Digital menu boards have become the standard in displaying menus and promotions in the quick-service restaurant industry. Those who have installed them have figured out that it isn’t just a matter of buying a TV and loading a looping presentation.
Implementing proper planning is the key before committing to your investment. Failing to plan it out could lead to financial losses and poor customer impressions. In this guide, we will be looking at the basic considerations before you look at the hardware and software that you will need for your setup.
When you decide on implementing digital menu boards, there is one fundamental question you need to ask and that is “what is this project’s goal?” The most common uses for these boards are as follows:
- Displaying menus for the customers in the line, or the POS.
- Showing customers the steps in the ordering process.
- Using the boards to display limited time offers.
- Displaying promotional content or customer engagement programs.
There are many other uses for these boards. You need to determine their purpose as it will affect everything from what TVs and software to buy, to the positioning of the displays. It would be wise to spend some time on making this decision and not rush it.
Establishing Ideal Viewing Locations
Once your strategic objectives are clear, the next step will be to establish where you want your customers to view them from. This is highly dependent on the ordering process of your restaurant.
The most important factor or question to ask is whether your client will have the necessary information available when they need it. If your restaurant has a made-to-order process, then you need to establish the steps that the customer will go through and where they will need the information.
If your displays are for standard quick-service setup, then having them mounted to be viewed in the line at the cash register will allow them to plan what they want in line. They can also use the menu boards when they’re at a counter to confirm they are ordering what they want.
Once you have your viewing locations figured out, the next step is to determine where the displays will be positioned. Where you place your displays is sometimes a tricky situation as there are many factors that you must take into consideration.
The first and most critical factor is finding a place that will support the weight of the displays. Dropping the ball here could spell massive losses or possible injury if a display collapses on a customer.
You also need to see if anything is blocking the display. Obstacles are sometimes not easily detected from a certain angle until the installation is complete. Also, check if the lighting will have a negative impact on visibility. A poor display because of glare is always a nuisance.
For more detail on how to best position your digital menu boards and signage, check out this in-depth guide on just that.
Number of Displays
Getting the number of displays right is a tricky affair sometimes as the influencing factors are a bit more complex. At the end of the day, you probably don’t want your establishment to look like Time Square. You also don’t want to have too few displays and have your customers search for the information that they need.
A combination of the specific needs determined by the strategic objectives, combined with the display positioning and available space, will have the biggest impact on your number of displays.
Then consider that you don’t want your customers to strain their eyes when they read the displays because the information is so condensed. At the same time, you also don’t want too many displays so that the information is spread too far apart.
Establishing a Project Roadmap and Timeline
When you have made all your decisions and figured out where all the equipment will be installed, it’s time to begin the product research. You’ll need to figure out what features and hardware you will want and then start working on your designs.
Setting up your Digital menu boards can be a daunting task and for many, it can become an expensive exercise if it’s not well-planned. We hope that this guide would have given you some ideas on how to plan for your digital menu board.
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