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Video: “It’s time to start doing. Make time to renew your membership and eplore all that CEDIA has to offer!”
By Julie Jacobson, January 05, 2013
Integrators who like to whine and moan about CEDIA —our most revered trade association—not doing enough about this or that, maybe you need a little refresher on what the organization provides. They don’t just produce trade shows and court builders and architects; they negotiate with vendors to bring discounted services to your business.
The association has created a snappy little video that tells a good story in just 1 minute and 29 seconds. For example, CEDIA reminds us about discounts for Sprint and Verizon Wireless, responding to a request from 95 percent of members for help with cell phone plans.
CEDIA also tells us that 83 percent of members have requested credit card processing services, so the organization inked a deal with Pay Anywhere.
Yeah, sounds pretty boring when I say it here, but if you’ve got some hip tunes playing in the background while you’re learning about these benefits, it makes payroll and fleet maintenance software seem pretty groovy.
Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.