IBM took a different approach at Heathrow Airport. As a sponsor of the Wimbledon tennis tournament the brand decided to communicate on matches, either to indicate that they were taking place soon or to give live scores of those that were in progress. IBM used the information on the departing flights’ destinations to communicate directly to passengers with regard to their national players’ status in the competition.
On the street and in the public transport environments display DOOH is also developing under many different forms and in many locations. As well as broadening the targeting opportunities for advertisers these environments increase the possibilities for engagement with the audience thanks to the proximity that they offer to the point of sale. In a good example of this engagement approach British Airways, the leading UK Airline, chose ground transport to advertise their many flight destinations. Digital 6-sheet screens at Victoria station, departure terminal for the Gatwick Express, were used to invite commuters to the central hall of the station to play on a flight-simulator in an attempt to win free tickets to exotic destinations. Every 15 minutes, the highest scoring “pilot” won a pair of tickets to the destination that was advertised for that day. Each winner had their moment of fame by being announced to the entire station on a giant digital screen that displayed their face and the destination won.
In a different way, leveraging Oslo’s main train stations’ proximity to their stores, H&M took advantage of the atmosphere of rush and stress which characterises these environments to communicate a very peaceful and graceful scene to commuters. The brand used the digital panels in Oslo’s train stations to advertise for its new Conscious Collection, which focused on ecological recycled materials and higher awareness of a more sustainable fashion product. Thanks to the use of motion made possible by the digital nature of the screens, commuters could see the model standing in a peaceful and sunny apartment, surrounded by tropical plants and walking towards them wearing different pieces of the new collection, as if in a live fashion show.
Taking advantage of another opportunity for flexibility, Heineken ran a dynamic campaign on the Cromwell Road Digital Gateway in the run-up to the UEFA Champions League final in Wembley. The brand showcased multiple powerful and ever-changing creatives across all nine giant digital locations, displaying a great sporting storyboard to the affluent audience that travels through this digital corridor between Heathrow and central London.
A recent campaign by Benadryl demonstrates the ability of DOOH to deliver a flexible but very relevant message to consumers through the high audience environments that are roadside and malls. In order to promote its new Social Pollen Count App the brand is running through this summer a dynamic, reactive, location-specific DOOH campaign to alert hayfever sufferers in real time of the potential high levels of pollen in the air. The displays are regionally activated when the pollen count is very high and provide localised pollen map readings based on the exact location of each individual digital outdoor site. Benadryl chose two environments that are particularly relevant to their target audience; roadside locations enable the brand to speak directly to people as they suffer from high pollen levels while out of home and mall locations act as a reminder of the app already advertised on the roadside panels and as a call-to-action for the possibility to buy Benadryl products from pharmacies in the mall.
This Benadryl example is a clear demonstration of the benefits of flexible communication brought to clients by DOOH: a call-to-action close to the point of sale but linked by a time-sensitive relevant message is a powerful enhancement to display OOH in these large audience venues.Uniqlo also put this strategy to good use at the So Ouest mall in the hyper fashionable Parisian suburb of Levallois. As the north of France suffered from cold weather conditions, Uniqlo took the opportunity to advertise for its latest range of cashmere jumpers and trousers. The point of sale locations enabled the brand to drive traffic directly to the store and the digital motion enhanced the colourful ranges of clothes that characterise the brand.
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