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What You Need To Know About Outdoor Digital Signage

Outdoor digital signs look great and can attract a lot of eyeballs; after all, that’s what they’re there for. But before you plunge in and make a decision to take your digital communication outdoors, there are a couple of things you should consider.

The Benefits

Outdoor digital signage is a powerful communications tool that engages audiences (potential customers) and saves on operational costs (like printing and compliance).

It offers significant visual appeal in places where you can’t normally focus your customer’s attention Because of the dynamic exchange afforded by video or social media content as well as real-time scheduling, you have the opportunity for truly meaningful interaction. 

While you can coordinate your marketing strategy both indoors and outdoors, you have the opportunity to make a point of difference. 

The Purpose

Deciding what you want to use your screen for will help you decide what type of screen is right for you. Ask yourself what sort of content will you be running, how complex will it be, do you want customers to engage with that content directly?

LCD are great for dynamic brand messaging with fine, detailed artwork. There are limitations about size, scale and brightness. LED screens can be significantly brighter and more flexible (you need to wrap your display around the side of a building? No problem). Touch screens offer the ability for customers to interact directly with your content (which is ideal for wayfinding, for instance).

The Challenges

Location is the most obvious challenge. You’ll need placement that meets the following requirements:

  • VISIBILITY – can customers see the screen, are they able to engage with its content?
  • BRIGHTNESS – is it bright enough for them to read in even brighter, direct sunlight?
  • WEATHER – an IP rated enclosure increases safety by managing rain, snow, dust, heat and bugs.
  • TAMPER PROOF – accidents happen. Your display will require strong housing to mitigate damage or vandalism

You must also consider power and data – can you get these services to your ideal location, safely and efficiently?

In short, outdoor digital signage significantly increases your ability to reach customers in new and exciting ways. It allows you to expand your network and take your marketing into new territory. If you’re ready to talk to someone about your plans, get in touch with our team.