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Digital Billboards Use Live Data Feed via Geo-Located Travel Info to Help Passers’ by Home as Soon as Darkness Falls

Ocean’s campaign will be live from 8pm to 3am every night until March 13

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EE has launched Stay Connected at Night, a billboard-led campaign harnessing the power of Stay Connected Data to offer dynamic, technology-enabled routes home.

The EE campaign by Saatchi & Saatchi London, which won first prize in the brand category of Ocean Outdoor’s Digital Creative Competition 2022, uses Ocean’s out of home (OOH) technology in Manchester City Centre as a utility to bring to life the security that Stay Connected Data offers by keeping people connected even when they reach their monthly data limit.

Screens in four locations will also detect approaching pedestrians and respond accordingly, sharing location-specific travel options

Capitalizing on the locations of large and small digital out of home (DOOH) screens in popular nightlife spots and areas densely populated with students, the creative uses Ocean’s live data feed to pull geo-located travel information to help passers’ by plan their routes home as soon as darkness falls. The innovative campaign will be live from 8pm to 3am every night until March 13, shortly before the clocks go forward and lighter evenings ensue.

From taxi waiting times to train, tram and bus schedules, 42 billboards including The Loop network and nine large format screens use dynamic creative and augmented reality to illustrate travel options and overlaid directions relevant to each location. Screens in four locations will also detect approaching pedestrians and respond accordingly, sharing location-specific travel options. The screens will also brighten, making the surrounding space feel safer. By day, EE’s Stay Connected Data creative will show in pride of place on the screens.

screens will also brighten, making the surrounding space feel safer

The decision to bring the work to Manchester, a city which has one of Europe’s largest student populations, was inspired by the Women’s Night-time Safety Charter, a scheme launched by Manchester City Council late last year to rally businesses to help make the city safer for those in the night-time economy. EE were also able to work with local bodies to integrate the work into Manchester’s transport network, and the initiative is supported by influencers DJ Semtex, Jodie Harsh and Chelcee Grimes who will be creating and sharing bespoke content as part of the campaign.

Pete Jeavons, marketing communications director at EE, said: “This campaign is a brilliant example of how our Stay Connected Data can play an important role in our customer’s lives. We’re excited to be using cutting edge advertising technology in a new and creative way to make the streets safer.”

Franki Goodwin, CCO, Saatchi & Saatchi added: Ocean’s Outdoor Digital Creative Competition allowed us to harness the technological capabilities of DOOH to play a really meaningful role in a city’s nightlife and the journeys home for people that live there. We hope that our work is the beginning of even more integration between these amazing sites and their citizens.”

Ocean Outdoor Head of Marketing and Events Helen Haines said: “This campaign solves a real problem and demonstrates the power, reach and role of digital out of home as a responsible community channel in Manchester and the wider public realm. Which makes it a worthy winner of our annual digital creative competition.”

EE Stay Connected Data ensures that no matter where you are, no matter how late, and no matter if you run out of data, you can always continue to use essential apps such as WhatsApp, City Mapper and Google Maps, to help you get home safe.

Campaign Credits

CAMPAIGN: Stay Connected at Night



CCO: Franki Goodwin





COPYWRITER: Isabelle Johnson


PRODUCTION DESIGNERS: Mason Brownlow, Sean Connell, Sergio Ortiz

MOTION DESIGNERS: Devin Arden, Nick Pires, Ash Hoque




BUSINESS LEAD: Charlotte Elwig




MEDIA PLANNERS: Sophie Franks, Thalia Cohen


About EE
EE runs the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network, offering superfast connections in more places than any other operator. EE brought the first 4G network to the UK in October 2012, and launched the UK’s first 5G network in May 2019. EE has received extensive independent recognition, including being named the UK’s no.1 5G network by RootMetrics® in 2020 and 2021, and the UK’s best network every year since 2014 for the following awards: The Mobile Choice Awards, The Mobile Industry Awards and by RootMetrics®. As well as delivering mobile services to consumers, small and medium businesses, corporate customers and Government programs, EE also provides home and business broadband using both 4G and fixed line connections.

EE is committed to being number one for service in the industry, and has nearly 600 shops across the UK. EE remains the only mobile provider to answer 100% of customer calls in the UK and Ireland and was recognized as the UK’s Best Large Contact Centre by the UK Customer Experience Awards 2018 and Welsh Contact Centre Awards 2019. EE was awarded The Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to Work for in 2018 and 2019, as well as being named Best Employer 2018 by the European Contact Centre & Customer Service awards.

About Saatchi & Saatchi:
Saatchi & Saatchi UK have a simple ambition to create the most influential creative ideas in modern Britain. This spirit is brought to bear on transformative work for clients including EE, BT, Direct Line, GSK, Britvic and Pilgrims, alongside recent new business wins including BT Sport, Marriott, Siemens and Churchill. The Saatchi & Saatchi network unites 114 offices in 67 countries and 6,500 people. Saatchi & Saatchi is part of the Publicis Groupe. www.saatchi.co.uk

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