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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 the airport has wireless streaming 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.

How to Enhance College Tours for Gen Z

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Every summer, many colleges and universities experience an influx of potential students who want to know what makes one institution stand out from the rest. Leaving home for college is an exciting step toward adulthood which involves many stressful unknowns, and even the most confident student might find themselves feeling anxiety. Not only does your college tour need to help ease this nervousness, but it also needs to effectively showcase your school as the best choice, but the incoming generation of students isn’t quite like years past: This is Gen Z.

All students want to learn the history of the school, the locations of the various departments on campus (particularly the one for their major), the location of the dorms and student union. Additionally, showing prospective students the beauty of the campus, the art work, the quiet places to study and the loud places to make friends are all great ways to show why your school is special. 

While they can learn more of this online, Gen Z students prefer in-person experiences over digital. This is why your tour needs to present what makes your school special in the ways that interest them. Gen Z students aren’t as interested in making money like previous generations, they are interested in making a difference:

Not only will a college need to show off the school, but it will also need to align with its new student’s desire to improve the world and affect positive change. Once your tour is catered especially for Gen Z students, it’s important that it be heard clearly – because Gen Z is also the listening generation. Since 98% of Gen Z own a smartphone, a WiFi audio streaming solution that transmits audio directly to their smartphones is a cost effective way to ensure they hear every word of your college tour. 

If you’d like to learn more about how AudioFetch can help improve your campus tours with a wireless tour guide system or education sound system, contact us today.  

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 WiFi PA 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


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How to Promote AudioFetch at Your Business

By | Business, Casinos, Churches, Dining, Education, Fitness Centers, General, Restaurants, Sports Bars, Theater, Tour Guides, Waiting Rooms | No Comments

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.

How Everyone can Listen to TV at the Gym this Fall

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Fall is finally here. The leaves are turning and temperatures are dropping, and as the days get cooler, more and more people start to head inside. Football and fall TV shows are all great excuses to spend more time inside and in front of the TV, but people are also starting to workout indoors as well. So, how can gym patrons listen the TV programs they want while they work out?

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.

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.

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

3 Reasons to add AudioFetch to your College Campus

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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.

STUDENTS

Students work hard to become informed and expand their knowledge and skills.  They learn from books, professors, visiting lecturers, and each other. They attend multiple classes and spend long hours studying.  To unwind they sometimes look to the Student Union to share a meal, a televised sports event or an episode of South Park or Jeopardy.

One television, turned up loud enough for so many people to hear, can seem blaring to those who are more interested in talking to their friends.  For students who are studying while they eat, the noise of the television that rises and falls with the excitement of sports announcers’ voices or the music of commercials can be very distracting.  Or perhaps there are several televisions showing different programs and one can’t be heard over another, creating a cacophony of noise. And what if students with hearing disabilities just want to hear what’s on TV more clearly?

Any streaming device that transmits audio via wifi to a user’s smartphone, would be a perfect solution to manage noise levels in shared student spaces like the Student Union or dorms. Think of the peace in having an audio-streaming device that would allow students to listen to any TV through their cell phones.  Earbuds would prevent distracting anyone sitting nearby, and students could still watch together by tuning in to the same channel.

PROFESSORS

Seeking to vary the classes or impart direct knowledge, a professor might take a class of students to a museum, a play, a special lecture or a local engineering facility.  Communicating with students might be distracting to others at the museum, play, or lecture, and might be impossible in a plant, however, a personal PA system that streams audio directly to student smartphones would allow the professor to communicate with all the students over any other noise and without disturbing anyone nearby. Not only that, through direct streaming, students are more likely to hear every word of instruction through their earbuds and are less likely to be distracted or miss something vital because of ambient noise.

GUEST LECTURERS & PRESENTERS

Very often during the semester, a college will host a special visitor who might lecture on politics, environmental issues, the entertainment industry, or host a Q & A.  These special presentations are open to the public and many people from the community attend. Students attending the college or members of the community whose first language is not English are at a slight disadvantage because they might miss the nuances of the speaker.  Wouldn’t a translator be a big help? A translator could be a volunteer from the community who transmits the dialogue over streaming audio, allowing everyone to hear the lecture in their own language. Not only that, but attendees with hearing impairment could also benefit from an audio streaming device that amplifies the sound of the lecture directly into their ear buds.

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!

 

Hit a Home Run with AudioFetch!

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Here comes fall!  The days get cooler and the leaves start to turn.  Fall is a beautiful time of year made greater because it is the season of one of the greatest contests in baseball.  Even people who aren’t big fans of baseball will watch the playoffs and the World Series. Their favorite team may not be in it, but they will choose sides and root for a winner, hoping for evenly matched teams that will carry the series for all seven games.

The thing is, baseball has always been a listening sport.  People used to turn on their radios on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and listen to the game.  That’s why baseball has one of the best announcers in sports – Joe Buck. And, this year, when the 114th World Series begins on October 23, crowds of people will gather in their local pub or sports bar to watch with friends and hear Joe Buck talk about the plays and stats.

With an audio wireless streaming solution that connects to your WiFi, you can set your televisions to whichever games are happening and customers can hear the game they want, no matter where their tables may be, simply by using their smartphones or tablets. It’s a solution that makes all patrons happy – your sports fans have the best possible audio experience, and those who aren’t interested in the game can listen to another option if they choose.

Installing a system that streams audio over wifi in time for the World Series can mean more Instagram moments and Tweets tagging your bar as the best place to watch the World Series, not to mention the year-round benefit. A streaming system can make your establishment the best destination for football, basketball, hockey, and every world championship game.

Get ready now, and contact us to see how we can help your patrons hear TV at your sports bar and give them a better game day experience.

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.