Arcade games are beneficial to businesses in many ways – bringing in extra revenue, creating a sense of community, and allowing guests to escape into a world of fun. But did you know that some games include an advertising feature? Some of these games might even be sitting in your arcade room right now.
While it may not seem like a big deal since guests playing the games are already in your establishment, having this feature can boost business and allow you to promote events, specials, and more without having the cost of printing out flyers or banners.
Promote Future Events - Theme events and tournaments based around the game that you're using to promote or get the message out about your upcoming trivia night.
Boost Your Social Media Followers - A unique way to promote your pages and entice guests to tag and share with friends & family.
Food & Drink Specials - Boost revenue in other areas by creating food & drink specials that will also keep guests staying in your establishment for a longer period of time.
To unlock the advertising feature in Big Buck HD, you must first sign up for a CoinUp account. The CoinUp website will allow you to create, edit and change your advertisements that will be shown on the Big Buck cabinet screen.
*Note: Once advertisement creation has started, if you need to go back to a previous step, do not use the browser back button. Use the Back button beneath the ad creation interface.
Details - Give the advertisement a name and start/end dates.
Graphics - Upload the graphic(s) to display. Make sure the image(s) file adheres to the specified format and size constraints.
Game Machines - Select which game units will display the advertisement. Only applicable game machines will be displayed in the list.
Once you have everything set, and you've reviewed the advertisement settings and you are satisfied, click Submit Advertisement.
Space Invaders Frenzy and World's Largest Pac-Man has an advertising feature that can be played during the attract mode of the game. To use this feature correctly, please take note of the following steps and recommendations:
On your personal computer or laptop, upload 1 to 3 images via a USB drive which you would eventually like to have displayed on your Space Invaders screen. Image files should be .TGA, .PNG, or .JPG format type.
After you have your images picked out, sized, and uploaded onto your USB flash drive, you are now ready to upload the images into Space Invaders Frenzy.
***Important*** Make sure your flash drive is inserted when the game is in attract mode. Do not insert the drive when the game is during boot up or when it is in the test menu.
Open the coin door and find the service bracket that has the test menu and service buttons. On this bracket, you will find a USB slot to insert your flash drive.
Once your USB flash drive is inserted into the USB slot on the service control panel, you can then press the TEST button to access the main menu
Select ADVERTISING from the main menu to access the upload feature. From this menu, you can then select an ad slot for your image.
After you are in the AD SLOT MENU you can select LOAD IMAGE which generates a list of the file names of the image files that are on your USB drive. Navigate to the file name you would like to upload and select it.
When you select the image you would like to upload, you will be presented with a preview of the image, which you can accept or decline. If you accept the image, you will be taken back to “AD SLOT MENU” which will allow you to load a different image, adjust the ad brightness, preview the image again, clear your image or exit the menu.
The Skee-Ball marquee is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity to be used with the Bay Tek GO app, available for download on iOS and Android. This feature allows locations to program the scrolling marquees of each game to customized messages, such as birthday announcements and daily specials.
The N17 menu does not effectively change Bluetooth settings but shows scrolling messages and the status of the app settings if it has been used previously.
Locate the Bay TekGOapp on your device.
Press the Refresh List button to find your game, then select desired machine, entire PIN # and press Connect.
Expand the menus to view current message settings. Turn messages on or off by hitting the red buttons. You can add up to 5 custom messages by clicking + message at the bottom of the screen.
Edit messages and select display color. Hit Preview to view the message on the game's display. Press Apply to save the message or Delete to remove it.
Enter and enable all desired messages.
Messages can be sent to override game display at set intervals. Over-Scroll must be selected on each message you wish to override the display (including during gameplay to ensure your messages are seen, even in a busy game room).
Press the Override Scroll button to open the Over Scroll menu. Select how often you want the messages to over-scroll on the displays. Only the messages in which Over-Scroll was selected will be enabled.
Hit the red Apply button to enable all custom messages. Be sure to hit OK in the confirmation menu.
If you have an AMI Jukebox, they are all compatible with the AMI Ad Manager Tool, which is a promotional tool that transforms your AMI products into robust digital signage systems. You can create, edit, and schedule ads from the palm of your hand using AMI's Co-Pilot app, or from a computer.
If you're not tech-savvy, the Manager Tool features over a thousand pre-made templates to choose from and an easy-to-use interface, taking just minutes for business owners or designated staff to build ads.
With over a thousand pre-made templates to choose from and an easy-to-use interface, it takes just minutes for installers, business owners or designated staff to build ads.
Begin by choosing an ad template.
Personalize it with your own text.
Set its date range and hours of display.
Publish your ad!
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James Liess leads marketing and communications for Betson Enterprises focused on working with manufacturing partners to grow awareness of products and services. He has more than 15 years of experience working with global brands in the sports and entertainment industry.