Global CEO of Y&R To Keynote DPAA Summit

August 24th, 2015

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

David Sable, Y&R’s global CEO will be keynoting the annual Digital Place-based Advertising Association #VideoEverywhereSummit being held Nov. 3 during New York Digital Signage Week.

David SableSable believes that the core of Y&R’s business is about striking a balance between creativity – the storytelling we do – and innovation, which drives the story through the right channels to create new consumer experiences. He sees the greatest competitive differentiator to be the agency’s ability to create a complete experience for consumers that bridges the digital and physical worlds. While digital is everything, not everything is digital, and Y&R is eminently positioned as storytellers and innovators.

Sable is scheduled to speak mid-morning at 11 a.m. after the first coffee break.

Following breakfast and registration beginning at 8 a.m., the Summit will get rolling at 9 a.m. with a short introduction and then a talk on ‘Multi-screen Viewing and Engaging with Consumers Everywhere They Want to Be’ by Chris Curtin, chief brand and innovation marketing officer at Visa.

Curtin will be followed by a session moderated by Stuart Elliott, ad columnist of Media Village in which Rishad Tobaccowala, chief strategist at Publicis Groupe, and Lori Hiltz, CEO of Havas Media, will give their views on the changing agency business.

What should be a fun session will follow Sable’s keynote when Cat Greenleaf, host of Talk Stoop and a regular at the Summit, will interview Jane Maas, author and chairman emeritas of Earle Palmer Brown discusses what life was like when she worked in the agency world of the real ‘Mad Men’ in a session titled ‘Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the 60s and Beyond.’

Then, in the hour before lunch, a session based on the Shark Tank format will see an invitation-only forum where ‘Sharks’ will assess new technologies that promise to connect mobile/locations with digital place-based. Each technology will be briefly presented and then reviewed in a friendly and informational manner by the DPAA-assigned Sharks.

A networking lunch from 1 p.m. to 2: 15 should also give more time to stroll the exhibit area.

After lunch comes a talk on digital place-based activation with real world case studies with Sandy Kolkey, chief marketing officer, Turtle Wax, and Scott Halderman, director, digital and integrated media solutions, Teas and Flavors, Pepsi Beverages North America.

We’ll look forward to David Roth, CEO of WPP The Store taking over at 2:35 pm on the ‘Future of Retail, IoT and the Digital Place’.

After the second coffee break of the day, there’ll be a Ted-type talk on Advertiser Hot Topics with Fernando Arriola, vice-president media and integration, ConAgra Foods, and Benjamin Jankowski, group head, global media, MasterCard.

We’ll be interested to hear ‘The Great Debate: Video Agnostic’ where media leaders will take sides on the resolution: ‘Video advertising should be treated screen agnosticly, and valued equally whether it is viewed on a tablet, phone, PC, TV, DPB screen or other device – To viewers the screen doesn’t matter.‘ Moderator will be Dave Morgan, CEO and founder, Simulmedia. We don’t know all the debaters yet but one is expected to be Steven Wolfe Pereira, vice-president brand strategy and marketing solutions, Oracle.

And yes, at 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm to close out the day will be that topic on everyone’s lips: ‘Programmatic: The Way Forward for Digital Place-based’ with panelists Jim Mollica, vice-president, digital marketing, Under Armour; Dave Yacullo, CEO and president, Outdoor Media Group; Alan Smith, chief digital officer, Assembly, and moderator Matt Prohaska, CEO, Prohaska Consulting.

All in all, it looks like it will be a full day of important topics and interesting speakers. More information can be found here.

OOH: Creating the Constellation for the IoT

August 24th, 2015

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

We’re delighted to announce that The DailyDOOH Investor Conference keynote, this year, is by Outfront Media CEO, Jeremy Male, entitled ‘OOH: Creating the Constellation for the IoT‘.

In which he will describe a world where consumers are increasingly mobile and inherently connected through smart devices and to social network – the role of out of home and digital out of home being, more than any other media, strengthened by an ability to drive, connect and accelerate engagement with consumers to brands.

New digital technologies, audience-defining data, and enhanced creative are transforming the space, while the physical nature of the medium guarantees the connection and keeps it real!

It’s going to be a keynote NOT to miss!!

The DailyDOOH Investor Conference will be held on Wednesday November 4, 2015 (as part of New York Digital Signage Week).

DailyDOOH Media Summit, Heather Andrew, @Neuro_Insight

August 23rd, 2015

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

At The DailyDOOH Media Summit back in May in London, Heather Andrew, CEO of Neuro-Insight (UK), discussed how Ocean Outdoor used brain imaging to understand the relationship between DOOH and other media.  

Specifically, she demonstrated the power of DOOH to prime other media, extending its footprint beyond out of home and into the wider media landscape (there’s more on this here).

Key findings were that:

  1. People that had been primed by DOOH had a 36% higher response to a campaign using mobile as the secondary medium than those that had seen the same campaign on TV.
  2. When the creative is linked, the effect is 48% higher.

At The DailYDOOH Investor Conference being held Weds Nov 4, 2015 as part of New York Digital Signage Week, Heather Andrew will be taking to the stage once again presenting ‘How Neuroscience Is Making Advertising Smart‘.

Heather will be describing how Neuroscience can measure things that people don’t know how to put into words and, over show from the past few years, a number of pioneering studies in the out of home world that have led to some startling revelations! Did you know for instance that the science is now also being used extensively in the growing online world. Heather will explain to the audience what OOH and DOOH can learn from the way companies like Facebook and Twitter are using Neuroscience, how an Australian media owner is dissecting TV content using the technology and how it will ultimately help our industry bring more brands into the sector as well as encouraging those who are using it now to spend even more!

Reggie is on Vacation

August 22nd, 2015

Reggie DeLarge


The nice people at DailyDOOH Towers are on vacation. We will still be posting the odd story (which you will be able to find by browsing below).

An email newsletter will only be going out if we have enough stories that we think warrant it (you never know).  Normal service will be resumed in September.

I (Reggie) will likely be tweeting from time to time.

The Top 25 Digital Signage Software Vendors

August 21st, 2015

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

We first put together a list of the Top 10 Digital Signage Software Vendors back in December 2007 (in two parts, as it needed some initial explanation; Part 1 here and Part 2 here) and continued producing an annual list up until 2013 when we stopped (or should I say “paused”) – figuring it had somehow outgrown its usefulness. reggieTop25

However, we did promise at that time, that our next attempt at a list would involve more of a breakdown by vertical sector and that is what we have done here (to a degree) – rather than have a separate top five or  six per individual category (for example; DOOH, FIDS, billboards, video walls, corporate communication, education, retail, stadiums etc., etc.) we’ve listed (yes, in order) vendors who we’ve met and have gone through their products in some detail and / or products that we’ve actually used on real-world projects, and attempted to sum up the sectors we think they are best suited for or indeed, aimed at.

With a 1,000+ me-too digital signage software products out there (see our full list in The Software Holocron here) this is a starting place for your next RFP (and please, if you are considering writing another piece of digital signage software don’t!!!).

No list is going to be absolutely correct, nor will everyone agree with our rankings but as we said back in 2007, it’s a start and needs to be done. Our Top 25 Digital Signage Software Vendors in order (with 2013’s #DSTop10 position in parentheses), is as follows: -

  1. BroadSign (1) Many people, including us, in the past, have tended to dismiss BroadSign as a one trick wonder – focussing purely (as they have done very well) on Ad Based Networks (they of course won the JCDecaux business back in 2011) but we’ve seen of late a number of wins in retail and some great installs in an area that we ourselves love working in, that of corporate foyers, atriums and reception areas.  If you aren’t an Ad Based Network or Media Owner then there is no longer any reason to ignore them.  We think BroadSign is starting to fit the bill no matter what your Digital Signage network needs are.
  2. STRATACACHE† (2) It’s hard to ignore any vendor that can boast of some of the very largest digital signage networks out there and when that is coupled with demanding brands such as McDonalds you know that someone sensible has done their technical due diligence well.  Whilst we wouldn’t use STRATATACHE for a large video wall install, Ad Based Network or in education (not niched enough for the first two and probably ‘overkill’ for the latter) for any really big network involving Stadiums, Retail, Retail Banking, Corporate Communications or QSR they would be a good candidate.
  3. Ayuda Media Systems (5) Here’s a company that has a nice vertical focus AND is very likely going to stick to it.  When they started they focussed purely on Out of Home – building very, very clever ERP software that managed the huge traditional inventories of the largest OOH Media Owners across the world – all the while adding in clever digital elements to their offering.  Whilst BroadSign will most likely add to the sectors they play in – Ayuda will concentrate on the area they know best.  Both strategies have merit and it really is A vs B if you are a media owner looking for a software platform – your choice is simple, you either want a top to bottom, souptonuts solution in which case you will choose Ayuda or you want a digital signage software solution that you will do your own integration around – in which case you choose BroadSign.  In this vertical, a decision is very easy.
  4. Signagelive (4) Jason Cremins and his team continue to punch well above their weight.  Here’s another company that plays extremely well in almost all of the verticals you can image – you could call them the swiss army knife of digital signage. Jason probably had far too much of a love-in a few years back for Samsung but he is one of the only industry CEOs who has seemingly got his cloud software strategy spot-on – deals with Samsung for SoC were followed by support for LG’s WebOS and Google Chrome OS and (hats off) he also got the hang of open source very early on.  His vision and his strategy will drive the business to new heights and we’d thoroughly recommend Signagelive for use in retail, QSR, hospitality, video walls, education, corporate communications and transport. Watch out for them to be one of the first to really get the hang of the ‘apps’ marketplace.
  5. Scala (6) Scala still has the best known brand out there in the industry. It is rightly the first software vendor that is chosen and written down, no matter what the RFP is for.  It’s a jack-of-all-trades and (still) master of most of them.  Caveat: despite it being the software that runs more digital billboards in the world that any other vendor we still wouldn’t choose it for an Ad Based Network – the investment in the ad technology that was needed to keep up with the likes of Ayuda and BroadSign just wasn’t there.  However, for perhaps EVERY other industry vertical you can possibly think of, it would be in the top three of any list. We use it a lot ourselves for our big video wall projects. Whilst, the current leadership and its board seem to see it’s focus and future being in retail, it is hugely popular in QSR, Employee Communications, Hospitality and Education.
  6. Amscreen†. Proving that you no longer need to be a die-hard software vendor to play in this space; The Sugar’s Amscreen – ostensibly an M2M acquisition and now operating a pure screen solutions business is fast becoming one of the most important solutions providers in the UK and has a major role to play in the ad-based, retail, QSR, hospitality and corporate communications sectors, as well as acting as a significant screen provider to other OOH media owners. Unlike many of the software vendors here, Amscreen delivers a full turnkey solution rather than integrating multiple third party products – this provides a one-stop shop of hardware, software, connectivity and operations. Their plug and play product, which utilises mobile networks to schedule content, also allows them to roll out an entire network in a matter of weeks without the need for any host business IT integration, WiFi or any specific infrastructure. Their commitment to the sector was also shown with a recent investment in a dedicated assembly plant in the UK that is producing their new large format sunlight visible screens which is enabling even quicker delivery of a screen network to customers. If more of the Digital Signage Software vendors operated like Amscreen they’d all likely make more money.
  7. Barco’s X2O We’ve always loved Montreal based X2O and we’ve loved it even more since it was acquired by Barco.  X2O was always our favourite vendor for corporate communication style installs – especially anything involving the boardroom!  Pre-Barco acquisition, X2O always had a few hidden gems of installs of its own – some big retail and some hospitality rollouts that were either kept quiet or simply not publicised BUT with Barco behind them now we have seen a lot more product marketing emphasis on both the retail and advertising sectors.  Whilst Barco continue to push the product at running large billboards – quite simply something we would NOT do, the solution is perfect in retail and TRULY EXCELLENT in corporate communications. X2O are continuing to focus on corporate communications solutions with their HTML5-based platform – extending their offering beyond just digital screens and video walls to desktop PCs, mobile phones and tablets in order to reach the right person, at the right time, and on the right device. In parallel, we see several Barco divisions releasing new products based on the X2O platform. All of these solutions take advantage of the power and flexibility of the X2O platform, enabling a wide range of sector-specific solutions – features such as easy-to-use content creation tools with libraries of smart channels and objects, the ability to link to numerous internal and external data sources and a highly scalable real-time architecture make the creation and management of advanced visual communication applications easier than ever.
  8. NEOCAST (from Real Digital Media) (3) Ken Goldberg and his development team have continued to beaver away down in Florida creating one of the best software solutions for QSR and Digital Menu Boards. They have a long history of supporting multiple verticals, namely retail, healthcare and hospitality. They’ve also got a pretty good handle, should anyone need a third option, on Ad Based Networks. NEOCAST is a streamlined platform offering support to a variety of network types.
  9. Net Display Systems PADS PADS is the best solution for Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS) and probably the most widely used as well BUT but it’s also good for corporate communications and of course (because of the FIDS connotation) pretty handy at Video Walls. NDS has very strong data connectivity features (you really can connect it to any data source, whether that be Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Facebook or Twitter with just a couple of mouse clicks.
  10. ONELAN (7) is a UK based pioneer of digital signage players, content and network management systems and data integration tools. With a perhaps undisputed leadership role in the education market, ONELAN is now equally present in the retail and corporate sectors. In the past year there have been significant investments in developing international markets. A new Northern European office has been opened in Germany as well as new operations established in the Middle East and the USA. This has led to a string of new distribution partnerships across Europe, Russia and the Middle East. With an existing established business base in the Americas and APAC regions, international trade in the last year has we believe, grown from a 50% share of its turnover to 70%. ONELAN can now be truly considered an international player who has implemented numerous projects which span multiple international locations. Notable recent successes have included an innovative installation at Dubai Duty Free, the busiest airport in the world. On the UK high street, ONELAN has rolled out a nationwide network in the Three mobile retail stores and in Australia, ONELAN is now expanding the already 1200+ player network with Chemist Warehouse, Australia’s largest chemist chain. ONELAN is a company that continues to innovate and it has been very clever with things like its new Reserva Room Signage range and small interactive digital screens for retail applications. As we’ve said, with a host of newly appointed distribution partners and an upsized sales team, ONELAN’s global strategy continues to advance.
  11. RMG Enterprise Solutions (nee Symon Communications, Inc.) Symon is back!  Well nearly anyway.  Pre-RMG Networks acquisition, Symon were the undisputed king of the contact centre and had an edge on many in corporate communications.  A confused takeover meant that good management and staff left and they lost their way.  With newly promoted to CTO, Rick Mattock now fully in charge, RMG Networks has started to re-establish itself as a digital signage enterprise-software leader. Evidence of this was seen with the company’s new software release summer 2015, which included good advancements in usability, scalability, monitoring and security. During 2015 RMG announced several new business solutions and customer wins, focusing, not only on their core contact center solution, but also their ever growing presence in the internal communications and supply chain markets. We note that RMG’s InView communications reaches up to 100% of employees with customized messages and data that helps motivate performance. Their supply chain solution offers an ROI of up to 20% with real-time performance monitoring. These solutions, along with the other innovative offerings they have released this year, poise RMG for even greater potential in 2016. No wonder RMG still counts over 70% of the Fortune 100 as customers.
  12. YCD Multimedia (8) YCD were pioneers in retail (and it’s not often you can say the word ‘pioneer’ in our industry with a straight face) and pushed the boundaries in how digital merchandising could be managed (and more importantly reported) with products like RAMP. With the acquisition of C-Nario in 2011 they also got hold of one of the early go-to companies in software video wall installations.  Today C-Nario is rebranded not as a company but YCD’s flagship product, Cnario Digital Signage Suite. Their platform is an all-in-one combining content authoring, management and playback as a complete software suite – there are no additional modules to purchase. In recent years YCD has built a reputation for being the go to digital signage company for complex content playback and one of a kind installations.  We’d happily recommend them for retail, large billboard and complicated video wall installations.
  13. Four Winds Interactive (10) After 10 years, 5,000+ clients and over 300,000 screens deployed, FWI’s software platform is driving visual communications to millions of people everyday in airports, banks, corporate campuses, professional sports stadiums, hospitals, hotels, casinos, universities, manufacturing facilities and retail stores. FWI’s software drives numerous 1,000+ location networks for large enterprise customers and its software is known for its advanced functionality (live data, interactivity, wayfinding, dynamic scheduling) that allows customers to deploy many types of applications, to many screens all from a single software platform.
  14. ADFLOW has focused on the North American market and they have quietly partnered with many of North America’s leading retailers and brands. They continue to do innovative work with data-driven signage, interactive kiosks, spanning content on video walls and have a growing portfolio in corporate communications. Their customers seem to appreciate how easy their platform is to manage at scale, as well as their solid support and their “one throat to choke”, turn-key approach to business. Like others in this top 25, they are finding their way into several second generation networks where the original software solution simply didn’t scale and it became too hard and resource-intensive to feed the network with data and changes, something ADFLOW’s DMS platform shines at. We also note that they are starting to make some quiet inroads in Central and South America. ADFLOW are self-funded and conservative, and they would be the first to tell a potential client that profitable growth and high-quality execution come first and foremost.
  15. DISE Swedish based DISE is used all over the world. From the subway stations in Hong Kong to shopping malls in the United Kingdom. DISE is predominantly well known for their unique and innovative video walls and this makes DISE the perfect choice for escalators, various types of arenas and events. DISE also has one of the most powerful editor tools on the market with hundreds of features that allows you to create stunning presentations. Like may other systems, DISE has the ability to switch content depending on triggers like fire alarms, temperature, inventory level etc. Bottom line, they are the masters of Digital Escalator Panels (DEPs) and we would thoroughly recommend them for complicated video wall installations as well.
  16. Dallas based Reflect Systems have quietly gone about building up a solid business. Their transition from a software company to a turnkey managed services and solutions provider has enabled them to experience fast-paced growth in a very competitive market. As they are still hungry for more growth, it’s rumored they are interested in acquiring strategic partners that complement their turnkey approach for clients. Reflect has a growing client base of blue-chip brands, with over 55 clients total, including seven Fortune 500 companies. Reflect serves many verticals today and has built a robust concentration of business in retail, hospitality and entertainment.
  17. Omnivex (9). Here is a good company with a great product that has historically undersold itself. Having said that, over the past two years they have focused on building up their management team by bringing in experienced executives to run key parts of the organisation; they hired Chris Devlin (former Senior Vice President Sales at Computer Associates) to manage the Sales and Channel team and Rob Adams (former Executive Vice President of Operations at Adflow) to manage the Services and Development organizations. In the past year they have expanded their Moxie flagship product to include Enterprise, Commercial and Cloud versions (Moxie Cloud provides their customers with a hosted and/or managed solution depending on business requirements). Omnivex is a strong Microsoft Gold partner and Microsoft is just one of the many large corporations they partner with. Omnivex has a number of large installations across industries such as retail, advertising, corporate and transportation and typically these installations all leverage the data management capabilities embedded in the solution to achieve greater flexibility at a lower operating cost. Omnivex Moxie is used by customers for many other applications including advertising, emergency notifications, kiosks, timetables and interactive wayfinding. Omnivex is, quite simply, one of the leaders in data-driven large scale video walls.
  18. Navori QL have continued to make strides in retail, education and way finding and bottom-line, delivers premium enterprise-grade software. The company is engineer-driven with a focus on delivering the best possible viewer experience and their products are renowned for their ease of use and performances. Their customer base has grown steadily over the past 18 years and they have maintained an international presence through their extensive reseller/partner network. Navori QL is used in every type of digital signage application and is probably capable of meeting any challenge through its extensive range of add-ons. Also available for example is an Advertising Add-On Module and a QL Server SDK
  19. Nanonation are equally proficient with digital signage, interactive, and kiosk software – that breadth of solutions is undoubtedly one of their major strengths – the others we think are their user interface, user experience and reliability (with tens of thousands of units deployed worldwide we hear that they see an average of less than one call per terminal every four years and that ladies and gentlemen is pretty impressive). Whilst Nanonation focus their sales efforts on North America, many of their US-based clients do actually have worldwide deployments, meaning they actually have thousands of units in Asia, EMEA, South America, and Central America. We also like their creative arm
  20. Hiperwall Inc. develops video wall software used by people in more than 50 countries around the world in the command and control, lobby and meeting room, education and entertainment markets. Hyperwall’s claim that their software is used to save lives, improve security, enrich communication, foster branding, improve sales, enhance instruction and enliven entertainment experiences is pretty close to the truth in most instances. It’s a flexible, hardware-agnostic, scalable, easy to use and affordable solution that enables organizations of any size to have access to video wall technology. It’s easily the cheapest way to throw millions of pixels at screens.
  21. Mermaid vTouch Pro Acquired by MultiQ in April 2015 these guys have probably been best known for their work in transport and the public sector.  If you want a screen on a bus, talk to them.
  22. Visix concentrate on corporate, education, healthcare and government – instead of pursuing retail and every other market niche the focus on products that are built with organisational communications in mind. They have built a nifty new mobile wayfinding app that works with beacons and geofencing, which takes their already great wayfinding offering to another level. They are also the only digital signage company with a full room sign line that includes Touch interactive units that work with their software, as well as Connect interactive room signs that are a stand-alone solution (and don’t require additional) software. They also offer nice e-paper signs, which are probably the most affordable room signs on the market. If you want a way finding or employee communications product then these folks are definitely a good choice.
  23. Grassfish Vienna-based Grassfish believes that it on its way to taking the lead in Europe. Many vendors, including a lot of our current and previous top tens, have seen them able competing for many of the same big deals. Grassfish primarily focusses on large projects in the retail, automotive and banking sectors and also provides nice solutions for corporate communications. Grassfish is likely your platform of choice if you need enterprise-grade features and true multi-device support (it has strong partnerships with Samsung, BrightSign, Cisco and others). Grassfish continues to grow in Europe, with an emerging presence in the US.
  24. ZetaDisplay If you are looking for a software solution in Scandinavia, the unrivalled vendor in the region (yes, despite Scala’s roots in Norway) is ZetaDisplay. In the region, they out-PR everyone and are pretty much a jack of all trades but, we feel, with a specific focus on (and big wins in) retail, restaurants, banking and supermarkets. Zetadisplay is heavily investing in the latest Digital Signage tools and is applying multichannel logic to its software development which in turn, enables modern system integration within digital communication. Although they are based in Scandinavia, Zetadisplay has a global perspective and seems to have a tested strategy to deliver to international customers.
  25. NCR NetKeyMore famous for kiosk software than anything and with multipe NCR software acquisitions under its belt, NetKey just about manages to make it on our list of 25 software vendors we’d work with.  If you are serious about retail then they deserve a look especially if you want some form of kiosk integration as well.

There’s no room on our (recommended) list above for 121View, Acquire, Cayin, Cisco DMS (sorry we mean Appspace), ComQi, DGScreen (now in liquidation), Haivision’s CoolSign, MediaTile, Noventri, Park Media, Ryarc, Sony Ziris, WebDT, Wireless Ronin (err CRI) , 3M and many, many others but all have been considered at some point by ourselves.

After a product or company name indicates a current or past DailyDOOH advertiser (with product or company)

Statistically speaking if you are reading this post then you have most likely just Googleddigital signage software‘ or some combination of ‘top / best digital signage software‘ and are either looking for some help sorting through the hundreds of digital signage software offerings in the marketplace or looking to see where your own product stands in a search result. Let’s start by saying then:-

  1. If you are putting together an RFI or an RFP then you should read, and take notice of this list. With only one or two geographic, or very specific vertical exceptions, if a vendor is NOT on this list you are probably wasting your time in even looking at them.
  2. If you are a network, our advice for you is to take a serious look at OpenSplash. OpenSplash is a free, multi-platform, open source media player that can be driven by any content management and scheduling system. You will still most probably need a CMS to manage all of your devices but starting here gives you flexibility in choosing a CMS (now and in the future it’s easy to change)
  3. If you are a screen manufacturer, take a serious look at OpenSplash – no other software vendor will create a media player uniquely suited to your own display hardware (except you! AND with OpenSplash you can write your own extensions to take advantage of your own hardware)
  4. If you are a hardware manufacturer (set top box, PC hardware or perhaps a supporter of OPS, take a serious look at OpenSplash – no other software vendor will create a media player uniquely suited to your own hardware (except you! AND with OpenSplash you can write your own extensions to take advantage of your own hardware)
  5. If you are a CMS vendor, look at supporting OpenSplash (see reasons #2, #3 and #4 above)
  6. If you are a CMS vendor, please check the Software Holocron (Digital Signage, Gesture, Kiosk and Touch) to make sure that (a) you have at least one entry and (b) that any entries (we need an entry for your company and for each product) give enough detail
  7. If you are a startup and believe that you too can write your own digital signage software, our advice to you is “Don’t Bother!”. There are more than enough products in this list already and hardly any of them differentiate themselves from each other. The industry needs innovation so please take a look at the real problems we face and put your minds to work solving those rather than re-inventing the wheel

Kellie Lefaive & Natalia Lafforgue Join Clear Channel Canada

August 21st, 2015

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Driven by the new leadership and direction brought to Clear Channel Canada, Toronto, by Adam Butterworth, president, CCC has expanded its sales and marketing departments with the addition of Kellie Lefaive and Natalia Lafforgue.

Kellie-LefaiveLefaive joins as vice-president, national sales, and is responsible for driving innovative sales strategies for a large and diverse portfolio of advertising assets across Canada. She brings a wealth of experience in marketing and sales from her over 15 years with Transcontinental and Labatt. Kellie’s expertise is in developing meaningful and relevant solutions to meet customer needs. Her strategies include engaging decision makers and devising winning sales solutions as well as optimizing team dynamics to deliver results. She will motivate her team by uniting diverse agendas to a common goal, and harnessing strategic and operational drives to deliver results.

Natalia-LafforgueLafforgue joins as marketing manager, and ambassador for the CCC message, ‘Where Brands Meet People’. Lafforgue comes to the role with a strong brand management background in retail and consumer goods, having previously worked for Gap and L’Oreal Canada. Her experience will be an invaluable asset as she guides the company towards a consistent and powerful brand highlighting CCC’s audiences and environments and its position as an innovator in the Out-Of-Home industry.

“Our focus is very much on demonstrating to advertisers and their agencies the value of the audiences we deliver, the value of the environments and mindsets we deliver them in, and the value of the variety of opportunities we can deliver to engage with them,” says Butterworth. “The whole concept of ‘where brands meet people’ offers the ideal platform to articulate this, and the final piece of the puzzle was to have a strong Marketing Team to drive this forward, and a Sales Team under the strong and experienced leadership of Kellie to ensure that this is delivered to the market.”

Clear Channel Canada is owned by Clear Channel Holdings, Inc. and by EL Media Holdings Canada. CCC is an innovative leader in Canadian Airport, Mall, Spectacular and Digital OOH media and manages Ottawa’s transit shelters. CCC spectacular static and digital media networks are available across our five Airports network, and the premium 26 mall portfolio. In addition CCC offers spectacular and digital media on Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, at Toronto Eaton Centre, Dundas Square and Union Station.

Katie Ingram & Jo Scully Join @OutdoorMC

August 21st, 2015

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

The Outdoor Media Centre this week announced the appointment of Katie Ingram as the marketing body’s first Strategy Planning Director and Jo Scully as Assistant Strategy Planning Director.

Katie OMC

Katie Ingram

Katie will be leading the Strategy Planning Team with Jo’s assistance, ensuring that advertisers and agencies are aware of the OMC’s changing role within the industry and the benefits and innovative opportunities that Out Of Home advertising provides.

For over ten years, Ingram has worked at Exterion Media and is currently their Agency Group Sales Director. She has unrivalled experience working with media agencies and advertisers to deliver successful campaigns for a variety of brands.

Scully has over eight years’ planning experience, having worked for companies such as MEC, News UK and Posterscope. Whilst working at Posterscope Scully won the Clear Channel Planning Award for her strategic approach to’s campaigns.

Alan Brydon, CEO of the Outdoor Media Centre told us “Out Of Home advertising has arrived at one of the most exciting stages in its history and Katie’s and Jo’s extensive experience combined with their passion will help us to work even more collaboratively with our members and other key stakeholders.”

The Outdoor Media Centre (OMC) is the UK marketing body for Out Of Home advertising. The OMC consists of five council members, Clear Channel, Exterion Media, Ocean Outdoor, Outdoor Plus and Primesight, as well as five board members and 23 associates.

TransitScreen’s Strategic Agreement w/ @Inrix

August 21st, 2015

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

TransitScreen have announced a strategic agreement with Kirkland, Washington-based INRIX, the leading provider of traffic information.

Under the terms of the agreement, traffic drive time information is now available on new and existing TransitScreen displays…

transitscreen w: inrix data

Traffic information for example, shows, at a glance for a choice of destinations, the current drive time and the predicted drive time 30 minutes from now.

Kevin Foreman, GM, GeoAnalytics, INRIX Inc. told us ”More and more people are measuring distance in minutes, not miles. We are pleased that TransitScreen is providing real-time distances in minutes based on the INRIX network of over 250 million drivers and devices.”

INRIX drive time data are sourced from a truly massive set of connected vehicles and sensors, and their predictions of future drive times are the result of sophisticated models incorporating data across the road network, weather, real-time incidents, and events.

Vector Media & @Gimbal Partner 4 Transit Geolocation Offering

August 21st, 2015

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Vector Media LLC of New York and Gimbal Inc. of San Diego have announced a partnership that will upgrade Vector’s transit advertising network to incorporate proximity marketing services.

Vector Media logoThrough this partnership, Gimbal, a key player in location and proximity-based mobile engagement, will now boast a transit advertising network to provide both geofencing and beacon technologies, enabling new targeting capabilities for Out-of-Home advertisers to use as part of their transit advertising campaigns.

The initial agreement will outfit 500 buses in Vector’s nationwide network with Gimbal beacons that will engage both riders and passersby within a 50-meter radius of the selected vehicles. The Gimbal solution will give Vector’s advertisers the ability to push relevant offers, discounts and messages to users within that radius who have opted in to Gimbal’s mobile application publisher ecosystem.

Gimbal’s complete solution including best in class analytics will also allow Vector Media to enhance the data and reporting already furnished by the Traffic Audit Bureau Out-of-Home Ratings. Through Gimbal’s geofencing and beacon technology, Vector will be able to provide first-party location data from opt-in mobile app users to show the conversion associated with campaigns.

Vector Media’s North American double-decker network includes tour vehicles in retail-heavy markets like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Miami among others. With routes largely in highly trafficked areas, the network reaches not only a significant tourist audience but locals, as well. Vector’s buses travel through highly coveted areas like New York’s Wall Street and Beverly Hills.

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Christie Transforms Cleveland Digital Public Library

August 20th, 2015

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Christie LCD flat panels and Christie Interactivity Kit are transforming how visitors learn about Cleveland, its history and its people at the Cleveland Digital Public Library.

Cleveland Digital Public Library 2The library wanted a better way to promote its digital collection, which was limited to online viewing through the Digital Gallery. It realized it could highlight its collections on an interactive video wall and bring the material to life.

After examining several options, the library chose Christie high-definition LCD panels, installed in a 4 by 1 design, to provide an impressive 36 sq. ft., almost seamless digital canvas. Installed by AVI-SPL, the array changed the library’s digital collection into dynamic highly engaging content that is capturing the attention of visitors.

“We wanted something already market tested, easy to install and maintain, and augment. It also had to be relatively easy to add content to and able to use in different applications,” says Chatham Ewing, digital library strategist, Cleveland Public Library. “The Christie system gave us what we needed at a price point within our budget.”

“A video wall in itself is not unique, but the additional facet of multi-touch capability through the Interactivity Kit allows visitors to manipulate our collections in a new way, to play with them, to encounter the materials using a different set of senses beyond the visual,” says Ewing. “The images are larger; the maps are much more dramatic and easier to see with the Christie flat panels. Visitors get a more ‘real,’ more memorable impression of what we’re doing and this makes it easier for people to discover Cleveland and its history.”

Cleveland Digital Public Library 1)The Christie video wall with Interactivity Kit is a huge success and the library is looking forward to using many of the wall’s capabilities for applications including geo-tagging and plotting walking tours through Cleveland’s past and present.

“We have had classes come in, everything from kindergarten students to classes from the local vocational tech school who are learning about careers in technology and who are interested in how we do programming with the wall or how we track digital files,” says Ewing.

“Christie digital display walls are highly customizable, and can be equipped with a wide range of tools that allow users to create, present and manipulate content in new and exciting ways,” says Kathryn Cress, vice-president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “The Cleveland Digital Public Library is an excellent example of how visual display technology helps educational institutions reach a new generation of tech-savvy patrons.”

Christie’s 55-inch LCD panels are professional-grade and ideal for a wide range of indoor digital display wall applications. The ultra-narrow bezel, flat panel display offers full HD resolution, high pixel density and an LED-backlit screen.