Positive Impacts of Digital Signage for Manufacturing Facilities

Positive Impacts of Digital Signage for Manufacturing Facilities

Manufacturing facilities thrive on efficient practices and well organized logistics. Communication is an essential factor in keeping employees safe and effective in their roles. Digital signage is a revolutionary tool, improving operations management, and streamlining communications in the manufacturing industry.

Safety and Compliance

It’s important for manufacturing facilities to comply with local, state, and federal regulations. Part of that compliance often includes displaying mandatory safety videos and stretching routines. Operations managers are using digital signage to schedule required materials, like safety videos, to play at the appropriate times. Videos are scheduled  in advance, and changes are quick and easy to make. Displaying the right content at the right time is simplified with recurring scheduling.

Learn more about scheduling digital signage content.

It’s imperative that manufacturing organizations have emergency preparedness plans in place. Alerting software is one of the most valuable tools on the market for deploying emergency messaging quickly and efficiently. Tools like Singlewire Informacast and Alertus are trusted by manufacturers to keep their employees safe. In the event of an emergency like a fire, lockdown situation, or inclement weather, alerting software integrates with digital signage, deploying emergency messaging to all screens simultaneously with one click. Evacuation procedures and routes are displayed, and messaging updates are instantaneous. 

Increased Productivity

Digital signage has proven to increase productivity in manufacturing facilities by displaying real-time performance metrics. These displays allow employees to monitor performance in real-time, allowing quick reactions and efficient production control. Additionally, using digital signage to highlight key performance indicators (KPIs) can help motivate employees, fostering a positive and productive work environment.

For more information on displaying KPIs on digital signage, click here.

Streamlined Operations

Having a tool that can consolidate communications in a manufacturing facility can save on administrative time and resources. Digital signage eliminates the need to print, distribute and post signages, which reduces the time and labor costs. Scheduling content in advance allows leadership to be more proactive with their messaging. Employees receive updates on shift schedules, absentees, employee recognition programs, workplace policies, and much more.

Valuable Communication Tool

Digital signage is an excellent tool, used to enhance productivity, streamline operations, improve communications, and promote safety in manufacturing facilities. It is a valuable investment for companies that wish to maximize their efficiency and productivity in a competitive industry.

For more information on how digital signage can impact your manufacturing organization, click here.

Enhance Donor Recognition with Digital Donor Walls for Non Profits

Enhance Donor Recognition with Digital Donor Walls for Non Profits

Established non profit organizations such as the SPCA, United Way, YMCA, and the Red Cross do amazing work for their communities. But the work they do wouldn’t be possible without generous donations. Digital donor walls are the best tools for non profits to recognize donors. They are also excellent for encouraging new donations.

Modern and Cost Effective Donor Recognition

Digital donor walls are a modern, automated method of donor recognition.  They can be used to create digital signs that recognize donors, display photos and biographies, and provide thank you messages. Digital donor walls also allow non profit organizations to keep their donors updated with news and events, as well as updates on how donations are being used. This is something that was impossible or extremely difficult to do with traditional donor recognition methods.

Digital donor walls have a number of advantages over traditional paper-based acknowledgement methods.  They are low-maintenance, easy to set up, and require minimal upfront costs. They can be updated in real time, providing the most up-to-date information on donations and programs. In addition, digital donor walls are easily accessed by donors and potential new supporters on location, and content can even be accessed on their phones.

Improving Visibility

Digital donor walls for non profits increase visibility on location, but they can be visible from anywhere. While some digital signage softwares and donor recognition programs only display on one screen, Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) can display content anywhere. PWAs allow non profit organizations to recognize donors globally. Anyone with a stable internet connection and a modern web browser can view donor content.

Learn more about displaying content on unlimited screens.

Increasing Transparency

Digital donor walls also provide organizations with a platform to showcase stories from those they are helping. This can be extremely powerful in raising awareness and inspiring others to become involved with the organization’s mission.

By prominently displaying information on how donations are used, digital donor walls allow organizations to communicate directly with their supporters. As a result, digital donor walls increase overall transparency and accountability for non profits. Through this communication, donors can feel confident that their contributions are being used in the most effective and efficient manner. 

Strategic Donor Recognition

Finally, digital donor walls help to increase donations through targeted campaigns and fundraising events. Organizations use built in analytics to strategically schedule when to display their targeted campaigns and upcoming events.By engaging directly with current and prospective donors, with the right messaging at the right time, organizations can build relationships that can lead to more frequent,larger, or even new gifts. Digital donor walls allow for non profit organizations to strategically deploy campaigns, recognize donors for their generosity, and encourage new donations.

Integrating Business Messaging Tools with Digital Signage

Integrating Business Messaging Tools with Digital Signage

Business messaging tools like Google Sheets, Google Chat, and Alertus power corporate communication globally. They provide an easy way for teams to stay connected, share information, and collaborate on projects from anywhere. These powerful business messaging tools are often used in conjunction with digital signage, allowing businesses to provide staff with up-to-date information quickly and efficiently.

Immediate Communication

Interactive digital signage software integrates with business messaging tools to create immediate communication. Users set up digital signage with buttons, also called touch points, either triggered by a touchscreen or a mouse and keyboard. These buttons trigger messages to be sent to the appropriate person or team. For instance, there may be a button for IT support, facilities, or security, and each of these buttons would then trigger a Google Chat message to be sent to the appropriate department. 

Learn more about using touch points for interactive digital signage.

Automated Announcements 

Digital signage is often used to automate announcements. By scheduling a presentation within digital signage editors, users set up automatic messages to display at predetermined times throughout the day. For instance, a presentation is scheduled for 10 am every Monday to display a Slack channel that communicates sales metrics. This allows businesses to ensure that important information is sent out on a regular basis. This could be used to remind staff of upcoming meetings, deadlines for projects, or any other pertinent information. 

Streamlined Collaboration

Integrating business messaging tools with digital signage streamlines collaboration. Teams are able to quickly and easily communicate about tasks or projects. For example, a project manager may post information on digital signage regarding a deliverable and then use integrations from internal messaging systems to coordinate resources or answer questions from team members. Integrating both solutions together makes it easier for teams to collaborate in a single place, ensuring that everyone is on the same page.

Adaptive Content

Digital signage software is capable of integrating with external data sources to create adaptive content as well. This means that the content displayed can be tailored to a specific audience or event. For example, if an event is being hosted, digital signage can be used to send out automatic Slack messages with information about the event and  how to attend. This allows users to easily access all relevant information without having to search for it in multiple sources.

Alerting Integrations 

Since businesses have a responsibility to keep employees and stakeholders safe, they often use altering software. Alerting software providers like Alertus integrate with digital signage software in addition to integrating with business messaging tools like Slack, Teams, and Google Chat. As a result, businesses deploy emergency messaging to digital signage and business messaging tools simultaneously. This integration is especially important for business with remote employees. Tools like alerting software, digital signage, and business messaging tools have significantly improved businesses ability to communicate during dangerous situations.

Learn more about Alertus and business messaging. 

Increasing Visibility in Communication 

By configuring business messaging tools to work with digital signage, businesses ensure staff stay up-to-date on important information consistently. This ensures efficient communication within the organization, ultimately leading to improved morale, productivity, and overall success. 

 

Large Content Driven Presentations Best Practices

Large Content Driven Presentations Best Practices

Best Practices for Large Content Driven Presentations

Arreya lets you create presentations without page restrictions or limits on content. However, this freedom can cause unexpected experiences when dealing with large amounts of content. A large presentation gets affected by device limitations, internet speed, storage, and processing power. Yes you can create a presentation with over 200 pages and gigabytes of content but unless optimized, this content will not be easy for devices to deal with. Much like a web site there are best setups and recommendations to create it to be highly performing.

When a presentation gets really large with content, the usability gets complicated and affects both viewing and editing. A 200 page interactive presentation needs a lot of computing power, so it may not load properly, and a computer may lack the processing power to easily edit all 200 pages at once. If your internet speed is slow or lags, the entire presentation will take a long time to load, push live, and edit.

How to Optimize Large Content Driven Presentations

optimize large digital content interactivesThe good news is, with Arreya, you can still design and create a large content driven presentation by best optimizing it for performance. This optimization is achieved in Arreya by splitting up your content into multiple presentations. So now, you can divide one extremely large presentation into many smaller and more manageable sections. This multi presentation feature in Arreya is a game changer. It makes loading and organizing content much faster, and is included with every subscription. Arreya also has no limits on the number of presentations you can add and includes options to link presentations together for a seamless experience. 

Taking advantage of this Arreya feature and using our optimization recommendations below will give you the best experience with your large content driven presentation. 

Planning For Splitting Up Large Presentations 

Splitting up presentations doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Understanding how to best organize your presentations is key at the beginning. The number of pages we recommend is 30 pages per presentation. But don’t be worried about having a lot less, that is even better. We have even set up some presentations with just one page linking to many sub presentations. There is no specific formula or equation to splitting up your content, but thinking about how to best divide up your content before you start will result in less reworking. 

Split by Navigation Buttons

split up large digital signage presentationsOne way to split up your interactive content is to create a presentation for each navigation button.  If there is navigation on your home page to 5 categories then a simple breakdown would be to create 5 presentations, one for each of those categories. Each button would then link to the corresponding presentation. This also helps you easily organize your content to just those pages, giving you less pages to sort through so you can quickly make edits and navigate.

Split by Categories

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If you have lists or menus of content within a page then splitting off the listings into presentations would be best. This is a great solution for a donor listing that divides individuals’ content by an alphabetical list to choose from. So if your donor list had a section of names “A-D” the link would be to a new presentation, not to a page within the same presentation. The navigation on the “A-D” presentation would return back to the alphabetical listing on the previous presentation.

Now all your photos, content, and names can easily be added to the section they belong in. This is especially helpful for long listings, not only for donors, but also products or services can also be handled this way. Then, when you have new content to add, you can open the specific presentation for the category and make the change. This will take less time to navigate, load quicker, and make edits easy.

Split by Locations

digital signage wayfinding content designIf you are setting up wayfinding or directories, then the best practice is to split each area up into its own presentation. For campus mapping, you would split up the presentations to the buildings identified, then have all the details of each building in one presentation. If you have a hospital map you can set up a presentation for each floor or department.

Split by Content

Another best practice for large content driven presentations is to set up presentations based on the amount of content. Videos can have a lot of loading time for rendering. They are the largest content type to work with, so if you have a lot of videos, try to split them evenly onto presentations. 2-3 videos per presentation is a good target. If you have more make, sure to split them up. Images can also add up and need to be planned around. If you are having lots of gallery photos or slideshows, say for a yearbook or history wall, we recommend you split those off into presentations, then create navigation to return to the main presentation. 20 – 30 images per presentation is a good target. If you have more images split them off into additional presentations.

Setting up Multiple Presentations

interactive digital contentStart by designing your home page and top level content as a presentation. After you determine your overall design, layout, and navigation, you will want to save out pages and presentations as templates. Now you can begin additional presentations by importing template pages into the layouts. This speeds up layout time so that they will look and feel seamless. When setting your navigation you will then link your presentations together under the widget options. Make sure to change which presentation is selected as the destination, then choose the page in that presentation you want to go to, and finally name the button.

Optimizing Tips In General for Presentations

creating touch digital signageNaming Pages – When you add a page to your presentation, name it in the settings. Choose the name based on what you would title a button for this page to be called. This way when you select a page as a touch point, it will automatically name the button as the page name. This saves you from typing in a name every time, which adds up over 100+ pages of design.

Video Length – The longer the video, the larger the file size. Can the video be broken up into smaller sections? If possible, we recommend using videos under 30 seconds to keep viewers engaged with your display. Arreya has a file upload limit of 2 gigabytes, and long videos may reach this limit. 

Plan for Growth – If you know you will be adding sections or content for new events or areas, set  up navigation and additional presentations to leave room for adding future content. This will prevent having to redesign areas or all your pages in the future. Instead you can hide these links in the initial design, and in the future, make these areas visible, and link to a new presentation you can add the new content to.

That covers many of our recommendations for optimizing large content driven presentations in Arreya. We hope you now know some best practices our designers use, and understand how to best approach a large content driven presentation. We are always here to help, and can answer additional questions.

Feel free to email support@arreya.com, or call us at (319)-294-6671. Also, check out our full Knowledge Base

SPCA and Animal Shelter Digital Donor Wall

SPCA and Animal Shelter Digital Donor Wall

SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) came to Arreya with the vision of creating a digital donor wall. They decided to use Arreya’s creative studio to create custom content to recognize their generous donors. Arreya was proud to help make this donor wall a reality.

Recognizing Donors

SPCA animal digital signage donor recognitionSPCA and animal shelters everywhere advance the safety and quality of life for animals all across the globe. Thanks to their work, thousands of dogs, cats, horses, and other animals have been rescued. SPCA is a non profit organization, and donors are integral to their work. Because of this, they needed a modern and professional way to recognize their donors, and to encourage new donations.

Customizable Content

digital donor wall spca contentArreya’s creative studio gives organizations all the freedom they need to create custom digital donor wall content. Names and donors are easily updated. Another big benefit is that pictures and videos are now easy to replace.

Also, content is scheduled in advance for events and announcements. Overall, Arreya has the tools, hardware, and support needed to properly recognize and encourage new donors and improve digital communications.

Unlimited Devices

Since Arreya is a Progressive Web Application (PWA), it can be deployed to any screen with a modern browser and stable internet connection. For SPCA, this meant that their donor wall could be displayed anywhere. This also allows them to recognize and thank donors on a larger scale, no matter where they are physically located in addition to providing a more engaging viewing experience.

Click here to learn more about using Arreya as a PWA (Progressive Web App).

Seamless Implementation

Arreya’s white glove service made implementing SPCA’s digital donor wall effortless. The digital donor recognition wall is powered by a Chromebox device. The Chromebox was enrolled in a Google Admin Console, which allows it to be locked down in kiosk mode, and then paired to the Arreya channel.  Finally, the Arreya channel automatically pulls in the latest content and donor information from an excel spreadsheet, which means the donor wall always displays the most up-to-date information. 

A Complete Donor Recognition Solution

Arreya was able to provide the SPCA with a complete donor recognition solution. There was no lengthy onboarding process or involvement with third party companies. With support from Arreya’s team, and  also Arreya’s intuitive and robust digital signage software, SPCA was able to easily set up, manage, and display meaningful donor recognition content on their digital donor wall.