Why settle for passive, spectator digital signage, when you can deliver a “wow-the-crowd” immersive experience?
If you’re a solutions architect, or IT Manager tasked with installing digital signage for your business, the chances are that the plans you’ve made are not ambitious enough. Yes, that’s right! According to industry experts, many organisations could already be creating digital signage experiences – that is, experiential signage. They’re missing out, simply because they are not aware of what’s possible – often with the technology they already have!
Matt Neutra, BrightSign Senior Product Marketing Manager and Lead Experience Engineer has decades of experience in the field, having worked with the likes of Bose to create spectacular and immersive digital signage experiences.
According to Neutra, experiential digital signage is now viable – and affordable – to create – even for the most everyday business scenarios, whether that’s office department floors or employee breakrooms and canteens.
Experiential digital signage
So, what exactly is experiential digital signage, and how can it help your business?
According to Neutra, it’s a digital signage experience that you’re a part of, not that you passively look at. It is a space that immerses you in surround sound, with screens to the front of, and all around you. It’s an experience that is purpose-built to match the physical experience and evoke an emotional response.
For Neutra, who does this for a living, the process involves bringing together technology, content and architecture in pursuit of telling a story – of creating a single, cohesive human experience. You can see it everywhere around you. Take, as a high-profile example, the Van Gogh Immersive Experience in London and other cities, which immerses you in the world of the Dutch genius.
Simple and cost-effective
Experiential signage is undoubtedly a transformative digital art, and yet as grandiose as it sounds, it’s surprisingly affordable and practical to create and roll-out.
In fact, sometimes, you can do big experiential things with just a couple of screens and a content management system (CMS), like Signagelive. With our Real Time Events (RTEs) feature, for instance, the Signagelive platform can be used to schedule the operation of connected devices in the environment. This means that you can use the room’s connected lighting, projectors and speakers to suit the on-screen messaging and bring the content to life. You’re even able to time the connected devices’ operation to coincide with different stages of your on-screen content.
In an office user case scenario, to highlight important company news as it appears on-screen, you could, for example, use the platform to automatically dim the lights and trigger a tannoy announcement sound via the room’s speakers.
BrightSign Media Players
With the addition of BrightSign Media Players and sensor technologies like Nexmosphere, you can do even more – and at scale. For instance, in the workplace, to support employees, why not create health and wellness zones in the break and recreational areas to set exactly the right relaxing ambience for them?
Calming imagery and videos, or advice on mindfulness could be triggered on-screen every time employees approach the area, and/or the room’s lighting could change shade or colour to help create a relaxing atmosphere. Moreover, with the aid of push buttons, you could help employees search for more information on-screen, and/or select the ambient music they would like to hear via the room’s speakers.
Workplace canteens can also benefit from experiential signage. Interactive “lift and learn” displays are excellent ways to help employees find out more about menu options, enabling them to lift a prop to trigger more information about the dish on-screen.
The potential to transform the workplace experience is already being used to great effect, with some companies even incorporating, as part of the signage experience, the projection of water running down the walls of recreational or waiting room areas.
With BrightSign, players can be synchronised to deliver on-screen news at the same time across every department floor, or, as Neutra points out, even to create an immersive walk-through orchestral experience! The scale and scope of the experience is entirely up to you.