How Do I Buy Digital Signage When We Don’t Have the Budget?

How Do I Buy Digital Signage When We Don’t Have the Budget?

There is a lot of interest in digital signage among school administrators and non-profit organizations, but they are often faced with smaller budgets than corporations and event centers. Money doesn’t grow on trees for digital signage, but schools and nonprofits do have options where fundraising is concerned.

Digital Signage Has 3 Parts to Purchase.Better ways to communicate with students - Arreya Digital Signage Software

  1. Hardware will be a one-time fee, that will cost more upfront to purchase new Chrome hardware. With Arreya, organizations can choose to use existing screens from older signage, along with Chromebits, which will be less than $100 per display. There is no proprietary hardware to buy.
  2. Software will be the second expense. Arreya allows you to use a single software subscription to display signage on an unlimited number of screens across as many locations as you have, making it a very affordable option if you have more than 2 displays.
  3. Chrome Device Management – Schools get a deep discount through Google for a perpetual license, which will cover the lifetime of the device.

You will want to price as much hardware as you want to use, but remember – you can start with one or 2 displays and add screens or channels to more locations over time.

6 Ways to Raise Money for Digital Signage

  1. Sell advertisement space that displays on your signage. This is a great way to pay for a 12 month subscription to Arreya. Simply sell 12 ad, each of which will pay for one month. Give the sponsors the option to change their ads every so often. You can choose whether all of the sponsors run every month, or they only run in the month they choose.
  2. Find a single corporate sponsor that can afford to fund the equipment and subscription for the year, and make their logo a constant part of the display. Students, faculty, parents and visitors will always know who contributed for better student engagement.
  3. Partner with local restaurants and entertainment venues for fundraisers and get parents and patrons to go on a designated night when your organization gets a portion of the proceeds.
  4. Ask that people donate their unwanted furniture and items to a huge garage sale, so the proceeds can be put toward your digital signage software or equipment. For a slower fundraiser, you can have them donate to a local consignment shop that will give the school or organization the consignor’s fee.
  5. Use memorial funds that were not assigned to a special project as seed money to start a fundraising campaign or buy the equipment outright if there is enough in the fund.
  6. Apply for grants and matching funds donations. Local casinos and large corporations often have grants available for technology, infrastructure or education.
  7. At the end of the year, leverage the idea of tax deductions for donations to your signage project. The government allows it, so use it to your advantage to better serve your organization’s technology needs.

No matter how you choose to raise money for digital signage, use your newsletters, email contacts and social media followers to help spread the word. For most organizations, digital signage is just a few thousand dollars away, so don’t let money stop you from better engagement with students and patrons.

Summer Digital Signage Ideas for Your School’s Display

Summer Digital Signage Ideas for Your School’s Display

Share Information With Students All Year

Summer vacation has begun for students all across America, and administrators might be wondering how to get their money’s worth out of digital signage. If you use Arreya, your students don’t have to be in the hallways to see your display. You can share your unique Arreya URL with your students, faculty and parents for them to check for daily changes and updates.

10 Things For Schools To Post on Digital Signage During Vacation

  1. Sports Schedules – Just because school is over doesn’t mean the kids are uninvolved in school activities. Get support for your teams by providing a schedule and attract a crowd.
  2. Graduation Pictures – Whether they are graduating from preschool, middle school or junior high, it is a milestone and students and parents love to see and share the news.
  3. Year in Review – Photos and newspaper clippings of plays, concerts, sports, clubs and special events give students great stuff to look back on.
  4. Local Educational Opportunities – Libraries, local tutors, and county parks have great programs that will keep your students eager to learn. Compile information so it’s all in one place for parent and students who are interested.
  5. Summertime Deeds and Trip Photos – Display photos of mission trips, volunteer work, community events that students took part in and more. Your students are just as awesome in the summertime.
  6. Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities – Show your students that their help is needed to make the community a better place. Students who want to serve or just want something to do might welcome the opportunity to help at community events or walk dogs at the humane society.
  7. Summer Job Opportunities – Sometimes it’s hard for students to know where they can be hired based on their age. Give them the tools to earn money at local businesses when they are not in school.
  8. Scholarship Opportunities – Encourage your juniors and seniors to get a head start on scholarship opportunities that are already posted. Also, share some of the websites and resources where students will find scholarship opportunities. If they do it during the summer, there will be more time for homework and extracurriculars during the school year.
  9. Mentorships or Internships – Allow local businesses to be a part of your students’ education by letting them advertise internships and mentor opportunities. Students who are leaning toward a certain industry will appreciate the experience.
  10. Open House Schedules and Paperwork Deadlines – Your patrons will appreciate having all of this information organized into a neat display. You can even use the website widget and show information as it is on the school website. The more places your families have to stay informed, the more likely they will stay engaged with upcoming events.

If you are haven’t implemented digital signage in your school, or want a better signage software solution, contact us at 319-294-6671 or try the free trial.

OLCHS Uses Digital Signage for School Communication

OLCHS Uses Digital Signage for School Communication

Oak Lawn Community High School

Saving Time with Arreya Digital Signage and Google Chrome

Students at Oak Lawn Community High Schools are better informed about upcoming events, opportunities and achievements.

The Challenge: Creating More Time for Learning

Joseph McCurdy, Assistant Principal of Oak Lawn High School, located just outside Chicago, Illinois, sought out a better way to communicate with the large and diverse student population during the school day. Some of the school’s coaches were utilizing a form of digital signage to recognize top athletes and their own announcements in various parts of the building, but the student population, as a whole, was not included in the use of the signage.
Administrators were spending 5-10 minutes of instructional time per day making daily announcements over the intercom system that were largely ignored by students.

As a public school, OLCHS needed a cost effective answer. They knew that a one time purchase of digital equipment would be the major cost, and that there would be an ongoing cost for software, but felt digital signage would be a cost effective way to share information that would save time and money (ink and paper get pricey) once implemented.
McCurdy did not want to increase the workload on the office staff, so he also needed to find a solution that would allow students, staff and coaches to contribute to the information posted on digital signage.

“We are very happy with the [Arreya] system. It has been easy to update and create attractive displays.”

Joseph McCurdy

Assistant Principal, Oak Lawn Community High School

At-a-glance

Looking for a better way to engage students and acknowledge achievements while still capitalizing on academic time Joseph McCurdy, Assistant Principal at the high school chose Arreya Dgital Signage.

Oak Lawn Community High School implemented large screen monitors throughout the campus with Google Chromebits and Arreya Digital Signage Suite. The platform saves the staff valuable classroom time. It focuses students on effective communications and is easy to instantly add content through the Arreya editor.

Solution:

Focus On Communications

Digital signage has allowed OLCHS to increase instructional time, and inform students about events and opportunities with Arreya’s easy-to-use platform. “Students didn’t listen to the announcements, and we were wasting valuable instructional time trying to keep them informed. With digital signage, they can read the signs that are positioned in different common areas of the school, or they can pull it up on their phones if they can’t remember what they saw or heard,” McCurdy said. Before they were missing opportunities or staff members were repeating instructions that were already announced.

Arreya Digital Signage Suite updates automatically on each display when new school information is deployed, and displays can be controlled from one central account. Staff members don’t have to run around the school turning on devices, making updates or hanging paper signs to get the word out to students about opportunities. They simply save the information in a Google folder and when the signage is updated, the students instantly get the new information wherever they are located. Joseph McCurdy says,“It’s neat to hear the students planning activities. They know they have to get the information into the shared Google file so everybody knows about it and sees it on the digital signage throughout the school.”

Digital Signage:

A Win for Students and Staff


Arreya digital signage has allowed OLCHS to increase instructional time, and inform students about events and opportunities with Arreya’s easy-to-use platform. “Students didn’t listen to the announcements, and we were wasting valuable instructional time trying to keep them informed. With digital signage, they can read the signs that are positioned in different common areas of the school, or they can pull it up on their phones if they can’t remember what they saw or heard,” McCurdy said. Before they were missing opportunities or staff members were repeating instructions.

Arreya Digital Signage Suite updates automatically on each display when new school information is deployed, and displays can be controlled from one central account. Staff members don’t have to run around the school turning on devices, making updates or hanging paper signs to get the word out to students. They simply save the information in a Google folder and when the signage is updated, the students instantly get the new information wherever they are located. Joseph McCurdy says,“It’s neat to hear the students planning activities. They know they have to get the information into the shared Google file so everybody knows about it and sees it on the digital signage throughout the school.”

If you have questions about Arreya Digital Signage Suite, contact us at 319-294-6671.