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Mobile and programmatic OOH come together to supercharge campaigns


May 6, 2021

Buying and planning digital out-of-home (DOOH) is more accessible than ever: inventory is sold on the same DSP platforms as other digital media channels, bringing with that some great opportunities for brands.

The same audience data sets can be used across different channels, creating greater accuracies and synergies than ever before and bringing new opportunities for campaign effectiveness. Two channels that work particularly well together is DOOH and mobile. If mobile datasets are cross-referenced with location-based data, advertisers could track whether a user has visited a specific location or taken an action on their mobile after being exposed to an OOH ad.

And the research supports the added value of using mobile and OOH together:

Eye-tracking researchers found there was a 52% increase in the time spent looking at the private screen (mobile) when there had been ‘priming’ on a public screen, boosting dwell time

Spontaneous brand recall also increases to 21% when exposed to both OOH and mobile

Research conducted by Outsmart showed a 17% uplift in smartphone brand actions when the user is exposed to the OOH ad first

For a campaign with Nespresso, combining mobile and OOH drove 2.5x footfall, with 66% of audiences using their phone after seeing an OOH ad, and 88% of audiences looking for a store on their phone going there within 24 hours

Add programmatic out-of-home (prOOH) into the equation and the capabilities kick up a notch further. Programmatic out-of-home, with its high-impact broadcast screens, trigger-based creatives and maximum targeting and flexibility capabilities is the perfect partner for mobile - and these two mediums can work together in harmony to create the ultimate brand experience.

Mobile and prOOH working together in practice

Depending on where the datasets are integrated - pre, mid or post-campaign, mobile and prOOH together can create supercharged campaigns with unique efficiencies and benefits due to the way the data works together.

Pre-campaign, mobile data can be used for planning and audience segmentation. Depending on the mobile provider, data points such as demographics and specific interests can be determined via downloaded apps on the user’s phone and other mobile usage information (assuming that the user has given permission for their data to be shared). A prOOH campaign can then be planned to target a specific audience group, delivered when mobile users are in close proximity to the frame. We saw this work successfully in our campaign with Albert Heijn, one of the largest supermarket chains in The Netherlands. For their campaign, they wanted to specifically target infrequent visitors to encourage them to shop at their stores. Using mobile-location data, they were able to create a custom audience based on time and location and served programmatic OOH ads to reach these audiences with exclusive promotions displayed, pulling inventory data from their closest Albert Heijn store. The results speak for themselves: this campaign saw a 30% uplift in new customers from the target audience, as well as a 26% footfall uplift across Albert Heijn stores.

During a live campaign, mobile and prOOH working together further unlocks a host of direct and measurable performance-based metrics. PrOOH truly bridges across both brand-led and performance-based campaigns - evidenced by the fact that 52% of agency and advertisers state that prOOH is important for brand-led campaigns, and 55% state that it is important for performance-led campaigns (VIOOH SOTN 2020).

Metrics such as the click-through rate on a specific mobile ad geo-targeted to users who have been exposed to a prOOH ad, the use of special promo or QR codes integrated through the prOOH creative and actioned via mobile and the ability to track the number of users who followed a specific code in a personal device are just some of the functionalities made possible by bringing the two mediums together.

Finally, in the post-campaign stage, the granular metrics afforded by bringing mobile and prOOH together really shine, with mobile providing the performance-led, tangible metrics that enhance a successful prOOH campaign. For example, a campaign we worked on with Virgin Active and Amnet utilising retargeting on mobile and prOOH throughout the day showed that post-campaign, there was a 2.35% footfall uplift to specific Virgin Gym locations as well as a 23% YoY increase in club-walk ins.

So, advertisers can make use of this boon of data to create more effective campaigns than ever before. We believe that mobile and prOOH are truly the power couple of the digital advertising world, and it couldn’t be easier to plan your multichannel campaign with us and our partners today.

Diu Hoang is Marketing Manager, EMEA at VIOOH. For more information visit:


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