The @Signagelive Broadcast Player

April 7th, 2020

Guest Contributor, Jason Cremins

Here at Signagelive we’ve been working on a rapid development to assist our partners and customers whilst many of them have been working from home during the current #COVID19 pandemic.

As a team, we reviewed our development plans to determine if there was anything we could do to provide a solution that would assist our partners and customers to communicate key messages to their teams in this time of crisis.

After internal discussions, we agreed to rapidly develop a new Signagelive Player that would enable organisations to create and curate digital messages and broadcast them to the laptops, tablets and mobile phones of their colleagues keeping everyone informed.

The resulting Signagelive Broadcast Player is now available for free to anyone, anywhere to use until June 30, 2020. The dedicated web page includes a video explaining how the solution works and a form for those that wish to request a free licence.

The Signagelive Broadcast Player allows for full-screen playlists or multi-zone layouts to be created and published to a weblink. The weblink can then be shared with a team for them to view on their devices. Any updates to the content will automatically be updated and displayed to the viewers who have had the weblink shared with them.

To help get started, we have added #COVID19 content feeds from our partner Seenspire, which update automatically as new information and updates from the WHO and other official sources are made available.

You can download it here.

Personalised ‘Local Heroes’ North East UK Campaign

April 7th, 2020

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Two UK North East based media organisations have collaborated to deliver messages of thanks to essential workers.
 

Metro Radio and Smart Outdoor are delivering a ‘Local Heroes’ Thank You campaign which allows the public to highlight someone or an organisation that has gone above and beyond during the current Corona Virus period.
 
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X2O Media Partners w/ @weareFuturedDJs‬⁩

April 7th, 2020

Andrew Neale

X2O Media today announced a global partnership with pioneering music education company FutureDJs to deliver an immersive remote learning experience.

X2O Media, part of the STRATACACHE family of marketing technology companies, and FutureDJs will make world class music education widely accessible globally, all powered by X2O Media’s virtual classroom technology.

FutureDJs are providing a dynamic way to support teaching music, making music education globally accessible with their Virtuoso classroom, built on top of the core X2O Virtual Classroom, a next generation immersive remote learning solution. Partnering with X2O Media for the technology to bring advanced remote learning experiences, FutureDJs have now found a dynamic way to bridge the knowledge gap, support the teaching of music and reshape music education across the world.

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Foursquare Merges With @Factual

April 7th, 2020

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Foursquare, the 10-year-old location platform based in New York City, this week announced its plan to merge with Factual.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The merged company will keep the Foursquare moniker, and Foursquare CEO David Shim will remain at the helm, with Factual’s founder and now-former CEO Gil Elbaz joining Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley as a member of the board and executive team.

Whilst Foursquare reported more than USD 100 million in revenue last year, it is not the company I knew back in 2009, where the location-based social network, let people check-in to locations to share with their friends and earn badges (I loved being ‘Mayor’) and indeed the AV industry used it at a number of shows and exhibits and the advertising industry used it with some success as well.

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New Zealand #OOH Revenue Dips Slightly in Q1

April 7th, 2020

Tristan Cotterill

The Outdoor Media Association of New Zealand (OMANZ) reported revenue for Q1 marginally down by 2.9% on net media revenue year on year, posting $29.32 million.

OMANZ General Manager, Natasha O’Connor, told us “As an industry we came away from Q1 relatively unscathed however we know that due to New Zealand being at stage 4 for the next 4 weeks (minimum), and clients putting spending on hold, Q2 will prove to be incredibly challenging”.

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WOO Toronto Congress May 12-14, 2021

April 6th, 2020

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

The World Out of Home Organization annual Congress, cancelled in 2020 because of the #COVID19 outbreak has re-scheduled for 2021 at the same venue, the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel for May 12-14, 2021.

WOO Executive Director John Ellery told us “After the crushing disappointment of being forced to cancel in 2020 we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be able to gather in Toronto next year, in May as opposed to June. Holding the event in May will also make it easier when re-scheduling travel arrangements with many airlines as the new dates are within 12 months of the 2020 event.

“We’ve been very fortunate in securing this venue once again, especially as travellers and companies across the world are busy booking locations and venues now as the world prepares to return to normal after the horrors of Covid-19. We were determined to return to Canada whatever the obstacles, because of the excellent facilities available there and the terrific support we are being afforded by our gracious Canadian Colleagues. 

“We look forward to meeting our many friends in the worldwide Out of Home industry in Toronto next year and we are determined that this will be our biggest and best Congress so far.”

Attendees who booked for 2020 will be able to roll over their bookings for May 2021.

UK #OOH Says Thank You To Key Workers

April 6th, 2020

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

This week, the UK Out of Home industry started to come together to launch ‘Grateful Britain’, a nationwide DOOH campaign to pass on the nation’s gratitude to NHS staff and other key workers that continue to work on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus.

Initiated by Outsmart, the UK OOH trade association, the campaign runs throughout April and May on media space donated by Alight Media, blowUP media, Clear Channel, ECN, Elonex, Emerge Advertising, JCDecaux, Mass Media, Maxx Media, Ocean Outdoor and UKBillboards, with more members expected to come on board as the campaign progresses.

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Creating An Engaging And Efficient LED Video Wall

April 6th, 2020

Andrew Neale

YCD Multimedia, who have created some fantastic video wall installations in their 20 year history, are sharing some of that knowledge this week, Wednesday April 8, 2020 in a webinar.

Learn how the trend toward multi-display and LED signage is changing video wall planning, hear customer success stories, and receive helpful tools and resources.

It starts at 10:00 EST / 15:00 BST and you can register here.

Australian Q1 Out of Home Remained Relatively Buoyant

April 6th, 2020

Tristan Cotterill

The Australian Out of Home industry today announced a slight decrease of 2.59% on net media revenue year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, posting $207.2 million, a dip from $212.7* million for the first quarter in 2019.

Charmaine Moldrich, OMA CEO told us “COVID-19 had a deep effect on the industry’s revenue in March 2020. We are pleased that we weathered the storm to some extent in the first quarter. We know that in the short term we will be affected by budgets being put on hold. We also know that our channel is still essential for mass communication: whether it be for vital government messages, education, or the many brands that want to stay present and relevant during this time”.

“While travel has changed, people are still out and about, including those people working on the frontlines to fight this pandemic, people providing services, people exercising and shopping not to mention people who should not be outdoors! Out of Home messaging is essential to get health and wellbeing messages to people and to remind people to distance, isolate and stay at home. Our members are dedicated to finding solutions for brands in these unprecedented times”.

Digital revenue is sitting at 56.8% of total net media revenue year-to-date, an increase over the recorded 54.6%* for the same period last year.

*Previously reported revenue figures have been adjusted to reflect changes in the OMA membership

2019 @ZetaDisplayAB Annual Report Published

April 6th, 2020

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

ZetaDisplay AB (publ) (Nasdaq Stockholm: ZETA) have published their Annual Report for 2019.

They are a company that is going to be hurting at the moment (see layoffs here). I don’t see how a company that only generates revenues of MSEK 436 (approximately GBP 34 Million) and employs 160 staff at nine offices in six European countries can be a good investment. Those staff and office costs alone are huge.

Their ‘Yearbook – A summary of Annual Report 2019’ which goes along side the annual report is professionally done and makes a good read. You can see it here.

ZetaDisplay’s Annual General Meeting will be held on May 4, 2020 at the company’s premises, Höjdrodergatan 21, 212 39 Malmö.