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Does Your AV Services Provider Like Working for Your Hotel?

Jeff Loether | May 30, 2019

5 tips to creating a mutually beneficial working environment By Jeff Loether Outsourcing audiovisual services is a viable option for many hotels. In addition to lowering operational and labor costs, it ensures that your guests receive professional equipment and support. While the provider will handle most of the day-to-day responsibilities, the hotel should still plan and budget for the service and maintenance of any built-in AV systems and infrastructure. This will allow the AV services provider to deliver services as efficiently as possible, creating a win for them, you and your guests. If outsourcing is the business model that be...

Outsourcing Audiovisual Equipment Has Its Advantages

Jeff Loether | May 29, 2019

10 reasons to leverage the skillset of a technology-savvy AV services team By Jeff Loether Outsourcing audiovisual equipment is by far the dominant model in the hotel industry, especially in large hotels that cater to convention business. It is also the norm in standard business hotels that cater to group and local business meetings, as well as social business on the weekends. For self-operated hotels, however, outsourcing is not be as prevalent. These properties are typically smaller in size and cater to the small, executive level meetings market as they do not typically have expansive meeting spaces. These hotels have ownership suppo...

EMD Showing How Interior Design, Technology and People Can Work Together to Create Better Meetings at HD Expo

Electro-Media Design Ltd. | May 1, 2019

Designers, architects and contractors looking to integrate technology into their next projects are encouraged to visit Electro-Media Design in Booth 4974 May 15 to 17 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas [Gaithersburg, Md.—May 1, 2019]— For nearly 30 years, Electro-Media Design Ltd. has been bringing the science of "ArchiTechnologySM" to hotels and conference facilities across the globe. This month at HD Expo 2019, company executives will be discussing this concept with designers, architects, developers, owners' representatives and asset managers explaining to them why lighting, acoustics, architecture and event technologies need to...

5 Reasons to Add AV Management Software to a Hotel’s 2019 Capital Budget

AVaStar | September 20, 2018

Industry reports show that small- to mid-size hotels are placing a higher emphasis on hotel technology to meet planners' demands; Self-managing AV equipment process with AVaStar will drive revenues [Gaithersburg, Md.—Sept. 20, 2018]—Recent reports are showing that the meetings segment of hospitality is flourishing, and technology is of critical importance to event planners in venue selection. Meeting facilities with lodging – which hosted 87% of meetings 2016 according to the PwC Conference Center Report – need to put more focus on managing their built-in and portable audiovisual equipment to meet planners' expec...

Built-In or Portable: What’s Your AV Strategy?

Jeff Loether | August 8, 2018

Six factors to consider when balancing decisions between built-in and portable AV equipment By Jeff Loether To say that AV services are "out of balance" in some operations is an understatement. When properly managed, AV can produce the second highest profit margin in a hotel – behind rooms. However, as my good friend John Burns, president of Hospitality Technology Consulting, recently said, "No one understands [AV], and no one really wants to." If a hotel does not have enough AV rental revenue to share with an outside audiovisual company to manage these in-house services, trying to self-manage AV services can be a nightmare. With...

Hoteliers Self-Operating Their AV Services Are ‘All Ears’ When It Comes to AVaStar by EMD

AVaStar | July 19, 2018

From brands to independents, multi-property owners to casino operators, hoteliers say they need support when trying to manage their audiovisual programs on their own [Gaithersburg, Md.—July 19, 2018]—Electro-Media Design (EMD) President Jeff Loether was "all ears" at HITEC Houston last month as he listened to hoteliers' tales of woe when self-managing their hotel's audiovisual operations. Conversations with multi-property owners and operators representing more than 30 hotels (including brands, independents and casinos) are continuing. Operators are eager to learn even more about AVaStar and how the patent-pending solution de...

Electro-Media Design Unveils AVaStar at HITEC

AVaStar | June 19, 2018

Designed to complement the services delivered by outsourced third-party providers, AVaStar enhances and improves self-managed AV processes and makes the IT department profitable again Visit Booth #1019 at HITEC, June 18 to 21, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston [Houston—June 19, 2018]—Today at HITEC, Electro-Media Design is introducing a new solution for venue operators that will make the self-managing of AV Technologies an asset, rather than a liability. Called AVaStar, the patent-pending solution is designed for in-house hotel staff who find themselves tasked with managing event technology processes and co...

EMD Offering ‘Self- Audit Questionnaire’ to Aide HITEC Attendees With Tradeshow Strategy

AVaStar | June 12, 2018

Want to know where your AV Technology program is falling short? Complete EMD's online questionnaire to receive a customized scorecard at HITEC to better shop this show and create a better guest experience; HITEC Attendees can enter to WIN a Bose Bluetooth Speaker System Visit Booth #1019 at HITEC, June 18 to 21, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston [Gaithersburg, Md.—June 12, 2018]— Who budgets Capex funds for AV equipment and systems at your hotel … Finance … IT … AV? Do the presentation systems at your property meet your current brand standards? How are you tracking AV/Technology revenue...

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