We are looking forward to a trip to Chicago sometime in the future, because the city, along with New York, of course, seems to be leading the U.S. as a hub of exciting digital signage.
Latest to add to Chicago’s digital vibrancy is Titan, which, on renewing a contract with the Chicago Transit Authority, will also be adding 100 new digital screens to the Chicago Loop. This comes on top of the recent announcement by JCDecaux that its newly formed joint venture with Interstate Outdoor Advertising and its sister company, Foster Interstate, has signed a 20-year contract with the City of Chicago to operate 34 large digital billboards with 60 LED-display panels along Chicago City expressways. At that time, Jean-Francois Decaux, co-CEO of JCDecaux, said, “Chicago is becoming the Silicon Valley of digital outdoor media.”
Titan, which refers to itself as the largest ‘People in Transit’ advertising company, has extended its agreement with the CTA, the second largest U.S. transit market, by an additional five-years, the extension meaning that Titan will be exclusively representing the CTA and its Bus and Rail static and digital media through December 31, 2019.
The CTA agreed to an extension of the contract in part to allow Titan to continue to bring innovative new media to its system. As part of the extension, Titan will install approximately 100 new digital screens in the Chicago loop, replacing the static Urban Panels located at subway entrances and exits. This new addition to the CTA’s digital network will create unprecedented digital media access to the core downtown Chicago area and generate incremental revenue for the CTA.
Titan has served as the CTA’s exclusive sales contractor since it first won the contract competitively in 2007. Titan has worked with the CTA to evolve the media offering into one of the largest digital networks in the country, allowing brands to connect with consumers in new and interesting ways, as well as providing riders with track and train information and other relevant content.
“The CTA is one of our most important Transit partnerships so we are gratified that it has shown this kind of faith in Titan by extending our contract now,” said Don Allman, president and CEO of Titan. “We will continue to help the CTA grow its business and ensure our clients have access to cutting edge technology, allowing it to create deeper consumer connections. CTA – Chicago is a very special market for us. It was our first digital market. It creates revenue and offers a service to the commuters of the CTA by integrating things like trains schedules and weather updates.”
The CTA serves 1.6 million passengers each weekday across its Bus and Rail network. Titan also sells the advertising on the Pace transit system, giving the company dominance across the entire Chicago DMA.