Digital signage used at an office is meant to do one of two things…
First, it’s meant to elicit some sort of action. Whether to follow a simple map to a specific office, follow the company on social media, or make a mental note regarding an upcoming event, the goal is to get the viewer to take a specific action.
Second, digital signs are meant to engage and inform passersby, or those individuals dwelling around the display. You have their attention, why not keep it with news, information, or entertainment!
But you’re probably wondering:
“What exactly should I display on my digital signs to elicit action or engage these individuals?
There has to be other things to showcase besides a simple photo slideshow and the weather forecast, right?!”
Your digital signage software is usually only bound by the designers imagination. But if you’re having trouble coming up with unique ideas, Arreya has you covered.
Click below for an infographic to help you come up with new ideas for your digital signage display.
You’re collecting donations for a fantastic improvements to your hospital or school – a new facility, better equipment or a program to be offered. It’s a grand project that every donor will be proud of, but don’t forget the donor recognition.
According to Helen Arnold of Arnold Olson Associates, your organization should plan for donor recognition early and don’t get stuck having to collect more donations after the project is paid in full to create a beautiful tribute.
How much of the total campaign should be used for a donor wall?
From the time you call for building project estimates, plan to add about 8-14% to your project cost for donor recognition. This will depend on the size of the project, but a large portion of the cost should be used for a physical tribute to your donors. Arnold says that planning too late can cause pushback from committee members.
Is the donor wall going to be for a single project, or will it be a “living wall” that your organization will continue to add to?
If the donor recognition wall will need continuous additions for later donations, consider the cost of adding names after the project is completed. Decide at what level donors will be honored with a physical element on the creative design, and at what level their name or company will be added to a digital donor list.
With a living wall, you can count on at least a yearly expense for additions. However, once the design is complete and the donor recognition piece is installed, future donations will bring down the initial percentage of donations the goes toward the project.
Is there a minimum donation amount that is worth spending extra money for an additional physical component to the design?
A digital donor list can be updated with ease, and is worth adding donors for just $5 – $10. Your organization board members can decide if donations of more than $1,000 or $10,000 are worthy of sending the information to your signage company for physical elements to be created and added. Very generous donors can have rooms or buildings named after them.
The amount of money chosen for the addition of artistic components for a donor recognition display may depend on the average donation, and how much it costs to make the additions. You won’t want to spend $20 to honor a $25 donation.
Ignoring Donor Recognition Could Cost You
Many donors give to leave a legacy, and recognition is important. If they don’t feel appreciated, or their loved one is not properly memorialized in your project, they may look for other causes for future funds. Reversely, if a donor recognition display speaks to a visitor, and they have an interest in your cause, they may see donating as an opportunity to be part of something.
If you have questions about donor recognition display design and fabrication, contact Arreya Digital Signage Suite, a division of Presentations, Inc. at 319-294-6671.
Versatility – Digital signage can blend with the display that surrounds it, or be a stand-alone piece.
Immediate Updates – You can add new names to your digital donor display in seconds. Even if you plan to add the name to a physical donor wall, it buys you time to make updates every 6-12 months.
Cost Effective – Once the hardware and software is in place, you can make changes to the display without any further expenses.
Recognize More People – If you want to list $5-$10 donations there is nothing stopping you. All you have to do is add the name to the digital list versus having donor plaques manufactured.
Get Creative – Your digital donor display can be as simple, or as creative and complex as you want to make it. That depends on the design skills of the people maintaining the display, or if you have the initial design created professionally.
Tell a Story – Iowa Methodist implements Arreya for an Organ and Tissue Donor Recognition Wall, and they use the digital signage component to tell the stories of more than 70 heros. Donor stories can easily be added to digital display.
Interactive Displays – Draw visitors into your display with buttons and pages that they can explore, while telling the story of your mission and cause. Allow them to interact with the touchscreen display and learn more about why they should donate.
Increase Donations – On the spot donations can be made with digital kiosks. Credit card processing or pledge forms to be filled out instantly or a link can be emailed to visitors.
Increase Engagement – By adding videos, social media and award announcements you increase the visitor counts to your donor wall. Periodic updates keep the content fresh and ensure recurring visits from prospective donors.
It’s Easy – If you find the right digital signage platform, making and publishing changes is just a click of a few buttons.
The need to keep employees who are on the road, traveling or working from home informed with the latest company information, leaves many companies in a bind, but Arreya offers the perfect answer for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) digital communications.
One company utilizing Arreya is Linn Star Transfer, a national delivery and installation company. Linn Star has streamlined communications, human resources, and even compliance training for truckers by adding television screens in their conference rooms and iPhones for over-the-road drivers.
Increased Adoption of Employee Owned Devices Being Used
In 2016, it is estimated that 38% of companies allowed company information to be accessed on personal devices. By 2018, it is expected that 70% of professionals will conduct business on their personally owned smart devices, nearly doubling BYOD use in just 2 years.
Arreya was developed specifically with the BYOD platform in mind. Companies that needed an affordable way to communicate and market with the growing digital trend, but could not afford to change the infrastructure of devices they were already using at their offices or wanted to add digital signage for the first time.
Communications Was a Problem For Transport Company
Linn Star Transfer is a company that offers delivery and installation services across the national for such companies as GE. Having drivers spread across the United States, the company, previous to integrating Arreya, was sending an HR employee to the drivers, or have them gather in central locations to watch training videos and update them on the newest human resources policies.
Linn Star Communicates Across the Country
130 Independent Contractors
Arreya Digital Brings the Solution to Employees Anywhere
Linn Star created a private Arreya channel that is only viewed by employees through a password protected website. The channel was activated more than 3 years ago, and has proven to be a versatile mode of communication for the company.
Many Uses for BYOD Solutions:
Human resource policy updates instantly
Training videos to keep employees informed or compliant with regulations
Calendar of events or deadlines
Paperless employee communication without bombarding workers with emails
BYOD is a Cost-Savings Option
According to Bruce Melick – Vice President of Finance/IT at Linn Star Transfer, “the company’s Arreya subscription has absolutely been a cost-saving piece of their technology.” Upgrading internal office signage without buying expensive proprietary screens or devices, and allowing employees and independent contractors access to information at the tip of their fingers has been beneficial in saving valuable time and resources.
Whether you have 20 employees or 20,000, Unlike other digital signage suppliers that use proprietary hardware that charge per device, Arreya is ready to connect and inform through the BYOD platform, at no extra cost. As a company, you cannot buy each of your employees signage players or proprietary devices. However, you are likely investing in laptops, cellular phones or tablets for the employees who work outside of the office anyway, and they can be used to share information with BYOD solutions.
Employees and Companies Benefit from Using BYOD
On a worldwide scale, employees like using a single device for personal and corporate purposes, and productivity goes up when companies offer that option. If employees can flip seamlessly to a work alerts and emails to personal business, they tend to spend more time on work, and productivity increases. In fact, studies have shown that workers who use a single device for work and personal use end up working an extra 30 minutes per day on average (that’s 600 minutes per month.) However, they don’t notice the extra hours put in because they are more connected to family and social circles while they work.
Protecting Security of Company Information
With employees using their own devices, there are always security issues if your company information is on a non-secure site. With Arreya, you can set up usernames and passwords for employees who access the information on personal computers and cellphones. This protects your private or proprietary information, while allowing employees the freedom to work from anywhere. It also tracks who is logging in and how long.
BYOD is Everywhere
With Arreya – you bring your own device, and simply provide a link to your display, and employees can view the latest messaging on their tablet or cellphone at home, in the airport, or anywhere. Your signage display can also be managed from any computer, anywhere, making it possible for changes to be made in an instant.
If you have questions about Arreya Digital Signage Suite, contact us at 319-294-6671.
Shopping for the right digital signage software becoming a nightmare? One minute you’re impressed with what the signage will do, and the next you are are discouraged by the price to manage all 25 or your displays. The monthly fees look acceptable until you read the fine print.
Beware the Digital Signage Software Loopholes
Proprietary Hardware Sticks it to Ya
Many companies create digital signage players that are proprietary to their company and only works with their software. By the time you spend $200-$800 each player, and add a player to every screen that you have running content, the equipment cost to get started is prohibitive. If you can afford the hardware expense, when you get the screens running after such an investment, you just hope that everything works seamlessly, because you are already in too deep to switch companies, and can’t use the equipment for anything else.
Proprietary hardware is built to ensure that the software and the screen work together to show your display. If the hardware is outdated, and they upgrade software, you may have to replace your hardware to make sure the platform continues to work.
You don’t need a media player to make content for digital signage when you subscribe to Arreya Digital Signage Suite. The developers of Arreya Digital Signage Suite, wrote the software to take care of all the update, and out-date issues that you have with proprietary hardware. You can use most smart TV’s or computer monitors, tablets and phones to show your Arreya content directly from your subscription.
You can add a Chromebit or Chromebox for the best experience and cache content for when your internet connection is down. For better control of displays, add Chrome Device Management along with Arreya and you can manage all your digital signage content and hardware remotely.
Cost Per Screen vs. Channel Pricing
A cost per screen payment structure may be great if you have one screen to display digital signage on, but if you have 3 or more screens the costs can quickly get out of control. If your organization is relying on signage for communications, rather than building ROI, it may not make sense to pay per screen.
For instance, hospitals and schools are great places for digital signage, but the signs won’t make more money. In this case, spending more money per screen may not be feasible. With Arreya Digital Signage Suite, if you are showing the same content on multiple devices, you only pay one monthly subscription fee for a channel.
Lack of Tech Support Leaves You Hanging
If you are paying monthly fees for your signage, you want a great looking display that works most of the time, and is easy to manage. If you need help troubleshooting your digital signage and the digital signage company you are using is unresponsive, you will spend a lot of time trying to fix what may be simple, or may need fixing at the software level. Arreya techs will always make sure your issues are solved, whether it is on our end, or making suggestions about what your own IT department may do to affect your display.
Signage Design and Management Imbalance
It seems like if digital signage has an intuitive management platform, the design editor is complex – or the opposite is true. You want beautiful signage that is created easily and set live in seconds, and that is what we strive to achieve. When you subscribe to Arreya Digital Signage Suite, you don’t need an IT person and a graphic designer both on the project. You just need somebody who can design and is computer literate to make great signage displays.
Arreya was created by the end user for the end user. It brings together all the tools you need to create dynamic digital signage. No other software does this like Arreya. The platform is so comprehensive and intuitive that we decided to offer it to other sign companies, electronic hardware companies and managed solutions providers on a reseller basis. It’s digital signage software that just makes sense.
For more information about using Arreya in your organization or becoming a reseller, contact us at 319-294-6671.
That old signage or outdated kiosk might need a little facelift to transport it into this decade. Presentations, Inc. and their software, Arreya Digital Signage Solutions, recently breathed new life into the Rock Island Arsenal Kiosk at the Quad Cities Airport while keeping the bones of the display in tact. A lot has changed in both areas of signage in the past 10 years – design and technology. The addition of digital signage or better
digital signage capabilities into your display will be eye-catching and invite interaction from visitors. Check out the full digital display.
Larger Screens With Touch Capabilities and More
Kiosk screen technology has made strides since 2007 when the Rock Island Arsenal kiosk was first built. Back then, any small screen would draw visitors to interact. It was something not every display incorporated. Now people expect interactive devices of all sizes at their fingertips.
Originally, a small interactive screen was placed at each end of the Rock Island Arsenal kiosk . 3 years ago, Presentations upgraded the players to a newer digital signage media player and software, but they were often unreliable and eventually stopped working altogether.
At this point it was time for a complete signage makeover. Working within the initial structure, Presentations removed the small monitors from the ends and added 42″ portrait touchscreens to the sides.
Content Management is Easier than Ever
The content for this display is created and managed through Arreya and the hardware is managed with Chrome Device Management. Now that the digital signage templates and content are available, it is updated by the client and is fully interactive with videos, live feed and history information about Rock Island Arsenal. There is so much amazing content and so many interactive components that can be used in digital signage, and Arreya makes it easy with widgets and an intuitive design editor. There is no need for coding on this platform.
Chrome Device Management – Insurance that Displays Will Work
Arreya Digital Signage Suite is a Google Cloud Partner. It’s platform works perfectly with all Chrome devices and the hardware meets all of the expectations for content creation (even touchscreen capabilities,) handles information from the cloud seamlessly, and offers Chrome Device Management (CDM). CDM allows devices health to be monitored and sends messages when devices are down, all while you manage all of your devices from one central computer or account.
Change is Inevitable, No Matter the Industry
Just like the Rock Island Arsenal has documented military arsenal changes throughout history, digital signage has changed significantly in the short 10 years since this project originated. Until you look back at projects like Rock Island Arsenal, you don’t realize how much technology and signage design have matured.
If your company or organization has an old kiosk or digital signage that needs a facelift and some fresh digital solutions, contact us at 319-294-6671.
There is no one size fits all answer when it comes to multiple screen signage displays. If you’re starting from scratch with brand new screens, you can make your digital signage management a seamless process by purchasing the right equipment and hardware.
When it comes to multiple screen displays, there are several scenarios to consider when you are implementing digital signage.
A Complete Plan for Success
Arreya software is an easy fit for multiple display projects. It can be sized to fit any configuration all within 1 channel. Where multi-screen installations go wrong is with the hardware. To implement a multi-screen digital display, thoroughly thought out hardware should be planned prior to purchase. problems arise when screens have been purchased and installed without prior thought to configuration, orientation, interactivity or even dynamic content.
Not all hardware is created equal when it comes to multiple screen displays. While sometimes it’s as easy as purchasing an extra piece of hardware, others can take hours or weeks of troubleshooting only to come up with imperfect results.
Once you know what capabilities your screens will need and how many will be in the display, you can test Arreya software with a free 30 day trial. Arreya offers you the capability to span as many screens as you need, as long as the screens can be set in a configuration that allows them to share data.
Shop for hardware that fits all your needed criteria. Buy and test all hardware prior to installation. Since Arreya is agnostic, it works with most hardware. As a Chrome Partner, Arreya recommends Chrome devices because they provide easy integration for most displays, even if you’re seeking touchscreen capabilities.
The Latest and Greatest
If you are starting from scratch with digital signage, Arreya is a great fit. Our technical support team can assist you in finding the best hardware for the exact scenario you are hoping to create, and even test it so you know it will work.
Multi-screen display side by side with portrait positioning
Multi-screen display side by side with landscape positioning
Multi-screen stacked on top with landscape positioning
Multi-screen stacked on top with portrait positioning
Five or more screens tiled on one wall
Double Screens with the bottom tablet being a touchscreen that controls the larger screen
Any of these scenarios can become complex if you don’t research the capabilities of the screens that you are buying before you make the purchase. A commercial grade TV screen or computer monitor will more likely provide options to sync up the display with ease, but make sure the ones you buy are meant for 24/7 commercial installations.
Displays not functioning correctly or completely dark can affect your sales or visitor experience. Time is money – especially when you are paying a company for tech support or trouble shooting. Purchasing the wrong hardware for your digital signage display may result in adding extra hardware that costs extra money, and may cause more technical problems.
Well planned multi-screen displays can save money, time and the end result will be an amazing dynamic experience for your audience.
At Arreya, we are happy to help you find the best digital signage hardware for the display you are planning, even if you choose to shop prices for the hardware and purchase it from a different supplier. In the end, we want you to have the best possible experience with our software.
If you have hardware already, and want to use Arreya Digital Signage Software, our technical support team are available to speak with you about possibilities.
Make Digital Signage Easy With the Optimum Equipment
What comes first? The chicken or the egg? The same might be asked of selecting digital signage hardware and software, and deciding how it will be used.
Are you tempted to buy the cheapest screen at your nearby big box store?
Think about the Difference – Commercial vs. Consumer
The difference between commercial screens and consumer televisions are broad, and different screens are manufactured for different uses and conditions. If you use hardware in a scenario that it is not built for, your warranty will be void, and the manufacturer can deny replacement or repayment. Commercial screens typically include a 3-5 year warranty with onsite replacement, but if you get the consumer special you will likely pay extra for a limited warranty.
Buying the wrong screen for your kiosk or video wall may lead to technical support issues that are billed hourly, or require an extra piece of hardware adding up the costs to your digital signage project
5 Considerations When Choosing Digital Signage Hardware
Will Your Signage be Placed in a Hot or Cold Climate?
Consumer televisions and computer screens are not manufactured to withstand heat or extreme cold. Hardware that is not rated for the climate that you put it in will have a shorter lifespan. Many commercial screens are manufactured for outdoor climates or to withstand sun, and they often have a management system that monitors the system to make sure it doesn’t overheat.
Are You Placing Your Screens in a High Traffic Area?
Most consumer grade smart TVs have buttons and logos in visible areas. If you don’t want visitors turning off your signage or touching screens that are not meant to be touchscreens, you will want to have them secured. Commercial screens will have controls on the back, and offer the ability to disengage the buttons so only the display manager will be able to turn it on or change the volume. They are meant for 24/7 usage and are more robust for continual use.
Are You Planning to Use Screens in Portrait Mode?
Some screens are not manufactured to be hung or used in portrait mode. If they are not meant for that use and the screen seems to have defects or stops working, the manufacturer’s warranty will be void. If you want to use your display in portrait mode, it is best to purchase a commercial screen with portrait capabilities.
If you are planning to have multiple screens in portrait mode, having screens that can be set to “talk to each other” for this purpose will save you time and money in troubleshooting and extra hardware.
Will Your Signage Be Integrated with a Touchscreen Display?
It it is the screen will need to have touch capabilities. Depending on where the screen is located and the conditions it will be used, the actual touch technology may be important. If your visitors will possibly be using your kiosk as they come out of the cold, you may want a screen that will recognize touch even if they are wearing gloves. However, if the display will be in direct sunlight, some technologies will have a shorter life or may not work as well on a sunny day. If you need certain touch capabilities, do your research on touchscreen technology.
Does Your Company Already Use G-Suite?
If G-Suite is already a part of your company’s workflow, Chrome devices are a natural fit for digital signage equipment. Chrome devices lock monitors into kiosk mode to keep visitors from bringing up websites and any unwanted content. As a Chrome Partner, Arreya software will integrate with your workflow and your Chrome devices for seamless remote digital signage design and management. If you already have equipment it may be possible to use a Chromebit or Chromebox to retrofit your older hardware to new digital signage software.
At Arreya, we try to make digital signage easy and affordable for the end user. If you have questions about which equipment to purchase or how to make your current hardware work with Arreya, contact us.
There’s nothing better as a school leader than a student looking at the television waiting for their picture to scroll across the screen.
We need and MUST acknowledge our students! – Lucas Ptacek
Franklin Middle School is comprised of nearly 650 students in 6th-8th grade in addition to nearly 90 staff members. The school quite possibly best represents the city with the diverse makeup of their student demographics. Lucas Ptacek is in his third year as Principal at Franklin Middle School in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. While operating in a nearly century-old building he is looking for innovative ways to bring his building into the twenty-first century while maintaining the historical structure. Lucas recognizes the need to integrate technology to better incorporate student voice along with student recognition.
Lucas and Franklin Middle School are constantly working to improve their communications with their stakeholders that go beyond students and faculty and include families. They look at communication in a number of different avenues: announcements, schedules, daily happenings, and acknowledgements. Lucas has certain methods to impact all these, but struggles to have it done consistently, effectively, and in an engaging manner to get the students’ attention. Add in the school’s diverse student population, it makes it a unique challenge to communicate with all of the students. Lucas was looking for a way to bring all of the communications into one platform that was easy to manage and would help engage and motivate all of the student population and be informative for the faculty and staff. The school also needed the solution to be cost effective, easy to integrate into the old building and be reliable for the limited IT staff to maintain.
ARREYA provides us the platform to communicate and showcase the amazing things our students do along with the happenings in our school. – Lucas Ptacek
Through ARREYA digital signage suite on managed Chromeboxes, Lucas is able to digitally and visually communicate with all the students, faculty and parents. He is able to publish school announcements and showcase what’s going on in school along with the wonderful things students are doing. Franklin Middle School students are more engaged and motivated to do better. Lucas says “There’s nothing better as a school leader than a student looking at the television waiting for their picture to scroll across the screen. We need and MUST acknowledge our students!”
Lucas has found the solution easy to use. He says, “We’ve found..Arreya, to be an all-in-one tool that encompasses all we want to do.” Lucas finds it easy to make changes to the content. The remote access and built-in content creator and editor enables Franklin Middle School to change posts instantly and everyday without interruption or the need for dedicated staff. New student recognition photos, daily happenings and announcements get changed every morning for the students and faculty to view instant up-to-date information. School events, such as concerts, graduation, and sporting events are recorded and rebroadcasted on ARREYA with Chrome platform. Franklin Middle School and Lucas find that Chromebox and Chrome Device Management are an affordable and most importantly, reliable, platform. Keeping up with the daily school communications was difficult before installing digital monitors throughout the school. With ARREYA and Chrome keeping the signage running and relevant is easy and seamless. Lucas says, “Throughout the process, Arreya has been there every step of the way to provide the assistance and customize to meet the needs of our building. There’s no need to look any further than Arreya for all your digital signage needs..”
With the consolidation of communications into the digital platform, the school has reduced the staff and time used to keep up with all the different forms of communication. The daily updates are easy for the staff to implement and instantly deploy to all the digital monitors throughout the school. The school tracks the health of all the monitors remotely with the use of the Chrome Device Management. Lucas keeps track of all of the digital communications by remotely accessing through his secure online ARREYA subscription. He no longer has to walk the halls to verify if all the devices are working or update content.
The biggest and most powerful change Lucas and Franklin Middle School has seen since installing the new digital signage using ARREYA with Chromebox and Chrome Device Management is the student engagement. Lucas has seen an increase in students wanting to do better so they can get recognized for their achievements. The school takes photos of all student achievements and posts them to the ARREYA digital content. The school’s student population is made up of a wide range of income levels and family structures. Some Franklin Middle School students are considered “at-risk” students. The school has to continually find new ways to encourage these students to not only attend school, but motivate them to do better. The ARREYA with Chrome digital signage platform is another tool that assists Lucas and his faculty to break through to these “at-risk” students. The school focuses on the future of all it’s students and since most students have access and embrace technology the introduction of digital signage was a natural fit as another way to reach everyone.