Outdoor Digital Signage | How to Tap Into 5 Future Trends

Outdoor Digital Signage | How to Tap Into 5 Future Trends

The outdoor advertising scene is changing at an exponential rate and DOOH is playing a big part in making cities ‘smarter’ and more ‘digitally enhanced’. You need to know the trends that are fast becoming the driving force behind a transformation in advertising culture, and how your business can capitalise on the DOOH phenomena.

By the end of this year, outdoor digital signage will claim a 40 percent share of the overall total spent on out-of-home advertising. That’s according to an Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure Report, compiled in 2015.

Meanwhile, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) anticipates DOOH advertising revenues to exceed spend on ‘traditional’ forms of outdoor advertising by 2020, increasing at a rate of 15 percent over the next four years.

As the saying goes, “there’s no smoke without fire”, and perhaps the hype surrounding DOOH is justified. If that’s the case, what’s driving the outdoor digital signage revolution and how can you be a part of it?

The Trends Shaping the Outdoor Digital Signage Landscape

Outdoor digital signage use has boomed

'Outdoor digital signage use has boomed.'

1. Phenomenal Growth – More Screens Appearing in More Locations

There’s no doubting that DOOH is experiencing a surge in expansion, which can be attributed to a price drop in AV hardware including LCD and LED displays and media players. Meanwhile, a more ‘tech savvy’ marketplace is also responsible for an ‘explosion’ in digital signage use, with new screens popping up from Texas to Tokyo.

Armagard alone has been working with a diverse range of industry sectors including quick service restaurants, retail, education and transport, across the world.

You can capitalise by investing in a flexible DOOH network that enables you to constantly adapt your content offering. As standing out from the crowd becomes more important and competitive than ever, outdoor digital signage gives your brand a visual cutting edge that helps you to communicate your message clearly and countrywide.

2. Integration – DOOH and Mobile Merge.

The world is connecting like never before and DOOH is making strides to tap into increasing communication. Every day, new data sources emerge, equipping businesses with the information they need to produce relevant content for an audience that’s constantly ‘on the go’.

Developments in technology are enabling DOOH to merge with mobile and other platforms to deliver timely, targeted messages that are interlinked, enabling end users to track engagement activity.

You can capitalise by recognising DOOH and mobile as a complete solution, not as separate channels. The two together add to the arsenal of customer engagement strategies.

3. Infrastructure – ‘Smart’ Cities Made Smarter

Outdoor digital Signage Smart City

Increased DOOH use and widespread integration with other platforms all lead to one thing… the fusion of DOOH with the digital infrastructure of the world’s smart cities. It’s a process that has already begun.

You can capitalise on outdoor digital signage in ‘smart’ city locations because it’s becoming a universal mainstay. The opportunity to catch the eye of passers-by with relevant, targeted content is limitless and will lead to a revenue boost provided your messaging is on point.

4. Recognition – Connecting with Audiences Emotionally

Outdoor digital Signage connecting

The ‘intelligence’ of outdoor digital signage displays has hit new heights in recent years, thanks to an ability to identify and engage with audiences on an ‘emotional’ level. The emergence of vehicle and gender recognition, plus gaze-tracking technology (eye movement monitoring) has refined how end users target audiences.

There will be a time, in the very near future, when digital displays will have the ability to present to people based on their emotional outlook, which is pretty amazing.

Intelligent outdoor digital signage is the cornerstone of gathering data unobtrusively enabling you to compile information, not only to ensure the success of your current advertising campaign, but to shape future campaigns. DOOH gives you a unique insight into customer trends, from which you can tailor your message.

5. Full Immersion – Complete Interactivity and HD Visuals

Outdoor digital Signage Complete Interactivity

It’s clear to see the direction that DOOH is taking, right? All trends point to an outdoor digital signage takeover! Even now, bigger and bolder digital signage displays are experiencing a boom across major towns and cities.

The emergence of HD screens, OLED technology and transparent displays are unlocking a new wave of possibilities for DOOH, with high-impact.

Meanwhile, advances in touch screen technology and other recognition software indicates a future whereby towns, cities and the public will be immersed in a world of interactive displays that enable engagement with content on a truly deep level.

With an ability to screen live content on a local, national and global scale, DOOH is considered to be at the forefront of outdoor advertising.

You can capitalise on local, national and even international advertising opportunities. DOOH opens doors that traditional techniques cannot, unlocking new revenue streams and boosting brand recognition.

I leave you with this... A survey carried out by Ocean in 2016 revealed that 86.3 percent of executives across media agencies and outdoor advertising companies recognised that ‘DOOH has bigger growth potential when up against mobile, video on demand and other similar media channels.’ It’s the beginning of a new era.

With more than 25 years of experience protecting audio visual equipment, Armagard is the ideal partner for your outdoor digital signage project.

Talk to our friendly team today on +44 (0)121 608 7226.

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