Updated: Sep 14, 2021
So you're looking to set up a digital menu board? Awesome! We can help you. In this blog post, we're going to walk you through the four easy steps to set up your digital menus.
Setting up your tvs
How to get your menu on your menu board tv
How to design your digital menu board template
Updating your menu
How do I use a TV as my digital menu board?
Let's first start with what types and sizes of tvs that you can use. Well, if you have existing tvs, you can use those. However, if you need tvs, measure the space you have and go to your local Best Buy, Target, Walmart, or local tv store.
When it comes to how many tvs you need, you will need to count the numbers you have. Why is this important?
Quick takeaway tip: for a well-designed menu tv, don't list more than 28 items per tv. If you overstuff the menu, it will be hard to read, and you won't have room the add large images of your food.
How do I design my menu for the tv?
For your digital menu boards to look good, your digital menu design needs to be well organized, easy to read, and eye-catching.
If you don't have graphic design experience using à platform like PowerPoint, maybe an easy solution for you. The downside to this is your design may come across as amateurish. In addition, a bad design will misrepresent your restaurant's brand.
If you so-so with design, consider using digital menu board software to get your menu set up. Aside from the library of customizable digital menu templates, you will be able to:
Add your menu items and specials
Easily insert videos, images, and ads
Remotely update using your computer, and the tv will auto-update
Preschedule your menus to play on specific times and dates
An excellent digital menu board software should be intuitive, easy to use, and reliable. This means you can log in and set up your menu! Using the drag and drop widgets, you will be able to add:
Media slideshows that rotate through your food items and deals
Scrolling tickers that list out signature items and new promotions
Your Instagram and Twitter social media accounts
YouTube playlists and videos
How to get the menu playing on your tv
Once you have your tv and menu designed, you will need either:
USB thumb drive
Digital menu board player
A USB thumb drive option is a one-time cost and relatively easy to set up. The downside is you will need to manually update your tv each time you update your digital menu tv, convert your menu image to a video, set it to play in a loop on your menu tv, and third, go into the tvs setting each day to turn off the sleep mode.
The digital menu board player option is also one of the costs. Still, it allows for remote updates of your menu, preschedules your menu to autoplay, includes motion backdrop videos and integrated food image slideshows.
How much do digital menu boards cost?
If you're looking for a reliable, easy-to-use system, this price estimate will work for you. It is a high-level outline that you can use for budgeting. For example, let's say you go with two 55" tvs; those will cost you approx $400 each.
Now to get your menu on the TV, you will need digital menu media players. They are small 4" x 4" x 1" boxes that connect to your tvs via HDMI and the internet via WiFi. You will need one per tv, and they will cost you approx $99 each; those are a one-time cost.
To create, edit and remotely Manage your digital menu boards, you will need digital menu board software. This software will let you create your menu, schedule it to play, and update your tvs instantly. Pricing varies from $10 to $20 per month per TV.
We can review your menu and provide FREE advice and FREE; easy getting started steps. You don't have to be a graphic designer or savvy with technology. We offer multiple easy-to-set-up options.
If you don't have menu design experience, we can help with that too! We offer turnkey custom menu design services that will get you a professionally designed digital menu board that is eye-catching, easy to update, and most importantly, reliable!