The UK is set to allow driverless cars on the roads of Britain from January 2015. Business secretary Vince Cable said computer-controlled vehicles will be trialled in three cities next year, and the government will be making a £10m fund available for developing the technology in the UK. But what’s this mean for the out of home (OOH) industry?
Alarmists are likely already jumping at the chance to declare this the beginning of the end for roadside OOH sites. After all, if no one’s driving the car, who’s looking at the road and the adverts around it?
However, this is a something of a short-sighted position to take. In fact, driverless cars could be of tremendous value to the OOH industry. These automated vehicles will collect and generate a huge amount more data, which will enable advertisers to target their messaging to passengers far more accurately. Data is already being used innovatively for OOH targeting, such as a recent Mini campaign that used car recognition technology to display personalised content whenever a Mini driver passed a poster site. As driverless cars increase the data set available, the techniques and technology used to leverage it will become far more sophisticated.
Driverless cars also open up a huge new area for advertisers, as all of a sudden former drivers will have a great deal of time on their hands. Broadcasters, entertainment companies like Netflix and media giants like Google will be competing over an entirely new smart car entertainment ecosystem. There’s even the potential for these companies to subsidise the cost of the cars to ensure they are a part of the environment. Google’s already been looking at how it can monetise free taxi rides in driverless cars – serving ads in automated taxis to passengers during their ride rather than charging a fare. This opens a new opportunity for OOH to influence consumers’ digital behaviour, an attribute the medium has proven itself to excel at already.
As time moves on and we come to better understand the new consumption behaviours driverless cars will breed, the OOH industry is going to gain a much greater understanding of the impact of location. If driverless cars do become the norm, we’ll need to redefine what makes a ‘good’ OOH location beyond traditional high value locations to entirely new sites designed to capture the attention of a new generation of window gazers.
Passengers may well fill some of their time surfing the web, watching a film or reading a book, but that won’t be all they do. Natural human curiosity to know where you are and what’s out there, the stop-start nature of urban travel and an inevitable increase in motion sickness will keep passengers gazing out of the window. To all the naysayers, I implore you to think back to your last car ride as a passenger – did you take a look out of the window during the ride?
Ben Milne- Head of Innovation, Posterscope UK
Via: The Wall Blog
Glen Wilson, Posterscope MD, discusses how digital out-of-home advertising platforms offer political parties the chance to tweak policy messages like never before.
With less than a year to go until the 2015 general election, and following Ukip’s win at the European elections, Britain’s political parties are already drawing battle lines. However, this time they are armed with the latest advertising technology. Just as Obama’s 2012 victory was boosted with social media, next year’s election will be fought with a world first: a powerful combination of real-time data and digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising platforms. This means parties will gain the ability to react instantly to opponents’ announcements, dialling up campaign messages based on political polls or real-time social media sentiment analysis. This has the potential to revolutionise political campaigns, like we’ve never seen before.
Out-of-home (OOH) advertising has a long history in UK political campaigns, with billboards and posters featuring prominently in many UK elections. In 1979, the famous “Labour isn’t working” poster helped Margaret Thatcher achieve electoral victory and in 2001, Labour’s controversial mash-up of Margaret Thatcher and William Hague made headlines. In fact, OOH has become such a key part of election campaigns that political parties spent £7m on outdoor adverts in 2010, equivalent to nearly a third of total political ad spending.
Today, OOH remains one of the most popular and powerful political campaigning channels. This has been demonstrated in the run-up to the European parliamentary elections, with Ukip’s successful campaign and controversial national billboard poster campaign. Funded by businessman Paul Sykes, the campaign features a series of provocative statements about the European Union and the impact it is having on UK families.
With TV campaigning opportunities limited to the party debates, it’s unsurprising politicians choose to focus on OOH efforts. However, campaigners also recognise this method has the ability to reach a large audience where they spend a significant percentage of their time: out of their homes.
In the US, DOOH was hugely important during the 2012 elections. Digital signage and digital billboards were a significant component of political campaigning. For example, Mitt Romney’s campaign used digital billboards in states such as Florida and Colorado to coincide with Obama’s campaign rallies, while Obama’s campaign launched a digital advertising campaign throughout the DC Metro system to target voters in Northern Virginia. Rock The Vote, an organisation which aims to encourage young people to vote, also capitalised on DOOH during the election to raise awareness with young voters. Its “We Will” campaign, which aimed to defy voter suppression, incorporated digital billboards in high visibility areas.
With access to big data insights from polling information, together with the flexibility of using a digital screen, English political parties will be able to increase or decrease the severity of campaign messages depending on how they resonate with the public, and tweak policy messages depending on public sentiment. They’ll also be able to drill down into location-based data, which will provide parties with the flexibility to address specific local issues, and strengthen the campaign in areas where they might not be polling strongly enough.
There is no doubt this technology, powered by real-time information, has huge potential for British politicians. We will no doubt see ads that are more innovative and more targeted than ever before. I can’t wait.
Via: The Guardian
The World Cup takes place in Brazil from 12th June- 13th July 2014 and will be a key event for a range of advertisers, the football enthusiast, and the majority of the nation.
Along with the official sponsors and partners, other advertisers can also benefit from one of the world’s major sporting events, and all the excitement and attention that surrounds it.
This document details how Out-of-Home, as a broadcast medium, complements World Cup TV coverage, taps into the mood of the nation and social buzz, and capitalises on the change in consumer behaviour associated with the World Cup.
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This edition of Media Digest covers a broad economic outlook and highlights from the Bellwether Review, OCS6 – Posterscope’s 6th edition of its Out-of-Home Consumer survey – that launched in February, recent mobile insights, consumer and digital trends for 2014, as well as the latest insights from our trading partners.
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Understanding how consumers use their smartphones is key to how Posterscope plans OOH from a convergence point of view. Our recent partnership with EE embodies this philosophy. In “Retail, Mobile and OOH” we draw on various insights which helped formulate our view on the importance and role of smartphones in today’s retail landscape and how this converges with OOH.
We believe smartphones current role in the UK retail landscape is predominantly one of researching products and services, comparing prices and reading reviews rather than as a sales platform. We argue that the specific act of purchasing for the retail category is still dominated by physical stores in high street, malls and out-of-town locations and smartphones play a key role in driving and influencing these in store sales.
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