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AudioFetch Providing Assistive Listening at Denver Startup Week

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Our tails are wagging extra fast today. Why are we so happy, you ask? Because we’ve partnered with Denver Startup Week to provide assistive listening to attendees throughout the event!

Denver Startup Week is a celebration of everything entrepreneurial in Colorado. Each September for the past eight years, Denver Startup Week has taken over the city with various programs events that showcase our state’s culture of innovation, provide advice and education for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and celebrate the passion and drive that make this ecosystem and this location so great!

The event takes place September 16 through 20 at various locations throughout the Denver area. Last year, nearly 17,000 people gathered for some 400 programs and events, and this year is expected to be even bigger.

We’ll be providing AudioFetch solutions and support during the entire week, allowing attendees to hear the speakers and presentations better though the AudioFetch App on their smartphones. AudioFetch will be available at the Kickoff Celebration on Monday, September 16, and at all headline events taking place at Basecamp, in Skyline Park at 16th and Arapahoe Streets in Downtown Denver.

While we provide local audio streaming solutions to businesses and venues around the world, AudioFetch is and will always be a proud Colorado company. We started and have grown our business in the Rocky Mountains, and we’re thrilled to support the #MileHighHustle and other entrepreneurs in our home state.

Come on out to Denver Startup Week to test AudioFetch and support the small businesses doing big things in our state!

Making Your School Safer and More Inclusive

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It’s back to school time, and that means new school supplies, new clothes, new routines (and maybe a bit more quiet around the house). Parents will be dropping their children off at school, hoping that they will be learning in a physically and emotionally safe, and caring environment. It’s time for your school to start planning everything from field trips to new equipment and regulations. School budgets can be tight so it’s important to have affordable tech solutions that are easy to install and maintain. A wireless streaming device can have multiple uses for schools saving them money, time and perhaps even lives. 

Here are three ways an education audio streaming system could improve your school.

ACTIVE DANGER DRILLS

Parents and children have a right to expect that they are safe in school. Unfortunately, school safety has become an increasingly dominant factor in our educational institutions, and along with fire drills, schools now hold “active danger” drills

In an active danger drill, there can be a lot of noise and teachers need to hear what the issue is (fire, tornado, a crime, etc.) and get instructions. As part of any emergency procedure, it is of utmost importance that the administration and first responders are able to communicate directly and quietly with teachers. 

Of course, one way to do this is through text message, but this can become an organizational hassle as many carriers limit the amount of phone numbers that can be included in one text. A faster and clearer way to communicate with teachers and staff is by streaming local audio over WiFi directly to their smart device. This way, all teachers are alerted at one time and can receive real-time instructions about the situation. 

FIELD TRIPS

While streaming audio may, hopefully, never be used in an emergency, it has further safety use on field trips. Using a personal PA system for teachers, students can be communicated with during travel or any time. Students wandering off or lagging behind can hear instructions about where to find the group. And if the group is inside a museum, library, or other quiet zone, this type of communication keeps the field trip from being distracting to others.

STUDENTS WITH HEARING LOSS

Each year many schools test students for hearing loss. Children may be born with hearing loss or it may develop from infection, disease or injury. Those children diagnosed with hearing loss need accommodations and assistance in hearing teachers, computer, and video lessons. For some children, being placed in the front row of the classroom may be enough to enable them to overcome minor hearing loss for learning. 

However, for others, an audio streaming assistive listening device would be helpful. Streaming audio can be offered to any child via iPad, computer or cell phone – thus overcoming extraneous distractions and noise – to enable the student to hear the teacher or recorded lessons. Not only that, it can also be less embarrassing for the student than wearing a hearing aid.

There are even more creative ways an audio streaming solution could improve your school. If you’re interested in learning more, contact us today! 

3 Steps to a Better Airport Experience

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Summertime air travel is expected to increase 3.4% over last year, and while the destination can be the reward, what about making the journey more enjoyable as well? Most of the stress of air travel is just a matter of surrendering your time to the process of getting there. For many, this begins by dealing with finding joy and gratitude in getting ready, getting to the airport, and getting on the plane.

The Night Before Your Flight

You’re all packed and have checked in online, now take some time to plan your travel outfit the night before you leave.  No matter how long your flight, you want to be comfortable, so choose your softest, most breathable clothes.  Keep in mind the difference between casual Friday and looking like you spent the last three weeks painting your house – you never know who you might run into at the airport. Being comfortable and looking put together also makes you “look the part” of someone who enjoys travel, which can add a bit more fun to your journey and might even get you some travel perks. If you’re on an international flight, consider packing a change of shirt, underwear and some deodorant wipes, so you can feel a bit more refreshed when you deplane.

Commuting To the Airport

Many of us have had the experience of rushing to the airport, hoping we don’t miss the flight and make the trip even more stressful and expensive. So, one of the best things you can do is allow yourself ample time to travel to the airport. Think of ways you can save yourself time like showering the night before, packing everything you’ll need in your carryon, from a snack to your passport, and if you’re a morning snoozer, try setting your alarm 20 minutes earlier.  If you live in a big city, you need to plan ahead for traffic and unexpected delays like an accident or a freeway closure – even if you are taking a cab or rideshare. If you are driving yourself, don’t forget to plan time for finding a parking spot and grabbing a shuttle to the terminal. The worst thing that could happen if you plan ahead, is that you’ll arrive at the airport so early you’ll actually have time to meander through security and maybe check a few emails before boarding even begins. 

Before You Board

Even inside the airport there is still traffic – the foot kind.  Whether you’re checking bags or headed straight to security, be sure your boarding pass and i.d. are handy. If you planned your travel outfit the night before, hopefully you’re wearing slip on shoes, minimal jewelry and pants that don’t need a belt. These simple steps can really help you breeze through security

If you’ve given yourself ample time to arrive at the airport, and have made it through security, you have the option of exploring some of the airport’s comfort options, like restaurants, lounges, televised news & sports, and (if you’re lucky) massage stations.  O’Hare in Chicago has a light show along the moving sidewalk.  Austin’s airport will give you a flavor of the city.  JFK in Queens has a view of the Manhattan skyline.  You can ask if the airport has an observation deck or if you’re on a stopover from an international flight, if the airport has showers. Be sure to pack your headphones and ask if there’s an airport audio streaming system for the televisions around the terminal. A wireless streaming solution that transmits television audio to your smartphone can ensure you hear every word of what’s on screen to help you pass the time while waiting for your flight. 

Finally, be sure to pack some breath mints or pick some up at one of the shops in the terminal. Once you’re finally on the plane, you can offer one to your seatmate as an ice breaker.

Bon voyage.

3 Fun Ways to Enjoy the Summer!

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Summer is finally here, with its long days that stretch into evening, allowing more time to enjoy life outside, more fun with friends, more time for playing sports. Being outside has amazing benefits as well. Just being outside can lower blood pressure, fight depression and improve memory.  Natural sunlight helps mitigate pain and boost the immune system, plus being outdoors enhances creativity, improves vision, and there’s all that natural aromatherapy.  And it’s all natural. Here are 3 fun ways to be outside and spend time with loved ones (and maybe even learn something):

Outdoor Theater

Attending an outdoor theater production with a picnic is not only healthy for the body because you’re outdoors, but healthy for the mind and spirit too. “Theater is one of the higher cultural activities that mark us as imaginative, creative and truly human,” says Dr. Glenn D Wilson. If the performance includes comedy, all the better. The Mayo Clinic explains that laughter is great for relieving stress and stimulating organs. In the short term, giggling causes a boost in endorphins, the brain’s feel-good chemicals.

Of course, if you don’t arrive early enough to get a seat close to the stage, it may be difficult to hear the actors. Children playing, conversations nearby, traffic, or people walking around can distract from hearing the play. Look for outdoor theaters that offer audio over WiFi streaming so you can be sure to hear every word of the production or even listen to audio translated, if the venue offers live translation.

Walking Tours

Many cities, and even small towns, offer informative and fun walking tours that could help you learn more about the place you are visiting or even your hometown.  Or why not create your own walking tour and invite your friends and family?  Or have your children do it and get an entirely different perspective? They can visit the local history museum and ask the research librarian to help them, or better yet, visit a nursing home and get first-hand stories about locations around town. Intergenerational activity is a great way for parents to help their kids connect with older generations. The children will be so proud to inform everyone about the town and community.  

Of course, if you create your own local walking tour, you might get a crowd and you’ll want to make sure that they can all hear you. A wireless tour guide system is a simple solution to transmit your tour audio directly to your participants’ devices.

Movies Under the Stars

Drive-ins used to be common in cities and even small towns, but now there are only a handful left anywhere. However, with a wireless audio streaming solution that can be easily connected to a projector, it’s easy to make your own outdoor theater. The only other thing you’ll need is a blank white wall (or simply tack up a white sheet).  And, of course, a movie.

You can make it a private event, or if you screen your movie on the side of a building, your outdoor movie screening can become a fun community-building event. The best part is that with an audio streaming solution that transmits audio directly to users’ mobile devices, you’ll never have to worry about disturbing your neighbors!

No matter what you do this summer, we hope you will be sure to gain the benefits of being outdoors. Let us know if we can help make your summer even better by contacting us.

How to Measure AudioFetch App Usage

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Do you know how often your customers and guests are using AudioFetch? What channels are most popular? Which ads are they engaging with? Understanding how your customers use AudioFetch allows you to make improvements and better understand your return on investment.

Every AudioFetch customer is provided access to cloud-based metrics showing usage of your AudioFetch audio over WiFi streaming system. The usage metrics are available at no additional charge within The Doghouse, our easy-to-use management portal.

Let’s take a look at each of the reports provided, and how you can use them for your business:

Sessions Per Day

The Sessions Per Day report shows total sessions and unique sessions per day during the selected time frame (note: time frame can be specified in the upper right corner of any reporting view).

Look for trends in the data that indicate if any specific days of week are more popular than others. Compare these trends to other occurrences: Did you have a big event at your location? Was there a game or some other TV event happening that day? Do these numbers coincide with sales or other activity at your business?

Cumulative Listening

On the Usage Metrics Dashboard, you can view a pie chart of Cumulative Listening Time. This chart shows every listening session that occurred during the selected time period. By clicking on any of the individual segments, you can dig into each individual listening session to understand more about how long the session lasted, what channels the person listened to, what device they used, location, whether any ads were displayed, and other details.

Session Length

The Sessions Length Report shows the average length of time for all listening sessions during a single day, the maximum listening time and the minimum listening time.

Top 5 Channels

The Top 5 Channels report shows the most popular channels by total minutes your users spent listening during the selected time frame.

Use this report to help you choose what to show on the various TVs, and help optimize channel placement within your location. For example, if the majority of people listen to Channel 23, but this is only playing on one TV tucked in a corner, you should consider moving that station to a more prominent TV.

Individual Session Details

Every single listening session is listed with numerous details, such as duration, location, device type, App Version, etc. Clicking on the “Details” link for any single entry provides more info on that session, including Channels listened to and a map of where they listened.

These session details can be extremely useful for troubleshooting issues by device type, carrier, App version or location. If a user is having problems connecting to the wireless audio streaming, it could be that they’re using an old version of the AudioFetch app. Identifying this quickly and simply having them to upgrade the App can save you time, hassle and create a better customer experience.

Our free Usage Metrics allow you to better understand the return you get from your AudioFetch system, and improve the experience your guests have when using wireless audio streaming. For more tips on getting the most from AudioFetch, read our articles “How to Promote AudioFetch at Your Business,” “Customize Your AudioFetch App” and “How to Run Ads Through AudioFetch’s Ad Portal.”  If you have additional questions about how to get the most from your AudioFetch, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Level Up Your Next Field Trip with a WiFi PA System

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Most students enjoy taking a field trip because it offers more time to socialize, it breaks up the routine of the classroom, and they don’t have to eat in the cafeteria! But field trips are also beneficial to learning because they expand a child’s awareness of the world and they help with memory.

According to a study at the University of Arkansas, taking a field trip to a live theater performance enhanced literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students. And, a recent study by Emilyn Ruble Whitesell at New York University, showed that middle-school students who participated in science field trips scored higher on a standardized science test. Ruble believes that this is because field trips and hands-on learning make concepts more memorable.

These studies point to the fact that field trips are beneficial for students on multiple levels, but that’s only if you can manage to keep students engaged. Increased class sizes can make many field trip groups difficult to manage, and with budget cuts it’s important to find an economical solution that makes the most of readily available resources like a student’s smartphone. A personal PA system for teachers or field trip guides, one with built in WiFi, can transmit audio from the speaker directly to a student’s smart device.

With a wireless tour guide system from AudioFetch, students can have the freedom to roam during a field trip while staying connected to the teacher or tour guide providing vital information about the experience. It can also keep students hands free to take notes, and because they use their own devices, the school doesn’t have to budget for upkeep on headsets or another type of wireless tour guide system. Finally, with built in WiFi, educators are empowered to take their class anywhere and ensure that learning is uninterrupted by others in the area.

If you’re an educator and want to learn more, contact us to find out if an AudioFetch personal PA system could help you level up your next field trip.

And don’t forget, we’re in the final weeks of our #WHYIGUIDE tour guide giveaway! To enter, record a video (<30 seconds) explaining why you love being a tour guide, and post it to our Facebook page or upload the video to your Instagram profile, and use the hashtags: #WhyIGuide and #TourGuideLife. Every video uploaded between March 18 and April 30 with those hashtags is automatically entered, and the winner will be chosen at random in May. Full rules and eligibility


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.

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 have found success and inspiration from using a portable PA system for teachers. 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!