Benefits of using digital menu boards

There are various ways in which a business can communicate to its customers. Especially restaurants get the benefit of direct interaction with their customers in terms of introducing a new menu, or getting feedback of their service and so on. There are many ways in which communication is possible between customers and restaurant management. One is interpersonal communication, the other option is sending across a survey sheet for feedback on their services directly to customers. A restaurant can have a direct one to one communication with its customers. But it becomes difficult to manage staff to interact with so many visitors. It is better to allocate each task to a specified staff member. While they are busy interacting with customers regarding feedback, its best to have really catchy and attractive digital menu boards for them to place their orders. This makes the order placing order quick and hassle free and customers can decide what they want without any confusion.

Similarly, customer feedbacks can be taken through interactive touch screen kiosks where they can feed in their desired feedback and reviews. This can done while the customers are waiting for their bill. They can be guided to an LED screens that are placed and they can have their feedback fed in. With help of LED SMD Screens, restaurants can even promote. There are many other ways in which interaction with customers can be simplified, but digital menu boards help in many ways. Through a digital menu board, you can reduce the staff allocated to the order placement department and divert them to more time consuming tasks. Digital Menu Boards help customer to take a decision for placing an order easily. It also helps in promoting a product or a new item on the menu easily. It can also help in showing various combos to the customers. Promotion of offers is also very easy with help of a menu board. Having an attractive menu board with eye catchy designs helps in increasing the sales. It also helps in branding your business by adding logo and tagline to the menu board. A digital board has various ways in which it benefits both vendors and customers. Many restaurants also opt for rental video equipment on which they display tempting food items that entices visitors to buy it. With help of digital menu boards there are a lot of benefits to the restaurant owners so also the customers.

Raza Khan is the author of this article on Digital Menu Boards.

Watch the world go by using reader boards

Reader boards or electronic message signs are illuminated, electronic advertising media tools that allow you to display messages in real time. Reader boards are used both indoors and outdoors with many purposes within different kinds of businesses.

Reader boards, which are LED based, are the most efficient and cost effective way to spread your message to thousands of people without any personal interaction on your part. The sign is your “voice on the street”. You just have to program the message on the sign and your ideas, promotions, or any other type of messages will be displayed to everyone that passes by. Reader boards are extremely eye catching which means your message will definitely be viewed by many potential customers.

Reader board signs are a great way to show messages and ideas that range from community information to business promotions and sales. The messages are usually shown in large fonts and with a variety of animations and colors so that it’s almost impossible not to notice when walking by the reader board sign.

The history of the reader board dates back to the late 1920’s when they were officially known as motographs, a news bulletin service. It was also called a zipper but no one really knows why. Reader boards were first used in the New York Times building and the first message announced results of the Hoover vs. Smith presidential election.

Reader boards became popular very quickly and people would go to the New York Times building just to see the messages displayed on the reader boards. After a while many other businesses started using reader boards: gas stations used them to show the time or temperature; retail stores promoted products, etc.

Nowadays, reader boards are used in just about every city in the USA. In indoors environments, reader boards are used in schools, churches, hospitals, office directories, markets, arenas, and movie theaters.

The first reader boards allowed only small messages to be displayed. Nowadays, it is possible to write messages on many lines and on varying sizes of electronic sign. You can also change the real time message any time you want. New technologies also allow it to display graphics and videos.

But it’s important to keep in mind some simple tips to best use a reader board:
– Keep it easy to read
– Use punctuation
– Avoid abbreviations
– Avoid long sentences

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Motivation Derived From Photos on Canvas Prints

Using images to conjure up emotion is common. Enlarging images and then transferring those images to photos on canvas prints can be a creative way for an individual to stay focused daily.

Photo on canvas service providers can transfer any image onto canvas. Custom software applications are capable of enhancing every pixel in the image in a fascinating manner, revealing detail and color that is truly amazing. Prints on canvas can be enlarged to over 40″ x 60″ or can be customized for a “larger than life” appeal.

Most everyone has seen the pictures hanging on the walls of offices that promote an ideal principle. A popular image shows a mountain climber, with a magnificent mountain backdrop, clinging perilously to the face of a rock with his legs dangling beneath him. Below the image is a caption which reads: “Perseverance- What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Regardless of the objective, the concept is still the same; use images to motivate behavior. Due to a number of ongoing improvements to digital imagery and photo editing, photography (and the end results of taking pictures) has made significant advancements in the last few years. With these improvements comes the improvement of transferring a photo to canvas prints, resulting in the ability of any image to be converted to a magnificent photo on canvas for a motivational boost to anyone in need.

Some boxers use pictures of their opponents to motivate themselves while training for their next match. Sports teams often post images and quotes on their bulletin boards in order to be mindful of their next game.

The phase “out of sight, out of mind” can be traced back to the 13th century to John Heywood’s: “Woorkes. A dialogue containing pruebes and epigrammes.” The premise is simple: anything that is not in direct view can easily be forgotten, regardless of its importance. Experts say that this is often the reason that many office workers have cluttered desks. Many workers will leave entire folders (many inches thick) stacked upon their desk as a reminder that there is a task that they need to accomplish; again, using images to remind them of something important.

Many weight loss experts believe that using images on a refrigerator can guide overweight people with reminders; there are arguments over which approach works better: a positive reinforcement of a negative reinforcement. Salespeople are often encouraged by their sales managers to identify an item that they would like to purchase, such as a boat, new car, or a vacation. The sales people are then told to find a picture that will remind them of the potential future purchase and place it in a conspicuous place that the salesperson will view every day. In doing so the sales manager wants the image to encourage the sales person to do “whatever it takes” to make that dream a reality.

Trustworthy companies in the photos to canvas business usually have a multitude of images available to lend insight into what your images may look like after the transformation. A quick search on the internet can provide an ample list of qualified service providers. Customers simply upload images to a website and complete the entire transaction online without ever printing the image at all.

Converting photo prints to canvas has become very affordable; entry level packages start out around $ 60. Most canvases can arrive in as little as 3-4 business days. Transferring a picture onto a canvas can be one of the most important motivational tools ever invested in by anyone looking to make a significant change in their life. With over 5,000 satisfied clients, Canvas On Demand has been featured on E! Entertainment Television and ABC Television’s The View morning talk show. They are located in Raleigh, NC and specialize in custom services that transfer images to canvas prints.

Are you looking to create Canvas Photo from your photos? As featured in the Wall Street Journal and Better Homes and Garden, Canvas On Demand can help you create a beautiful, personalized Photos on Canvas. With over five thousand satisfied customers worldwide, you are sure to be satisfied.

Example Digital Signage – Dental

inVoke Marketing – Dentist digital signage is a unique and creative way to attract attention. The ability to update content instantly or schedule advertising through the day. A digital display that uses a combination of high quality images and videos can have a powerful influence on buying decisions. This is the perfect mechanism to project the right image to visitors, clients and employees.
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Naperville Council Weighs in on Signs in Town

After a recent U.S. Supreme Court case determined that signs cannot be regulated based on their content when determining their size and duration of display, the city was required to make changes to our current code.

Updates would include everything from setting the size of non-commercial signs on residential and non-residential properties, to regulating how often electronic message boards can change copy, a point council members weighed in on.

“The owners of such signs often have multi-tenant buildings and it’s been established that you need to have that level of flips for them to benefit from the traffic. I know there’s been studies that show that those signs aren’t hazards in any way, so I think it’s imperative that the ten second rule stay,” said Councilman Kevin Coyne.

Other issues addressed by the council were the number of election signs that can be posted around town.

“During election season this town is just a disgrace with people that put them wherever they want, the town is just nasty looking for three months straight, every year, every election cycle,” said Councilman Paul Hinterlong.

The council is expected to vote on regulations next meeting.

The next City Council meeting will be held January 17.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
Video Rating: / 5 – Digital Notice Boards for condos

Effective digital notices in your condo keep residents informed, lowers costs, stabilizes monthly fees, increases property value and contributes to a fiscally healthy condo corporation. Digi-notice increases your reach and frequency to get you noticed… and results.

How do you communicate with all the people in your building? I mean really communicate?  

How are you keeping residents in the loop… informing them about all facets of life around them?

Do your residents know their responsibilities? What about important rules and regulations specific to your building?
Many places still rely on an old, static message board to communicate. But it’s hard to know if anyone actually looks at those things, isn’t it?

Well, it’s time to introduce Digi-Notice – an all-in-one communication solution that truly gets your message across… to everyone! Digi-Notice is a digital screen based information system that communicates all your internal messages, quickly, easily, and in all the right places. In the lobby. In the elevators. On the parking levels. And, all the messages that appear on those screens are tailored specifically for you; the screens are not stuck on some local TV channel. Get your messages, to your residents, whenever you want them…

How does it work? Great question: When you sign up with Digi-Notice, we provide you with all the hardware and software you’ll need to start communicating effectively. That means you’ll get all the screens you want; we can even create all the messages for you, or you can easily do them yourself. All for a low monthly fee you can afford. The cost even covers all the tedious hardware installation fees that would usually cost an arm and a leg.

And, we’re always here to support you. We’re only an email or phone call away for whatever you may need. Once your good-looking new hardware is installed, giving your building a fresh, new look, our focus then shifts to the content. It’s this content that inspires, compels, and engages your residents. Tailor your personal messages to inform… remind… announce… even educate… all the things that contribute to a vibrant home, thriving community, and an economically healthy building.

What does Digi-Notice do? We save you time… and we save you money. In our digital world, being-in-the-know and spreading information has become even more important than ever. And Content is king. Invite us to your castle, and see just how easy and effective your most important communications can be.

How to Find Free Images

When developing content for several types of documents; graphic designers and webmasters often search for free images in order to enhance the appearance of the communication. If intellectual property laws are observed when trying to find free images, then this process can be very productive.

Images can enhance any project

When an artist or writer creates a work, often they will select or gather images that pertain to the specific idea in which they are writing.

Engaging images in the content appeal to the visual perception of the reader, if there were no images at all then even the best written publication my be overlooked. Regardless of the saying “you cannot judge a book buy it’s cover” it can certainly help grab the attention of browsers and potentially turn them into a sale.

Images not only help to attract people to engaging content, but if images are named according to the surrounding content with the appropriate ‘alt’ attribute tags, this will entice search engines to index the content in a more relevant manner and possibly even higher in the results. There are also additional search related benefits for images which appear in the image search results for specific key terms.

Locating Free Images

A great way to get high quality and high resolution images for a website or other publication is to use a digital camera to take pictures. However, when the photographs are converted into images or logos it is critical that trademarks and symbols are not apparent in the picture, otherwise intellectual property rights may be of concern.

Wikimedia commons is a popular website for royalty free content. This search wiki has thousands if not millions of contributors which upload their content and share it according to specific creative commons licensing. Content is easily found through various search criteria including source, license, author , location, type, and content topic.

Flickr is another source to find images for free, which is literally inexhaustible. Millions of people share images on this social network every day and many are often personal images which have no commercial royalty implications. Flickr has recently implemented a licensing option for images. The license is clearly stated by creative commons in order to avoid any confusion. If there is a question regarding the license of an image, a messaging tool allows users to send messages; and most photographers will allow their images to be used at no cost if credit is given for their work.

Although it may be a common practice by some to browse Google images for free pictures, this is not a recommended method. The search engine robot indexes these images without regard to licensing or royalties, and the search display relies upon the website owner to protect or allow the images to be indexed. Images which appear in the search results are subject to copyright, which is stated in the search query.

Transferring free images to a website

No one single method can be applied for all types of communications. Publishing images to websites and blogs can require completely different procedures than publishing an image in a magazine or advertising brochure. If these processes are considered prior to beginning a project then time, space and cost can be controlled to a minimum.

Downloading free images and creating hotlinks to free images is demonstrated in a video titled “images for free” which provides a brief overview of this process. As these general methods are learned webmasters can then build upon these skills to further enhance and refine the process.


However, some website administrators consider hotlinking to be bandwidth theft, especially if their website cost is determined by the amount of bandwidth used each month. Copying images to a social blog or bulletin board post is very simple for websites that have implemented a hotlink code method. These websites will often display a share or post feature. HTML and/or BBcode are two of the typical options that allow for easy hotlinking of freely shared images.

Many websites offer the ability to automatically generate the code to hotlink images into posts and websites. This can help any web design novice begin to understanding how the code must be formatted to hotlink an image. Once a general understanding is learned then alternative file paths can be substituted for other websites that do not offer this automated function. Again, make certain that hotlinked images are permitted. The hotlink code must be placed in the appropriate place with the appropriate format. For instance HTML code would typically be placed in an HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) compatible form, CMS (Content Management System) or a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. Bulletin Board code (BBCode) can be placed in its respective locations as well. PHP Bulletin Boards are very popular throughout the internet and this Hotlink code is specifically for these types of Bulletin systems. If there is doubt as to whether the code will actually work or not, a test can be performed by pasting the code into a form and then utilize the preview button.

Copy images to a computer

Static documents such as brochures, greeting cards, magazines and other physically printed medium are designed using images that are manipulated and edited on a local PC. Although this process is more involved it does allow for great customization and changes to be made to a free image that has been downloaded from the internet. Again, creative commons intellectual property rights licensing must be observed. Some license types allow for derivative works to be created as long as the original author is credited but then again some do not allow their work to be changed.

One of the first steps to transferring free images to a PC is to consider how the images will be stored. Images take a lot of space especially if they are high resolution. An external secondary hard drive may be considered in lieu of utilizing the existing space on a local PC. Wherever the images may be stored, the storage structure and file – folder system should be planned. This will help with image retrieval and allow for efficient editing and manipulation. If image storage can be planned first of all, then slow image organization software will not need to be used to clean things up later.

The process for copying an image to a local PC is much different that creating a hotlink. Most websites permit the right click function on a mouse which produces a “Save As” or “Save Target As” option. If the website does not allow a right click of the mouse it is likely that the administrators do not want visitors or members copying the images and have implemented code to prevent image theft. If this is the case it is very important that a webmaster verifies permission prior to continuing with other methods to obtain the images. A true webmaster will follow best practices and respect the rights of artists and content creators. A bad reputation can be given to businesses and individuals who are issued DMCA take down notices because of stolen images and content that does not follow intellectual property laws.

Legally copying free images

Intellectual property laws have recently become a more prevalent issue since the inception of the internet. Hence the US government has heightened copyright laws and penalties for breach of copyright. If a webmaster were to receive a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) take down notice from an internet service provider or other legitimate authority it is in the best interest of the webmaster to immediately comply with the request. This is especially true if the webmaster knows that they have copied the image from another website.

Creative commons licensing has made it easy for artists and publishers to share their creative works with the world. This licensing model is not only applicable to images, but to written works and video media as well. It highly recommended that all web content creators become familiar with the creative commons licensing structure prior to seeking to obtain free images.

With a little time and research, artists, webmasters, developers and graphics designers can find many sources of images for free on the internet. All image content needs can be fulfilled while complying with copyright laws, this will help to build relationships with content providers for months and years to come.

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