You gain new clients, increase average spend, save on print costs, introduce an elevated level of energy and vitality, and increase your profits. You have to have a good reason not to use it. Whether you’re a Hotel, Boutique, Pharmacy, Leisure Centre, Car Dealership, Restaurant, or Take-Away, providing clients with eye-catching messages and information is vital.
Time to join your fellow SMEs who are tapping into the power of digital signage to attract attention, boost sales and avoid the costs associated with static, non-digital methods for presenting menus and promotions. Discover as many others have, the real benefits, savings and increased sales that exist within those pixels.
Impulse buying behaviour
Where you have a market dependent on impulse i.e. Boutiques, Restaurants and Take-a-ways to name a few, you’ve got it made. Impulse buying disrupts the normal decision-making models in consumers’ brains. The logical sequence of the consumers’ actions is replaced with an irrational moment of self-gratification. Impulse items appeal to the emotional side of consumers. Some items bought on impulse are not considered functional or necessary in the consumers’ lives.
Good signage solutions are designed to trigger these impulses, by exposing promotional messages at the right place and at the right time – you simply nudge consumers’ to spot that something that stirs a particular passion in them – which in turn leads them straight to your tills.
Raise your company’s profile
Many SMEs also realise that not only do they generate a great Return on Investment (ROI). Sure, we know they’re eye-catching and that they can easily tempt passer-by’s with mouth-watering images or up-sell on impulse using carefully crafted messages using the power of motion and change.
But now those screens are also saving money in creating a modernising effect; at a lower cost than undertaking major leasehold improvements i.e. an “eye-catching” 40″ digital screen integrated into the design of your shop front, on display to anyone walking past. You can save a lot of money; Digital Signage can introduce an elevated level of energy and vitality to any shop front, adding a fresh look to your business premises. A more “high-end” appearance, this is easily achieved by any small business with a vision and desire to stand out from its competitors.
Not only does this provide SMEs with a prime promotional space on any busy high street, it also raises their profile. As digital signage becomes more established as a mainstream marketing technique it becomes more accessible to smaller businesses. The days of only seeing digital signage in Piccadilly Circus are over; the age of digital marketing is upon us.
Opportunity to profit from advertising time
These systems can also be used as a tool to generate advertising revenue by promoting other businesses and services; by selling advertising time on your digital display to other local businesses.
Revenue generation by advertising local non-conflicting businesses; a big brand like Budweiser may not get excited about advertising on your one – two screens within your shop, but the local hairdressers or plumbers around the corner might. And with the local community Newspapers circulation falling – similar local retailers would be wise to follow.
Digital Signage can be an active element in anyone’s marketing, unlike those never-changing listings within local directories and printed banners/signs – which when you add all these up – can cost the average retailer a fortune over time, and with a hard to measure ROI.
In tough times, you have to change the way you do business, by stopping the drip of less viable products that provide limited value to you. Digital Signage delivers real and measureable benefits to SMEs – proven business benefits.
Digital Signage = Smart Expenditure
The rising use of digital signage by small and medium-sized companies can be attributed to many factors, falling equipment costs – a 50% drop in the price of LCD displays over the last five years has made previously expensive solutions a realistic proposition for SMEs – increased awareness and a realisation of the competitive advantage that can be gained are all positive drivers. Smart expenditure, on this type of technology provides SMEs with a real affordable advantage in tough times.
The following excerpt from an article “Small businesses should make their technology pay” from SMEWeb.com (The online resource for SMEs in the UK) acknowledges this competitive advantage:
“Digital signage is another area which has seen leaps of progress over the past few years. And far from being a luxury, these screens can save considerable costs and so offer fast ROI – particularly for customer-facing businesses. After all, one way to increase market share is to ensure your customers have the information they need about your company and products at the point of purchase.
Nowadays digital signage is far more than an elaborate poster; used correctly it can provide real-time data; stimulate demand by offering further information surrounding and complementary to products such as recipes or alternatives. Already they are being used extensively in restaurants and hotels – for example, to promote special dishes and update menus without the printing costs and allied transport overheads.
Small businesses need to be more responsive and quicker off the mark than their larger counterparts – there’s no better way to do this than using a digital sign which can be updated, either from a central location or locally, to reflect changing situations.
These are just two examples of the way that making smart investments in technology can make a real difference to the effectiveness of a business today. The challenge, particularly for SMEs, is to know what is available and how to implement them for the best return.
The key is to find a solutions provider that can give reliable advice and has a good relationship with a vendor so they can give you the inside track on the development of the product in future.
Hopefully we are through the tunnel of recession. However, it’s worth coming up for air and taking a look at what there is to help smaller businesses. Far from being mere window dressing, the new electronics equipment just emerging onto the market can really make a difference.” Time to open your eyes to the opportunities that digital signage has to offer.
Innovative Advertising Displays
You need a solution that addresses the fast growing need for digital signage displays in areas within the public eye, providing an effective form of advertising, information, communication or entertainment – you really need to be exploiting this, now.
Your best course of action would be to select one with a built-in media player and scheduling software; allowing for simple plug and play methods for updating content, making them extremely user-friendly. Unlike many of your fellow SMEs, you will not be exploited into having to continually pay out for annual software licences.
Using our Plug and Play displays, you do not need a computer or DVD support as the display has a memory card reader built-in. Simply insert an SD/CF Memory Card and power on. The screen automatically starts playing the images, video and music that are loaded onto the card.
You can easily set the position order and interval time (Breakfast, Lunch Hour Specials and Evening Dining) of each slide giving you complete control over every aspect of your digital signage – take a glimpse as to how easy our Software is at Scheduling your playlists. The screen has a memory card locker to protect the memory card from public access. A wall mount also comes with the screen, so you can fix the screen on the wall without extra cost. Professional installation can be provided which also includes a walk-through of the product and its features.
Commercial grade displays are different from that of a TV purchased from your local electronic shop – these displays are more robust and rated to show content for more total hours, fit for purpose. All displays are designed for 24/7 usage and have special LCD panels so that the colour doesn’t fade over time, as it would with other LCD panels found in TVs and PC monitors.
Their sleek, elegant tempered glass styling, ability to be in constant use (more energy-efficient) and wide viewing angle means that they offer many advantages over using home TVs for commercial display. As well as these benefits the Digital Advertising Displays are also brighter than home TVs and have no buttons or controls on show. By placing a TV in a business environment, you typically lose or limit its warranty.
Additionally they can be easily networked or wirelessly connected to a PC for more frequent updates and even up to the minute RSS feeds.
Digital signage can be one of the most impactful shopper marketing technologies in use in retail today; it can deliver the right message to the right place, at the right time, and in the right format; it has the power to impact sales, build brands and improve the customers’ experience.
Cost of content and who controls it
There are companies that are claiming to be creators of Digital Signage, where the opposite being, there just jumping into the industry simply because it’s hot. And with the analysts promising 33 percent or higher growth this year; this creates plenty of scope for others to follow.
One of their more noticeable mistakes, being content creation, an issue for these resellers, which in turn becomes an issue for their clients – these companies are simply not adept to creating interesting visual content – let alone the need and importance of refreshing content.
These companies often try to sell you expensive digital campaigns with their products – it should be noted that most of these content deals are just simple PowerPoint presentations that can be done by anyone with little experience. Alternatively, most will provide you with contact numbers to very expensive Design Agencies that they have formed partnerships with – all this can be a real put-off for SMEs.
As an SME, you will want to cut costs when it comes to Digital Signage Content, so using in-house resources instead of giving the business to an outside supplier is one sure way of cutting costs. Most of us, have PowerPoint installed on our computers, and with powerful editing features such as adding videos, pictures and animations, you would be crazy not to use it for creating your own Digital Signage Content.
Integrating existing content such as logos, images, animations and video will be less time-consuming and inexpensive – this also ensures compliance with your existing image, portrayed by your company. Many SMEs may have internal/external marketing, printing and web design departments – these are great places to look for existing assets. Inevitable though, new content will obviously be required at some point in time.
Many suppliers and brands that may be part of your on-going promotions can also provide these assets. Existing logos and graphics can be retouched and animated, to provide a more dynamic and contemporary look. There is no reason why an SME cannot produce and deliver a broadcast-quality experience to their clients, using in-house resources.
Small businesses in particular need to control the cost of content, to make their investment in a Digital Signage System, worthwhile. Therefore, when considering your Digital Signage Partner, it is best to choose a provider that will consider your size, budget and needs – one that specialises in designing low-cost media and content for SMEs.
A knowledgeable Partner that has the time and desire to provide you with that one-to-one attention, dedicated to the highest level of customer satisfaction and service – walking you through every step of the specification and implementation process; focusing on three things: improving sales, reducing costs and improving customer relations. A Digital Signage Partner with, a good proposition at good cost.