We’re co-sponsoring Fox 26’s Big Game Party: Sunday, Feb. 5th at Frau Kemmling Schoolhaus Brewhaus

Fox 26 Big Game Party Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017Authentic German cuisine, great German and domestic beer (plus a full bar), tons of prize giveaways, and the ability to watch the biggest sporting event of the year on multiple HDTVs? Sign us up!

It’s the Fox 26 Big Game Party, happening Sunday, February 5th at Frau Kemmling Schoolhaus Brewhaus in Jacksonville. It’ll be held in the ballroom (just ask) with seven big screen TVs. All ages are welcome. Doors open at 2, with kickoff slated for 3:30.

Just check out the prizes that’ll be given away throughout the game:

  • A chance to win a new Harley Davidson Motorcycle, from D&S Harley!
  • Man Cave Starter Kit from Home of the Future, which includes a 50″ TV, a bar, and a Kegerator!
  • One of three 128GB iPad Air 2 tablets, courtesy of…well, us!

Plus there will be a Prize Wheel with additional giveaways. You’ll also have a chance to purchase tickets to this summer’s insanely popular Country Crossings Music Festival (July 27-30 at the Jackson County Expo) from festival co-sponsor Q100.3 Radio.

A buffet for $20 a person, or $8 for those under 12. A full bar will be open for your gametime refreshments. Call for Reservations 541-899-1000.


Sponsored by KMVU Fox 26, KISS FM, KOOL, KMED, Q100.3, The Valley, and Connecting Point.

 

It’s Connecting Point’s UN-BLACK FRIDAY SALE, all weekend long! (Nov. 25-27, 2016)

Connecting Point's UN-Black Friday Sale 2016

Connecting Point's UN-Black Friday Sale 2016This season is supposed to be about more than scoring the best deal. Peace on Earth, goodwill toward all, anyone? So we’re not playing that game. First, we’re not going to be open on Thanksgiving Day. That’s so unfair to our employees and their families. Second, we’ll be opening at our regular time, 9am, on Friday morning. And third, we aren’t going to make you surrender your dignity by waiting in long lines for a limited supply of…something or other. Sure, we’ll have some great stuff on sale, but we’ll be offering them all weekend long (11/25 – 11/27/16). And if we run out, we’ll offer you a raincheck. So hit those other places first, then stop by Connecting Point to decompress. The music will be soft, the cookies sweet, the beverages refreshing.

We invite you to come on in! We’ve got some pretty great offers and gift ideas waiting. Click here to discover more…

On February 3rd, 2002, we ran the worst Super Bowl ad ever – on purpose.

A long time ago, in a retail landscape far, far away, we had this crazy idea for a Super Bowl spot.

The premise: We blew all the budget on the airtime, and left absolutely zilch for producing the commercial itself. That first part was absolutely accurate: Even though this spot only ran on the local FOX affiliate here in southern Oregon (KMVU FOX 26), it still cost…, well, it cost a lot. Like, budget-breaking, spreadsheet-crippling a lot.

But we wanted to give it a go, and arranged for a video shoot with a game FOX 26 crew. We shot it in our stockroom, throwing dead computer peripherals from a stepladder, and pulled in unwitting staff members as extras. The on-air “talent” was Connecting Point GM Jeff Thomas and Marketing Director Tom Pentland. The whole thing took roughly 15 minutes to shoot (at the most). During editing, the bilious fluorescent green and pink graphics were reluctantly added by some very skeptical pros in the FOX 26 video production department.

The result? What has to be one of the crappiest, ugliest, most unprofessional Super Bowl spots ever. It aired during the Big Game – Super Bowl XXXVI, in which the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 – on February 3rd, 2002. You’re welcome!

On the eve of the Super Bowl’s 50th anniversary, we thought it might be fun to revisit an earlier, more innocent time. Also, it serves as a sort of nostalgic snapshot of vintage computer gear, including the original “bubble back” iMacs. Enjoy.

Download our all-new Winter 2015 Apple Product Guide

Connecting Point Winter 2015 Apple Product Guide

Connecting Point Winter 2015 Apple Product GuideColor photos, descriptions, and prices on the entire family of great Apple products: Mac, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and more. Zero in on your holiday gift options with the help of this handy reference.

Just click the above photo or here to begin your download. (It’s in PDF form.)

If you’d prefer a hard copy, you may just drop by our store and grab one.

Apple Music promo video: “Music needed a home…so we built it one.”

Have you had a chance to check out Apple Music yet? The service, which was rolled out June 30th, has enjoyed a mostly positive reception so far. But many people don’t realize it’s much more than a music streaming app. It’s also intended to function as a social hub, helping everyone find new music and new artists – and not necessarily the “big name” stuff.

As Apple describes on their YouTube channel:

Apple Music is a place where music is treated like the art it is, with a sense of respect and discovery. It’s also a place that accommodates and supports musicians, and provides an environment for artists and fans to engage. Stream millions of songs—and discover music you’ll love with handpicked playlists and recommendations from our experts. Listen to Beats 1, our 24/7 worldwide station broadcasting the best new music direct from Los Angeles, New York, and London that’s anchored by world-class DJ Zane Lowe. And Apple Music Connect gives you a direct line to your favorite artists; where they can share demos, remixes, lyrics, photos—really anything they wish—straight to you, the fan. We’re taking all the ways you love music, and bringing them together in one complete place; one complete thought around music.

So what do you think? If you’ve had a chance to try Apple Music, what are your initial impressions?

VIDEO: Apple posts ‘Backstage’ parody sketch from Monday’s WWDC keynote

'Backstage' parody sketch for WWDC 2015

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference June 8-12, 2015 in San FranciscoTo kick off this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday morning, Apple presented a video lampooning the lengths to which companies go to produce gala keynote presentations. The sketch stars SNL’s Bill Hader as the director “rehearsing” for the WWDC keynote – with disastrous results. It also features a number of celebrity cameos, shout outs to popular apps, and inside references to Silicon Valley culture.

DADS AND GRADS MAC SALE kicks off tomorrow; Hot 98.9 remote, Disneyland vacation promo Sat., May 30

So here we are: Graduation and Father’s Day. What’s the best gift for your dad or grad?Connecting Point's DADS AND GRADS MAC SALE - May 29th-June 1st, 2015

Connecting Point has a simple solution for both: A new Mac!

College-bound grads get a competitive edge with a new MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro.

And Dad gets something he’ll use and appreciate all year ‘round with a portable Mac — or maybe he’d prefer the sleek, all-in-one brilliance of an iMac desktop.

Connecting Point Gift CardConnecting Point wants to make it easy. This weekend, buy any new Mac with AppleCare, and get a $50 Connecting Point gift card.

EPSON Expression XP-310 All-in-OneYou may also opt to get a highly capable $100 EPSON Expression XP-310 All-in-One printer/scanner/copier/fax for half price!*

Original Apple iMac from 1998, in Bondi blueAnd if you bring in your old computer, Mac or PC, working or not, we’ll give you an additional $50 credit toward your new Mac. And yes, you can combine this with both of the first two offers, saving yourself $150 in the process.

Get your new Mac from the the experts who know Apple best. Connecting Point offers four decades experience, introductory classes, free iCoach sessions, special financing, and complimentary up-and-running tech support.

It’s the DADS AND GRADS MAC SALE at Connecting Point, this weekend, Friday, May 29th through Monday, June 1st.

Disneyland Family Vacation for four giveaway, courtesy Connecting Point and Hot 98.9 FMAnd right smack in the middle of the sale, on Saturday, May 30th, we’ll be hosting a live radio remote with Hot 98.9 FM from 11 am to 1 pm. During the broadcast, stop by in person to enter for a chance to win a Disneyland Family Vacation Giveaway, a vacation package for four that includes three-day/one park-per-day Park Hopper passes, a $500 Visa card credit, $800 lodging and airfare. (See official contest rules here.)


Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, MacBook, MacBook Air, andMacBook Pro are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. AppleCare is a service mark of Apple Inc.

VIDEO: Apple’s new ‘Everything Changes with iPad’ spot helps you rethink ways you do things every day

This minute-and-a-half video kicks off ‘Change Everything,’ a new marketing direction for Apple. It ties in with a new website of the same name, featuring individual spots and pages that explore in greater detail the themes and directions mentioned in the video above: cooking, learning, small business, travel, and redecorating.