I wanted to share a really fun bit of technoolgy we have been using for events with great success: digital picture frames. We've been using digital picture frames for signage at our conference center, for buffets, food labeling, and table top presentations.
They look fantastic and we get frequent comments on how unique they are. We add company logos, quotes, and other information in addition to the labeling of products. The great part is that they have guest impact, are customizable, and look much nicer than standard paper signage.
Here's how we accomplish getting images onto the digital picture frames:
- Purchase digital picture frames! I know it seems cost prohibitive, but there are some really inexpensive digital frames for sale online. We picked up ours for only $31 a piece. That was about a year ago. I am sure they are even less now.
- Create power point presentations with the slides that you want for each frame.
- Turn each of the slides into a JPEG file (picture format).
- Upload the JPEGs in the order that you want them to run. You can also load the files onto a portable thumb drive and leave it in the picture frame.
- Set the timing to be the same on all the frames (we use 5 seconds).
A few more tips - If you are using multiple frames, make sure to label them before the event. You won't be able to see the content before they are plugged in, and you don't want to cause confusion. Speaking of plugged in, make sure that you have access to power and plugs handy. The frames don't look good if they can't be plugged in!
Please let me know if you try this out. I would love to hear your ideas for using the frames!
Chad Caplinger is manager of the Blair Center at Westfield Center. He has 14 years of hospitality industry experience in corporate and private restaurants, conference centers, event planning and hotel/restaurant management.