Kiosk Financing available from IBM

If you’ve been thinking about implementing a self service kiosk program for your business, but  the capital expenditure may not be in your budget at the moment, you’ll be happy to hear that financing is available from IBM Global Finance division for IBM and non-IBM hardware, software, services and maintenance.   That means that they could help finance your kiosk hardware, software from Electronic Art and even the installation / deployment and ongoing maintenance contracts.   By paying in monthly installments for the entire project, your annual cost to implement the project is much, much less than paying for the entire project out of pocket this year.   Now you can’t afford NOT to move forward with your self service initiatives to grow your business and keep your satisfied customers!

Click here to Find out more about IBM financing and for information on their convenient pay system.

As IBM business partners, Electronic Art can help implement IBM’s superb kiosk hardware and provide custom kiosk software programs such as customer loyalty card programs, health care applications, lead generation solutions, retail and hospitality kiosk applications and so much more.  Contact us today for more information.  513-321-1771 or use our contact form .

Digital Signage: Why buy commercial grade screens?

This is an educational topic that I have to teach quite often to prospects and newbies to the digital signage market. People see cheap LCD screens at Best Buy and think that they should integrate that quality into their retail location. A commercial grade screen costs more and people often think too shortsightedly at the initial cost, not thinking about the total cost of ownership. Like replacing that screen in a matter of months because you ran it 24 hours a day, burning in the image and frying your motherboards. And your limited consumer warranty will not cover you.

A commercial screen will often come with a 3 year warranty, is made for 20+ hours of commercial use with fans, lower overall power consumption, and in some cases, technology to prevent burn in (image retention). Many other reasons exist too, and so it was good to see our partner Samsung sponsor a white paper on the topic. It does a decent job of explaining why the initial up front cost will save you much heartache and money in the near future.

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Self-Service Kiosks for Kroger Personal Finance

krogerpfkiosk2We recently completed a kiosk application for Kroger Personal Finance that will allow customers to learn, manage, and apply for several financial products including insurance, mortgage refinancing, and credit cards.

The kiosks are located in the New KPF Money Stores being added to many of the grocery chain stores, one kiosk will be public facing while another will be in office where a representative can help consumers with the offers.

The kiosks are currently in a pilot phase at the newly opened Kroger location in Norwood.  If you live in Cincinnati, stop by and check them out.

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Freedom has a price

One of our clients, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, currently has a temporary exhibit about an important event in our country’s history and a pivotal point for the civil rights movement. The exhibit is called: The Dawn of Civil Rights: 381 Days That Changed a Nation. The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story tells the stirring history of the very beginning of America’s Civil Rights movement. But hurry, the exhibit only runs through the middle of July 2009.

More information at: http://freedomcenter.org/freedom-forum/?p=1156
And check out upcoming events at:
http://freedomcenter.org/freedom-forum/index.php/events/

If you have not visited, you will be amazed at this experience. If you have, you may be amazed at what has been updated since your last visit, or the temporary exhibit may be a great way to spend a couple of hours out of the summer heat with your family. Don’t forget they have a great deli / cafe on site for when you get hungry.

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Quiet day at the office

With the fourth of July holiday this weekend, our offices are closed today and tomorrow (Friday). I however, am here in the office today and trying to dig out of my inbox! A friend shared this video which is a classic customer experience from an agency perspective. While it again slowed me down from cleaning out my inbox, I think you will get a chuckle and perhaps get a glimpse of what it feels like to work with some marketing departments!

We hope you have a nice holiday weekend!

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