As people move away from traditional methods and towards more digital options to reach customers, self-service advertising avenues have become the new way of delivering information. This cuts across many industries from healthcare to transportation and even retail stores, due to the return on investment they offer companies and shops.

Interactive kiosks and digital signage units are more flexible, and allow businesses to make adjustments to their messages without incurring changes to printing. They also allow them to personalize the messages to reach the intended target audience and release new content easily. They provide organization, accessibility and most importantly, analytics which help the business understand their customer base better.

To fully comprehend these media, let us look at the various things that make this a viable mode of interaction.

  • Usage

These are a new way of interacting with target audiences. To understand the usefulness of digital signage kiosks and interactive kiosks, we should look at 5 main use-cases for them. These five are accessibility, promotion, analytics, survey, and security. With accessibility, businesses can build self-serving solutions that they can have access to at any time. They are also legible to different people from different organizations.

Analytics help businesses understand their customer needs while at the same time keeping a certain level of security, against hacking and physical damage. They are also used for various things such as promotions, surveys and advertisements.

  • Software

Software is a large part of this medium of communication. The right software could be the difference between what you mean to say and how it is received. The user interface for instance is such a big investment. With digital kiosk, the user interface is limited while the whole premise of interactive kiosks is that they are meant to be engaging. The software in this case is infinitely different, with the interactive kiosks being more diverse and including additional features.

  • Hardware

In regards to software there are different things that apply. First, the units have to meet certain industry standards, among them ISO for quality and  UL for safety. They should also be able to withstand different environmental factors, including potential water damage as a result of rain and accidental spills. Lcd enclosures may also be exposed to elevated temperature levels, and require built-in air conditioning to avoid damage.

  • Maintenance

Digital display units should be easily maintained. The screens may need to be wiped once in a while, to get rid of fingerprints or watermarks. If they use batteries, they may need recharging after a given period, and if they are directly linked to the mains, the socket should be checked occasionally for cracks, while cables can be inspected for tears.  With interactive kiosks, the target audience swipe and tap it more frequently. Keep the screen in good condition and maintain its sensitivity to touch so that it responds instantly to customer interaction.

All these reasons are what make these types of digital communicators worth the investment. They are especially lucrative to businesses, because they require minimal direct intervention from the business after they are set up.