Geckoboard and Screenly

Geckoboard makes a great companion for Screenly. It is one of the most popular dashboard tools with support for a large range of 3rd party sources.

Geckoboard makes a great companion for Screenly. It is one of the most popular dashboard tools with support for a large range of 3rd party sources.

If you are not familiar with Geckoboard, it is one of the most popular (commercial) dashboard tools out there. Geckoboard aims to help your team ‘achieve more together,’ and Geckoboard provides your team with a variety of tools to help improve communication and access regarding company data.

One of the biggest strengths of Geckoboard is its large number of integrations. With Geckoboard’s multiple integrations, users can create dashboards with data from their favorite SaaS products. Notably, Geckboard integrations include Zendesk, Salesforce, Freshdesk, Google Analytics, Jira, Mixpanel, Trello, and New Relic. This list only mentions a few of Geckoboard’s 60+ integrations that are ‘code-free,’ which means users can simply connect and drag-and-drop data widgets without any complicated coding. More technical users can populate Geckoboard dashboards via API.

While Geckoboard provides users with the tools to build custom dashboards, Geckoboard also offers pre-built data dashboard templates for specific industries and fields. Geckoboard features example dashboards for customer support, sales, marketing, DevOps, HR, and more. You can review these Geckoboard example dashboards here. Some additional examples of useful dashboards you can create with Geckoboard include:

  • Support dashboards with data from Zendesk and Intercom
  • DevOps dashboards with data from New Relic, Jenkins, Pingdom, and Github
  • Marketing dashboards with data from Google Analytics, Mixpanel, and Twitter
  • Executive dashboards with company-wide KPIs
  • Configure Geckoboard with Screenly

Configure Geckoboard with Screenly

The first thing to keep in mind if you intend to use Geckoboard with Screenly is that you should use a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. Although the dashboards will still load on the older generation Raspberry Pis, the load time will be significantly shorter with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. The improved processing power of the latest generation Raspberry Pi will thereby significantly improve your dashboard experience. You can read more on Screenly’s support for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ on our announcement blog post.

To add your Geckoboard dashboards as assets in Screenly, you need to generate a secret URL link. Take a look at this support topic on the Geckoboard Help Center with more information on how to create a secret URL link. This link allows you to share your Geckoboard data to a digital display and simultaneously keep your data secure from hackers and competitors. Once you generate the secret URL link, all you need to do is add the link as an asset in Screenly and schedule the asset to play.

Tips for using Geckoboard

  • For best result with Geckoboard, set the Dashboard Width to the 7 col (1670px) setting. This setting helps provide the best rendering of your dashboard on Screenly-powered digital signs.

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