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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.

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Menuat at the National Restaurant Association Show

Menuat National Restaurant Association

The Menuat Team is heading to Chicago this week for the National Restaurant Association Show. We will join the 2,000 other exhibiting companies and more than 44,000 attendees for the four day show at McCormick Place. This is Menuat’s first time at the NRA Show and the team is eager to get on the show floor and check out the newest restaurant technology. We will be exhibiting from booth 10423 in the Lakeside Center.

Menuat will be offering a free mobile app for iOS and Android for NRA attendees who sign up for Digital Signage service.

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one demo with a member of the team, click here or call (904) 495-0616 x703.

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Client Profile: The Johnny Cash Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, Tennessee installed Menuat’s Digital Menu Solution for their Bongo Java Cafe opening next week. The cafe is the newest addition to the Museum which has been open for about a year.

The cafe inside the museum will feature innovative beverages, bagels, and sandwiches. Bongo Java is a Nashville staple with six other locations around the city and became famous in 1996 when a cinnamon bun was baked that resembled Mother Theresa.

The Museum opened on Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway about a year ago and has received Gem rating from AAA. Founder Bill Miller and his wife Shannon, worked in conjunction with The Cash Family to provide visitors an intimate look into the life and career of Johnny Cash. This is the only museum dedicated to Johnny Cash that has been authorized and endorsed by The Cash Family.

Last weekend Menuat’s design team, got a sneak peak of the Cafe while visiting the museum in Nashville.

Visit The Johnny Cash Museum Website for more information about the museum.

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Digital Menus at the Johnny Cash Museum

Digital Menus at the Johnny Cash Museum from Menuat

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Customer Testimonial: City Coffee Co.

Robyn Mooney, Owner of City Coffee Co. in Saint Augustine, Florida shares her experiences with Menuat’s Digital Menu Service.

City Coffee Co. has had Digital Menus and an Events Board from Menuat for about a year. We recently added a third monitor to their menus and added Instagram integration during their annual redesign. Their full menu is available here.

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Meet Zak

Zak Roberts, Customer Support Specialist

Zak Roberts, Customer Support Specialist

Meet Menuat’s new Customer Support Specialist, Zak Roberts!

Zak Graduated with a Physics degree from University of Florida in 2011. He originally learned to code with C++ while doing research on cryogenics in college. Zak self-taught JavaScript, JSON, HTML, CSS, and jQuery when he became interested in building web applications. Hobbies include surfing, coding, cooking, and gardening. He is also exceptionally good at video games and has won various bartending competitions.

Welcome to the team, Zak!

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Menuat CEO Gives Keynote at IBM InterConnect

Menuat CEO, Jeff Charette gave a keynote address during IBM’s InterConnect Conference at “An Unexpected Evening of Big Data & Analytics”. In case you missed it live, below is a recording of his keynote and the launch of MenuatGo.

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Menuat Go

MenuatGo provides customers with everything they need to get started with Digital Menu Boards at an accessible price.

Perfectly suited for independent restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, bars, retail stores and more.

Independent business owners understand more than anyone, the need to be more efficient, more flexible, and more profitable.


Save Time | Save Money | Increase Sales 


Menuat Media Players

Menuat Players work with any 1080 x 1920 HD TV and are WIFI capable.

Use our Cloud-based menu management system to update your menu in real-time from anywhere in the world – adjust prices, add or remove menu items, change out your daily or weekly specials – do whatever you want because you are in control.

Setup is simple. You pick a design from our gallery and we build your menu. Once your menu is built, we ship you your Menuat Player(s). Plug it in to your TV, connect to your internet, and your menu is live!

Sign up for MenuatGo today by calling  (904) 495-0616 ext. 1 or email us.

For more information Schedule a demo.

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.

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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!

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Digital Menu Boards in Booth 1330

Digital Menu Boards in Booth 1330

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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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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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