My Intelligent Communication Accessory

November 19th, 2014

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Opening Ceremony and Intel Corporation have taken the wraps off the complete features of MICA, My Intelligent Communication Accessory, the smart and fashionable luxury accessory that redefines the concept of wearable technology.

MICA-NearMe_hi-resMICA is an intelligent bracelet that provides today’s highly connected woman with access to text messages, Yelp, Gmail notifications, Facebook events and Google Calendar through discreet notifications delivered directly to the wrist.

The attractive feminine communications accessory will be available by early December in the US and will retail exclusively at Opening Ceremony New York and Los Angeles, select Barneys New York locations, and online at Openingceremony.us and Barneys.com.

“Our pioneering collaboration with Opening Ceremony and the introduction of this category-defining smart jewelry piece advances wearable technology as a distinctively stylish accessory that places importance on both aesthetics and functionality,” says Ayse Ildeniz, vice- president and general manager for business development and strategy, New Devices Group at Intel. “MICA captures Intel’s philosophy that technology should enhance jewelry in order to make wearable technology truly ‘wantable,’ in addition to seamless and productive.”

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ONELAN’s Integrated Player Displays

November 19th, 2014

Andrew Neale

ONELAN has announced the launch of its range of Integrated Player Displays.

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These all-in-one form factor products are suitable for installation in tight spaces. They are perfect for creating an impact with shelf edge and point of information applications, for example in retail, corporate, small business and public sector markets.

With multi-touch as an option, the displays can easily be implemented as a kiosk, and can also be integrated with bespoke wayfinding applications.

The slim all in one player displays are available in a range of screen sizes from 7”-15.6”.

ONELAN’s Integrated Player Displays are compatible with ONELAN’s CMS and can also be used in combination with ONELAN’s Net Top Box (NTB) range in a mixed network environment.

It’s a @Doddle At 23 UK Rail Stations

November 19th, 2014

Maddie Cotterill

Doddle, the new parcel collection, returning and sending service located in and around train stations across Britain, is a great example of a brand using Outdoor for the VERY FIRST TIME as it launches a major nationwide campaign in 27 of the UK’s busiest railway stations.

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Glenn Iceton, Group Business Director at JCDecaux, told us “Doddle’s campaign is a fantastic example of a brand using digital, wraps and banners to create an immersive experience for time-pressed commuters and visitors at rail stations throughout the UK. We are delighted that they have chosen to launch their first Outdoor campaign with us, driving awareness of their service just in time for Christmas.”

The campaign, planned and booked with JCDecaux by Walker Media and Posterscope, is set to dominate major commuter stations including: Waterloo, Victoria and Cannon Street and will be running throughout the Christmas period on a variety of digital, static and ambient media, including the Motion@Waterloo screen.

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Paddy Earnshaw, Chief Marketing Officer at Doddle, commented: “We are turning these stations ‘Doddle purple’ with great creative aimed at raising awareness and interaction with our new brand. Maximising exposure to our core audience of commuters is fundamental; after all they will be the ones benefitting from the convenience of the service.”

The campaign aims to drive awareness of Doddle’s innovative service – ‘innovative’ in the UK at least as Japan’s largest door-to-door delivery service companies Yamato Transport Co. (the company with the cute cat logo) has been doing this for sometime, Ed, which offers added convenience and choice to consumers allowing them to choose exactly how, when and where they receive and return online purchases.

About Doddle

Doddle is a new parcel collection, returning and sending service located at railway stations across Britain. It offers added convenience and choice to consumers allowing them to choose exactly how, when and where they return and receive online purchases. As a result, retailers will benefit from an increase in first time delivery rates and the return of unwanted goods will be facilitated quickly, easily and efficiently. Doddle will ultimately enhance customer satisfaction and the overall shopping experience to help drive repeat sales. It reduces unnecessary costs associated with missed or lost deliveries by minimising customer service enquiries, complaints and compensation claims.

This Evening @BBCapprentice Goes 2 #TimesSquare, @CCoutdoor

November 19th, 2014

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Simon Sugar has told us that this evening’s episode of The Apprentice will feature Clear Channel Outdoor in Times Square.

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The (UK) Apprentice is a British reality game show in which a group of aspiring businessmen and women compete for the chance to work with the British business magnate Lord Sugar.

A #dse2015, #SXSW, GlobalShop Grand Tour?

November 19th, 2014

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

It’s common knowledge that if you were so inclined you could quite easily spend your life at trade shows. We note next year (I stress the word ‘note’ – we are not actually planning on doing this) that one could attend….

  • #dse2015 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre – we will be there in force as we have a book launch to do, Ed

then travel to Austin, Texas to attend…

  • #SXSW Friday, March 13, 2015 – Sunday, March 22, 2015

giving you two days to recover and get back to Las Vegas to attend…

  • GlobalShop Tuesday, March 24 – Thursday 26, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay

Our technical team and editor-in-chief will next be in Las Vegas for #CES2015 in early January (via a quick trip to Dallas).

Kent Van Houten To Fill Interim CFO Role At @RMGNetworks

November 19th, 2014

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

With William Cole, CFO and executive vice-president of RMG Networks Holding Corporation retiring effective November 28, 2014, as previously announced, on November 14, 2014, RMG has entered into a letter agreement with Pillar Solutions Group LLC pursuant to which Pillar will provide consulting services to the Company typical of the those needed for the CFO role, and Kent Van Houten, a consulting managing director of Pillar, will serve as the Company’s Interim CFO, effective November 28, 2014.

The Company has commenced a search for a permanent replacement for the CFO position.

Van Houten, age 62, has served as consulting managing director of Pillar since November, 2014. Prior to that, he was controller for TSC Acquisitions, from May, 2014, to September, 2014, and receivership and resolution specialist with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from May 2010 to May 2014. Prior to that time, Van Houten has served various functions and titles encompassing Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance & Accounts in SEC-registered companies from 1995 through 2009. Such companies were Peerless Mfg. Co., Telynx, Inc., Aegis Communications Group, Inc., and Entech Solar. Inc.

Shop The Virtual Store w/ @LamarDigital

November 18th, 2014

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Commuters in Vancouver, British Columbia, can now shop while they wait for the train, thanks to a new interactive campaign from SHOEme.ca, a Canadian-owned online shoe retailer, and Lamar Advertising Company.

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The B.C. arm of Lamar Advertising, has launched the province’s first virtual shopping wall mural in Vancouver City Station.

“The concept of a ‘virtual shopping wall’ in a transit environment has been executed in other international transit markets, but this is a first for Vancouver transit,” says Byron Montgomery, regional vice-president and general manager of Lamar Advertising. “We are thrilled that SHOEme.ca embraced this interactive concept in out-of-home marketing and partnered with Lamar to make it happen.”

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Next @DSFederation ‘Meet And Greet’ In Tampa

November 18th, 2014

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Join the Digital Signage Federation Board of Directors Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Tampa, Florida, for DSF’s last night of networking in 2014!

The DSF’s Board of Directors will hold a ‘Meet & Greet’ event at The Pub in Tampa. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with each other over drinks and light appetizers. Cost to attend the event is $0 for members and $25 for non-members.

Prior to the networking event, the DSF is hosting its third annual Golf Tournament at TPC Tampa from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30p.m.. Come out to the links and celebrate a great 2014! More event information (registration fees, tournament format, awards & prizes) can be found here!

Google Launches @OceanOutdoorUK ’s Hybrid East Face

November 18th, 2014

Maddie Cotterill

Ocean Outdoor has added a giant vinyl extension to London’s biggest digital out of home screen – Ocean’s East Face @ Westfield and we note that
Google is the launch partner.

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The campaign features Google’s Android operating system. Charlotte Bull, Talon Client Manager, said “The East Face provides an opportunity to deliver an unmissable message to a key audience, travelling on the main vehicle approach to Westfield Shopping Centre. We’re excited to partner with our client Google and Ocean on the launch of this innovative new placement, which combines huge scale with the creative potential of digital out of home.”

The super premium digital screen (15m x 9m) and its giant vinyl surround (20.2m x 13.3m) dominates the West Cross route, the main approach to the London Westfield Centre, delivering close to 750,000 ABC1 impacts a fortnight.

Ocean marketing director Richard Malton told us “The East Face is London’s largest digital outdoor screen and the second largest in the country after the Liverpool Media Wall. The addition of a vinyl extension offers brands even greater flexibility on an impressive creative canvas which dominates an iconic city hub.”

The East Face is Ocean’s second hybrid site at Westfield. Close by is The Wall @ Westfield two 12 x 3 metre digital screens offering brands a colossal 40m x 9m creative canvas which wraps the entire structure.

Happy Birthday @NEOCAST’s Ken Goldberg

November 18th, 2014

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Happy Birthday to blogger extraordinaire, Ken Goldberg, who, of course, also has a day-time job as CEO Real Digital Media, and another part time job as incoming Chair at the Digital Signage Federation.

We are not sure how you will find time to celebrate but we expect a trip to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is likely on the cards?