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Original article published 29 August 2016 here:
On August 16, 2016, the Westfield World Trade Center opened its doors to become the new, shiny and somewhat controversial retail beacon for Lower Manhattan. Like any American shopping plaza, it offers in-store experiences of popular brands like Apple, H&M and Sephora, but there are many crucial points separating this massive endeavor from your average consumer hub.
Certainly, part of that x-factor stems from the fact that downtown New York was forever changed on September 11, 2001. Another unique feature is the new center’s business model, which will generate revenue by offering category-exclusive partnerships for juggernaut brands including Pepsi Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Ford Motor Company. However, it’s the trailblazing digital display network furnished by ANC (formerly ANC Sports Enterprises) that will turn heads and monopolize the attention of 100 million visitors expected to pass through Westfield’s 365,000 square feet of retail space each year.
Digital Signage Connection caught up with ANC’s Chief Technology Officer Mark Stross and Executive Vice President of Technology Solutions Chris Mascatello to discuss the ins and outs of their multi-year digital signage partnership, which already accounts for unprecedented image capabilities and one of the largest seamless LED canvases in the world.
Original article published 9 November 2016 here:
Regardless of where you may stand on the polarizing results of the 2016 American Presidential race, New York was apparently the place to be on November 8. Donald Trump and his camp watched their path to victory become a reality from the New York Hilton (because his own properties supposedly couldn’t support the crowd size), and the deflated Clinton campaign eventually accepted defeat from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center a mere two miles away. Thanks to a partnership between CNN, Instagram, CA Technologies, the building’s management and the projection mapping extraordinaire company Obscura Digital, the south façade of The Empire State Building became a 32-story, real-time election tracker.
Original article published 15 February 2016 here:
The out-of-home industry is set to evolve more rapidly over the next 18 months. The oldest advertising format has seen significant changes; mobile convergence, developments in digital platforms and data sources are changing industry perception.
The number of digital screens will increase significantly due to several factors, including changing city government legislations and the significantly lower cost to produce LED screens.
There will be new developments in hyper-targeting. OOH planning systems are integrating with data sources including mobile carrier data, online browsing behavior and shopper purchase records. Marketers will be able utilize OOH to target micro-specific segments on the move. In an election year, presidential campaigns will tap into first-party polling and CRM location data to target constituents in real-time.
Real-Time OOH trading will steadily increase, as more OOH vendors integrate inventory into demand-side-platforms. The format’s ability to target consumers in real-time based on previous location histories has led to automotive, travel and retail advertisers dipping their toes in the water. Expect more marketers to expand their real-time initiatives in 2016 to include OOH.
OOH will become more intelligent as forward-thinking brands take advantage of developments in Internet-connected screens, facial/object recognition and external data feeds. A convergence of art and science will lead to OOH creative that self-optimizes based on how people react. Dynamic content triggered by data feeds already allows advertisers to change creative in real-time based on external conditions including CRM data, weather, sports scores, traffic and social media sentiment.
Original article published on 5 March 2015 here:
The creative employs a unique use of facial recognition technology which allows the interactive billboards to recognise when people actively pay attention to an image of a bruised woman. Those who look at the billboard get feedback via a live video feed that runs along the bottom of the ad as a visual ticker-tape, registering an increasing number of viewers.
As more people take notice of the image of the women, her bruises slowly heal, demonstrating to passers-by that by actually taking notice they can help confront the signs of domestic violence by not turning a blind eye.