Looker App Guide

Learn how to set up Fugo’s Looker app to securely display the data dashboards that are central to your teams’ workflows.

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Stories are lurking within your data silos. Stories that can drive successful outcomes for your business across your teams - Sales, Marketing, Customer Support, Accounts, Logistics, Finance, Product… the data is all there.

Looker’s data visualizations allow you to pull out those stories via collated dashboards which you can now display in conference rooms, warehouses, storerooms, sales offices, or wherever you need quick and central access to your data - which becomes expensive and difficult to distribute with a login tool.

Fugo’s Looker app gives you the ability to securely integrate data visualization from your Looker dashboards into your digital signage, without making sensitive data public.

Combine your screens and data to help your teams do their jobs and understand the business better - with Fugo’s Looker app 😎

You can use our TV Dashboards feature to display Looker too!

In addition to Fugo's native Looker integration, you can also use our TV Dashboards feature to display your Looker dashboards on screen. You can find instructions for using that here.

A note on displaying dashboards:

When you're planning to display your dashboards on screen, it's important to think about how people will be viewing your screen. Remember that your audience is often viewing your content from far away, so the dashboards you put on display should be optimized for that. Meaning - large dashboards with many data points, charts, and graphs are going to be hard for your audience to see and understand. What you can read on your desktop computer won't necessarily translate on screen.

We recommend optimizing your dashboards for screen before setting up Looker with Fugo. That might mean creating more, smaller dashboards with fewer data (a good rule of thumb is to include 3 data points per dashboard - whether that's graphs, charts, or what have you.) The less overwhelming the dashboard is visually, the higher the uptake will be from your audience!

Having less data per dashboard can also help with slow load times on screen.

Here’s how to get started:

Note: there are two ways to add content with Fugo - via our playlist builder and in our design studio. We’ll cover the steps for both methods in each section.

1. Using the playlist builder

1.1 Log into your Fugo Account. If you don’t have an account yet, you can start your 14-day free trial here.

1.2 Click Apps in the top navigation bar to get to our app store.

1.3 Scroll to find the Looker app in the store. To find it even faster, you can search for it via the search bar at the top of the store.

1.4 Click Try App to create a new playlist with the app.

1.5 A window will appear where you can add your Looker data.

1.6 Open a new tab and go to your Looker account homepage.

1.7 Copy this URL and paste it into the UI Host and API Host fields (these are probably going to be the same.)

If you run into issues with the connection after setting up your Looker app, or if your configuration isn’t the standard setup (for instance, if you’re using a proxy or a cluster), your API Host URL might be different from your UI Host URL. You can verify that you’re using the correct API Host URL in the API Admin Settings screen - read more about that here.

1.8 Next you’ll need to create a Client ID and Client Secret to use in the Fugo app. So go back to your Looker account and go to Admin > Users.

1.9 Click Edit under Actions on the user you want to create an ID for.

1.10 On the user’s profile page, click the Edit Keys button next to API3 Keys. This will open a new tab where you can edit the user’s API3 Keys.

1.11 Click the New API3 Key button.

1.12 Copy the Client ID for the new API Key you just created. Then paste it into the Client ID field in the app’s settings panel in Fugo CMS.

1.13 Next, copy the Client secret for your API and paste it into the Client Secret field in the app’s settings panel in Fugo CMS.

1.14 Click Next.

1.15 Your Looker dashboards should now appear in a drop-down menu in the right-hand settings panel.

1.16 Select the dashboard you want to display and click Save Changes when you’re done.

If you want to see the process from start to finish, here’s a video demo of one of our team members setting up the Looker app!

To continue on to publishing instructions from here, you can skip to section 3: build out your playlist.

2. Using the Design Studio

2.1 Click Studio in the top navigation bar. Then click Create in Studio to start a new design.

2.2 This will open up a blank canvas for you to start adding content to! To add the Timezone app, either scroll to find it in the Apps menu to the right or search for it to find it faster.

2.3 Drag and drop the app onto your canvas from the menu. Or simply click on it and it will be added to your current slide.

2.4 You can drag the sizing handles of the app around to change the size. Make it smaller so you can split your screen and add other content, or make it full screen - that’s totally up to you!

2.5 Customizing the Looker app settings works the same way in the design studio - all settings will be found in the panel to the left. To bring up the panel, click on the app from the canvas.

You can continue to customize your content however you wish in the studio! Add media from one of our integrations, add stickers, use frames to create unique media stylings. Add slides with extra or duplicate content. You can even split your screen into zones!

In my example, I've customized my slide to display the Looker app along with the weather and CNN news apps.

2.6 When you’re satisfied with how your content looks, click Save and Close. This will close out the design studio. To publish this content, you’ll need to add it to a playlist, which we’ll cover in the next section.

3. Build out your playlist

Note: If you want to add content you created in the studio to a playlist. You’ll need to navigate to the Playlists page by clicking Playlists in the top navigation bar and Create Playlist to start a new playlist.

3.1 Give your playlist a name (we suggest making it something relevant to distinguish it from other playlists later on down the road.)

3.2 Click Select Screens to choose where to publish your playlist.

3.3 You can also add more content to your playlist by clicking Add More Content and choosing other apps, uploading media, or from the content that you created in the studio.

I want to add the Timezone content I created in section 2 above, so I'm going to find it by clicking Studio Content and searching for it in my content library.

3.4 When you've selected all the content items you want to add to this playlist, click Add Items in the bottom right corner.

3.5 Finally, you can change the schedule of your content by setting the start and end date and clicking Week Schedule to edit the days and times your content will run.

3.5 Once you’re all done setting up the playlist, click Publish in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to publish or schedule your content.

3.6 If you don’t want to publish just yet, you can click Finish Later and come back to your playlist at any time.

And there you have it! If you find yourself still scratching your head, you can contact our team for help any time at support@fugo.ai.

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