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TfL Launches £30m Ad Tender

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a tender worth an estimated £30m over eight years for its roadside advertising estate.
The contract grants a licence to one or more companies to manage approximately 200 advertising panels on TfL’s 580km road network.
Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, said: “The contract presents a fantastic opportunity for advertising companies to join us in enhancing London’s out of home landscape, and we are seeking a partner to support our vision to transform our advertising estate, through modernising existing sites, increasing digital advertising and introducing a small number of new high value sites.”
TfL’s transport network, including its roadside advertising estate, is responsible for 21 per cent of UK out of home advertising.
The organisation’s bus shelter advertising contract is also currently being tendered.
Via: The Drum

St. Pancras Turns Digital

JCDecaux announces the next step in its digital rail expansion by unveiling the first ever 80” state-of-the-art digital screens at London’s St. Pancras International Station.
Eight new screens will provide advertisers with digital Out-of-Home opportunities in key locations throughout the station’s retail space and concourse.
St. Pancras will be the first station to benefit from JCDecaux’s new 80” digital screens.
The screens are situated in close proximity to high-end retailers and will complement the two Transvision large-format digital landscape screens that are positioned either side of the departures board.
In addition to Eurostar services, East Midlands Trains, Thameslink and Southeastern are serviced by St. Pancras.
Via: JCDecaux

Fully Knitted 7up Bus Tours Streets of London

7up has undergone a revamp with a brand new visual identity and global campaign all centered around the idea that “it feels good to be you”.
The campaign seeks to celebrate uniqueness by aligning the brand with individuals who are ‘truly original everyday personalities.” The first television ad features Magda Sayeg, also known as the Urban Knitter, who takes to the streets with her knitting needles and giant balls of yarn to bring color to an empty square. Sayeg has also knitted a winter sweater for a London Routemaster bus, which will be travelling across the city as a visual testament to 7up’s new identity of promoting originality.
Via: psfk

KLM Surprises Passengers with Personal Messages from Loved Ones

Saying goodbye at the airport is usually a sad affair, and Dutch airline KLM understands this.
That is why, together with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, they have created a heart-warming campaign called ‘Cover Greetings’.
In this campaign, the airline gave passengers’ families and friends a chance to leave a personal message on the headrest of their loved ones selected seats.
The heart-warming video below captures the passengers’ reactions as they read their unexpected messages.
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Via: Design Taxi

Bus Passengers' Journeys Enhanced with Technology

Bus journeys in Norwich will never be the same again, as, for the first time, Bluetooth beacon technology has been implemented. It brings a new experience to a journeys, as passengers can now receive location-based messages on their smart devices from retailers in the area as they travel. The initiative has been made possible by a collaboration between Proxama, Exterion Media and transport company FirstGroup.
The initiative counts 20 merchants from the Norwich area amongst its participants and, crucially, signals the first time beacons have been used on an existing bus network. It is centred on Loka, a location-based app that provides relevant content and offers, which acts as a network for local brands and gives these retailers a unique channel of communication to potential customers who are on the move. At the same time, shoppers receive the opportunity to discover and purchase new products, as well as receive rewards such as coupons, discounts and loyalty services.
The result brings benefits to both consumers and brands in the Norwich area. Consumers experience a more engaging journey, while local brands can expect an increase in loyalty, footfall and engagement.
Underpinned by Proxama’s TapPoint® platform, passengers are able to opt in to the experience by switching their Bluetooth on and downloading Loka which has been created as part of the Connected High Street Project. The number of notifications will be monitored during the day and the app will learn and tailor what future notifications to send, as the user interacts with them.
Working alongside multiple partners including Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) and the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM), the Connected High Street project is an ongoing initiative created to better learn about how to make beacon technology a part of the everyday shopping experience. Transforming the passenger journey by connecting the consumer’s digital capabilities with their physical environment will be a first for the UK and the involvement of local partners will showcase the full potential of mobile proximity commerce.
Via: Exterion Media

Clarks and Partners Andrews Aldridge Come Out on Top in Big Bus Challenge

Clarks’ in-house design group and Partners Andrews Aldridge have won top prizes in the Big Bus Challenge 2014 run by Exterion Media, in association with Campaign.
The footwear retailer’s bus ad triumphed over other national campaigns while Partners Andrews Aldridge’s work for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s patrolling of the Thames emerged victorious in the regional category. Cogent Elliott picked up a media commendation for a campaign of simple line drawings for Samaritans.
Clarks and the RNLI were awarded £200,000 of national and £25,000 of regional bus advertising respectively and each of the creative teams given £2,000 of department store vouchers to share. Samaritans was handed £20,000 of media space.
The winning entries to the second Big Bus Challenge were chosen by a panel of judges and revealed at The London Transport Museum  last night where guests were able to view showcased work.
Clarks’ ad stood out for its “elegance, simplicity and having the courage to keep the design so minimal,” said Paul Domenet, the executive creative director of Johnny Fearless and a Big Bus Challenge judge.
PAA’s EastEnders-inspired ad for the RNLI was praised as a “sound concept” by Andy Hunns, the creative director at Clinic and the Publicis executive director Andy Bird described Cogent Elliott’s Samaritans campaign as “brilliant, clever”, with “massive standout”.
Four other national finalists were chosen: Cogent Elliott for WD-40; Rapp for the Open University; Lida for Foyles and Proximity London for The Economist. In the regional category, there were three finalists: Publicis Life Brands Resolute for The Passage charity; Rapp for Virgin Media and Bray Leino for Bath Spa University.
The judging panel, chaired by Philip Smith, head of content solutions and studio at Campaign, consisted of: Martin Hancock, development director, National Express Bus; Gill Huber, group communications director, Posterscope; Chris Marjoram, managing director, Rapport; Richard Jacobs, marketing director, Kinetic; Ross Neil, executive creative director, WCRS; Jason Cotterrell, managing director UK, Exterion Media and Simon Harrington, marketing director, Exterion Media, along with Domenet, Hunns and Bird.
Via: Campaign

Lufthansa Claims World First with Augmented Reality App for Premium Economy

Lufthansa will allow prospective travellers to explore its Premium Economy seats and extra legroom with an augmented reality app.
The airline is claiming a world first, since its latest app does not require a specific logo or image to activate it. Most augmented reality (AR) apps, such as Blippar, only work when triggered by a brand logo or shape.
The app was created by digital agency Space and is now available to iPad and iPhone users running iOS 7 or later. Users who download the app will be prompted to grab pen and paper and “draw something that flies” – although any doodle with sufficient contrast will work.
Users can then scan the drawing with their phone to see an AR Premium Economy seat pop on their screens.
The idea is to promote the 50% extra legroom offered with Premium Economy seats, so users can rotate the chair to see different features, and even fill up the extra space with virtual reality objects, such as cricket balls.
Via: Brand Republic 

This Interactive Subway Ad has a Surprising Twist

Earlier this year, we wrote about Apotek’s interactive subway ad in Sweden that showed a woman’s hair being blown by the wind of a moving train.
The viral ad has inspired a similar idea, but instead of selling hair products, this new ad intends to send a “hair-raising message” to commuters for a good cause.
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Via: Design Taxi
 

BlowUP Media Dominated M4 Wealth Corridor with Iconic Large Format Outdoor Site

Large format out of home company blowUP media UK is this week launching its new M4 Outbound site, which at 490sqm, will be the largest outdoor site along the M4 wealth corridor.

The site will be the third largest in London. The location targets traffic heading out of central London towards Heathrow and the affluent counties in the West. It is estimated that 2.7 million vehicles will pass the new site each week.
In addition it is surrounded by motor dealerships such as Mercedes and Audi.

Victoria’s Secret Takes to the Streets with First Bus Wrap

With Victoria Secret consistently growing their store footprint in the UK, they are always looking for exciting and impactful ways to grab consumer’s attention on the high street.  With this in mind, a London bus wrap was used to help launch their new ‘PINK’ range, helping to deliver cut through across the West End and undoubtedly causing a stir across London this autumn.
This campaign was planned and booked by Posterscope and Cream and is live until the 14th December.