What’s Going on At @RMGNetworks ?

October 17th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

In the UK at least, well over 25% of their staff have already gone, ‘super salesman’ Joe Rabah who was parachuted in from Dubai at the beginning of the year to run EMEA from London, has now been sent back home and it would appear that Kevin Hill is going to try to step into the (big) shoes of Sales Director Rob Brinklow, who left voluntarily as a protest at all of the recent restructuring.

Rumour is that Hemanth Parasuram, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Virgo Capital (who effectively acquired the business a few weeks ago) fancies himself as a CEO and is taking charge. That means that good guy CEO Bob Michaels, is now running the business in name only and that his contract, which is up in January 2019 will not be renewed.

With RMG’s latest ploy of having Jerry Rosen (he joined RMG Networks as senior vice- president, global chief marketing and creative officer in June 2016) try and run EMEA from Dallas (there are no visible signs of them attempting to recruit a new General Manager or Managing Director) it all points to them running the UK / European business as a maintenance cash cow and eventually no doubt, wind it up into a tiny satellite office.

One thing is for sure, what with their new CMS Korbyt, pretty much still-born, there won’t be many new customers running to their front door.

Trading Update @BARCO 3Q18

October 17th, 2018

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

Today Barco (Euronext: BAR; Reuters: BARBt.BR; Bloomberg: BAR BB) announced the results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2018.

Sales for the quarter were 248.7 million euro, an increase of 2.6% compared to 242.5 million euro for the third quarter of 2017.

Incoming orders booked during the third quarter of 2018 were 243.3 million euro, a decrease of 6.1% compared to the third quarter of 2017.

Order book as of 30 September 2018 stood at 319.5 million euro, a 0.8% decrease compared to the third quarter of last year and a 12% increase compared to year-end 2017.

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Game On: APN Outdoor Celebrates the Invictus Games Sydney 2018

October 17th, 2018

Tristan Cotterill

With the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover less than a week away, leading media business APN Outdoor has unveiled the next phase of its marketing campaign to promote the Games.

This week, APN Outdoor has launched digital billboards in each state displaying a daily countdown to the start of the Invictus Games this Saturday, plus billboards promoting ticket sales and television coverage of the Games on the ABC.

APN Outdoor is the Official Outdoor Media Partner of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Running from 20 October to 27 October, the Games will see 500 wounded, injured and ill defence personnel from 18 nations taking part in 11 medal sports.

APN Outdoor Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, James Warburton told us “We have been supporting the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 since 2016, running several campaigns across our national digital billboard portfolio, airport offering, XtrackTV network and key transit formats. With the start of the Games now less than a week away, we are delighted to once again use the reach and power of the out-of-home medium – and the APN Outdoor network – to promote the Games and welcome these amazing competitors to Sydney. “We are very proud of our association with the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and wish everyone involved all the very best”.

At the same time, APN Outdoor and Sydney Airport have joined forces to use key internal digital sites at the airport terminals this week to run a video welcoming Invictus Games competitors to Sydney.

Chicago’s Iconic Navy Pier Welcomes & Informs Guests w/ Help From @Nanolumens

October 16th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Chicago is a city that has always celebrated culture and the arts and that is especially apparent at Navy Pier, one of the Midwest’s top destinations. Originally completed in 1916 as part of Daniel Burnham‘s plan for Chicago, Navy Pier is an iconic landmark inspiring discovery and wonder. Since its last redevelopment in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier’s 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. As Navy Pier enters its second century, the venue is evolving into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.

During this evolution it became apparent that the ‘People’s Pier’ needed a better, brighter, and bolder way to welcome and inform guests without distracting them from the Pier itself. NanoLumens, award-winning creators of uniquely compelling interactive LED visualization solutions, provided the perfect solution with four of its Engage Series true HD displays that act as Navy Pier’s new, visually stunning welcome to guests.

Jeff Arko, Design Producer at Gensler told us “Navy Pier is a world-class entertainment, arts and social destination providing a myriad of activities and experiences for both Chicago locals and tourists. That energy and informational moment was created through expressive visuals promoting and inviting visitors to join in the fun while providing a dynamically updated daily activity information feed at entry,” said , the design firm that oversaw the renovation. We wanted to deliver a new welcoming experience that was both present and obvious but one that would not cause any kind of impedance on the journey for visitors from the entryway into the rest of the Pier experience.”

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Children with Cancer UK ‘Ring the Bell’ Interactive Donation Billboard

October 16th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Children with Cancer UK, the leading national children’s charity dedicated to research into cancer in children and young people, has today, October 16, 2018, released ‘Ring the Bell’, a social video featuring a specially created interactive digital out of home installation.

The digital billboard creative encourages the public to show their support by shaking their phone to ring the end of treatment bell – signifying the moment when treatment for young patients is complete. By entering their name into a web address on their mobile phone, participants can immediately start interacting. Shaking their handset to trigger the bell, participants are then shown heartwarming personal stories of children ringing the end of treatment bell, followed by a personalised on-screen thank you message.

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Board of Directors @DSFederation Nominations

October 16th, 2018

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

The DSF is committed to be an open organization directed by members, for members. The DSF Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations on the DSF Website for a two year Board of Director’s term from January 1, 2019 – December 30, 2021.

DSF members may nominate themselves or an associate within the industry. Nominations close on November 1, 2018.

Candidates must be:

  • Employed by a DSF Member
  • Willing to serve for a term from January 1, 2019 – December 30, 2021
  • Capable of active involvement on the board and in leading initiatives with other volunteers
  • Able to attend three board meetings per year
  • Committed to the growth of our industry, people, and the effectiveness of the DSF

Candidates will be vetted by the Nominating Committee and a slate of nominees will be presented to the membership in November 2018 for election. If you have questions, please contact Brian Gorg, Executive Director, at bgorg@digitalsignagefederation.org.

#GITEX2018 Technology Week, Dubai

October 15th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Some smart companies are currently exhibiting at #GITEX2018 which is taking place in Dubai at the moment.

Always there (it seems) is Esprit Digital with a very smart stand (Z3-A44) …

We’ve also seen NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) (stand Z1-D20 in Za’abeel Hall) and ONELAN who are with LG (stand B6-01).

If you are doing business in the Middle East then this event is fast becoming one you should be attending or exhibiting at.

Global Acquires ‪@ExterionMediaUK ‬

October 15th, 2018

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

The UK’s largest commercial radio group Global, who only acquired both Outdoor Plus and Primesight back in September, has now made a binding offer to acquire Exterion Media (with operations in Ireland, France, The Netherlands and Spain), the second biggest Out-of-Home media owne in the UK.

All three acquisitions likely give the new business ‘Global Outdoor’, a similar market share to the UK’s biggest OOH company, JCDecaux. Industry veteran and commentator Kevin Shute made mention on twitter “2017 UK #OOH Turnover @JCDecaux_UK -£356m. Companies acquired to create #GlobalOutdoor -£286m combined turnover(source 2017 Accounts)”

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QMS Dominates Melbourne with Mega Landmark ‘The Victoria’

October 15th, 2018

Tristan Cotterill

QMS continues to affirm its leading quality landmark digital portfolio, with the launch of arguably one of the most iconic and powerful sites in Melbourne, ‘The Victoria’.

QMS Australia CEO, John O’Neill told us “As we continue to deliver truly landmark digital billboards, we are proud to launch ‘The Victoria’; a standout digital in a standout location. Our portfolio of iconic digital billboards in this major inner Melbourne city area is unparalleled, providing our clients with a quality platform to hero their brands and create meaningful connections with their audiences. I am genuinely excited about what lies ahead, as we continue to implement a strategic approach to our digital development – quality as opposed to quantity – delivering real value back to our advertisers.”

Spanning a huge 33 metres long, ‘The Victoria’ clearly dominates the landscape as it wraps itself around the intersection of Victoria and Hoddle Streets in the heart of bustling Richmond. The unique tri-structure and sheer scale of the digital billboard ensures maximised viewing across three traffic directions at the notoriously congested intersection.

Dominating the landscape on this major north-south arterial, ‘The Victoria’ is set to become the centrepiece to the quintessentially Melbourne suburb of Richmond. This iconic site dominates this truly iconic location, presiding over the gateway to ‘Little Saigon’ and is surrounded by chic bars, popular restaurants, pubs, music and major sporting venues, such as the famous MCG.

Delivering more than 2.7 million contacts per month, ‘The Victoria’ provides advertisers with a unique opportunity to engage with a young, highly active and professional audience.

Inaugural advertisers on ‘The Victoria’ include Network Ten, Maserati, ANZ, 7/11 and Vodafone.

OAAA/Geopath #OOH2019 Media Conference + Expo

October 15th, 2018

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

The OAAA/Geopath 2019 OOH Media Conference + Expo will take place May 20-22, 2019 at the Aria Resort, Las Vegas, NV.

They are currently accepting Proposals For Workshop Presentations. You can apply here.

#ff @YourOAAA @GeopathOOH