GBP 11M Raised for @8OutdoorMedia

February 21st, 2018

Tristan Cotterill

The owner of 8 Outdoor this week has confirmed that it had raised GBP 11 million. The funding comes from Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited, an investment firm headquartered in Hong Kong, and was delivered by Nash & Co Capital Limited, the specialist UK SME focused merchant bank and led by parent company SIS Digital Vision Limited’s new Group Chief Financial Officer, Darren Poynton (he was most recently UK Group CFO at Havas Media Group).

Cennydd Roberts, Chief Executive, 8 Outdoor, told us “This is a transformative chapter for 8 Outdoor, as we continue to accelerate our business within the ever growing digital out-of-home sector. Attracting talent with the calibre of the likes of Darren to the group is a proof point of our growing market position, and this, combined with new funding, will be crucial for us this year as we enter into the next growth phase.”

Since its foundation in 1969, Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited has owned and operated market-leading businesses in financial services and aims to generate long-term capital growth for its shareholders through a diverse yet complementary portfolio of businesses and investments in multiple asset classes. It is the major shareholder of leading consumer finance firm United Asia Finance and a substantial shareholder of Everbright Sun Hung Kai.

SIS Digital Vision Limited’s portfolio includes some of the world’s largest and most iconic digital advertising structures, accounting for almost 70% of all digital roadside screens in the UK. The group, which includes subsidiary companies media owner 8 Outdoor and screen integrator company SIS Digital, is a market leader in digital signage design, advertising, planning, manufacture, content management, installation and support. Clients include Transport for London, Audi, Subway, M&M’s and Harry Ramsden’s and commercial advertising partners such as independent specialist Talon, Dentsu Aegis’ Posterscope, WPP’s Kinetic and IPG Mediabrands’ Rapport.

oOh!media Delivers Strong Revenue and Earnings Growth

February 19th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

oOh!media Limited (ASX:OML) has announced continued double-digit growth in revenue (up 13.1%) and Underlying EBITDA (up 22.5%), while delivering significantly improved operating margins for the year ended 31 December 2017 (CY17).

Digital revenue as a percentage of total revenue increased to a record 59.8% for the full year, extending the strong first half gains in revenue from oOh!media’s digital network of 8,000 screens.

oOh!media’s CEO, Brendon Cook, told us “oOh! has delivered a quality financial result which continues the strong performance since our listing in 2014. The Company has increased revenue by 46.0% and more than doubled Underlying EBITDA to $90.1m since 2014. While the Out Of Home sector has performed strongly, we’re growing our business faster than the Out Of Home market by continuing to lead the market in delivering innovative solutions for clients to integrate data and content as part of our audience-led strategy across our network. Over the course of the year we have worked with clients to deliver ground-breaking campaigns, leveraging our investment in data and audience insights, to deliver outstanding results for advertisers..

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Ocean Broadcasts Team GB Winter Olympic Sports Action

February 19th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Ocean has ramped up its Winter Olympic coverage this past two weeks, showing daily highlights featuring Team GB hopefuls across its network of full motion digital screens. Ocean’s new daily 60-second highlights Olympics packages run every six minutes and are supported by content from Visa, Panasonic and Toyota who are worldwide partners of the IOC.

They can be seen across 115 screens in nine cities: Manchester, London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Bristol and Glasgow.

Ocean is an official partner of Team GB which has 59 athletes competing for medals at PyeongChang 2018. Footage from the Games is being sourced from the BBC.

Iconic sites such as Landsec’s Piccadilly Lights in London have already screened a collection of videos featuring Team GB competitors who hope to surpass Britain’s four medal tally of Sochi 2014.

These Ones to Watch previews supported Team GB’s online campaign to turn a spotlight on the personalities of its lesser known hopefuls and drive sports fans to their social media profiles.

Coverage continues until the close of the Winter Games in South Korea on February 25.

Andrew Newman Punches Shark in the Face

February 19th, 2018

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Details are emerging about the ‘London businessman’ described in the Evening Standard who was attacked by a shark while snorkelling in the Galápagos Islands. He turns out to be our industry’s very own Andrew Phipps Newman, CEO and Co-Founder of DOOH.com.

Andrew suffered a broken bone and three severed ligaments after the “four-metre long” beast sunk its teeth into his right foot off the coast of Santa Fe.

The Dulwich-based advertising boss – who was holding his GoPro camera at the time – managed to release his foot by repeatedly punching the shark in the face.

But he then faced a three-hour boat journey to the nearest hospital as fellow passengers – including a London doctor – battled to stem the bleeding.

Mr Newman had travelled to the Galápagos Islands, the Ecuadorian archipelago famous for Charles Darwin’s wildlife studies, to “find my faith in life again through nature” after the sudden death of his husband Damon in 2016.

Speaking for the first time from the islands, he described how the image of “being face to face with a shark” would never leave him.

He told the Evening Standard: “When I close my eyes, all I can see is the shark’s white eye and my foot in his mouth.

“What I ultimately found was how precious my life is and how happy I am to be alive.”

Mr Newman was on his final snorkelling excursion, approaching a sea lion on a rock, when he felt “a huge force” clamp around his leg.

He initially thought it was one of his friends playing a “practical joke” but turned around to see the shark’s teeth sunk into his foot.

“His eyes were no more than a metre away from me – this massive shark head with white eyes,” he said. “We were just staring at each other with my whole foot in its mouth. He wouldn’t let go.”

Mr Newman – who says he has frequently practised his response to an attack due to a “wretched fear” of sharks – said he felt no pain and immediately went into survival mode.

“I punched him, Go Pro in hand, harder and harder until he let go,” he said. “I just went into automatic mode.”

Knowing the shark could return, one of Mr Newman’s fellow travellers Audrey Lagauche pushed him onto the rocks, ordering him to keep his foot out of the water.

“Half of my foot looked like it was hanging off,” he said. “I didn’t feel any pain when I saw my bones and tendons.. I could just see the blood pumping.”

Mr Newman, who co-founded advertising agency DOOH.com in 2013, was rescued from the rock by a dinghy – only to learn he faced a three hour boat journey to the nearest hospital.

To allay fears of “dying from blood loss”, he self-medicated with “some painkillers, a couple of shots of tequila and a mojito” while fellow passengers tried stem the wound’s blood flow using towels.

“It was the longest three hours of my life,” he said.

Despite his ordeal, Andrew insists on promoting diving in the Galapagos Islands…

One of the travellers was British doctor Kathryn Gilbert, 27, who previously worked in the A&E department at St Georges Hospital in Tooting.

She said: “It was quite the experience, as unsurprisingly I’ve never dealt with a shark bite working in the UK.

“I just found some strong painkillers and tried to stop the bleeding which we eventually managed with a bandage and a lot of towels.”

After arriving on the island of San Cristobal, Mr Newman underwent surgery to reattach the severed ligaments in his foot. Ms Lagauche, 31, an engineer in agronomy, said: “I saw a shark passing close to Andy, but didn’t get it had bitten him at first. Then I saw him going up with his foot bleeding and shouting for help.

“Then I looked back down in the water and saw a big galapagos shark right underneath me.

“I swam towards Andy closer to the rocks and pushed him more out of the water as well as myself.”

Ms Lagauche, who grew up in South Africa and previously worked in the cocoa industry in the Ivory Coast, added: “I was afraid they would be two or three more coming for us if he didn’t get his foot to bleed somewhere else.”

Mr Newman’s GoPro was lost in the attack, although he said divers had returned to the cove to try to retrieve it.

Andrew was treated to a dose of his own medicine on his return to Heathrow, where his friends at DOOH.com and JCDecaux had organised a warm welcome by hi-jacking his his award-winning Heathrow Express Journey Comparison Generator – which won a DailyDOOH ‘Reggie’ in 2015 as Best Interactive Campaign – and turning it  into a personalised message board (pictured above).

We all wish Andrew a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back to his usual cheeky self as soon as possible…!

 

 

 

This Week’s #AVJobs

February 16th, 2018

Andrew Neale

AV Jobs provide a highly specialist Recruitment Service for Audio Visual manufacturers, distributors and resellers.

They also work within the broadcast, events and unified communications industries providing quality and experienced staff at all levels – from board members through management, field service and sales, as well as on-site technical and sales people.

Their Consultants have experience within the AV industry and fully understand all areas from sales through system design and installation, hire and events, operations and service.

Here are this week’s selection of #AVjobs from them…

  • AV SOLUTIONS DESIGNER
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location Belfast
    Area N. Ireland, N. Ireland
    Sector Engineer Engineer – Audio Visual Engineer – Design
    Salary £34000 – £35000 Per Annum £35k p.a. plus bonus and benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV23918
  • AUDIO VISUAL CHANNEL SALES
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location M62 corridor
    Area Cheshire, England Greater Manchester, England Merseyside, England South Yorkshire, England West Yorkshire, England
    Sector Sales Sales – Audio Visual Sales – Channel – vendor Sales – Corporate Sales – Education Sales – External Account Manager Sales – Business Development Sales – Field Sales
    Salary £35000 – £50000 Per Annum £35k-£40k p.a. + comms, car & benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV24218
  • AV INSTALLATION & SUPPORT ENGINEER
    Job Type Permanent Full Time
    Location Greater London/Home Counties
    Area Berkshire, England Bucks, England Middlesex, England Surrey, England City of London, England London South East, England London South West, England London North , England London North West, England
    Sector Engineer Engineer – Audio Visual Engineer – Installer Engineer – Service Engineer – Project Engineer – Technical Support
    Salary £28000 – £30000 Per Annum to £30k p.a.plus company van and benefits
    Currency GBP
    Start Date ASAP
    Advertiser AV Jobs
    Job Ref AV24118

David Rae Joins @Proxama

February 16th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Proxama PLC (AIM: PROX), has announced the appointment of David Rae as Chief Financial Officer of the Company with immediate effect.

David is an accomplished CFO with a wealth of public company, growth and international business experience within the technology and energy sectors. He has joined the Proxama board on a part-time basis and will assist in delivering the Location Sciences business plan, in particular, by providing strategic input and leading the finance and investor relations functions.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a first-class honours degree in Information Systems and Management Studies from the University of Leeds. He began his career in 1992 with EY’s Entrepreneurial Services team in London, where he focused on fast growth companies. After leaving EY in 1999, David worked in corporate finance where he advised both public and private companies on fundraising and M&A activities.

David is currently the CFO of SmartXpo Solutions Limited, the AI and machine learning company to the global events industry. Prior to this, he was CFO of STC Energy Management Limited, a leading energy software technology provider, where he led the sale of the company to Inspired Energy PLC. Previously, David was a non-executive director of Pixels Limited, (formerly AIM quoted as Pixel Interactive Media Limited) which was recently acquired by Gravity4, with responsibility for corporate governance and investor relations.

Chris Becraft Joins @Fastsigns

February 16th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the franchisor of more than 675 FASTSIGNS® locations worldwide, announced that Chris Becraft has been named Vice President of National Accounts.

The FASTSIGNS National Accounts program provides comprehensive project management for companies with sign and graphic needs spanning across multiple locations. With the support of the global franchise network, FASTSIGNS National Accounts provides brand consistent, cost-effective products and full service sign program management solutions for companies through one point of contact and invoicing.

Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. told us “We’re thrilled to welcome Chris Becraft to lead our national accounts initiative. Chris brings a wealth of experience in serving national accounts, consulting and working in franchise systems. His knowledge and leadership will be instrumental in expanding sign management services for brands with multiple locations across North America and internationally.”

Prior to joining FASTSIGNS International, Inc., Becraft spent over 17 years at CCA Global Partners where he held leadership positions in sales, operations and national accounts supporting the franchise brand ProSource. While there, he oversaw the sales and merchandising functions of company-owned showrooms and advised franchisees on product, merchandising and best practices.

To learn more about FASTSIGNS National Accounts, click here or contact sales@fastsignsnational.com.

Jukka Vänskä joins @SeloyLive

February 16th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief




Seloy Live, manufacturer of unique interactive glass and its renowned SENSE touch window, has appointed Jukka Vänskä as its new COO.

Vänskä initially spent 20 years in the hand-held electronics industry, providing global OEM solutions for cellphone consumer interfaces. Before joining Seloy Live, he was Sales Director for Valeo Group’s Thermal Bus Systems, Finland, responsible for roof hatch products globally.

Seloy Live offers unique ‘Supercharged’ glass products. Intended primarily for retail, corporate and public usage, the company’s interactive portfolio embeds touch technology securely inside glass, enabling it to also function as a regular window when switched off.

The company is currently working with POS payment solution experts POSeidon Digital to create a ‘window shop’ to allow customers to continue making purchases after stores close – part of POSeidon’s Live Products technology solutions.

QMS Media’s Digital Expansion Drives Strong H1 FY18 Result

February 16th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

QMS Media Limited (ASX: QMS) today announced its financial results for the six months to 31 December 2017 (H1 FY18).

Financial highlights:

• Revenue up 25% to $99.0 million.
• Digital revenue represents 66% of total Group media revenue.
• Underlying EBITDA up 27% to $22.7 million.
• Statutory NPAT up 11% to $8.3 million.
• Interim dividend of 1.0 cent per share, fully franked.
• Full year guidance for FY18 EBITDA of $44 million – $46 million.

Operational highlights:

• Strong momentum in digital roll-out continued, 99 landmark digital billboards operational at 31 December 2017, full year target upgraded to 112+ (previously 100+).
• Successful integration of Canberra Airport and delivery of small format digital across Gold Coast street furniture and Auckland Transport network.
• Continued expansion of QMS Sport portfolio, including Football Federation Australia (FFA), National Rugby League (NRL) and virtual opportunities.
• Ongoing investment in digital and data capabilities:
• DataLab driving improved audience understanding and targeting.
• Enhanced digital capability with investment in NZ digital agency, Digital Commons.
• Industry-first Digital Transaction Platform (DTP) launched in NZ.

QMS Group Chief Executive Officer Barclay Nettlefold Told us “This is a pleasing result, which has been driven by our continued focus on premium quality landmark digital expansion in strategic markets. Our landmark digital development roll-out has strong momentum, with 24 new billboards switched on during the half. As a result, we have updated our full year development target to over 112 sites to be operational by the end of June 2018. Our smaller format digital presence is an important complement to our landmark network, and we are continuing to invest in strategic expansion to support integrated campaigns across multiple formats.

QMS Media also made mention of DataLab, that they said was enabling them to better understand their audiences, and deliver more targeted and valuable campaigns for advertisers and the launch of industry-first Digital Transaction Platform in New Zealand which they claim, provides a significant opportunity for digital outdoor to be considered with, and compete for, online media investment.

Munich Airport and Lufthansa Start Testing Josie Pepper

February 15th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Josie Pepper is 120 centimeters tall, with sparkling, round eyes and a pleasant voice and she is the robot that will now be answering questions for passengers at Munich Airport’s Terminal 2.

Whether you need directions to the Lufthansa gate or want to stop at a certain restaurant or shop – Josie Pepper will look you in the eyes and give you a prompt answer.

With the rollout of Josie Pepper, Munich Airport and Lufthansa are obviously breaking new ground: It is described as the first-ever test of a humanoid robot equipped with artificial intelligence at a German airport. For the next few weeks, Josie Pepper will welcome travelers to the non-public area of Terminal 2, which is jointly operated by Munich Airport and Lufthansa. In her initial deployment, Josie Pepper, who only speaks English at the moment, will await passengers at the top of the ramp leading to the shuttle connecting the main terminal to the satellite building. This test phase will be used to show whether she is accepted by passengers.

Josie Pepper’s ‘brain’ contains a high-performance processor with a WLAN internet access. This creates a connection to a cloud service where speech is processed, interpreted and linked to the airport data. What sets the system apart: When this robot type speaks, it does not just deliver pre-defined texts. With its ability to learn, it answers each question individually. Just like a ‘real’ brain, the system gets steadily better at combining questions with the relevant information to provide more precise replies.

IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) cloud-based, artificial intelligence technologies are behind Josie Pepper’s capabilities. Pepper was developed by the French company SoftBank Robotics. The lady robot was given the name “Josie” by the staff of Munich Airport and Lufthansa when she arrived at the airport.