Connect any Calendar to your Digital Signage Screens

Dinners, lectures, enrollment deadlines, classes, family meetings, trips, appointments at the doctors or even staff on duty … No one could keep such busy schedule without a calendar! If it is complicated maintaining personal events in mind, imagine maintaining a school or a company schedule up-to-date without this essential tool.

Digital Signage is a powerful tool for presenting calendar activities on the spot!

Keep track of your events, publicize them and drive attendance on your establishment with digital signage displays. OnSign TV Calendar App,  synchronizes  any Google Calendar, Outlook, or any  iCal Calendar Server to pull events directly to the screen. Events are displayed as you create, update or delete them. This way, you can focus on creating the events and forget about the rest.

Just update your calendar and OnSign TV will automatically present your calendar entries in the screens!

The calendar App key keeps everyone aware of current and upcoming events. The calendar will be easily available as you have your screens hung in the wall, so no further action or device is need from your audience to learn what's going on. Not even the most absented minded employee or client will miss it. You can setup the app to display events on different frequencies: daily, weekly or monthly. The design and soft animation makes it even more eye-catching.

You can use it not only for meeting, but also create separate calendar to address several companies’ needs, such as highlighting project deadlines, reminding training sections, birthdays, happy hours, holiday's and much more. This applies to any sector, be it a large corporation or a startup. Below you will find some usage suggestions according to industry:

Hotels & Spas

Probably this is one of the industries that can benefit the most out of calendar events:

  • Promote services: Normally, hotels and spas offer an intense service schedule. Every venue follows some type of schedule starting from simple things like how long the kitchen and bar areas are open or when the breakfast is served.
  • Inform about local events: If you are located in a touristic area or you hotel is the hub for congresses and events, keep your guests posted about what is going on. You can display the congresses’ schedule and where they are being held. Concerts, parties, festivals, theater and other attractions can be displayed occasionally to grab the attention of your guests.
  • Guide events’ attendees: If congresses take place on the hotel, use the screens to help attendees on way finding by displaying the calendar with each room’s event. Another option is displaying the calendar and occasionally displaying directories list as well. This is very useful, specially if different events are taking place simultaneously.

Companies and offices

Besides displaying all meetings being held on the company days ahead, you can also empower your human resources department with this tool:

  • Keep track of project deadlines: Point out on when a project or task is supposed to be completed. This will make your team aware of their deadlines and enhance workflow.
  • Display training: If you company offers trainings periodically, this is a good way to make your team aware of them. Display one month in advance so your staff can prepare and arrange their own calendar.
  • Display birthdays: Prevent those embarrassing moments when you realized you forgot three days ago about your colleagues birthday. This will also save your human resources time, as all they need to do is edit their calendar and it will be automatically displayed on the screen. *App Settings: Check out “Show time” option
  • Promote events: Is your company planning on organizing a happy hour? Or is there going to be a Christmas dinner? Any of these or other events related to the company’s internal marketing can be publicized through the signage network.

College, universities and other education establishments

Any education establishment may have a different organogram. Identify which are the key people who can manage the signage and who can be in charge of adding events and news to the calendar:

  • Yearly calendar: Each institution has its own calendar, which is quite requested mainly on the beginning and ending of the semester. However, you can display it all year round so students and/or parents keep aware of the most important dates and deadlines, such as enrollment period, beginning of the classes, adjustments deadline, holidays, etc.
  • Special Events: Highlight special lectures or cultural activities.
  • Sport Events: Promote competitions and tournaments, be it held locally or in another city or province.
  • Department notifications: In universities it is common each department has its own activities, special lectures, special classes offers. Each department can manage its own calendar and display it only in their own screens.

Of course, these usages applies for other industries as well! Afterall, if doesn’t matter the size, you will always like to remind about your employee’s birthday or notify everyone about coming events. However, some industries might have specific needs besides promoting internal communication. Check out some more targeted usages:

Clinics, Hospitals and Health Institutions

Besides being a clever way of diminishing perceived time of patients waiting for their turn on the doctor’s office, you can use digital signage to inform them about procedures scheduling times. Also, if the clinic works on a first-come, first-served basis, you can inform when the doctor will be attending and for how long. This comes handy, specially if they need to leave to follow up another patient’s case on emergency situations.

Retail

There are other ways of using the calendar app other than displaying events. On retail industry, place new items arrival on store and also inform limited sales dates, such as season sales. The store manager can also use it internally to keep track of the employees shifts and know exactly who is available at a given time.

Bar and Restaurants

Likewise, if your restaurant offers daily specials it can be displayed on the calendar. This way you can allure clients on returning for an irresistible price. Promote live music on your place and feature those events with the calendar app. For bar’s it is also a nice idea to remind of the sports events that will be broadcasted live and special offers due to the event. Some locations also have a special discount on certain hours: why not to make it known?

Movie Theaters

Managers can keep a new releases calendar. So, when people come by to watch a movie, they can already make plans on what movie they will be watching next. Also feature each daily promotion, like days and time in which all viewers pay half the ticket price or other discounts. Use it over the bomboniere to feature daily special snacks and promotion combos.

Bookstores & Libraries

There are so many ways of attracting more readers. On bookstores’ case, authors can be invited for autograph sections and discussion, as well as professor and expertises in one author in order to discuss their works. An alternative way of engaging the readers is fomenting reading clubs. They can happen periodically. Build your event agenda with the proposed book and invite everyone to join.

New 10 inch Android Touch Display just Announced by Philips

Are you looking for a robust and reliable 10" Android display to expand your digital signage network? The Philips 10BDLl3051T is the device you are looking for!

Tailored for digital signage, the just launched 10” Android display features an integrated mounting bracket so you get a bundle with all hardware you need in a box. Packed with connectivity options, the 10BDLl3051T features WiFi, Bluetooth and even PoE (Power-over-Ethernet). PoE is a great if you are looking for an easy and reliable way to connect and power many devices across a wide installation.

The 10BDLl3051T is fully supported by OnSign TV and is a great fit for companies looking to present Meeting Room calendar and booking.

Advanced Features Compatible

OnSign TV has been closely working with Philips to ensure full software and hardware integration. This means you will be in good hands if choosing OnSign TV and the Philips 10BDLl3051T.

Beyond traditional software, OnSign TV also enables advanced device remote management:

  • Remote view
  • Remote control
  • Remote reboot
  • Detailed log
  • Interactive campaigns

Finally, the device offers a great cost and is backed by a Philips 3-year warranty!


Check out complete specification of Philips 10” multi-touch display.


At OnSign TV we really believe on the power of Android and we are glad to see the growing commitment from Philips on launching Android Professional Signage Displays options!

Philips D-Line

If you want to know more about other Philips Professional Signage solutions, take a look at the D-line Series, featuring displays from 32 to 65”. The D-Line has proven ideal for professional 24/7 operations.

Best Digital Signage RSS feeds

Why sticking to news websites when there is an entire blogosphere on the world wide web?

The RSS News App is a lifesaver application when it comes to content creation. It allows you to display fresh content with just a few clicks, sparing you hours of searching, analysing, drafting, writing and reviewing your own original article. You just need to grab a good news’ website RSS feed URL and paste it into OnSign TV App. You can choose from various RSS App layouts targeting fullscreen, landscape, portrait, footer and many other formats. It also adapts to different screen zones and can be customized to match surrounding content.

Blogging has grown to reach millions of URL address on the web. Share their content on your screen to keep audience entertained.

Going beyond mainstream media, blogs are an interesting strategy to consider. Go for a quick google search and I am sure you will find one that is laser focused on your audience. Although there is no official number, different reportspresent numbers well above 150 million blogs on the web! Likewise, millions of posts are published daily. Why should you stick only to traditional news websites?


Learn how to create an RSS news app


WordPress, for instance, is the main platform bloggers use to spread their word. According to a Convertkit report, about 76% of blogs on the internet are powered by this platform! Here goes a little secret not many people know. By adding “/feed” at the end of the blog URL address that is served by wordpress, you will get an RSS feed for the respective URL. Get further instructions on how to convert any wordpress page into a RSS feed.

RSS properties

In this article we have listed several killer blogs to enrich your digital signage network content. But before jumping into to the wildblind, here are a few tips you should consider:

  • Is the information exactly what your clients are looking for? Give a moment of thought on the content you are sharing. How is it going to benefit your client? Is it entertaining enough, or is it just going to bother?
  • What is the publishing frequency? Scroll around before displaying the content. Take a look at the last post and note when it was published on the site. Do they post regularly or just every now and then? There should be no problem in sharing a website which doesn’t post regularly, as long as you don’t display it on your screen for long periods of time or quite frequently.
  • How is the content displayed on the screen? Pay attention to three key elements:
    1. Image and pictures - Do all posts feature nice pictures? Is the resolution of the pictures suitable for your screen size? Also take into account your screen and app orientation.
    2. Title - Make sure every post has a title. If not, you may have an empty title region on your screen. Are the titles "short" enough? If it is too long, it will likely end in “...” and the audience won’t be able to understand the post topic.
    3. Article content - Ensure the first paragraph content is concise enough and complements the title. Depending on the writing style, the author may tell a story before getting to the point. It can work on the web, but not on digital signage displays, where you need to catch the audience’s attention quickly. Alternatively OnSign TV RSS Apps can be configured to display only the post title. It will look much better on your screens.

Best RSS Feeds for your Signage Display

With that in mind, pick one of our blog suggestions to boost content in your signage network:

Beauty Shops

If your target clients are women and they need to wait for their turn, try shortening their perceived waiting time by presenting influencers of the blogosphere. Fitness, beauty and lifestyle are among the 20 top blog topics. Here we have selected a few:

  • Hair Romance: This blog was created by an amateur hair stylist. There are all kinds of easy to follow tutorials.
  • This that beauty: Blog on lifestyle by Felicia, who began her blog with makeup review and eventually evolved into fashion, food, fitness, and more recently motherhood.
  • Beauty & the beat: Lifestyle blog from beauty journalism Margaret Francois. Besides makeup reviews, she also shares her yoga journey which began in 2015.

Travel Agencies, Airports and Hospitality Industries

Present top travel destinations at your travel agency. Do you have a hotel? Link your screens to local bars and restaurants, or main events in town! Stunning nature images are always setting the mood. It doesn’t matter if this is not your clients’ destination, you will already have them dream of their trip after next.

  • Roads and Kingdoms: In its second year of existence, this blog was the winner of the Best Travel Site by the American Society of Travel Writers. It describes a country’s food, culture and politics. Another very interesting section is the “Know before going”, which presents funny facts about each town. The website is divided by region, so you can display what matters most to your audience!
  • Legal Nomads: This writer travels through food! It is a different approach to traveling, although there are also city guides and other tips.
  • Nomadic Matt: Expect to find tips on all sort of destinations around the world and tips on how to travel: from useful websites to daily hacks.
  • One mile at a time: If you are dealing with travelers making their way on a tight budget, try sharing this website. There are numerous trip hacks and discounts.

Bank and Finance Institutions

If your client could not solve his problem at the ATM on his own, it’s more than likely that he will have to go to the help desk. Depending on the time of the month, weekday and time, waiting can be stretched out a bit. Display personal finance blogs targeted to each client profile:

  • Get Rich Slowly: Being considered the best blog by Time Magazine should be enough reason to add this one to your campaign. This blog features carefully researched information on personal finance. Get-rich-quick formulas won’t be found here.
  • Millennial Money Man: Blog targeted at college grads and young professionals getting started on finances. The author is a millennial and overcame a USD 40,000 student loan debt in less than two years.
  • Consumerism Money Man: What began as a way of keeping track of one’s own money decisions became a successful blog, online since 2003. Updated on a weekly-basis.
  • The Simple Dollar: This blog began when its author, Trent Hamm, was going through a serious finance situation. He successfully went through it in eight-months, and could even establish an emergency fund. He decided to share his secrets with the world.

Hospitals and Clinics

These establishments are concerned with public health and might display a few guidelines on having a healthy lifestyle. There are blogs which focus on explaining diseases and their main treatments, as well as on alternative medicine and well-being.

  • Harvard Health Blog: As they say, “Trusted Advice for a Healthier Life”. Find different health sections on the top menu, so you can display target articles according to the corresponding clinic or hospital department.
  • Culture of health: Published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this blog provides articles with health tips, prevention methods and also studies of health policies and how to improve health in communities as a whole.
  • Wellness mama: This is basically a blog from a mother concerned with her children’s health. All began when she read in a magazine that life expectancy has begun to decrease. Ever since, she writes tips to help other families become healthier, too.

Education Establishments

Depending on the screen placement, you can target content to students, employees or professors. Display the latest news of your university or college blog and keep everyone up to date with college events. There are also many websites specialized in education, science and more.

  • How stuff works: Anyone who ever typed a simple question as “How bubble gums are made?” into Google certainly stumbled upon this website. Pick up one of the available categories of RSS and display plenty of curious facts to your students.
  • Overcoming Bias: An interesting blog to make researchers reflect about their own searching methods. The main purpose is overcoming bias and moving belief closer to reality.
  • Study Hacks Blog: The writer is Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University, who has published several books on productivity for high school and college students.

Supermarkets

Show recipes ideas, house decoration tips and more! This will give them ideas on how to use your products while they are looking for items on the shelves, and also keep them entertained while they queue for paying.

  • Call me cupcake: Linda is a Swedish girl who shares her cake, cupcakes and all kinds of bakery goods with her readers. It is likely that the recipe is not displayed right at the top of her posts, but her blog strength lies in her yummy photos.
  • Design to inspire: Blog about interior design wrote by two interior designers who’ve actually never met. They share photos of their favorite interiors on a daily basis.
  • Design milk: Magazine dedicated to design. They contain an interior category, so you can get a glimpse of many interesting interior projects, nice decoration and designers’ favorite items.
  • Husbands that cooks: Another blog with mouth-watering recipes! You can display posts according to categories: entreé, sides, main dish, side dish, desserts...
  • Budgetbytes: This blog has a different approach: creating deliciousness which fits your budget! No fancy ingredients. Excellent to target young customers.

Retail industry

Some business to consumer (B2C) manufacturers have their own blogs. Look for your main suppliers and check out whether they publish content about their new products. Your clients will be glad to have more information before purchasing, and it might also help upselling as customers get to know other products and their benefits.

  • Techcrunch: This is a blog dedicated to profiling startups, reviewing internet products and sharing the latest tech headlines. Their news section on gadgets can be especially useful!
  • Runblogger: Written by a running lover with shoes problems. Besides reviewing running shows, he shares some facts about the science behind running and ways of practicing this sport.
  • Beauty Junkies: Cosmetic reviews done by a professional with a 10-year career in the beauty industry. The advantage over other beauty blogs is that she doesn’t only test products meant for her.
  • Baby Gear Lab: Yes, that’s right. There are even sites specialized in baby products.

Libraries and Coffees

Inform readers about the latest book releases, bestseller ranks and hot autobiographies.

  • The Indie View - This blog presents interviews with authors. On an RSS feed App, the book cover is presented along with an author quote. This is an interesting way of discovering new books
  • Omnivoracious: This is the official blog by Amazon. It contains reviews, essays, lists of what you did not know about a certain book and so on.
  • Comics worth reading: Blog specialized in graphic novel - aka comic books. You can choose the website category, displaying review, comic news and more.
  • Helping writers become authors: For those who dream of going from reading to writing, and also taking their writings out of the drawer and placing them on library shelves.

The blogs mentioned above are mere ideas. Take your time to dive into the blogosphere with a search engine’s help, and in no time you will find content tailored to your niche. Another tip for finding best content sources, especially if you are from the marketing department and manage your company’s digital signage network, is asking your coworkers about their favorite internet readings. Certainly, no one will provide a better suggestion than a specialist! If you work in a university, there is no doubt professors follow a couple of blogs to stay in touch with research and trends. This applies to any sector - retail, restaurant, hotels, etc.

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We have another month loaded with great news!

Take a look at our new Meeting Room Calendar Apps!

  • Meeting rooms are always a struggle in any company. Now you can add a screen or tablet at the door of every room and present in real-time all booking and meeting info!


Are you ready to boost your content? OnSign TV gives you the tools!

Beginning February, all Files and Apps were gathered in a single location: the Content tab. We have not only put all content together, but also expanded the assets so you can create stunning campaigns for your digital signage.
Take a look on all new features:

  • Image Composer: Now it is for real! The Image composer isn’t beta any longer. New shortcuts were added so you can easily create content from scratch without ever leaving OnSign TV. Create banners, menus, ads, announcements and much more.
  • Templates: OnSign TV will give you a hand if you don’t consider yourself  a skilled designer. Take a look at the new “Templates” folder. There you will find Menu Boards, Stylish Directories and Sales Ads. All templates can be edited and changed within the Composer!


Find out more details about each feature below.

Looking for more features?
Take a look at 
OnSign TV Tutorials!

Meeting Room App 

This will for sure enable a very different way to use your screens all around!
Avoid double booking, interruptions during presentations and lost visitors with the new Meeting Room App. Display right at the door the current meeting info and all room booking for the day.
Here are some interesting use cases for this new App:
  • School: Display class subject and the coming classes.
  • Movies: Inform where each movie will be displayed. Late viewers can easily identify where they should enter. 
  • Co-working offices: Let clear which rooms were already taken and which ones are available.
The events are synced directly from your Google Calendar, Outlook server, Outlook 365, or any iCal compatible calendar. All you  need is to enter the iCal address on the App. Check out complete tutorial

There are two different layouts available:

Fullscreen App

Display on the entire screen or smaller zones the room availability in the moment as well as next bookings. Customize background image and enable animation.

Meeting Room - Bar App

Save some space by using the bar version and add up more content to your screen! This app will only display the current event topic and time. 

Composer is here to stay!

We have added several improvements to the Composer. Now you can take advantage of keyboard shortcut, undo/redo, clone, auto distribute and align elements. We have also improved the overall usability.
Start using the composer and streamline your content creation!
  Undo & Redo 
Can you imagine any tool more important than this one? We can’t. Especially after accidentally deleting an item on the canvas. Use the commands on the top of the screen or the well-known shortcuts: "Ctrl Z" and "Ctrl  Y". 

 Clone
Are you striving to create a pixel perfect shape? Now it is easy! Create your shape, or text once and clone it as many times as needed!
  Group, ungroup
Moving the elements of a simple composition is easy, but things might get more complicated if you are dealing with a menu board with several snack and drink options. If you wish to rearrange items, select multiple elements with the "Shift Key" pressed, and then click on the "Group icon" to move them all at once.
To edit an item color or size, click the “Ungroup icon” and modify the property. 

Send backward, bring forward
As you add more and more elements into the canvas, they will be stacked in a sequence, as presented on the left menu “Layers” option. There is no big deal if they are not on top of each other, but if a shape is covering the text, you can use this command to bring it forward.
Alignment and distribute tools
This is another feature for the pixel perfect designers! Select all the elements on the screen and align them at the bottom, top, left, right, or center. Use this tool when creating menu boards, lists or graphics. Also distribute elements evenly on horizontal or vertical orientation.
 

Templates

OnSign TV has already given you the tools for deploying digital signage everywhere. To boost your production, now you can get inspired and take advantage of Templates. All templates can be edited with the Image Composer, so changing color, text and adding your pictures takes only a couple clicks!
 
To start we are sharing  about 50 template options including Menu Boards, Sales Ads and Directories. Go to templates folder.

File browser is now everywhere !

Everytime you need to look for a file on OnSign TV platform, you will be able to search it on a pop-up window presenting the entire Content tab. It happens when setting a background image for an app (image below), or changing a screen zone content when using interactivity.
Before, you needed to look for the file's name on a dropdown list. The more files you had, the longer the list and the more complex the search. 

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A Practical Guide for Creating an Outstanding Digital Signage Finance Dashboard

If you are getting here, there is a good chance you either need to display your company financial index, add financial figures to your corporate TV content or as most would expect create a compelling communication content to a financial institution.

No matter what is the case, you will quickly realise your challenge is way beyond technology. It is actually figuring out where to get the best financial feeds and sources to keep everyone on the loop.

To help you get your mission accomplished, the OnSign TV team has created this quick and practical guide that shows how you can create an amazing digital signage communication by presenting several key finance news, stock info and indexes.

Financial Content and Apps

To keep this article into the point, we have selected three different content sources, so you can leverage OnSign TV Apps to make your figures stand out!

Stock Exchange Quotes

What in the whole financial world could be more important than your stocks? OnSign TV offers three different Stock Exchange Apps, so you will never miss a trade. Aren’t you sure what is your stock ticker symbol? Take a look at https://finance.yahoo.com

  • Single Stock Quote - This App can be used in fullscreen landscape, portrait, footers, or even vertical areas. It will provide a quick snapshot of the key financial metrics of a chosen stock.
  • Multi Stock Quote - This App lets you list several stocks or index quotes. It is a handy tool for tracking a specific set of your portfolio, or maybe you would like to track the key stock exchange indices like S&P 500 (^GSPC), NASDAQ Composite (^IXIC), Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI).
  • Multi Stock Quote scroller - Create custom text scrollers so you can track a larger set of stocks and indexes!

Currency Exchange info

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Currency Exchange is displayed daily on news. Foreign Exchange concerns everyone, from the traveller checking-in at the airport kiosk for a short vacation abroad to the CEO handling a multi-million overseas deal. OnSign TV Exchange Rate App lets you track more than 150 currencies! This application is available in four different layouts that adapt to any area of the screen.


RSS news

Maybe you slightly remember the time when there was no Facebook and you had to sign up to all your favorite blogs and news websites’ RSS feed. Although RSS feeds may have been hindered by social media, they are still a powerful source for the latest news and is actively supported by all major news sites. This is by far one of the best tools to keep your screens fresh with real-time news!

OnSign TV offers several News Feed Apps (RSS), from fullscreen, to footer bars, or even scrollers. The only work you actually need to do is finding the RSS content source that best fits your needs! To learn more about OnSign TV RSS App settings, take a look at this RSS App step-by-step tutorial.

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Here are some interesting Finance News feeds you may want to take a look: