How to publish from Twitter to ScreenScape

This tip will help you automate a connection between your Twitter account and your ScreenScape display. After setting this up, you can tweet as you normally would, and the tweets will display themselves automatically on your display.


To tweet to your display, take the following steps:

  1. Create free accounts on Zapier and Twitter. You can use your existing Twitter account if you have one.
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  3. In Zapier, use ‘Explore Zaps’ to find a Twitter to RSS zap called ‘Create RSS Feed from Twitter‘. Follow the step by step instructions to connect your Twitter account to the Zapier RSS feed, and turn it on. This RSS feed will be the invisible “glue” that links your Twitter account with your ScreenScape display.
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  5. Create a new ScreenScape RSS content item using the URL of your new Twitter/Zapier RSS feed.
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  7. Tweet from your Twitter account as you normally would.
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Wait a few minutes for the automated zap to pick up the new tweet and for your ScreenScape feed to update from the RSS feed. If you want to hurry up this process, you can use your Zapier Dashboard to Run the zap immediately, and ask your ScreenScape Support team about how you can increase the RSS update interval on your account.

Pro tip: if you only want certain tweets to go to your screen, add a hashtag like #ScreenScape and filter on this in your zap.

Your tweets will now be visible on your ScreenScape display!

Halloween videos

To help you and your audience get into the spirit of Halloween, ScreenScape has added 30 new Halloween-themed background videos to the ‘Get Started‘ video collection.

Use these as assets in any template that supports video. When you’re creating new content, you can find these videos after clicking Select video by searching on the keyword ‘Halloween’. You can also find them with the same search when managing your video assets.


We’ve also shared 7 of the Happy Halloween videos as content items in the ScreenScape Community. All you need to do to get these on your screens is find them in the Community (search on ‘Happy Halloween’, or ‘ScreenScape Content’), subscribe and Publish.


Happy Halloween!


How to publish from a spreadsheet to ScreenScape

This tip will allow you to use spreadsheets to publish directly to your ScreenScape display. Once set up, all you do is create a new row in an online spreadsheet; after a few minutes the row contents will automatically appear as text on your ScreenScape display.

The technique is especially useful when the data you want to display on your screen already lives in spreadsheet. It makes large or frequent “cut and pastes” of that data a simple exercise. Examples where this can be put to good use include customized daily reports, hourly headlines, status updates, Q&A’s, meeting room info, dynamic pricing information, leaderboards, etc.


  1. Create free accounts on Google and Zapier.
  2. In Google Docs, create a new spreadsheet (aka Google Sheet).
  3. In Row 1 of your spreadsheet, add the following headers: Title, Content, Date, Source.
  4. In Zapier, use ‘Explore Zaps’ to find a Google Sheets to RSS zap called ‘Create Item in Feed from Updated Spreadsheet Row‘. Follow the step by step instructions to connect your Google Sheet to the Zapier RSS feed, and turn it on.
  5. Create a new ScreenScape content item. Use any template that includes RSS, and enter the URL of your new Zapier RSS feed. (Tip: Set the RSS Sort critieria to ‘Newest first’ to see your latest entries.)
  6. To publish new RSS items, just add new rows to your spreadsheet with the data you want to publish. (Don’t delete the old rows – just add new ones.)

You may have to wait a few minutes for the automated zap to pick up new data, and for your ScreenScape feed to update from the RSS feed. If you want to hurry up this process, you can use your Zapier Dashboard to ‘Run’ the zap immediately, and/or ask your ScreenScape Support team about how you can increase the RSS update interval on your account.

Your new spreadsheet entries will now be published directly to your ScreenScape display.

ScreenScape for Groups just got better – Latest release now available

We’re happy to announce that our latest version is now released and available for all members of the ScreenScape service.

As detailed in previous posts, this release delivers UI improvements to the Group Publish tool, as well as a performance upgrade to server side processes.


ScreenScape for Groups gets a performance boost

ScreenScape is in the final stages of preparing a new application release. The latest release is set to deliver inside of the next few weeks.

What’s in the new release? Join us on September 22 for a sneak peek live webinar, online demonstration and discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity preview upcoming features and ask questions. Next Tuesday, 3PM EDT September 22nd, 2015.

Even if you can’t attend, you may still want to register; we’ll send all registered attendees a link to the recorded video. Meanwhile, here’s an overview of what we’ll be covering in the webinar.

Update September 23, 2015

  • Watch the recorded copy below:


What follows is a general description of the new improvements.

High Volume processing

The latest release from ScreenScape is focused on content management for our high volume users. These users typically manage dozens or hundreds of locations from a central account (we call them ‘Groups’). As we observed our Group users growing in size and success over the past months and years, it became apparent that we needed to develop tools to assist them in getting their work done as efficiently as possible. Group users often process large batches of content data at once, so we expanded our user interface to assist with making that process easier. We also upgraded the performance of our back end services, to handle the higher loads that high volume processes generate.

A single group user action of sending a new playlist to their group members, for example 10 videos to 300 locations, generates a cascade of actions in the background: 3000 playlist updates, 300 player messages, 3000 video downloads, 3000 status reports… behind the scenes it gets busy in a hurry. Our goal is to make that complex set of processes seamless, fast and transparent.

In addition to a faster service with a snappier response time, the benefits of the new release include help with keeping content organized, streamlined publishing steps, and faster member setup.

Organized content

Group users have asked ScreenScape for help in organizing large content libraries. Active ScreenScape users like group managers create new content items every day. Over time their content library can grow to hundreds of items, making it a challenge to keep it all straight. This release responds by introducing the ‘Content Tag’: a flexible, user defined tool that help users organize content items into logical categories.

For example, a user might have a mix of Entertainment, Advertisements and Educational content items, which change from season to season and year to year. As their content list grows over time, keeping everything up to date and making certain that the right items are getting to the right venues can become a real challenge. Some users have solved the problem by creating their own naming conventions for content items (“Entertainment – ACME video 123”). This approach works (sort of) but is limited in its usefulness: naming conventions are inflexible, don’t scale well and are difficult to modify over time.

Create Content Tags

With the new release, group users can create personalized Content Tags that act like folders, or color-coded containers (e.g. tags for “Entertainment”, “Advertisements”, “Educational”, and more). They can create as many tags as needed, change them over time, and assign the same item to as many different tags as makes sense for their work.

The new Content Tags can also be used to perform follow-up actions like publishing, or simply to make ScreenScape content items easier to find and update.

Streamlined publishing

Group users with many venues asked us for help when publishing complex lists of content items. Not only can it get complicated to keep the web of “who gets what” straight – it takes too many steps to complete even simple tasks like “these new videos go to all my venues”. We’ve responded by streamlining the publishing process. It’s now possible to create and save any number of new playlists (aka Content Tags). When you’re ready to publish, you just drag your Content Tag to as many (or as few) venues as needed, in a single step.

Group Publish drag and drop

For example, the manager of a group with 20 members wants to publish 7 new Educational videos to all their venues.
Using the old way, the process was:

  1. Create the 7 new content items
  2. Drag the 7 new items to the first venue.
  3. Drag the 7 new items to the second venue.
  4. Drag the 7 new items to the third venue.
  5. Repeat 17 more times (!!)

Using the new way, the steps are:

  1. Create the 7 new content items
  2. Create 1 new Content Tag called ‘Educational videos’
  3. Drag the 7 new items to ‘Educational videos’
  4. Drag ‘Educational videos’ to ‘My Group’

The new ‘tag to tag’ publishing can save an active group manager hundred of clicks a day, all while making it easier to get the right content to the right screens.

Ordered publishing

Users asked for help in preserving the order of their playlists when publishing many items at once. In many of these cases, publishing was a two step process: first publish the items, then follow-up by reordering the playlist of each of the target venues one by one. This release removes the need for the second step with the introduction of “ordered publishing”.

For example, a user wants to publish a mix of new Entertainment videos and Educational videos, but they want to alternate between the two types: 2 Educational videos shouldn’t play back to back, nor should 2 Entertainment videos play back to back.

  • Under the old way, the user would have to individually re-order the playlists of each venue after publishing.
  • Using the new Content Tags introduced with this release, the user can define a specific order for their videos within a tag. They simply drag and drop the item into a new position on the list, similar to how venues order their playlists. When the tag is published (drag the content tag to a member tag), the published order of the items in the tag is respected. The user is saved the time consuming task of reordering each individual venue playlist after publishing.

When combined with the time saving introduction of tag-to-tag publishing, ordered playlists are a huge efficiency gain for busy group managers.

Faster member setup

It’s often the case that ScreenScape group users are responsible for maintaining multiple venues at the same time. These users have asked us for help in making it easier to complete initial setup steps and everyday maintenance tasks. This release responds with new member actions that help group users maintain venue settings from within their central group account.
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For example, one group manager is responsible for keeping all their member logos up to date with the latest brand standards, making sure the member default preferences are properly set, correcting a time zone assignment, or updating member names with a new naming convention.

  • Under the old way, the group manager would have to login to each individual member account and perform the maintenance tasks (e.g. Edit Profile->Edit Logo) one account at a time.
  • Using the Publish tool updated with this release, the group user can select all members and select a single Action (e.g. “Update Member Logo”) to update all members at once, without leaving their central group account.

Member actions aren’t expected to be used every day. But when they’re needed, such as during initial setup of a new group, they’re a huge time saver.

Partner Profile: Ingage Solutions

ScreenScape is lucky to be able to work with professional, experienced industry partners like Ingage Solutions (“Ingage”) out of Oceanside, California.

Ingage is a brand of Federal Heath Sign, a visual communications company that traces its roots back to 1901. With over 110 years of full-service national sign manufacturing, project management, maintenance and re-imaging experience, our products and services offer solutions for any environment, from traditional signage to the latest in digital technology. Ingage Solutions creates collaborative end-to-end customer experiences, delivering unrivaled options for digital signage that create customer engagement.

You can visit their Innovation Lab, in Oceanside, CA, to see our technology on display or visit their website to book a demo or contact them directly.

Digital Signage for your facility

If you are a real estate developer or manage a building, and that building has a TV, this video is for you. Digital signage is powerful, and thanks to ScreenScape Connect it’s now both easy and cost-effective. Watch this short video to learn more about this new plug & play smart device for digital signage.