ASK THE BOARD: What Gets Overlooked?

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What is the most frequently overlooked aspect of creating a new digital signage network?
This week’s question is answered by members of the DSE Advisory Board
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Read the Answer by Jon Cheatwood

“The most overlooked aspect of creating a new digital signage network is standardization. Within diverse organizations … “
JON CHEATWOOD
AV Technician
University of Notre Dame
 

Read the Answer by Dr. Elizabeth Cornell

“Perhaps one of the most frequently overlooked aspects of creating a new digital signage network is the amount of time, effort, and number of moving parts involved to bring it to fruition.”
DR. ELIZABETH CORNELL
Director of Internal Communications
Fordham IT
 

Read the Answer by Richard Daugherty

“In my experience, there are several areas that can be overlooked when implementing a digital signage network. When looking into adding a new digital signage solution … “
RICHARD DAUGHERTY
Senior Solution Architect – Digital Media – AVI-SPL
 

Read the Answer by Elicia Davis

“When creating a new digital signage network, many people overlook one very important detail. What is the purpose/strategy behind the network?”
ELICIA DAVIS
Project Manager – Freshwater Digital
 

Read the Answer by TJ DiQuollo

“The most frequently overlooked aspect when creating a new digital signage network is content – the bits of information that flow through the network.”
TJ DiQUOLLO
Director of Creative Services – Diversified
 

Read the Answer by Craig Frankenstein

“The most frequently overlooked areas when creating a new digital signage network are expansion plans to grow the system, resources for administrative needs and the amount of time and expertise it takes to properly create and curate quality content.”
CRAIG FRANKENSTEIN
Digital Media Practice Manager – AVI Systems
 

Read the Answer by Steve Glancey

“You don’t know what you don’t know. There are people in the industry that have a lot more experience than I do, but I’m not a newbie either. “
STEVE GLANCEY
Vice President Business Development – Screenfeed Content
 

Read the Answer by Mike White

“Without question, the most frequently overlooked aspect of a new digital signage network is the commitment to metrics and regularly refreshed content as part of a long-term plan.
MIKE WHITE
Senior Solutions Specialist
Unified Technology Systems,
A Solutionz, Inc. Company
 

1 Comment

  1. In my experience, the ‘total cost of ownership’ (TCO) is the most overlooked part of creating a new digital signage network. So many people consider the initial costs such as the cost of the hardware, software and installation, however, very few people realize and analyze the true costs to support a network over a period of time. Items like failure rates, downtime, refreshing content, ongoing content management, hardware refreshes/life cycle management, and most importantly support are all too often overlooked or not given enough ‘weight’ when doing the business case for digital signage.

    In my experience, there is a direct correlation between how much you invest upfront vs. how much you pay over time. For example: investing more upfront costs on a commercial display and you will reduce your ongoing costs by reducing downtime, hardware replacements, and support costs. Yes you pay more upfront, but if you add the up front and ongoing costs together, it will be cheaper over a 3-5 year period for you to purchase a commercial display.

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