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Mertzcrew unveils disruptive solution for AV crew management at InfoComm 2016

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 25, 2016 1:36:26 PM

Las Vegas, NV (May 25, 2016) --  Today, Mertzcrew announced they will unveil their newest iteration of smart solutions for AV companies at InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas. The Mertzcrew team has developed a powerful all-in-one AV crew management system that brings 16 years  of AV crew management experience into a cloud-based service that will strengthen operations, increase efficiency and accuracy, and save valuable time and money for growth-minded AV companies.

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Topics: Innovation, Insider

Strategic Workforce Planning Tools that Save AV Planners Time

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Strategic workforce planning is all about having the right crew members in the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost. It’s a process that involves internal coordination and communication within your AV team, effective crew member selection and scheduling, and working with crew members to get them on board and up to speed quickly.


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Topics: Crew Management & Scheduling, AV Teams

How to Use Job Tracking Software to Improve AV Labor Accountability

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 16, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Nothing slows down getting paid by your AV client more than waiting for your crew members to turn in their hours and expenses. Without these numbers on hand, neither you nor your crew members can get paid -- or worse, you’re left potentially covering the cost of unaccounted invoices, months after the project has already closed due to surprise, late crew invoices.

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Topics: Working with Contractors, Workforce Intelligence, Crew Management & Scheduling

7 Reasons your AV Scheduler Needs a Field Service Software

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 12, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Many industries utilize field service softwares as a solution for managing mobile workforces and widespread resources. There are many benefits to doing so, from improving communication and tracking to organizing your internal management processes into one streamlined system.  

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Topics: Working with Contractors, Crew Management & Scheduling, AV Teams

Contractor Management Services: Are They Worth The Investment?

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Independent contractors have long been a part of the AV industry. We depend on this talented group of technicians for big projects, projects requiring specialized skill sets, and to help when we’re short staffed on a big project. While these folks enable AV companies to operate with maximum flexibility, ensuring contractors on your projects are contracted properly and  properly insured with Worker’s Compensation can be time-consuming and often confusing. But if the contract & insurance are not set up properly, it could place your company at serious risk.

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Topics: Working with Contractors

How to Manage AV Labor Costs on Any AV Project

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Occasionally, before you even realize it, AV labor costs can spin out of control. By the time this happens, it’s too late to fix the problem. In order to stay on-budget, AV schedulers and planners need to take proactive measures when managing per-project labor costs. While this is often easier said than done, introducing an online platform that tracks labor costs is one of the easiest ways to manage budgets accurately, effectively, and without increasing your workload. Below are just a few of the ways an AV crew management tool can help you manage AV labor costs on any project, before costs get out of hand.

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Topics: Workforce Intelligence, AV Teams

How to Reduce AV Project Costs with Expense Management Software

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 3, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Changing project needs can easily and quickly cause AV project costs to increase beyond what was originally budgeted. Perhaps a client requested equipment that was outside of the original scope and required the addition of skilled crew members, or perhaps the client bumped up the event forcing you to add more labor to the project in order to meet your deadline. In either case, while Project Managers and Account Executives can’t avoid these scenarios, they can improve how they monitor and attempt to stay on budget by investing in an expense management software that will give them better project status and cost insights.

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Topics: AV Teams

Why You Should Fire Excel as Your AV Scheduling Tool

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 29, 2016 2:30:00 PM

The dreaded AV scheduling spreadsheet. It’s an AV scheduler best friend and their worst enemy. It contains all of the information you need to keep your project on track, on budget, and on time, helping you manage all of your crew management processes. But, as handy a tool as it is, it’s also outdated. While your Excel scheduling spreadsheet may keep your AV project on track, it also may stagger behind industry trends and technological advancements in the business world that could improve your scheduling process and bring you even better insights.

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Topics: AV Teams, Crew Management & Scheduling

AV Crew Scheduling: How to Facilitate a Smooth Live Event

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Live events are make or break. Your AV team and crew gets one chance to either make it all go right the first time or miss the mark. Adding to the challenge, live events can be unpredictable with deadlines and scopes that are constantly moving. While these obstacles can be hard to overcome, you can defeat them and set your live event up for success with careful AV crew scheduling, planning, management, and preparation.

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Topics: Crew Management & Scheduling, AV Teams

Contractor Verification Systems: The Importance of Vetting AV Contractors

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 19, 2016 10:30:00 AM


On an AV project, your crew is your most important asset. Selecting the right group of contractors can be the difference between an event, integration, or tour that goes off without a hitch, and one that becomes a financial and time-leeching drain on your team. In order to build a crew that will deliver a successful project, AV schedulers must consider and verify a combination of factors including work history, experience, special skills, and recommendations. This is where contractor verification systems come into play.

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Topics: Working with Contractors