Broadsign provides a series of training videos to help you set up, and maintain, a digital signage network.
By following the steps in the videos of this playlist, you will download and install Broadsign Administrator and Broadsign Player, become familiar with the Broadsign Administrator interface, and get a piece of content onto a screen.
Introduction and Installation
We discuss our training videos and playlist. Then, we review our two main products — Broadsign Administrator and Broadsign Player — and how to download and install them.
Touring the Broadsign Administrator Workspace
We log in to Broadsign Administrator. Then we tour the six main areas of its interface: the work area; the resource tabs; the ribbons; the view bar; the search/help icons and menus; and the dashboard.
Quick Start Tutorial
By following the steps in this tutorial, you will be able to get a single piece of content onto your screen in about five minutes.
Unlike a manual playlist-based system, Broadsign uses a rules-based approach. It allows each player to create its own playlist. A loop policy is a collection of rules that allows the player to create its own playlist.
Criteria are key words that you can use to create flexible and scalable targeting for your network. You can assign multiple criteria to each display unit or frame for efficient, error-free scheduling.
Display types profile the display characteristics of the screen hardware in use on the network. When you create a display unit, it must have a display type assigned to it. The display type indicates the maximum display resolution allowed by the hardware, as well as its orientation.
Player resources in Broadsign Administrator represent PCs running Broadsign Player. They communicate with Broadsign Server in order to receive their scheduling information and display appropriate content.
Broadsign uses the term “display unit” to refer to an individual screen on your network. Display units bring together several settings required for each screen.
Broadsign uses campaigns to schedule content. They can target one or many screens at once, and each campaign can have its own schedule of when it will play.
By default, each campaign will represent one play in the loop policy you have. Rules are then given to the software so that the players can automatically generate their own playlists. This reduces workload and increases accuracy.
Within the Broadsign suite, we refer to each piece of content as an ad copy. Broadsign supports a wide range of standard industry formats. For a complete list, see Content Formats.
The Broadsign platform uses a rules-based approach to allow the players to generate their own playlist. You can achieve this by assigning categories to each campaign that you schedule.
A campaign is a collection of all of the information relevant to one of the content pieces in your loop.
Campaigns contain, among other things:
- Schedules: You will configure each campaign to have its own schedule. For more information, see Schedules.
- Content: One or more ad copies can reside in the campaign, for the player to display on your screens.
- Duration: The overall length of time a campaign requires to play its content.
- Meta Information: Assigning categories to a campaign allows the player to generate its own playlist intelligently. For more information, see Categories & Triggers.
Customers are organizations that wish to display an advertisement in the network. They represent a source of content to be booked and scheduled to Broadsign Players. With customers, you can organize ad copies and campaigns in the network.
The customer feature also allows you to set a locale for language and country, tax rates for certain reports, and default categories for campaigns related to the customer organization.
Events are unique campaigns that you can schedule outside of a regular playback loop. These events appear at pre-defined times.
For example, on New Year’s Eve, you could schedule an event. It could play from just before midnight, until just after. Once the event finishes, your regularly-scheduled programming resumes.
Users and User Groups
In Broadsign Administrator, you can create multiple users with varying levels of access. Then, you can place users into groups to manage them.
User groups serve two purposes:
- Assign privileges to each of the resources in the software.
- Provide access to specific folders in the domain.
Broadsign provides a contact book in Broadsign Administrator for two purposes:
- Collect contact information for all users (and relevant external connections) in a central location.
- Send monitoring notifications to the relevant email addresses.
Scoping occurs when you restrict users’ access to only network areas they need to perform their tasks. Privileges, which we covered in the “Users and User Groups” video, configure what a user can do. Scoping configures where they can do it.
The most important part of running a successful digital signage network is ensuring that it remains operational. That way, your content displays as planned.
Broadsign’s suite offers several methods for monitoring your network:
- the dashboard
- email notifications
- HTML reports
Knowing what your network is doing, at any point in time, is vital to its success.
Reporting in Broadsign’s suite allows the network operator to manage their domain as efficiently as possible. The available reports cover several aspects of managing a digital signage network from the content being scheduled, to the players connected to the displays.
The reports covered in this video are: