RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds can help keep the information on your digital screens fresh, relevant, and engaging for your audience.
This is critical if you want employees, visitors, and other stakeholders to monitor your digital signage for important updates and content.
What do RSS feeds do?
An RSS feed takes the latest updates from certain websites and transforms them into an easy-to-read format. Connect the feed to Skykit Beam to easily display headlines, summaries, and update notices. Also, with the new ticker layout in Skykit Beam, you can have your RSS feed running continuously across the bottom of your screen.
What RSS feeds should I use?
Our customers, once they were introduced to our new RSS feature in Skykit Beam, began asking us two things:
- What RSS feeds should I share via digital signage?
- How do I create an RSS feed of my own?
We offer the following ideas for RSS feeds to get you started.
General news RSS feeds
News sites are great resources for RSS feeds and can help employees stay connected to the outside world while they are working.
The following news-related RSS feeds are easy to implement as they are already pre-built and can simply be added into your program.
For additional news RSS feeds, check out our help site.
- ABC News – U.S. Headlines
- Fox News
- Huffington Post – World News
- NBC News Top Stories or World News
- NPR National News or World News
- Wall Street Journal
- Yahoo News – U.S. News or World News
- Yahoo News – World News
Business news RSS feeds
Perhaps your organization wants to share business news across your offices and facilities.
Showcasing RSS feeds of business news can keep your team aware of market information as well as economic updates.
We recommend selecting a few of these feeds for up-to-date business news and market moves.[/one_second]
- Wall Street Journal – U.S. Business
- Dow Jones
- New York Times – Business
- The Economist
- Business Standard
- Harvard Business
- Huffington Post – Business News
- CNN World Business News [/one_second]
Sports scores and news RSS feeds
Trending sports news and game scores can drive lively conversation, engagement and healthy competition among employees.
Showcasing sports-related RSS feeds on digital screens, especially when sports are being played during the day such as that famous basketball tournament in March, can draw new attention to your digital signage.[/one_second]
Health and healthcare RSS feeds
If you’re operating digital signage for a healthcare organization, you may want to share the latest in health news with employees or visitors. Many news and healthy lifestyle media outlets share easy-to-use RSS feeds to ensure your audiences are staying up to date on the latest trends. For the full list of health-related RSS feeds, check our support page. Or, get started with the following.
- CNN Health
- New York Times Health
- NBC News – Health
- ABC News – Health
- U.S. News – Health
- Mayo Clinic Health Information
- Yahoo Health News
Creating custom RSS feeds
While many news organizations around the world create and make their RSS feeds available, you may be seeking a more customized RSS feed. There are many tools available to help you create a custom RSS feed from other companies’ or organizations’ content. If you want to be more specific to just your organization, you can create a custom RSS feed that pulls information from your online newsroom, blog, podcast, internal news feed or more.
Displaying your RSS feed on digital signage
Once you’ve selected or created the right RSS feed for your digital signage, displaying it via Skykit Beam is easy. Check out our guide for connecting it as a web feed and displaying it easily within your programs or playlists.