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What’s Included in Our Tour Guide Accessories Kit

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A tour guide needs to be light, nimble and prepared for anything that might happen during a tour. Any little technical or logistical mishap–a dead microphone battery, missing cables, juggling all kinds of devices and papers–can create a not-so positive experience for guests. So we’ve put together a customized Tour Guide Accessories Kit. When used with the FetchExpress wireless tour guide system, it contains all the tools tour guides need to be prepared and go hands-free during their tours.

Our Tour Guide Accessories Kit includes:

  • USB Battery – Today, battery power is worth more than gold! That’s why we’ve included an extra long life external battery pack to ensure you never run out of juice halfway through a tour.
  • Battery Charger Cable – That battery pack would be useless without a way to plug it in!
  • Headset Microphone – A lightweight, hassle-free microphone that comfortably fits around the back of your head, delivering high-quality sound and freeing up your hands for all your guiding needs.
  • Safety Band – The Elastic band allows you to secure the FetchExpress to the battery pack, keeping the devices organized and stable.
  • Instruction Cards – Each kit comes with a stack of small cards with a QR code for simple download of the AudioFetch App including brief instructions.
  • Belt Pack – A roomy hip pack that’s the perfect size for holding the FetchExpress, battery pack, and all other accessories you need. Strap it on and you’re hands free, ready to point out interesting sights, hand-out tickets, or hold open doors!
AudioFetch Express Tour Guide Accessories Kit

For a limited time, the Tour Guide Accessories Kit is included at no charge for every tour application. Contact us today to order your FetchExpress tour guide audio system. Make your tour guiding pain free while providing an even better guest experience.

And don’t forget to enter the Why I Guide tour guide GIVEAWAY! Learn more

Addressing the Issue of Hearing Loss

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Before installing an audio streaming solution to help your customers hear the audio they want, it’s important to be educated about the effects of hearing loss. Of the five human senses, hearing is the one that allows people to communicate with friends, family and coworkers and to enjoy entertainment. When we hear well it is a blessing, yet astonishingly, 1 in every 8 people over the age of 12 in the US has hearing loss in both ears. Age is a factor in hearing loss, particularly for people over 60, and men in that age group are twice as likely to suffer severe hearing loss as women.  

Hearing problems have significant effects on a person’s social life and sense of well being. Imagine the college student that can’t find a seat at the front of that huge classroom to hear the professor, or the parent attending their child’s school play, or one of your buddies who has joined you at the local pub to enjoy game day. Some people aren’t even aware that they have suffered hearing loss and when they do find out, it is very difficult to admit to others.  Oftentimes, people are reluctant to wear a hearing aid–afraid of the stigma or perception associated with them–which is why those with hearing loss can feel isolated.

Recognizing this chronic problem, some theaters such as Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse, are now offering open-captioned films for hearing impaired moviegoers.  While captioning is helpful in a movie theater, it’s not available for other group entertainment – concerts, speeches, rallies, lectures, plays, sports games, etc.  In those instances, WiFi audio streaming system would be more helpful.

Offering your hearing-impaired customers a solution that streams audio over WiFi to their cell phone provides a discreet and helpful way for them to hear what they want wherever they may be. If you’d like to learn more about audio solutions from AudioFetch, contact us!

Watching Sports is Great for Your Health

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Sports fanatics everywhere rejoice! According to ScienceAlert, there’s research proving that watching sports is actually healthy for you.  

Vaughan Macefield, Professor of Integrative Physiology in the School of Medicine at University of West Sydney says, “We know that the sympathetic nervous system – which supplies the heart, sweat glands and blood vessels increases its activity during actual exercise, and now we have shown that it increases when you are watching a [runner] as if you were running yourself.”  

This means that your body gets a small workout just from watching a game. While watching your favorite team won’t replace real exercise, the research also proves that watching sports is an encouragement to get off the couch and break a sweat.

Watching your favorite team has psychological benefits as well. Sports psychologist William Wiener, PhD says that “People who root and are attached to their teams are less depressed than those who are uninvolved.”

Watching sports builds camaraderie with your friends which helps you live longer, builds identity with your community, and the entertainment factor is stress-relieving. Sports fans are also less lonely and have higher self-esteem. Best of all, watching sports with your partner can be good for your relationship (especially if your team wins!).   

So put on that face paint and join your friends at the local sports tavern for game day and have some healthy fun.

If you’d like to make your establishment an even better spot to catch any televised sporting event, contact us to learn about AudioFetch’s WiFi audio streaming equipment.

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How to Promote AudioFetch at Your Business

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Installing AudioFetch at your business is a breeze. Getting customers to use it shouldn’t be difficult either!

Here are several ideas for announcing the addition of AudioFetch wireless audio streaming at your business, and getting more customers and guests to use it.

POST SIGNAGE

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

Chico Sports Club uses cardio clings on their exercise equipment to alert customers about the availability of AudioFetch.

Chico Sports Club uses cardio clings on their exercise equipment to alert customers about the availability of AudioFetch. Source: Chico Sports Club instagram

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

  • Business Cards – If you’re a tour company that is on the go, business cards can be a great option. Carry a stack with you in a  pocket or fanny pack, and hand them out to each guest.
  • Fliers – Hand out small fliers or notecards to each guest with info and instructions on using AudioFetch.
  • 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 Equipmentfitness studios can add signage to each treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, etc.
  • Posters – Hang posters around your venue and in bathroom stalls (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, theaters and other venues that provide programs for events, add a simple note about the availability of local audio streaming for assistive listening.

If you would additional signage or custom posters to use at your location, contact us and we can help to get you the signage you need.

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. Also, consider linking back to our website–customers today are very independent and like to research new tools themselves, a direct link allows them to do this without requiring further content from your team.

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 work with businesses to integrate our audio directly into your app. Contact us to discuss this option further.

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.

If you’ve just installed AudioFetch, you may not have many testimonials from your customers yet. Feel free to quote some of our customers; find these testimonials on our AudioFetch Customer Reviews page.

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 you offer audio over wifi streaming on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or your other social media channels.

When there’s a big event happening (e.g., Super Bowl, March Madness or World Cup 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.

The following sample copy can be used on your social media channels by simply copy/pasting:

Now you can stream the audio from any TV directly to your smartphone or tablet via the @AudioFetch app. It’s the audio you want, without any distractions. Stop by and try it out! You can download the app here:

http://bit.ly/IOSAppAF

http://bit.ly/DroidAppAF

We’ve also put together some sample imagery that you can download and share on social. Click the links below to download imagery for the various social media channels:

Fitness 1440 in Longview, TX alerts their customers to availability of AudioFetch at their gym.
Fitness 1440 in Longview, TX alerts their customers to availability of AudioFetch at their gym. Source: Fitness 1440 Facebook.

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.

We know you’re busy, so go ahead and use the following text in your communications, and adjust as needed to match the tone of your brand:

We’re excited to tell you about our new partnership with AudioFetch to provide audio streaming to our customers. AudioFetch allows us to stream the audio from any TV directly to your smartphone or tablet via the AudioFetch app. This means you get to take control of what you’re listening to without feeling chained to one spot. It’s the audio you want, wherever you are, without any distractions. Be sure to try it out the next time you stop by!

Download the AudioFetch app here:

http://bit.ly/IOSAppAF

http://bit.ly/DroidAppAF

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.

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 through your online channels.

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.

Is Your Sports Bar Ready For Super Bowl 2019?

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According to Bleacher Report, the Super Bowl is the 4th most popular sporting event in the entire world, just behind FIFA World Cup, the Olympics, and Le Mans race [see note below].  For football fans though, the day of the Super Bowl is hands-down the best day of the year! It’s no secret that Super Bowl fans like to P-A-R-T-Y.  They want to be in a group sharing the joy and pain; some will choose to attend viewing parties, but many want to enjoy the game at their local sports bar or pub that offers the best viewing experience possible with large screen monitors and a way to hear everything from the announcers to the refs to Maroon 5 and Big Boi at half-time.

There will be lots of Super Bowl groups gathering in bars across the country on February 3rd and while they’re sure to have a grand time cheering and high-fiving over that touchdown or completed pass, many fans who watch at your establishment will also want to somehow hear the game over all of the excitement happening in the room. Giving your customers the ability to hear the entire game can be that something extra to make your establishment the Super Bowl hangout of choice.

There is a simple way to allow every customers to hear TV at the sports bar even while they are cheering, ranting, and raving, and that is to have an audio solution in place that streams sound directly to their smartphone. With minimal equipment and hassle, your patrons can use an app to listen to TV at the bar, participating in the boisterous game watching yet never missing a single word of the broadcast.  They can’t even do that at home!

An AudioFetch streaming device is simple to install and directs the game to everyone’s cell phone so they can hear through their own earbuds.  If you’d like to learn more about how our wireless audio streaming products can help upgrade your bar, contact us today
** You can use Bleacher Report to find all the biggest events in sports and arrange your promotions around playing dates.

Helping Students & Faculty Hear Better

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From class trips to translation services to emergency action plans, there are plenty of creative uses for an audio streaming solution from AudioFetch. Check out these education applications to gain some insight into the ways an AudioFetch product could improve the experience of your students and faculty.

3 REASONS TO ADD AUDIOFETCH TO YOUR COLLEGE CAMPUS

A college campus is a vibrant place of learning, ingenuity, and inventiveness.  The atmosphere is ripe with growth and learning, and the technology available on campus for various activities is a great opportunity to inspire students and faculty alike. An audio solution that transmits audio over wifi could be a great addition to any higher education audio-visual department and opens up some creative opportunities to enhance the experience of everyone on campus.

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5 INSPIRING WAYS TO TEACH WITH A PORTABLE PA SYSTEM

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.

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AUDIO STREAMING COULD SAVE LIVES IN AN EMERGENCY

Hearing assistive streaming devices are an effective and useful alternate solution for efficient communication. In the event of an emergency, a communication system that streams audio over wifi can reach everyone in harm’s way through their smartphone via WiFi.  A password protected WiFi network can provide secure communications

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An AudioFetch education sound system that streams over wifi could solve so many on campus challenges and be a great addition to the student and community experience.  If you would like to know more about our audio streaming solutions, contact us today!

Listening to TV at the Gym in 2019

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According to Statista, the top two New Year’s Resolutions are to “get more exercise” and to “eat healthier.” Basically, these two resolutions work together to say that millions of people want to feel better, stay or get healthy, and take better care of themselves in the new year.

It’s easier to stick to a goal when you see others sharing it with you.  That’s why in January, gym membership and attendance spikes. All that stress of the holidays, all those calories from all that food, all that guilt from overeating – whoosh – gyms are suddenly inundated with potential new members who want to know what the club has to offer. One way to get an edge on the competition is to offer wireless audio streaming to help members listen to TV at the gym.

For those new to the gym, the treadmill or spin-bikes are the most attractive, and a half-hour a day on a treadmill or bike can do wonders for the disposition and the body. Not only that, it can be much easier to stick with a half hour routine when you have some entertainment to watch – a sporting event, a game show, motivational speaker, talk show. Of course, you have to be able to hear the program over the machines, talking, and grunting to enjoy it. A wireless audio solution that streams gym TV audio to smartphones could be the perfect way to allow your members to listen to the TV of their choice while working out, without disturbing those around them.

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.

Contact us today for more information about how AudioFetch can help you better serve your members and guests in the new year!

Give the Gift of AudioFetch

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The holidays are upon us and already we’re seeing colorful lights and banners in the streets.  Tree lots are open and decorated trees are appearing in public places, office buildings, and other establishments.

This time of year is for gathering with others and for searching for the perfect gift. More people are traveling in groups, and not just to see family, but to see how people celebrate in other cities, countries, hemispheres.  They are meeting in restaurants and pubs to share a social time and watch sporting events together. Houses of worship fill for the pageants and glorious music. And people meet after work at the gym, encouraging each other to work off the extra calories from all the tempting food.

An audio streaming solution that transmits over wifi could be a great way for your business to contribute to the festivity, joy, and togetherness of the season. Read more about how an audio solution could be a great gift for your business this year…

TOUR GUIDES

In the hustle and bustle of people, tourists and locals visiting the sights, experiencing a different city or culture, you can be sure your clients can hear the history of the holiday season in your hometown, or your recommendations for shopping and dining with a wireless tour guide audio system.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Some of the best sports of the year take place during the holidays – especially all those “bowl” games.  You can give the gift of hearing to sports fans who want to not only share the game and shout at the refs, but hear the announcers as well with a multi-channel audio system that transmits different audio sources to an app on your customer’s smart phones. Help your guests hear TV at your sports bar or restaurant!

GYMS

It is always easier to exercise with friends.  Some people will be talking and laughing beside each other on the treadmills or want to watch TV, which is distracting to those needing to concentrate in order to keep motivated. For gym goers who want to listen to TV at the gym, an WiFi audio solution that transmits to your clients smartphones gives them what they want to hear without disturbing others.

HOUSES OF WORSHIP

The music at this time of year can be powerful and moving.  It can provoke sentiment or just be fun. If your church is presenting a Christmas pageant, you can be sure that all the parents want to hear their children say their simple lines. Not only that, messages of glad tiding offer inspiration to those who tend to make a special trip to worship at this time of year. Make sure every note and every word can be heard using a hearing assistive system that is simple and budget friendly.

AudioFetch has customizable audio solutions that could be the perfect gift to upgrade your business this holiday season. Enjoy 10% off and a complimentary 12 pack of headphones when you order in December! Contact us today.

Make it About the Tour, Not the Headset

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Imagine you’ve scheduled a tour at a museum and you want to make sure all your patrons can hear you talk about the artwork, the building and history without disturbing the other museum guests. Maybe you’re thinking of trying out one of those wireless tour guide headsets that you wear over your ear while your guests carry a receiver like fanny pack.  What happens if suddenly 3 patrons can’t hear because the batteries have died? All you have to do is stop the tour while you change the batteries (hopefully you brought enough with you), and then restart where you left off and hope you didn’t leave anything out.

Perhaps you’ve planned a great walking tour in Brooklyn or Hollywood or another major city and you need a way to be heard over passing traffic.  If you are using a wireless tour guide headset and someone drops their receiver the tour is disrupted while you set the patron up with a new headset (hope you brought an extra), and then there is the replacement expense for you.

Perhaps you have taken guests from a cruise ship into the port town to give them a first-hand experience at the market – there’s a lot of noise while you guide your guests to the best places to shop and eat.  You use wireless headsets, nothing goes wrong, but when you return to the ship, you have to clean the equipment thoroughly (and hope they were all returned).

Your tour business should be focused on all the interesting information that you want to share, not the maintenance of out-dated headsets.  There is a simpler and more economical solution for tour guides: a wireless tour guide system that streams audio on-the-go directly to your customers’ smart devices.  Many of these systems have have built-in wifi that allows tour groups to hear better through their own smartphones and tablets without distractions or distracting others. That means better quality sound and no added expense or maintenance for you!

Ready to upgrade your tour offering with a personal PA system? The AudioFetch FetchExpress is now available for sale directly from our website. Contact us today for questions or more information.

AudioFetch App First to Reach 50K Downloads on Google Play

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We’re excited to announce that the AudioFetch app has reached 50,000 downloads on Google Play! AudioFetch is the first app in the wireless audio streaming industry to reach this milestone.  

The AudioFetch App, available for Android and Apple phones and tablets, allows customers and guests to hear audio from TVs or any audio sources in real-time when the facility installs an AudioFetch system. AudioFetch is ideal for listening to muted televisions at fitness centers, sports bars or public waiting rooms, or to provide assistive listening, or translation services, in churches, universities, theaters or any other public meeting areas. Users simply download the AudioFetch app, connect to local wifi, select their channel and start listening!

AudioFetch avoids noise pollution by empowering those individuals that want to hear the public audio while keeping ambient noise down for those that do not.:

Love it We switched to Audiofetch in the gym I manage and it has worked great! Everyone loves how clear the sound comes through. We had one issue with one members phone so I emailed them and within about 10 minutes I had a response with how to fix it. Great product, great application, and great customer service. What more could you ask for?” Jamie R.  

“We are taking audio from our adult class and our worship service…. to AudioFetch and people in the auditorium can start the App on their phones and hear everything in Spanish. It’s an amazing set up.” Pastor Mike L.

“This app is great! I use it for the gym and just recently found out that a bar close by has this also.” Google User

“The app works great. There was a setting in my phone that was keeping the display on, but when I emailed support, I received a response within 24 hours and with detailed instructions. Very impressed with their customer service! The app now works like it should.” Alexandra M.

“We use AudioFetch in our company gym so multiple TVs aren’t blaring their content simultaneously. After 3 years, this solution is still reliable and embraced by all of our users.” Hans E.

“By far the most reliable low latency live audio broadcast system out there. Customer support, although rarely needed is second to none :-)” Ben M.

Thank you to all of our amazing users and customers for helping us to reach this milestone! It’s our mission at AudioFetch to revolutionize and simplify assistive listening, helping more people stay present and connected in their current environments. We’re so pleased to have helped these 50K people hear better, and look forward to helping another 50K+ more!