First Digital Billboard in Grand Junction

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Installed by Mile High Outdoor of Denver and manufactured by Watchfire Digital Outdoor of Danville, Illinois, the first digital billboard has now shown up on Interstate 70 Business at Main Street in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The 10’ x 30’, 19mm digital billboard replaces a static billboard in the same location. The new billboard is Mile High Outdoor’s fifth digital billboard in Colorado and the first manufactured by Watchfire.

“We did a lot of research and got great feedback about the quality of Watchfire digital billboards,” says Steve Richards, president of Mile High Outdoor. “Our Denver office is 250 miles from Grand Junction, so Watchfire’s reputation for manufacturing an extremely reliable product was important to us.”

The new digital billboard is located on an important commuter route, with a daily traffic count of 12,000 vehicles. The location boasts a lovely backdrop of mountain scenery and a long approach to a stop light, making it a sought-after location for advertisers. Regional and local advertisers include restaurants, a university, a hospital and event promoters.

Watchfire digital billboards use Ignite Online to easily create complex advertising schedules, including dayparting, multiple ads per advertiser, time/temp and counters. The fact that Ignite Online is web-based makes it easy for operators to manage their Watchfire board from anywhere, one of the reasons it was chosen by Mile High.

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