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Are You Using Your Menu Board to its Full Potential?

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-3-01-44-amMany more restaurants and companies such as Cracker Barrel’s Holler & Dash, are shying away from traditional signage to digital signage. In a world that is so technologically advanced, make sure you are using your menu board to its full potential to stay ahead of the competition.

Make sure your menu board has a design that is catchy and fitting to the atmosphere of your restaurant. Chalkboard menus can be a pain to update daily or even seasonly. Menuat offers a chalkboard design, giving you your fun atmosphere without the hassle or mess.

Pictures are worth a thousand words. Do you have a picture of one the items your restaurant offers? Instead of just item names and prices, show the customer what great meal they are about to purchase. You can even make a slideshow to show multiple items.

Social media is all the rage. Show customers what awesome comments others visitors are making about your restaurant by integrating a Facebook or Instagram account to your menu board.

SCHEDULE A DEMO with Stewart today to get the greatest menu board for your store!

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5 Times FRIENDS Perfectly Described Digital Menu Boards

Imagine the coffee shop in FRIENDS, Central Perk, with a digital menu board. Here’s what it might look like!

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Fast and easy updates.

 

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You see your latest social media post on the menu board.

 

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You see the shop is running a special on your latte.

 

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Your favorite holiday treat is back on the menu.

 

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All your friends agree Central Perk is the best hang out with the best menu board.

 

 

 

 

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Are you ready for MenuatGo?!

menuatgoMenuatGo is the self-service version of our software that provides customers with everything they need to get started with Digital Menu Boards at an accessible price. MenuatGo is ideal for restaurants that understand the importance of establishing a digital presence in today’s market. With this software you can generate and customize the menu design to your liking. Schedule a Demo Today!

With tons of customization options, there are over 500 different layout options for you to choose from, as well as screens, themes, and fonts.

Once setup is complete, Menuat will ship your pre-configured media players that can plug directly into the back of any television monitor. Service can be easily upgraded at any point to allow full access to Menuat’s Content Management System for unlimited menu changes for as many screens as you need.

Menuat was created to deliver powerful, affordable, and easy to use digital menus to independent restaurants. From the beginning, our passion has been about delivering the power of the Internet to restaurants by connecting the physical environment to the digital world of consumers.

MenuatGo is available for shipping now. Order MenuatGo today by calling Stewart Fletcher at (904) 495-0616 x703 or email Stewart here.

For more information Schedule a demo with a member of the Menuat Team.

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Cool Moose Cafe


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Cool Moose has been proudly serving customers since the summer of 1998. Located in the Riverside area of Jacksonville, FL, they serve breakfast and lunch daily. With the wide variety of coffee flavors and the cozy atmosphere, you might find customers reading and snacking on a pastry while enjoying a mug of their favorite coffee. “Menuat has given us the opportunity to make on the fly changes to our menuboard,” says Laurie Jarvis. They adopted digital menuboards in 2014 not only displaying daily specials in store, but connecting the menu to the Cool Moose website allowing guests and staff members to check out the specials while they’re still at home. Make sure to stop in and grab a cup of coffee if you’re in the Riverside area!

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Baa Baa Black Sheep…

Black sheepLooking for a great restaurant in the historic area of Riverside in Jacksonville, FL? Black Sheep is the place to go! They are fast casual restaurant during the day and serve dinner every night with daily specials. “We love Menuat’s digital menuboards because the specials change every day and it is the most efficient way to update the fresh items!” Having been in business for about 4 years, they pride themselves on using fresh, local ingredients in their handcrafted plates as well as their signature cocktails that you can enjoy at their rooftop bar and lounge. Keep an eye out for their second location that’s under construction!

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Is Your Menu Social Media Official?

With digital menu boards being so technologically advanced, almost anything is possible. Social Media Integration is at the top of that list.

Many businesses are finding that having multiple platforms of social media and keeping those accounts up to date is becoming more and more important. Not only is it an effective way to advertise and connect with current customers, outsiders also turn to these platforms to view how these businesses interact with their customers.  They want to see customer reviews and comments, also how quickly and well the business reacts to these interactions. Digital SignageToday states that 84% of people using social media trust peer content over brand content. Here at Menuat, we offer social media integration to your menu.

Pros to social media integration:

  • Staying up-to-date with technology
  • Increase brand awareness
  • Having great customer comments displayed right on your menu!

Check out S’macks Burgers & Shakes integrated menu!

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Did You Know Menuat is Partnered with Samsung?

One of our greatest achievements as a technology company was partnering with Samsung. There are 15 other Samsung SMART Signage platform partners in the nation and Samsung features us as one of the best designs of digital menuboards. This partnership allows us to work with the Samsung development platform to improve software and gives us access to the newest features immediately.Samsung Cafe Display

Our customers have the opportunity to use these SMART TVs and benefit from the features they offer. These slim and elegant devices present durable, commercial grade usage, and crystal clear image quality 24/7. Also, they already have a built in media player so we won’t have to send you extra hardware!

We love being partnered with Samsung! (Just look how excited our CEO, Jeff, is!)

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Digital Menu Boards at RFMA2015

The Menuat Team is in San Diego for RFMA2105. If you’re attending, be sure to stop by Booth 1330 and talk to Jeff about the Cost Savings of Digital Menu Boards. We are also offering discounted design and development on multiple locations!

Schedule a Demo with Menuat Today!


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Digital Menu Boards in Booth 1330

Digital Menu Boards in Booth 1330

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Menuat takes RFMA

Menuat will be exhibiting at The Restaurant Facilities Management Annual Show in San Diego in February 1-3. This is Menuat’s first time as an exhibitor at RFMA but it is not our first year attending. We will be running a fantastic trade show special for multiple units as well as a giveaway for Attendees who book an appointment with us through the RMFA Attendee Services Center.

RFMA or The Restaurant Facilities Management Association’s mission is to “advance industry awareness of facilities management, while promoting professional and ethical standards to serve customers with added value.”

If you’re planning on Attending RFMA in San Diego make it a point to come see the Menuat Team in Booth 1330!  Visit Menuat’s RFMA Company Profile

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How to Select a Monitor for Digital Signage

Shopping for monitors for digital signage can be overwhelming. When selecting a monitor that is appropriate for your specific needs and location, there are some important specs that you need to keep in mind.

Brightness

Brightness is measured in ‘Nits’. This information is readily available on the most manufacturers’ websites. A larger number of nits indicate a brighter picture. The brightness of the screen needed is determined by the ambient light of the monitor’s location. For indoor use with indirect ambient light, a minimum of 400 nits is recommended. For outdoor use, monitors over 900 will be visible in direct sunlight.

Bezel Size

The bezel of a monitor is the plastic frame around the screen. Although this sounds superficial, the size of the bezel determines the actual size of the screen on the monitor. If you were to run out to your local big-box store and purchase a 50” monitor with a 1” bezel, the available screen space is actually only 48”. These two inches can make a lot in difference in the amount of content you are able to fit on the screen.

Screen Size

The size of the screen, and the number of monitors to purchase, can be a difficult thing to determine. Basically, it comes down to viewing distance versus the number of lines on text on your menu. If you email your menu to Menuat, we will be able to recommend the size and number of screens you’ll need.

Ventilation

Most consumer grade monitors are only made to be turned on for six to eight hours per day. Digital signage is typically on display for much longer than eight hours per day, causing consumer grade monitors to get very hot. The ventilation systems on consumer grade monitors can be easily over worked. It is important when selecting a monitor for your digital signage that you choose one with adequate ventilation.

 

Commercial vs Consumer Grade Monitors

Another element to take into consideration when selecting the right monitor for your digital signage needs is choosing between commercial and consumer grade grade monitors.

The main difference between commercial and consumer grade monitors is that commercial grade monitors are specifically made for the digital signage application by amping up several key features to ensure lasting utility.

Run Time

Commercial grade monitors are made to be turned on 24/7 and employ systems that prevent burn-in. Burn-in occurs after prolonged use of a static images, text, or tickers. This causes a distortion in the picture.

Warranty

Warranty is another important difference between commercial and consumer grade monitors. Most consumer grade monitors are strictly meant to mounted in landscape mode. Mounting a consumer grade monitor in portrait mode will void most manufacturers’ warranties. Commercial grade monitors are made to be mounted either portrait or landscape to accommodate for multiple different applications and come with a three year manufacturer’s warranty. The consumer grade alternative typically comes with a standard one year warranty.

It is also worth mentioning that most manufacturers will declare a warranty void if the monitor is used for commercial purposes like digital signage. This comes down to the difference in durability of commercial and consumer grade monitors. Commercial grade monitors are specifically made to withstand higher temperatures and the indoor pollution of the restaurant environment.

Consumer Grade Screens

We do recommend a commercial grade screen as they’re tested in commercial environments to perform for many years. However, they can be cost-prohibitive. As a low-cost alternative, we’ve helped our customers source consumer-grade monitors from stores like Best Buy and Walmart. The screens we’ve recommended have performed well for digital signage purposes, although we haven’t tested them over years as commercial screen providers have done.

Based on model, make, and specifications, we can recommend the following consumer grade screens. These three models are fairly similar in that they are all 450 nits or higher, have a small uniform bezel, and decent ventilation. All models below are priced under $800.

Panasonic AS530

LG LB5900

Samsung UNH6203AF

When purchasing a monitor, be sure to ask about the in-store extended warranties available. Many of the Big Box Store offer a ‘No Questions Asked’ policy that will cover burn-in and allow you to mount your new monitor landscape or portrait without voiding your warranty.

If you would like to purchase a warranty after you have purchased or installed your monitors, you can go through a third party like squaretrade.

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