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Customize Your AudioFetch App

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We’re constantly looking for ways to make the AudioFetch app more useful for you and your customers. One great benefit that we offer to all AudioFetch customers is the ability to customize the app that your guests and members use. These customizations make the app look and feel more like your own, and allow you to better communicate with your customers.

Following are the five ways you can customize your AudioFetch app:

App Title

Specify an App Title, which will appear when the device is on a lock-screen mode. This will remind your customers, with a familiar name, that they’re listening with the app.

Logo Replacement

Replace the AudioFetch logo found at the top of the app with your business’s logo. This helps to continue building brand recognition for your business, and makes the app more familiar to your customers.

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PDF Document Link

Add a PDF document as one of the three selectable options under the 3-bar drop down menu of the app. You can use it as a way to share important business information, such as fitness class schedules or menus. Or you can use it to announce current promotions, like specials, discounts, or events. Or you can add a custom message or any other content that you’d like to share.

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Color Template Customization

Change the color template of the app in three locations to better align with your brand and company color scheme. The three color locations are:

  1. Primary Color – This location is comprised of the banner area that runs along the top of the app and background color of the 3-bar menu when it is open
  2. Secondary Color – This location is comprised of the 3-bar menu icon and the text in the 3-bar menu
  3. Background Color – This location is comprised of the background field of the app

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Intro Banner

Add a full-screen banner ad, which will display when the app opens. This banner can promote any current specials, discounts, events or other custom messages. When tapped, the intro banner will present follow-on contact information to include an email address, website URL and/or a phone number. You can specify the duration that the banner displays, up to 30 seconds, but we recommend only showing it for a brief 2 to 5 seconds.

All of these customizations are available through The Doghouse configuration management portal. If you have any questions about customizing the AudioFetch app or using it to engage with your customers, we’re happy to help! Drop us a line or call us at 1-877-661-2281

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How Offering Music Can Change Your Company

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The workplace can often be a stressful, noisy, and congested environment. Issues like these lead to dissatisfaction among employees and/or customers, as well as decreased productivity, all of which affect your bottom line. One way to mitigate these challenges, and create a more effective and efficient workplace is providing music through a wireless audio streaming system. Research shows that music in the workplace leads to 3 key benefits:

Better Focus

Music can help people focus on individual tasks by blocking out surrounding chatter and noisy distractions. Music with a steady beat helps people develop a sense of rhythm when completing repetitive tasks, plus stimulation keeps the mind from stagnating during such assignments.

Improved Productivity

Music can pushes people’s imagination during reflection and brainstorming, leading to dynamic ideas and innovative solutions. People find inspiration from music, so the right song could be just what a project needs to reach a new level.

Cohesive Sense of Community

Keeping an environment fresh to suit the needs of people using the space over a long period of time is important for workplace productivity and relations. Listening to music heavily impacts mood and therefore affects decision making and how people interact with other. A study by Cornell University researchers revealed that happy, upbeat songs made listeners working in teams more pleasant, cooperative, and open to sharing. Tunes with a positive spirit encouraged utilitarian choices and boosted team awareness.

What’s also great about music is that it gets people in sync with each other, allowing them to find points of connection with coworkers. Music offers people something to bond over, giving employers an opportunity to build happy teams that charge into the day over a shared anthem! In addition, by using a wireless streaming solution you can curate what your employees are listening to – anything from contemporary music, to educational podcasts, to internal company updates can all be streamed directly to your team anywhere in the building.

You can get more out of your employees by using music to create an efficient and fun work environment. To learn more about AudioFetch’s wireless streaming solutions, contact us!

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Build Community with an Outdoor Movie Screening

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Cooler, cozier evenings are just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean an end to all outdoor activities. Outdoor movie events have become quite popular in the last few years and are an excellent way to build community in your organization or neighborhood. With advances in projection and audio technology, they are easier to produce than ever.

Practically any type of organization or business can host an outdoor movie night. Following are some ideas for how you can host outdoor movies in your community and the benefits they can bring:

Church or Youth Groups

An outdoor movie screening can provide community outreach, fellowship and recreation for your members, regardless of their age. Select family-friendly movies that help to spread your organization’s message.

Public Libraries

Create educational or recreational events targeting teens and families to connect the community and bring folks to the library. Select movie adaptations of favorite novels, like Harry Potter films, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wizard of Oz, Little Women, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, The Hunger Games films or Where the Wild Things Are.

Professional Organizations

Use outdoor movie screenings as a way to enrich your local community, and bring together like-minded individuals to make connections.

Agri-Tourism

Host an outdoor movie at your farm’s pumpkin patch, or after the corn maze. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a fitting title, but there are near innumerable movies that pair well with the autumn season.

Parks and Recreation

Offer regular community gatherings at parks and outdoor spaces around your town. Provide lawn games or frisbee golf, and consider hiring musical acts to bring in a bigger crowd. You can make the event free or charge a small fee for an additional revenue opportunity.

Businesses

Host the movie night as a customer- or employee-appreciation event. Bring a few vendors (e.g., popcorn, ice cream, beverages) to make the evening complete.

Neighborhood Groups

There’s no better way to get to know your neighbors than by cozying up in front of a movie, and laughing or gasping together!

Charities & Civic Organizations

Host a movie night to raise awareness for your cause. Select a film that is relevant to your organization, and bring in vendors and other entertainment. For example, if you’re screening a documentary related to your cause, invite the director for a post-screening Q&A.

Schools & Clubs

An outdoor movie night can be an excellent fundraising opportunity. Select a popular movie that appeals to a broad range of people, get sponsors to donate snacks and drinks, and ask for a small donation at the entrance.

Sports Teams

Another effective way to raise funds, this time for local community or school sports team. You could also simply have the screening  be an end-of-season celebration for players, parents and fans.

Arts Councils

Run the outdoor movie screening in conjunction with your festival schedule or use it as an outreach method for children’s art.

Local Talent

Pair an outdoor movie with a live music ensemble, dance troupe or vaudeville act! A swing dancing team would make a great opener for Dirty Dancing. An 80s cover band would be perfect before The Breakfast Club. A dancing dog act would pair nicely with The Secret Life of Pets. Get creative and tap into your local talent pool.

With the earlier sunsets of autumn, it’s the perfect time to host an outdoor movie evening. All you need is a white sheet or convenient wall (a white delivery truck would work, too), a projector, assistive hearing technology (especially if you don’t want to monitor your area for noise pollution or obtain a sound permit), and a favorite movie!

Guests can bring their own blankets and chairs–even their comfy pickup truck bed, if the venue permits! Consider selling or giving away popcorn as an added treat. It’s a perfect way to bring your community together in an entertaining and unique fall gathering.

When you’re ready to make your outdoor movie the best-heard event of its kind, without disturbing the nearby neighbors, contact us.

3 Reasons to Become a Football Host Bar

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There’s nothing quite like sharing the joy of a touchdown surrounded by your fellow alumni or others with a passion for a particular school or team. Heading down to your regular bar to spend a few hours can be the perfect day for some people, and a huge boon in business for that regular bar. If you haven’t considered it before, recent advances in both technology and how viewers consume live events should serve as motivation to make your bar a favorite destination for college or NFL fans – especially with football season fast approaching.

Here are 3 irresistible reasons why now is the perfect time to become a football host bar:

1. Increase Business

Hosting college football games can attract more customers since friends usually come in groups. Each game aired can multiply your customer count as different teams each have different fans, so hosting games on a weekend afternoon can rival the amount of sales you’d get during an evening. For most fans of college football, having a gathering place to watch their team with other fans is something that simply can’t happen at home.

2. Potential Free Marketing

By becoming a host bar, you are taking advantage of the opportunity to increase your bar’s brand presence. With Instagram and Twitter now becoming part of the football viewing experience, it helps for your bar or restaurant to be tagged in photos that get seen by thousands of other users. It’s not just free advertising, it’s also smart business to build your location into social media mentions.

3. Build Community

If you want to set your bar apart from other local establishments, show interest in your local college sports teams by making viewers feel as if it rivals the stadium experience. People will not forget where they were during exciting or heartbreaking moments. By making your location feel like part of the community, you create equity from patrons that will keep them coming back at different points of the year beyond the football season.

Part of becoming a host bar is having the resources to do so. This isn’t just space, food, and a television – you also need a solution that let’s your patrons hear the game over the other noise in the room. Products that wirelessly stream TV audio can really give your bar a unique viewing experience by giving people the power to hear what they want just by using their phones or tablets. And the best part is, these products are quick and easy to install, and affordable.

If you’d like to learn more about how our wireless audio streaming products can help upgrade your bar, contact us today.

5 Inspiring Ways to Teach with a Portable PA System

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As all teachers know, managing a classroom is difficult. It takes skill and effort to wrangle and direct a large group of students; sometimes, it might just seem entirely overwhelming. However, more and more teachers are embracing technology to keep students on task and engaged. Some teachers have found success and inspiration from using a portable PA system. Here are 5 creative ways you can use a portable PA system with your students.

1. Direct a field trip

Keeping track of students in a classroom is hard enough. Outside of the classroom, you also have to worry about the possibility of students running off, getting lost, or missing the bus. A portable PA system can let you communicate to your students during a field trip. Your students will be able to hear your directions and know when to be where, even if they aren’t at the same location as you. You can also add helpful information about the place being visited. Tips, stories and even possible pop-quiz questions.

2. Foreign language listening

Learning a foreign language requires listening and comprehension. Most foreign language programs involve audio in some form: to learn pronunciation, to practice comprehension, or as a part of a test. Computer speakers are often quiet and low-quality, and make it hard for students to hear and understand spoken words. A portable PA system can let your students have high-quality, easy-to-hear audio that comes directly from you. You can cater the audio to meet the needs of that day’s lesson plan, and you can teach multiple langauge levels in the same room.

3. Lecturing with a sore throat

When you’re speaking day in, day out, nonstop, for hours a day, your vocal chords are bound to get fatigued. A portable PA system can amplify your voice even when your throat isn’t working at its best. All you have to do is speak at a comfortable voice into the system, and your students will hear you through their headphones as if you were lecturing normally.

4. Playing music during work time

Did you know that there’s research showing music can help with completing tasks? Mozart and Bach are the most commonly cited examples, but, there are lots of classical and ambient musicians that can be soothing and help students concentrate. If you’re assigning work in class, why not use a portable PA system to play music? This way you can control the use of devices and music in the classroom while rewarding your students with the option work with music without disturbing the class.

5. Lessons outside the classroom

Most students would agree: if it’s nice out, they want to have class outside. Who wants to sit at a desk inside when the sun is shinning? However, a gust of wind or a passing car can easily drown out your voice. A portable PA system, can help you stay audible, and let your students enjoy the sun and the outdoors while they learn.

AudioFetch offers a portable PA system called the FetchExpress that could be the perfect compliment to your lessons this fall. We value education and are proudly offering all AudioFetch products to teachers at 20% August 1 through September 30. We hope to be your partner in education this school year! To learn more just contact us.

California Family Fitness Installs AudioFetch

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California Family Fitness, a premier family fitness center, has recently installed AudioFetch in all 19 of their locations in the Sacramento region.

AudioFetch helps California Family Fitness meet their goal of providing members and employees of all ages a fun, friendly environment and to promote a healthy lifestyle through state-of-the-art equipment, programs, and activities. Our user-friendly fitness audio solution allows their members to hear TV audio throughout their fitness centers, without being tethered to a cardio machine. This allows them to move through the fitness centers, using various fitness equipment without interrupting their entertainment and impeding their workout flow.

To notify members of the new AudioFetch service, California Family Fitness added signage around the fitness centers and on their website.

To learn more about California Family Fitness, visit https://www.californiafamilyfitness.com/.

If you’d like to learn more about installing AudioFetch in your fitness center, please contact us today by calling 1-844-443-3824 or drop us a line here: http://www.audiofetch.com/contact/.

5 Tips for Tour Guides

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With summer edging up closer and closer, it means that tours are going to get packed. As a tour guide, the goal is to always provide a memorable and informative visit. To make every experience as great as possible for your tour members, here are five quick tips for tour guides to keep in mind this travel season.

1) Create opportunities for better engagement

Often tour guides get so caught up in relaying all the pertinent details and information, they forget about their audience. Tour guides are like storytellers in most scenarios, so it is important to keep everyone’s interest and prevent them from zoning out.

2) Reduce distractions as much as possible
It is inevitable that distractions will pop up – from crying kids to unruly tour attendees. However, keep your calm in these situations and handle these distractions with grace and aplomb. Try to minimize distractions as much as possible, and do not let it steer the course of the tour. As long as you stay in control of the situation, you will be able to keep everyone’s attention.

3) Ensure that everyone is able to pay attention
Both of the above points lead to this – create a tour experience where distractions are minimized and attendees are able to engage with the tour and with others. Ensuring that everyone is paying attention to the tour, and is not disturbed, is really important for the overall experience.

4) Don’t be afraid to be creative
In order to achieve a tour where there is a lot of engagement, and minimal distractions, let your creative side take the lead. Some tour guides like to use little quizzes or other interactive methods, while some use props or other materials to instill a bit of levity in the tours. Either way, if there is a route for creativity, don’t be afraid to take it.

5) Use a good PA system to ensure you’re heard
A tour guide tends to lack a punch if others cannot hear the information being relayed. Make sure that you are using a good and reliable portable PA system to get your message across loud and clear – without any disturbances or interruptions. A low-cost portable PA system with built-in wifi and other capabilities can ensure a smooth and thorough audio experience.

Regardless of whether you’re leading tours inside or outside, walking or riding, with large groups or a small crowd, you’re responsible for creating the tour experience. With these tips, you can create a more enjoyable and memorable one for both your guests and yourself.

Meet our mascot, Rocco!

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Playing fetch with a dog is an exercise in pure joy. The loyalty, expression of enthusiasm and the never ending energy of a dog after a stick is an inspiration for our team. We have built an easy to install product that “fetches” the audio your customers need and sends it to their smart device. We provide each of our clients enthusiastic customer service because we stand behind our technology, and we value the community of loyal customers that follow us on social media. So, when a few clients asked us if the dog in our logo had a name, we thought why not reach out to our community and ask them to help us name our mascot.

From April 10 to May 8, 2017, we asked our followers on Facebook to post a photo of their dog wearing headphones (just like our mascot) along with their suggested name. A panel of judges went through all of the entries and selected the winner.

Congratulations to Stephanie H. the winner of the Sounds N’ Hounds Name Our Mascot competition with her entry of “Rocco.” SOUNDS pretty perfect to us! See her winning photo below.

If you’d like to know more about AudioFetch, contact us! We’d be happy to answer your questions.

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4 Unique, Modern Donations for Churches

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Churches and other houses of worship thrive on the generous offerings made by their members. But monetary giving during services is just one way that members can support their church. There are several others methods for giving and items that churches need to operate.

If you’re in need other types of donations or would like to expand the ways you accept donations, consider trying one (or all) of these unique and modern donation methods.

1. Mobile or Online Donations

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Mobile or online tithing allows your members to give in easy and convenient ways, ways that fit into their busy lives. With software like easyTithe or EZekiel, members can donate at the preferred time and using their preferred payment method, and can even set up recurring donations, all without requiring them to have cash on hand during services.

2. Unused Smartphones & Tablets

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If your members are anything like us, they have a drawer full of old smartphones and other mobile devices that they never use. These devices may not be the latest and greatest, but they still work perfectly. Ask your members to donate these unused mobile devices to the church so you can use them for educational games in nurseries, learning tools on youth retreats and listening assistive devices for elderly and hard-of-hearing members, or for those requiring translation services.

3. Stocks or Mutual Funds

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Stocks and mutual funds can benefit both the church and the member donating them. Churches can take advantage of increased funding over time if the markets improve, and members can take advantages of tax deductions. Win-win!

Note: You should always consult a tax professional before accepting these types of donations to ensure you are getting the most benefit and handling it properly. Encourage your members to also speak with a tax professional.

4. Vehicle Donations

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Selling a used vehicle can be a hassle, and trade-ins aren’t always as valuable as one would hope. Encourage your members to donate their unwanted vehicle to your church to eliminate the headache of selling, and get a tax deduction. You can then fix up the car and sell it yourself, investing the money back in the church, or donate the car to a family in need.

Through unique and modern donation methods, members can provide their support more easily, helping your church operate and grow more efficiently.

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3 Reasons Music Increases Productivity

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In today’s workplace, an average employee is productive for only three hours, leaving many business owners searching for simple and inexpensive solutions to keep their teams focused. “Building friendly relationships creates a fertile ground for teamwork,” according to Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert. “That atmosphere engenders more creativity, as people innovate most when they feel supported and the work culture is upbeat and fun.” Keeping your employees smiling isn’t easy, but retention is definitely a money saver.

The cost of finding a new entry-level employee is 30% to 50% of annual salary, for the middle-level it increases to 150%, and for high-level it’s 400%! One solution to retaining strong employees is to keep them happy, and one easy way to keep them happy is to provide them with music. Here are our top 3 reasons why offering your team an internal music option could be just what your business needs:

1) Music Makes People Happy
Dissatisfied employees can cost up to $75 billion yearly. So, it pays (companies) to be happy. Music therapy is more effective than other therapy methods in curing depression. Music also increases breathing rate, and increased breathing is a sign of happiness. It even affects babies as early as five months old. On the other hand, for those that value crying, sad music may help them have a cathartic experience.

2) Music Relieves Stress
Stress costs companies $200 to $300 billion yearly, and music can prevent this. Music can have a tremendously positive effect on reducing stress hormones. When working in a fast-paced or deadline-orientated work environment, music can be just what the team needs to stay focused and relaxed.

3) Music Increases Cooperation
A Cornell University study found that music has an effect on our willingness to cooperate. The study found that upbeat or “pleasant” music made people more willing to cooperate, while unpleasant music had the opposite effect. If your workplace thrives on teamwork (and let’s face it, whose doesn’t?), music can be an inexpensive and effective tool in fostering more unity and increased productivity. The Harvard Business Review found that happiness increased productivity by an average 31%, appreciated sales by 37%, and tripled creativity.

In order to keep everyone humming, so-to-speak, you have to be able to offer your staff multiple music options at once. A wireless audio streaming system can bring more smiles to your team’s work life, and make you the boss of the year!