Kordz Selects KMB Communications as Agency of Record for Global PR and Content Marketing

                           

Full-service communications agency helps Kordz drive greater awareness and adoption of its innovative cabling solutions within the systems integration community worldwide. 

Red Lodge, Montana (January 16, 2023) KMB Communications, a leading full-service public relations and marketing agency, announces that it has been named agency of record by Kordz, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance, installation-friendly residential and commercial professional cabling and networking solutions. Per the arrangement, KMB Communications will draw from its vast communications experience, deep understanding of the systems integration market and strong strategic alliances to bring greater awareness to the Kordz brand globally by executing a full suite of brand messaging, go-to-market strategies, and creative, insightful digital and social media programs. 

“KMB Communications provides everything we need to build our brand communications and broaden our presence as a leading provider of professional cabling solutions,” says James Chen, Kordz Managing Director. “A one-stop communication resource, they can help us develop and deliver clear, concise, impactful messaging through all forms of outreach, including digital marketing, public relations, custom content and podcasting. Their full suite of services is exactly what we were looking for in an agency. We look forward to our partnership with the team at KMB Communications to expose more of the market to our unique, innovative professional cabling solutions and how they help integrators get a professional edge.” 

Quickly approaching its 20th anniversary, Kordz kicks off its partnership with KMB Communications with a host of major product announcements, events, and business initiatives. KMB will develop a comprehensive communications program around the celebration, leading with Kordz’s knack for staying ahead of the technological curve by providing systems integrators a host of innovative cabling solutions to ensure reliable, high-performance connectivity for a wide range of applications. 

“We are excited to be chosen by the team at Kordz to amplify and accelerate awareness of this unique brand as the systems integration industry looks for ways to achieve better performance and installation ease when deploying networks in homes and businesses,” says Katye McGregor Bennett, CEO of KMB Communications. “For the past 20 years, Kordz has solved the problems and catered to the needs of systems integrators, evolving their product line to keep pace with new standards, new technologies and new expectations from end-users. They are a pioneer in an industry that often gets overlooked yet is the very backbone on which all smart systems connect. We’re thrilled to help share their story and their passion for developing systems that make a real difference to integrators’ bottom line.” 

About Kordz

Kordz’s professional-grade products are designed, engineered and constructed to enable industry partners to focus on the big picture, not the little hurdles. The company’s extensive line of robust, fast and effective cabling and networking components deliver the seamless interoperability and digital experiences today’s tech-savvy end-users expect and dramatically simplify deployment for systems integrators. By offering a wide range of professional cabling solutions backed by expert technical support, Kordz helps systems integrators around the globe meet the evolving cabling requirements of a wide range of residential and commercial environments. For more information about Kordz, please visit kordz.com and follow the company @kordzglobal on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

About KMB Communications

KMB Communications is a full-service global communications agency focused on leveraging awareness and adoption of brands within the systems integration industry through strategic marketing, custom content creation, professional podcasting, creative video production and well-executed social media campaigns. With more than a decade of experience delivering engaging, insightful content for manufacturers, distributors, integrators and designers, KMB Communications has helped dozens of companies build brand awareness and broaden their presence within key target markets. For more information about KMB Communications, please visit www.kmbcommunications.com and follow the company on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, and more information please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications at +1-425-328-8640 or katye@kmbcomm.com

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Home Technology Association Launches “Rules of Engagement” to Create Professional Harmony Between Architects, Interior Designers, Builders, and Home Technology Integrators

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The new program clearly defines how Home Technology firms and Design/Build pros should work together to achieve successful project outcomes. 

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 17, 2023) – The Home Technology Association (HTA)—the resource for the most qualified and professional home technology integrators—announced its new HTA Design Partner program today. The new HTA Design Partner professional designation identifies design-centric home technology integrators as a service to architects, interior designers, builders, and end users. The program was created to recognize the home technology professionals that not only offer technology consultation and design but those who collaborate with design and build teams to ensure that the technology is integrated into the home in the best way possible. 

The need for this type of program in the home technology industry has grown over the years. When planning a new construction or remodeling project, it is vital that the client’s technology needs are considered and designed early to avoid compromises, change orders, and project delays. The HTA Design Partner program serves as the basis for effective collaboration between the trades and addresses issues that have kept them from engaging integrators early on projects in the past. This will lead to better trade relationships and integrators being hired at the beginning stages as technology design consultants.

The HTA Design Partner and corresponding HTA Technology Partner programs are brilliant ways to solve most, if not all, of the issues that we see on the job site when you integrate new people into the design process. This is going to streamline the process from design to build and reduce the amount of time and errors that we see. It will also make for an improved experience for the consumer. Everyone wins,” says Eric Goranson, Host of Around the House Show, Radio & TV Personality, Interior Designer, and Certified Kitchen Designer.

A qualified home technology integrator should be a trusted design team member for early technology consultation and design. Yet, only a small percentage of home technology integrators provide design and engineering documentation. An even smaller percentage offers a technology consultation phase of service. The HTA Design Partner designation is only available to those that meet stringent HTA Certification guidelines that serve as the basis for successful design collaboration and coordination with architects, builders, and interior designers. The framework for collaboration was created with the input of architects, interior designers, general contractors, and design-centric home technology integration firms and is the basis for successful design collaboration and coordination between integrators and design-build professionals. By providing these guidelines, the HTA is helping the custom integration industry by defining a code of conduct and rules of engagement that if adhered to, will help elevate the reputation of the home technology integration industry.

“Architecture and technology have never been more intertwined than today,” notes Shawn Brown of Vessel Studio, Architect, AIA. “Our design process requires the acknowledgment and integration of all systems early to help create a responsive, thoughtful, and forward-thinking approach to architecture. The HTA Design Partner program provides us the confidence to engage the right home technology integrator when we need them the most, during the design process.”

Likewise, architects, interior designers, and general contractors that handle their clients’ technology needs proactively can opt into the corresponding ‘HTA Technology Partner’ program. These forward-thinking design and build professionals understand that their clients’ safety and entertainment needs must be determined early because home technology systems affect space planning, aesthetics, and the coordination of other trades such as framing contractors, electricians, and HVAC contractors.

”When we introduced SLAs into our company, it clearly established the rules of engagement between our company and our clients. We have revolutionized our service department and this has resulted in happier clients. All expectations were clear on both sides. We need this same type of rules of engagement between integrators and design and build partners. The HTA Design / Technology Partner programs achieve this wonderfully”, says Eric Thies, President of DSI Luxury Technology.

Visit https://htacertified.org/app/articles/what-is-an-hta-design-partner/ to learn more about the HTA Design Partner program. 

Visit https://htacertified.org/app/articles/what-is-an-hta-technology-partner/ to learn more about the HTA Technology Partner program. 

About the Home Technology Association

The Home Technology Association (HTA) created the first and only standard of excellence for home technology integration firms. The HTA gives the best-qualified technology integrators a prestigious certification to differentiate these exceptional firms. HTA Certification is a badge of quality, designed to help homeowners get consistently first-rate technology experiences. Homeowners, builders, architects, and interior designers that hire HTA Certified integrators have peace of mind knowing they are working with truly professional firms that have passed the HTA’s rigorous certification process, which focuses on technical competency, first-rate customer service, aftercare support, and a positive business reputation.

The Home Technology Association is also the creator of the HTA Design Partner and HTA Technology Partner programs designed to elevate the role of qualified home technology integrators as technology design consultants that trade partners should include on all of their residential projects. In addition, the Home Technology Association actively collaborates with design and build trade associations such as AIBD, ASID, IDS, NAHB, NARI, and the NKBA. The HTA helps bridge the design and collaboration gap between the home technology integration industry and design and build professionals. This is accomplished via educational articles, webinars, classes, budgeting tools, technology assessment forms, a brand Resource Guide, and an integrator finder tool to help them incorporate technology into their projects easier. Learn more by visiting HTACertified.org and by following the Home Technology Association (HTA) on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & Pinterest.

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HTA Media Contact

For interviews or media inquiries, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com. 

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Screen Innovations Introduces All New Designer Line of Indoor and Outdoor Projection Screens

SI’s refined Solo 3 motorized projection screen cassettes blend seamlessly into indoor and outdoor environments, offering a multitude of customization, integration, and installation options.  

Austin, TX (January 16, 2023) — Screen Innovations (SI), a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, redefines big-screen home entertainment with Solo 3, a re-envisioned line of design-centered motorized projection screen cassettes that discreetly blends into surrounding indoor and outdoor environments. The clean, sharp lines of the self-contained cassette complement trending contemporary and minimalist home designs. 

Unlike most other motorized projection screen cassettes, Solo 3 is manufactured as a visually flawless unit with no typical demarcations of the end caps. Units come powder-coated in white, black, or painted to match the surrounding surface. Alternatively, when mounted above the ceiling, the entire cassette beautifully vanishes into the architecture. The new Solo 3— available in 375, 575, and 675 cassette sizes— replaces SI’s legacy 3 and 5 Series motorized projection screen lines. The stylish design attributes of Solo 3 help systems integrators appeal to the discerning tastes of clients who want an immersive, dynamic entertainment experience of a big screen that won’t compromise the interior or exterior aesthetics. 

Installation and programming ease is equally important to system integrators; the 575 and 675 Solo 3 models accomplish this, thanks in part, to the inclusion of a newly designed intelligent brain known as Moab. “Mother of all Boards,” this advanced 485-based control board enables faster programming of setpoints, rotation, and motor reset; it automates discovery and programming of keypads and remotes; and provides seamless, customizable integration with third-party control systems. 

Designed and engineered by SI, Moab features numerous inputs and outputs to support a wide range of 485-based automation and control configurations and simplify the commissioning of screen settings with other control devices such as SI keypads. Built into the eye-catching translucent housing of Moab, which may be purchased separately for programming assistance, are 485- and dry contact ports, 12-volt triggers, and IR receivers. All programming can be accomplished using Moab without a computer or software.

While Moab is tucked neatly and securely inside the Solo 3 575 and 675 motorized projection screen cassettes, systems integrators can easily access it, as well as the internal motor, cabling, and screen material, through Solo 3’s unique removable fascia. Even when the Solo 3 cassette is mounted, systems integrators can quickly access the internal components to program, level the projection fabric and readjust settings. 

Solo 3 is suitable for a wide range of applications, as the cassette accommodates SI’s many projection screen materials: This includes short-throw screen material for small spaces, Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) materials for areas illuminated by an abundance of natural and artificial light, acoustically transparent screens for concealing speakers, and twin-view which presents images on both sides of the material for a 360-degree view.

The Solo 3 cassette may be preinstalled during construction (with the cassette and tube as separate pieces); this noteworthy, deconstructed design makes the Solo 3 lighter and easier to handle, requiring less muscle, manpower, and time to install than previous models. The Solo 3 375 cassette may be powered by a rechargeable lithium battery for applications where running wires is more difficult than typical projects. The lithium battery can be charged manually via SI’s revolutionary recharging wand, or energy harvested by a forthcoming integrated solar panel for outdoor applications.

“We’ve taken the best features of our most popular motorized solutions and applied them to our signature Solo 3 motorized screen assembly,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “Thanks to all the feedback from our dealers and customers, we hit the nail on the head with this total refresh, which gives systems integrators, designers, architects, and builders an easy, effective, and revolutionary way to bring big-screen entertainment anywhere, inside or outside the home. The home entertainment trend shows no sign of slowing, and Solo 3 strives to help our dealers capitalize on this burgeoning market.” 

Where to See Screen Innovations

ISE 2023 attendees can witness the design and configuration attributes of Screen Innovations’ Solo 3 at the collaborative Technology Integration Partners exhibit, Stand #2K500. It joins SI’s other design-forward projection screen solutions, including legacy favorites Black Diamond, Zero-G and FlexGlass. Systems integrators can learn more about SI’s complete line of residential and commercial shade and screen solutions at www.screeninnovations.com

About Screen Innovations

Innovative shades & projection screens, making life beautiful, convenient & fun

Dedicated to developing the most innovative and design-forward projection screens, window coverings, and outdoor shading and screen solutions for home and corporate environments, Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds every product it sells in its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Always putting the customer first, SI listens, learns, and delivers a wide variety of design-forward products, services, and online tools. Committed to doing its part to limit the company’s impact on the environment, SI follows LEAN manufacturing principles and monitors production processes closely to minimize waste wherever possible. For more information about SI please visit screeninnovations.com and follow the company on social media platforms Facebook @screen innovations, Twitter @SIScreens, Instagram @siscreens, and LinkedIn screen-innovations.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or more information please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

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Screen Innovations Shortens Lead Times and Streamlines Projection Screen Installations with Innovative, Time-Saving Designs

SI’s commitment to its global network of systems integrators is demonstrated through enhanced service and support; quick, efficient delivery of products, and revolutionary refinements to indoor and outdoor projection screens. 

AUSTIN, TX (January 16, 2023) — Committed to delivering the best products, technology, and services to its global integration reseller community of projection screens, Screen Innovations (SI) enters 2023 laser-focused on several key initiatives for continual growth, advancement, and leadership as a premier provider of projection screens for myriad applications.  

Always striving to make integrators’ jobs as simple and lucrative as possible, SI has refined and streamlined its procedures, policies, and resources across all departments, tightened up quality control, and strengthened its sales, service, and support teams to overcome ongoing global supply chain issues and shorten product lead times significantly. Thanks to these improvements, integrators and specifiers can rely on SI to stock and ship the products they need when they need them. No matter what phase a job is in, integrators have quick easy access to the right solutions and the right time to complete near- and long-term projects efficiently and profitably.  

“We recognize the hardships integrators have faced and continue to wade through during questionable economic times and have revamped the way we do business to support them with the kinds of solutions and services they need for their businesses to prosper, be it a screen cassette customized for a unique application, assistance selecting the appropriate material, or an expedited shipment of products,” says Screen Innovations CEO Ryan Gustafson. “We listen to our dealers and pay attention to shifts in the market to evolve and align our strategies appropriately for integrators to grow their commercial and residential businesses in 2023.”  

Demonstrating SI’s extreme attention to detail and the versatility of its product line is a new design-focused motorized screen cassette for both indoor and outdoor entertainment applications. The addition of SI’s new Solo 3 rounds out the company’s comprehensive portfolio of screen solutions, which includes industry favorites such as its high-performance Ambient Light Rejecting screen material Black Diamond, levitating motorized screen Zero-G and rollable, flexible screen material FlexGlass. 

ISE 2023 attendees are invited to see SI’s commercial and residential motorized screens and learn how to become an SI dealer or reseller at Stand #2K500 and visit screeninnovations.com

About Screen Innovations

Innovative shades & projection screens, making life beautiful, convenient & fun

Dedicated to developing the most innovative and design-forward projection screens, window coverings, and outdoor shading and screen solutions for home and corporate environments, Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds every product it sells in its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Always putting the customer first, SI listens, learns, and delivers a wide variety of design-forward products, services, and online tools. Committed to doing its part to limit the company’s impact on the environment, SI follows LEAN manufacturing principles and monitors production processes closely to minimize waste wherever possible. For more information about SI please visit screeninnovations.com and follow the company on social media platforms Facebook @screen innovations, Twitter @SIScreens, Instagram @siscreens, and LinkedIn screen-innovations.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or more information please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

WALL-SMART Custom Flush Wall Mounts Help Builders Blend Apple’s Newest iPad Tablets into Luxury Homes

As penetration rates of Apple iPad tablets climb and new iterations are quickly introduced, WALL-SMART keeps pace by customizing new wall mount solutions for the newest models.  

Las Vegas Nevada (January 4, 2023) – Home technology is more popular than ever before, and helping leverage consumer adoption is the Apple iPad. According to research firm Statista, as of February 2021, approximately 53% of adults in the U.S. owned at least one tablet, with Apple’s uber-popular iPad leading the way. With the release of Apple’s latest iterations, homeowners may be struggling with the clutter of mobile devices on tabletops and counters. Recognizing the need for a more convenient, aesthetically pleasing storage option, multi-award-winning manufacturer WALL-SMART has developed an entire line of wall mounts customized for various generations of the iPad, including the new iPad 10; iPad Pro 11, 4th generation; iPad Pro 12.9, 6th generation; and iPad Air, 5th generation.  

The new design- and installation-friendly selection of Flush Wall Mounts for Apple iPads recesses the device flush with the wall surface. Builders, architects, designers, and systems integrators can now blend these ubiquitous mobile devices beautifully into the home environment where they won’t clash with the interior design, clutter coffee tables, or go misplaced. From one convenient, secure location, users have access to all their favorite applications. The tablet can be easily inserted and removed from the mount and a built-in USB adapter keeps it fully charged. 

Available in the WALL-SMART iPad portfolio, are wall mounts with/out an audio grille for installation in drywall during construction, wall mounts with bezels for retrofit applications, and wall mounts for installation in solid surfaces like marble, wood, and concrete. With so many choices, the design/build community now has a way to render a popular piece of technology into a complementary design element.  

“One of WALL-SMART’s primary objectives is to provide the design and build community with attractive mounting solutions for smart home products soon after they are released. Once a product is launched, we too go to work to customize a special mounting solution for it, paying close attention to every detail to ensure an exceptional fit and finish within all types of home environments and without any compromise of the device’s functionality or performance. Our evolving line of iPad mounts is a reflection of this commitment,” says WALL-SMART Co-CEO and Founder Galia Ben-Dor. “We think every home should be as beautiful as it is smart, and our flush mounts for iPad tablets adhere to this core WALL-SMART philosophy.” 

Like all WALL-SMART design-forward mounting solutions, the iPad mounts are constructed of moisture-resistant, chemically treated MDF and install similarly to that of any drywall application. In addition to drywall and plaster, the mounts can be recessed into solid surfaces including concrete, brick, wood, marble, glass, and metal. This flexibility of installation allows integrators to install smart home controls where they can be conveniently accessed regardless of the wall surface. The mount can be oriented vertically or horizontally for even greater installation flexibility, and its bezel or trim can be painted to match the wall surface.

Where to See WALL-SMART

IBS 2023 attendees can see WALL-SMART’s Flush Wall Mount for the newly released Apple iPad 10 and other models, as well as mounts customized for keypads, touchscreens, surveillance cameras, Wi-Fi access points, soundbars, and more at Booth W2264. To learn more about WALL-SMART’s complete portfolio of innovative mounting hardware and view instructional installation videos, go to .wall-smart.com

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About WALL-SMART Ltd.

WALL-SMART is the leading designer and manufacturer of custom flush ceiling and wall mounts for high-end home electronic devices, including tablets, touchscreens, Wi-Fi access points, security cameras, voice assistants, and more. Dedicated to providing cutting-edge, creative, and cost-effective concealment solutions for technology in new and existing homes, WALL-SMART inspires homes that are both technically advanced and exceptionally beautiful. A wide range of products, combined with simple installation, and fast, hassle-free worldwide shipping, positions WALL-SMART as a valuable smart home resource for home systems integrators, home builders and contractors, architects, and designers. 

WALL-SMART Media Contact: 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications email: katye@kmbcomm.com 

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