Digital Mannequin for Retail Clothing

Digital Mannequin for Retail Clothing
Use a "live" model, display more views and more product

Monday, March 29, 2010

Rear Projection Digital Signage

We like rear projection as a Digital Signage tool because of the "WOW" factor. It is just so cool to have the images right on your window!

Can YOU do that?!!! This is so powerful and we are continually refining the method and content. These aspects are critical. Everybody wants to buy a widget. Sorry. It doesn't work that way. This is a sophisticated method, and we don't intend to allow the clients to diminish or devalue it. However, having said that, this is not difficult for us in most cases. There are exceptions, but typically, in low light, nighttime, and indoor situations, rear projection is simply beautiful and exciting. Why aren't there more people doing it? Give it a chance. Within 24 months you will see it everywhere.

Did I mention we can do this in the rear window of your car?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Digital Mannequin - Tonic for Retail Display

The Digital Mannequin, exclusive product concept of Looknglas Window Video Systems, will put the retail industry on its ear. The Digital Mannequin is a projected window front display that allows the retailer to put a live looking model right on the window, modeling clothes, accessories, etc.
The Youtube videos above illustrate it pretty well. What they don't illustrate is how easy the product is for the retailer. There is no training involved, and installation is done in one day. The retailer only need supply the video or still photography. Well, actually, they don't because Looknglas can provide video and production services as well. So the retailer really doesn't have to do anything.
Brainchild of Darren Porter, video genie and Grand Poobah of DGP Films and Raging Nation Productions, and myself, Ed Personius, mad scientist marketing/advertising innovator, we formed Looknglas and created the Digital Mannequin out of the Window Video System product. Digital Mannequin lets clothing retailers finally put their goods on the front window in a way that absolutely stops shoppers in their tracks, and allows the store to display more product with pricing or promo messaging that will literally drag the shoppers into the store. Sheer genius!

Granted, Digital Mannequin in Victoria's Secret makes us a little nervous. Ok, maybe really nervous, but we trust their good judgement and honorable intentions. And hey, malls can use some sizzle. A lot of sizzle, which is good, because Digital Mannequin is a sizzling product.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Ultimate Retail Signage and Window Display

The video below illustrates what Window Video Systems, and Projected Digital Signage can look like in your business. The video is compliments of my partner and video genie, Darren Porter, who is a videographer, producer, and all around radical creative dude-guy.

Talking to your customers and potential customers about the best of what you have to offer is the essence of signage and marketing itself. You have to do it, and you have to do it well. Window Video Systems help you do that better.

Digital Window Display
Digital Banner
Digital Poster
Digital Mannequin

Get 'em. You can definitely afford it, and you probably can't afford not to. In retail, it's time to step up. You improve or die. This should be a no-brainer.

The Window of Opportunity is Here.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Social Media vs Signage

Which would you rather do, Tweet, or message at the point of purchase?

Not that the two are mutually exclusive, but hey, if you or your marketing people have figured out that somehow a sales or promo message is better on a phone than on your storefront window, then by all means, tweet.

On the other hand, you might conclude that it is better to message to the customer when they are right in front of your store, and that creating a way for them to look more closely at your window and tell them to come inside and get 10% off anything in the store, is a more effective investment of your marketing dollars.

You may have plenty of money for either investment, but then again, maybe not. If not, invest in your own location and make it as powerfully attractive as possible. This is the entire premise of Window Video Systems, by Looknglas. Put a bright, moving, motivating message in your window. And then refresh it whenever you want. Or improve it. Or add to it. Or put accompanying product images along with. As many as you want.

Can't do that with texting, can't do that in a tweet. Do the smart thing. Get a Window Video System.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Retailers - Step Up!

It's about time retailers started becoming more aggressive about real change. Not just changing displays, or ordering a new set of posters; that's tantamount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. With something close to the same consequences.

I am talking about really significant change in how you display and message. That is why we started Looknglas Window Video Systems: To usher in an entirely new medium for retailers to exploit and change the way they do business.

Customers will buy if you show them your best product, and your best selling proposition. It's that simple. Either you have product that is important and relevant, or you don't. If you do, then displaying it the same old way, will not sell more product.

You must put more product, in a more compelling way, on display RIGHT NOW, and change it up tomorrow. Competition is moving too fast. You must improve the buying experience, otherwise customers will go elsewhere, or just not spend their money. You must message to them, relate to them, bribe them, entice them, cajole them, reason with them, excite them, and service them.

You have to do it in a compelling way. Dummies in the window doesn't quite do it anymore. This is the hi-tech age, and dummies are hundreds of years old, static, and uninteresting. Put a live model in your window, or better (cheaper anyway,) put a Digital Mannequin in your window. Or a large-scale Window Video System (Digital Window Display.) These are large, colorful, moving, and changeable from one moment to the next. You can literally change campaigns in the middle of the day.

Wow them. Bowl them over. Intrigue them. Invite them. But just don't bore them with the same old stuff.

Looknglas, the Window of Opportunity is Here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

LCDs - TV on the Ceiling. So What?

That is what the customer thinks when they see an LCD in your business. I have no doubt about this, because I make it a point to observe people when an LCD is present in a retail business. Most people ignore them. Even in lobbies and waiting rooms, usually they are ignored.

That is because someone is failing to make them relevant or useful to the customer!

Dick Morris is famous for his line to Bill Clinton when running for the presidency: "It's the economy stupid!"

Well, I have a modified take on that, which is the key to selling and buying digital signage, whether DOOH or in-house.

It's not the hardware; IT'S THE CONTENT AND USAGE!

Technological hardware will never achieve anything or solve anything or improve anything if you don't use it effectively. This is what's wrong with so many lcd installations. We just pitched a company who has edgy, hip, imagery, product, and branding, but they haven't even integrated their retail store lcd deployment, and they aren't using them for messaging.

LCDs as a medium have to work that much harder to overcome the unspoken but manifest bias in customer's minds that they are just TVs (and not even as good as the one at home.) Much better to jolt that viewer with a Window Video System (WVS) and then message them into doing what you want them to do. Ideally that should be something sales-related, or at the very least, something trackable. But always lean toward selling. Otherwise you run the risk of lapsing into that grey area where business justifications start to veer away from dollars, sense, and profit.

Monday, March 1, 2010

LCDs - Problems with DS

So much of Digital Signage (DS) is focused on LCD screens, and LED types of boards. Much of the implementation is kinda clunky. It seems that the DS Industry is dominated by techies, and even the people who plan advertising campaigns are often not real swift at creating compelling ads or playlists.

Further, many retailers have installed LCD screens, but are merely streaming television or just a limited playlist loop. I think of a restaurant chain here in Southern California with a beach theme; they play surf videos non-stop. Neat-o. (But I thought they wanted to sell more burgers?!!!) Many clothing chains have LCD screens playing music videos. As if that has something to do with selling clothes.

I don't know; I guess I'm not sophisticated enough to realize how useful that is. From my point of view, I would rather spend 5 minutes selling than 5 weeks entertaining. I think, ideally, the retailers would too, but the ad industry and their own in-house marketing people probably have them bamboozled into thinking they have to do this.

Or then there's "Walmart TV". Large LCD's hanging in Walmart stores playing who knows what. Sound on, blah blah blah, some fake tv show. I have never observed anyone standing there watching those things. I think it's because the content is pretty useless relative to making a buying decision right now.

So Looknglas works with clients to create and mnanage content designed to sell, to cement their relationship with their customers, to motivate them to buy something else, RIGHT NOW. Or to cross pollinate with the client's web-based strategies. Or to get the customer to use their mobile phone to get a promotional benefit, offer, coupon, whatever.

Because of this lack of focus in the use of LCD's, Looknglas now offers integration and management of existing LCD's. A chain with standalone LCDs in their stores can now have a network that runs company-designed playlists, updated as often as everyday, with new, fresh selling messages.

So now companies can leverage their existing investment into something a lot more powerful and effective. A few low cost digital control devices installed, and Voila! Instant retail POP network prodding customers to buy more. Yeah!!! Use technology to make more sales and more money?! What a concept!

Looknglas - Window Video Systems, and LCD System integrators. The Window Of Opportunity is Here.