A/V Industry Newsletter 2015-11-12


Primacoustic just created new panel mounting tools.


Virtual Reality is Here

Though the Samsung headset powered by Oculus has been around for a while, this is the first time it’s being sold to the general public. The new model is 19% lighter, and 50% cheaper, coming in at $99.99 to pre-order. It’s also compatible with more phones, including all of the Samsung S6’s and Note5.


The Drive for 5 Theory Makes a Business and Technicians More Money

In Clifford’s article he describes a practice he’s started implementing at his business called “The Drive for 5” program. While hourly technicians make money based on the passage of time, a business makes money based on the amount of jobs it can attain over a certain length of time.

The “Drive For 5” program pays out a progressive percentage based on growing billings north of 950 hours, since Clifford’s goal is to have 1,200 total billable hours within every month. The strategy works for any amount of hours however.

“For every 50-hour increment between 951 hours and 1,200 hours, we pay out a higher percentage. For example, we’ll pay a six-percent bonus on 951-1000 billable hours, seven percent for 1001-1050 hours and so on. A top-performing installer could add more than $6,000 to his comp annually within this program,” writes Clifford.


More Kids Are Learning to Code Because of Star Wars

Lusasfilm and Disney have both agreed to allow characters from the upcoming The Force Awakens to be used in an effort to teach kids how to code. “The Hour of Code” project will teach kids how to code by first building a BB-8, and then eventually working up to learning Java. When they coded “Frozen” last year their efforts drew 13 million kids. They’re expecting four times the amount with the Star Wars project.



Google Is Going to Make a Smartphone

Debates are possibly going on at Google’s headquarters over rather they want skin in the Smartphone game. That being said, it would cause conflict and a hell of a lot of competition for companies they currently work with, like Samsung.


Amazon Wants to Have Their Cake and Eat it Too

Amazon will no longer be allowing Apple and Google streaming products to be sold via amazon.com. This is possibly because of Apple and Google’s own devices not “interacting well” with Amazon’s Instant Video services. This begs the question from Maxwell, what exactly does Amazon want to be? Does it want to be an online distributor or a creator of products? Probably both, but they’ll have to choose eventually if they’re going to burn bridges with other players.


The Importance of Good AV Support

An L.A. installer is paying someone nearly $100K/year to manage installed systems. He changes batteries and checks to make sure everything's running smoothly. The check-ups cost $200 a pop, and he often comes away with extra sales from encouraging people to upgrade. His job is basically to provide customers with attentiveness. Simply put, good service is hard to compete with, and it never goes out of style, writes Del Colliano. Ain’t that the truth.


How Good Are Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Best Buy Doing At Building Your Smart House?

Maxwell found out for herself in this article by physically going to each store. The consensus? Home Depot’s Wink/smart home line’s are scattered, Lowe’s Iris’ is concentrated all in the same area, and Best Buy’s “Connected Home” center is the middle of the store. All three of them are doing a pretty great job of introducing customers to the smart home process though. The hardest part is just choosing a brand to work with. Do your research!

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