Technology is undeniably a big part of the world we live in today. From smartphones and social media to video streaming, technology has redefined the content we are exposed to and how we engage with it. With a large chunk of our days spent online, it comes as no surprise that many museums have begun to use social media and digital platforms to draw in audiences. This does not mean museums should stop trying to create an engaging in-person visitor experience; instead, it asks museums to extend the experience to the digital world with tools like the live stream. But before you hit the record button, we have come up with a few ideas on how your museum can leverage the power of the livestream!
Inspired by the Field Museum’s recent launch of an exciting new libation, let’s take a quick look back at the unique and creative partnerships that museums and brands have forged over the years. Many museums have been spinning up new brand partnerships as a way to create products that drive buzz, revenue, and capture the eye of their visitors and completely new audiences.
Creating an exceptional app is the first step to supercharging your visitor engagement, but a world-class app is no good unless your visitors know about it! We’re always on the lookout to see how members of the Cuseum family are introducing visitors to their apps so that we can share their great ideas. Read on to learn more about how the National Museum of Wildlife Art is making sure that every visitor who walks through the door knows about their app and has the tools to use it easily and effectively.
In our last post, we discussed how digital membership cards are a great way to streamline the membership process. By providing digital cards via the mobile wallet, organizations can reduce the number of steps members need to take to access their cards and provide a frictionless experience.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has debuted their new, Cuseum-powered app! The app features several self-guided tours with rich audio content, as well as visitor information and maps. Additionally, if visitors prefer not to follow a tour, they can browse the Museum on their own and search for content on the app via stop numbers. This effort is generously supported by Bloomberg philanthropies, and has allowed SFMOMA to engage and educate visitors in a new and dynamic way!
There is a growing discussion around how AR can be used to elevate the museum experience and bring exhibitions to life. PSFK, a leading trend reporting publication and authority on consumer experience, reports on the topic in the piece “How Augmented Reality is Changing the Museum Experience.”
Cuseum was recently featured in Wired, a leading technology news publication, in an article that explores the growing role of augmented reality in museums, and how it can be used to engage visitors and drive creativity. Additionally, the use of AR in museums illustrates how technology has the potential to “shake up” the museum world, and bring institutions into the digital age in a way that will speak to a larger audience.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely considering introducing digital membership cards to your organization and members or maybe you’re just interested in digital tools. Digital membership cards offer a great way to help reduce the costs associated with membership processing, including: card production, shipping, staff labor, direct mail, or promotional/renewal materials.
The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History has launched their new digital membership cards with Cuseum!
Cuseum (formerly Spotzer) was recently featured in Fast Company, a leading technology and entertainment publication, in an article that seeks to understand how the iBeacon can be utilized in cultural institutions like museums and libraries. The article focuses on the central question, “are cultural institutions the environment iBeacon has been waiting for?” Further, it looks to understand how groundbreaking technology like the iBeacon can be leveraged across industries to help cultural institutions provide visitors with an experience that targets their direct interests.