In the wake of news breaking about Ooh Media winning the bidding war to acquire Adhsel from Here, There & Everywhere (HT&E) we take a look at what the move means for the local market. UPDATE: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) decided it will not oppose the acquisition.
A common criticism often levelled at the outdoor advertising industry is that it lacks a single form of measurement to be applied across all providers. But APN Outdoor is looking to change that by launching a new tool.
Media companies are continually pushing the strength of their particular medium (or combination of mediums). And one popular way to show off capabilities, get creatives thinking about how to use the medium effectively and line up a few leads is to run a creative competition. NZME has its Advertising Challenge. Adshel ran the Creative Challenge for its charity client Surf Lifesaving NZ. And now APN Outdoor is joining in the fun with Pixel361°, a scheme that invites creative minds to create a digital outdoor campaign to raise awareness of the Men’s Health charity.
The battle of the big outdoor players has continued, with APN Outdoor adding 113 more panels to its arsenal after acquiring New Zealand-based billboard business Roadside Attractions from Twisted World Limited for $6.5 million.
APN Outdoor started the large-format digital party in New Zealand in 2013, iSite is set to launch its own large format digital network soon and a few other smaller players have added their own sites. Now Adshel is joining in the fun, with 35 digital panels set to be switched on in the Auckland CBD and fringe suburbs in June. And general manager Nick Vile says it opens up a range of possibilities for advertisers.
The outdoor industry is chugging along nicely at the moment, with a good increase in ad spend in the latest ASA figures and plenty of action on the digital front from the big players. And two of those big players—oOh! Media and APN Outdoor—have released studies they hope will put a bit more wind in the sector's sails.
The one major advantage of a digital billboard is that it can be updated instantly to reflect something that is happening at a specific moment. During the election, TV3 used this to its advantage by feeding live updates of the results onto APN Outdoor's collection of digital billboards in Auckland. And now, DDB and ZenithOptimedia are collaborating with Mother Nature on a new outdoor campaign for Speight's that adjusts in accordance with the temperature.