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Digital Signage software is a tool that allows users to create, schedule, and distribute multimedia signs, advertisements, and informational content. Digital signage solutions are well suited for hotels, casinos, hospitality services, airports, shopping malls, corporate real estate managers, and other entities seeking digital advertisements or information boards. The best digital signage solution will allow users to create, edit, and remotely control the type of content displayed based on different audiences and situations. Some of the main features of digital signage products include multi-screen support, visual editing, customisable templates, a media library, and remote display management tools. Digital Signage software is related to Kiosk software, Marketing Automation software, and Public Relations software.

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$8/mo + free players! Hundreds of free templates! Supports Images, Video, Calendar, Social media & more! Learn more about Yodeck
Starting at $8/month + free players, Yodeck is a no-brainer for digital signage. Get any screen up and running in less than 5 min! Use our drag & drop editor together with hundreds of free templates to display any kind of content like images, videos, PDFs, calendars, menus, social media, and more! Manage, edit & schedule content for your screens online, from anywhere through our cloud-based dashboard easily. We offer worldwide support. Your 1st screen is free, forever - connect it now! Learn more about Yodeck

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  • Customisable Templates
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£7.95/screen/month. Turn any TV into a digital sign. Manage remotely. Supports images, videos, playlists, Google Slides, Weather, Instagram, etc. Learn more about OptiSigns
Turn any TV into a digital sign and manage remotely from a central dashboard. Choose from 160+ Apps and 1000+ Templates. Supports formats ranging from images, videos, playlists, Google Slides, Weather, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and more. Payment available in USD & EUR & GBP. Learn more about OptiSigns

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  • Customisable Templates
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An all in one solution for iOS, fireOS, Macs, Android, Apple TVs, Windows devices and laptop management. Learn more about Hexnode UEM
Hexnode is a cloud-based UEM solution that allows you to harness the power of the cloud to secure and manage corporate devices. They offer a flexible solution for comprehensive management and security of all the endpoints deployed in an organization. Trusted by SMBs to Fortune 100s worldwide, you can manage your entire corporate network with ease. Supporting major device platforms and offering support to a wide range of industries, Hexnode is globally recognised for its industry-best features. Learn more about Hexnode UEM

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  • Customisable Templates
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Box empowers teams to work from anywhere with a single, secure collaboration platform built for the entire content lifecycle.
From sales contracts to marketing assets, content powers your business — no matter your industry. And with rising costs and complexity, you need a smarter, simpler tech stack. The Content Cloud helps you centralize your content with a single, secure, easy-to-use platform built for the entire content lifecycle, from file creation and sharing, to editing, e-signature and retention. Plus, keep your content protected with built-in security and compliance, so you mitigate potential data leaks and cyb Learn more about Box

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  • Customisable Templates
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Ideal for businesses of all sizes, it is a form building tool that helps users create survey forms while also reviewing submissions.
Trusted by over 18 million users, Jotform's form builder is the easy way to create and publish online forms from any device. The company offers 10,000+ ready-made form templates, 100+ integrations to 3rd party apps, and advanced design features making it the leading online form builder for organizations all over the world. It's popularly used to create payment forms, lead generation forms, registration forms, contact forms, application forms, and more. Learn more about Jotform

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  • Customisable Templates
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WE BUILD EVERYTHING FOR YOU! REACH's digital signage software is an easy-to-use solution for $20/month & we take care of everything!
We make digital signage SIMPLE. The REACH approach is different than other digital signage software providers. We built custom layouts just for you, with no generic templates. Starting at only $20/month, together, we will determine your communication needs and how to make your digital screens a success. The REACH team will work to design and build layouts that match your branding, and train all users how to create and publish their own content. It's that simple! Learn more about REACH

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  • Customisable Templates
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Featuring a recently updated platform and interface, truDigital empowers businesses to communicate better.
We believe communicating the right message at the right time has the power to motivate, educate, and inspire. We help companies achieve this by providing a digital signage platform that's easy to use and reliable. Featuring recent server and UI enhancements, truDigital continues to offer its users incredible value. With a number of features included with every plan, truDigital improves the way you communicate with your most valued audiences. Learn more about truDigital

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  • Customisable Templates
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Auto Update
  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
  • Visual Editor
  • Playlist Management
  • Layout & Design
  • Video Support
  • Multimedia Support
$8 per month and with no limits. Easily create engaging digital signage content and publish within minutes of signing up.
Starting at $8 per month. No additional fees, no restrictions, and 24/7 support worldwide. It's the full package. Our cloud-based content editor is intuitive and very easy to use but also features advanced functions like animations, transitions, social content, and much more. If you don't have your own photos, videos, or animations ready to use, we provide access to tons of royalty-free libraries and templates. Learn more about Play Digital Signage

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  • Customisable Templates
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  • XML/RSS
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  • Video Support
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Raydiant's Experience Platform empowers organizations to build strong, long-lasting relationships with their employees and customers.
Raydiant's Experience Platform empowers organizations to build strong, long-lasting relationships with their employees and customers by creating memorable, interactive experiences in-location and in the workplace. Our easy-to-use, plug-and-play, cloud-based digital signage and touchscreen solutions, with the option to integrate video conferencing, enables our customers to create, manage and scale experiences across 1 or 100,000 locations anytime, anywhere. Learn more about Raydiant

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  • Customisable Templates
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  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
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Spectrio is a leading provider of customer engagement platforms ranging from Digital Signage to Interactive Kiosks and more.
Spectrio is a digital signage software provider offering reliable and scalable solutions for businesses of all sizes. Since 1986, we have provided exceptional customer engagement solutions through sound, sight, and feeling to companies across various industries, ranging from local hot spots to national brands. With a best-in-class product suite, we strategically work with our clients to customize digital signage solutions that enhance the customer experience and elevate their business. Learn more about Spectrio

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  • Customisable Templates
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  • XML/RSS
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PosterMyWall is an easy-to-use, template-driven DIY graphic design app. Anyone can design like a pro on PosterMyWall.
PosterMyWall’s complete suite of marketing tools includes graphic and video design, email campaigns, and multiple publishing options. Choose from over 1 million professionally designed, easily customizable, graphic, email, and video templates. Customers use PosterMyWall to design menus, ads, graphics, emails, newsletters, and videos – which they can print, post directly to social media, send as an email campaign, embed in a website, publish as a web page, or run as digital signage content. Learn more about PosterMyWall

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  • Customisable Templates
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UPshow is the leading on-premise performance marketing cloud powering digital screens for brick and mortar businesses.
Businesses in hospitality, entertainment, healthcare, automotive, fitness, and more rely on UPshow for engaging digital experiences that increase revenue, productivity and retention. UPshow is the leading on-premise performance marketing cloud powering digital screens for brick and mortar businesses. Our back of house and front of house platform provide ad-free, interactive digital marketing, entertainment and communications to drive measurable outcomes. Learn more about UPshow

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  • Customisable Templates
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  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
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  • Playlist Management
  • Layout & Design
  • Video Support
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ScreenCloud is a SaaS product for enabling digital signage on any screen. They work with consumer grade hardware like Chromecast.
ScreenCloud is cloud-based digital signage software offering a seamless, secure and flexible solution for organizations of all sizes. We believe 'screens that communicate' are perfect for teams looking to unlock connections with hard-to-reach employees, students and customers at scale. Control one screen – or thousands – from anywhere in the world. Use the content already in your systems or create something brand new with ScreenCloud’s 80+ free, built-in apps and 150+ editable templates. Learn more about ScreenCloud

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  • Customisable Templates
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Auto Update
  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
  • Visual Editor
  • Playlist Management
  • Layout & Design
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  • Multimedia Support
Robust yet simple and affordable digital signage software available on Roku, FireTV, and Google TV. Plans start at $6/month.
Affordable digital signage app available on Roku, FireTV, Google TV. Great for schools, libraries, churches, restaurants, and lobbies. The drag and drop layout editor is easy to use and can include slide shows, videos, data feeds, weather, Twitter, audio playlists, calendars, and webpage snapshots. Affordable solution at $6/month for 1 device. Create unlimited layouts. Schedule automatic playlist changes. Four plans to meet all needs - Light, Standard, Pro, and Enterprise. Learn more about QuickESign

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  • Customisable Templates
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  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
  • Visual Editor
  • Playlist Management
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First sign FREE! - $15/Month PRO - Easy, no experience needed - 24/7 US and EU support. Try our XOGO Mini or install your own device!
First sign FREE! - $15/Month PRO - Easy, no experience needed - 24/7 US and EU support. Turn any screen into a digital sign! In the era of smart phones and cloud computing, you shouldn't need to hire an IT team in order to set up a digital sign. We make the process incredibly easy. Simply plug in a XOGO Mini appliance (or install XOGO Player on your own Windows, Android, Chrome or Amazon Fire device) and then use our free XOGO Manager app to upload your graphics and video content. Learn more about XOGO Decision Signage

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  • Customisable Templates
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  • Auto Update
  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
  • Visual Editor
  • Playlist Management
  • Layout & Design
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Super Easy Digital Signage Software designed for scale. Trusted by brands such as SONY, HILTON, and AUDI. SOC2 Type2 certified
For just $9 per display per month, Zeetaminds offers effortless management of screen networks of any scale. Our reputation is built on RELIABILITY, SCALABILITY, and COST-EFFECTIVENESS. Our exceptional customer service has won us the admiration of customers, while our WHITE-LABELLING service has made us a favorite among resellers. Zeetaminds is the trusted choice for powering displays in over 40 countries, serving renowned brands such as SONY, AUDI, HILTON HOTELS, KFC, SCANIA and many more. Learn more about Zeetaminds

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  • Customisable Templates
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  • Auto Update
  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
  • Visual Editor
  • Playlist Management
  • Layout & Design
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From $8/mo. TelemetryTV: share images, videos, KPIs & menus on signage screens remotely and easily. Trusted by Starbucks, Amazon & BCG.
Starting at JUST $8/mo, TelemetryTV offers everything you need to start sharing images, videos, Office docs, and PDFs on screens—in minutes. It features 70+ easy-to-use apps for every scenario, no tech skills needed. Engage your audience with stunning video walls and keep teams motivated by sharing live dashboards. Create unique experiences with our DevOps tools for building custom apps. Boost your QSR's sales with digital menus. Join Starbucks, BCG, Amazon and others in choosing TelemetryTV. Learn more about TelemetryTV

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  • Customisable Templates
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Check our reviews on AMAZON! A signage solution for Small Business with great online software and USA-based support! :-)
Check out our reviews on AMAZON! A TV signage system built specifically for Small Business with unusually flexible online software and great USA-based support! No contracts. No hidden fees. We leverage the power of Google Chrome devices, with three models, starting at $129. The cloud-based software is accessible from anywhere, even on your smartphone, starting at only $23.50/mo. FREE custom theme! Learn more about SmartSign2go

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  • Customisable Templates
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Built by QSR owners who know exactly what you need, Flipdish POS is used by thousands of restaurants and takeaways around the world.
Flipdish is an all-in-one POS and restaurant management system powering thousands of restaurants and takeaways around the world. Make life easier by streamlining operations with an intuitive kitchen display system, inventory management, powerful reporting tools, driver tracking, payroll management and more. Grow your business and increase customer satisfaction with digital ordering solutions like web, app and kiosks. Build your brand and earn more money with the help of our marketing specialists. Learn more about Flipdish

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  • Customisable Templates
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  • Auto Update
  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
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Digital signage doesn't have to be difficult. We make it easy or your money back.
Improve communication with Rise Vision, the #1 digital signage software solution for schools. Rise Vision is easy-to-use cloud-based digital signage software that works with any hardware. Save time with 500+ customizable templates and if you ever need help get free training and exceptionally fast support. Schools use Rise Vision to increase student involvement, celebrate student achievements and create a positive school culture. Learn more about Rise Vision

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  • Customisable Templates
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  • Auto Update
  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
  • Visual Editor
  • Playlist Management
  • Layout & Design
  • Video Support
  • Multimedia Support
Feature-rich and easy-to-use NoviSign is a Pioneer inCloud-based digital signage software that runs on Chrome OS, Android and Windows.
NoviSign is known for RELIABILITY & EASE OF USE! Includes over 20 drag and drop widgets; HD videos, dynamic slideshows, weather, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, RSS, virtual queue, website integration, interactive polls and more. NoviSign also includes a complete real-time monitoring dashboard for easy tracking of screens/media players. Proof play reports, live online connectivity, and more. Price starts at on $20/month and includes full support and training. Runs on Chrome OS, Android, & Windows! Learn more about NoviSign

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  • Customisable Templates
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Auto Update
  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
  • Visual Editor
  • Playlist Management
  • Layout & Design
  • Video Support
  • Multimedia Support
Screenfluence makes it easy to update your screens with compelling content delivered to displays across the room or around the world
Screenfluence offers the reliability, scalability and support needed to power even the most expansive digital signage network. Streamline your digital signage management with Screenfluences cloud-based system, with complete control over your displays and user permissions. Learn more about Screenfluence

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  • Customisable Templates
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  • Auto Update
  • Digital Menu Boards
  • XML/RSS
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  • Playlist Management
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Enables businesses to advertise their services or offers and show critical information, including weather updates.
Cloud Signage for Google Drive enables individuals and businesses to update signage content by placing images and videos in Google Drive. The bilingual software supports multiple display and content orientations, allowing users to set videos and photos at any angle. Firms can use Android smartphones and TVs as dedicated digital signage devices. They can also use the cooperative display tool to synchronize a display on numerous devices and show websites as signage content. The app automatically launches on boot without root permission, and businesses can display product PR videos to create an attractive sales floor that promotes purchasing motivation. Learn more about Cloud Signage for Google Drive

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  • Customisable Templates
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Save time with beautiful, easy-to-use digital menu boards. Engage customers by sharing specials, events, reviews and Instagram posts.
Save hours weekly & engage customers with beautiful digital menu boards. User-friendly software makes it easy to create a unique layout & design for your brand. Advertise events and promotions, display reviews and share Instagram posts. Auto-populate beer, wine and spirits information with a database of 300k drinks. And update all this from any device--including your phone! Get started: www.evergreenhq.com/products/digital-menu-boards Learn more about Evergreen

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  • Customisable Templates
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Established in 2011, SkySlope is the customer experience platform managing real estate transactions from contract to close.
SkySlope is the all-in-one transaction management platform for brokerages to execute, store, organize, and audit real estate documents from anywhere, at any time. SkySlope serves over 650,000 real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada, managing over three million transactions annually. Brokers get complete visibility into their brokerage's transactions so they can track and grow their business. Admins will triple their productivity with a streamlined review process. Learn more about SkySlope

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  • Customisable Templates
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Digital Signage Software Buyers Guide

Digital signage software allows users to create, schedule and distribute multimedia signs, advertisements, informational content, images, and other digital signs. Through the use of these digital signage solutions, users are able to select the content they would like to display and then show this on digital displays screens. Generally, there will be options to display the content on a single screen—or on multiple screens—and this means the digital signage platform can serve as a central control centre for all of a company's digital signage needs. In many cases, the content that will be displayed can be taken from a computer, smartphone, tablet, or television screen.

A wide range of different content types can be displayed using digital signage software, but some of the most common examples include menus, schedules, promotional content, news, and weather information. Digital signage is used in a variety of business types, but the use of digital signage software is especially common within hotels, restaurants, shopping centres, airports, casinos, and similar settings. One of the key benefits of utilising digital signage over more traditional signage is the ability to display different content at different times of the day, and digital signage software allows for content changes to be scheduled and automated or carried out manually.

Aside from this content scheduling, some of the main features that might be included within digital signage software include multi-screen support, visual editing, customisable templates, a media library, and remote display management tools. The features and capabilities of digital signage software mean that it can be compared to presentation software, video management software, and content management systems. Digital signage solutions can be used in combination with these software packages or, in some cases, in place of those applications.

While the precise range of features included within each digital signage software package will vary. Along with the quality of those offerings, there are some core functions that help define software of this kind and which might be expected in any high-quality application of this type. Using a good digital signage package, users should be able to:

  • Edit digital signage content, using a visual editing feature, and then store content in a library
  • Display selected content on a specific screen or on multiple screens simultaneously
  • Create a schedule for when content will be displayed and when the displayed content will change
  • Manage digital displays remotely, through a web browser, or via a mobile app

What is digital signage software?

Digital signage software, or a digital signage platform, is the name given to software that is designed to allow users to create, schedule and distribute multimedia signs, advertisements, and informational content. Through the use of such an application, it is possible to manage the key functions related to the use of a digital display screen, or multiple digital displays, all from a centralised location, and some of the functions can also be automated for added convenience.

Generally, the top digital signage offerings will allow users to create and edit the digital content that they intend to display, manage the display content within an internal media library, remotely control what is being shown on digital display screens at any given time, and create schedules so that the content on displays changes according to what users want the audience to see at different times, or in different situations. This functionality means the software can be used to control the display of digital advertisements, menus, news, and other important information.

Digital signage solutions of this kind are widely utilised in hotels, casinos, shopping centres, restaurants and other similar settings. However, in truth, they can be deployed effectively by any individual or business that has any need to display content on a digital screen or on multiple screens. One of the major benefits of digital signage is the ability to change what is being displayed over time, and software of this kind facilitates the use of dynamic content.

What are the benefits of digital signage software?

The benefits of digital signage software are broadly in line with the benefits of utilising digital display screens in general because the software provides the tools for controlling and managing these displays effectively from a central location. With that being said, it is important to understand some of the specific benefits associated with using both digital display screens and digital signage software, and these are explained in detail below:

  • High-quality digital display: one of the big advantages of using digital signage software, and relying on digital displays in general, is the enhanced level of quality available. The best digital screens, including 4K screens, are able to display images, text, and other display materials at an extremely high resolution, and digital signage software allows for the creation of high-quality content. Ultimately, this results in digital advertisements and other similar materials that are more eye-catching and more likely to be seen by passers-by, which can lead to better overall outcomes and superior knowledge retention in situations where important information is displayed.
  • Excellent cost-effectiveness: the traditional method of utilising print advertisements, print or hand-written menu boards, and similar displays is not only time consuming, but it can also be expensive. It means that, for each space where the display needs to be placed, time needs to be taken to print what is to be displayed, utilising materials and ink. Additionally, if modifications are required, the entire display will need to be reprinted. By contrast, through the use of digital signage solutions, content can be displayed on multiple digital display screens at the touch of a button. Changes can be made through the software, and then the displays can be updated instantly, resulting in far greater cost efficiency. In the case of advertising, this can also allow an advertising budget to stretch much further than it would when using a print-based approach.
  • An end to static displays: another key advantage to using digital signage software is the ability to utilise video, moving images, live text and a variety of other forms of moving content. This means businesses are not restricted to using static displays and can instead utilise dynamic displays to capture attention and convey the information they want to get across to observers. In many cases, newsfeeds, live weather forecasts, live stock information and other content can be used, ensuring that the most up-to-date information is always displayed over the course of a day.
  • Control signage remotely: an extremely important advantage associated with a good, modern digital signage operating system is the ability to remotely control and manage digital signage. This means users can control what is being displayed on what digital screen, change content, or create schedules without needing to be in the same location. Remote accessibility is an especially important feature within cloud-based software solutions, and these often allow for actions to be performed using a web browser. As a result, it is possible to make changes to signage from anywhere in the world, using a huge number of different devices. This remote accessibility is especially important with the growth of remote and hybrid work models in recent times, and with the fact that 67 per cent of workers like working from home, meaning businesses are likely to face increased pressure to make this an option.

What are the features of digital signage software?

The features of digital signage software are primarily designed to allow users to fully control the various digital display screens they have access to and the content that is shown on them at any given time. Generally speaking, most solutions in this category will have similar core features, providing this level of control, although the way those features are implemented may vary. Additionally, some supplementary features help to provide variation but may require a more in-depth digital signage software comparison to be carried out. The features found in the vast majority of solutions of this kind include:

  • Content scheduling: create and alter a content schedule, allowing the content displayed on digital signage to change over time. This ability to schedule content is useful in a wide range of settings and means that the right content is displayed at the right time, to the right audience. In the top digital signage software solutions, it is possible to create an automated schedule that will automatically make changes to the displayed content at chosen times or create a basic order for content while allowing for the changes to be triggered manually. Ultimately, these features are intended to grant full control over digital signage.
  • Media library: manage and store all media content in a central repository, allowing users to quickly and easily access the core items that make up digital displays. Some of the main examples of media that may be stored and managed in a digital library of this kind include videos, moving images, photographs, logos and other graphics, text, slideshow content created in presentation software, and more. New media can be added to the library at any time, while older media that is no longer required can also be removed. The centralised nature of the media library is also beneficial in situations where multiple employees need access to the digital signage software from different locations, as it allows all parties to access the exact same content.
  • Multi-screen support: control what is being displayed on multiple screens at the same time, ensuring all digital signage can be managed from the same place, without friction. The multi-screen options offered by most digital signage solutions will allow different content to be shown on different screens or display the same content on multiple screens at the same time, depending on individual requirements. The very best applications will also automatically scale content to fit the screen in question, so even if multiple screens of different sizes and dimensions are used, the content will be shown in the best possible format.
  • Remote display management: carry out all display management needs from an off-site location. The ability to access digital signage software remotely means users can control all of their digital displays, even if they are not physically present in the same place. This can be extremely useful in businesses that allow remote or hybrid working and for businesses with multiple premises, which all share the same marketing or digital content strategies. Generally, the remote display management controls available will allow for content to be edited, schedules to be created, and screens showing the chosen content to be managed.
  • Visual editor: edit the content that will be shown on digital signage through the use of a visual editor. This provides a user-friendly interface so that users can add media to a display, make adjustments, and see what the finished product will look like before it goes live. Different solutions will offer a different range of features for editing signage, but the basic options will include text editing, image editing, use of animations, and more. In many cases, the visual editor feature will resemble the kind of features found in presentation software.
  • Customisable templates: utilise a variety of customisable templates for digital signage. The inclusion of templates within digital signage software allows users to quickly and easily create content that is suitable for display using conventional layouts. However, these templates can be easily edited, allowing for the inclusion of specific images, text, video content, and other media. Templates help to ensure that even novice users will be able to create and display high-quality digital signage without specialist training. Moreover, the use of templates for digital displays that show dynamic content can help provide consistency across all displayed content.

Through intelligent use of Capterra's software directory, it is quick and easy to compare the different features offered by the available solutions and read digital signage software reviews, in order to narrow down options and get a sense of how other users feel about each product. Available programs can also be sorted based on the precise features that are included. As a result, the quality and efficiency of a search can be enhanced by ensuring only the software solutions that include the features deemed to be the most essential are shown.

What should be considered when purchasing digital signage software?

The main things that need to be considered when purchasing digital signage software are related to a company's own digital signage needs, the current display setup, and the types of content to be created and displayed. With that being said, there are some other important factors to take into account when trying to select the right solution. In general, it is a good idea to ask the following questions in order to make a more informed choice:

  • What do I need for digital signage? The first question to be considered should be: what is actually needed for the digital signage intended for display? This is important because the needs of a restaurant displaying menu items may be substantially different from the needs of a business using digital signage for display advertisement. Some of the solutions on the market are also geared towards specific uses, while others are intended for more general digital signage needs. As an example, if looking to display advertisements, investing in specialist digital signage advertising software may ensure access to some additional features that may be useful. Think about how advanced the needs are, prioritise the right features, and pick the option that is best for the business.
  • How much does digital signage software cost? Next, give careful consideration to the cost of the different solutions. The best way to approach this is to establish a budget based on the entire cost of ownership. This could mean factoring in upfront purchase costs, ongoing subscription fees, setup costs, training costs, data storage costs, as well as any costs that may be associated with things like keeping the software updated or accessing technical support when issues arise. Giving consideration to the total cost of ownership, rather than the cost of purchase, also helps to ensure that unexpected costs are not encountered at a later date.
  • Where is digital signage used? It can also be important to think about where digital signage is going to be used. If planning to have signage within a single location, where users will also be based while using the digital signage software, requirements may not be particularly advanced. However, if planning to have multiple digital screens—displaying different content—across multiple locations, options will necessarily include remote accessibility. In order to make sure a purchase is as future-proof as possible, also think about what digital signage needs may be in the years ahead too.
  • What are your training requirements? Introducing new software into a workplace requires employees who know how to make effective use of it, and that means providing the necessary training. With this in mind, give some careful thought to who needs to use the software, what current competency levels are, and how many people are going to require specific digital signage software training. Training requirements are also likely to increase if a more advanced solution with a wider range of options and features is selected.
  • What is the best deployment option? There are two main deployment options for digital signage software, and the best one will depend on specific needs and circumstances. On-premises solutions are deployed on-site after purchasing the software, and users take responsibility for keeping software updated and storing any associated data. By contrast, cloud-based solutions are typically offered by third-party service providers. With this approach, the service provider is responsible for providing the software, keeping it up-to-date, and securely storing associated data in the cloud, and users pay an ongoing subscription fee. This lowers upfront costs more predictably.
  • Who needs access to digital signage software? Finally, it is important to think carefully about precisely who is going to need access to the digital signage software, and how they work. If a company has remote workers who require access, a solution that offers robust support for remote display management should be prioritised. Also, think about the devices employees use and whether they may need access while out in the field, which may necessitate a cloud-based option or a solution that offers a companion mobile app.

The most relevant digital signage software trends also need to be included within any good decision-making process because companies need a solution that provides the most up-to-date features and accommodates the most up-to-date needs. On top of this, wider software and technology trends can also play a significant role when carrying out a robust digital signage software comparison to find a solution that is compatible with existing processes. Some of the most important trends to be aware of are outlined below:

  • Demand for interactivity: A growing area of interest related to digital signage is the concept of interactive signage, which allows an audience to select different options on the screen, interact with chatbot technology, or use voice commands to interact with dynamic content that is able to respond accordingly. This could necessitate finding a solution that delivers in this area. For example, a restaurant may wish to find digital menu software for TV screens, which will allow customers to view the menu and interact with specific items on it to learn more. Similarly, some digital signage advertising software may allow users to see information about a product and then interact with it to learn more, access a QR code, or place an order.
  • Audience analytics: Another key trend is a gradual move away from digital signage consisting simply of digital content being displayed on a screen towards the screens having additional functions. A good example of this is the use of cameras and artificial intelligence technology, which can be used to gain a sense of how the audience is actually responding to the signage in terms of engagement and emotional reactions. This allows digital signage to serve a dual purpose, and if this is likely to form part of a strategy, look for a software solution that supports this functionality and offers a good level of control over the analytics component.
  • Shift to the cloud: A growing number of businesses are embracing cloud computing and coming to understand the benefits of cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) deployment. These benefits can be especially significant in workplaces where remote access to digital signage software is needed and where data may need to be accessed from a variety of locations using a variety of different devices. With that being said, on-premises solutions still have their advantages, and it is important to choose the best option for a company's specific needs.
  • Conversational interfaces: the rise of smart speakers, voice assistants, transcription software, and similar technology has led to heightened demand for conversational user interfaces in other packages. Not only can this offer convenience, but it can also enhance accessibility, allowing users with physical disabilities to more easily utilise software. This makes it a good idea to try to find digital signage software that includes a conversational component, such as understanding and responding to voice commands.
  • Social media connectivity: The final trend to be aware of is the growing tendency for businesses to use social media feeds as part of their digital signage. This can be especially useful when sharing news, business updates, or brand messages. This does, however, mean that those who plan to utilise such options will need to find a software solution that includes built-in social media compatibility. It is also important to look into what this social media compatibility actually consists of and whether new updates can be posted to social media channels from within the digital signage software itself. If so, this can allow for faster updates and greater control.

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The features highlighted were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra's directory that offer them. The following sources were used for this document:

  1. 5 Key Takeaways From the Switch to Remote Work in the UK - Capterra Blog (Date accessed: Friday, October 8, 2021)