Research

New RMR Opportunity: Smart Thermostat Service?

By Jason Knott · March 23, 2018 • Parks Associates data shows half of U.S. households would pay $5/month for subsidized smart thermostat installation with ongoing service program.

2018 Market Report: Security and the Smart Home Installation Channel

By Scott Goldfine with Julie Jacobson · March 12, 2018 • Security dealers say DIY is hurting their business, but they still collect about $46.20 per month per customer, plus 10 to 20 percent for integrated IoT devices, according to research from Parks Associates and Security Sales & Integration.

IoT Cybersecurity, ‘Cascading’ Failures, Worry Consumers Most About Connected Home

By CE Pro Editors · March 7, 2018 • Research: Not surprisingly, consumers fear hacks and other cybersecurity threats when it comes to the connected home, but they also worry if one IoT device fails, the whole smart house crumbles.

How Big Is Custom Installation Market?

By Jason Knott · February 5, 2018 • CE Pro estimates residential custom installation market ranges from $5.7B to $12.1B, depending on how narrow you want to define integrator dealer base.

CE Pro's 2018 State of the Industry Report

By CE Pro Editors · January 31, 2018 • NEW RESEARCH: CE Pro's 2018 State of the Industry Report shows that smart-home integrators increased revenues 11.4% in 2017 and predicts even higher gains in 2018.

NAHB Forecast: Home Starts up 5% in 2018, Bolstered by ‘Political Climate’

By Jason Knott · January 26, 2018 • NAHB forecasts single-family home starts will up 5% in 2018, thanks in part to 'pro-business sentiment in Washington', but MDU starts will fall.

Residential Remodeling Spending Expected to Grow 7.5% in 2018

By Jason Knott · January 24, 2018 • Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies predicts residential remodeling activity will hit $340 billion, up 7.5%.

RESEARCH: 2017 CE Pro Labor Rates Study

By Jason Knott · January 1, 2018 • Setting pricing for your custom installation projects can make or break your proposal. Data from the CE Pro 2017 Labor Rate Study reveals that labor rates have increased over the past two years and the nationwide average installation/integration rate is nearly $96 per hour!

10 Indications 2018 Will be a Big Year for Smart Home Installations

By Julie Jacobson · December 29, 2017 • As smart-home products go mainstream, and IoT becomes ever more hyped and confusing, we should see more demand for professional installations.

Parks Associates: Security and Smart Home Research for 2017

By CE Pro Editors · December 27, 2017 • Parks Associates and CE Pro sister publication Security Sales & Integration reveal statistics on security and smart-home adoption and consumer preferences.

Who Buys Smart Home Tech? Test Your Knowledge of the Home-Tech Market

By Jason Knott · November 29, 2017 • Take this 6-question CE Pro Quiz to determine how well you know the desires, income level, home size and more of the best potential customers for professional smart home installation services.

Affluent Millennials, Home Tech and Chilling Lessons from Wealth Management Industry

By Julie Jacobson · November 22, 2017 • J.D. Power survey suggests wealth-management firms are ignoring 'emerging affluent Millennials', causing the generation to move to online investment vehicles. Custom home-technology pros be warned.

Millennials, Amazon Prime Members to Drive CE/Smart-Home Purchases this Holiday

By Julie Jacobson · November 17, 2017 • Parks Associates research indicates video doorbells will be more popular than voice-control products this 2017 holiday, and that millennials and Amazon Prime members will be key purchasers of CE and smart-home devices.

Longtime A/V Industry Consultant John Stiernberg Dies at 66

By Jason Knott · November 14, 2017 • John Stiernberg, 66, president and founder of Stiernberg Consulting, whose clients included CEDIA, InfoComm, NSCA and NAMM, passed away after months-long cancer battle.

HDR TV Sales to Increase Approximately 300 Percent by 2021

By Robert Archer · November 6, 2017 • According to the research company IHS Market, HDR TV sales will grow from just over 12 million in 2017, to about 48 million by 2021.

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