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Mediaweek Gets Out (There)

mediaweek.jpg While we were at the 2008 Traffic Audit Bureau Eyes On Conference a few weeks back (has it really been that long?!?!), one of the many interesting announcements highlighting the growth of outdoor advertising was that Mediaweek is launching a monthly feature specifically about out-of-home media. In the first “Out There” issue, Editor-in-Chief Michael Burgi unveiled the section with the following introduction:

“Welcome to Out There, our first-ever editorial section devoted to the burgeoning out-of-home media business. Compiled and reported by senior editor Katy Bachman, the new monthly section aims to cover all facets of the business: traditional outdoor billboards, place-based media, digital technology, alternative offerings, as well as advertising and research issues. We also plan to showcase creative elements that are driving innovation and unusual media executions.

Why now? Money. Revenue growth in the OOH sector outpaced all other media except for the Internet in 2007, and the medium is expected to keep growing at a healthy clip. And if you work in any major market, it’s simply inescapable. In my daily walk to the Times Square subway station, I’m dwarfed by massive wallscapes and spectaculars of all sorts as I pass phone booths (the few that are left) equipped with digital signage. Even taxis now carry video content.’€

In addition to the print feature, Mediaweek is also showing a little online OOH love with their new Out There resource on mediaweek.com. It’s a little sparse to begin with but it’s nice to see their intent to develop these categories. We look forward to seeing this section grow and mature along with the industry it’s covering.

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