Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO) today announced the creation of a new business unit dedicated to aiding advertiser and agency partners in the planning, buying and implementation of multi-platform and multi-market out-of-home campaigns – namely the Clear Channel Outdoor National Sales Group (NSG). Separately, the company rolled out refreshed branding to reflect the resurgence of out-of-home advertising.
“Outdoor advertising is now primed to gain a larger share of overall advertising spending with the advent of new measurement tools like Eyes On that puts out-of-home on par with other media categories, combined with new digital innovations that allow for more creative and flexible campaigns,” said Ron Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas.
“As the industry leader, launching our National Sales Group gives marketers the added advantage of a one stop shop to help them spend where their consumers are and maximize the opportunities that outdoor advertising has to offer. The NSG will enable top-tier marketers to access our national network of traditional and digital signage. And for the first time, marketers can target key demographics on a national scale with one easy purchase and not have to assemble buys across numerous local markets.”
The implementation of Eyes On, the industry’s new independent measurement tool that allows advertisers to validate audience reach of outdoor campaigns with deep demographic data, is transforming the outdoor medium. For advertisers and media planners, outdoor campaigns can now offer a true, real time network experience – linking opportunities across its traditional, digital and spectacular properties.
The NSG is tasked with creating new opportunities for national advertising plans across Clear Channel Outdoor’s out-of-home advertising properties. This expanded group will be led by Lou Giordano, Senior Vice President of National Sales, and Debbie Reichig, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. They will report to Rocky Sisson, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
“There is an increasing appetite at the planning agency and specialist level to have one point of contact to help plan, contract and execute large scale out-of-home campaigns across various platforms,” said Lou Giordano. “Through the creation of this dedicated team, we’re able to solidify existing partnerships and cultivate new relationships with the key evaluators of media plans. Marketers can now execute an out-of-home campaign that is integrated into their national media plan and enhances communication of their core messaging. One mission for NSG is to validate out-of-home as a re-emerging medium and CCO is leading the way.”
NSG Account Executives located in major markets; New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, will provide proximity to the planning and decision making process and support quick turnaround for national campaigns. Current and prospective clients will also benefit from the speed at which the NSG can make decisions regarding packaging, pricing and inventory across multiple markets and platforms. The NSG operates under a strategic account management plan that clearly identifies accounts that would benefit greatly from adding out-of-home to their media plans. Key verticals that the team will target include consumer packaged goods (CPG), health and beauty aids (HBA), entertainment, media, retail, over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals and telecom.
“We’ve always known out-of-home to be an integral part of our communications plan, efficiently generating high levels of awareness in close proximity to point of sale, but it was logistically difficult to buy across markets,” said Damon Peirson, SVP, Director OOH/Local Print of Zenithmedia. “Now, with CCO’s NSG, we anticipate greater ease of sale, and more flexibility in executing multi-platform campaigns and in reaching consumers in some of the highest-traffic areas throughout the entire day and night across markets.”