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Employee or Contractor? Which One Makes the Most Sense For AV Companies

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Oct 11, 2016 7:01:00 AM

AV freelancers have long been a part of executing projects in the AV industry. Yet even with their longstanding role in the AV industry, there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding how to properly pay AV freelancers.

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Topics: Contracting AV Techs, Working with Contractors, AV Industry Pro Sessions

Smart Solutions to Common AV Crew Management Growing Pains

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Oct 5, 2016 1:38:48 PM



As AV projects become larger and more complex, they require even higher levels of thoughtful project and crew management. The introduction of the right smart technology solutions may allow AV teams to better manage growing crew member numbers, the search for crew members with specialized skills, and evolving project needs.

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Topics: Crew Management & Scheduling, AV Industry Pro Sessions

SaaS in AV: Another “Thing to Learn,” or a Time Saving AV Solution?

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM

AV companies face an interesting dilemma in 2016: companies in industries all around them are adopting SaaS tools to optimize their projects and workloads while gaining better efficiency, while AV companies themselves struggle to find a SaaS solution that can fit their processes well enough to merit a switch from the disjointed project management tools they’ve used for decades.

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Topics: AV Teams, AV Industry Pro Sessions

Finding the Optimal Workflow in your AV Crew Management Process

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Process improvements are the key to establishing a workflow that improves your AV team’s productivity and helps your team deliver exceptional work for clients.

But before you can make any crew management process improvements, your organization needs to identify where inefficiencies exist, what possible solutions may fill them, and how to get the rest of your team on board with these new changes.

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Topics: AV Teams, AV Industry Pro Sessions

The Right Time to Throw Out an Inefficient AV Project Planning Process

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Sep 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It’s easy to cling to an AV project planning process that has been with your organization since its start -- your employees are used to it and it works (for the most part) -- but it’s important to consider whether your process is still serving your company as well as it could.


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Topics: AV Teams, AV Industry Pro Sessions

Evolve Academy + Mertzcrew Training Discount!

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Jul 26, 2016 3:45:50 PM

Mertzcrew is proud to announce that we are partnering with Evolve Academy, a leader in Training & Education within the AV industry! This partnership is focused on helping freelance AV technicians develop their craft, provide a higher level of skilled service, and to increase the earning potential of technicians! As part of our partnership, Evolve Academy is offering a 10% discount on training classes to technicians that are registered with Mertzcrew. 

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Topics: NEW at Mertzcrew

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: AV Teams, Crew Management & Scheduling

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

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