May 2015 - Advanced AV

Upgrade Your Conference Room: What You Need and Why

“You only get one chance to make a first impression.” This famous saying holds true for many aspects of our life, from personal to business. When it comes to business, this saying can definitely be applied to your conference room.

Is your conference room making a good first impression? If your company doesn’t have a state-of-the-art meeting room, it probably won’t make a lasting impression on clients or associates. This could also translate to how they view your entire business operations. There are many ways to update your conference room by incorporating the latest audio and video technology.

Projector screen. If your old projector screen is yellowed and wrinkled and has holes in it, it’s time to replace it. The importance of this essential conference room staple is often overlooked, but using superior quality screen technologies will give you a brighter and sharper image.

Upgrade the screen to a large, flat display. Something in the 55 to 80 inch range, with digital video and VGA inputs, is fairly standard today. Projectors work more cohesively with 16:9 aspect ratio presentations.

You will also need an upgrade if your multimedia projector has a dull bulb that hasn’t been replaced in years. Many times it’s not much more expensive to just replace the entire projector with an updated HD one, giving you a crisper display and enhancing your videoconferencing experience.

Speakers. The days of having cheap PC speakers on the conference table are over. A good audio system is the key to running an effective meeting. Clarity in sound helps participants understand the content easily and become fully immersed in a presentation. Installing ceiling speakers will give you optimum sound. It will also remove the table clutter and provide a cleaner and more […]

By |May 27th, 2015|Blog|1 Comment

Five Reasons You Need Unified Communications in Your Business

Unified communications (UC) combines all communication channels over a single digital connection to provide a number of benefits to organizations. It’s not surprising many more businesses are adopting UC technology every year. A report from Transparency Market Research indicates that by 2018 the unified communications market is projected to grow to $61.9 billion. Businesses can harness all the advantages of UC by controlling all the digital exchanges within its infrastructure.

The following are some of ways UC technology can benefit your company, no matter how big or small.


Improved Flexibility and Efficiency

Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) provides more flexibility to companies and their employees than analog or traditional networks. In a BYOD (bring your own device) work climate with many employees working from different locations, UCaaS streamlines messaging. It uses a unified inbox and a single phone number for all communication needs. As a result, less time is wasted searching and organizing information, allowing employees to focus on core tasks.

Secure Data Storage

UCaaS can turn your audio signals into digital data. This encrypts the data and adds an extra layer of security to your business information. Unified communications ensure that sensitive information you send through email, phone or fax will be seen only by the intended recipients.

Businesses require a higher level of security today and UC can provide that safeguard especially when combined with robust user-authentication systems.

Cost Reduction

No two businesses are exactly the same. The needs of a start-up will differ from the demands of a global organization. UC recognizes those differences and can scale its services accordingly.

With UC, businesses can pay for the traffic they need instead of paying a set rate, which was the case with traditional systems. Most UC vendors offer […]

By |May 19th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Use Video Collaboration to Improve the Health of Your Business

We are witnessing a remarkable shift in the way businesses operate. In an increasingly virtual and global environment, it is imperative for businesses to adapt new ways of working to stay competitive. Today, we see more employees working remotely, dealing with business partners and customers across the world. Businesses need to effectively support their dispersed workers and clients to boost productivity while keeping costs down.

Clear communication and close collaboration play crucial roles in business operation, innovation, and profitability. A single misunderstanding, miscommunication, or misinterpretation can cost you money and your reputation. Video communications can help businesses perform while overcoming key challenges of the mobile enterprise environment.

The Effect of Video on Business Communication

Video is now a preferred medium for communication in the corporate world. According to a Cisco and Redshift Research study, 87 percent of younger executives (out of 1,300) believe that video positively and significantly impacts an organization. Another survey by Wainhouse Research finds that 78 percent of the total 1,007 participants consider online video as an effective tool for business communications.

The real power of video collaboration lies in its ability to provide face-to-face interaction. In fact, it is a middle ground between in-person meetings and voice-only phone calls. This helps in building better business relationships. Using video, businesses add an extra dimension by allowing participants to read non-verbal signals and build rapport.

Advantages of Video Collaboration

It is no surprise that almost all sectors are leveraging the power of video collaboration. While retailers and financial institutions use video communication and conferencing to interact with customers, manufacturers employ this technology to resolve production issues. It benefits the healthcare industry by providing language interpretation services and psychiatric care. Its developing capabilities connect clinicians across the country with hospital-based […]

By |May 12th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The Argument for More Interactive/Visual Content on Websites

Here at Advanced AV, we are dedicated to giving our customers what they need and want. To better serve you, we are doing a total revamp of our website. We know what our customers want: More interactive and visual content on our webpage. This includes Slideshare presentations, infographics, and videos. We want to share the reasons behind our decision to make these changes. If you are running a business website, reading this article might just convince you to do the same. Join us as we let you in on the benefits of building a more interactive website.

Why We Know It Matters

Content is now king. When it comes to helping your customers easily find you and learn about your business and your products, you just must have interactive and visual content. Why? This sort of content can quickly and easily deliver helpful information to potential customers. Also, having interactive and visual content helps a webpage rank higher in search page ranking. Therefore, more people are likely to land on your website instead of your competitors’ sites. An interactive website is part of the new wave of SEO.

Presenting Content on Slideshare

Slideshare is a great tool. Using a presentation-like platform, you can easily tell customers about your business, products, research, and sales pitch. You can include tables, graphs, charts, images, lists, and much more, and customers can scroll through the slides at their own pace. Providing interesting and interactive content allows customers educate themselves about the products and services that interest them on their own time. Also, Slideshare allows employees and sales agents to present directly from your site, helping a pitch in a snap.

New Infographics

Infographics are a fantastic way to creatively illustrate complicated statistics, research, and other […]

By |May 6th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments
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