We live in an age of digital marketing. Even if you are participating in an outdoor marketing event, customers expect that technology will be involved somehow. Whether you are looking for a large digital banner to attract customers to your booth from a distance or an iPad bar to create an up close and personal interactive experience, it is important to choose the right monitor for your outdoor displays. It takes just 7 seconds on average for customers to decide if they want to enter a booth at an outdoor event. If you choose the wrong type of electronic display, they just might pass you by. Here are a few tips to help you choose a monitor for your next outdoor tradeshow, festival or other event.
1. Bigger Isn’t Always Better
When choosing a monitor for outdoor or indoor use, it is important to take the size of the booth into consideration. You don’t want the digital signage to overpower your booth. If you have a small booth that measures 10 feet by 10 feet, you may not want to choose 6 foot table top display. This will be overwhelming for the employees manning the both as well as customers passing by. Instead, you could use a narrow digital sign near the front corner of the booth. If you have a 10 x 20 booth, you could enhance the display with serpentine display in the back of the booth that can accommodate a 42” monitor to stream dynamic digital content. The larger your booth the more options you have when it comes to the size and placement of monitors. The key is to keep things in proportion to the size of your booth.
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2. Define Your Goals
Digital signage of any type should reinforce your company’s brand in a clear, concise manner. Beyond that, the type of monitor that you choose will depend on what you are trying to accomplish while at the trade show. If you define your goals in advance it will be easier to design your booth and choose the appropriate type of technology.
3. Look For Viewability
Certain products are difficult to view in direct sunlight. Have you ever tried to look at a smartphone or tablet that doesn’t have a protective finish on it? Usually, all you see is a black screen. When choosing a monitor for outdoor displays, you will want to consider the location of your booth, the amount of sunlight it will receive throughout the day as well as the viewability of the product. Monitors that feature screens with treated glass and are backlit with LED will boast blacker blacks, richer colors and superior viewability.
4. Easy To Clean
Furthermore, monitors for outdoor displays should be easy to clean. Large monitors or digital screens can quickly become dirty when exposed to the elements of nature. Even a small breeze can kick up a large amount of pollen and dirt. You want to be able to keep your display looking pristine at all times. The same holds true for any other electronic equipment in your booth. Interactive iPad counters will be swarming with germs and flaunting fingerprints if they don’t have a disinfectant resistant coating on the screen.