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Marketing Featured East Asia

foodpanda HK to be the first brand featured on JCDecaux’s OOH screens at HKIA

Hong Kong – foodpanda in Hong Kong has become the first brand advertiser in the market to programmatically utilise the newest Crystal Digital and the Spectacular Digital OOH screens, operated by JCDecaux Transport at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). 

Developed in collaboration with Mindshare, GroupM’s global marketing and media network, and Xaxis, GroupM’s outcome media specialist, the campaign will be running over the course of three weeks from 15 July to 4 August 2022. It aims to drive awareness for pandamart, foodpanda’s 24/7 online grocery platform. The creatives were featured across three screens at the airport including one Crystal Digital screen and two Arrival Spectacular Digital screens, reaching passengers who are about to begin their on-arrival quarantine process. 

The Crystal Digital Spectacular Digitals deems to be one of the most eye-catching screens at the HKIA arrival hall as they overlook overseas passengers who must queue in line for COVID PCR test formalities before heading to the quarantine hotels. Passengers at the arrival hall have a direct line of sight to on-screen videos and with Xaxis’ programmatic expertise, foodpanda will be able to take flexible campaign planning to the next level and elevate its OOH advertisements, allowing it to dynamically define its screen mix, panel mix, and audience type, as well as set messages to be delivered at optimal times.

Michael Lai, business director at Mindshare, commented that they are thrilled to have partnered up with foodpanda, the largest one-stop-shop delivery platform in Hong Kong to launch their first pDOOH campaign in HKIA this year and deliver dynamic content to global passengers arriving into Hong Kong. 

“With Xaxis’ expertise, programmatic brings a whole new level of digital creativity for advertisers and consumers, providing a non-intrusive method for relevant customers and passengers to engage with. It also provides brands and marketers with the flexibility of targeted campaigns in real-time,” said Lai.

According to Xaxis, the collaboration was not HKIA’s first pDOOH campaign as JCDecaux upgraded its digital screens at the ‘luggage belt’ area and at the terminal exits to pDOOH screens in 2021. However, the further upgrade this year landed them the Crystal Digital and Spectacular Digital pDOOH screens in which foodpanda is the first advertiser in the market. 

Additionally, the pDOOH campaign catapulted foodpanda into a new era of OOH with programmatic and provided real-time flexibility for foodpanda’s pandamart to curate a captive viewing environment by identifying the audience, location and messages to create an effective, efficient, and brand-safe channel for its campaigns.

Alex Law, marketing director of foodpanda Hong Kong, shared that they are always keen to explore new and innovative ways of reaching their target audiences and are delighted to be the first market advertiser on the Crystal Digital and Spectacular Digital pDOOH screens in HKIA, leveraging the powerful impact of OOH and programmatic capabilities.

“We projected two 10-second videos on the screens by adopting dynamic creative displays to showcase and communicate our quick and convenient pandamart service. We understand the challenges passengers may face during quarantine, and would like to ease the process by providing easy access to basic necessities,” said Law.

Meanwhile, Arnaud Redon, general manager of airport at JCDecaux Transport, said that in addition to its unique geographical position to connect Greater China, Asia Pacific, and the World, Hong Kong International Airport advertising now offers to brands the possibility to target precisely and at scale their most relevant audiences through programmatic-ready large digital screens. 

“We’re very excited to enable foodpanda to deliver dynamic and contextually relevant content that resonates with passengers’ needs as they land in Hong Kong,” said Redon.

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Technology Featured APAC

Location Media Xchange launches revenue management suite for OOH media owners

Singapore – Location Media Xchange (LMX), the supply-side technology arm of the Moving Walls Group, has announced the launch of a complete Revenue Management suite for Out of Home (OOH) media owners. The product revelation happened as the industry’s leading stakeholders converged at The World Out of Home Congress Toronto 2022. The company is offering a no-obligation 90-day trial for media owners to experience the platform.

OOH’s global renaissance has continued into 2022 after sharp drops during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Several factors, including increased travel activity, and the growing interest in Programmatic Digital OOH advertising, contribute to this.

OOH media owners now handle multiple sales channels – direct brand relationships, agency-managed spends, programmatic or automated media buys, and even online campaign bookings. Allocating inventory in an efficient manner is critical because unlike digital publishers who own virtual space, OOH media owners own physical assets that consume fixed costs like electricity, internet fees, maintenance, and more.

The expansion of OOH buying methods also means that the inventory is now consumed in a variety of ways – loop based, event based, audience based, impression-based, and so on. Maintaining up to minute availability information, understanding utilisation, and prioritising sales channels is just not scalable if done manually.

According to Mandakini Negi, co-founder of Moving walls and global head of LMX, “It is difficult to improve what you cannot measure. OOH media today is bought and sold in several ways and media owners who have a handle on inventory utilisation and demand trends across all their media sites in real time will be able to make decisions that improve their revenues.’’

The LMX Revenue management suite solves this by providing an online platform that connects traditional, programmatic, and other forms of campaign booking information in one place. The platform seamlessly connects to native and third party applications like the content management system or the accounting system by the media owner.

Gautam Bhirani, MD of Eyetalk Media Ventures India, commented, “Our network of screens spans across multiple locations. Just as the content on these screens is managed centrally, we require a system to understand live availability, build proposals, and accept campaign requests in an automated manner. The LMX suite does all of this from one application.”

Meanwhile, Eddie Song, MD of Laguna De Bay Malaysia, says that Integrating DOOH screens into the programmatic ecosystem is just the first step. He adds that just like digital, they need to make sure their inventory is visible and accessible to multiple demand partners. LMX Connect provides its network with the ability to transact with omnichannel and specialist Demand Side Platforms locally and globally.

LMX already works with more than 200 media owners across the globe including Southeast Asian markets namely Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam. The platform supports all kinds of media owners who use it to manage different parts of their business.

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Technology Featured East Asia

MTR launches programmatic trading offering

Hong Kong – Local rail operator MTR has announced the launch of its programmatic trading offering, across its network composed of 418 digital panels in 51 MTR stations in Hong Kong.

This new automated programmatic planning and trading offering will accelerate the growth of Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising, connecting advertisers and MTR advertising in a premium marketplace, combining audience targeting and impression data to create an intelligent, automatic and advanced DOOH trading solution to meet Hong Kong marketers’ needs.

MTR advertising is utilising this new technological media trading solution to meet the new expectations of its clients and to increase the competitiveness of MTR DOOH in the market. The new pDOOH offering gives advertisers considerable flexibility to optimise playout for maximum efficiency and to accommodate a flexible range of campaign budgets, ad duration and shares of time. 

Advertisers can choose among different trading models through a private marketplace (PMP) and can trade by either guaranteed price & impression (GPI), guaranteed price (GP) or non-guaranteed (NG) floor price via their demand-side platform (DSP), based on CPM (cost per thousand impressions).

Teresa Fung, chief media and business development manager for Hong Kong Transport Services at MTR Corporation, said, “We are excited to be the first metro in Asia to offer Programmatic Digital Out-of-Home as it is further enhancing our digital transformation journey. We believe that programmatic DOOH is the latest market-driven solution to cater to marketer’s needs to target specific audience(s) efficiently.” 

She added, “Together with smart technology, MTR advertising provides a flexible and effective platform for advertisers to showcase their digital creativity and facilitates dynamic and engaging advertising campaigns. This not only brings greater commercial value to advertisers, but also optimises the passengers’ journeys with more new experiences and meaningful engagements.”

MTR advertising strategically partners with VIOOH, a leading supply-side platform (SSP), who trades with over 35 DSP partners globally, including Hivestack, The Trade Desk and Yahoo, among others. This latest pDOOH offering will optimise MTR advertising campaign performance and can enable seamless online planning to offline outdoor advertising (O2O) through greater flexibility and agility.

Meanwhile, Shirley Chan, managing director at JCDecaux Transport, commented, “With the rapid development and growing demand for DOOH, programmatic trading has become an irresistible trend. We are excited that MTR advertising is achieving another important milestone by connecting to the programmatic digital ecosystem. MTR advertising programmatic trading can deliver brands greater efficiency, transparency, brand-safety, and measurable advertising, while also linking brands to the right target audience at the right time and right moment, in the right location, and with the right message to optimise deliveries of clients’ campaigns across the MTR network successfully. Our passion and aim are to enhance the position of MTR advertising as the pioneer in OOH digital transformation and we are confident that advertisers and agencies will seize this irresistible new opportunity.” 

Lastly, Jean-Christophe Conti, chief executive officer at VIOOH, added, “We’re thrilled to participate in this programmatic offering across the MTR network in Hong Kong. It’s an exciting time for the digital out of home industry as programmatic adoption takes off globally, especially in Hong Kong where 94% of media agencies and leading brand executives stated they plan to integrate programmatic DOOH within the next 18 months. This reiterates to us that the future of pDOOH in this region is looking strong and it’s a big opportunity for the DOOH industry.”

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Platforms Featured Southeast Asia

Viu Singapore marks premiere of K-drama series ‘Again My Life’ with digital, OOH activations

Singapore – Asia’s OTT video streaming platform, Viu, has launched a series of digital and out-of-home activations inspired by the latest Viu Original K-drama series, ‘Again My Life’, to bring Singaporeans back in time and immerse themselves in this new series.

Premiering today, ‘Again My Life’ is a fantasy crime thriller based on a popular webtoon and novel of the same title. It revolves around the life of ‘K’, which is starred by Korean actor Joon-gi Lee, a righteous and hot-blooded prosecutor who has no qualms about standing against corruption and tyranny. His investigations eventually led him to be brutally murdered, but the grim reaper offers him another chance at overthrowing his powerful adversaries.

To build excitement for the show, Viu Singapore is hosting an exclusive screening event at Zouk that will showcase the very first episode of ‘Again My Life’ today of its premiere in South Korea. It is expected to bring together K-drama fans in an action-packed festival filled with photo opportunities, trivia, goodie bag giveaways, and unforgettable moments. Registration was carried out on a first come first served basis and the event was fully subscribed in a week, with over 200 registered guests.

Moreover, in celebration of Joon-gi Lee’s birthday on 17 April, Viu Singapore is giving out his favourite ice cream mint chocolate chip ice cream for free. To be a part of the celebration, fans can simply drop by the ice cream cart located at 313 Somerset Orchard on April 17 from 12 pm to 8 pm, flash the Viu app on their mobile device, and enjoy the sweet icy treat, while stocks last.

Meanwhile, fans can keep a lookout for Viu Singapore’s upcoming ‘Time Bolt’ activation from 18 April to 8 May, which is inspired by time travel, one of the central themes in ‘Again My Life’. Viu Singapore is bringing Singaporeans an immersive motion visual experience located at Waterway Point, Basement 1, where fans will get to ‘travel back’ in time visually, and ‘see’ their younger selves again, at the click of a button. This new immersive reality experience is brought to life by Neuromeka’s flagship collaborative robot, Indy. Normally used by B2B industrial manufacturers to do pick and place for precision work, ‘Indy’, equipped with grippers, and vision sensors will be used for the first time in Asia to be programmed and work alongside humans, for this motion visual experience.

In line with the time travel and crime themes of the show, Viu Singapore is also creating an augmented reality filter contest on Facebook and Instagram, showcasing a crime scene from the past. The top three players per week to spot the five pieces of ‘evidence’ around the room in the shortest amount of time will stand a chance to win a $100 Shopee voucher each. This contest runs from 20 April to 11 May by simply snapping a photo showcasing the fastest time and share it on Viu’s social post to win.

Cheryl Lim, Viu’s country head of brand, marketing and communications for Singapore, said that they wanted to create a series of different activations that would bring to life memorable elements from the show so that it will be immersive and fun for fans and the public alike. 

“We see every activation as a touchpoint for us to give Viu-ers an escape from their daily grind and into the world of Again My Life,” added Lim.

In addition to the events and activations, Viu Singapore will also be launching a month-long integrated campaign supported by themed social media postings on Facebook and Instagram, display and social advertisements, influencer engagement, content strategy, and out-of-home single-decker big top bus advertisements to engage with consumers through various touchpoints across different channels.

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Marketing Featured ANZ

OOH JCDecaux bags extended tender with North Sydney Council

Sydney, Australia – Out-of-home (OOH) media company JCDecaux has announced that it has been awarded an extended tender by the North Sydney Council to be its exclusive street furniture provider. The contract is inked for a term of nine years.

The expanded partnership, which includes street furniture, large format screens, and community information panels including interactive touch screens, will see JCDecaux grow its network from four to 60 digital panels across Sydney’s second-largest business district and throughout the affluent Lower North Shore including residential suburbs spanning from Cremorne to St Leonards. 

As part of the expansion and upgrade, JCDecaux will deliver more than 35 new state-of-the-art digital street furniture screens and 19 new digital community information panels, which are reserved for community messaging such as maps, transport information, and other messaging to enable connectivity.

Aside from retaining the street furniture network, JCDecaux has won the North Sydney Large Format contract, to develop high-quality, sustainable digital screens on the Greenwood Bridge. These sustainable screens are currently in development and have been designed by architect Tzannes to ensure they complement the existing bridge design and enhance the surrounding area. Positioned in the heart of North Sydney, these highly visible sites impact traffic travelling along the Pacific Highway.

Steve O’Connor, JCDecaux’s CEO, commented that retaining the North Sydney contract is another triumphant win for JCDecaux following their recent successes with the Sydney Trains and Adelaide Railway Station contracts. 

He further shared that they have ambitious plans to enhance the presence, scale, and utility of the network, and this contract represents a powerful opportunity for brands to connect with affluent professionals, Lower North Shore residents, and tourists alike with a range of creative opportunities, while also strengthening their programmatic offering for clients.

“We’re in a fantastic position going into 2022; demand for out-of-home advertising is accelerating and audience mobility is bouncing back rapidly from last year. We have an incredibly strong portfolio to offer advertisers wanting to reconnect with Sydney-siders across our large format, street furniture, airport, rail, and transit network,” said O’Connor. 

In March this year, JCDecaux has also announced the run of its first digital roadside programmatic campaign with TVNZ, New Zealand’s state-owned commercially funded broadcaster. The campaign is running via dentsu, Hivestack, and VIOOH.

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Marketing Featured ANZ

monday.com unveils pilot OOH campaign in Australia

Sydney, Australia — Work operating system (OS) platform monday.com has unveiled its first-ever Australian out-of-home (OOH) advertising campaign that was launched in different locations around Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. From city centres and airports, the billboards were done in collaboration with OOH ad companies Ooh! Unmissable and JCDecaux, and transit OOH specialist Torch Media.

monday.com’s aim with the campaign is to raise brand awareness of its Work OS and how it enables seamless collaboration. Truly walking the talk, the campaign was coordinated across the various agencies using the monday.com platform.

The creative concept behind the campaign, which is running through mid-April, uses cliches to support monday.com’s ‘work without limits’ ethos, highlighting common workplace pain points and how its platform addresses them, such as saving time and effort, customising processes and workflows, ease of use, automation, security and flexibility.

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Marketing Featured ANZ

JCDecaux launches programmatic trading, new audience measurement system on Sydney Airport 

Sydney, Australia – Out-of-home (OOH) media company JCDecaux has announced the launch of a new programmatic trading and a new audience measurement system at the Sydney Airport, where it gives advertisers the ability to enhance engagement with airport travellers by delivering more relevant and timely campaigns.

The introduction of programmatic trading and Airport Audience Measurement (AAM), JCDecaux’s proprietary airport audience measurement system, is considered a first in Australia.

The introduction of programmatic trading is through VIOOH, a global digital out of home marketplace. Combining VIOOH’s programmatic offering with an evolved measurement system at Sydney Airport, makes the capabilities of this channel more accountable, flexible, and precise for advertisers with near real-time intelligent trading driving campaign efficiency and effectiveness.

Max Eburne, chief commercial officer at JCDecaux, said, “There’s a sense of positivity in the air as Australia re-opens its borders and restrictions ease. We expect a step-change in the volume and diversity of travellers passing through Australia’s busiest airport. The addition of programmatic trading and improved audience measurement capabilities means advertisers can leverage almost real-time data insights to target and engage audiences more effectively than ever.”

Global digital security company ESET is the first brand to trade programmatically across JCDecaux AIRPORT through The Trade Desk.

Meanwhile, Brad Palmer, national programmatic director at JCDecaux, commented, “Programmatic out-of-home adoption in Australia has been strong and we expect demand to continue to build as more supply is made available. Airports are the last environment in the JCDecaux Australia portfolio to be offered programmatically with digital large format, street furniture and rail all available.”

JCDecaux has debuted several OOH campaigns across public transport systems in ANZ, including in the Adelaide Railway Station and for Air New Zealand.

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Marketing Technology ANZ

JCDecaux New Zealand launches roadside programmatic DOOH offering

New Zealand – Out-of-home media company JCDecaux New Zealand today announced the launch of programmatic trading across its roadside digital large format network, nationally across New Zealand. The new offering is in partnership with VIOOH, the premium global digital out-of-home (DOOH) marketplace.

JCDecaux PROGRAMMATIC is DSP agnostic and, through VIOOH, is currently integrated with Vistar, Yahoo and Hivestack. The entire suite of JCDecaux’s digital large format portfolio – over 40 sites nationally – will be available to trade programmatically. 

Furthermore, to ensure that every potential advertiser can access JCDecaux’s full suite of inventory, JCDecaux is guaranteeing supply for programmatic advertisers by setting aside five per cent of the share of time on every digital screen to programmatic campaigns published via the VIOOH platform. The company said that this allocated share of time is expected to increase as demand for the offering grows.

Kurt Malcolm, trading and innovations director at JCDecaux, shared that they’ve had considerable interest in the roadside portfolio being made available to trade programmatically and are seeing huge potential in this product. 

“Our programmatic offering will deliver increased campaign flexibility and measurability, and make JCDecaux’s Digital Large Format network accessible to more advertisers than ever before,” said Malcom. 

JCDecaux’s roadside programmatic offering follows the launch of JCDecaux PROGRAMMATIC in airports in New Zealand in November 2021. In the same period, the company has also won the tender to be the exclusive OOH advertising partner for the Adelaide Railway Station in Australia. 

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Marketing Featured ANZ

Outdoor industry unveils second annual health, wellbeing campaign across Australia

Australia – Australia’s Out-of-Home (OOH) industry has launched its second annual healthy eating campaign, which will run over the next four weeks. This year’s pro bono campaign is donated by the members of the peak industry body Outdoor Media Association (OMA), and delivered in partnership with Health and Wellbeing Queensland and Nutrition Australia.

The new campaign deems to be the second campaign run in partnership with the government to encourage healthy eating. It is also part of OMA’s National Health and Wellbeing Policy that aims to meet community expectations and support government efforts to tackle overweight and obesity in the country.

Titled ‘Better than you remember’, the campaign encourages Australians to rediscover and think differently about how they consume vegetables. It has its own website, aimed at shining a light on how delicious veggies are, and offers tips, resources, and recipes.

OMA said that the value of the campaign is estimated at over AU$3m and will be in the market from 30 January to 26 February 2022. 

Charmaine Moldrich, OMA’s CEO, shared that the campaign aims to support Health and Wellbeing Queensland’s mission to ‘make healthy happen’.

“Our research has proven these outcomes, particularly when it comes to lifestyle changes. The post-campaign study of the first health and wellbeing campaign we ran in January 2021, adding an extra handful of veggies, showed that 86% of parents who saw the ad said they were encouraged to include veggies in their meals or snacks. While 80% said they were encouraged to make healthier choices for their children’s meals. We ran Add an extra handful of veggies last year in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Health,” said Moldrich.

Meanwhile, Robyn Littlewood, Health and Wellbeing Queensland’s CEO, commented that she was delighted to see the work with the Outdoor Media Association and Nutrition Australia come to life on signs in Brisbane, regional Queensland and across all other states in Australia.

“We’re committed to addressing health issues and promoting the importance of veggies in everyone’s diet, which is why it’s so rewarding to be working with the Outdoor industry to achieve this goal,” said Littlewood.

Lucinda Hancock, the CEO of Nutrition Australia for Vic Division, said, “We are thrilled to be involved in this year’s campaign and provide tips and recipes that can make healthy eating tasty and accessible. This campaign is topical as you can boost your immune system by upping your veggie intake. A great annual initiative by the OMA and their members.”

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Marketing Featured ANZ

Energy provider Momentum Energy spreads out ‘bottles of happiness’ in latest stunt

Melbourne, Australia – As the city of Victoria emerges from its lockdown due to COVID-19, energy provider Momentum Energy has rolled out its newest campaign with creative agency Havas Media, which ‘takes over’ Flinders Street Station with human-sized ‘bottles of happiness’.

The campaign encourages Melbourne commuters to ‘Get Happy’, created by Momentum Energy’s in-house creative team, in which the human-sized bottles contain happiness-inducing content at Flinders Street Station, supported across multiple touch points including radio, OOH, online video, digital and social.

Said bottles are classified to the following: one jar contains ‘wishing stars’ that come with a ‘supanova-free guarantee’. Meanwhile, the second is a party pack of brightly colored ‘rainbow seeds’ for those who’d like to grow their own organic, full-spectrum rainbow, and lastly, the third is an 80% unicorn and 20% acrylic blend of ‘warm fuzzies’ to provide relief from 2021.

Furthermore, the campaign will take on a digital form where through bespoke display medium rectangle ads (MRECs) the designs of the human-sized bottles and their corresponding creative content will be shown to ‘spark joy’ as well as social content showcasing how people can make their own DIY ‘bottles of happiness’ at home.

According to the company, they believe that Australians not only deserve a boost of happiness as they venture out again, but that their choice of power company should make them feel good too.

Kate Lightfoot, creative lead at Momentum Energy stated, “We’re stoked to welcome people back to the city with these giant jars of imaginary nonsense. Walking around them makes you feel like a kid again and they’re an impactful reminder that Momentum is here to help Victorians get happy.”

The human-sized bottles are designed to evoke a delightful sense of childlike wonder and excitement, while reminding passers-by they can get similar happy vibes from their choice of power company.

Meanwhile, Sarah Cook, associate account director at Havas Media Melbourne, commented, “Our timing with the station domination is impeccable. It’s a great feeling to help spread some happiness and bring a smile to everyone venturing out via Flinders Street Station and reclaiming the love for our city.