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Digital Signage Design Help

Digital Signage Design Tips

Your digital signage can include various elements, but the trick is to not overwhelm your visitors with too many options. You want them to be able to focus on something that catches their eye—some intriguing content that makes them stop and pay attention.

Once you have the person’s attention, your digital display should offer interesting content—some helpful information that answers questions and improves their life—something related to what your business already does.

After you’ve pulled the person this far along in the design, it’s time for the call to action. There should almost always be something you want your visitors to do once they are looking at your display. A good contrasting color should be used to highlight the call to action. You might ask them to follow you on Facebook or maybe even make a purchase.

In the following example, the colors of the calls to action really stand out. It’s a beautiful display that’s not too overwhelming. The information is straightforward, the design is pleasant, and the calls to action are easy to see.

 

Read more:

http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2013/10105/the-ultimate-guide-to-getting-started-with-digital-signage#ixzz3uL5L4HRB

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How Local Businesses Can Use Digital Signage

People are always going to the grocery store, the bank, and many other places located right next to their homes, offices, and recreational areas. As those people visit their local businesses, they are often faced with questions and decisions, and they’re curious about offerings.

Digital signage can give your local customers what they’re looking for as they shop and look for something that will make their day better. A digital display can act as a salesperson, or it can simply be entertainment for people waiting their turn in line.

If you own a local business, the ways you can use digital signage to accomplish your goals are many. The displays are flexible, giving you the ability to control what is displayed, when it’s displayed, and how it’s displayed to your customers.

As you prepare to make the decision about digital signage for your company, here are the basics for getting started with digital displays, including some tips on how to effectively use your new display to sell to the people walking through your door.

 

Read more:

http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2013/10105/the-ultimate-guide-to-getting-started-with-digital-signage#ixzz3uL7NAdQz

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Digital Signage Marketing Tips

The marketing strategy for every business is be different. Nevertheless, your digital signage marketing strategy should adhere to a few key principles:

Firstly, understand that the sales process with a new visitor takes longer than just asking for the sale. Depending on your business, you likely need to foster a relationship with a new customer. Think about doing so with your digital display. Offer some content about the service, about your business, and even about the people working at your business. That approach helps build affinity, before you ask for the sale with a call to action.

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Second, remember to set goals for your display. Just putting up some information about your business and including some social media icons is easy. But you need to go into the process with an idea of what you want the display to accomplish. Knowing that will help with the creation of the design and the setup. You’ll have a guiding goal that really makes the decisions for you.

Finally, you have to keep the display fresh. If you have repeat customers, you’ll want to keep them interested with new content. You don’t want someone visiting three, four, or more times and seeing the same content each time. Even if you have new customers visiting all the time you’ll want to add fresh content to keep up with the changes at your business.

Build affinity, keep things fresh, and adhere to your goals. Those are the three key marketing principles for digital signage.

Read more: http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2013/10105/the-ultimate-guide-to-getting-started-with-digital-signage#ixzz3uL61KFwD

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Predictions For Digital Signage In 2016

Its that time of year again when the team at L Squared looks ahead to the trends expected in the next twelve months.

Digital Signage, as a marketing channel, is no longer the unknown little sister of web, email and social marketing. Powerful new technologies, like the L Squared Hub CMS, brings multiple advertising and marketing channels together to offer targeted information at the right times.

Next year will be a time when marketing and HR staff adopt, en mass, digital signage CMS tools to promote customer and employee facing messages with the most possible impact.

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The proliferation of centrally managed digital sign networks displayed on the shop floor, in offices and public spaces has the led to an explosion of interaction. Since consumers’ needs drive business, digital software marketers will face the big 2016 challenge of optimizing their brand’s influence at point of purchase.

Interaction with digital posters and signs will continue to explode in offices and other corporate buildings throughout 2016. Use of signs as an employee engagement and education tools is on the rise as HR and Communications teams harness digital signage content management software.

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Digital Signage In Full Swing Over The Holidays

Digital signage and the holiday retail workforce surge

We are now in the most scrutinized period of retail each year. The “holiday season” is upon us. Just a few years ago this period didn’t start until “Black Friday,” but in today’s world it starts the minute you put away the spider webs and pumpkins of Halloween. And for retail HR and training teams it actually starts as early as September.

That’s when they start hiring the extra staff to handle the holiday business rush. Large retailers (those with more than 100,000 employees) will surge as much as 40 to 50 percent in the hourly associates they employee during the holidays. This is good for the economy and helps a lot of people. But it is full of challenges too.

Think about your own workplace: When a new person starts, they have to learn the systems you use, the practices and policies you follow and where the washroom is located. What if you suddenly had 50 new co-workers all starting the same day?

In addition to the volume of new hires, the typical large retail location has more than 100,000 different product SKUs. Training on policies, systems and the product mix are all important to associate success. This is what our friends in retail are faced with each year.

Most retailers have a conundrum to face — they could give the new hire a large binder of information and direct them to read the information. But in the hourly workforce, you need to pay people when they are doing work-related activities. It is difficult and not practical to send people home to learn and have to track hours. So new hires need to undertake this learning in the store. And forget about giving a millennial new hire a notebook to read. This is not how they learn. They learn by viewing and experiencing. You need to provide a way for these new team members to “watch their way to knowledge.”

I submit that the successful retailers will use this as an opportunity to build engagement within their entire workforce, not just the seasonal hires. The successful retailer will create a practice where new hires are given a place to view information in an “on-demand” fashion. They can take the time they need to watch and re-watch content until they feel they have achieved mastery — then go out on the show floor with a “mentor” and experience what they have learned. By giving the new hire a chance to watch some material in advance, they turn the time with a mentor into a workshop experience rather than just a knowledge transfer. The retailer can provide consistent instruction at all locations by using digital signage to play recorded training videos from the home office. Then the local mentors can work with the new hire to talk about how local variances help achieve greater success. This mentoring relationship will build engagement within the workforce and provide a greater level of energy and improved customer service.

The next time you are in your favorite retailer and one of their associates is helping you find something or helping you check out, ask them about their experience as they joined the team at that store. Judge for yourself whether they are engaged and ready to support a culture of success.

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Leveraging Digital Signage This Holiday Season

While the holiday season brings us cheer, it also brings a lot of stress for consumers and is without a doubt the busiest time of the year for retailers.

While consumers want to make the most of their time and shopping experience, the crowded malls and long line ups tend to get in the way of that.

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The holidays are the time of year when retailers need to go the extra mile to get the attention of consumers, with hundreds of brands all competing for their attention. Consumers are more connected than ever before, as such their expectations have risen. Building an in-store experiences that takes this into account is key and digital signage is a great way to build that engaging experience.

Digital signs can be used throughout the day to interact with shoppers and educate them on products, while adding to their shopping experience. Retailers can include holiday themed videos, music, interactive games and product messaging can be incorporated into their digital signage. The great thing about digital signage is that the messages they display can easily be changed.

The content displayed on digital signage is key to building interest and engagement. A great way to make use of them is having them spread throughout the store, with messages encouraging shoppers to take advantage of any promotions or product offerings currently available.

Digital signage has proven to be a great way to reduce the perceived amount of time that shoppers spend waiting to carry out their transactions. Long checkout lines are simply unavoidable during the holiday shopping season. More often than not, it seems as though we’re spending more time waiting in line to check out, rather than actually shopping.

Shoppers like to be efficient, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Digital signage can be leveraged to entertain customers while they wait in line. If you’re kept busy while in line, it won’t seem as though you’ve there as long. Restaurants can also take advantage of this by having their holiday menu items in the spotlight through digital signage. When customers are in line thinking of what to order, they will have these items on their mind and will likely order them to indulge in the holiday treats!

As long as you have the right content to work with to create an immersive experience for customers, digital signage can go a long way. Be sure to take advantage this holiday season!

 

Sources:

http://www.digitalsignagetoday.com/blogs/how-digital-signage-can-reduce-perceived-wait-times-and-help-keep-shoppers-sane-over-the-holidays/

http://www.digitalsignagetoday.com/articles/why-you-need-to-put-digital-signage-at-the-top-of-your-christmas-list/

 

How to Win with Retrofitting

Why Retrofitting Digital Signage Saves Big Money

We come across a fair number of customers who already have some kind of electronic LCD’s or Televisions installed in their business. Maybe they use them for information, maybe they use them for entertainment. Either way, at some point, they realized or decided that enhancing the screen into Digital Signage made better business sense than how they are currently being used.

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 Banks, Retailers, Hospitals, Schools and Plants are prime locations where TV’s can easily be converted. 

This article is designed to advise such customers who have already invested in some type of LCD or TV screen in the past, that the option to simply retrofit might be a huge savings winner and really help accelerate your company ROI  around Digital Signage.

But first, let’s set the context on why this makes sense.

Business Case:

Most Enterprise and reliable Digital Signage involves three (3) components:

1) Software

2) Hardware

3) Set-Up, Support and Updates

Step 3 is more of a formality and is often blended into the License cost of the software or some professional services fee. But looking at Step 1, we explore the Software; most often represented “as a service”. You purchase or acquire a license to the software which might include some kind of Support, Updates, Hosting and Program Access. In Digital Signage, this is a per unit cost (unit referring to a Media Player / small Pc). Costs can range from .50 cents a day per player up to $4.00.

Next up is Step 2, the Hardware. Once you find a software that you like, feel comfortable with and matches your business goals, it becomes time to look at the capital part of the project. Hardware for Digital Signage usually involves an LCD/LED Screen, a small PC (Media Player in the industry) and some kind of mounting structure (like wall or ceiling). The whole purpose of this article was to demonstrate an excellent way to cut costs in hardware while upgrading or implementing very functional software. Here’s how:

Most Digital Signage companies (at least the top 50 in the world) all have a certain media player they standardize on. It’s been tried and tested. Think of it like car manufacturers. Jaguar doesn’t use Toyota engines and Ford doesn’t use Volkswagen. But they all might have a V6, so the engines are similar. It’s the same for Media Players in the Digital Signage industry. It’s recommended to just stick with what your provider suggests (as long as it’s under $500 USD.. but that’s another Blog!).

That leaves your screen and your mount. In many cases, a customer might have installed a screen in the last 4-5 years. In many cases, the screens have not been overused. They might look a little dated, but otherwise turn on and off perfectly. And that brings us to the heart of the matter. When your company is looking to move forward with Digital Signage, do your best to try and save any existing screens you might have. Don’t be fooled. As long as the TV has an HDMI input and is 1080P,  it should handle any media player that you throw on the back or slide in. The screen itself is usually the highest single item cost, and if the company ego can squeeze a couple more years out of existing screens, you create a real ROI case for yourself.

If you’re not sure about your screen, you have two options: either get a chair and look behind (or take a pic of the model # and google it, or ask a service provider or vendor to make a recommendation.

Obviously any vendor would like to increase the sale with additional hardware and thousands in tv costs. But most software vendors focus on the software, and will (or should) be doing their best to make what you have work. And then, you have the option of replacing screens either as they die, or in small batch sections (either based on geography or department).

In the case of L Squared, we often ship the media players out, have our install team retrofit them to existing screens, connect to the network and are off and running in no time.

If you are not sure how to proceed, or if what advise you should be getting, please reach out to an L Squared rep and one of our Project Managers will always spare a few minutes to discuss anything on your mind.

Stay tuned for our next blog on: How long should I plan before making a decision!

Sales@lsquared.com or Bnacu@lsquared,com

 

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How Digital Signage makes a HUGE difference in Business

As a global Digital Signage company, we have a number of large, commercial B2B clients across the globe. For years, they have spent time and energy looking to improve results in almost any area of the business.  In recent years, the focus has been particularly around employee behaviours and communications.

It was too easy to see that Digital Screens made a tremendous impact on customers in public settings. But stakeholders needed to break new ground through internal optimization as well, no matter what industry they happended to be in. Whether it was healthcare, education or just good ole manufacturing, the questions were the same:

 How do you engage non-salaried or low-salaried staff to love their job, believe in the company vision and bring their best on a consistent basis. Tall order?

Well, modern business practices don’t think so.

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TOP 5 Reasons Digital Signage makes a Difference: 

The consistency in the conversation is not limited to any one industry sector. It exists as much in retail and education as it does in corporate and manufacturing. Here is a list of top 5 differences Digital Signage can make and comments from leading Senior Executives:

1) Control Content from any desk or computer

That means you no longer need to overstress on creating, printing and distributing company news to multiple locations on multiple occasions. HR, Operations or Marketing can manage screens from their office or from home. Not to mention it free’s up valuable walk time (up to 80 hrs. / year per person in some companies). Especially with reporting documentation.

2) Employees have moved past the Paper World

Whether we like it or not, technology is the dominating source of most of our information. Using smartphones, computers and social media has shifted how we consume information for ever. You were thinking of printing the latest production reports or benefits changes? Think Again… Digital Signage makes the access and enablement of information a Digital Experience that can traverse social, mobile, email and on-site communications.

3) Get everyone in on the Action

Digital Signage isn’t restricted to HR or just Marketing. The software can be learned and controlled by multiple departments and almost any employee. In fact, we have 100 million dollar customers where the Front Reception is the content / schedule manager. We also have customers where the Operations, HR, and Safety staff use the same program to run different screens with different messages. What you see in the Hospital Employee lounge might be be very different from the Shop Floor or the School Corridor.

4) Real Time Updates 

No matter how trendy or over-used the word “real-time” is, it doesn’t change the fact that in business, real-time information is very important. The ability to display reports from any department, process or 3rd party software (in most cases) is invaluable. Whether it’s local weather or an ERP production, error or waste report, Digital Signage is a live, connected and reliable method for the basis of all future employee communications.

5) Dynamic Content makes a difference 

No matter how you slice it, the human eye is attracted to movement and creativity. Instead of simply printing or using a USB with 40 pages of power points, let Digital Signage break up a Screen into multiple sections (frames) with content for everyone. Some staff love the news, while others are more process oriented. Sometimes, a benefit change or HR BBQ can make the world of difference. Also, it never hurts to throw in live videos, humour and internal content from your own teams.

In the end, Digital Signage is the internal corporate reflection of how you operate as a business. It’s a powerful extension of your processes and culture. Use it to be machine that drives ambition, motivates the team, and engages the challenging.

For more info on Digital Signage, see this easy to understand video below:

How Digital Signage Works

 Contact our Sales team for any demo’s, RFP’s or Proposals or suggestions on how to create a great program without breaking the bank.

Sales@Lsquared.com

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Webinar: How To Make Money From Digital Signage Creative

Join Dave Haynes, Digital Signage veteran and Founder/Editor of the internationally acclaimed Sixteen:Nine blog, as he walks integrators and solutions providers through innovative new creative services within the Signage space.

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Digital signage projects always need fresh creative. Learn how to get closer to full service offerings which clients and partners in today’s digital screen market place!

This complimentary class will be held on: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 – 1:00 PM ET / 11 AM PT

Dave and the team will show you how to get better creative for Digital Signage without adding headcount or hassle:

* Discover new ways to sell and deliver high quality creative for digital signage clients, at very low costs.
* Learn about the new Spotomate service which helps make it possible to produce agency-grade video ads for a fraction of traditional agency costs.
* Choose the ways you want to innovate: – Do It Yourself or Do It For You.

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About Spotomate

Spotomate is a purpose-designed creative portal for companies that make digital signage networks happen for clients in North America and globally.

Spotomate works with signage solutions providers and integrators to deliver high quality but low cost creative for end-users. The company’s digital signage eco-system customers re-sell Spotomate services at margins that start at 33% – in a business where much of what gets sold is at single-digit margins.

About Sixteen:Nine

Sixteen:Nine publishes digital signage industry news, commentary and analysis. The blog was created by well known journalist, critic and tech enthusiast Dave Haynes and reaches tens of thousands of Marketing, Creative, IT, Tech, Operations, and AV pros across the world.

One of the biggest titles within the fast-growing Digital Signage space, Sixteen:Nine delivers expert opinion, reviews and interviews for a global audience.

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How HR Pros ​Can Use Digital Signs To Better Communicate With Employees

Join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 1pm ET to discover new ways HR, Admin and leaders are using Digital Signage to motivate and communicate with employees and stakeholders.

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Historically, organizations have focused their technology investment around “systems of record,” such as ERP, BI, and CRM to handle foundational business requirements. Today, this investment is moving towards “systems of engagement” with customers, employees and partners.

Understand how your employer brand can grow with simple targeted screen messaging.

Digital screen technology helps organizations to attract, engage and interact with employees and customers. You will walk away with a concrete plan to begin to strengthen your company’s corporate communications right away!

1pm EDT, April 15

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This L Squared webinar is your opportunity to ensure that everyone at your company understands how digital signs, kiosks, wayfinding and posters are providing companies with powerful new ways to present content and drive results:

  • Engage and educate employees with real time, interactive digital displays
  • Improve corporate communications
  • Enhance employee morale
  • Promote health and safety initiatives
  • Provide an effective system for emergency messaging
  • Entertain clients waiting in your lobby