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3 Ways to Put Your Office Flat Screen to Work

By April 23, 2013 7 Comments

Who doesn’t love a nice big flat screen TV? Staples in homes across America, they’re now becoming more and more commonplace in the office. They’re good for more than just watching ESPN in the break room, too. With a little creativity, they can become a valuable business tool.

Here are 3 ways you can put your office’s flat screen to work.

You’ll need:

A flat screen TV with web browsing capabilities. Don’t have web browsing on your TV? You can buy an Apple TV for $99 to get all the functionality you’ll need.

1. Display promo graphics in your lobby.

Welcome Lobby

Dynamic lobby graphics are sure to impress your visitors as soon as they step in the door. You can create your own images to display or you can hire a professional graphic designer to setup your graphics. . The dimensions for your graphic will need to be 1280 pixels wide by 720 pixels tall. Once you have your images ready, you can set up a free account with Flickr, and connect your Flickr account to your TV (either via a native app on your TV, or through AppleTV’s Flickr app). It will take a few minutes to get your Flickr account setup and connected to your TV, but once the initial work is done, swapping out photos will take seconds. You’ll just need to log in to your Flickr account and add and remove images as needed.

Here’s a PowerPoint template you can use for your lobby graphics (includes 5 colors). Just add your images and text and save the slide you wish to use as a JPEG.

Lobby Graphics Template

 

2. Ditch the projector.

Wouldn’t life be so much simpler if you never had to see this again?

projector

With AppleTV, you can use a program called AirParrot to mirror your computer screen. You can use it to display a PowerPoint presentation, or share a screen in a client meeting (without having to sit uncomfortably close to each other).

3. Display Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s).

KPI

Setup a KPI dashboard on your TV to access a single view of the information you need to make better strategic decisions. KPI dashboards can be displayed on any device that has a web browser, so displaying on your TV will be a cinch. We can connect your existing systems to a KPI dashboard so you can access all of your key metrics in real time.

Examples of KPI’s:

  • Finance: Gross Profit Margin
  • Sales: Sales Per Rep
  • Healthcare: ER Waiting Times

KPI Dashboards

┬áLearn more about Nexxtep’s KPI dashboards.

7 Comments

  • Alex says:

    Hello Anne,

    You’ve so correctly mentioned about the fact that flat screens are usually a part of the cafeterias at office to watch sports channels.
    Using them for power point presentations is the option I liked best from the ideas you’ve suggested.
    The other thing I’d like to add is in verticals like stock markets, where minute by minute update is reqd., these screens can be of great use.

  • Anne Shenton says:

    Hi Alex, Thank you for your reply. Using flat screens to stream stock quotes is a fantastic idea!

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  • Hi Anne,

    I thought you might find our alternative option interesting – we wanted a dashboard but with the option to include metrics across a wide variety of sites, as well as other sites we found useful. So, we built it!

    Screensaver Ninja transforms a screensaver (note, this would require the screen to be hooked up to a computer OR idle office screens could work as well) into a display of any website, in realtime and in rotation.

    So, clients could add their Google Analytics, Flickr images, dashboards, news sites, social media feeds and more to keep them all relevant throughout the office.

    Have a look, if you like! Screensaver.ninja

  • Colin says:

    Hello Anne,

    Though its a good idea but what about the guys having other platforms gadgets to do presentation.
    I am searching for a product that can share my Power Point Presentation to a big TV without connecting messy wires.I have came across many devices like We-present,Appletv,Barco etc but they are very costly. Can anybody suggests me a device which is cost effective? I am doing research on Prijector which has some features like content sharing + VC apps and looks impressive . Please do reply if anyone knows better device than Prijector.

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