UCView Launches New Playlists Feature

UCView’s digital signage software now includes a Playlists tab. This new feature, which allows for network operators to view their playlist order, is available under the Campaigns and Ads module. The Playlists tab will only be accessible after an ad has been created and then saved. After an ad has been saved, the network operator will have the flexibility to preview, shuffle, rearrange, and then save the playing order of their playlist. The network operator can also minimize and expand the playlist to view multiple ads at one time. This new feature allows for network operators to view exactly how their ads will be displayed on screen once it’s published.

Posted by Christine on 02/27 at 03:03 PM

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How to Select the Right Digital Signage Software

If you work within the digital signage industry, you already would know that every project you come across is unique. Every customer we come across is unique and require their own customized system which includes content, hardware, and software.

Having the right digital signage software is vital for the success of the digital signage deployment process. It’s important to select software that’s able to handle the unique needs of its clients, which has been UCView’s main goal for many years. UCView’s digital signage network is able to handle both simple and advanced digital signage needs. In order to select the right software, it’s important to look at the following components.

1) Look at the content and determine what you would like to display. Is it basic content, such as text and images, or is it much more sophisticated with high-definition video and sound?

2) What does the customer want to achieve with their digital signage. Perhaps they want to display wayfinding maps for new visitors or highlight hot-selling items in their store. Of course, once customers realize just how customizable and user-friendly the software system is, they would opt to advance their digital signage network to accommodate even more features.

3) It’s important to look at the location and the size of their digital signage network. Is the customer rolling out content to only one store or will it be used across multiple stores throughout the country?  UCView offers hardware and software that could be used specifically for one display or up to hundreds spread throughout multiple locations.

4) Each customer is unique in how they want to schedule their content. Some are scheduled to run the same content at the same time every day, whereas, others require unique content to be displayed at certain times of the day. UCView’s software is able to schedule specialized content for specific times of the day or schedule the same content to display daily based on the needs of the customer.

5) The software used needs to be flexible enough to be used for the number of channels needed. UCView’s digital signage software is flexible enough that content could be used repeatedly for every digital sign in the network or could be unique for each display.

 

Posted by Christine on 02/20 at 02:04 PM

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Videos: An Essential Digital Signage Communication Tool

Videos have been have been captivating audiences for many years. They not only require very little effort to set up with a user-friendly digital signage software, but the information can be easily retained by your audience. If you decide to display video content for your audience, it’s important to pay attention to the relevance of the video as well as its length.

In order to attract your audience, it’s essential to make sure that the content is relevant to your industry. Therefore, make sure the content is appropriate for your target audience. For example, display financial news for individuals waiting in the lobby of a bank. Try to make sure that the digital signage content is something that pertains to them as it will help them retain the information. As much as you would like to just set up a long video, shorter videos actually tend to have a higher retention rate. Most of your consumers will likely watch the screen for short amount of time and then move on to other tasks. Shorter videos, a minute or less, tend to be the most effective when reaching your audience. In addition, videos are the best method of simplifying complicated information. Therefore, it’s important to make sure these videos are concise, yet still gets the message across to your consumer in a simplified manner.

Content displayed on digital signage screens tend to be one of best forms of memory recall. If your videos are created in-house, make sure to display the most important information first. This is especially useful in areas with high-traffic zones. It may be simple to just upload a video to your digital signage software and let it play all day; however, it’s extremely important to take the time to know your audience and display what’s essential for them.

Posted by Christine on 02/10 at 11:08 AM

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Digital Signage Plays a Large Role in the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things – this term has been flooding the web lately, but what does it mean? IoT, which is short for Internet of Things, allows for physical objects to communicate with one another via the Internet. The Internet of Things enables for you to communicate with the use of devices and objects. These “things” could be anything physical, such as a person or a retail product. In fact, there are well over a million data sources and objects communicating with each other on a daily basis.

Even today, we can see numerous cases of the IoT being integrated with digital signage. The IoT is extremely beneficial for marketing products to the right people. Imagine a customer picking up a skincare product and instantly being informed about its best uses. Instead of hunting down a sales representative to learn more about the skincare product, all of the information the customer needs can display on screen just by picking it up. This effective solution will greatly increase efficiency in any environment.

Another more recent example of IoT being used with digital signage was at a Swedish subway station. The subway platform ads were equipped with sensors in order to detect approaching subway trains. The wind pressure from the train heading towards the station would activate the hair of a model on screen to blow in the wind as she struggled to keep it in place. Passengers waiting for the train were enamored by the lifelike advertisement which promoted a new hair product.

We expect the growth of IoT, integrated with digital signage, to increase at a staggering rate in 2015 and in the years ahead. Technology is starting to play a role in every facet of our lives and digital signage will grow to adopt this trend. It’s slowly moving from just displaying dynamic content on screens to integrating and communicating with the physical environment. Digital signage relies on communicating essential content to the right population at the right time; therefore, it will play a vital role in the IoT and offer innovative solutions in the years ahead.

 

Posted by Christine on 01/30 at 12:13 PM

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UCView Releases Instagram Digital Signage App

Instagram allows for you to post and share your most valuable moments with your friends and family – so why can’t you do the same with your target customers. UCView unveiled a one-of-a-kind Instagram app which allows for you to share your most worthwhile company photos and videos with your audience. Publish images from your school’s fundraising event or the hottest new items released at your retail store. This free digital signage content app displays a sequence of photos and short video clips which will keep your audience entertained at all times. Allow for your audience to even interact with the screen and share their own photos or videos to your digital signage displays. You may even customize the app so it can reflect your company’s image. Build a connection and communicate like never before using the innovative Instagram digital signage app.

Posted by Christine on 01/20 at 01:30 PM

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UCView Launches Digital signage Facebook Posts App

How often have you sat in a waiting room and watch a digital signage screen play the same ads over and over again? After the first round of ads your audience will obviously start to lose interest. It’s important to keep your content updated at all times, yet many users don’t realize how easy it is to do this. UCView’s Facebook Posts app offers short videos clips and photos which can be shared from your company’s Facebook page. This dynamic app not only offers thrilling images and clips straight from your Facebook page, but it also promotes you company at the same time. It’s such a simple, yet highly effective solution. Virtually all companies have their own Facebook page which makes this a practical solution in order to keep your content fresh and your audience entertained. This free digital signage content app allows for you to customize and select the number of photos and videos you would like to publish for your displays. Along with your content, you audience will be able to view the number of likes you received on your Facebook page along with the date. Keep your audience entertained at all times with the Facebook Posts app.

Posted by Christine on 01/19 at 02:47 PM

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How Corporate Communication Will Change In 2015

Corporate communication is an essential component for any successful business. For the new year, more businesses will realize the potential benefits digital signage can offer in terms of communication for their employees. Below are predictions on how corporate communication will benefit the workplace environment in 2015.

1) More and more companies will opt to use digital signage to replace their cafeteria menu board and schedules/meeting locations will be displayed on screen. In addition, more companies will want to incorporate sensitive data into their digital signage.

  2) Digital signage content is capable of being uploaded within minutes. The process of uploading and customizing content will be much more quick and efficient in 2015. Employees will be able to view upcoming events and meetings in an instant.

3) Hyper-local messaging will be a large factor in the industry. Targeted messages can be released to its precise location. Messages targeted to specific locations are much more personal and can speak to the consumer on a one-to-one basis. Supervisors will want specific messages to reach out to certain employees no matter where they are located.

4) The suggestion box will also become obsolete. Supervisors will want a quicker way to access feedback from employees. Due to the increased use of digital technologies, information will be provided in real-time and employees will digitally input their suggestions and receive faster responses.

 

Posted by Christine on 01/14 at 12:51 PM

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Why Commercial Grade Displays are Better for Digital Signage Communication

There are many companies that believe they are making a smart choice by displaying consumer-grade television screens for their audience. It typically is cheaper compared to commercial-grade television screens; however, a better value does not necessarily mean that it’s a better alternative. A consumer-grade television isn’t built to handle a digital signage environment. One major disadvantage of a consumer-grade television is its level of brightness. Consumer-grade television typically has a lower level of brightness that might not make content easily visible on the screen. In addition, companies need to consider the environment consumer grade televisions are placed in. These screens are meant to be used in a room for families to watch television. The lighting in the room doesn’t consistently change and families are seated across from the screen at a set distance. Now think about how frustrating it may be for customers to view a consumer-grade screen in a business. These screens are more prone to glare from sunlight and there is no way to change the brightness level. For instance, restaurants typically have large windows that let in a great deal of sunlight. This could cause a lot of glare to show up on the screens making it very difficult to read for customers who want to place an order. A commercial-grade screen is capable of automatically adjusting based on the level of brightness. No matter what environment it’s placed in, the screens can change to be legible enough for customers to read at all times.

Another big disadvantage of having a consumer-grade television is its level of durability. Consumer-grade televisions are not able to handle harsh environments and are meant for indoor settings only, whereas, a commercial-grade screen can handle varying temperature levels and could be used for the indoors and outdoors. Digital signage is often displayed for a long period of time, sometimes it is even displayed 24/7. Therefore, a business will need to invest in a commercial-grade screen which won’t burn out and could handle long periods of use. A digital signage commercial-grade screen may cost more money; however, in the long run it’s more valuable for effective communication with your audience.

Posted by Christine on 01/06 at 09:35 AM

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Happy Holidays from the UCView Team!

The UCView team would like to take a moment to wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season! As we embark on a New Year, we would like to thank everyone for helping us grow as a team. Based on your suggestions, we have succeeded in making our software more simple-to-use, scalable, and flexible. For the year 2015, we look forward to improving and expanding our products to fit just what you need for your organization. Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year!

Posted by Christine on 12/24 at 09:48 AM

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UCView Offers LDAP Active Directory Authentication Module for Digital Signage

LDAP, which is short for lightweight directory access protocol, simplifies the process of obtaining directory information. It allows for you to locate organizations, individuals, or other resources in a network. LDAP supports TCP/IP, which is necessary for Internet access. UCView now allows for our clients to enable LDAP settings and authenticate users from Microsoft Active Directory servers. Select LDAP Settings in order to learn how to configure LDAP authentication in the system area of your server.

Posted by Christine on 12/23 at 10:26 AM

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