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Fragmented Audiences and OOH

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Mark Boidman, is Managing Director, Head of Media Services, Media & Tech Investment Banking for

PJ SOLOMON.  He wrote a post which recently appeared on the OAAA website. Boidman discusses the capacity of Out of Home aggregating audience, automation in the Industry, growing digital assets, all contributing to continued OOH expansion.

Here’s the post by Mark Boidman.


In a Fragmented Media World, OOH Aggregates Audiences

Mark Boidman Mark Boidman, PJ SOLOMON, Partner, Managing Director, Head of Media Services, Media & Tech Investment Banking


In a Fragmented Media World, Only Out of Home Can Continue to Aggregate an Audience

In a highly fragmenting media market, OOH is the only channel that continues to aggregate an audience. Advertisers reliant on mass media channels can no longer depend on television. Advertisement placements for major television events typically demand the highest advertising rates, promising an unparalleled number of viewers. However, as viewership for these events falls, as it has for the Oscars, the Grammys, major series finales and even the Super Bowl, so too does the return on investment of these advertisements. Meanwhile, US consumers now have over 100 million total streaming subscriptions (providers include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO Now), greatly reducing the viewer base for traditional ad-supported television. The impact can be huge—sources suggest paid streaming services can eliminate over 200 hours of commercial viewing a year for children. Competition from music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, which boast a combined paid (ad-free) subscriber base of over 140 million users, and smart speakers, including the Amazon Echo and Google Home, have further pressured terrestrial radio. In one study (a), 39% of smart speaker owners reported using their device to replace time spent listening to AM/FM radio. OOH, on the other hand, has used technology to expand its exposure to reliable and actual traffic, unimpeded by forces devaluing other advertising channels.

In Today’s Crowded Media World, Out of Home Stands Out

With new media channels, including online and mobile, competition for advertising dollars continues to increase. The internet, with its omni-device reach, data harvesting/processing and mobile capabilities has altered the media landscape, allowing advertisers to reach consumers almost everywhere, deliver personalized content and track conversion. However, while these disruptive advertising technologies have made inroads, internet-based advertising has its own challenges. Concerns about advertising surrounding inappropriate content, data privacy and the potential for corresponding government regulation may disrupt online advertising empires. In addition to these online/mobile media challenges, consumers are increasingly turning to ad-free streaming content and utilizing ad-blocking technologies. While online and mobile formats are facing these pressures, consumers are exposed to more and more messages each day (sources estimate 5,000-10,000 messages daily (b)).

It is our view that out of home media messages stand out, as evidenced by a significant portion of tech companies rerouting to OOH media for their ad campaigns: nearly a quarter the top 100 OOH ad spenders are now tech companies. Time-shifting devices and subscription-based content models are making it increasingly challenging to reach mass audiences in real-time, positioning OOH as the best media channel to reach and engage with an aggregated audience.

Technology is Moving OOH Higher in the Media Mix

Technological advances are making OOH more accountable and impactful than ever and driving OOH industry growth in an environment where consumers are increasingly on the move and likely to be exposed to OOH content. The technologies that fueled the rise of online advertising are being adapted for use in OOH. OOH now offers compelling contextual options, displaying content based on time, date and even weather. Media operators are installing interactive digital displays featuring cameras able to display dynamic content based on audience and object recognition. OOH ads have also become easier to buy and place. Automated marketplace systems (analogous to existing marketplaces for online ads) from a variety of providers now allow advertisers to purchase OOH advertising in real time. While vendors and inventories are fragmented today, we expect consolidation moving forward via partnerships or acquisitions as a scaled liquid digital marketplace will move OOH higher up in marketing mix discussions and help increase the percentage of advertising dollars allocated to OOH.

The convergence of aggregating an audience, automated marketplace systems and growth in digital assets, should continue to fuel industry expansion.

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More about Mark Boidman and his company PJ Solomon.

Founded nearly 30 years ago, PJ SOLOMON is one of the leading financial advisory firms on Wall Street.  Solomon advises on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, recapitalizations, capital markets solutions and activism defense across a range of industries, including: retail, grocery, media and entertainment, technology, infrastructure and energy. PJ SOLOMON is an independently-operated affiliate of Natixis, part of Groupe BPCE, a top ten European and a top 20 global bank.

Boidman is a frequent industry speaker, including the Consumer Electronics Show, the Digital Signage Expo (DSE), the Daily DOOH Conference, FEPE, and the OAAA National Convention. DSE Recognized Faculty Member contributing to professional education in the digital signage, digital out-of-home and interactive technology industries.

His clients have included AMI Entertainment, Branded Cities, Clear Channel, CBS Outdoor (n/k/a OUTFRONT Media), Cieslok Media, Cox Enterprises, DirecTV, Discovery Communications, Disney, Fairway Media, Gas Station TV, General Atlantic, Liberty Media, Lionsgate Entertainment, Mediacom Communications, PatientPoint, RevZilla, RMG Networks, Scripps Networks, Searchlight Capital, TiVo, and Van Wagner.

He was former head of Barclays’​ (originally Lehman Brothers) Out-of-Home Advertising, TV Broadcasting and Radio coverage,


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