Digital Signage Solutions for Banks and Financial Institutions
Visit any retail bank and you will see the same video walls and large flat panel displays that have been used in many fashion stores for decades. Fact is, the banking and financial sector is increasingly using digital signage solutions to enhance in-branch customer experience. Financial institutions understand the retail side of their businesses can benefit from the same digital signage technologies as many other types of brick-and-mortar locations.
Even ATMs can benefit from digital signage!
ATMs have been evolving to keep up with the latest technologies. It’s not uncommon for modern ATMs to feature full color displays, RFID and NFC technologies. The underlying PC hardware has also been beefed-up and many ATMs can now support basic digital signage features while still performing their core function. The same software that runs in-branch displays can also manage the advertising running on ATM screens and in other locations such as outside LED boards.
Digital signage solutions are now able to provide a unified point of control for all screen based banking communications. Bank staff at every level of the enterprise can manage, approve and control which content plays on which screen across any number of locations.
Additional digital signage benefits
Digital signage messaging can reach every branch regardless of it’s geographic location. There is no limit to it’s reach. International banks can manage multilingual content across many countries. This is where banks can achieve the highest return on investment because a single digital signage content management system can be used for the entire organization.
Here are more benefits:
- Using a single, professional-grade solution across an entire organization simplifies support tasks and end-user training.
- A single server can be used to provide services across all regions, or a content management system (CMS) can be invoked for more efficient content delivery over vast distances.
- When combined with external triggers, digital signage can be very effective at grabbing and retaining viewers. For example, displays can be equipped with motion sensors, RFID sensors, Microsoft Kinect sensors and other devices so the audience can interact with the system to launch various content on-demand. Motion sensors can change content when someone passes by a display, further grabbing their attention for a moment.
- The use of electronic beacons and smartphone apps lets customers communicate with the content playing on screen. Different content can be triggered when a customer running an app is within range of a beacon to further personalize their experience.
- Touch enabled displays and tablets offer another way of letting the audience interact with the system. Customers can navigate interactive kiosks to retrieve information, review policies and access many other useful data. Some kiosks even let customers sign-in when dropping in for an appointment. They can bypass line-ups and head straight to a waiting area.
- Touchscreens are also used in wayfinding applications where customers can get directions without having to line up at an information desk.
What does it take to make it all work?
As was mentioned earlier, a typical digitals signage solution is made up of 3 main components:
Of course, there are many other software components that are included in a typical digital signage solution. These are background services that are always running to ensure optimal and reliable operation.
Most banks and financial institutions purchase and host their CMS server in-house. This is also referred to as an “on premise” solution. The bank’s own IT support personnel manages and maintains the digital signage solution on its own rather than hosting the software on an independent third party hosting provider (also referred to as a “cloud” solution).
Banks tend to prefer web-based software dashboards over locally installed software as these products tend to be easier to deploy and maintain. There are no local software versioning issues to deal with since everyone accesses the same information from a central server.
The banking sector also prefers professional, native media player software since this type of product outperforms other solutions. Native software has less stability issues and the content is rendered in a much higher quality than products based on interpreted software languages.