Top Digital Signage Trends for 2022
Digital signage’s popularity keeps growing and it seems likely this trend will continue. Case in point, digital signage software, and hardware companies are reporting sales increases since the beginning of the year. Some of this activity is due to governments relaxing Covid-19 restrictions, but there is more to it than that. Here are the top digital signage trends to look out for in 2022.
The future is in the cloud
Cloud-based digital signage’s popularity continues to grow at a rapid pace. Once again, we expect to see an increasing number of businesses switch to cloud-based digital signage from on-premise solutions.
- The cloud-based digital signage industry is mature. It provides highly reliable and secure services for any type of signage network.
- Businesses that switch will benefit from lower staffing costs and can scale their operations as their needs evolve.
- Cloud-based digital signage is ideal for startups or growing businesses that don’t need their own backend servers. These are companies that lack the proper technical infrastructure. Cloud-based services are ideally suited to these types of businesses.
- Companies that choose Cloud-based solutions benefit from the latest in digital signage technology without much upfront capital. There is no need for software developers or other technical staff.
- Businesses can focus on their core strengths like marketing, or content creation.
- Cloud-based digital signage offers peace of mind, stability, and predictability.
Data-driven digital signage
Ask any digital signage network operators what’s the key to their success, and most will answer: automation. To be profitable, commercial digital signage needs scale, and with scale comes a heavy workload.
Data-driven digital signage lets businesses automate highly repetitive tasks, like updating and scheduling content. Automation also simplifies content management across different signage networks. Imagine a digital signage network with hundreds of clients who need to manage their own sub-network of screens. Without automation’s help, many of these networks couldn’t cope with the workload.
Automation takes care of digital signage’s most complex, repetitive, and unpleasant tasks. This is work best done by code-driven interaction where one software application exchanges data and instructions with another one. Using automation, ad booking software can automatically insert content into a digital signage software’s playlists. A factory can display constantly updated production data on employee-facing screens in their workspace.
Let’s look at the two types of data-driven digital signage categories.
Contextualized content playback
This is when you use a live data source to decide if and where a piece of content will be shown. Take for example a business that uses an internal KPI database to display employee announcements based on the company’s performance. Or, an advertising network that shows specific ads based on the current weather conditions at each screen location.
Contextualized content offers a lot of advantages. It’s tied to current events so it’s “sticky”, and it’s not just tied to data. Any number of sensors, cameras, and related technologies can be used to activate or trigger content.
Activated content will show up as part of a scheduled playlist. Triggered content will displace the scheduled content entirely and once the trigger is released, screens automatically return to their scheduled programming.
Triggered content can be used to display announcements, emergency messaging, casino jackpot winners, or other time-sensitive information. It’s the best technique to attract the viewer’s attention and inform them of a current event.
Data as content
Databases are great for storing information, and this also makes them useful as a source of content. Using data as content makes a lot of sense because it requires less manual work. This means your screens display current information which is essential for the audience. It’s a digital signage industry trend that keeps gaining in popularity.
Here are some popular sources of data you can use as content for your digital signage screens:
- Corporate data such as key performance indicators (KPIs), sales reports, manufacturing data, and other useful business information.
- Current weather observations and weather forecasts.
- RSS feeds from public news sources.
- Sports scores, lottery/casino jackpot wins, and other types of infotainment.
- Product information, features, prices, and other marketing data for retail customers.
- Room occupancy information for education, fitness, and hospitality applications.
No one wants to spend their days updating and publishing this type of information manually. This is where data-driven content makes the most sense.
Digital signage innovation
Constant innovation helps drive digital signage’s growth. Today’s digital signage software can seamlessly integrate with key business software applications. The goal is to deliver the right information to the right audience at the right time.
Corporate digital signage
Businesses generate a lot of documents. Being able to reuse business documents as digital signage content has been a game changer.
A proper commercial-grade digital signage software should offer these features:
- Native support for presentations created in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides. Having the ability to use this type of content without having to convert it first is quite useful.
- Support for Adobe PDF files. PDF files have been around for decades. It’s become a common format for business communication so it should be supported by your digital signage software of choice.
- Microsoft PowerBI is another essential business signage application. It’s an industry standard for sharing business intelligence information throughout the enterprise. PowerBI dashboards require two-factor authentication, which is a bit of a challenge for many digital signage software applications. Products that support this feature are ideally suited for corporate digital signage use.
Digital signage software for mobile staff
Mobile and non-desk staff must often take control of the content that’s playing on their local digital screens. In the past this would have required bringing along a laptop or calling someone back at head office. Mobile apps let on-site staff take control of their screen’s programming using their smartphone or tablet.
Being able to instantly change the content shown on digital menu boards or on customer facing screens is a game changer. For example, retail store staff can bring up videos and other useful information to answer customer questions. This can prove to be a great asset when selling big-ticket items with complex features, like vehicles or appliances.
Mobile app users can also trigger content when there is an emergency or in response to various events. You can imagine the security staff triggering an evacuation notice or an alert message right from their phone.
Having the ability to change the programming of one or more screens in any location can be extremely useful. It’s one more reason why digital signage is so helpful.
About Navori Labs QL software
Navori Labs’ QL digital signage software supports most types of content and data natively. There is less need to convert your original documents which saves both you time and money. Content can easily be imported, scheduled and published to any number of screens using any desktop PC or laptop. QL Mobile is the app you use to control your digital signage screens from any smartphone or tablet.