In Ireland, Wide Eye Outdoor and Adtower Limited have merged and will remain as Wide Eye Outdoor, a business described as the largest Digital Out of Home network in Ireland, with close to 1,000 digital screens.
Wide Eye Outdoor has been in operation since 2014 developing a national footprint of over 400 high-definition digital screens in Cinemas, Convenience Stores, Shopping Centres, Pubs and Gyms. Adtower Limited launched its initial product in 2011 and strategically developed their internal and external full motion panel range with retail partners Supervalu, Centra, Eurospar, Spar, Mace, Londis, as well as forecourt retailer Maxol, and independent symbol groups.
Eoin Wrixon, Chief Executive Officer for Wide Eye Media told us “The immediate access to data for an advertiser or a retailer is something we are particularly interested to share as we further our commercial relationships. Over time this audience intelligence will help track behavioural patterns in potential consumers. Our extended network is therefore not only ideal for the FMCG category, but it presents very interesting engagement opportunities for media, telecoms, entertainment brands, household and health related products. We’re looking forward to developing bespoke campaigns that best reflect a campaign’s communication objectives.”
Vincent Whelan, Managing Director Adtower Ltd, said “During this tumultuous economic time we’re very fortunate to operate a product that has been, and remains, ‘lockdown-proof’. A heightened tendency to shop local and the increasing national digital footprint of our high-profile networks allows brands to engage audiences with dynamic content and relevant coverage backed by live data from “ADAM” our own analytics and delivery system. Over the past year we have been at the forefront of programmatic DOOH in Ireland with several ‘first to market’ campaigns for brands. This merger will further strengthen our position in this strategically important growth area”.
Eoin and Vincent will jointly manage Wide Eye Outdoor.
Over the last three years the primary driver in the growth of Ireland’s Out of Home advertising market has been attributed to Digital Out of Home. In 2020 its contribution to the market was approximately one third of all OOH revenue. Digital Out of Home market share is expected to continue to grow significantly during 2021.