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Digital out-of-home snapshot: Place-based media



Kerry Coppinger

Digital out-of-home media is everywhere - it can be found in virtually every location consumers visit outside the home, appearing in all shapes and sizes. 

As a marketing channel, digital out-of-home encompasses place-based, point-of-purchase and large format signage. To provide you with a deeper understanding of what makes digital out-of-home such a remarkable medium, we’re taking a closer look at each of these types of DOOH. 

According to François de Gaspé Beaubien, Chairman and Chief Coaching Officer of ZOOM Media, “DPB [digital place-based] networks reach consumers where they seek to be and where they spend their time. Audiences are engaged at a most receptive moment: on their path to purchase.”


What is place-based media? 


Most DOOH is place-based

Typically, billboards are what first comes to mind when you mention out-of-home advertising. However, most digital out-of-home is actually place-based media. Place-based media is defined by contextually relevant environments and includes office buildings, malls, gas stations, gyms, taxis and rideshares, restaurants, bars, universities and more. 


Several networks consider themselves place-based

Networks that offer place-based media include Captivate, ZOOM Media, Vengo, TouchTunes,  Rouge Media, GSTV, Topgolf, Cinema Scene, Lightbox OOH Video Network, Curb and many more.


Benefits of place-based DOOH

When executing a campaign that requires targeted exposure and measurable dwell time, your brand will benefit from the attention place-based screens command. Since many consumers spend most of their day outside the home – in the car, at work, shopping, dining and on-the-go – the contextually relevant nature of place-based screens allows you to reach consumers as they move throughout the day and in places where your creative messaging can be matched to the location. 

For example, if a protein bar brand wanted to reach consumers who demonstrate healthy lifestyle behaviors, they could target an audience of gym goers – both at gyms and in other locations where gym-goers visit, like certain neighborhoods, grocery stores or coffee shops. 


Why is placed-based media important?

Ultimately, the distinct venues of place-based media provide brands a unique opportunity to engage with consumers as they go about their everyday activities. By integrating advertisements into a natural setting, such as a shopping center or transit hub, brands gain prime access to a range of audiences, amplifying the impact of a campaign without bombarding consumers with intrusive ads.

Interested in learning more? Contact our team today for more information.  

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