Digital signs have numerous forms. They can be a flat-screen TVs in bars that loop sponsored advertisements; projected images of ads on the sides of buildings; or massive screens the size of billboards in public spaces. The electronic medium offers greater depth for advertisers, as they can show full ads, sometimes with sound.
If you are a printer deciding to take the leap into digital signage, one key is communicating the new product and service offerings to your existing customer base. In a prime example of form following content, Pittsburgh-based Black Box won its 17th consecutive Multichannel Merchant Award this year for a campaign showcasing the firm’s audio-visual multimedia products, including its proprietary iCOMPEL digital signage line. The truly integrated project consisted of multiple components, including a print catalog, an e-catalog, end-user and reseller e-mails, videos, case studies, trade shows, social media, print ads, and articles.
A fact of modern marketing is that media is getting increasingly interactive, from QR (quick response) codes and snap tags to augmented reality (AR). (For more on AR, see “Turbo-charged, Reality Print”) In a more extreme example, as part of Coca-Cola’s “Open Happiness” campaign in South Korea, Canadian firm Eyelook Media helped to create a new, interactive dance vending machine that merges digital signage with Kinect, Microsoft’s controller-less technology for its popular Xbox video-gaming system.
Technology behind the message
LPS Output Technologies is a print partner of HP, Linksys, Lexmark, and Xerox, customizing support, services, and solutions to complement and enhance workflow with existing facilities management, IT infrastructure, and/or Help Desk support. The Addison, TX firm is a PSP that also offers digital signage solutions such as software installation and hardware, including kiosks and other display options, as well as content design and cloud services.
Sometimes a very large display area with a high pixel count is the best method to communicate a message, but a very large budget is not part of a customer’s plan. Video walls still are viable answers, LPS advises its clients, because they enable customization of display size and layout with higher pixel density at a smaller unit cost. Consisting of multiple computer displays specifically designed for this application, tiled together to form one large screen, a video wall system allows the content to be controlled as a single display or as independent displays. Video walls are nothing new and have been around for more than two decades. (I led a 16-panel wall installation project in RR Donnelley’s HQ lobby back in 1992.) But 21st-century technology has made the monitors and resolution better than ever.
(Also read “Digital Signage Deployment" from September’s Wide Format Imaging)
Using Digital Signage to Sell High-end Real Estate
In October, digital marketing agency Provis Media Group launched its InTouch Table digital signage technology for TidalWalk, a southeast North Carolina waterfront community. The large-format, high-definition touchscreen unit was unveiled in TidalWalk’s 3,700-square-foot Residents Club to provide prospective home buyers with a multi-sensory experience and easy access to community information, interactive site maps, and videos.
“Today’s home buyers are savvy and have high expectations,” said Ric Rojas, partner at L-Star Management, the project manager and partner for the TidalWalk development. “InTouch improves the home buyer’s access to information and elegantly showcases all of the amenities of this beautiful waterfront community and effectively translates the experience and essence of premier coastal living.”
The InTouch Table is part of a family of touchscreen products that include the InTouch Wall and InTouch Stand. The solutions are available in a variety of screen sizes and integrate with existing digital signage, in-wall audio, and presentation systems, the company said.
“InTouch is not about technology, it’s about engaging users and improving brand experience,” Matthew Summers, chief creative officer at Provis Media, told Digital Signage Today. “It’s great to watch our clients’ gears turn when they explore the InTouch and its potential. But, the best part is watching individuals use the final product; we see them quickly switch from curious to excited, to engaged ... and that's the point.”