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City of Edinburgh launches

After securing the City of Edinburgh contract, JCDecaux has entered the next phase by officially launching Edinburgh to the market this February.
The city will be revitalised and shaped into JCDecaux’s ‘Blueprint for the Future’, providing premium Out-of-Home opportunities across roadside, retail, rail and airport environments. JCDecaux is dominating the city with a variety of high-impact static and digital opportunities, including:
• 102 large format roadside locations, including The Edinburgh Arch (D400)
• 300 digital faces across 50 free-standing locations and bus shelters
• 353 bus shelters (static and scrolling)
• Edinburgh Airport (large format, small format, gateway locations and digital screens)
• Edinburgh Waverley station (Transvision, 6-sheets and 4-sheets)
• Edinburgh Trams (opportunity to wrap)
Edinburgh has a population of 430,400 and is the second largest financial hub in the UK (Route and Invest in Edinburgh). Edinburgh is also the 6th UK retail centre, with 37 retail zones and a shopper population of 340,000 (CACI). The city also hosts key events, including The Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the largest arts festival in the world.
Via: JCDecaux

Has JCDecaux chosen the wrong time to abandon its trade body?

JCDecaux’s withdrawal from the Outdoor Media Centre is a surprising turn of events, writes the Posterscope chief executive Annie Rickard

We believe that it is pretty much universally acknowledged that the OMC of recent years hasn’t performed as well as it could and as well as other trade bodies have.
Last week, a major market player declined to join the others in their rapidly evolving plans to rebuild their trade body for the future.
It’s a surprising turn of events for many reasons.
Outdoor media is currently in good shape, so individual media owners could feasibly do their own thing, worry about their own bottom lines and the constituent parts could, by default, add up to a healthy whole.
However, it is indisputable that they would benefit more from having a successful trade body to make the medium more accessible to its users.
Audience currency Route would never have gained respect if players had taken a parochial rather than industry view.
It should be acknowledged that JCDecaux, alongside the other investors, played a major part in Route’s creation and now has a global gold standard in out of home audience measurement they can be proud of.
Maybe it’s not a problem that JCDecaux isn’t involved. After all, other media trade bodies have thrived without apparently important members. Channel 5 isn’t part of commercial TV marketing body Thinkbox and it hasn’t exactly held Thinkbox or its remaining members back.
It’s possible that, in the short term, like someone subtly not pulling their weight in a tug of war team, the absent member benefits from the efforts of others.
But it’s tough to keep that up in the long term and the thought that this might be a rationale for a temporary absence is unpalatable?
So what’s the future for OMC? Will it fade without one of the major industry players or will the remaining constituent parts rally and unite to prove their competitor wrong?
It’s important to realise that these are multi-billion dollar businesses where the (relatively small) investment in getting it right will be paid back many hundreds of times over if it is done properly. The sums required to run the OMC properly are pretty insignificant compared to the potential upside, which makes JCDecaux’s decision all the more puzzling.
Posterscope believes that this turn of events presents a unifying opportunity that the talented remaining members of the OMC will not want to pass up.
There are few shrinking violets in the outdoor business so basic human nature will take over and pugnacity will kick in. We are confident that an enlarged constituency of members drawn from the 50 media owners that make up the medium will unite to go on the offensive.
They will want to create initiatives and messaging that will, in the nicest way possible, force their estranged partner to knock at their door and ask to be readmitted to a party that it appears to have left prematurely.
Whether it will be welcomed with open arms once the others have taken the strain for a year or two will be up to the future munificence of the other members.

This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

People get Pampered with RFID

KPN, a provider for Internet/TV/Mobile spoilt consumers during their “All Inclusive weeks”. KPN treated passers-by in Amsterdam with a one day all-inclusive campaign. Hostesses on site distributed RFID bracelets that could be used at 5 different locations in Amsterdam, for people to get rewarded with 5 different treatments.
On Saturday 20th September only, people were pampered like never before. Each of the five locations selected for this media first campaign had a special tag on which passers-by could tap using a RFID bracelet previously distributed by hostesses to activate the rewards.
Location one distributed delicious Macaroons.
Location two distributed fresh fruit juices.
Location three gave people the chance to have their own personal assistant carrying their shopping bags to their next location.
Location four allowed people to enjoy a foot massage!
Finally, the fifth and last location gave people the incredible chance to have their very own private drivers bringing them back home… for free!
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Via: JCDecaux One World

Doddle Transforms 27 UK Rail Stations in First Ever Outdoor Campaign

Doddle, the new parcel collection, returning and sending service located in and around train stations across Britain, has launched a major nationwide Outdoor campaign. It is designed to drive awareness of the innovative service which offers added convenience and choice to consumers allowing them to choose exactly how, when and where they receive and return online purchases.
The campaign will be live in 27 of the UK’s busiest stations, and is set to dominate major commuter stations including: Waterloo, Victoria and Cannon Street. It has been planned and booked with JCDecaux by Walker Media and Posterscope and will be running throughout the Christmas period on a variety of digital, static and ambient media, including the famous Motion@Waterloo screen.
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 funademental; after all they will be the ones benefitting from the convenience of the service.”
Catherine O’Leary, Senior Client Manager at Posterscope, commented: “This is a great example of location-specific OOH that reaches the target audience at the right place and at the right time. Doddle’s collection and returns points are located in close proximity to the media making the campaign contextually relevant to when consumers are most likely to need their services.”
Glenn Iceton, Group Business Director at JCDecaux, said: “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.”

Lenovo Launches Interactive Screen at Waterloo

More than 123,000 people interacted with Lenovo’s digital takeover of Waterloo station in London last Thursday (30 October), which was designed to promote the computer technology brand’s new Yoga range.

The marketing event’s main feature was the Motion @ Waterloo digital screen, which let the public add their faces to a series of bodies performing Yoga moves using a dedicated mini-site. Ambassadors from the brand were positioned in the central concourse of the station to demonstrate the company’s new laptop and tablet offerings, while the screen was complemented with static posters on both the Underground and in the main station.
The campaign was further augmented with a morning appearance from Made in Chelsea star Alexandra ‘Binky’ Felstead, who uploaded her selfie to the screen.
Lenovo created the campaign in partnership with Total Media, Media 5, The House Worldwide, Posterscope, Liveposter, JC Decaux and Exterion. Total Media estimated that overall, 34 million people were reached by the campaign.
Mike Etherington, UK and Ireland marketing director and EMEA digital marketing director at Lenovo, told Event: “We like doing clever things at Lenovo. For instance, if you’re in the vicinity of the area today, you’ll get advertising saying ‘come up to Waterloo and check this out’. That’s something you couldn’t do five years ago. People are amazed that they can be in a real-life advert in less that two minutes.”
Sian Lawrenson, Lenovo’s UK account director at Total Media, added: “We’ve seen that more 50% of targeted Zone 1 commuters have seen the message and have been converted. We’re being as targeted as possible to amplify the campaign.
“The guys at Lenovo really want to position themselves as a much more different tech brand. They’re moving towards more unique advertising, doing as much as they can in a more innovative way.”
Etherington added that the stunt forms part of a wider campaign, which the UK team were able to adapt creatively. “Our global team put together this campaign, which is a play on the silhouette using the product in an unusual way,” Etherington added. “We’ve taken that concept and extended it by letting people add their face.
“The global execs love it because we’ve taken what they’ve created and made it bigger and better.”
Via: Event Magazine

Hive Active Heating Campaign from British Gas Welcomes Brits Home with World-First Flight Data-Driven DOOH Ads

As temperatures across the country drop, the British Gas team behind Hive Active Heating today launches the world’s first digital out-of-home (DOOH) campaign to use flight data to solely target British travellers as they touch down in Britain. The company has partnered with international out-of-home (OOH) agency PSI and DOOH specialists Liveposter to target the 8.8 million UK residents who will return home through London Heathrow (T1, T2 & T4) and London Gatwick this winter.
In deals with media owners JC Decaux and EYE, returning passengers will be welcomed home with bespoke messaging which relates to their holiday destination. For example, passengers returning from Malaga in Spain will be encouraged to ‘Keep the Malaga mood with Hive Active Heating.’ The activity forms part of a national OOH campaign planned by Carat & Posterscope for Hive Active Heating, which enables customers to control their heating and hot water remotely via mobile, tablet or laptop.
The campaign for Hive Active Heating marks the first implementation of a new international hub package from PSI and Liveposter called Liveposter Airports. The package enables brands to exploit the opportunities that dynamic digital creative offers to deliver the right message at the right time and to the right audience. Brands can now create, schedule and publish digital ads to major airport media owner networks across nine global hubs, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Dubai, Singapore, Istanbul, New York JFK,  Barcelona, Moscow and Frankfurt.
Liveposter Airports uses flight, time, location and weather data to improve audience targeting for brands. All ads are centrally managed via an easy-to-use online interface, providing complete control of the creative messaging and targeting by audience.
Pamela Brown, head of marketing and insight for Connected Homes at British Gas, said: “Today, 10 per cent of people with central heating don’t have a timer and almost a quarter of people that have a timer don’t use it. Hive Active Heating is a smart thermostat that turns this on its head. It lets people control their heating and hot water remotely on their mobile phone. This new campaign will help us reach people as they’re arriving home from holiday – just when people would want to switch their heating on so their home is warm when they arrive.”
Liz Jones, managing director of PSI, said: “Hive Active Heating is the first of many products that will be using data to be smarter about how to target travellers. Using live flight and campaign planning data from PSI’s Global Planner tool, along with Liveposter’s expertise in DOOH and data, products like Hive Active Heating can now turn international airports into highly targetable, measurable OOH environments. Brands can ensure they engage their target audience with personalised, specific messages via digital screens, and improve the efficacy of national and international campaigns.”
Dan Douglas, founder of LivePoster, said: “We’re really excited to be rolling out our first global product with Liveposter Airports. It’s a unique offering at this scale for advertisers to maximise digital OOH in major airports around the world, enabling them to tailor their messaging for global and local audiences using real time data and dynamic content to ensure maximum impact.”
Sarah Parkes, Managing Director at Eye Airports, said: “Airports are a hotbed of creativity powered by big data. This campaign has showcased the many capabilities of DOOH advertising and through collaboration with our partners we have created a unique, media first campaign to effectively and efficiently reach passengers as they arrive back from holiday”.
Rob Elms, sales director at JCDecaux Airport, said: “It’s fantastic to see Hive Active Heating harness our digital Out-of-Home network at Heathrow in such a dynamic and innovative way. By tapping into the mind-set of passengers who are travelling home, they have taken advantage of the unique opportunity to promote Hive Active Heating using relevant and topical content in areas of high dwell-time at the world’s largest international airport.”

TfL Kicks off Pitch for £500m London Bus Shelter Contract

Transport for London has kicked off the £500 million contest to install and operate its street furniture across London in the first of three major tenders.

Clear Channel UK has held the contract since 2005 and maintains more than 30,000 bus shelters and bus stops in the capital. As part of the contract, Clear Channel sells advertising on 5,000 sites.
JCDecaux, which already operates street furniture for a number of London boroughs including Camden, as well as in Manchester and Glasgow, is expected to pitch for the business.
According to a tender document seen by Campaign, the contract is worth £200-500 million, excluding VAT, over an initial five years, with an option to extend the arrangement for an additional three. The tender is divided into eight lots and companies can bid for as many as they wish.
The reduction in the length of the contract from ten years and the division of the tender into lots follow guidelines set out by the Office of Fair Trading in 2012 after a competition investigation into the sector.
After this review, TfL will call a pitch for the £1 billion ten-year ad contract for the London Underground, held by Exterion Media.
TfL is then expected to review its contract to sell ads on the side of buses, which is also handled by Exterion.
Via: Media Week

Stella Artois is the Launch Partner on JCDecaux's Motion@LiverpoolStreet

Four full-motion, digital landscape screens unveiled at Liverpool Street Station.
Stella Artois has been announced as the launch advertiser on Motion@LiverpoolStreet, four state-of-the-art, full-motion digital landscape screens and a powerful new communications’ channel for brands, at Liverpool Street Station from Monday 22nd September.
Part of JCDecaux and Network Rail’s vision for the future of rail advertising, Motion@LiverpoolStreet dominates the length of the concourse, offering Stella Artois engagement with the highly-connected, affluent audiences in London’s financial district.
The Stella Artois creative will display branding and directional messages to commuters, inviting them to pick up a Stella Artois Chalice in the station, with the creative changing later in the week, displaying a departure board guiding consumers to premium outlets serving Stella Artois in and around Liverpool Street Station.
This activity was planned and booked by Posterscope. As part of the wider campaign, rail and roadside formats will also be used, including the first time that all three JCDecaux motion products including Waterloo, and Euston, are utilised by a brand.
Phil Pick, Marketing Manager for Stella Artois said: “This activity is a perfect fit for Stella Artois, reaching our target audience in a unique and engaging way through the advertising screens, but also enabling consumers to take home their very own beautifully designed Stella Artois Chalice.”
Spencer Berwin, Managing Director – Sales at JCDecaux UK, said: “This is the exciting expansion of JCDecaux’s Motion Portfolio and we are delighted that Stella Artois is our Motion@LiverpoolStreet launch partner. Motion@LiverpoolStreet is a powerful new digital communications’ channel in the heart of London’s financial district, ideal for brands who want to engage the affluent, style-conscious audiences working and socialising in the city – and follows the digital investment in Motion@Waterloo and Motion@Euston”.
Leia Reuter, Business Director at Posterscope, said: “As an innovative brand, the launch of Motion@LiverpoolStreet provides the perfect opportunity for Stella Artois to reach the affluent ABC1 audience passing through the station. Using real-time arrival and departure data, Stella Artois will target specific commuter groups with promotional and location-based messages. As launch partner, Stella Artois stands out as an innovator in the field, using this fantastic platform to engage the right audience at the right time.”
Via: JCDecaux

On the Edge: Augmented Reality Bus Shelter

AFA JCDecaux Denmark has made great creative use of OOH advertising and augmented reality by running a prank campaign for On the Edge, a Danish movie based around the popular theme of illegal racing.
To set up the prank, AFA JCDecaux placed a 2m² digital screen on the interior face of a bus shelter and hid a full HD camera on its exterior face. The camera streamed the live street scene onto the internal face of the bus shelter, so it appeared to people waiting for the bus like they were looking through a glass panel into the street.
The  ad creative showed an out of control car hurtling towards them, flipping over and crashing into the bus shelter!
After the shock and to the relief of the startled travellers, two of the main characters from the movie showed up giving out free cinema tickets to watch the movie.
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Via: JCDecaux One World

JCDecaux Unveils 'Connected'

JCDecaux has unveiled ‘Connected’, a new community of three audience panels that delivers unique insights across JCDecaux’s rail, roadside and retail portfolios. ‘Connected’ is a targeted insight tool for brands and agencies to find out more about hard-to-reach audiences to help deliver high-impact campaigns.
Building upon the success of the ‘Connected Commuter’ rail community, JCDecaux has re-launched ‘Connected Commuter Rail’ and has unveiled ‘Connected Commuter Road’ and ‘Connected Consumer’. Questions can be posed, based on any category or current trending topic, to the whole ‘Connected’ community or to each panel separately. ‘Connected’ also allows brands to tailor or adopt an advertising campaign to a specific audience through dynamic content on JCDecaux’s digital screens, with results delivered within hours.
Via: JCDecaux