David Wilkins Leaves @Barco

August 18th, 2016

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

We’ve spent a fair bit of time with X2O Media’s President and CEO David Wilkins in the past – he’s a fine chap, super smart, business and tech savvy and has an eye for innovation.

Barco of course, acquired X2O Media back in March 2014 so he has had a long run, helping Barco assimilate the new software business.

We understand that this is his last week.

PA / @JCDecaux_UK #Rio2016 Updates

August 16th, 2016

Maddie Cotterill

Whilst Ocean have the exclusive content partnership with Team GB, and are doing a truly gold medal job of bringing #Rio2016 to life across the UK on their digital out of home network, they are not the only UK media owner running live Olympic updates, pictures and medals tables .

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Whilst it seems to have rolled out gradually – it’s now running everywhere across the UK, Ed JCDecaux are running news updates curated by the Press Association team, live medals updates and ‘dynamic updates’, i.e. dynamic congratulation messages that congratulate team GB athletes with screens turned gold, silver or bronze.

It’s all powered by live data from the Press Association, the updates are delivered dynamically to digital screens in rail, retail and roadside environments across the UK.

The most recent editorial partnership kept fans updated with news and live scores from the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament earlier this summer.

STRATACACHE Buys Super-Majority Control of @ScalaInc

August 15th, 2016

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

STRATACACHE, a leading provider of scalable, high-performance digital signage, media distribution and enterprise video acceleration technologies, and number #2 in The Top 25 Digital Signage Software Vendors list announced today the acquisition of a supermajority control in Scala Inc., number #5 in the same list.

The HatThis deal combines the largest U.S. digital signage company by revenue with probably the best digital signage brand in the industry – and one with a huge global footprint of VARs and a very nice business in Europe.

At first glance, this does seem somewhat of an ideal mix, with both companies being able to provide significant operational synergies and allow both firms to deliver enhanced solutions and services to customers across the globe.

STRATACACHE’s strong balance sheet and large-scale operations will likely enhance Scala’s competitive edge – and Scala’s global channels and significant reseller and partner network will fuel STRATACACHE’s growing business outside of the United States.

Chris Riegel, CEO of STRATACACHE told us last week “STRATACACHE has great admiration for the Scala platform, the Scala team, the Scala Reseller Channel and the great history of the company. With the STRATACACHE acquisition of Scala, we believe that we can help Scala and its partner channel realize the runaway success that STRATACACHE has experienced in the digital signage industry, while significantly improving the depth and breadth of products and services for Scala customers and channel partners worldwide.”

The acquisition will, no doubt, directly benefit the Scala dealer channel – we understand that STRATACACHE has already committed additional channel investment and resources that will broaden the scope of offerings for said reseller channel and help them sell more solutions.

It is hoped that together, the two companies will increase the value for customers by delivering richer and more comprehensive solutions to engage customer experiences across multiple digital platforms all around the world.

One thing is for sure, Scala’s North American partner event at their new offices in Malvern, PA during New York Digital Signage Week is going to be an interesting and lively event!

10 Premium LED’s for Scotland’s @ForrestMedia1

August 14th, 2016

Maddie Cotterill

Scotland’s leading Digital ‘OOH’ Media Owner, Forrest Media, has expanded its Glasgow Network to 10 giant premium LED screens covering all of the major arterial routes in and around the city.

Forrest has unveiled an exceptional new portrait LED digital screen on the A74 at Nelson Street, South Glasgow, as well as the Hydro II – two new stunning synchronised ‘twin’ Daktronics LED landscape digital screens fronting their forthcoming Hotel and Leisure Development, the Glasgow Hydro Arena and in direct proximity to Glasgow’s media city which houses the BBC, STV and Capital Radio amongst others.

Covering over 50% of the Greater Glasgow adult population, no other Digital Out of Home offering can match the impact of the Forrest CityScreenTM Network in the city.

Glasgow is the UK’s third largest city and the Forrest Glasgow CityScreen Network offers advertisers the perfect platform to target the 1.2 million population.

Forrest Head of Sales Sarah O’Sullivan told us “The Glasgow Network has been tremendously well received amongst our advertisers and the strategic development of these additional locations further enhances the offering in terms of cover. We are now able to offer an audience which rivals a broadcast TV station, whilst not being confined to the living room”.

Located in the busiest areas of the city, the network operates within a 15 minute drive-time circumference. Glaswegians will not simply see one or two of our giant screens during a campaign period, but will have every opportunity to see them all.

She added “Road travel is fluid in Glasgow, unlike London, and drivers move around all areas of the city regularly in their everyday lives. We are not only offering scale, size and premium impact, but crucially we are now delivering exceptional reach, cover and frequency; a truly heady mix for the advertiser”.

The DailyDOOH Investor Conference Speaker Line Up

August 14th, 2016

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

There’s only one place where, with one click, you can get all of the M&A activity in our industry (click here) AND there’s only one place where you can meet, listen to and network with all of the industry movers and shakers and that is at The DailyDOOH Investor Conference during New York Digital Signage Week (October 24-28, 2016).

DD_InvestorConf_logo2016Registration will be up shortly but we thought we would just tease you with some of the speakers we have…

The two people on stage trick – one an investor, and the other, the president of the company they’ve invested in works extremely well – something, we as conferenced organisers pioneered many years ago now, Ed and after the Chairperson’s opening remarks reviewing the M&A activity of the year we will be kicking off proper with Touchtunes president and COO Ross Honey and Searchlight Capital Partner Eric Sondag.

We do, of course, also have a morning slot reserved for our most regular of speakers – a certain Mark Boidman, from Peter J Solomon Company, a Natixis company.

We’re also excited to welcome to our conference Monica Ho, Chief Marketing Officer at xAd, Inc., a company with a reputed pre-IPO valuation close to USD 1 Billion and a company that is making lots of waves, and seemingly bringing lots of value to our industry (witness the MarketPlace beta partnership inked with Outfront Media inc. earlier this year).

MGM Resorts International is a collection of resort-casinos, residential living and retail developments (it is in fact one of the largest retailers). Randy Dearborn, Vice-President, Multimedia Technologies at MGM Resorts and also current chairman of the Digital Signage Federation will be giving his perspective on everything from digital signage to retail, to merchandising, marketing and architecture.

The token ‘Brit’ this year is actually a ‘Scot’ – regular attendees will know that over the past few years we’ve had the likes of Tim Bleakley (twice in fact) and Shaun Gregory come over to show the Americans how it’s done in London ;), Ed. Transport for London’s (TfL) Lead for Advertising Strategy Commercial Development Directorate, John Pizzamiglio is flying into explain about the unique public / private partnership that TfL is doing both above and below ground in the UK Capital.

The day’s moderator and chairperson Adrian Cotterill has a few more speakers up his sleeve which will be announced when he is back from his own vacation in early September.

We will end the day – which is, as always, pretty full on, with ‘The Future of Digital’ debated by the Chairman and CEO’s of our Industry Associations, namely François de Gaspé Beaubien, (DPAA Chairman), Clive Roux (SEGD CEO), Stephen Freitas (OAAA) and Randy Dearborn (DSF Chairman) and a small cocktail party hosted by our main sponsor Dentons.

T4America’s Smart City Collaborative Applications

August 12th, 2016

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

This week, Transportation for America opened the application process for their national, multi-city collaborative with Sidewalk Labs.

The partnership, first announced back on June 1, 2016 is designed to help cities use technology to meet their pressing transportation challenges.

More information can be found here.

Victor Germain joins @TouchTunesMedia

August 12th, 2016

Maddie Cotterill

TouchTunes has appointed Victor Germain as Director of Sales of its Advertising Solutions division, TouchTunes Media.

Susan Danaher, TouchTunes Media Head of Advertising, Sales, and Marketing told us “Victor Germain is a veteran sales management executive with an impressive track record developing and growing digital-out-of-home as well as mobile marketing platforms. His extraordinary talent and vision for TouchTunes, as well as his beverage industry experience, will be a significant addition to our team.”

TouchTunes Media’s ability to deliver the Millennial target audience on such an unparalleled scale opens exciting opportunities,” says Germain. “We are at the nexis of technology, entertainment and analytics, which is so compelling for brands seeking unique, impactful marketing solutions.”

Prior to joining TouchTunes Media, Germain was Director of National Sales for EYE Corp Media, a digital and integrated media sales company with a strong out-of-home and mobile presence. At EYE Corp Media, Germain managed a team of national account executives and was instrumental in building a stronger, more effective agency coverage structure. Before that, he was senior sales director at LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, the largest U.S. hotel advertising network.

Germain helped develop the $750 million cinema advertising industry as vice president of national sales for Screenvision Cinema Advertising. There, he led a team that added over 60 new brands to the cinema advertising industry.

He began his advertising career as a national TV negotiator at Anheuser-Busch Media Group and Creative Media which later became the Omnicom-owned PHD.

Germain earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Jerry Reese joins Creative Realities, Inc.

August 12th, 2016

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Creative Realities, Inc. (OTCQB: CREX), has announced the appointment of Jerry Reese to the new position of Vice President of Sales

Jerry Reese was previously Vice President of Account Strategy at Convergent Media Systems, a division of Ballantyne Strong, Inc.

Dafna Sarnoff joins @Intersection_co

August 12th, 2016

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Dafna Sarnoff has joined Intersection as its first ever Chief Marketing Officer. Sarnoff will lead global marketing and communications efforts as it expands its technology and media solutions to cities, transit authorities, retail, airports, and mixed-use real estate developments around the world.

Before joining Intersection, Sarnoff served as Senior Vice President of Marketing of Yodle, Inc., a company providing digital marketing solutions to more than 55,000 small businesses clients, and then as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Web.com, which acquired Yodle in March of 2016.

At Yodle, Sarnoff built a data-driven approach to identifying marketing insights and solutions for clients, producing repeated marketing performance improvements and driving revenue growth. Prior to joining Yodle, Sarnoff was Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at global information services company Wolters Kluwer, where she led brand strategy for their Corporate Legal Services group. During a decade at American Express, Sarnoff held several senior marketing roles, managing customer acquisition, loyalty programs, and product management initiatives.

Sarnoff holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College.

Manhattan Associates, Inc. in Deal w/ @RMGNetworks

August 11th, 2016

Maddie Cotterill

RMG Networks Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: RMGN) has announced a partnership with Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH).

Over the past 25 years, Manhattan Associates has earned a reputation for building technology solutions that solve the most complex business problems in supply chain, omni-channel and inventory.

Manhattan will add RMG’s next-generation visual supply chain solutions to the product offerings it will sell to a global client base of more than 1,300 customers.

Through the partnership, Manhattan customers will benefit from RMG’s software and expertise as they implement digital scoreboards that streamline data management communications related to picking, delivery, conveyors, sorters and control systems between executives and staff. The strategically placed scoreboards will optimize supply chain knowledge, productivity and efficiency.

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