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Architect Explains Why He Doesn’t Bring in Integrators Sooner

Danny Forster, an architect, TV host, and Crestron Masters 2019 keynote speaker explains how he feels the relationship…

How 1 Meter of Orange Plastic Tape Could Change Your Security Business

April 16, 2015 Dealers use a simple prop of tape to help configure March Networks' new Searchlight 4 system that delivers metrics on sales performance, wait times, and buying habits for retailers as part of a CCTV video surveillance system.

Why Attend CEDIA Business XChange: What the H%*@ Is an ‘UnConference’?

April 02, 2015 With five separate topic-based 'lounges' and in-depth workshops, the CEDIA Business Xchange April 29-May 1 in Houston will be like getting a business consultant for three days to examine your business.

ProSource, BrandSource Dealers Swap War Stories

March 06, 2015 Sales commission rates, incentivizing technicians and awards were on the slate at the ProSource Summit in Orlando, which also featured some connected appliances.

Revenew Reports 28% Client Growth; $3M in New Funding

January 23, 2015 Online local marketing company Revenew doubles its employees and reports strong 2014 user growth with 71 total brands while garnering $3 million in new funding.

CE Pro 2015 State of the Industry Report

January 15, 2015 Average custom integration company experiences a whopping 27% median revenue jump in 2014 with bullish outlook for 2015.

Relidy Pro Marketing Service Targets Suppliers, Larger Integrators

December 23, 2014 New Relidy Pro service targets integrators and manufacturers looking for a consultative marketing approach. Dealers' marketing budgets should be between 5% and 20% of total operating costs, says Relidy.

9 Pieces of Electronics to Build a High-Tech Dorm Room

August 26, 2014 As college students head back to school, they are stocking up on high tech items to outfit their dorm rooms.

On Controls Adds Nine Sales Rep Firms for Resi, Commercial Markets [PR]

August 13, 2014 Leading cloud-based smart home and commercial control company expands sales channel.

The Science of Growing (or Not Growing) a Custom Installation Business

August 12, 2014 CEDIA Expo will unveil a series of three courses focused on key decision-making metrics for custom integrators to help them determine if they are really ready to grow their business and hire more employees (and earn more profits).

#TBT: Sometimes Ya Gotta Trash Old Industry T-Shirts

July 17, 2014 Some of these industry T-Shirts have traveled with me to eight homes in three states. It's time to let go.

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CEDIA Finds: 5 New Business Tools including Leads, Field Service Software, Web Content

CEDIA Finds: 5 New Business Tools including Leads, Field Service Software, Web Content

July 11, 2018 CEDIA Expo 2018 includes 5 new exhibitors showing services and software for home-technology businesses -- everything from new-construction leads to field-service management software.

Review: ‘Jurassic Park’ 4K, DTS:X Box Set Is Ideal Demo Material

June 22, 2018 Ideal for integrator demos, the newly released 'Jurassic Park' $50 box set features UltraHD and Blu-ray disc versions of the first four Jurassic Park movies in 4K HDR with DTS:X immersive audio.

CE Pro Video Q&A: Doug Greenwald of ProjX360 Discusses Software Efficiency

December 01, 2017 Doug Greenwald of ProjX360 outlines the real-time reporting functionality, proposal writing and other efficiency gained from end-to-end cloud-based software solution.

Netgear’s New FlexPower Wireless Outdoor Camera with ONVIF is Integrator’s Dream

September 11, 2017 Introduced at CEDIA 2017, new FlexPower outdoor camera from Netgear looks like Arlo but provides rechargeable battery and ONVIF support for home automation integration. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Home Tech Experts at Azione: Trends in Home Automation, DIY, Networking, Millennials

October 27, 2016 IoT and the business of smart-home data drove a panel discussion at the recent Azione Unlimted conference, where home-tech experts chimed in on everything from DIY automation to Millennials and the “ownerless economy.” (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

The Absolute Coolest Thing at CEDIA 2016: Virtual Reality to Help Sell Home Theaters

September 26, 2016 REAL Audio Video’s Virtual Reality (VR) pre-visualization technology lets clients see and interact with their home theater design before construction.

CEDIA Tease: One Firefly Launches Live Chat Service for Dealers’ Websites

September 10, 2016 One Firefly's new Lead Concierge is a live chat service for $149 or $249 per month for integrators' websites. Manned by industry experts, the service is designed to engage customers more quickly and generate leads.

Clare Controls Straddles Custom and DIY Markets; Offers Dealers New Revenue Streams

August 22, 2016 Consumer purchasing portal, HEOS integration, expansion of builder program on Clare’s CEDIA 2016 to-do list.

CEPro 2019 Brand Analysis Special Report

CEPro 2019 Brand Analysis Special Report

May 30, 2019 The 2019 CEPro Brand Analysis Special Report reflects the current market, including the influx of smart-home aware products such as voice-control platforms, smart speakers, smart locks and other common devices. While some of our annual standards continue to top the list, we also have some interesting new contenders.

2019 Business Outlook for Integrators by Company Size

2019 Business Outlook for Integrators by Company Size

March 06, 2019 Integration firms come in many shapes and sizes. They don’t all offer the same services or have the same growth expectations. This is why, we took a second look at our 2019 State of the Industry report to add a layer of analysis based on company size.

6 New (And Successful) CE Business Models to Reach Millennials

6 New (And Successful) CE Business Models to Reach Millennials

It's not so much that Millennials and other modern-day consumers want cheap; it's more that they want simple, convenient and immediate.

DIY vs. Professional IoT Installation: Talking Points to Use with Clients

DIY vs. Professional IoT Installation: Talking Points to Use with Clients

Advertorial · January 26, 2018 Guide to Navigating Smart Home Technology: DIY vs. Professional' from Lutron is free reference document integrators can use to educate customers about limited capabilities of entry-level smart home systems.

Stamm Media Eliminates Chaos with Help from ConnectWise Platform

October 27, 2017 The ConnectWise platform helped Stamm Media and Stamm Technologies go from a company in crisis to one that bids on--and regularly wins--large projects.

Five Three-Minute Reads on Sales and Marketing

October 01, 2016 This download presents basics in the realms of revenue generation and proper advertising and branding.

Want to Build a Strong Social Media Presence? Follow These 10 Steps

June 27, 2016 Integrators have now become the primary product advisor on fewer than 40 percent of projects. What can you do about that? Let's take a closer look at social media for its low overhead, minimal time investment and powerful reach.

iBridge Connected Home Dealer Program Benefits

Become part of the iBridge Connected Home Dealer Program, and take advantage of this rapidly growing, RMR-building category of services and all these benefits, many exclusive to Authorized Dealers.

Stop Spare Change from Falling Through Holes in Your Company’s Processes

Advertorial · March 31, 2016 Professional Services Automation can make sure billable time doesn’t slip through the cracks and dramatically impact cash flow.

Using Managed Services as the Remedy for Legacy Clients

Advertorial · March 16, 2016 Four easy steps to transitioning your clients -- the good and the bad -- to your new managed services business model.

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