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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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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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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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Are you FDA approved?

Did you know that if you have a restaurant your menu and menu boards need to be in accordance with the FDA? Whether its calorie counts, catering menus, or specialty items, such as alcohol, there are certain guidelines to follow. Guidelines will be enforced starting May 2017. Menu boards are the easiest way to keep up with regulations.  Menuat will review your board for free, try it now!

On the FDA website you can view 58 pages of the law (21 CFR 101.11) written out, but it can be difficult and plain boring to read. Or you can download our simplified version that provides all the information you need and print it to hang in your restaurant. It’ll look great next to your labor laws poster!

Did you know that Menuat offers free digital menu boards and can handle all your menu needs.

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Digital Menu Boards: Animation & Video Clips

Adding a video stream or advanced animations to Digital Menu Boards, if done effectively can boost engagement while cutting perceived queue time. However, if the animation or video is too busy and distracting, it can birth rage in hungry patrons.

There are infinite ways to attack this beast. The type of video or animation being added will make or break your customers’ experience. You want to animation to be relatively subtle, enticing and most importantly supportive to the material you’re trying to promote. If your animation upstages your menu content, customers’ attention is focused on the animation rather than the actual messaging.

With that being said, using a subtle animation or a dedicated portion of one of your monitors to display promotional videos that support your menu content can be extremely beneficial. The key is to finding the balance in infotainment. You want the customer to be entertained, but even more importantly, you want them to be informed of the action you want them to take, may it be up-selling on drinks, purchasing featured menu items etc.

Lets take up-selling drink purchases as an example. You’re trying to sell more soft drinks, adding a video or animation in a promotional section of your board of a frosty cold soda gently fizzing is extremely enticing. However, if the soda flies across the whole screen with a blazing comet trail behind it, it is extremely distracting. It may be entertaining, but it is distracting from the other menu content. You want the sale from the promotion to be in addition to what the customer was already going purchase, resulting in a higher ticket value. When the customer is browsing the menu and suddenly the monitors are taken over by a giant flaming soda, the customer has to wait for the animation to finish before they can make a decision on what to order.

Here are a couple of examples from Menuat’s Design Team of subtle animations and video clips that support menu content. Schedule a Demo with Menuat Today!

 

 

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Menuat’s Touchscreen Digital Menu Product Demonstration

This Demonstration of Menuat’s Touchscreen Digital Menu Software will show you the basic functions of Menuat’s software for the Retail Environment. You will see the customer-facing version first, followed by the Content Management System which allows the business owner to edit and manage their content.

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Client Profile: The Kookaburra & Social Media Integration

The Kookaburra, a Saint Augustine staple for coffee and Aussie Pies, opened the doors to their second location in Saint Augustine last week.

Kookaburra Digital Menu Board

The Kookaburra- Downtown Saint Augustine

As one of Menuat’s clients, The Kookaburra’s owners are able to actively respond to the seasonal demand that comes with operating a business in a tourist destination. The Kookaburra is located right in the heart of Saint Augustine’s Historic District and uses Menuat’s Instagram integration feature to engage with their customers.

The Kookaburra’s customers spend more time looking at their menu as the photos rotate, resulting in up-selling and suggestive selling of menu offerings.

Managing Partner, Spencer Hooker, states that “The Kookaburra has enjoyed a marked increase in sales after switching out our chalkboards for digital menu boards. The organization of the menu, the legibility of the display, the speed of updating our offerings and the ease of use have all served to streamline our operations and queue management. The menu boards have paid for themselves several times over.”

Digital Menu with Instagram Integration

Digital Menu with Instagram Integration

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Photo Editing Apps for Digital Signage & Social Media Images

At Menuat, we get a lot of questions from business owners about creating images to use on their digital signage or social media pages. Many problems seem to come from resizing images to fit the appropriate space. Most of the time these edits are not too difficult or involved if you know how to use a few simple tools. Here are a couple apps to help you create striking photos for your digital signage or social media pages.

Pixlr Image Resizing

Pixlr is a photo editing application that can be used for photo editing (resizing, watermarking, adding text, effects, stickers etc.). Here is a basic tutorial for resizing images through Pixlr.

First, download the Pixlr app on your computer (there is a phone app also but resizing is not available). Then go to the ‘File’ dropdown menu on the top left of your screen and open the image you would like to resize.

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Next, go to the ‘Fast’ drop down menu and select ‘resize’.

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From this screen, edit the shorter side of the to your desired dimension while keeping the aspect ratio locked. Don’t worry about the opposing dimension becoming larger than the your desired size. We will fix that in the next step. Click Apply.

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Next go to the ‘fast’ tab again and select crop. When the dimensions appear, change the opposing dimension to your desired height or width. A grid will appear previewing the image at the specified dimensions. Use the dot in the center of the grid to move the grid to capture the area of the image you would like to display and click apply.

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Then save the image with an appropriate filename and adjust quality to ‘medium’ for a faster load time.

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There are a lot of photo editing apps available on the App and Chrome Stores. Most of them basically do the same things. Some alternative user friendly apps for photo editing include RePix, PhotoScapeX, and FX Photo Studio Pro.