Free TV Services: What’s the Real Cost to a 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 a cable alternative 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.

 

 

 

Amazon Fire Stick: Don’t Risk Sticking Your Business

Technology is changing TV

Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast, and Smart TVs are steadily emerging over the horizon, more so now than ever. With access to services like Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Go and devices that allow you to stream those services on your TV, cable is on its way out.

TV has come a long way since the 1920’s, and as we get closer to 2020, looking back on the history of television during the last one hundred years and seeing how far we’ve come is pretty amazing. Today, televisions are just about everywhere you go. Everywhere. And they have been for a while. That’s because TVs are a staple of technology – we use them to reach out to one another, stay informed, and keep ourselves entertained.

If you’re a business owner who caters to crowds, or often has people waiting or sitting for lengthy periods of time, then chances are you’ve got a TV within sight for the exact reasons just listed above. Which is great, the comfort of your customers is key – but in this rapidly advancing world of technology, it’s easy to get carried away.

Between all the technology available to business owners coupled with the drive to maintain customer satisfaction, the ease of putting something up like Netflix powered by an Amazon Fire Stick is second nature. So why wouldn’t you do it? The answer is simple. Because it’s illegal.

NETFLIX TERMS:

The Netflix service and any content viewed through our service are for your personal and non-commercial use only. During your Netflix membership, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, license to access the Netflix service and view Netflix content through the service. Except for the foregoing limited license, no right, title or interest shall be transferred to you. You agree not to use the service for public performances.

Using those services with a “set it and forget it” mentality without regard for the licensing terms and conditions can be dangerous for your business. The people who enforce the rules on media licenses take this very seriously. For more information regarding why you should think twice about setting up services like that in your business, check out this article on using Netflix in your business.

Personal use is different than business use

In the end, the licensing rights tied with those services only applies to personal use. Setting them up in your business is a no-go. But if you think about it, TVs and plug-ins like Fire Stick and Chromecast were designed with the home setting in mind, not business settings anyway.

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So you can’t use a Fire Stick in Your business to deliver any real TV content. Up until recently, this left you with only one real choice: cable TV. And while it’s legal to run cable in a business setting, cable TV isn’t designed for the benefit of your customers and your business. It’s Relevant TV is.

Custom TV from It’s Relevant

It’s Relevant TV bridges the gaps between TV, customer satisfaction, and business messaging. The service provides businesses with content and control that makes for a better TV experience all the way around. IRTV creates a custom TV network for each business with access to a vast library of original content divided into a number of categories you can pick and choose from. On top of the TV content with more meaningful controls, your business also gets room to advertise additional services, reach out to customers, and share your latest social media posts. It’s Relevant TV turns your television into a tool for your business.

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.

Waiting Room Makeover: Controlled By an iPhone App?

It can take a long time to create a waiting room environment that you are 100% happy with for your visitors. You want people to feel comfortable, to be entertained, and also to be informed about all you have to offer. Buying thousands of dollars of furniture, changing the lighting, updating music and even creating the scents are some of the ways businesses and professionals are altering their environments. But what if there were an easier way to transform your space? And what if major changes could be made inexpensively from a smartphone app? It sounds like a fantasy, but it is now a reality.

The Easy & Inexpensive Solution

Televisions are the focal point of most waiting areas, but until now there was no way strategically integrate one in your environment. Introducing: It’s Relevant TV for iOS. Businesses and their employees can now personalize and control the content displayed on their televisions directly from their iPhones. The new application paired with a $99/month subscription allow professionals to take control. Ideal for hospitality businesses including medical offices, hotels, restaurants, and sports arenas, It’s Relevant TV helps businesses easily take control of the programming displayed on their televisions, while influencing visitor satisfaction, purchasing decisions and social media followership.

It's Relevant TV in a Restaurant“It’s Relevant TV does exactly what our name says. We empower business owners to control the TVs and make the programming relevant to their customers,” said Jonathan Krackehl, CEO of It’s Relevant TV. Waiting is a part of any service business, but it doesn’t have be a point of frustration for yours.  “Up until now most businesses have done one of two things: Either they chose a cable television station loosely relevant to their business, or they displayed a video or image loop that became redundant after a couple repetitions.”

Making the “Wait” Less of a “Weight” on Your Visitors

Medical Office Custom TV Solution
Medical Office Custom TV Solution

The company, Software Advice, asked more than 5-thousand people to rate how they felt about wait times. 64% said the wait would be more bearable with a TV in the waiting room. Participants in the study chose television over free food and beverages and even access to WiFi. “ TV that shows interesting content alongside a business’ messaging makes both the customers and the business happier,” according to Krackehl.

What Can You Control?

It’s Relevant TV provides simple controls for all aspects of their screen displays.  It is simple for you to chose the video content that is relevant to your customers. The company’s experienced editors compile diverse, timely and interesting content and organize it into 40+ categories, ranging from general health, travel, business, kids shows, fashion, sports, comedy, cooking and non- controversial news. Business owners, administrators and facility managers using the service for display, simply choose the categories that match their vistors’ interests most.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports the average wait time nationwide is now more than 15 minutes. Most TV shows last much longer and start at the top and bottom of the hour. IRTV segments are current, timely, engaging and never run more 4 minutes in length. All of the videos are subtitled so even if you prefer a quieter setting people can still enjoy the programming.

iPhone App to Create Custom TV with Wireless Ad Uploading
It’s Relevant TV Ad Builder, Inside the It’s Relevant TV iOS App

In addition to controling the video content, users also control a suite of digital messaging. The app includes an ad builder that allows the user to take a photo, add text and even a QR code before setting it live alongside the TV programming on their screen(s). Users can also control the syndication of their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. With full screen features, It’s Relevant TV displays the user’s most recent posts automatically.  It’s Relevant also offers a 5-day weather forecast based on the user’s zip code

Free App Download

It’s Relevant TV for iOS is free for It’s Relevant TV customers. The application includes a demonstration video, accessible upon download. Click Here to access the application on the iTunes Store.