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Google Assistant Outsells Amazon Alexa as Smart Speaker Sales Slow Dramatically

Smart speaker sales slow in Q2, as Google (37%) overtakes Amazon (21%) in market share. Apple HomePod sales register 245% growth vs. 2020.

Jason Knott · July 29, 2021

Government Research Shows Housing Starts Increase 6.3% in June

Housing starts across the United States have increased as lumber prices start to lower, but other material costs continue to raise the price of completed homes.

CE Pro Editors · July 21, 2021

Global Smart Home Market Begins Significant Rebound in 2021

As the residential AV market continues to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, global consumer spending on smart home solutions is expected to exceed $100B by the end of 2021.

Andrew Nichols · July 12, 2021

Research Shows COVID-19 Elevates Smart Home Security Use, Increases Safety Concerns

New research from Parks Associates shows COVID-19 has amplified concerns around the safety and security of property and family members, driving consumers to seek solutions from integrators.

CE Pro Editors · June 25, 2021

These 20 Gaming-Centric Cities Offer Major Opportunities for Residential Integrators

As gaming surges closer to becoming the preferred entertainment medium for Millennial and Gen Z consumers, integrators would be wise to take note of the most gaming-centric cities in America and look for install opportunities.

Andrew Nichols · June 11, 2021

Top-Selling Smart Home Surveillance Cameras in 2020 Revealed

Ring, Arlo, Wyze, Google Nest and Alarm.com account for 30% of 42.5 million home video surveillance cameras sold in 2020.

Jason Knott · May 10, 2021

Best and Worst Small U.S. Cities to Start a Small Business Revealed

Looking to start a small business? Here are some locations you should strongly consider and some you might want to leave alone.

Jason Knott · April 23, 2021

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Single-Family Housing Starts Down 8.5% to Start 2021

While single-family housing starts ended 2020 on a high note, increases in lumber prices have added $24,000 to the cost of building the average home in 2021.

CE Pro Editors · March 17, 2021

Regional Wage & Salary Breakdowns for CI Industry Reveal Wide Disparity

Overall, dealers report they increased their employee wages by a miniscule 0.2% in 2020. Use this interactive map to find your region.

Jason Knott · March 02, 2021

Which Major Metros Are Primed for Active Remodeling Spending in 2021?

Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Tucson, Charlotte and Phoenix top the list of cities expected to see highest gains in 2021 remodeling spending.

Jason Knott · February 11, 2021