We’ve discussed several methods for delivering ads to yourself in slide show mode, such as the screensaver slideshow, Google Photos gadget, and Windows Vista slide show. Each works great, but all of them require you to be sitting at your computer.
Wouldn’t it be great to have another tool that sits in a space where you spend a lot of time and which automatically shows you dynamically changing images that program you to do things? (Hmm… what does that remind you of?!)
A digital photo frame may be the perfect tool for delivering advertising to ourselves. Why?
- It’s easy to load
- It can sit wherever you spend your time
- Most will rotate your photos automatically
- You can “set and forget” while your ads keep on working
- They are accessible to both technical beginners and digerati
I’ve been wanting to buy a digital photo frame to use for personal advertising for quite a while. Of course I want to experiment with displaying my own ads, and if it works as well as I think it will I’d also like to be able to recommend a good one to TBYB! readers.
I’ve looked at these frames many times both in stores and online, but have frankly been stumped by the baffling array of choices and features. They’re just expensive enough that it feels like it matters to make a good choice, and so far I’ve not been able to find one that truly feels like the “sweet spot” between price and performance.
These are the feature I think are necessary for personal advertising:
- 4:3 aspect ratio (normal digital photo size)
- Decent screen resolution
- Slideshow mode
- Easy user interface
- Memory card for convenient photo transfer
- Not ugly
These would be nice to have:
- Selectable viewing hours
- Battery mode (so it doesn’t have to be near a power outlet)
- Price point under $50
- 5 star Amazon rating
Some flashy stuff that would be cool but adds expense:
- Video player
- Wireless mode and/or RSS (for Flickr download)
I don’t think we need:
- 16:9 aspect ratio
- Fancy transitions between slides
- Photo editing
- Bluetooth file transfer
- Music player
The Amazon Digital Photo Frames Knowledge Center is a pretty good resource to learn more about the features mentioned above.
What do you think? Which photo frame should I buy? If you have a digital photo frame what do you like about it? Are there any features you wish it had? Which one would you buy if you were going to get another photo frame today?
Has anyone used your digital photo frame for personal advertising? If so, please let us know how it works! I think this is going to be one of the best methods ever for delivering our ads.