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Why use Signagelive Digital Signage for your Workplace Communications

Many companies have a huge challenge communicating with their workforce as many may not have an email address or even have access to one. Even for those employees who do have access, due to the number of messages they receive, important messages may be diluted or completely ignored.

A Workplace Communications solution is a great way to engage and inform employees. It can be used for multiple locations e.g. offices, factories, sales departments, reception, staff canteens and also across time zones and languages. Take a look at this pdf to find out more:

Signagelive have found that both new and existing clients truly invested in Workplace Communications have really started to understand the benefits of digital signage and can see how employee productivity is directly linked to the company’s revenue.

Please take a look at the video above to gain further knowledge of Workplace Communications it shows the different forms that communications take and how digital signage can help.

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Jason Cremins, Signagelive CEO, was as a recent guest contributor on the popular 16:9 blog which is an online news and analysis publication, focused on the digital signage industry. The topic of workplace communications was discussed in detail and the article which goes through the necessary steps to ensure how your workplace digital signage can be successful can be seen here.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

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How to ensure your Workplace Digital Signage Project is a success and the pitfalls to avoid

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This article was created by our CEO, Jason Cremins and published on the Sixteen:Nine blog.

Why should I deploy digital signage within my workplace?

Every company or organisation regardless of their size or number of employees have a need to communicate openly and effectively with their teams. The challenge is that for many companies a sizable percentage of their workforce do not have a copy email or access to an Intranet and for those that do, the volume of messages they receive on their phone, tablet or laptop dilutes the message you want to communicate or is ignored completely. Add the challenge of distributed workforces over multiple locations, time zones and languages and the need to find an alternative and effective method of employee communication is clear.

The solution is to deploy a robust, scalable easy to manage digital signage network that can engage, educate, entertain and inform employees within common areas within; offices, lobbies, break rooms, factory floors, sales departments, canteens and meeting spaces.

Establishing your key objectives

Before rushing out to purchase digital signage hardware and software, you need to first establish your objectives and how you will measure the success of your digital signage solution.

Establishing and maintain consistent messaging

A digital signage solution should enable you to maintain a consistent brand style and message using templates to easily update key messages that can be published and displayed on specific displays and locations on dates/times that will gain the maximum engagement from your employees.

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Inform and educate your audience

Creating content should be simple and your digital signage solution should include both tools within the software to create simple messages, but also integrate with third-party content creation software to meet your requirements. For graphic designers, a digital signage platform that integrates with Adobe Creative Cloud would streamline publishing and upload of content, whereas those interested in creating great content without being a graphic designer would benefit from being able to incorporate Google Slides or content created in simple yet powerful creative tools such as PosterMyWall.

The content you publish needs to be of a quality in style, copy and tone that projects the core values of your business. Keep your content conversational and language simple, you only have a few seconds to get your message across so make sure you get to the point and maximise the impact.

Encourage your management team to contribute and take ownership

You want to choose a digital signage solution that enables you to combine company messaging with those from local users. Providing department heads and managers an easy to update a series of templates that maintain corporate branding whilst allowing them to change the message they wish to communicate with their teams. These messages can be incorporated into a playlist of head office messages and displayed full screen or in a main-zone, on a display that is divided into zones, or for some companies they allocate a dedicated zone on their layout for local messages whilst the main zone contains corporate messaging.

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Using your digital signage to train and educate your team

Your digital signage solution should enable you to not just show playlists of scheduled content but enable you to take control of the display using a remote control and change the content so that you can use the display for employee training, show health and safety videos or switch to a KPI dashboard or the latest social media mentions of your business.

Providing a platform for senior executives to talk to the team

Another major challenge of a large distributed workforce is the ability for easy communication of company strategy and results by senior executives to the entire business. Choosing the right digital signage solution will enable you to easily switch every display on the network over to a live stream of the CEO conducting a town hall with live transcription and subtitles in local languages. When the live session is completed, the digital signage displays revert back to the scheduled content and the live video session is saved for future playback.

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Turn your internal messaging into digital signage content

Many companies are using internal communications platforms such as Slack, Facebook for Work, Yammer and Interact Intranet to keep employees informed on all aspects of the business and internal projects. Your digital signage solution should integrate seamlessly with your internal communications platform and enable you to turn the messages, polls and feedback to be visualised into your company brand style and scheduled on your digital signage display within a playlist.

Visualise data from internal systems to keep your team focused on performance and goals

In addition, many companies have invested in software that turns data within their internal systems into KPIs and Dashboards that they wish to incorporate into their digital signage playlists. Your chosen digital signage platform should enable you to integrate with these systems, so whether it’s Salesforce, Google Analytics or a SQL database you have the ability to turn your data into digital signage content that has meaning to your employees.

Ensure your team are aware of how the company is perceived on social media

Social Media sentiment is an important indicator of how the outside world perceives your company or brand. Adding social media visualisations to your digital signage enables your employees to gain an insight into how your business is viewed and even contribute to the discussion using hashtag campaigns promoted internally for employees to use.

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Integrate your calendars to display room availability and enable your team to book rooms at the room entrance

Keeping track of meeting room usage is a big challenge for companies and many have turned to technology to resolve the problem. Your digital signage solution should provide you with a native Room Booking and calendar integration with Google and Office 365. The resulting solution will enable you to display room availability on small displays that can be mounted outside each room showing the current and future bookings and use lights on the display to indicate if the room is free (green) or in use (red) so that the room occupancy can be seen at a glance even when walking side-on to the display. If the room is free (green) your room booking app provided with your digital signage solution should enable you to book the room by touching it and selecting the duration, allowing for any future bookings as part of the process.

In addition to displays located at the room, your digital signage solution should allow you to display the availability of multiple rooms on larger displays throughout the building so that your employees can see at a glance what rooms are available and when.

Add Live TV to keep your team aware of the latest events

Incorporating Live TV into your digital signage network enables you to provide your employees with a hybrid solution where the main zone in a multi-zone layout contains the channel of your choice whilst the other zones show company information. This is a great solution for canteens and breakrooms.

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Add curated News, Sports and Entertainment content to keep displays fresh and relevant

An alternative to Live TV is to include syndicated news, sports and entertainment content within your digital signage content strategy. Your digital signage solution should incorporate News Apps that can be used for free or incorporate carefully curated content specifically designed for digital signage use from providers such as; Screenfeed and Seenspire.

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Enhance your digital signage solution with Apps and free Content

The openness and extensibility of your chosen digital signage solution will be demonstrated in the availability of a Marketplace in their platform. A Marketplace with free content, templates and apps created by the software provider along with carefully selected third-party apps and solutions that compliment the software providers core offering, these can include; Audience Measurement, Content Creations tools and Media Sales integrations.

Choose an affordable, robust and scalable digital signage platform

Choosing a digital signage platform that is affordable, easy to scale, has a history of delivering digital signage solutions over decades and can demonstrate use by enterprise customers globally will ensure you have selected a partner that you can trust and will be around in years to come to support you.

Make sure your digital signage platform is enterprise grade and operates with your IT and network infrastructure

A digital signage solution will most likely be operating on your company network and will require to work seamlessly with your IT systems and security. Ensure you select a digital signage platform and company that can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to security including independent penetration testing to ensure that their software is not vulnerable to hackers and security flaws. Your digital signage platform providers should be able to work with your IT team to lockdown access across your network to only the IP addresses or domains required to operate the solution and never require non-standard ports to be accessible creating vulnerability in your network security.

Choose a partner that can provide custom support and services to ensure your digital signage project is a success from concept to business as usual

The success of your digital signage project will be dependant on the implementation and ongoing support provided by your digital signage platform provider. Make sure you work with a company that goes into great detail to fully understand your needs and can provide a custom proposal that includes; consultancy, creative services to setup content packs and integration with your internal systems, and can provide a support plan that meets your needs.

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Integrate your digital signage solutions with emergency messaging systems

Mass Notification systems alert employees of an imminent danger and the action they need to take, an example being a fire in a building. Digital Signage provides an opportunity to inform employees of the action required to be taken if integrated into your mass notification and building management systems. Make sure you select a digital signage platform that can be integrated with your internal notification systems, instantly responding to events and showing important and potentially life-saving information to your employees.

Ensure you have a wide choice of hardware that delivers your exact requirements

Unfortunately, many digital signage projects never deliver on the original objectives, the main reason being that the customer purchased displays and players without first considering whether they were best suited for their current and future requirements.

Make sure you work with a digital signage software provider that supports all of the industry leading industry manufacturers and their players or displays with players integrated. If they do not sell hardware, you can be sure that any advice they provide will be impartial and not influenced by commercial gain. Your chosen digital signage software provider will be able to advise you on which hardware is best for your requirements and work with the recommended hardware vendor (or vendors) to set up demonstrations, partner on proof of concepts and ensure the final solution comprising hardware and software delivers on your objectives.

Careful planning will ensure your digital signage project is a success

By ensuring you select a digital signage solution that delivers these capabilities, you can be confident that you have a selected a partner that can meet your needs; now and in the future.

In addition, you will greatly increase your chances of your digital signage project being a success.

Make sure you avoid digital signage solution providers that:

  • Do not provide the consultancy, implementation and support services you will require to be successful.
  • Have software and services that are costly and difficult to use and maintain.
  • Cannot demonstrate a history and pedigree of delivering global workplace solutions.
  • Their content creation and management is expensive.
  • Their software lacks integration capabilities with your existing internal systems and data.
  • Their platform is not robust and scalable.
  • They restrict the display and players that you can choose.

If you would like to discuss how we can assist with your internal communications project, please get in touch.

 

Signagelive appoints Jon Gilbey as Business Development Manager for EMEA

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Signagelive, global suppliers of cloud-based digital signage solutions, has recently appointed Jon Gilbey as Business Development Manager within the EMEA team.

Another new appointment shows Signagelive’s commitment to future growth in the digital signage market and strengthens our position as a recognised leader within the digital signage industry.

Comment from Jon Gilbey, Business Development Manager, (EMEA)

I’m extremely looking forward to be joining Signagelive, a dedicated and friendly team who always ensure their clients are at the heart of everything they do and am really excited to be contributing toward the continued success of the business.

Comment from Aferdita Qesku, Director of Sales

Our latest addition this year (we’re not done yet) means Signagelive EMEA will have an even stronger focus on our clients and channel. We work hard with our partners to assist delivering the right solutions to potential clients. Jon’s addition to the team will add extra drive and enthusiasm and push the Signagelive message further. I’m looking forward to watching his growth in this industry.

New FDA rules focus those in the food service to consider digital signage

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Customer’s have been asking for a clear description of the nutrition of the food for many years, but governments across the world are now mandating this information to be displayed. These new laws are likely to focus the minds of those in food service to consider digital menu boards.

The FDA Menu Labelling Requirements have issued a requirement deadline of 7 May 2018 for calorific values to be displayed on in-store menu boards. For the establishments that already have digital menu boards this is much easier to do. Many of our Signagelive US clients with QSR menu boards have already converted to displaying calorific values and some others are just wrapping up their conversions to ensure compliance.

Here are a couple of examples of before and after adding calorie details and also how a detailed menu board would look.FDA_menu_compliance2boards

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Restaurants need to deploy increasingly complex details as well as limited time offers on their menus, the cost and time associated with printing new materials gets in the way of innovation. Therefore a digital solution that will instantly make the necessary changes across every screen displaying products (even online and on your mobile application) has huge advantages. To find out more click here.

Restaurateurs are also looking for ways to engage with customers to increase loyalty and inspire repeat visits. QSR digital signage has an immediate and lasting impact with consumers, connecting the digital experience in the restaurant to their mobile device.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Signagelive announce support for Samsung Tizen 3.0 / SSSP 5.0

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Signagelive are pleased to announce that we are launching support for Tizen 3.0 / SSSP 5.0 on Wednesday 18th April 2018.

A list of supported models can be found here and full details of supported features is available on our help centre.

The new models and existing Tizen models share the same application and installation process, so as part of the upgrade we will also be updating existing Tizen installations.

No action has been required by our Signagelive end users.

Signagelive decided from the outset, that all support and software updates will not be an additional cost to our customers. When you purchase a Signagelive licence, all software updates and support including live chat are included for the lifetime of your licence.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Signagelive announced as a finalist in the Digital Signage Awards 2018

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Signagelive are very pleased to announce that they have been selected as a finalist in the Digital Signage Awards 2018:

The award category is Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants for Westgate Resort & Casino Las Vegas.

We are looking forward to attending the Digital Signage Awards ceremony on Wednesday 7th February after the Digital Signage Summit at ISE in Amsterdam.

Signagelive will be exhibiting at ISE on 6-9th February at RAI Amsterdam on stand 8-G335 in Hall 8 Digital Signage. We will be showcasing a wide range of applications ranging from data driven menu boards, queue management, room bookings and intelligent data driven content.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Signagelive support available for the Christmas & New Year holiday 2017

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With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching us, here at Signagelive we will be ready to support you should you need to contact us throughout the upcoming holiday period.

Our Support Team will be available to support you on the following dates and times:

Friday 22nd December – Normal Support Hours (8am – 12 midnight GMT)
Saturday 23rd December – Closed
Sunday 24th December – Closed
Monday 25th December – Closed
Tuesday 26th December – Closed
Wednesday 27th December – (8am – 12 midnight GMT)
Thursday 28th December – (8am – 12 midnight GMT)
Friday 29th December – (8am – 12 midnight GMT)
Saturday 30th December – Closed
Sunday 31st December – Closed
Monday 1st January – Closed

Normal support service resumes on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

We will be available via live chat, email or telephone should you need us throughout any of the open dates above.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at Signagelive

Signagelive partner and exhibit at Exertis Medium Connectivity & Digital Signage Roadshow

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Signagelive will be partnering with Exertis Medium to re-launch the Connectivity Roadshows which target Pre-sales and Technical Sales leads within the Reseller Channel.

There are two events:

  • Thursday 23rd November at Reading FC, Madejski Stadium
  • Monday 27th November at Manchester City FC, Etihad Stadium

These half day events will be starting at 1pm with Registration/Lunch, intro from vendors, exhibition and Infacom training session. Followed by a VIP drinks and dinner reception finishing at 8.30pm

Why should you attend?

The events will bring together a number of Connectivity & Control vendors in one room, providing the opportunity to launch new products, showcase existing, and meet potential new clients face to face.

Visit the Signagelive stand to view our cloud based platform and see for yourself how digital signage can be used to control screens via mobile devices and see specific information. Signagelive will also be exhibiting with IAdea to show their calendar integration solution demo.

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Exertis Medium is the A-Z of AV with some long-established relationships with the biggest and best brands, They work with inventive, niche vendors who can make a huge impact, are big on service but meticulous about the little details too.

Exertis highly trained sales team are motivated to provide the very best service levels as a differentiator. The pre- and post-sales staff strive to exceed customer satisfaction at every stage. Exertis is a member of InfoComm International®, which is the professionalism of the AV industry through education, training and development of employees and customers.

Signagelive’s digital signage platform is used globally by over 1,900 organisations to manage their networks. Supplying digital signage software and services to multiple markets including retail, education,and hospitality, to over 46 countries across EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific. Its innovative technology media playback software is written in HTML5, is cloud-based and is compatible with an unrivalled number of display screens, mobile devices and video wall display systems.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Signagelive is expanding globally and hiring in the US and Singapore

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Signagelive is seeking enthusiastic and dynamic individuals to join them as they continue to expand globally. Signagelive’s headquarters are located in the UK outside of Cambridge, with offices in Chicago and Singapore.

New opportunities in US and Singapore shows Signagelive’s commitment to future growth in the digital signage market and will strengthen our position as a recognised leader within the digital signage industry.

To find out more about each role click on each of the links below:

If you are interested in any of these positions then please email careers@signagelive.com in the first instance.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.

Signagelive recently presented at the Northern WAVE event in Leeds

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Aferdita Qesku, Sales Director Global at Signagelive recently presented at Women in AV at the Northern WAVE event held in Leeds. Aferdita discussed What it takes to succeed in the AV World”.

The presentation was very well received and the event provided excellent networking opportunities for all attendees.

Women in AV is a networking and information sharing group whose goal is to help, learn, mentor and assist all women to achieve success in the audiovisual industry.

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The next WAVE meeting is in London at Lutron offices on October 19th. Women in AV hold approx six conferences each year and also attend ISE. If you are interested in finding out further information on WAVE please contact Pat Deeley.

Signagelive is a world leader in the development and delivery of digital signage applications and interactive media solutions. Supplying digital signage software and services to thousands of customers in multiple markets including QSR, retail, education, and hospitality, to over 46 countries across EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific. Signagelive provides innovative technology, media playback software written in HTML5, and is cloud-based. It is compatible with an unrivalled number of display screens, mobile devices and video wall display systems.

To learn more about Signagelive solutions and to discuss your digital signage requirements, please get in contact with us.