How Upgrading your Campus Tour Will Attract Students

First impressions are made within the first ten seconds, and campus tours are no exception. These tours have the potential to be recruitment powerhouses which captivate students and make parents feel secure. Unfortunately, few universities take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and nearly every campus tour looks the same. There is a guide who takes prospective students around the school and points out the library, classrooms, dormitories and sports fields.  Every school seems to follow this formula, but you don’t have to be just one of the crowd.

If you want your campus to stand out so that you can attract the best and brightest, you need to show prospective students – and their parents – that you can fulfill all their needs and answer their key questions and concerns.


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Beginning post-secondary can be scary, even for top students. They often have questions such as:

•    The campus is so much bigger than my high school – how will I learn my way around?

•    I am leaving my friends behind – Will I be able to make new ones?

•    What do I do if I am struggling with the material

Providing answers to these important questions – which many students think about but don’t vocalize – will greatly put students at ease and give them a better feeling about your school. Of course, answering student’s concerns is only half the battle. Parents still hold a substantial amount of sway in their children’s decisions – especially if they are paying the bills!  Parents often have a different set of concerns to be addressed.  They are worried about issues like: student safety, healthy food options, and academic quality. Addressing these issues early is the best way to convince prospective students and their parents that your school is the right place for them to spend the next four years of their life.

When preparing answers to these questions, it’s important to remember that you need to impress and speak to students in their language to have your recruitment investments pay-off. Millennials have grown up with technology and have high expectations for its integration. In 2017, 80 percent of all students at a university or college in America had a smartphone, and many grew up with the latest devices at their fingertips. This group is unlikely to fall in love with a school which has broken technology, or worse, a lack thereof.


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An investment in technology can make both students and parents more comfortable – and ultimately increase your ROI. There are a number of ways by which you can incorporate cutting-edge technology into your campus tour:

•    Replacing typical cafeteria menus with outdoor displays that advertise fresh, healthy eating options

•    Implementing beautiful large display screens in select lecture halls instead of traditional projectors

•    Installing new campus displays outside of classrooms featuring interactive maps which help student orient themselves on campus and find buildings and available study rooms

•    Having glossy ultra-wide screens that display weather warnings, upcoming events, and school alerts to bolster communications between students and faculty.

Showcasing these solutions signal to prospective students that your school is investing in technologies that are part of tomorrow’s digital landscape. Students want to go to a school that impresses them and that they can be proud of. Such displays also impress on parents that the school has a focus on learning – not on frat houses and party environments.

It’s time to take your campus tour to the next level.

Remember, these students are arriving with the sole purpose of judging your school to decide where they will spend the next period of their lives, and you won’t get a second chance to impress them.

Make it count!


LG Technology Scores rAVe Awards at DSE 2018

We’re pleased to announce that LG commercial display technology was awarded Best of DSE 2018 by rAVe [Publications] in three categories.

According to rAVe, “We sent reporters to EVERY booth/stand at DSE 2018 and we selected the TOP products in every possible product category for our 2018 Best of DSE Awards. No other publication — or entity for that matter — goes to every booth at the DSE show and sees every new product demo’d or launched at DSE in Las Vegas annually — so these are THE BEST of THE BEST.”

Here are our award-winners:

Best New Technology: LG Color Transparent LED.

This self-adhesive transparent film can be easily installed on any glass surface and is ideal for indoor and window-facing areas such as storefront windows, where it can attract the attention of passersby without obstructing the view of the products inside or blocking light from entering the store. See it in action earlier this year at ISE:


Best New Touch Technology: LG TC3D Series with 40 Points of Touch

In 55-, 67- and 75-inch sizes, these displays enable up to 40 points of touch interaction and feature LG’s embedded SoC (System-on-a-Chip) processing power. They easily accommodate third-party software applications and can excel in corporate environments where collaboration capability is a must. 

Best New Portable Kiosk: LG-MRI BoldVu

Powered by Intel®, the LG-MRI (Manufacturing Resources International) BoldVu® Outdoor Kiosk is a 10-year performance-guaranteed solution that delivers 3,500 or 6,000 nits of luminance with thermal management, works with third-party peripherals from Intel and provides crisp, vivid images in applications where visibility and visual integrity are paramount.

We are very proud to have been chosen by rAVe for these prestigious awards, and we congratulate all the award winners. Read the full story here.

We’ll see you at InfoComm. Prepare to be amazed.


How Color Can Influence Emotions


It’s something that graphic designers and interior decorators live and breathe every day: Color. Not only color itself but also what they can do with it, i.e., what influence it can have on human emotions and behaviors. So, if you’re using digital signage to attract attention and compel people to take some kind of action, color can help you achieve that goal.

Let’s review some of the colors that are favorites for inspiring feelings.

Red. Red is a primary color that can evoke strong emotions and increase heart rate, passion and intensity. But red doesn’t stop there. Red can also stimulate appetite, create urgency and encourage impulse shoppers to buy.

Orange. Orange is a secondary color that is associated with excitement and enthusiasm, and is often used to help draw attention, create a call to action and motivate impulse shoppers. If you’re friendly, cheerful and confident you might want to wear something orange—it’ll go well with you.

Yellow. Yellow is a primary color that represents optimism, shows clarity and is associated with youthfulness. It can be used to increase cheerfulness and grab the attention of window shoppers. Although it’s the most eye-catching of colors it can also cause eyestrain and induce feelings of frustration.

Green. Green is a secondary color that is associated with wealth and represents money. It is also a relaxing color, denotes nature and is connected to environmental issues. It represents new growth. Green is specified for night vision equipment because our eyes are the most sensitive to it.

Blue. Blue is a primary color that can enhance productivity, which is why you might see it used in corporate businesses. It can create a sense of security and trust, inspire calmness or serenity and, unlike red, can actually curb appetites. Blue is also associated with feelings of sadness.

Purple. Purple is a secondary color often used to soothe and calm. It is routinely used in beauty products and can be associated with creativity, imagination, wisdom and royalty. Purple is also described as mysterious.

The strategic use of color in your digital signage content can help attract patrons, establish a connection with your brand, arouse a particular feeling and persuade people to act. And don’t forget, displays featuring IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology provide a 178-degree wide angle of view where colors remain accurate and consistent, so even casual passersby will be drawn to your message.


Using Digital Signage to Connect With Emotions


After last Saturday’s historic blizzard, a friend from Minnesota commented that she has never more longed for the May flowers that April “showers” are supposed to bring. And that just the sight of a budding tree would lift her spirits with the promise of life returning.

If we think about a visual experience that can brighten someone’s day, and then apply it to digital signage, we see that our amazing displays have the ability to connect with people’s emotions, magnify them or change them, depending on the content we use.

A large 4K UHD display excels as a simulated window. If your building has an area without a view, think of the digital art you could create for a virtual window—breathtaking natural vistas, sparkling cityscapes, magnificent mountains—and then change it up from time to time.

Or suppose you have a large lobby in a corporate headquarters. As employees enter the building how can you get them to feel appreciated? A video wall showing clips from a recent team-builder outing or company event could work. Your employees will appreciate seeing themselves on the big screen, and the recognition is sure to boost morale even further.

Maybe you’re a retail store for outdoor adventure gear. Treat your customers to a high-res sunrise campsite tour in Yellowstone, or shredding the slopes in Vail. You’ll get them daydreaming about that vacation they’ve been putting off. With a touch-enabled display they could tap on products and get details instantly. If beacon and Bluetooth enabled they could buy them on the spot.

Are you a luxury-performance automobile dealer? Consider a custom-made display to beautify your showroom with footage of your flagship vehicle in action. What do your customers want? To be in the driver’s seat. Get their adrenaline flowing and the goosebumps rising.

On another note, a hospital stay is no fun for anyone. Here’s where large displays can do a world of good. Do you have a solarium in a children’s wing? A large video wall can transform into the observation window of a deep-sea aquarium exhibit. The kids can get really close, and the wonders of the sea will widen their eyes, and broaden their smiles.

When you think about it, there’s really no business environment where you couldn’t use digital displays to tap into people’s emotions. And it doesn’t have to be all feel-good and thrill rides. Nonprofit organizations could use stirring images to further their cause, enhance fundraising efforts and turn visitors’ heartfelt concern into action.

This is a fun exercise in visual brainstorming and we could go on and on. Try it yourself. Grab your team for half an hour, tell them what you want to accomplish, and watch them conjure up content ideas to engage, inspire and make any day look even better.

Next week we’ll talk about the psychology of color, and how to use it to engage customers and influence their purchasing decisions.


How Different Generations Consume Online Content


We talk a lot about technology and hardware, so this week we’re turning our attention to content. Why not? After all, content is king. So how can businesses create content that not only appeals to their customers, but drives them to action? It begins with drawing insights from internet usage across generations.

Baby Boomers engage with health and news related content more than any other generation. Generation Xers mostly prefer lifestyle, finance, travel, business, and automotive while Millennials (people born between 1981-1997) engage most with entertainment, technology, and educational content.

Surprisingly, Baby Boomers spend the most time online: 20+ hours per week. The majority of Gen Xers and Millennials spend between 5 and 10 hours per week.

Desktops and laptops are the preferred content vehicles for all three generations. Mobile comes in a close third for Millennials and Gen Xers, followed by tablets. Baby boomers prefer tablets to mobile.

For videos, shorter is better, especially the older the target. Over 60 percent of Millennials and Gen Xers and 70 percent of Baby Boomers prefer them to be 5 minutes or less.

Facebook leads the way for content sharing in every generation. Google+ comes in second for Baby Boomers while Generation X prefers Twitter. Millennials prefer Instagram and Snapchat while Baby Boomers are rarely on these platforms.

In the realm of commercial displays, knowing the customer will determine what kind of content should be created. For example, content that drives to deeper engagement, like downloading an app or scanning a QR code on a smartphone will be better received by digital natives like Millennials and the more tech-savvy Gen Xers. A more appropriate call to action for Baby Boomers could be something like a simple push to a website.

While the Internet can be considered the great uniter, there are some key differences in the way different generations use technology and how they spend their online time. These differences can shed light and inform content creation that appeals to specific demographics and is uniquely actionable to different  generations.




Should You Upgrade to 4K?


A lot of our readers are using Full HD digital signage in their businesses. It’s a great format with bright, beautiful images that attract and engage customers. For many applications Full HD is very effective and will continue to be so. But some of you are wondering if switching to 4K UHD would be a good investment, and if the ROI would be worth it. Depending on your business, it could very well be. Let’s take a quick look at the benefits.

See more. 4K UHD is able to show intricate details that become very noticeable on large screens. It’s four times the pixels of Full HD, with 8.29 million pixels compared to Full HD’s 2.07 million. 4K UHD can enhance the look of important branding elements, product representations, graphics and other aesthetics.

Get closer. 4K UHD will allow your patrons to get a lot closer to the screen without seeing the pixels that make up the image. With a 98-inch Full HD 1080p display, for example, people would need to be at least 13 feet away before the pixels would disappear. But with a 98-inch 4K UHD display they could be as close as seven feet. With 4K UHD you could have a much larger display, even a video wall, in a smaller space.

Do 2×2 with one. 4K UHD can let you do more with one display. It can allow up to four Full HD 1080p feeds to be displayed simultaneously on one screen, all in their native resolutions, eliminating the need for additional displays, cables and switches.

Show your true colors. Colors can look more accurate in 4K UHD. That’s because the 4K UHD color gamut and color depth are greater than Full HD. 4K UHD is able to render colors that cannot be shown accurately in Full HD and, therefore, could more faithfully reproduce branding and products.

Make HD look better. 4K UHD can make lower-resolution images look better too. Through a process called upscaling, a 4K UHD display can deliver near-UHD image quality with 1080p and 720p images. So the same content you’ve been using on your existing displays will look even better on a 4K UHD display.

Is 4K UHD in your future? Connect with us on our social channels and let us know.


12 Guidelines for Digital Signage Success


Wherever digital signage is used the goal is the same – to attract attention, engage the audience and get them to take action. Here are a dozen guidelines that should have you well on your way to a successful digital signage deployment:

1) Wayfinding – A wayfinding display is like asking your visitors, “May I help you,” but it doesn’t intrude and assume they need assistance. It can greet people with a clear layout of your common areas so they don’t have to ask for directions.

2) Make it Accessible – Place your digital signage at eye level and viewable from different angles so people can get close enough to scan QR codes and read the message comfortably.

3) Enhance Your Appearance – Your signage content is your brand’s face to the world. Make it visually appealing with a simple message, and use moving images and graphics to make it interesting.

4) Keep it Legible – Use an easy-to-read typeface. Bold-face sans-serif fonts such as Arial, Helvetica or Verdana will read easily at a glance if the font is large enough. Test your font size at the distance your signage is most likely to be read. A general rule is one inch of text height for every 10 feet.

5) Cut the Copy – Keep your message as concise as possible. The 3×5 Rule can be effective: limit the amount of text on your display to three lines, each with five words or less, or five lines of three words or less.

6) One Move at a Time – Animated content attracts attention, but having multiple videos running in different areas of the screen can confuse viewers and turn them away.

7) All the Right Places – In addition to areas with high foot traffic, place digital signage where people will be the most engaged. Wherever people sit, stand and wait every day can be an ideal spot and a good strategy to reduce perceived wait time.

8) Keep it Fresh – No matter how eye-catching your content looks, it will eventually go unnoticed out of familiarity. Consider the demographics and the time of day and change content accordingly.

9) Call Viewers to Action – If you want your viewers to do something, make sure your call to action is short and specific. Leave the CTA on the screen the whole time, or show it several times as the content rotates.

10) Make it Personal – Beacon technology can have individual displays interacting with customers that have your business’s app and Bluetooth enabled on their smartphone.

11) Small Package, Big Message – Don’t underestimate the power of small format displays. A discount code offer popping up on a touch screen as a customer walks by can lead to a quick sale.

12) Manage Content Remotely – Digital signage with remote management capability allows you to change content in real time and push it out to a single display, a group of displays or every display in your network, all from a centralized location.

One of the main benefits of digital signage is that it is “alive,” allowing you to quickly change content and test new content without having to remove and replace printed materials. Experimenting can be fun and rewarding in terms of action taken, increased business and customer loyalty.


LG Brings High Impact to the Fitness Industry

Here at the IHRSA 2018 (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) tradeshow in San Diego we’re answering a lot of questions about the benefits a networked digital signage solution can offer a gym or fitness center.

Consider this example: Every day countless members walk and run in a row of treadmills, staring at the TV in front of them. While TV shows might help alleviate boredom, what if the content was more relevant? What if it could actually compel members to buy a protein shake, check out the pro shop sale or sign up for a new class? Your bottom line could get a nice pump.

What kind of content?

Digital signage can provide up-to-date class descriptions, room scheduling, wayfinding, menus, announcements and more on bright, beautiful screens that are hard to miss. Adding instructional videos, live news feeds, sports scores and filtered social media posts can keep members engaged. Promoting services and gift coupons can generate sales. And when the displays are used with a fitness center’s smartphone app and beacon technology, they can target alerts for class cancelations, upcoming events and much more.

Offer virtual classes anytime.

A popular feature in hotel fitness centers, digital signage can be used to teach classes. With a video wall and Fitness on Demand™ programs, hundreds of premium classes from the world’s most renowned programming and recognized content creators can be offered without a live trainer, and instead be controlled with the FOD™ app and touchscreen tablet.

Content management?

Creating, updating and managing content is quick and easy with LG’s webOS for Signage.

The web-based platform powers LG’s Smart Signage displays and can also host third-party applications. It features a selection of templates and enables remote management of each display via PC or mobile device. The displays’ embedded System-on-Chip (SoC) works with webOS, and also allows for much simpler installations and cost reduction by eliminating external media players and their mounting hardware.

How to get started.

LG is ready to upgrade any gym or fitness center with best-in-class digital signage solutions. We have a network of national installer partners that provide turnkey installations with LG TVs, monitors, video walls, touchscreens, wall mounts, content management, cabling and more, including debris removal.

Your members want the best in fitness and appearance. Are you looking to add some digital muscle to your facility? Then look to LG. We’ll have you looking better than ever.


You know you’re in the industry when…



Margaret Fetting
Senior Channel Marketing Manager
LG Electronics USA Business Solutions


I’m potentially in the market for a new vehicle; my car is almost ten years old and while I don’t have any issues (knock on wood), I need to start shopping and researching my next purchase.  So, one snowy Chicago Sunday morning, I tagged along with my brothers and two of my nephews and off we went to the Chicago Auto Show.  It’s one of the largest auto shows, and I figured it would be a great place to start my research.  Boy was I wrong.

While my intention was to look at vehicles, I found myself looking at the signage.  Video walls that stretched for blocks, direct view LEDs that could be seen from everywhere on the show floor, touch displays showing vehicle options, and of course identifying the areas where digital signage would have made for a more engaging experience.  My proudest moment was recognizing the LG signage.  I felt like I’d earned my LG wings.

So while my research on a new vehicle begins again, I can put my mind at ease knowing I’m fully immersed in the industry I joined a short (and quick) two years ago.


How to Install the Bendable, Open-Frame LG OLED Display

We’ve been telling you how LG OLED commercial displays can:

BLEND into the business environment (Wallpaper),

ENHANCE the environment (Wallpaper In-Glass, dual-view curved tiling and dual-view flat displays),

Or BECOME the environment (Open-Frame LG OLED displays).

“Become” the environment? Absolutely.

If you came to the LG booth at CES 2018 you saw Open-Frame LG OLED displays in the spectacular 92-foot-long LG OLED canyon. The canyon was created from 246 55-inch displays, taking 5-1/2 days to build and enhanced with Dolby Atmos surround sound. An unforgettable crowd pleaser.

Just one of the amazing, bendable Open-Frame LG OLED displays can become a centerpiece in your business – rounding out hard corners with breathtaking imagery, conforming to curved structures, leading customers to the sale. Or join it with others to create a never before seen customer experience that could have people coming back.

LG has created a how-to video featuring a single Open-Frame LG OLED display, from unboxing to completed installation.

Have a look here.