Change can be Hard. But It’s Worth it for Your Business.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.”

-Socrates

Hesitant to Change Your TV Service? You’re not Alone.

Services like cable and satellite are bought and subscribed to as early as the point of purchasing a TV. From there on out, one’s choice of provider tends to adopt a Set It & Forget It sort of mentality. You’re comfortable with what you have, you don’t ever think to replace it, and you’re “happy with it.

But what does “happy” mean here?
• Are you excited?
• Does your TV service bring your customers real joy?
• Does it help your business every day?
Or is saying you are “happy” more like a nice way of saying that you’re settling for what you currently have because the alternative is something unfamiliar. Very few business and offices really LOVE or even LIKE the TV service they subscribe to.

Many of our clients hesitated at first to change from away from the TV service they had. Reasons included many false assumptions like needing to schedule an installation, reading long contracts, or having to make phone calls. These can all be avoided.

The single worst feedback we’ve heard is that some business owners don’t care about what’s on their TVs!  Even if you don’t care, your customers DO! If you care about them, it’s worth considering what you put in front of them. Our clients find their visitors enjoy the programming more, complain far less, and leave better educated about their business. This can lead to a real return on investment from your TV. On top of the benefits, it’s also quite easy to make the switch. The installation is simple and doesn’t require scheduling an “appointment window”. You can install it yourself in under 5 minutes.

Why Fix what isn’t Broken?

Business owners and office managers should not settle. If there is something that is better and most cost-effective for our businesses we should explore it.

People tend to favor what’s familiar to them, pure and simple. That’s because with familiarity comes a sense of trust, reliance, and security. While there isn’t anything wrong with this, it can leave you blind to alternatives better suited for your needs. It’s less about fixing something that isn’t broken, and more about upgrading to better options.

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If you were in an airplane, squished in between two people for a flight, and were given the opportunity to sit in a set of seats completely open next to you, would you move? Of course you would! Your seat may not be broken, but it’s just not as comfortable as the open seats will be. The better option is worth taking, and the sooner you make the decision to move the more time you have to enjoy the results of the change.

Fit Your Business with something Made for Business

It’s Relevant TV is a cable alternative that’s designed for the business setting. It compliments the brief time that people are exposed to the TV and is tailored to the casual attention span of your visitors. It’s Relevant’s short-form content is easy to watch. And the diverse library of content gives your business enough categories to choose from, to be relevant to as many people possible.

Why It’s Relevant TV?

With It’s Relevant in the picture, you’re able to explore the ways in which your TV can be used to transform your business. Beyond short-form content that’s family-friendly, IRTV allows you to expose visitors to your social media and educate them about the services you provide. They become interested and engaged, come back more, and spend more on each visit. That’s where It’s Relevant TV excels. It’s built specifically for you, and it’s designed to MAKE your business money.

Generally speaking, when you see something new that you’re interested in, you look into it for more details. You take a closer look in order to see if it’s better or worse than what you currently have, and in the end chose whether or not to replace the old with the new. If you operate a business, office or public space with a TV take a few minutes to explore It’s Relevant TV. You can reach out to the staff for a personalized presentation by calling 855-ITS-RELE or emailing support {at} itsrelevant.com.

 

Triple Play from Cable TV = Big Strikeout for Businesses

Don’t TRIPLE PAY for TV Services in Your Business

Cable bills are a growing concern for businesses. If you’re like many of the other business owners in the country, you’re tired of it. How often do we hear about a new “promotional offer” for a “triple play” that gives us TV, internet, and phone with a great rate? And the rate is great – until the initial period ends and the bills go up. At that point it’s nearly impossible to get them back down. In fact, over time they triple for many. You thought you had a triple play when in reality it just became a triple PAY.

Whether you are looking for discounted rates with Optimum, Comcast, Time Warner, Xfinity, Charter, Cox Communications, Bright House, Cable One, RCN or Mediacom, it’s the value that’s missing from all of the business TV offerings.

Cable’s problem isn’t just the cost, it’s the lack of VALUE.

We compared the rates among many of the top cable companies offering service to businesses. The average customer we work with pays between $300 to $700 a month on their cable subscription services. Cable won’t compete with itself, which has left us with cable monopolies across the country forcing these high rates. In the end, that’s not just unaffordable for many, it’s unpredictable and gives nothing back to your business.

Regardless of how much your business’ cable bill is costing you – in all likelihood you’re missing a real return. TV has always been seen as a utility. At It’s Relevant, we see it as an investment. Instead of just paying for programming to distract your customers, we would encourage you to draw their attention to content that will grow your business.

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The Cable TV Alternative for Businesses

It’s Relevant TV has developed a service that draws the attention of your customers and directs their focus to the things that make you more money. Services that they might not have been aware of, special deals or offers, and even local events. All of these things can be promoted on your TV with It’s Relevant, allowing you to get closer to visitors.

 

 

 

Controlling Multiple TVs Across Your Business or Organization

Easy to Manage One or Multiple Business TV Screens

Do you have a business or practice with more than one location? Many managers, franchise owners and practice managers have found it to be increasingly difficult to get a consistent message out to multiple locations.

Printing and distributing fliers or emailing announcements often get overlooked and are hard to police. We’ve found that being able to put the messaging up directly is the best way. But how can you control all of your TVs from one place? It’s Relevant TV makes it easy.

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It’s as easy as accessing logging in to the website or free iPhone/iPad app and selecting what you want to have shown on your screens. The settings can be updated 24/7 from anywhere.

You can control one or multiple screens at once. This gives national brands dual level control. You can design ads, mix in images, change your social media preferences, and upload videos of your own. And best of all, the messages you distribute get seen! They garner more attention by being mixed with TV programs your customers want to watch.

It’s your TV, make it work for you!

It’s Relevant features more than just TV content. Custom messaging and weather from each location’s zip code are easily added and managed. The service gives you the ability to reach out to visitors in ways you can’t with basic cable. IRTV can be linked to your social media feeds, showcasing your most recent posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It’s Relevant TV’s platform boasts a number of features that make the digital signage/video service an invaluable tool for businesses. Its library of 500,000+ short-form content licensed for public display is the largest of its kind, with the videos are spread across 40+ categories – allowing you to customize your waiting room TVs in ways that just aren’t possible with basic cable. One might expect a system as innovative as IRTV to be complicated, or run the risk of being too confusing to operate – but it’s easy!

You’re always in control

One of It’s Relevant’s most handy features, is Competetive Ad Block®. Competetive Ad Block® does what it says, it blocks competitive ads from showing up on your TV. With it in place, you never run the risk of people in your business seeing an ad for a “better” or more enticing deal across the street. Businesses that settle for basic cable have no control over outside messaging.

The most valued feature of It’s Relevant TV is the free ad space which allows you to expose visitors to your brand and promotions. Between, and during videos, you have the option to showcase your brand on the side of the screen and inform visitors of any services or specials you want them to see. New products and services, catering, limited-time offers, members rewards, or even staff highlights, are just a few of the things you can promote.

It’s Relevant TV is found in restaurants, medical offices, malls, retailers, sports arenas, car dealerships, pharmacies, salons, spas and more.

Medical Office TV – Where Waiting Presents an Opportunity

It’s Relevant has been working with urgent cares, dentists, and medical offices across the country in order to improve patient experience by doing more with the TVs in their waiting rooms. When it comes to medical offices there aren’t a lot of television options for waiting rooms, and any practice that strives to put patients first will often invest in a waiting area TV service of some kind.

Choosing the Right Service.

Medical lobby TVs should never settle for basic cable. Between the dwell time of patients, and the amount of people that come in and out of the office on any given day, there’s a lot of opportunities to expose them to your brand, services, and reasons for them to come back – none of which is taken advantage of when cable is in the picture. Digital sinage software like It’s Relevant TV gives you the freedom to customize the TV in your waiting room, and is the ideal service when trying to make your waiting room more inviting.

Why the TV?

TVs are a great way to engage with people because you don’t have to tell someone to look at the screen for them to notice what’s on. With TVs being as prevalent as they are, people are used to watching them. Televisions are familiar and catch the eye better than posters, banners, or signs ever could.

Patients wait in waiting rooms. Hence the namesake. They wait to be seen and the wait can be a long one. During that time, if there is a TV present in the room then it’s fair game to assume that someone is going to look at it at some point. This is your prime opportunity.  As they watch and you have their attention, you can be messaging to them.

What’s on the TV?

In the case of waiting rooms, the TVs we have seen are most often tuned to the news or some light programming with the patients’ comfort in mind. In practice this is a good gesture. However, in an age of rising technology, there exists an alternative. You can still offer patients comfort, but bring more for your practice at the same time.

It’s Relevant TV offers more than cable.

Cable is great for use at home. The programming that airs on television is intended for the comfort of living rooms where people sit down with the vested interest of watching TV. With the exception of the news, the average runtime of content on TV ranges from 30-60 minutes with an engaging plot or storyline. People in waiting rooms aren’t there to watch these shows. It doesn’t fit with the structure of a waiting room, whereas It’s Relevant’s TV’s short-form content is designed with the brief waiting period of patients in mind. IRTV provides short-form shows that are engaging and informative. They are the sort of thing you can walk away from with something interesting to talk about.

Free TV Services: What’s the Real Cost to a Medical Office or Business?

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch”
and there’s no such thing as a free TV service.

Nothing is free, including TV

If you’re using a TV service or platform that’s free, sooner or later you’re going to feel the cost of it – even if you didn’t put a single cent down. Even a homemade slideshow, or video that only cost the time it took to make it can bring detriment in the long run. The structure of such a video or slideshow may stand out as unprofessional and tacky and do more harm than good.

What’s the Cost of TV?
Cost runs a little deeper than money. The initial cost of cable, for example, might be a some-hundred dollar subscription for an inclusive package – but that’s not all there is to it. There are many hidden costs of running cable in your business. The lack of program control, contributing to visitor anxiety or showing competitor ads all can harm your business.

Everything has a cost, but not everything has a strong level of return. Cable is an expense that gives nothing back. Industry-specific TV providers, like the ones often seen in medical offices, benefit pharmaceutical companies while showcasing drug ads and medical information that tends to raise anxiety among patients.

What’s the alternative?

You can do better than free. Business owners are moving away from paying for TV as a utility, and are instead putting It’s Relevant TV in place to generate revenue from their TVs.

It’s Relevant is an alternative to cable that is less expensive, gives you control over what appears on your TV, and is comprised of short-form content that’s family-friendly and structured with business settings in mind. The service gives you access to a living TV network, not a loop or slideshow, that pulls videos from a vast library of licensed TV programs. It’s interesting and fun.

The IRTV platform generates new revenue by promoting additional services, specials, and events that people might not have been aware of. The service represents a significant return on investment (ROI), and is focused on customer retention – getting customers to spend more, and come back more often. So while there is a monthly subscription cost, the value and benefits far outweigh it.

For a personal look into how It’s Relevant can draw in more business for your business, check out our ROI Calculator and see for yourself how much of a return you can expect from our service.

 

 

 

“Cut the S**T ” – Don’t Expose Your Visitors to Profanity & Inappropriate Content

Profanity, graphic imagery, and other questionable content is present just about everywhere you look. It’s in the news, your favorite TV shows and movies, and &#@% it if it isn’t in this sentence.

But not in your Family-Friendly Business, Right?

Profanity and other such explicit materials are, for the most part, censored on network TV. This is thanks to FCC regulations. But all networks, especially the cable ones, are starting to push the boundaries a bit. And as they do, you run a greater risk of showing things that may turn off your customers.

When you’re eating out at a family restaurant, or waiting to see a doctor, or even getting your car serviced. In all of those instances, there’s almost always a TV hanging in sight. And rightly so, because what’s more comforting and familiar than television? Turn it on, tune to the news, and your visitors see this…

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CNN – July 10, 2017 – 4:52 PM ET   (Captions were NOT turned on. The displayed text is part of the broadcast)

Now after a warranted spit-take you might ask yourself, “how did this happen?” – It’s the afternoon and not only are bad words being spoken, but they are also being written on the screen.

Jake Tapper, the CNN anchor and host of this segment did warn viewers saying “We have to warn you some of the language you are about to hear is explicit and might be disturbing…” But what can your customers do? Tell the kids to “look away” or just leave the room entirely? It’s 4:52PM in the afternoon and they are stuck, watching something you never intended for them to see.

Then, more recently on the morning of August 4th, we caught this one live on the air at 8:52AM. A guest known for using the F word, uses the F word and the network admits that it could have been avoided:

A Realization for Business Owners

The important realization: you don’t have control over what appears on your TV.  As business owners you can only have so much power over what’s shown on your screen. Sure enough, you can choose which channel is playing, but have no control over the programming within. Without control or the assurance that what’s going to come on is family friendly, you run the risk of exposing your customers, clients, and anyone else who visits your business to things you might not want them to see or associate your brand with. Like…

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CNN – July 10, 2017 – 4:52 PM ET

It’s unlikely that any respectable business owner would willingly show a story with such strong expletives, or profane content to his or her visitors – but that’s the risk of running cable television in your business. You don’t know what’s going to come on.

Cable TV Alternative for Businesses

It’s Relevant TV is the cable alternative for businesses. It gives you control over what plays on your TV. It’s a service designed for your business televisions. Our vast living-library of television content is risk-free, filtered, and family friendly – you don’t have to worry about people being exposed to anything you don’t want them to see. Even the daily news that’s delivered is done so without the blood/guts/gore that we see more and more on network TV. You control what content your visitors see based on which categories you choose – all while educating them on services you offer and getting them engaged with your social media.

YouTube Advertisements Result in Bad Brand Exposure

 

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

Why are name brands like AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Starbucks, Verizon, and Walmart running away from YouTube? This isn’t a joke with a rhetorical answer like “to get to the other side,” it’s a serious question. These brands, and more, have recently pulled their advertising dollars from the world’s largest online video platform.

YouTube. That endless sea of news, music videos, TV clips, and shameless original content you’ve come to know and love. If you’ve watched anything on YouTube in the last 10 years, then chances are you’ve been slapped with that scrolling yellow bar signifying how long you have until you can actually watch your video. You can thank advertisers for the wait.

If you’ve got a product you’re looking to advertise, it only makes sense to put it where people are going to see it. People at home watch the TV, so you’ve got television ads. People spend a long time driving on the highway, so you see big billboards and hear ads on the radio. And then you have people spending countless hours online – so of course you can put it there. A no-brainer, right? What could possibly go wrong? A lot in fact, as we’ve seen in the news over the past week.

What happens when that ad of yours winds up in front of a video you didn’t expect? Normally, you might pick and choose which videos you want your ad to run on because you’re trying to reach out to the sorts of people who watch that content and might be interested in what you’re selling. But the marvel that technology and “interest targeting” have created just might throw you a curve ball.

YouTube Ads put your brand’s image at risk.

There’s a lot of content out there. A lot. Too much for any one person to sit down and meticulously sift through, especially when a computer can do it for you based on data that’s been collected. Youtube is a prime example of a company that relies upon technology to sort through the 400 hours of video uploaded to it every minute. But no human being is actually watching all of the videos for quality control. That’s when this happens:

“…T-Mobile ads on videos about abortion, Minecraft banners on videos about snorting cocaine and pre-roll ads for Novartis heart medication running on clips titled “Feminism is cancer…”

That was an excerpt taken from an article posted on The Guardian regarding the recent rise in advertisements being pulled off YouTube – having taken them no longer than fifteen minutes of browsing videos to find what they did. And if you’re an advertiser, you likely see the big problem here.

Who could have foreseen your ad for a new car being featured on a video too explicit for me to mention without losing my job. Or your ad for a new seasonal sandwich deal being played before a video featuring the 10 Most Disgusting Foods People Eat. You get the idea. You didn’t intend on your ad being associated with the lewd or otherwise unfavorable content it was bundled with. It doesn’t matter if your product has nothing to do with the associated content, or if you’re not endorsing the following message whatsoever – a connection is being made by the viewers that you don’t have control over.

Here is a video about the issue from CBS, ironically found on Youtube:

It’s Relevant TV gets your video ads to the right people while removing the risk.

It’s Relevant TV removes the chance of your ad being shown before a lewd or inappropriate video by having only family-friendly videos on the platform. To avoid the risks associated with machine filtering, It’s Relevant TV adds and approves videos 100% manually. A real human being sees each and every video before it goes out on the It’s Relevant TV network.

The FCC protected you from associating your brand with extremely bad content on television for years, by not allowing certain types of content to be broadcast at all. But the same can’t be said for the internet. Anyone can post anything on YouTube and before illegal/inappropriate/controversial videos have a chance to be flagged and taken down, an advertiser’s message can be seen connected to them.

Take your video advertisements to a safer place. Get in touch with It’s Relevant TV for more information. The rates are comparable to YouTube, while putting ads on screen in public places.

 

 

 

Introducing Trump Block from It’s Relevant TV

“April showers bring May flowers, but what does It’s Relevant bring?”
“TRUMP BLOCK”

It’s the beginning of April, and normally that’s free range for April Fools shenanigans, but we’re not kidding here. TRUMP BLOCK from It’s Relevant TV is actually a thing, and it can improve your business.

President Donald Trump: Like him or hate him, it doesn’t matter.

There’s so much coverage on Donald Trump that you can’t go an hour without hearing his name, even if you’re nowhere close to a TV or smartphone. At some point, enough is enough. Hopefully you haven’t gotten this far, sighed at the sight of another Trump article, and are currently making your way over to the X… WAIT- trust me, keep reading.

From the makers of Competitive Ad Block®, which blocks out competitors’ ads in order to prevent loss of business, comes a tool designed with that same spirit in mind: Trump Block. With Trump Block, you’ll do just that, block all coverage on Donald Trump. The good and the bad.

Trump Block isn’t Anti-Trump, it’s Pro-Business

A respectable business model puts its customers first, and It’s Relevant designed Trump Block with the customer’s comfort in mind. It doesn’t matter if you personally like him or not. The question is what affect does TV coverage of him have on the attitude of people in your place of business. Sure, people that didn’t support him during the election don’t want to see him – but we’ve also found that the people who did support him are also frustrated by the overwhelmingly negative coverage and would prefer not to see it.

So why drag him into your business?

TVs are a great way to keep your customers informed or entertained, and most business owners we’ve spoken with have said just that. However, the double-edged cost of this convenience comes to light when something like the 2016 election happens. A story so all-encompassing that coverage on the subject saturates the news – and even bleeds into talkshows, comedies, and pop culture.

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116481-078What was once meant to be informative and interesting becomes annoying, and frustrating. And when that something is as big as Donald Trump, you can’t escape it. It’s there when you get coffee in the morning. It’s there when you’re passing stores in the street. It’s on the radio when you go to work, and it could even be in the office itself.

Your customers’ moods matter.

Put simply, your customers are likely tired of the Trump coverage. Seeing him on TV, hearing his voice, and even hearing his name can disrupt the moods of people and remove them from a purchasing or relaxed mindset. So why not block it out? Whether it’s the TV in a restaurant, waiting room, lobby or employee lounge- enough is enough. Don’t let the endless coverage take its toll on your business. Contact It’s Relevant TV to learn more.

It’s Relevant TV
203-588-1689
support@itsrelevant.com

It’s Relevant TV is uniquely designed to bring your business up-to-date television programming that focuses on the interests of your customers. Business owners have control over what types of programs are shown and are able to filter out any topics or keywords that they feel may hurt their business environment.

Dentist Offices: Playing the Waiting Game

“The waiting, is the hardest part…”

-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

You don’t need to appreciate classic rock to agree that waiting rooms take their toll on more than just time. We’ve all been there, the rows of padded chairs with wooden armrests, the piles of magazines, the TV, and the plant in the corner that may or may not be plastic. It’s these elements, and more, that make up the traditionally dull waiting room experience we know so well.

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Empty Medical Waiting Room with Chairs

But does it have to be dull?

Sure enough, plenty of businesses and offices work hard figuring out how to make a waiting room more inviting, and put forth a lot of effort into improving their lobbies for their clients. But no matter where you go, whenever you end up having to wait for more than a few minutes you’ll likely see a TV.

And there’s a reason for that. TVs are an effective distraction. TVs draw people’s attention, and they’re a familiar element that we’re used to looking at on a daily basis – providing a quiet atmosphere with the comfort and white noise of what’s on. While televisions are great in that respect, there are many reasons that cable and satellite TV are not the best options for your office.

When you’re waiting to be seen by someone, you aren’t necessarily invested in a long program when you’re expecting to miss some, or most of it, as soon as you’re called away. And in the case of having the TV turned to any one station or giving visitors control over the remote, with a waiting room full of people it’s impossible to cater to them all and it’s likely that someone is going to get alienated.

So what’s a business owner to do about that?

It’s Relevant TV for Dentists and It’s Relevant TV for Medical Offices work to address those issues and more. Each custom TV network airs original content pulled from a vast library of categories tailored specifically for the practice it’s in. The segments run for two and a half minutes on average – meaning they’re brief enough to cater to an audience with limited focus, and the categories are varied enough that everyone is bound to see something that interests them on some level.

IRTV compliments an atmosphere in which people are looking for a distraction and aren’t there to be entertained. Going beyond aired content, the service can also be used to reach out to those people in waiting. Posts, photos, and even videos from your social media can be uploaded and played for visitors to see.

Whether you’re introducing your staff, highlighting local events, or even showcasing other services your business provides; it’s worth taking a look at: It’s Relevant TV.

 

Dental Education Through TV: Brushing Up on Hygiene

“Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes. Once in the morning, and again before bedtime. And don’t forget to floss…”

– Every Dentist & Mother

The words every kid grows up hearing a thousand times. The very same words people often seem to forget despite the constant reminders. How is it that kids, and even some adults, throw oral hygiene out the window and neglect this most basic routine?

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It all comes down to delivery. Good oral hygiene starts at home, and extends to the dentist’s office. From parents passing on good habits to their kids to dentists educating them on proper dental care. But how do you do it? How do you get the message across and stress the importance of taking care of your teeth? Aside from the words we all know, dentists use a number of aids to educate patients.

Post-visit, your dentist might sit with you one-on-one and go over the proper ways to brush your teeth. They might ask what kind of toothbrush, or brand of toothpaste you’re using, if you’re flossing, etc; maybe they even pull out that big pair of plastic teeth. Some dentists even hand out brochures on dental care or have them available in the lobby for all to see. And in this age of technology, you might even find blogs written by the dentists you visit.

But how effective is that in the long run?
Are patients seeing your content?

Reaching the patients is the key

Without being able to reach patients effectively you can’t pass on whatever it is you’re trying to say.  It’s Relevant TV provides a unique and alternative solution to this problem…

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Offices, waiting rooms, and even operatories, are often equipped with a television.  Dentists’ TVs are usually tuned into something like the news, weather, or a talk show for white noise or casual comfort. In short, a custom Dental TV can run those same kinds of programs for less than it costs to run basic cable – and do more for your practice at the same time. With It’s Relevant, you can not only air those key channels, you can run original content you yourself produced and show it to the world.

Have a video introducing your doctors, or staff? A lovely office tour of the practice featured on your website? You could have that aired on your waiting room’s television – as well as any promotions or events you want to share with your patients. Connect with them, and present a more welcoming experience through a dental television network.

So going back to oral hygiene and getting the message across, how is TV a better platform for this? The answer is pretty straightforward, people watch TV. They watch it, and they pay attention to it – sometimes moreso than face to face.

TV has a lasting impact

Speaking from my own personal experiences, I recall a time years ago when I was young and my mother was bringing me to a new dentist. And in her motherly attempt to relieve me of anxiety, she casually mentioned that the dentist I was going to see “Has a TV in his office, so you can watch it during the visit.”

The comfort and distraction that the TV provided turned an otherwise dreadful experience into something less so, which is precisely why it was there in the first place, and are often found in waiting rooms and operatories today.

As a kid, or even an adult, that period of time in which you are at the dentist, you are always looking for something to take your mind off of what’s going on. The patient is invested, and focused – and can be entertained and informed with the programs you choose to put on the TV.

If you’d like to create a better environment for your patients, and connect with them more, it can be as simple as changing the channel on your TV. Schedule a free consultation with one of our TV experts to help reach your goals. You can call 203-588-0994 or email: sales{at}itsrelevant.com to set up a conversation.