October 2014 - Advanced AV

Can We Help You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?


You’re relaxing after a hard day at the office when suddenly you hear a commotion outside. You hear screams, moans, cars crashing, and things exploding.

You dash to the window to see what’s going on, and the scene that meets your eyes is one of fear-inducing chaos: Panic-stricken people are running in no particular direction and with seemingly no particular goal other than to run. In the distance there are clouds of smoke rising above the buildings, and you can see the flickering reflections of firelight all across the horizon. As you watch several stiffly walking figures approach, and the people flee before them, you suddenly realize what is going on: It’s the zombie apocalypse.

OK, don’t panic. You’ve seen countless movies, blogs, YouTube videos, and books about just this sort of occurrence. All of the conventional literature seems to focus on firepower, teamwork, and running away. But you have a different idea.

You run quickly into your home entertainment room and start firing everything up. Draper UL-certified projector lift and recessed screen with perforated TecVision down. Sound on. Lights dimmed. But what to put in? You pick something with lots of effects—explosions, bright lights, and big sound.

When people are being chased around the neighborhood by a gaggle of grasping, smelly, angry, murderous, living cadavers, things like gain, contrast, viewing cone, lumens, decibels and equalization might not rise to the top of the list of subjects to consider. But you’d be wrong. Because if there’s one thing zombies love, it’s really big entertainment. They need the big and bright screen because, frankly, zombies’ eyesight sucks. Instead of sitting in a narrow viewing area, they prefer to stand menacingly, and spread out all around the room, so the view […]

By |October 31st, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Streaming Mobile: How Livecasting and On-Demand Content are driving more productive organizations

Every successful organization has at least one thing in common–a dedicated and well-trained workforce. And, why not? The productivity and performance of every employee adds up to form a collective impact on a company’s revenue and profitability. Naturally, there’s no denying that  proper employee training can have an impact on the bottom line. Given this, it’s sad to see just how often we fail to include training into our key strategies due to reasons like time constraints, lack of training personnel, or the volume of information that your employees have to be fed with – all too common factors in today’s dynamic business environment. So how do you tackle these challenges and build a well-trained workforce? Technology-based training might be the answer for you. A report released by IBM reveals that using e-Learning tools and strategies can help companies boost their productivity by 50%.

Livecasting and On-Demand Content – smarter training, better communication

Video is fast becoming the desired tool for corporate training and communication and 59% of top organizations are using some form of video content for training their employees. As such, the idea of using videos in both forms, live and recorded, is definitely a smart one. Livecasting is using live or real-time video and audio feeds to up the quotient of employee education and know-how. It’s also a great way to enhance productivity by organizing meetings and team chats without requiring staffers to leave their desks.  In a recent report by Wainhouse Research, 78% of respondents have described live streaming video as effective for business meetings and communications.

On the other hand, recorded videos offer the convenience of scooping the required information and updates whenever an employee needs them. Quite unlike traditional trainings which […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

3 Advantages of Cloud for Small to Midsize Businesses

In today’s rapidly-changing business landscape there are a multitude of challenges for small and mid-size businesses. As a small business owner, some of the most critical challenges you are likely wrestling with are your ability to reach and stay connected to your customers and prospects via mobile devices, flexibility in the handling of data, and a seamless exchange of information. Moreover, you likely also have to compete against bigger enterprises that are better equipped with workforce and technology. This is where the going gets tough and the tough get smart. And it’s also where cloud technology can make all the difference in the world.

What is Cloud Technology, Anyway?

Cloud Technology or Cloud Computing is an internet-based computing process. While in the past, people used applications and programs through their computers or servers, cloud technology has made it possible to perform the same kind of activities using the Internet.

Cloud hosting supports all sorts of information-sharing. Things like  email services, application hosting, web-based phone systems, video conferencing, data storage, and a lot more. The reason this matters is that cloud technology is  faster, smarter and less expensive than the old school technology we’ve been accustomed to.

So, why are businesses moving to cloud?

Why is cloud so attractive? Well, that’s easy. Cloud tech offers SMBs the chance to streamline operations and fine-tune processes by not having to reinvent the wheel or buy expensive solutions. SMBs can use cloud for a myriad of things, including inventory management, invoicing, project management and collaboration, access to data, analysis, and data storage – you name it, cloud can deliver. Small and mid-sized businesses are the biggest adopters of cloud-based systems at 38% and 48% respectively, while large enterprises account for just 26% of total […]

By |October 21st, 2014|News|0 Comments

5 Tips for Building Stronger Customer Relationships

You’re always looking for ways to build stronger relationships with your clients and customers, right? After all, they’re the lifeblood of your business. In this fast-paced world driven by technology, devices, and social media it’s easy to miss opportunities to connect, build and feed relationships. With that in mind, here are 5 tips that can be applied both online and offline and are sure to give your relationships the boost that they need.

Agendas Stink. Remember that you don’t always have to have an agenda. Go to lunch just for the sake of going to lunch. Don’t wait to see your clients until you want or need something–build relationships with them because you genuinely like them and want to get to know them better. People want to feel valued for just being them, not for what they can give you or buy from you, or whatever else it is you want from them. Relationships thrive on deeper knowledge of one another and the building of trust. This takes time and effort and, in order for it to really work, you need to go into relationship building without an agenda. So, go to lunch, get to know your customer (or your prospect better), and make sure you focus on not selling one single thing. Just focus on making that relationship a better one.
Remember that Face-to-Face Isn’t Everything. Don’t wait to meet face-to-face – that can be difficult to make happen, even with the best of intentions. Instead, let technology help. Set up a monthly video conference and have coffee or lunch together via video. While face-to-face interaction is still incredibly important in today’s world, it isn’t the end-all-be-all of communication. With so many tools available to support […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

5 Ways Video Conferencing Is Every Bit as Good as Meeting in Real Life

Many leaders earnestly believe that a real-life meeting is the optimum means of communication.  No doubt, looking a client directly in the eye, shaking their hand and reading their body language are very important when it comes to bonding and building trust.  Furthermore, the time and expense it takes in traveling to meet a client can send an important message to that client.  However, video conferencing is fast becoming one of the most important and preferred tools in business.  Today’s high-speed Internet, HD cameras and large screen monitors can provide a feeling of intimacy and a sense of reality that rivals being there in person.  In fact, today’s video conferencing software transmits detail in true HD.  As a result, leaders can see, hear, and experience virtually all the cues they’d pick up in a real-life meeting.  Therefore, a job interview, sales demo or collaborative session conducted via video conference, can be every bit as satisfying and productive as a real-life meeting.   Here are five ways that meeting by video rivals meeting in real life:

1)    Time Management:  Video conferencing is a tool that can help business people make better use of their time.  Video conferencing allows business people to meet and collaborate with peers from across the globe without enduring hours of travel time.  This allows business people to spend more time meeting clients and conducting actual business

2)    Productivity:  Using video allows executives to hold more meetings.  By conducting meetings by video conference, today’s business person can avoid congested highways and airport terminals, which allows them to devote far more of their time and attention to meetings and other productive activities.

3)    Cost Savings:  Video conferencing helps companies reduce travel expenses.  Today, it is possible for business […]

By |October 7th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment

Cisco TelePresence Partner

Advanced AV, LLC Recognized as Cisco TelePresence Video Advanced Authorized Technology Provider Partner

West Chester, PA – 9/25/2014 – Advanced AV, LLC announced today that it has achieved TelePresence Video Advanced Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Advanced AV, LLC as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support Cisco TelePresence Video products and solutions at the Advanced level.

The Cisco TelePresence Video Advanced ATP Program is focused on providing a new way of working in which everyone, everywhere can be more productive through face-to-face collaboration with TelePresence Video solutions. The Advanced-level program’s goal is to enable partners to market TelePresence Video endpoints with a full breadth of infrastructure solutions in addition to managed videoconferencing services.

“Advanced AV, LLC is pleased to achieve ATP Status. As part of our commitment to our employees, Advanced AV has always made the investment of time and training necessary to achieve Cisco Certifications. We consider the ATP Status as part of our responsibility to better serve our clients and professionally address their needs in the Unified Communication Technology Space” stated Advanced AV’s John Greene, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

The Cisco Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) Program is part of the Cisco go-to-market strategy for emerging technologies. The program helps Cisco to define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to successfully sell, deploy and support an emerging technology. As the market changes, an ATP designation may be discontinued or may evolve into a Cisco specialization.

About Cisco TelePresence and Video Collaboration Solutions

Cisco TelePresence® and Video collaboration solutions provide life-like, high-definition, conferencing facilities with superior audio and video, allowing participants to meet their colleagues, customers and business partners across a virtual table. Participants can enjoy a […]

By |October 1st, 2014|News|0 Comments
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