Mystery Digital Billboards in Florida
The mystery Digital Out of Home message started June 26th on Florida Highways.
Clearly a teaser campaign.
The creative was a pink top hat. Then a green dog. Finally, a blue race car.
The only copy read, “Coming 07.02.18.”
Who did it?
The teaser campaign buried its hooks in West Palm Beach Lifestyle and Entertainment reporter, T.A. Walker,. The WPTV newsman was on a mission to discover what the campaign was all about. Walker, like the rest of the market traveling throughout Florida, was intent on finding out who placed the campaign. He stopped in local McDonald’s. He Googled for information. He reached out to his contact at Clear Channel Outdoor who was running the advertising. He got nothing.
The Outdoor advertising did exactly what it was supposed to do and more, create a social media discussion and air time on broadcast media.
Click on the 20 second video, to see the designs on the Florida Highways.
— T.A. Walker (@timallanwalker) June 26, 2018
The story and reveal.
Below is the post from West Palm Beach TV Station, WPTV website and T.A. Walker explaining all.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – Mystery solved, go to the end of the article for the answer!
It all started with me (T.A. Walker) driving by one of those electronic billboards on I-95. You know the billboards that rotate different advertising messages. But one caught my eye because it didn’t have a logo on the billboard. It simply was a pink top hat and said, “Coming 07.02.18.”
I racked my brain trying to think what client this pink top hat could represent. Google had no answers for me. Then I started receiving texts from friends started wondering the same thing!
Then my friend Rachel sent a text that said, “OG. I just saw the [billboard] but this time it had a green dog.” What do green dogs and pink top hats have to do with one another. Google, again had no answers.
So today, I got into news unit #501 and drove to the billboard to get footage of the signs. And there was a blue car where the top hat and dog had been. Blue cars, green dogs, pink top hats? I started to feel like I recognized these pieces. MONOPOLY tokens!
I figured it must be an advertising campaign for McDonald’s bringing its Monopoly game back to its restaurants. So I decided to do some research (by research I mean to order a Quarter Pounder with Cheese) and head to McDonald’s. There was no Monopoly signage in the windows and the workers didn’t know anything about when Monopoly is coming back.
Back to ground zero. So I decided to ask my source at Clear Channel Outdoor (the folks who own the billboards). That source responded, “You know I can’t tell you anything.”
T.A. Walker final comments
“ARRGGGGGH,” I screamed out loud at the e-mail. Who spends thousands of dollars on a billboard only to NOT put their name and logo on them? Some genius marketing people, because I’m dwelling on this now. AND NO, I can’t wait until July 2.”
The reveal: The Florida Lottery promoting their new Monopoly scratch-off game which launched July 2.
Nothing works like an OOH teaser campaign with great creative.