Digital Mannequin for Retail Clothing

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

Thursday, January 31, 2013

What They're Not Telling You

When it comes to Visual Messages, particularly in DS and DOOH, people don't tell you when you suck.

Nobody calls you up and says, "Hey, that screen in the airport?  You know the graphic with the -------, that one?  It really blows.  I was so uninterested, I didn't even pay attention!"

You get no feedback on ineffective messaging.

This allows for a great deal of ineffective content to flow right on our there into the space, giving your display, the location where it's deployed, anyone who works there that's close by, and of course you and your company, and the Digital Signage industry generally, A BAD NAME!

Poor visual content and method are responsible for a lot of the fails in this industry.  DON'T CONTRIBUTE TO IT!

This display is a good example of bad.  You'll notice that not one person even looks.  The image doesn't grab you.  It's very faint.  When you finally do notice (which in this case, could be never,) the images don't convey anything specific or relevant.  That is a bad thing for DS or DOOH.  Don't blame the hardware, or the software, or the location.  Blame the execution and complete lack of relevant content.

Develop campaigns that are trackable, and then work on the message.  Tweak it.  Don't settle for the status quo.  Don't assume that it's good enough, or that the results you get are the limit of effectiveness for that campaign.  With visual messaging, it's not always the proposition (or lack of one.)  Sometimes it's the method or style of the visuals surrounding the message.

A great deal more attention needs to be paid to testing the effectiveness, and then understanding why certain visual messages are effective.  In my view, this is an area where DOOH needs to focus a lot more attention.  It's not just about the hardware, placement, software, or management.  It's how that message content is put together and knowing, to the greatest degree possible why a message works or doesn't work.  For that you need measurement and analysis.

You want to make money in DS?  Understanding your content and why it produces the result it does is key to ensuring profitability.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Casio Digital Signage - Failing its way to Success

Casio just announced its new counter-top digital signage products, which, interestingly, use projection.  Being a projected digital signage fan (Looknglas, Window Video Systems) I am intrigued by their product intro, and the concept.

While these little boxes may not come across that exciting, they are an interesting step in what I believe is a very good direction.  Sure, the execution is not super exciting; frankly, kind of cheesy if you really want to know my opinion.  But, exciting at the same time!  Why?  Because they represent an ongoing effort to innovate digital signage at Point of Sale, in an easy to use solution.

I do agree with Dave Haynes' (Sixteen Nine) feelings about the product from a strictly unbiased point of view.  But my problem is that I am not unbiased!  I am all about projection as a digital signage solution, and I am aware of the obstacles the method needs to overcome.  But this is an honest effort.  The solution may not be super effective, but it is a good try.  I think Casio can do a lot better.  The method has a very big upside.

The images and even the packaging are not there yet.  But the thing to remember with any device like this is that the content and ease of use are the most important things.  The design of the device itself can easily be improved.

So, while I am not enamored of this device in its current iteration, I applaud Casio for the effort, and urge them to keep at it.  This is a good step in a good direction for POS merchandising, messaging and display.  What do you think?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Projection-based Digital Signage

I thought it time to revisit this topic from a previous post ("Projected Digital Signage"), to check on the progress of the method.

It would appear that progress is there from a potential standpoint, but not in terms of actual use.  Let me break it down:

Progress:  Components and system software/management continue to improve with prices coming down.  More companies appear to be showing interest in Digital Signage, especially for retail Point-of-sale (POS), and coming out with newer, more versatile components.
A lot of interest has been paid to touch screen technology as it relates to engagement.
The projector industry continues to advance; they have all the capabilities, but they don't seem to be focusing on their product so much as a primary element of digital signage, though more and more seem to be factoring that possibility into their design and features.
We have come up with a solution for the issues of direct sunlight and refracted glare, especially from multiple sources.  Since glare can play havoc with any projection or other screen behind glass, (such as a store window,) this is a significant step.
More and more people continue to express and demonstrate interest in the method, trying it out, but not a lot of long term installs yet.  This should change as we demonstrate lower cost of ownership, and higher value of use.

Needs Improvement:  Pricing needs to come more into line with a level more accessible on a widespread basis.
Most implementations are temporary, and isolated.  To date, I am not aware of any chain which has adopted projected signage across their brand.
Although the method has been used to create "engagement", that engagement has been mostly on a gimmicky, "look what we can do" basis, but not in a functional, ROI-based way to engage the viewing audience for the purpose of directly doing business.  This is a key change that needs to occur.  So far most installs have been strictly for display.  The method needs to be adapted to more transaction-based purposes, for promotion, and especially sales.
More attention needs to be paid to content production specific to the method, and specific to ROI-based objectives.
Below is an example of a WVS implementation with some of the problems I point out:

Although the method has undeniable coolness, its viability for business will not come to fruition until these issues are resolved.
Overall, projection systems for retail have not made the jump to serious, affordable, long-term business solution.  I believe that chasm can be crossed, but the issues mentioned above need to be addressed.

At Looknglas, we have addressed these issues.  When the marketplace comes to grips with the reality that these systems are not widgets, but rather, serious communications and POS marketing solutions, the Window Video System will have arrived.

The Window of Opportunity is here: the problems have been solved by Looknglas.  Let us help you develop your POS window display and promo system for true, measurable ROI.