New @OMA_Australia Campaign Announces Audience Return to Outdoor Spaces

Tristan Cotterill

The OMA has launched a joint industry campaign, Spring into Out of Home, celebrating the return of people to Outdoor spaces and places.

OMA CEO Charmaine Moldrich told us “As the weather warms for spring, and COVID safety restrictions are slowly lifted, people are eager to get outside and start creating their new normal. We don’t know what that looks like just yet, but the data tells us that people are keen to travel, be in open spaces, and return to their CBDs. Spring into Out of Home is our celebration in the simple pleasure that we are back out and about together, it is an optimistic and hopefully campaign. We want to remind advertisers that Out of Home is an effective mass reach channel, delivering audiences for their products and services. While we are not completely out of the woods yet, it is heartening to see our members coming together to launch this campaign, in what has been a difficult year for our industry”.

Based on mobility and consumer sentiment data, the campaign provides statistics on how people are returning as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The data includes the increase in traffic – returning to 89 per cent of normal levels, and the increase in visits to shopping centres – up to 93 per cent of normal levels.

The campaign also includes statistics which show that in New South Wales people are out and about at 85 per cent of normal levels, while people in South Australia are at 90 per cent, Western Australia at 95 per cent, and Queensland is almost back to normal at 98 per cent.

In addition, consumer sentiment surveys show that four in five Australians agree that they generally feel happier to be out and about now, compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic; 83 per cent say they intend to visit a café, pub, or venue; and, 58 per cent say they intend to take road trips.^^^ Consumer confidence is now at a two year high, jumping 11.9 per cent in October.^^^^

Participating OMA members include: BIG Outdoor, Bishopp Outdoor Advertising, goa, JCDecaux, oOh!media, and QMS Media.

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