Cedar Rapids, with thousands of homes and businesses impacted. The recovery process has been long and grueling, but the progress we have made is worth celebrating. It was a gorgeous summer day today, a welcome relief […]

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  • Summer Fun: Concert Date or Movie Night?

    Summer is one of our favorite seasons here. Summer usually means bringing out our LED walls to everything from movie nights to concerts, and who doesn’t love a good ol’ rock n’ roll show?! And with this weekend boasting big line-up’s for three nights at America’s River Festival, we’re already packing our bags/trailers/LED walls/cameras. With […]

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  • Our LED Wall Looks Good In Packer Colors

    Albrecht Acres, a recreational camp for people with special needs, first approached Wired Production Group in 2013 to create an emotional video highlighting the story of the camp and the lives it has touched. After a successful collaboration with their team on that project, we were hired to consult on the production of the “Green […]

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  • It started as just video…

    The events industry is always changing. But with the introduction of social media in the last few years, the industry is evolving at a quicker pace than ever before. And as Rausch started as a video company 10 years ago, today it involves much, much more than just video. Not too far of  reach from […]

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  • Pool Parties and Projections

    The weather is finally warming up, and in the Midwest, our brains quickly switch to short shorts, pool parties and swapping down parkas for beach towels. The best part about this time of the year is how event planners have the opportunity to put into action their new ideas on how to make this summer […]

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  • Lessons Learned: IWLC

    Being on-site for a two-day conference, with setup and strike extending your stay a day or so longer, equates to several days of “lessons learned.” Regardless of how many events you have executed, and how many years of experience are under your belt, each event supplies at least one lesson you will take into your […]

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  • New Site, New Adventure

    With the unveiling of our new website, purchasing of new gear, and the (pseudo) beginning of a new year, we decided to dump all of our nerdy, techy conversations into a blog for people outside of our office of nine people to enjoy. On a daily basis we will share everything from concert videos, projection […]

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