A fantastic audio-visual experience can change the way people think about an event, corporate meeting, or webinar. This is why many organizations are investing heavily in AV technology.
As this technology continues to change these investments grow more challenging. Once you stop renting AV equipment for one-off events you’re stuck with whatever you choose, unless you want to spend more money later.
Here are a few things to think about before you make your final decision.
You’ll need a custom solution.
A corporate giant will require a very different system than a local business. A house of worship attempting to create the ultimate praise experience needs different equipment than a marketing firm attempting to collaborate with offices in three time zones.
It’s incredibly important to work with a company who will deliver a thoughtful, personalized, and highly engineered solution to their customers. You don’t want to buy equipment for the sake of buying it. Instead, you want a lean, cost-effective solution that will meet your needs. You’d be surprised how difficult it can be for a novice to design those solutions.
You probably need to upgrade your equipment.
Companies are often tempted to place orders for single parts, replacing a monitor here or a microphone there, all in the name of saving money.
But times have changed. Most of your equipment may well be obsolete. Getting the latest technology could give you the competitive edge while making your life much simpler. A good AV engineer can tell you what should stay and what should go.
Costs vary wildly from company to company.
Product quality. Set-up costs. System complexity. All these factors and more can impact the final price of your AV system. Get quotes in advance, and make sure you understand exactly what you’ll be paying for. When it’s time to sit down and evaluate those quotes? Read them carefully to ensure you’re comparing apples to apples.
Research the company before you hire them.
Ask some tough questions.
Does the company offer a broad suite of reputable products? Do they offer VOIP or sound masking technologies? Can they provide you with advanced systems, like interactive displays?
While you’re at it, find out if the company has a track record of happy clients. This will help you determine how reliable and knowledgeable they are.
If the company claims to have worked for corporate giants, check their references. An ability to handle huge projects speaks well of the company’s organizational skills, as well as their ability to deliver their projects on-budget and on time.
Finally, consider your budget.
It’s not wise to settle for the cheapest system you can find, no matter how tempted you may be. When it comes to AV, as with most other products and services, you get exactly what you pay for. You’re looking for an AV system and an AV company who will support you for years to come.