This guide provides an overview of the three main bulletin types in Carousel Cloud, the benefits of each, and some tips and tricks to get the most out of your Carousel Cloud System!
All of Carousel’s channels include a variety of bulletin templates to work with but if you’re a Carousel Creative you can always make your own!
Here are some benefits of using bulletin templates:
Pre-made templates provide users with helpful prompts, simply fill in the blanks.
You can easily edit content and re-publish with a few clicks of the mouse.
Templates, with the use of text blocks, help keep messages short & sweet. This allows your audience to quickly & easily absorb the information as they pass by.
Organizations have more control over their brand identity.
Templates make it easy for their users to publish beautiful content without being creative.
Pro tips for Template Bulletins
Templates maintain your images and video’s original aspect ratio, unless otherwise specified. This keeps content from stretching or squeezing.
Carousel Cloud makes uploading images and video a breeze allowing you to quickly incorporate your media to your signage and get the message out there!
Benefits of using Uploaded Bulletins
Recycle content that was originally made for other purposes.
Content that was created using other platforms can easily be used with Carousel.
If your organization's font is not one of Carousel’s curated fonts you can create content outside of Carousel and simply upload it once created.
Create more advanced graphics in the software your team already uses and use them on your signage.
Pro tips for Uploaded Bulletins
Be sure to use a supported file type for Carousel.
Uploaded content will stretch or squeeze to fill the entire zone so be mindful of the zone’s aspect ratio.
Uploaded bulletins cannot be edited inside Carousel. You must edit the content where it was created.
There is a 2GB limit per upload. If you have large video files, they may need to be spliced into smaller chunks and uploaded as separate bulletins. Also, please check out how to optimize your videos for Carousel.
Using Dynamic Bulletins in Carousel Cloud is a great way to automatically keep your content fresh. Just sit back and let Carousel do the work!
Benefits of using Dynamic Bulletins
Content is automatically updated.
Helps keep your signage fresh and relevant.
Allows you to pull-in information from a variety of sources.
Options - with a wide variety of dynamic bulletin types, every organization can find something that meets their needs.
Pro tips for Dynamic Bulletins
Players support different types of dynamic bulletins. Check to see what your player type supports. Carousel Cloud Feature Support by Player Type
YouTube bulletins are not supported on Apple TVs. If using an Apple TV, the YouTube bulletin will be skipped in your content rotation.
Web based bulletins (Web, PowerBI, etc.) will show a snapshot and not a live page on AppleTVs. That snapshot will be updated every 15 minutes.
It is recommended to have at least one dynamic bulletin type on each channel. A “word of the day” RSS feed, our Fresh Feed bulletin, an event bulletin, or even a clock or weather bulletin will help train your audience to look at your displays for fresh content.