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What is Screener™
Using Screener™, marketing departments and retail staff can use their existing web tools and resources to create, manage and measure digital signage in real-time.
Screener™ is a disruptive approach to traditional signage software. It’s a world-first app built by the BlocksGlobal® team delivering stable web content to digital signage in-store.
Whether a screen is online or offline; Screener™ turns cost-effective Android® devices — small to large — into
a managed signage network.
Benefits of Screener™
One supplier, one tool, quick response and
We provide users a single point of management for omni-channel digital marketing. From one location they are able to push content to touch screens or mobile devices.
2013 is the year of Responsive Design. Here’s why:
+ If you want your website to be visually-appealing and functional across all screens and devices, the answer is to have a site coded with Responsive Design in mind.
+ If you want to update your site easily and let consumers access your content across all devices - then choosing a good CMS (content management system) that covers websites, mobile phones, tablets, and digital signage IS THE KEY.
SCT has perfected the art of Responsive Design and has served the big brand of Mirvac in their multi-channel marketing efforts. We have designed the line of Mirvac Retail sites, enabling a one-touch approach as each retail shopping centre implements their own marketing strategy.
Mirvac Retail has been a loyal Blocks client, for eight years and we understand their business and their busy marketing managers.
With this in mind, we delivered a responsive website enabling a one-touch
approach to multi-channel marketing across PCs, mobiles and tablets.
+ Australia has among the highest rates of smartphone adoption in the world.
+ Current penetration is 52% - a significant increase from 2012 figures of 37%.*
+ The retail customer is now mobile - the closer they are to the till the more effective targeted marketing will be.
SCT has worked with the popular salon chain endota to take their business into mobile marketing success. We have designed the endota mobile app to help each of their local endota day spas promote their own products and services to salon customers on the-go.
endota reaches 14000+ users every month because of their mobile application.
With over 70 outlets across the franchise group, endota day spas can individually promote localised treatments and product while connecting with customers on-the-go.
Following on from development of our award-winning endota website,
it’s a completely client-managed mobile solution including the following features:
Clicks and mortar
There’s never been a greater opportunity for Australia’s retail sector to leverage digital technologies. Whether to build customer loyalty and engagment, improve instore customer experience or increase sales, the digital retail experience is rapidly expanding at home, on-the-go and in-store. With a focus on the retail revolution, here’s an update on some of our recent solutions…
endota Day Spas
endota day spas can individually promote localised treatments and product to customers on-the-go.
VIEW ENDOTA MOBILE CASE STUDY
Balloon Over Melbourne
Balloon Over Melbourne’s responsive website design has received unprecedented positive feedback as a site that provides visually stunning aesthetics and a functional user interface including easy flight booking across desktop, tablet and mobile.
VIEW BALLOONMAN CASE STUDY
A responsive website enabling a one-touch approach to multi-channel marketing that allows Mirvac retail centres to tailor their marketing and better-reach customers.
VIEW MIRVAC RETAIL CASE STUDY
Collaborating with bathroom manufacturer GWA, we’ve released a series of toilet selector kiosks for big-box retailer Bunnings.
The interactive units are equipped with the latest of GWA’s top selling product, inspiration gallery and instructional videos. The touch displays are fitted with sensor recognition to monitor vital engagement levels and conversion rates. The sensor is able to recognise passers-by and adjust content depending on their viewing situation.
VIEW GWA BUNNINGS CASE STUDY
Best-practise web and touch-screen technology enhances the sales process, increases customer service and brand engagement while positioning Bedshed as a progressive retailer in a highly competitive sector.
VIEW BEDSHED CASE STUDY
Retail Evolution LAB
The Retail Evolution Lab showcases some of the latest in-store digital technology and explores the opportunities for technology to dramatically improve the customer experience in stores. Located in South Melbourne, the LAB has been developed by our global screen hardware partner AOPEN with retail designers RED Design Group, using software solutions including Blocks and Screener and SCT’s UI/UX design expertise. We’re proud and excited to be pioneering the future of retail.
Growth in the worldwide digital signage marketis forecast to exceed 40% in 2013, growing to US$7 billion. Retail is the largest vertical, accounting for 25% of equipment and software sales. IMS predicts that retail will maintain its dominance, reaching nearly US$2 billion in infrastructure sales by the end of 2015.
But the problem, according to AOPEN, is that many retailers don’t understand the hidden cost of buying a display and a software package. AOPEN estimates that 80% of the total cost of ownership is actually the operational cost of maintaining the system and content creation.
OpenService was created as an end-to-end solution for the retail sector: from remote management, content creation and distribution, to analytics and social media engagement.
Blocks Global was seen as ideal partner for this initiative. After rigorous testing, its software was found to have features that were completely unique. More than just signage, it represents holistic business tools for retailers, covering display, analytics and specialist services such as m-commerce. The results are a better customer experience, cheaper cost of ownership and a new feed for big data analysis.
Stephen Borg, Global Director Strategy and Market Development at AOPEN says the Blocks platform is a welcome addition to the OpenService family complementing their existing relationships with software providers, system integrators, installation partners and specialist consultancies within the network. Blocks adds a point of difference as it is agency driven and very simple to use.
“Our vision for OpenService is to create value beyond signage as we know it today, by unifying end customer channels. We want customers to think of digital signage like they would a new smart phone. They can just pay a monthly fee and use it, without worrying about how it works. Instead of shopping around for all the necessary components, customers can go to one provider and get everything in one place.
“After 12-months of rigorous testing and in store trials, the Blocks platform stood out as category leading technology making it quick and easy for our partners to deliver a seamless Digital-Out-of-Home experience to customers who may have limited to no technical experience,” says Borg
Blocks Global managing director Paul Wilson said the company is delighted to partner with AOPEN as a world leader in digital signage.
“Interactive web based digital signage gives retailers an opportunity to transform the way they support customers through a consistent and measurable shopping experience, which ultimately leads to more satisfied customers and an increase in sales for the retailer.
“We’re thrilled to be working with AOPEN in their industry leading OpenService initiative. By combining AOPEN’s hardware experience and Blocks Global’s software and design heritage, we can sasify a holistic, market-leading vision that has the possibility of reinventing the category.
“We believe our partnership with AOPEN OpenService is an exciting opportunity on a global scale for both companies and a win for an Australian based technology company.,” said Wilson.
“We see [Blocks] as an ideal partner to the OpenService initiative,” Aopen global strategy and market development director, Stephen Borg, said. “After rigorous testing, we found features that were completely unique.”
“More than just signage, it represents holistic business tools for retailers, covering display, analytics and specialist services such as mCommerce.”
Digital in-store programs attract shopper attention by combining divergent information channels to initiate relevant, engaging and influential communication with shoppers at the point of purchase.
So how does digital in-store do this? Technology makes it possible. Today’s computing and playback devices are smarter, faster, cheaper, greener and better built than ever. As confidence grows and risk shrinks regarding the viability of the digital in-store concept, adoption will naturally increase and give us even more component options in the future. And that’s just hardware.
Find out more about Blocks empowering Android tablets hardware.
Where the real magic happens is in the software, where we are able to integrate with inventory databases, and adjust content based on geography, weather, time of day, day of the week, you name it. It’s where we can offer control of a digital device’s content to shoppers via their mobile device, allow them to tie in their social persona and really capitalize on the inroads to those three critical functions: relevance, engagement and influence.
Check out an easy-to-use content management system for digital signage using Blocks Technology.
As technological advances continue to push the most capable devices closer to commodity, developers, designers and integrators of retail applications are witnessing the creation of a very unique opportunity. Utilizing current technology and the modern trend of “self-publishing” (such as Facebook and Twitter), brands have more access to the attitudinal, anecdotal and factual sales conversion and marketing effectiveness intelligence than ever before. Two-way communication between digital devices has changed the way those informational transactions are delivered and received. As the customer side of the informational ecosystem drives faster response times, nearly instant transfer of information constructs the framework for businesses to be on the receiving end of these transactions as well as the distribution – making the path to purchase more interactive and information-rich than ever before.
To know more about creating your own digital retail signage in-store, contact SCT.com.au
Here are five tech products that are sure to become big in the industry of DOOH Australia:
1. Smaller Signage
In the past years, we have noticed that digital media are becoming bigger, with the similar trend in mobile devices. In this year’s DSE, the large signage and giant video wall trend was still present, but the smaller and more intimate signage trend was also notable. Consumers are now comfortable with iPad and other tablet, according to Iles Guran, founder and CEO of Armodilo, one of many providers of iPad and other tablet-based kiosks that displayed their products at the show. At retail locations, customers prefer using a device that offers a little more privacy than a large video wall.
2. Digital Signage for Outdoors
There are a lot of risks when a digital signage is placed outside, this include weather and vandalism. But even a perfect sunny day sometimes could be the downfall to how effective a digital sign will be. In this year’s DSE, another trend was more high-brightness digital media, such as those by DynaScan Technology Inc. The newly released DS55LX3 offers a very bright and radiant 1,500-nit display. The company’s brightest sign can reach 5,000 nits. DynaScan marketing manager Scott Pickus says their high-brightness displays are great for areas with a lot of sunshine or even when signs are directly facing the sun, such as on college campuses, at coffeehouses and restaurants.
3. See-through Signage
Another interesting breakthrough seen at last year’s DSE and again this year is the use of transparent or slightly translucent digital signage. In every use, a product is placed behind a clear glass LCD enclosure while the glass, acting as a clear digital screen, is programmed to point out different product attributes and play animations. The Samil CTS ClearView 224, seen in the DSE, is a digital signage LCD display that showcased a Samsung Galaxy Note phablet while displaying facts about the device on the screen in front of it.
4. Gesture-tracking Digital Signage
More and more companies are using gesture-tracking technology which was revolutionised by Microsoft Kinect. For the germaphobes, or digital media installations found in hospitals, where sanitation is always a huge concern, such technology allows no-touch interaction. It is also a plus for outdoor installations which are exposed to risks of elements and vandalism. Digital retail display with this technology can now be enclosed to protect it from harm and damage.
5. From HD to Ultra-HD
The debut of ultra-HD 4K and 8K digital media screens generated a lot of excitement in last year’s event. No longer was 1080p HD the ultimate, end-all resolution you could have on your digital displays, but the minimum resolution would soon become 3,840 x 2,160 for ultra-HD. However, adoption makes take a while in the consumer market, but the digital signage industry and digital media appear likely to be among the first adopters of Ultra-HD.
BlocksGlobal is a leading provider of easy-to-use content management system for digital media geared for the retail environment. BlocksGlobal is associated with DOOH Australia, Touch display technology, and digital retail display.
With the increasing popularity of digital billboards, the challenge now is how to take full advantage of digital billboard messaging and stand out in a crowd — and not seem flat, stale and boring — especially among other digital billboards. The key is conditional content.
Conditional content is a powerful selling point for digital billboard operators, giving them the opportunity to help their clients make the best use of their advertising dollars and offer a tool that is not available on every digital billboard.
How it Works
Conditional content is a remarkable tool that lets advertisers use RSS feeds to trigger promotions or messages created in advance to be run in a specific situation. Conditional ads can be based on weather conditions, sports scores, stock quotes — even tweets. They work like an if-then statement. For example, if the Bulls win, then the billboard will display a message congratulating the team and promoting a $1 draft beer special.
Impulse Purchases by Temperature
Fast food chains have created innovative campaigns tailored to the current temperature. When temperatures soar above a certain degree, they advertise their ice cream, and when temperatures dip below a certain level, they advertise hot coffee.
Conditional content can also be tailored to upcoming weather forecasts. What better time for a retailer to advertise their stock of snow blowers, shovels, snow tires or winter coats than when a snowstorm is approaching?
Dayparting and Social Media
Imagine a coffee shop with a surplus of donuts in the afternoon. The shop sends out a quick tweet about half-price donuts, and a billboard message is automatically generated to advertise the special. Because Twitter followers can be spread out over a wide geographic area, having the ability to communicate with potential customers already in transit and near their location is invaluable.
If you are exploring how to incorporate conditional content into your business as a digital retail signage, it is important to understand exactly what features are available with the software and how many pre-designed campaigns are allowed in your digital out of home advertising. Whatever you do, do not leave this remarkable tool in the digital advertising arsenal on the table.
For more help in digital retail advertising, contact BlocksGlobal.