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How Audio Over WiFi Benefits Your Business Office or Corporate HQ

By | Business, Fitness Centers, Hearing Assistance, Tour Guides, Wireless Audio | No Comments

After working from home for two years, it can be difficult to get employees back into the office. The convenience and comfort of working from home can oftentimes outweigh the collaboration and communication that comes with being together in one space. And while some companies have vowed to go full-time or remote first, such as Google, Shopify, Quora, US Xpress, Pratt & Whitney, many others are eager to have their staff back in the office environment on a daily basis. 

To encourage staff to willingly and enthusiastically come back, these in-person-ready companies are looking for ways to make the experience more enjoyable, more efficient and safer for everyone. One unique way they can do this is by utilizing a wireless audio streaming system

Below are five ways that corporate HQs and business offices can use audio over WiFi to improve employee satisfaction and productivity: 

1. Employee Training Solution

Training is essential to ensuring your employees are prepared to complete their work in the most effective, efficient, and responsible ways. But if they’re unable to hear or understand the training material, they’ll never be able to perform their job responsibilities to the fullest potential. AudioFetch can be used as an assistive listening solution or live translation system to help your staff learn and comprehend better, leading to better job performance.

Scott M from the US Playing Card Company has found AudioFetch to be particularly useful for their employee training: “We used the tour pack [AudioFetch Express for tour application] and it made a world of difference on the training session. Thank you!!”

2. Fitness TV Audio System

Many corporate headquarters and larger businesses offer a gym or fitness center that their employees can access at any time. Our audio over WiFi system is a perfect solution for allowing staff to stream gym TV audio to their phones. They don’t have to be tethered to any one piece of cardio equipment; rather, they can move around freely throughout the fitness space and use several machines, all while enjoying (and getting distracted by!) the news, a game, a TV show, or anything else playing in the facility. 

3. Wireless Factory Tour Guide System

During tours of factory floors, where conditions can be dangerous and safety is of the utmost importance, it’s imperative that all participants can hear the tour guide clearly. But churning machinery, beeping vehicles, whirring fans, and other loud sounds can easily drown out the audio and potentially put participants at risk and workers at risk. 

Our portable tour guide system is an ideal solution, and a great replacement for outdated, unhygienic, and expensive listening devices you may already be using. Tour groups use their own personal smartphones to listen with the AudioFetch app, eliminating the need to purchase, keep track of, maintain and sanitize numerous devices. The app is simple and intuitive for users of any age or expertise, plus it’s free to download with no monthly fees for your business. 

4. Controlled Music System

Did you know that music can increase your employees’ productivity?! It’s true. Especially for those staff whose tasks are clearly defined and repeated often, such as factory or warehouse workers. Music improves mood, increases concentration, reduces stress, and increases work speed. 

AudioFetch can be used to provide multiple music channels to your team to reap these benefits and more. Select channels can be programmed, offering options for varying musical tastes and work styles, while limiting employees’ ability to access the internet and thus get distracted. All employees have to do is download the free AudioFetch app, select their channel of choice, and start listening. 

5. Emergency Notification Solution

Quick action and widespread communication is required during an office fire or other emergency situation. Audio Over WiFi technology can be used to stream emergency instructions to employees on multiple floors and throughout thousands of square footage, allowing your staff to mobilize quickly and efficiently.

Helping your employees, clients and visitors hear better without distractions or distracting others can increase productivity and enhance the office space, making it a more desirable environment to return to. If you’re ready to get started, contact us or schedule an appointment to learn more and request a free demo. 

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The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) GIVEAWAY!

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AudioFetch is the absolute best platform for providing local audio over WiFi to smartphones and tablets across any application. The Fetch-family of products are employed in fitness centers, sports bars, restaurants, churches, universities, lecture halls, theaters, tour companies, airports, correctional facilities, community centers, casinos, auctions and more. Our solutions are easy to install and stream audio to your customers smart phones, so you get to avoid upkeep and tracking of clunky equipment.

Embrace the “bring your own device” (BYOD) culture, by allowing your customers to use their smartphones for hearing assistance, access to multilingual content, audio descriptions or any live voice audio.

Whether you’re a tour company, church, educational facility, theater or any other type of venue, we want to help your guests hear better. Now through September 30th, we’re giving away a free AudioFetch FetchExpress system to four lucky winners! Just enter your business information for a chance to win!

To give you an idea of some of the creative ways an audio streaming solution could help improve your business here are 4 of our top blogs to offer inspiration…

Enter the Bring Your Own Device Giveaway today!

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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.

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The Benefits of a Personal PA System

By | Business, Churches, Dining, Education, Fashion, Fitness Centers, Hearing Assistance, Music, Restaurants, Sports Bars, streaming, Tour Guides, Waiting Rooms | No Comments

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 with a wireless audio guide system 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.

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The Top 3 Blogs of 2017

By | Food for thought, General, Hearing Assistance, streaming | No Comments

We had an incredible year in 2017! We shared a lot of information about audio solutions for all types of businesses, as well as innovative ideas and tips for using audio to benefit your business and your community. However, the below three blogs were our most read during 2017. Take another look at these helpful posts, perhaps you might read something you missed.

Build Community with an Outdoor Movie Screening

Looking for a perfect way to bring your community together in an entertaining and unique event? We have a solution to help you make it happen.

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How Audio Streaming Works

Local audio streaming over WiFi is an effective way to reach your patrons quickly, easily and often very personally. Learn how audio streaming works.

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A Better Solution to Hearing Loops

Considering installing a hearing loop system in your building? Wireless audio streaming may be a better solution for you and your guests. 

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Stay tuned for more great content in 2018 and let us know on our Facebook page if there are any topics you’d like us to cover. As always, if you have any questions about our audio streaming solutions, please contact us.

Happy new year from all of us at AudioFetch!

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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.

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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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The Best Audio Streaming System For Your Business

By | Business, Churches, General, Hearing Assistance | No Comments

Has your company ever had an all-hands meeting where half the team had to listen from the hallway because it was too crowded in the boardroom? How about the last time you were in a packed bar trying to watch a game with 60 TVs playing other games? Have you ever had to sit in the back of church and miss the whole sermon? These are all hearing and communication challenges that a business PA system could easily solve. Installing a PA system can help businesses to regulate exactly the audio they want to provide to their staff or customers, simply using wifi to stream to their smartphones or tablets.

What type of businesses can benefit from streaming audio over wifi?

Businesses of all types and sizes can take advantage of wireless audio streaming. If you have employees, customers, audiences and/or guests that need to hear better or listen to music while working, a business PA system is a great addition. Here are just a few of the business types that can benefit:

Warehouses – Allow factory workers to listen to preselected audio options, broadcast important announcements and eliminate other distractions.

Office – Allow staff to listen to and curate audio options, and reduce distractions throughout the entire building.

Houses of Worship – Allow members to hear the sermon, regardless of where they are in the building, assist hearing-impaired members and provide translation services.

Theaters – Give guests an extra boost to hear audio regardless of where they are in the theater, as well as provide translation and hearing assistive services.

Event Centers – Allow guests to better hear audio for various types of events–lecture, speaker panel, musician, comedian, film, etc.–and provide translation services.

Community Centers – Allow guests to better hear audio for various community events, including speakers, educational/instructional classes, indoor or outdoor movie screenings, etc., and provide translation services.

How do businesses benefit from streaming audio over wifi?

Wireless audio streaming can provide numerous benefits for businesses to help increase customer and employee satisfaction, improve communication and enhance productivity.

Efficient Communication

You can create a single channel that broadcasts relevant messages, such as current promotions or specials, new menu items, upcoming events happening at your business, holiday hours and closures, etc. You can also use the app to alert guests of these messages by including links or PDFs in the drop down menu.  

Increase Revenue

If you are using a personal PA system at your venue, such as a house of worship or a concert hall, you can market the space as having hearing assistive technology that can amplify the sound for any patron in need. This can be a great marketing asset to broaden awareness of your venue and increase ticket sales or donations.

Encourage Diversity

Providing services and technology for diverse audiences can benefit both employees and customers. For example, your business could be able to provide real-time translation services to ensure that everyone is hearing the same message at the same time in their native language. Churches and community centers are great candidates for providing real-time translation services, but any public venue is likely to have an audience that would find this useful.  

Another great example is it can help the hearing impaired. One in eight people in the United States aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Considering that that’s 13% of the U.S. population, it’s highly likely that your staff and guests have some type of hearing loss or impairment, and would benefit from hearing assistive devices. A PA system that uses wifi to stream local audio to smartphones provides these services, without requiring your staff or guests to own new devices or requiring your business to install a comprehensive sound system.

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The ability to help your employees and consumers hear better, without distractions or distracting others, can enhance the environment in your business, increase productivity, communication, and improve your business’s bottom line. If you’re ready to help your employees and guests hear better, contact us to get started with your wireless audio streaming and business PA system.

 

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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

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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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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!

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Using Portable PA Systems for Auctions

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Being heard is one of the most important parts of an auctioneer’s job. But the myriad locations where auctions take place can make that challenging. Uber quiet art galleries, elegant charity events, rowdy cattle yards, vast impound lots–these locations can be distracting for buyers or cause a distraction to other guests.

A portable PA system is an effective and cost-efficient way to ensure that bidders can hear your every word. Following are five other benefits that portable PA systems provide to auctioneers and audiences.

Save Your Money Maker

For auctioneers, your voice is your money maker. Hollering over the din of noisy crowds and background clatter puts a strain on your voice and, if done for long periods of time, can cause vocal fatigue and irrevocable damage. Using a wireless audio streaming systems allows you to speak at a normal volume and still have the audience hear you.

Broadcast Even in Remote Locations

Portable PA systems for local audio streaming create a wireless network. So even if you’re in a location with poor cellular service like a rural stockyard or a cavernous warehouse, your audience can use the integrated wifi to download and access the app for live streaming.

Help Hearing Impaired Audience

Even if the auction is taking place in a quiet location without any distractions or risks of distracting others, your audience may have hearing impairments that require some type of assistive listening device. And while many people have hearing aids, they may have forgotten them, don’t like to wear them or get annoying feedback in certain locations. With wireless audio streaming, all the listener needs is a smartphone or mobile device and headphones.

Minimal Setup and No Wires

Portable PA systems are small and lightweight. They can easily be strapped to a belt or slipped into a pocket for hand-free operation. Very little setup is required. Simply charge the equipment, connect to wifi and configure channels, and you’re ready to go!

If you’d like expand coverage or connect with other audio sources for larger venues or ongoing auction events, you can add a transmitter and receiver, but these are entirely optional.

Affordable with No Monthly Fees

Local audio streaming systems start at just $500 and do not require recurring monthly usage fees. And once you purchase the equipment, it’s yours to use as much as you like.

Ensuring that your audience can hear every word creates a more pleasurable auction experience and helps to increase bids. To learn more about how a wireless audio streaming system can help grow your auctions, contact us today.