VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Pharmacy Health Network

unnamed-16DOmedia, the host to the largest database of OOH vendors in the US, is constantly encountering innovative vendors. In our Vendor Spotlight series, we attempt to highlight these companies and explain to you how they are pushing the industry forward. Today we’re focusing on Pharmacy Health Network. Pharmacy Health Network is a place-based digital signage network that provides advertisers with access to millions of health-conscious consumers each month in retail pharmacies nationwide.

Founded in 2005, PHN delivers health and wellness media, along with advertising, to independent retail and regional chain pharmacies through digital signage and other technology platforms. They give advertisers the ability to directly message retail pharmacy shoppers and empower those consumers to engage in a conversation with their pharmacist, or make an unplanned purchase. They deliver advertisers access to 3 million consumers on a monthly basis.

PHN consists of a highly skilled and flexible team of professionals that can tailor campaigns to objectives. unnamed-13They have access to data that allows advertisers to target campaigns, focusing on numerous sets of criteria.  They also have collateral racks for patient information and brochures in all locations, allowing advertisers a second opportunity to promote products. Lastly, Pharmacy Health Network has a full-service production team to create ads and content turn key if required.

Their leadership team boasts some impressive credentials. Ian Stone, President and Chief Experience Officer, previously led cross-functional creative teams at The Walt Disney Company and The Freeman Companies. Eric Mills, Chief Operating Officer, has led teams at indoorDirect, Braodcast.com, and Fox Sports Southwest. Elizabeth Davis, VP of Client Navigation, had led in-store programs for Buckle.

When asked what makes the company unique, Stone says:

“First, the network is one of the only out of home networks solely dedicated to the pharmacy vertical. Pharmacy Health Network has been in retail pharmacies since 2009 and continues to grow with both independent pharmacies and chain retailers.  We offer a unique opportunity for advertisers to promote their products at the point of influence, in the pharmacy setting, where product is at hand, and a trusted voice, the pharmacist, is available and part of their healthcare team.”

If you want to learn more check out Pharmacy Health Network’s vendor page here.

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A Quick History of the Highway Beautification Act

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The billboard industry has a rich history of how it evolved to the modern-day. Over the past several decades, the U.S. government created various acts to limit the number of billboards and create size, lighting, and spacing regulations. These aspects vary by state, so there are no federal billboard regulations.

The first regulations implemented by the U.S. government were within the Bonus Act of the 1958 Federal Highway Act. The Bonus Act was a voluntary program that incentivized controlling billboards within 660 feet of the Interstate Highway System. States that volunteered to the program would receive one-half of one percent of the Federal-aid highway construction costs for all controlled segments of Interstate highways. Billboards were controlled by the Bonus Act along the interstate highways for years until the passage of the Highway Beautification Act that led to other provisions.

This article was originally published on BillboardsIn.com. You can continue reading the full article here.

 


4 Cool New OOH Technologies

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The OOH industry is one of constant innovation. New practices, businesses, and innovations are constantly changing the out-of-home market landscape. Recently there have been exciting new developments in technology that have the potential to seriously influence the future of outdoor advertising. This post will examine four of the coolest new OOH technologies and determine how they could be used and the potential impact they could have on the industry.

Augmented & Virtual Reality

Augmented reality is a technology that is already making an impact on the OOH industry. By definition, augmented reality is “a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.” As seen in the video above, augmented reality can be effectively delivered using digital OOH displays. In addition to this, augmented reality can also capitalize on the increased relevancy of smartphones in daily life. Allowing users to use their own personal devices to augment reality enables consumers to access additional information and helps marketers craft more memorable ad experiences. AR is set to seriously influence the way advertisers place ads, and the way users interact with them.

Virtual reality is further from making a true impact, it is interesting to consider it’s potential effect on the industry. Virtual reality creates entirely new realities through the use of advanced VR capable headsets. As opposed to altering our present reality the way AR does. VR is commonly used for gaming and other novelty applications, but if it ever became popular enough its OOH impact could be massive. Not only would it offer advertisers another way to reach new consumers, it would also enable them to reach these users in previously unfathomable ways, as they would no longer be limited by physical restraints. AR and VR both have the potential for future growth, but AR is closer to making a noticeable difference in the industry than VR is at the current moment.

3D Robotic Billboards

Although 3D billboards have been discussed on the DOmedia blog before, this post will focus on robotic 3D LED displays. The first board of this kind was placed in the Summer of 2017 by Coca-Cola. The ad (shown in the video above), placed in Times Square in New York City, consists of 1715 moving and 245 static LED panels. Measuring 68′ x 42′, this engineering marvel took nearly 4 years to design, fabricate, and ultimately install.

This board achieves its effect by individually moving the various LED panels on a coordinated schedule to create wavelike effects and incredibly smooth transitions. Although coca-cola pioneered the technology, 3D robotic LED displays certainly have the potential to make their way into the mainstream. Eventually, standard digital displays could be converted to be 3D compatible, as these boards can be programmed with up to a month’s worth of content and are capable of displaying stunning high-definition content. Due to their incredible ability to grab consumer’s attention and make lasting impressions, it should not come as a surprise when 3D robotic screens become commonplace in the OOH industry.

Holograms

Holograms have long played are a role in the future of OOH laid out by Hollywood directors. Recently though, these ads born on the silver screen have become reality. Holograms can now be formed using holographic prisms, water projection, and LED blade technology. All three are already used in practice, and it certainly looks like these displays are poised to play an increasingly large role within the industry. Companies like Kino-Mo and Lightvert continue to create innovations that move outdoor advertising forward and further align the present market landscape with the OOH future that Hollywood has long predicted.

Parallel Reality “Magic” Pixel

The Parallel Reality, or “Magic,” Pixel is another technology that is set to change the face of OOH. Created by Misapplied Sciences, this new pixel is capable of “simultaneously outputting a million controllable rays of many different colors.” The result of this is the creation of screens that display content to different people at different points in space.

Eventually, as developers further innovate this technology, marketers might be able to target users according to individual needs and interests even in public spaces. For example, “directions could be customized on road signs to accommodate a drivers destination” or daily news displayed in a hotel lobby could be differentiated by user’s interests. The parallel reality “magic” pixel isn’t ready to go mainstream just yet, but when it does it will be interesting to see the ways it changes the industry and measures the impact it has on consumers.


What is Phone Kiosk Advertising?

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Today, we’re going to be looking at phone kiosk advertising. Phone kiosk advertising includes all the displays you see attached to the exterior of payphone enclosures. There are options to use a classic poster style or digital backlit displays that brighten up the night. Sizing of displays also varies as you can choose to cover one side of the kiosk or wrap around the entirety of the kiosk.

There are numerous reasons why phone kiosks are an effective space to advertise on. For starters, phone kiosks are conveniently seen at eye-level making it easy for pedestrians and motorists to read your signage. Also, unlike TV or internet advertisements, viewers can’t simply change channels or skip ads to block out your message. Your message will be continuously displayed for people to absorb.

Another tremendous benefit to phone kiosk advertising is the ability to pick a strategic location for your ad. Phone kiosks are scattered around densely-populated areas with a lot of foot traffic. This gives plenty of opportunities to target demographically and geographically. With phone kiosk advertising, you can target by zip codes and neighborhoods to capture a specific audience. You can also target near populated venues or districts like college campuses, airports, and even point-of-sale locations to directly draw consumers to your product or service.

This article was originally published on BillboardsIn.com. You can continue reading the full article here.


BUYER RELEASE NOTES – 7/25: NEW POWERPOINT EXPORT OPTIONS

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Today, the DOmedia team is proud to announce the latest round of improvements to our industry-leading software. We have made several new enhancements to our PowerPoint download options.

These enhancements include:
  • The ability to display three media items per slide.
  • The ability to add backgrounds to cover pages.
  • The ability to add margins to all slides.
  • Links to interactive maps are now optional.

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