More healthcare facilities are implementing hospital digital signage for marketing, information and communications than ever before. Streamlined communication with visitors, patients and employees saves time, money and frustration for hospital marketing teams and human resources departments.
There are many places to hang hospital signage, and with digital signage you can create attractive, informative displays with less clutter.
1. Hallways and Waiting Rooms – This is the best place to reach a broad crowd with upcoming events that are open to the public, honors earned by hospital staff members and departments, healthy living advice, and even weather forecasts and road conditions.
2. Cafeterias – Post menu boards in several locations in the cafeteria and maybe even just outside its door makes it easy for those browsing the menu to for customers to stand away from the serving line while they are still pondering what they crave.
3. Patient Rooms – Create a channel for patients to access on the television set that is already in patient rooms. It can display daily or weekly meal choices, special entertainment or opportunities for patients and their families, weather forecasts, and information about what patients can do to make their stay more enjoyable.
4. Donor Recognition Walls – Digital donor displays are a great way to create a fluid, easily updated and attractive list of donors, tell donor stories and recognize the work and dedication that has gone into capital campaigns, ongoing donations and specific projects. They can stand alone, or be part of a larger, more artistic donor recognition display.
5. Lobbies, Elevators and Stairways – Digital wayfinding can be interactive or static. It is easily updated when directions change, doctors or departments move, or building additions are built.
6. Breakrooms – Keep employees updated on upcoming event, policy changes, continuing education opportunities and hospital recognitions. Post birthdays and work anniversaries, and even the employee of the month.
7. History Displays and Hospital Museums – Older hospitals have a rich history in providing care for their communities. Share the history in an interactive display, or a slideshow of building projects, doctors who have served and made a difference, and breakthroughs that were made because of your staff through the years.
8. Healthcare Clinics and Pharmacies – Hospitals often have community clinics and acute care facilities for walkin patients and preventative care. Share upcoming health classes, wellness tips and staff information with patients as they wait.
Digital Signage Becoming Mainstream Hospital Communication
Digital signage will soon be mainstream in hospitals of all sizes, but when you are planning implementation consider rolling it out in phases. Learn how it works, what you can do with it and how you can get the most out of it. Then add more display channels or devices as the budget and staff availability to manage more displays allows.
Your hospital may not have use for digital signage in all of these places described, but more and more hospitals are implementing digital signage for 3 to 4 of these uses. Digital signage is not just for huge hospitals anymore. Arreya Digital Signage Suite has made it easy and affordable for even the smallest hospitals to have professional looking displays.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply for grants and matching funds donations. Local casinos and large corporations often have grants available for technology, infrastructure or education.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Year in Review – Photos and newspaper clippings of plays, concerts, sports, clubs and special events give students great stuff to look back on.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.