Just for the fun of it, go and separately ask three of your colleagues what use and benefit for your business they expect and require from a multi-touch table. Most likely you’ll get three very different answers, ranging from “look stylish and modern” over “generate leads automatically” to “impress the board members”.
That’s why establishing consensus and a basic common ground concerning the purpose your table is going to serve is important – it will not only safeguard your project, but you (as the one in charge of it) as well. Take down notes on the mutually agreed objectives so you can fall back on them during the process whenever crucial questions arise.
What benefit exactly is the table meant to bring, and for whom? In which way is it supposed to present your business? And who are the people it is supposed to thrill?
The list below is intended to provide you with some thought-provoking impulses concerning the most important questions.
“Aims and Objectives” checklist
- Define the target group(s)
- What kind of people constitute your target group(s): trade show visitors, clients and customers, prospective buyers and other interested parties, investors, staff members, or other stakeholders? B2B or B2C?
- What are the demands of your target group? Put yourself into their shoes and then define potential insights and expectations. If applicable, create a persona of a typical representative of your target group.
- Define corporate and/or clients’ objectives
- Image? Recognition and brand awareness? Lead generation? Information on products? Which objective do you want to achieve with the table’s support?
- Uncover potentially conflicting objectives
- Compare your requirements with those of the target group –are there serious discrepancies between the two?
- Make a Wishlist
- Collect and write down all your ideas: Ideally, the multi-touch table can: ….
Tip: A multitouch table is anything but a negligible investment. You therefore might want to consider carefully in advance how you can make good use of it for an extended period of time:
- Can you use it for many purposes and on multiple occasions, e.g. for various trade shows and/or events?
- In the meantime between special occasions, is there a way to employ the table in a meaningful way in your lobby or your showroom as well?
- Ask yourself, and answer honestly: Is a multi-touch table really the best means to your particular end? Or would another kind of interactive installation actually be the better solution?
At this stage of the process, you still have all the options to choose from and nothing is set in stone yet. Get some advice and consult with a professional. – if you like, you can always come to our Berlin showroom for this. Interactive projection, interactive display case, or VR, at Garamantis’ you can familiarize yourself with the full gamut of interactive solutions – up-close and personal.
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