What’s Up With LAVNCH: October Events

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THE rAVe Agency has been busy planning and preparing tons of new LAVNCH & LEARNs and events. These events are educational and informative to help out both the new and experienced AV pros in our industry. From educational sessions on the newest tech to encouraging series on getting hired, we’ve got something for everyone. Let’s […]

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Checking In With InfoComm 2021 Attendees 

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After a year and a half of living on video calls and turning guest bedrooms into home offices, signs of a return to pre-pandemic working life are finally upon us. With InfoComm 2021 approaching, many have chosen to make the pilgrimage to Orlando to learn about the latest AV technology, trends, and of course, connect with other […]

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See You at InfoComm!

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If we’ve learned nothing else from this pandemic, we’ve certainly learned the importance of adaptation in the face of ever-changing circumstances. Like any crisis situation, countless times we’ve needed to quickly assess a situation, measure risks and make the best decision possible with the information available at that particular moment. Even once decisions were made, […]

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Things To Consider About Audio/Video Control Desks

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By: Richard Honeycutt SynAudCon Recently, I overheard a discussion between a couple of church AV techs about booths and desks. Both seemed uncertain about several issues: Is an enclosed booth a good idea? If an enclosed booth is used, how big should the opening be for sound to enter? How big should the desk be, […]

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5 Things to Know About Digital Signage Ahead of InfoComm 2021

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Digital signage is poised for strong revenue growth, with a forecast of $32 billion in 2021, increasing to $44.7 billion in 2026, according to AVIXA’s 2021 Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis. With this in mind, it’s no surprise Digital Signage will be a major focus at InfoComm 2021. To start, AVIXA (producers of InfoComm), along […]

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How Can You Make This a Season to Remember?

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It’s that time again. It hardly seems possible, but the Holiday Season is on the horizon. I’m not kidding! Canadian Thanksgiving is Monday, then comes Halloween. After that, it’s American Thanksgiving, immediately followed by the anticipated/dreaded retail bonanza of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Before you know it, it will be Christmas, and then the weird […]

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5 Things to Know About Extended Reality Before InfoComm 2021

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Extended reality (XR) is cool, there’s no denying that. AV professionals should all want to get their hands on this technology and experiment with its possibilities. And not just for fun … it makes financial sense to do so. According to an August 2021 report by Market Research Future, the XR market was valued at […]

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How MicroLED Is Set to Change Screen Technology in the Home — The Emerging $50 Billion Opportunity

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By: Ted Romanowitz Futuresource Consulting MicroLED is on track to displace LCD and OLED in consumer TV applications. That’s according to a new MicroLED report from Futuresource Consulting, which predicts global players will invest more than $10 billion into the technology over the next few years, creating a $50 billion + cumulative market opportunity over the […]

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5 Things to Know About UCC Ahead of InfoComm 2021

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With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing for much longer than anyone expected, it should come as no surprise that conferencing and collaboration is a major focus for AV professionals. According to one report, the unified communication and collaboration (UCC) market size is expected to grow from USD 67.4 billion in 2021 to USD 127.5 billion by […]

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The Great Resignation in Higher Ed

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For the past 18 months, firms in most industries have struggled with the dual challenge of hiring new employees and retaining current employees. Retaining employees has become a major issue across our country as the number of people quitting their jobs has been dubbed “The Great Resignation.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that […]

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Professional Microphone Market Back on Track After Year of Mixed Fortunes

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By: James Kirby Futuresource Consulting The professional microphone market experienced diverging fortunes in 2020. Some manufacturers struggled to satisfy accelerating demand, while others faced a market in freefall. That’s according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting, which reveals the data behind the highs and lows and forecasts the future opportunities. “As a result of lockdowns, […]

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How to Get the Job You Want — Selling Your Value: Part 2

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This is the second article in my “How to Get the Job You Want” series. To view the other articles in this series, click here. I had been working in data storage and backup for about 10 years when I got a Dell catalog in the mail. When I opened and skimmed through it, I […]

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Part 3: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Use QR Codes

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In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021,” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. In Part 2, I explained why showing only one product in your booth is critical to success at InfoComm 2021. Today’s blog is all […]

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Create Opportunities for Young People to Enter the AV Industry

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One of the reasons I advocate for internship and apprenticeship opportunities for young people is because of the opportunities that I experienced myself as a young person starting out. When I graduated from high school, I enrolled in the tech program in college to become a chemical engineer.  I applied for and joined an organization […]

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Privilege in the AV Industry

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I recently attended a graduation where the keynote speaker addressed the topic of privilege. Unfortunately, like so much of our dialog these days, the term was taken far out of context, and that out-of-context interpretation was then politicized. As I walked away, I was disheartened at the misinformation all the new graduates had just received. […]

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In Latest Interview, Dave Labuskes Says He Is 99.999% Sure In-Person InfoComm Will Happen

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THE rAVe Agency’s own Megan A. Dutta, director of emerging markets at LAVNCH, virtually met with Dave Labuskes, CEO of AVIXA, to discuss the many recent cancellations of in-person events in the AV industry and the expectations around InfoComm 2021. As of Sept. 15, 2021, both NAB Show 2021 and Enterprise Connect have been canceled due to rising […]

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When Your Digital Signage Is Out of This World

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It’s genius, really. If we have a Digital-Out-of-Home industry, why can’t we have Digital-Out-of-This World? Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC) will soon create a new category of advertising space. Outer space. Based in Canada, a GEC subsidiary (Geometric Space Corporation) has several space projects and is now in the process of building a satellite, a CubeSat. […]

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Adapting to Agile: Workflow Changes to Project Management

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When customers come to AV resellers and installers to ask them to provide an AV installation, part of the service is project management. Someone has to communicate with the customer and stay on top of the progress and any changes that are made. Customers are familiar with project managers; they usually have a whole set […]

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Making the Case for Cellular Connectivity in the AV Space

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Mobile connectivity is indispensable in our personal lives. Our phones are our lifeline — our conduit to virtually every aspect of our digital lives, from social networks to email to countless apps and other web-based portals. There’s no denying that cellular connections are our on-ramp to the connected world, especially when we’re outside our homes […]

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Women in CT Hosts 13th Annual CEDIA Expo Luncheon

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On Thursday, Sept. 2, over 150 industry professionals gathered together at the Women in Consumer Technology’s (WiCT) 13th Annual CEDIA EXPO Networking Reception and Luncheon in Indianapolis. “To be able fill this room when we really had no clue how the show would go is spectacular,” Carol Campbell, founder, WiCT, said in her welcome address […]

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Bridging the Gap: ITSM Tools for AV and IT

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Over the past several months at my institution, we have been implementing a new Information Technology Service Management Tool (ITSM). After looking at several different products, we chose to go forward with TeamDynamix. The cost is reasonable (not cheap, but reasonable), even for small higher ed institutions (like us). Cost was a factor in our […]

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CEDIA Expo 2021 Product Booth Tour Highlights

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rAVe [PUBS] Coverage: Video Highlight We’re excited to bring you video coverage of many of the exhibitors at CEDIA Expo 2021! Though the show was a little smaller than usual, we were able to get some great coverage of exhibitors and booths who were able to attend in person. Below are a few highlights of […]

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