Don’t Miss Your Chance to Enter the 2019 CE Pro BEST Product Awards
Networking & Cables

16 Fun #LiveInstalls Showcase Installation Pride

The installation community on Twitter is growing, with discussion and install photos being facilitated by #LiveInstall. Get in on the discussion and proudly show off your TV mounting, rack building, wall cutting prowess and more.


Photos & Slideshow

Arlen Schweiger · June 27, 2014

Twitter is one of those things that the custom integration community is still getting a handle on, no pun intended. While major manufacturers tend to have a solid presence, the smaller companies and the custom install guys are hit-and-miss and most don’t have quite the same following or interaction as the big boys—nor the time to do so, with their busy schedules.

Keeping up in the social media game is a job in itself, and one that requires consistency, diligence, creativity and more. Of course, those attributes sound like the typical traits of a successful custom installer, no?

Perhaps that’s part of why many installers who are on Twitter have gravitated to the handle @LiveInstall and hashtag #LiveInstall, which is quickly becoming a popular hangout for installers to share their wares. As of today @LiveInstall boasts more than 2,200 followers—well beyond the typical CE pro—and has sent more than 14,500 Tweets.

One reason for the handle’s success is that installers get to see other installers’ work, which often includes before, during and after pics companies will post of their current projects (and label with the #LiveInstall that almost always assures it will be seen and re-Tweeted). It’s an easy way to promote your work too to the general public that might stumble upon a re-Tweet or perhaps have found and followed @LiveInstall thanks to a general interest in A/V. And actually, a recent #smarthomehour and @SmartHomeHour were created to reach out directly to homeowners on how to create a smart home, so consider those followers prospects even while you’re interacting there.

Related: Essential Install Live! Pushes Training, Trends, Products

There was even a gathering of such participating installers during the recent Essential Install Live! show in England, put on by CE Pro sister publication Essential Install (which also runs a #LiveInstall column). According to the bio, @LiveInstall Tweets are curated by @customised, aka Kris Gamble of Scotland-based Customised, who has more than 2,000 followers himself. Not surprisingly, there’s a strong contingent of UK-based installers who frequently post pics, but the word seems to be getting around to the States.

As such, we plan on occasionally rounding up some of the installation work to share with CE Pro readers, who we hope will add their efforts to the mix—more social media growth couldn’t hurt the industry, right?

For starters, here’s a slideshow to give you a glimpse of some installs that have been shared just within the past month (with their accompanying Twitter status message, which you may notice often includes a manufacturer’s handle so they can get a shout-out as well; we’ve added the location of the install firm).

Related: 10 Worst Wiring Jobs Cleaned Up
Related: Electronics Gone Wild: Home Automation Pushes the Limits
Related: Show Us Your Racks Winners



We're Looking for Your BEST Projects

Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a 2019 BEST Projects Award. We’ll be announcing winners at a special Gala event at CEDIA EXPO. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this year! Enter your projects now.




  About the Author

Arlen Schweiger is managing editor of CE Pro, Commercial Integrator and Security Sales & Integration magazines. Arlen contributes installation features, business profiles, manufacturer news and product reviews. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Arlen at arlen.schweiger@emeraldexpo.com

Follow Arlen on social media:
Twitter

Arlen also participates in these groups:
LinkedIn · Google+

View Arlen Schweiger's complete profile.



  Article Topics


Networking & Cables · Structured Wiring · AV Racks · Media · Slideshow · Installation · Twitter · All Topics
CE Pro Magazine

Read More Articles Like This… With A Free Subscription

CE Pro magazine is the resource you need to keep up-to-date on the latest products, techniques, designs and business practices. Subscribe today!

Subscribe Today!