Supporting Athletic Programs with Digital Signage

Supporting Athletic Programs with Digital Signage

Through sports leagues, public organizations like Rotary or school booster clubs there is a long tradition of giving and recognition of donations. The use of digital signage for athletic hall of fame displays and other visual experiences highlights the importance of sports and athleticism starting at a young age. Encouraging more support.

Digital Signage for Athletic Hall of Fame

hall of fame athletics digitalThe key to success of many athletic programs is spotlighting past achievements and athletes. Touch or interactive digital signage allows visitors to engage with the stories and history of a sports program. The digital content can include:

 •   Rosters
 •   Honoree videos
 •   Special AwardsTeam photos
 •   Timelines

Digital recognition can be easily updated without added expense or space. Traditional trophy cases and award displays take a lot of room.

digital yearbook touchscreen arreyaFor smaller venues and an ongoing need to support athletic programs, digital recognition makes sense. Touchscreens from 32″ up to 95″ are readily available and even video walls are a common installation.  Custom surrounds can be designed to emphasize the display and protect the digital equipment from vandalism.

Pick a high traffic public wall that will draw the most interest from the audience.

Digital Donor Recognition for Sport Venue Buildings 

Focus on supporting athletic programs has traditionally been on the older sports of football and baseball. The growing popularity of sports outside the traditional has seen a great need for more venues. Soccer and swimming has become a major part of most school and university programs. Donations to build aquatic centers and indoor soccer fields have paved the way. 

digital donor wall bubbles arreya

Celebrating donors is important for acknowledging the accomplishments but more importantly to keep donations coming in for future growth.  The push to build sports venues always sees the most donations, but an endowment will need to be made for the future upkeep.  Digital signage can help persuade visitors to give. Videos can show what has been achieved and what needs to continue.  READ MORE ABOUT: BENEFITS OF AN ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Inspiring Design is Foundation for Successful Project

baseball field donor recognition display arreyaWhen the players are gone and the baseball field is quiet, the donor wall is the only thing that visually inspires. Recognition displays are continually forgotten until the end. Treated as an afterthought, donor walls should be part of the overall planning process. The donor recognition should reflect the venue’s energy and future. 

Design is key in assuring the continued support for any athletic program. Even though the fabrication of the donor display is important for quality that lasts, the design is the most important piece. A poor design can visually detract from the goals of the program. It can cost more money rather than inspire giving. 

Visualizing the Athletic Program’s Achievements

Celebrate donors through visual displays that show off achievements of the athletes and the athletic program. Most donor recognition displays become the backdrop for photo opportunities at events.

Whether public or private, schools or universities donors give to programs that inspire and show longevity. If you don’t care about your donors, why should they care about your programs? Digital donor recognition tells your story even when you are not available. 

Selecting a Content Management System for Digital Signage

Selecting a Content Management System for Digital Signage

Digital signage is an excellent tool for communicating with employees, customers, or any other stakeholders in your organization. However, writing code to create content requires a high degree of technical expertise, and a great deal of time and effort. Using a content management system (CMS) allows users to create professional digital signage content quickly, without any coding knowledge.

What to Consider for a CMS

CMS Arreya Digital Signage When you’re considering which tools to use to create your digital content, you’ll want to determine what kinds of things you want your viewers to see and experience. If you want your digital signage to be interactive, you’ll need to take that into consideration. Some content management systems will easily allow you to make content interactive, whereas others will only allow you to create static content. You’ll also want to consider any automations or integrations you want to use in conjunction with your digital signage. This could mean pulling in data from Excel or Google Sheets, or displaying slides from a PowerPoint presentation. If you’re looking for some examples or ideas of widgets and integrations to use on your digital signage, click here

Organizing and Scheduling Content

airport schedules digital signage arreyaUnless you plan on displaying content that never or rarely changes, you should also consider what tool helps you best organize and schedule your content. Some content management systems are very limited when it comes to scheduling presentations. Others will let you create recurring schedules and let you schedule down to the minute. If you need to make changes to content often, you’ll likely need a more robust CMS. For more information about scheduling digital signage content, click here

Bringing Custom Media to your Digital Signage

CMS digital signage arreyaSome content management systems built for digital signage limit the amount of media you can upload . If you want to consistently update your media with new images and videos, select a content management system without upload limits. You’ll also want to be sure you can upload your own content to start. Some digital signage software providers will only allow you to use their content, or stock images. This is more typical of free plans. 

Ease of Use

editing content digital signage arreyaEase of use is another major consideration when selecting a content management system for digital signage. You don’t have to sacrifice sophisticated and complex features, you just need to find a CMS built with the end user in mind. Some content management systems will provide you with free templates for your digital signage. These templates make it easy to keep up to date with holidays, birthdays, and work anniversaries. For more tips on how to find easy to use content management systems, click here

Design your Digital Signage Content Exactly how you Want

There are a lot of considerations for you to make when choosing a content management system for your digital signage. You should take into account how easy it is to use, if you can upload your own media, and if there are any creative limitations. While all of these factors can be overwhelming, there is one key question you’ll need to answer: Does this CMS have the tools I need to create and schedule my digital signage content? If the answer is yes, and you’re confident with the customer service, then odds are you’ve found a good tool for the job. 


How to Uncomplicate Multi-screen Video Walls

How to Uncomplicate Multi-screen Video Walls

Video walls are a creative and dynamic way to display art, messaging or digital donor walls. They quickly grab the attention of viewers, but they have always been complicated to install and create content.  Not anymore, with the new monitor mounts, commercial screens and multi-port players, you can easily create a totally unique video wall. The addition of Arreya Creative Studio or CRM allows the user to remotely create and update content. 

6 Steps To A Successful Video Wall

There are many items that need to be considered when moving forward with a multi-screen video wall. 

arreya digital signage airport large screen1. Budget

Video walls are not an inexpensive option, and there might be a large monitor that would be a good alternative.  If the content is going to be broken up into individual screens, a video wall might not be the economically wise option. 

When considering the budget for a video wall, consider how long it will last. Cheap screens, mounts and devices will take more to look correct, and achieve the dynamic impact of digital signage and upkeep.  The vivid display should be the only thing viewers focus on. Spend the money at the beginning and build into the budget maintenance costs for the lasting effect. 

2. Software for Digital Content

Contemplate the reason for using a multi-screen video wall and what is the final intent. Pick a content team that is trusted to be responsible for updates and maintenance. Keep the content fresh and new. Video and multiple menus, lists and information can scroll across the screens. Children-hospital-digital-signage-arreya

Because of the ability of the Arreya Digital Signage smart sizing feature,  video wall content can be created without calculating each screen. 

Layout in the Arreya Creative Studio using the aspect ratio of the video wall. Deploy instantly to devices and update remotely from anywhere. Software is a critical component to consider if you want to easily create a video wall.

3. Placement

When picking a location for a video wall, there are multiple options to consider. 

High traffic is optimal for the ROI as is distance viewing, and large open spaces are ideal.  Think of video walls like movie theaters. Distance gives the viewer the ability to see the full display and understand the digital content. Space to walk toward the monitors captures the attention and allows moving traffic to gather the information on the go. 

4. Hardware

There are many good options for video walls. Consider the longevity of the display and whether it can easily be maintained. Arreya can help replace worn devices and hardware for current updates.

hospital video wall kiosk arreyaScreens that are commercial grade meant for 24/7 are the most effective option. Small bezels, or the frame of the screen, make viewing more seamless to the eye. Screens do have color variations, and to avoid the hassle of going through large color corrections, make sure all screens are from the same manufacturer and lot numbers.

Adjustable monitor mounts are a must. They easily allow you to adjust screens in every direction so they fit perfectly. The Peerless Smartmounts allow for all the adjustments, but also pull out for maintenance.

Media players are the last hardware element for a successful video wall. There are many options depending on the video wall layout. Portrait, landscape, stacked or straight line and random are all different configurations. There is specific hardware depending on the configuration chosen and what you are doing with the digital content.  The Arreya team will help decide on which device fits particular needs and reduce the cost of using individual devices for each screen.  CHECK OUT KEYWEST AQUARIUM VIDEO

5. Installation

Hire an experienced and insured installer. Multi-screen video walls require special handling and navigation of the hardware. Installers that don’t understand how to handle screens can easily damage or drop devices.

6. Updating

 Digital signage content is a living display that needs constant updates to be fresh and for the best ROI. The content team should care about the display, have experience in publishing content, and have a schedule of deployment. 

The Power of Video Walls

A well planned, well placed video wall will increase efficiency and increase awareness, that is why they are being installed in airports, schools, hospitals and attractions. Through the power of video the messaging is easily, quickly and dynamically translated. With the right tools and guidance, anyone can easily create an eye-catching video wall.