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Get Creative with a Portable PA System for Business

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Are you looking for a distraction-free PA system for your business? One that is portable, convenient, and affordable? The simplicity of the AudioFetch FetchExpress may be exactly what you need. With it’s simple design and ease of installation the FetchExpress can help keep communication with your customers, guests and team clear and effective.

How does it work?

Our portable PA system streams audio from a single source to anyone listening through the AudioFetch app on their smartphone or tablet. No complicated AV systems or bulky listening devices required.

FetchExpress connects seamlessly to your existing WiFi, so installation is simple and doesn’t require a mess of cords and plugs. The device also comes with a built-in WiFi function, turning you into a walking hotspot for outdoor or en-route use.

With options for broadcasting your voice with a directly-connected or wireless microphone, you are assured a quick and easy way to communicate without distractions for your listeners or others. If you need to broadcast from several sources, you can easily pair multiple FetchExpresses together or use our AudioFetch Signature system for up to 256 inputs.

All the listener needs to do is download the AudioFetch app to get started. We provide marketing material for your venue to let people know that AudioFetch is available and how to use it.

Who can use it?

There are many businesses that can benefit from an AudioFetch system, from houses of worship and tourism companies to warehouses and educational facilities, and everyone in between! Some of the creative uses include:

With a Portable PA system you can minimize distractions to ensure clear and direct communication with the people who need to hear it most.

The AudioFetch PA system helps businesses transform how they interact with their guests, customers and staff, leading to enhanced customer experience, improved productivity and increased revenue. It brings a personal touch to the end user while enabling the broadcaster to scale their operations. What more could you want? Contact us today for more information.

The Benefits of a Personal PA System

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Whether you’re a factory manager, a tour guide, a minister or a sports bar manager, you understand the importance of keeping your people happy. Information is today’s currency, and there is so much of it, coming so quickly, that being able to convey and understand critical information is of top importance.

Communication is essential, whether between your business and employees, or your clientele. This can mean different things depending on your business; saving time, eliminating distractions or simply providing an impeccable experience. Whatever your goals are, an audio streaming solution could help you get there faster.

Have you ever presented at a business conference in a cavernous lecture hall or noisy convention center? How much time is spent trying to get the microphone or AV system working and repeating Q&A responses so that people in every corner of the room can hear? What if you could take advantage of smart phone technology, and everyone could stream audio from your presentation in real-time? You wouldn’t be competing with conversation in the back of the room, noise from the hall, or general din of a busy convention center. Your presentation just became more productive and efficient.

Maybe you’re expanding your business and need to train employees at your new location, but last-minute installation and finishing are still going on. If you used a personal PA system with built in wifi, your new team could follow you around the store, warehouse, or office without worrying about the distraction or disruption of the other work going on. Your employees will be trained in less time, saving you money.

Construction sites and factory floors are notoriously loud. Bring in new people or guide investors around the site and have a productive conversation despite all that’s going on. You will know they aren’t missing any of the important points.

Maybe you work with the public – education, fitness instruction, giving tours at a local museum or botanical garden, auctioneering, hosting book club at the library, guiding field trips through a nature preserve or historical site. Streaming your instruction will give your students and clients a better, deeper experience without interrupting or distracting others, and maybe even save your voice.

Does your church serve the hearing impaired? Let them listen in real-time with personal PA technology. Do you have a cry room or nursery separate from the sanctuary? Mothers and caretakers can keep up on the sermon without waking the babies. You can tend your flock in a way that meets their needs.

Additionally, you’re not limited to streaming your own voice. Maybe your business or agency would benefit from streaming music, or pertinent content. Anxious patients in the waiting room? They can stream soothing music. Bored citizens waiting for their number at the DMV? Offer audio from TVs mounted throughout the room, or a review of traffic laws while they wait.

Perhaps you want to provide some of the benefits of music to your employees, without allowing a free-for-all when it comes to internet streaming. This technology can offer a variety of options, pre-selected by you or your management team.

If this is something that would help your business increase productivity and efficiency, or create happier, more satisfied clients, Fetch Express is one option to consider. Contact us at AudioFetch for more information.

How to Stream TV at the Gym – Just in Time for the New Year’s Rush!

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Why is it that you can a get wireless mouse, thermostat, or even a security system, but you can’t watch TV at the gym without being tethered to an Elliptical machine?

While it’s not impossible to carry a tablet with earbuds through the gym, the pros (choosing what you want to watch, being able to pause when you want, etc.) may not outweigh the cons (having to actually carry around a tablet at the gym!). Wireless audio streaming could help give your gym an edge on the competition and add an unexpected perk for your members – just in time for the New Year rush.

If a member is just popping in for a quick cardio session, larger gyms will have them covered with most StairMasters, ARC Trainers, and spin bikes already tuned in to a set of channel-locked mounted TVs. However, wireless audio streaming devices transmit audio from any connected television to a smartphone or tablet using a wifi connection, allowing members the freedom to move from weights to cardio to stretching without unplugging or reprogramming.

At AudioFetch, we’re helping businesses every day make their clients happier with wireless audio options. System installation is easy and compatible with any WiFi system, and the no-hassle phone app is simple to use and easily customizable to any customer base. Not only can you tailor the colors, banner, and title, but you can also promote new products, specials, and upcoming events.

Most recently, California Family Fitness installed AudioFetch in all 19 of its Sacramento-area locations, allowing its members to hear TV audio while moving throughout the gym and elevating an already amazing company to the next level!

Contact us today for more information about how AudioFetch can help you better serve your customers!

 

How Audio Streaming Works

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We’ve all been there. You’re out at your favorite restaurant and whether it’s the big game or some breaking news, you want to tune in and hear the experience. This can be difficult with all the noise in a busy establishment. Streaming local audio over wifi directly solves this issue by allowing your patrons to easily connect their personal devices to the source. Patrons have their choice of volume, channel, and can easily catch all the action at their choosing.

How Audio Streaming Works

Streaming is basically taking an audio or video source and broadcasting it out. The content must be sampled then encoded. In the case of streaming local audio over WiFi, the stream is encoded into WiFi packets.

How AudioFetch Streaming Works

The AudioFetch platform is a designed specifically for very fast sampling and encoding of audio to be distributed over WiFi networks.  To this end, there is a dedicated audio processor for each audio source.  The For business owners, this well thought out design results in a a simple “plug-and-play” process!

Plug: First, you connect the audio source to the AudioFetch system you’re using. It could be a television, satellite, cable or IPTV input if using the traditional multiple-channel AudioFetch system, or a microphone if using the portable, single-channel FetchExpress. Note that AudioFetch provides 3 different audio connection issues to ensure your sources connect today and in the future.  Next, you connect the AudioFetch system to the wireless internet router via the Ethernet jack.

And Play: Once connected to both the source and the WiFi, the AudioFetch system automatically broadcasts audio from the source through the local WiFi network.

Users that have downloaded the free AudioFetch app and are connected to the local WiFi simply launch the  App and the audio automatically is streamed on their smartphone or tablet.

How AudioFetch Audio Streaming Over WiFi Works

Learn more about how AudioFetch works.

Local audio streaming is an extremely effective way to reach your patrons quickly, easily and often very personally. They’ll be happy that they can choose what they want to hear and view.  THose that don’t want to hear are grateful for the lack of noise pollution. For more information on how AudioFetch can work for you, contact us today.

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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.

AudioFetch App Logo Replacement

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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Why Integrate AudioFetch into Your Smartphone App

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When you’ve invested the time, money and resources to develop a custom app for your business, you want your customers to use it as often as possible! But offering other services at your venue, like wireless audio streaming, require the use of a second app, which can pull guests away from your app, limiting options for continuing to engage them while on premises. So we’ve come up with a great solution for this situation–integrate AudioFetch into your own app via SDK or API!

It’s an extremely simple process, and we’ve put together some instructions with our AudioFetch API & SDK Kit. But if you’re still a little unsure if it’s worth the quick setup, here are the top four reasons you should integrate AudioFetch with your app:

  1. More App Downloads

When guests want to use AudioFetch at your venue, they’ll have to download your app to do so, which they may not have found a reason to do in the past. This increases your downloads and provides ongoing opportunities for you to continue engaging guests.

  1. More Efficient for Customers

Keeping your customers happy should be your number one priority. Because happy customers equal happy profits.

One way to keep them happy is by making their experience as pleasant and simple as possible. When you integrate AudioFetch into your own app, they won’t have to download a new app and learn how to use it (although, AudioFetch couldn’t be simpler to use–just download the free app, open it, connect to wifi, select the channel, and audio streams automatically–even the most technology-challenged figure it out). It’s a simple, seamless experience that will make their visit to your business more enjoyable.

  1. Keep Them Engaged with Your Business

Since your guests will be opening your app on every visit to use AudioFetch, you have a captive audience. Use this opportunity to send promotional messages (e.g., “20% off at the cafe today only”) or alert them to upcoming events (e.g., “Trivia night on Wednesdays with half price drafts”). You can drive supplemental revenue and increase loyalty with this captive audience.

  1. Control Guest’s Experience

Most businesses want to reinforce their brand in every way possible while customers are at their place of business. By integrating AudioFetch into your own app, which has your logo and other branding elements throughout, you are able to fortify your brand and create a stronger, more consistent connection with the customers.

With these important benefits coupled with the ease of integration, there’s no reason not to integrate AudioFetch into your app. Get the simple instructions here and don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-877-661-228 if you have questions.

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How to Run Ads Through AudioFetch’s Ad Portal

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When you make the smart decision to install AudioFetch in your business, whether it’s a sports bar, house of worship, fitness center, educational facility or any other venue, you are provided with an added benefit to help further promote specials or events at your business.

Each AudioFetch customer is able to place ads or graphics within the app for free. Any guest at your business using AudioFetch will see the ads at the bottom of the app screen. You can direct users to your website or social media channels, include notifications about discounts or special events, add an email address or phone number for them to connect with you, or near innumerable other options.

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It couldn’t be simpler to add these ads or graphics to your app! Just follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to the ad porter at www.audiofetch.com/ads
  2. Enter the username and password provided to you in your AudioFetch manual
  3. Upload your ad or graphic

Not sure what to include in your ads? Below are some ideas for different types of venues:

Sports Bars

  • Food or drink specials
  • Happy hours
  • New menu items
  • Aired sporting events
  • Holiday or other special occasions

AudioFetch Ads for Sports Bars

Restaurants

  • Drink or food specials
  • Happy hours
  • New menu items
  • Bands/musicians
  • Holiday or other special occasions

Houses of Worship

  • Link to program
  • Link to weekly schedule
  • Church announcements
  • Events/special occasions
  • Amenities/services

Fitness Centers

  • Link to class schedules
  • Special member events
  • New equipment and/or member benefits
  • Food/drink specials at fitness center cafe

Educational Facilities

  • Link to lecture/course program
  • Link to campus map
  • News/announcements
  • Link to events calendar

Airports

  • Link to arrivals/departures schedule
  • Ads for terminal restaurants or bars
  • Link to airport map
  • Link to weather notices
  • Notices about amenities/services (e.g., charging stations, water bottle filling stations, left luggage)
  • Quick travel tips

Hospitals

  • Healthcare notices (e.g., Get your flu shot today!)
  • Link to hospital map
  • Quick healthcare tips
  • Links to job postings
  • News/announcements
  • Link to events calendar

Casinos

  • Deals/promotions on hotel rooms
  • Food or drink specials
  • Link to entertainment or events calendar
  • Link to map of casino
  • Announcements about tournaments

If you need to confirm your login credentials for the ad portal, please call 888.330.4283, extension 3. And if you have other questions about taking advantage of this ad space, please don’t hesitate to contact your AudioFetch representative.

9 Ways to Promote Your Local Audio Streaming Offering

9 Ways to Promote Your Local Audio Streaming Offer

By | Casinos, Churches, Education, Fitness Centers, Restaurants, Sports Bars, Waiting Rooms | No Comments

So, you’ve made the wise decision to install AudioFetch in your business? Good for you! Sit back and bask in the gratitude of your patrons and enjoy the benefits it brings your business for a minute.

Want to do more to increase that gratitude and those benefits? Promoting AudioFetch at your establishment can increase usage and guest satisfaction. Consider these 9 ways to maximize AudioFetch promotion at your business.

1. Give Your Staff a Heads Up

Your employees are the face of your business, and the first place customers go when they have questions. Make sure every member of your staff knows what the AudioFetch audio streaming system is and how to reference download instructions. Encourage them to download the app on their own devices, or have a device available for them to play with it, ensuring they have a basic comfort level that AudioFetch works well and is easy to use.

2. Post Signage

Your installation package comes with signage to go on your TVs, table tents and cardio clings for fitness establishments to alert customers that you offer local audio streaming to their smartphones, and brief instructions on how to use it.

Daddy Rabbit AudioFetch Table Tent

Daddy Rabbits Pub placed the free table tents throughout their establishment.

Depending on your type of establishment, you may also consider other options for promoting it on premises:

  • Reception/Front Desk – Do guests need to check in before entering your venue? Alert them to your audio streaming offer right away. This will allow staff to answer any questions immediately, ensuring they download AudioFetch on their first visit.
  • POP Signage – For QSRs or other venues where guests pay before sitting down, posts signage at the register. Again, this alerts them immediately and allows staff to address questions in an efficient manner.
  • Signage on Equipment – fitness studios can add signage to each treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, etc.
  • Posters – Hang posters around your venue and in bathrooms (you can’t find a more captive audience!).
  • Menus – Sports bars and restaurants can add a call out directly on menus.
  • Marquee/Outdoor Sandwich Boards – Draw customers into your venue with outdoor signage on a marquee or sandwich board. Have some fun with the message to really grab their attention!
  • Programs – For churches, lecture halls and other venues that provide programs for events, add a simple note about the availability of local audio streaming for assistive listening.

3. Update Your Website

Do you have a page on your site that lists amenities or other special offers at your business? Add a note about AudioFetch here.

4. Update Your App

If your business has it’s own app, add a link to download the AudioFetch app directly from within your app. Want to take the integration further? We’re working with select businesses to integrate our audio directly into your app. Contact us to see if you’re eligible for this exclusive option.

5. Blog About It

Add some more info about how to download and use AudioFetch in a blog post. Include a few short quotes from existing customers showcasing the benefits it provides. Customers trust reviews from others, so these testimonials can be very powerful in encouraging new customers to stop by your venue or event, or join your gym.

6. Share It On Social

Social media is an effective and efficient way to spread the word about your business and the amenities your offer. Announce that your offer local audio streaming on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or other social media channels you have. When there’s a big event happening (e.g., Super Bowl or March Madness at sports bars), use social media to let customers know about any specials during games and their ability to use AudioFetch. And link to the blog post to encourage users to visit your site to learn more.

Golds Gym AudioFetch Facebook Post

The Arlington South Gold’s Gym alerts their customers to availability of AudioFetch at their gym.

7. Send Out an Email

Email is one of the most effective methods for engaging existing customers online. Include an announcement about your AudioFetch offering immediately after installation, and make note of it frequently to remind customers to come in and use it.

8. Online Directories

Online directories like Google Maps, Yelp, TripAdvisor and Yellowpages often show up first when customers search for businesses online. Adding your AudioFetch offering to these listings can make your business stand out from competitors, providing a differentiator that can drive new foot traffic to your business or event.

9. Make a Live Announcement

Most live events like presentations or lectures start off with some housekeeping announcements. “Silence your phones,” “Hold questions until the end,” “Use this hashtag during the event,” and “Download AudioFetch to help you hear better during the presentation.” A brief announcement with an accompanying slide, where appropriate, can increase usage and improve your guests’ experiences.

Your guest won’t use your AudioFetch system if they don’t know about it. Make them aware by promoting in and around your venue, and online.

Do you have a creative way that you’ve promoted AudioFetch at your business? We’d love to hear about it! Share your story on Facebook.

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