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The Salford Arch…coming soon to Manchester

As part of the newly formed The Gateways that launches soon, The Salford Arch – an iconic digital superstructure that stretches across one of Manchester’s busiest arterial routes – will be going live this September.
Showcasing its strong presence in Manchester, JCDecaux has created a CGI video to demonstrate how The Salford Arch will provide a powerful addition to its unprecedented Digital Roadside portfolio in the city. The film takes you on a trip along Manchester’s key arterial roads, bringing to life iconic The Trafford ArchThe Trafford Tower and The Salford Arch.
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Via: JCDecaux

Ocean Group acquires MediaCo Outdoor

Ocean Group CEO Tim Bleakley today (April 22) announced the acquisition of MediaCo Outdoor, Manchester’s leader in OOH digital and backlight premium large formats, through its highly successful partnership with Manchester City Council.
The deal, for an undisclosed cash sum, significantly strengthens Ocean Group’s national footprint and leading position as the premium large format provider in London, Birmingham and Manchester, ranked the UK’s top 3 cities for total advertising spend.
This accelerates Ocean Group’s dual strategy of developing iconic digital and premium formats, and mirrors its acquisition of Signature Outdoor in Birmingham last year, which was warmly welcomed by both agencies and brands.
Commenting on the move, Tim Bleakley said “MediaCo Outdoor and Manchester City Council have worked collaboratively and tirelessly together to build a truly state of the art portfolio across the city, to the mutual benefit of taxpayers and the business community alike. The entire Ocean Group team is committed to furthering this great work and using our unique offering across the UK’s top three cities to drive growth in the medium and offer advertisers a compelling network.”
MediaCo Outdoor managing director Mark Wardle said “This is a very exciting development for Manchester and I look forward to seeing how the portfolio evolves in the coming years.”
Commercial director of MediaCo Outdoor Richard Blackburn said “We have built up some unique products and innovative trading models and I’m delighted we are passing on the baton to the Ocean Group, who share our ethos and, we believe, are an ambitious partner who will take the business to the next stage.”

Welcome to Vanchester

A ‘Welcome to Vanchester’ banner in central Manchester through BlowUp has been installed to greet United’s new manager. In conjunction with Posterscope and the Arena team, Betfair launched the PR stunt without any branding. The banner, emblazoned with the welcome message beneath a picture of the Dutchman, parodies the one put up on Deansgate by City to welcome Carlos Tevez after the former Reds striker defected to the Blues in 2009.
The original, which taunted ‘Welcome to Manchester’ across a picture of the Argentinian celebrating a goal, was paid for by supporters of the Blues and was seen as a swipe at the fact United are based in Trafford rather than Manchester, like City. Fans of the Reds got their own back two years later with a billboard poking fun at Tevez’s rift with Roberto Mancini. The digital poster showed a picture of the player – who had been suspended and was later fined after refusing to come on as a sub in a Champions League match against Bayern Munich – sitting on the bench with the slogan ‘Welcome to Carlos Manchester’.
This new taunt has sparked a tremendous amount of conversation globally. In under 24 hours there have been 8,210 twitter mentions by 7,397 people with an estimated 16.4 million impression spanning across 104 countries. This activity marks the second campaign booked this year with Betfair around tactical messaging as they continue to push the boundaries.

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