Wow! Its 2015 already?! Well let’s go fellow Digital Signage enthusiasts!
2015 is going to be a big year for the industry. L Squared is pleased to say that we’re involved in some of the biggest projects coming out of North America in the coming months. Spoilers.. more to come on that later.
For now let’s take an overview of what could happen in Digital Signage this year. Here are our top 5 predictions:
1. Digital Signage finally becomes a mainstay of the ‘standard digital marketing mix’
2015 will be the year that Digital Signage comes out of the shadows and fits firmly at the heart of integrated marketing campaigns.
Better Digital Signage CMS technology and more intelligent content scheduling has laid the foundations for this year to see general adoption of digital signage along side other forms of advertising and the more established marketing channels such as social and email.
2. HR gets involved:
As Marketing bosses bring Digital Signage into budgets, so too will HR. We’d predict that it will still be a while until HR really embraces the internal communications power which the channel offers but events like socialhrcamp are already paving the way for Digital Signage to fill an important employee engagement gap.
3. iBeacons and NFC proliferate
iBeacons and NFC are technologies that are sparking tests, concepts and consternation among digital signage network operators and software providers. In 2015, Apple will unlock its NFC chip, opening up a wave of adoption. iBeacon tests will spread quickly.
Both approaches will endure, but with differing use cases. There does not appear to be a clear path to integration with digital signage for the push technology, iBeacon.
We predict that, for now, the pull technology of NFC, bolstered by payment systems, will have more relevance to digital signage as there are logical integration points.
4. Content rationalization steps forward
The coming trend in content will be automated tools for autocorrecting content encoding to optimize playout on digital signs or other platforms.
HTML has won the battle for the hearts and minds of both content producers and software providers. We’ll see tools, like L Squared’s Hub, which make assets useful across mediums (responsive) in an automated way.
5. Digital Signage A.K.A Public Video
There’s been a lot of noise recently about rebranding our technology as “Public Video”.
Will the DPAA, (formerly OVAB), become the PVAA? Our prediction is that the term ‘Digital Signage’, even if its not to the liking of some Sales and Branding types, is probably here to stay but who knows! The sector is growing and diversifying so quickly that we may well be called L Squared Public Video by the time we make predictions for 2016. We hope not as it would mean a logo redesign