Using a tablet always makes me feel like I’m in space issuing critical commands to my spaceship’s artificial intelligence. Whether this is because I don’t actually own a tablet or because I’m a sci-fi geek with an overactive imagination you can decide for yourself. Regardless, I think it’s safe to say that tablets are still new enough to exude an air of futuristic awesomeness for many people. For those accustomed enough to tablets for them to seem somewhat blasé, they are at the very least a symbol of modernity. And unlike many symbols they are also extraordinarily functional at a practical level.
One of the practical, high-tech uses that tablets are good for is serving as wireless, digital kiosks for your business. Better yet—interactive kiosks. For all the digitalization of business in recent years, humans remain a very tactile species. We love to touch stuff. If you can harness that inclination to the betterment of your business, do it.
Turning a tablet into a kiosk is fairly easy. A blog over at Tech Republic mentions several apps that can do the job. These apps range in price from free to a whopping $4.99. Talk about affordability. Without the commitment of high cost, you can feel free to try out a number of different apps to see which is best for your business. Apps are available for both the iPad and Android systems.
Tech Republic also mentions the increasing demand for hardware that will secure tablets as displays—to keep customers from walking out of your store with the company iPad in their bag. These accessories are a bit pricier than the apps, starting at a couple hundred dollars.
What brick and mortar businesses can benefit from employing a digital kiosk? I can’t think of any that wouldn’t, assuming that the tablets are being used intelligently. Having a tablet readily available in-store so customers can glean additional information about your products is a great idea, and can combat that dreaded “I’ll check it out in-person and then go order it from Amazon” mentality. I know I’m willing to spend an extra couple of dollars to support a business that provides me with a good experience. I can’t be the only one.
Want to turn your iPad into an interactive kiosk? Try out a few apps and let us know which you like best. Also, think about getting a screen protector for your tablet and clean it on a regular basis. As tactile a species as we are, we tend to have grubby fingers.
Written by Alex Mehler
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