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4 Tips to Beat the A/V Trunkslammers

4 Tips to Beat the A/V Trunkslammers

Eric Thies · June 13, 2018 Custom installation has the worst satisfaction rate of any industry that services the home, probably because the industry is infested with trunkslammers, writes integrator Eric Thies. What are you going to do about it?

Why Monster’s ICO Might Not be Such a Crazy Idea

Why Monster’s ICO Might Not be Such a Crazy Idea

Jimmy Busby · June 05, 2018 Yeah, it's strange for Monster to go from cable to currency with its proposed initial coin offering (ICO), but pivots to blockchain and cryptocurrency aren't all that unusual these days, says former home-automation vendor and crypto-developer Jimmy Busby.

How A/V Integrators Can Earn RMR (or Burritos, Mr. Pibb & the Cost of Service Calls)

How A/V Integrators Can Earn RMR (or Burritos, Mr. Pibb & the Cost of Service Calls)

By Mike Grubb · May 30, 2018 Utilizing the latest remote management technologies, A/V integrators can truly deliver high-value maintenance programs to clients that bring increased revenue.

Two N.J. Buddies Fall for the Same Speakers…Build Matching Home Theaters

Two N.J. Buddies Fall for the Same Speakers…Build Matching Home Theaters

May 23, 2018 Inspired by the Meridian speakers in their Range Rovers, two movie-loving friends decided to build twin home theaters.

What Happens When Amazon Acquires a ‘Real’ Security Company Like Vivint, Guardian or Brink’s?

What Happens When Amazon Acquires a ‘Real’ Security Company Like Vivint, Guardian or Brink’s?

May 18, 2018 Acquiring a national alarm company could help Amazon increase recurring monthly revenue (RMR), but also pave the way for Amazon to become a chief security officer (CSO) and managed service provider for the home.

How Sound Affects Your Home Theater Customers’ Emotions

How Sound Affects Your Home Theater Customers’ Emotions

Richard Fairbrother · May 14, 2018 By appealing to customers' emotions via certain soundtracks and biological reactions to music, integrators may be able to boost sales of home theater equipment.

8 Reasons Why Chromecast Products Are Worth Installing

8 Reasons Why Chromecast Products Are Worth Installing

Dan Allen · May 11, 2018 Chromecast with Google Home voice control is gaining ground as an option to other streaming audio platforms such as AirPlay, Bluetooth, Play-Fi and proprietary services.

Highly Skilled ‘Uberized Technicians’ Are Next Employment Frontier

Highly Skilled ‘Uberized Technicians’ Are Next Employment Frontier

By Itai Hirsch · May 03, 2018 Not only is demand for smart home services becoming Uberized, so is the workforce. Integrators will soon be forced to employ skilled 'freelance technicians' who want flexible, on-demand working schedules typified by rideshare services.

7 Ways to Avoid Client Sticker Shock

7 Ways to Avoid Client Sticker Shock

By Eric Thies · May 02, 2018 Breaking down proposals into smaller chunks, not being the first person to submit a quote, and selling design first are just three tips s to avoid client sticker shock to your pricing.

That HUGE Story on Secretive ‘Amazon Home Security Services’

That HUGE Story on Secretive ‘Amazon Home Security Services’

April 27, 2018 CE Pro's Julie Jacobson conjures up "the big story" on new Amazon Smart Security Services, including an army of licensed alarm installers, Amazon's own central monitoring station, Ring and Zonoff-inspired smart-home services, Amazon Key and more. (Spoiler: She was wrong.)

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