Guest contribution • 03.06.2019

Why digital signage pays off big!

The right content can increase sales and customer loyalty

The strategic use of digital signage can unquestionably lead to increased sales, a boosted impact of the sales floor, a new shopping experience, and a stronger brand image. However, emphasis is too often placed merely on technical innovations that go beyond current needs.

That’s why retailers and digital signage users always benefit from asking the key, fundamental questions: When and how does digital signage pay off for me? What should I consider when choosing the best digital signage solution? What should I show on my in-store TV screens and how does this all work? In other words, it’s meaningful content that makes digital signage useful. After all, the technology is only a part of digital signage, albeit an important one.

Digital Signage in a Euronics shop
Source: EURONICS XXL Dieker GmbH

What role does digital signage play?

Sales areas can be upgraded and energized thanks to the use of displays, display column configurations or video walls. However, it is crucial not to take things too far. Many stores already expose customers to too many stimuli. While this may be exciting for some shoppers, it means sensory overload for others.

Your own personalized advertising and information network in front of the store, in window displays, in the entrance area and at the checkout allows you to showcase products, services, special promotions and much more to influence your target audience. In turn, this visual merchandising might prompt an opportunity for customer service or support the buying decision process. This also refutes the argument against the use of digital signage: Those who maintain that digital signage is only effective if customers are already inside the store overlook the fact that the conditions for successful advertising are far better in this setting compared to the use of radio spots or newspaper ads. Like I said, customers make most purchasing decisions at the POS. It should also be noted that the store layout and retail design or the personal appearance of sales staff make an advertising statement as well. Anyone who feels comfortable as a customer in a store thanks to the “total package" will likely recommend a venue to friends and family versus someone who is reluctant to remember the experience or has quickly forgotten it.

Digital Signage in a bakery
More and more bakeries use digital information media
Source: opta data digital communication GmbH

Show more than just your product selection

Those who only push advertising content on their network run the risk of losing attentive viewers. You can get your audience’s attention with the right mix of advertising, information, and entertainment. While it is possible to create your own advertising content or obtain it from content creators, it makes sense to use contents of renowned news sources like Tagesschau (German news program) or dpa (German press agency) to display up-to-date information. Several providers of digital signage solutions provide these types of content. This is where retailers should research in the run-up whether these contents are part of the solution package or whether they are only available at an additional cost.

Weather updates – for many still a hot topic they like to talk about - and information from the entertainment world are also contents that lend themselves for in-store networks. This includes celebrity news, entertaining knowledge, general knowledge quiz questions, practical tips for everyday life, horoscopes, etc.

Having said that, the primary goal of digital signage is to boost sales. That’s why advertising their own products and company is the most important aspect from a retailer’s perspective. However, it should be noted that from the customer's point of view, advertising messages are more accepted if they are embedded in information and entertainment. Advertisements can also feature information by displaying detailed product information that customers can call up on interactive touch screens. The fact that this appeals to our play instinct also makes it easier for advertising content to reach the mind of today’s consumer.

Man in a white shirt looking into the camera
Marco Kutsch, opta data digital communication gmbh
Source: opta data digital communication gmbh

Your own custom digital signage content versus ready-made contents

Depending on the digital signage solution, there are two ways to create your own advertising and information: you can either use ready-made contents or create your own. You should follow certain simple guidelines if you choose to create your own content. The most important rule: Don’t just gear the contents to your own objectives but aim to primarily meet the expectations of your target audience. The old advertising slogan that the bait has to taste good to the fish, not the fisherman still rings true today. If you don’t speak the language your target audience values and resonates with - and that doesn’t just refer to texts but also themes, figurative language, and imagery – you are not effectively communicating with them.

Anyone who addresses multiple target audiences and knows when they frequent the retail outlet can display contents that are up-to-the-minute relevant with the right digital signage solutions. What’s more, this also allows users to distribute and centrally manage different, custom presentations for specific screens and store locations. In addition to using this aspect of digital signage to their advantage, retailers can also benefit from the timeliness of content: While printed marketing materials such as posters have to be reprinted every time there is an update, digital signage enables users to do this with no more than a few clicks. That’s why retailers must never present outdated content.

Another don’t is too much text and it should be avoided. Depending on the situation, consumer attention span tends to be short and lengthy messages can quickly leave people bored. That’s why retailers should focus on key information and present it in short, concise, legible large font texts – product details can be hashed out in customer service. Having said that, the content presentation should not be too short either and have too little information. Transitions that are too fast seem hectic and don’t allow viewers to process the information. If you like colors, don’t use the full color wheel, but take your cues from corporate design and the store concept instead. Moving images tend to grab the audience’s attention more than static content, which is why you should include videos but in balanced proportion to all other content. You should always remember that “it's all in the mix.”

Hiring a digital signage agency gets professional results but this quality comes at a price. However, great digital signage solutions make it easy even for first-time users to craft a compelling advertising and information package. They also allow users to progressively adopt the new technology and gradually increase its use. There is no question that the introduction of digital signage pays off big for retailers - provided that this implementation follows a strong game plan.

Author: Marco Kutsch, opta data digital communication gmbh

related articles:

popular articles:

Thumbnail-Photo: Social commerce 2.0: artificial intelligence detects purchase intention...
18.04.2019   #e-commerce #sustainability

Social commerce 2.0: artificial intelligence detects purchase intention

Choosy analyzes fashion trends on Instagram – and redesigns them

The fashion world moves at lightning speed – and more than ever thanks to the rise of social media. In the past, key trends emerged off the runways twice a year during fashion weeks. Now Instagram et al. set the tone daily thanks to feeds of ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Cameras, comfort and Artificial Intelligence...
09.04.2019   #security #cashpoints

Cameras, comfort and Artificial Intelligence

Video: What self-checkout systems can already offer today

Self-checkout systems are enjoying ever greater acceptance and are regarded as an important future topic for retailers and customers. ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Introducing a new, powerful mobile POS in Posiflex’s MT series...
25.06.2019   #epos systems #cashpoints

Introducing a new, powerful mobile POS in Posiflex’s MT series

MT-5310W from Posiflex combines the mobility of a tablet with the functionality of a fixed POS terminal. .

Today’s customers have higher expectations than ever when it comes to service. To meet and exceed customers’ ever-growing expectations, Posiflex is pleased to present MT-5310W, the latest addition to the popular MT series: a hybrid ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Denmarks largest garden center chain is chasing a green profile...
26.06.2019   #sustainability #electronic shelf labels (ESL)

Denmark's largest garden center chain is chasing a green profile

Electronic shelf labels for paper reduction

Plantorama introduces electronic shelf labels in all stores, which significantly reduces the chain's paper consumption. The project will strengthen the chain's green profile and will have a positive influence on the customer experience and ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Well cooled shopping entertainment, please!
15.07.2019   #refrigeration cabinets #refrigerated counters

Well cooled shopping entertainment, please!

What about modern refrigeration technology?

Pierluigi Schiesaro and Gian Paolo Di Marco from Arneg, a company focusing on food service equipments, talk about refrigeration systems as "shopping entertainment".They also tell us what sustainable refrigeration could look like and why ...

Thumbnail-Photo: U.S. merchants lack critical tools to fuel global expansion...
10.07.2019   #online trading #e-commerce

U.S. merchants lack critical tools to fuel global expansion

Top challenges: payment localization, compliance, and cybersecurity

Rapyd, a FinTech-as-a-Service provider, today announced the results of its inaugural ‘2019 State of Cross-Border eCommerce: U.S. Merchant Outlook’, which found that most U.S. business units (91 percent) prioritize cross-border sales as a ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Goodbye paper receipts: All documents stored in one app...
16.05.2019   #epos systems #cashpoints

Goodbye paper receipts: All documents stored in one app

What happens when the Receipt Provision Ordinance takes effect? We digitize!

They create a lot of work and endless waste: tons of paper receipts from cash registers end up with customers or the waste bin every day. In early 2020, all consumers must be given a purchase receipt in Germany. That’s what the law mandates. ...

Thumbnail-Photo: New innovative hybrid POS solution for small businesses...
20.05.2019   #pos systems #cashpoints

New innovative hybrid POS solution for small businesses

Posiflex presents a new innovative Hybrid POS solution for small businesses

The Retail market is always evolving, and so is Posiflex. Posiflex continually stays attached to the market and identifies ahead what the market really needs. Posiflex is honored to present its latest innovative Hybrid POS solution, WT-3007A, to the ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Changing markets: embracing disruption to harvest opportunity...
18.06.2019   #digitization #event

Changing markets: embracing disruption to harvest opportunity

Reporting from the first annual Retail & Brand Experience World Congress in Barcelona

More than 200 industry insiders highlighted the many challenges facing the retail sector today in interesting talks and lectures.Topics included the customer experience, the use of technologies, digital media, omnichannel strategies, personalization ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Tackling organized retail crime with video analytics...
26.06.2019   #video surveillance #digital video surveillance

Tackling organized retail crime with video analytics

Inpixon joins forces with National Anti-Organized Retail Crime Association

Inpixon, an indoor positioning and data analytics company, announced it is collaborating with the National Anti-Organized Retail Crime Association (NAORCA Worldwide) to combat retail crime by providing a free 90-day trial offer for IPA Video™ ...

Supplier

LANCOM Systems GmbH
LANCOM Systems GmbH
Adenauerstraße 20 / B2
52146 Würselen
ROQQIO Commerce Solutions GmbH
ROQQIO Commerce Solutions GmbH
Harburger Schloßstraße 28
21079 Hamburg
Delfi Technologies GmbH
Delfi Technologies GmbH
Landgraben 75
24232 Schönkirchen
APG Cash Drawer
APG Cash Drawer
4 The Drove
BN9 0LA Newhaven