There’s a saying in marketing: “It’s not what you sell that matters as much as how you sell it.“ As successful as door-to-door sales were in the past, most forms of physical advertising that require person-to-person contact are antiquated. Today’s society requires convenience with a side of agility. Consumers need color, movement, sound, and additional stimulation to keep their attention. To remain competitive in the marketplace, business owners are shifting to an evolved form of traditional advertising that we all know works—Digital Billboard Advertising. Learn about some of the amazing benefits of this form of advertising and how it can benefit your business.
What is Digital Billboard Advertising?
Digital Billboard Advertising is a form of advertising that utilizes a large computer screen to display various forms of advertising and public service announcements. It is composed of thousands of LED lights that shine red, green, or yellow. By adjusting the brightness of each of these lights, nearly every color imaginable can be projected, creating a custom advertisement that captures any bystander’s attention.
What are the Benefits of Digital Ads?
Brand awareness is one of the most common goals when purchasing a billboard. With consistent imagery, taglines, color palettes, and icons, a business can gain brand awareness. Consumers will recognize who they are and what they stand for without the company having to communicate in words. The best way to display a brand and grow awareness to consumers outside of those who are privy is to heighten the brand’s visibility. Digital Ads are a great way to do this simply because of their size and location. Advertisements on that scale aren’t possible in any other form.
Digital billboard companies are efficient at what they do. All that is required is a design that meets the billboard company’s requirements. Once the design is sent, and approved, a digital billboard can go live in a matter of minutes. No more waiting for weeks from the print shop!
Easy to edit
The ease of editing is a major advantage and cost saver when comparing traditional and digital ads. Printing errors on traditional media can cost upwards of thousands of dollars to rectify. With digital billboards, fixing a mistake is as simple as sending in a new design, and at the push of a button, the problem is solved!
Business owners often juggle many hats at once. Oftentimes there are multiple events going on simultaneously, and advertising with equal momentum for each can be tricky. Digital Ads are an amazing resolution for this, as business owners are able to highlight multiple messages at one time. For example, if a consumer is being informed of an event while being given the opportunity to buy tickets at a discounted rate, there is more likelihood that a conversion will happen.
One of the most expensive forms of advertising is traditional media. The costs for printing and distributing large-scale advertisements can be astronomical, not to mention the manual work that goes into physically dispersing the ads or installing them on a traditional billboard. In comparison to traditional, digital ads can be done almost entirely remotely. Saving on labor costs will deduct expenses significantly.
Digital billboards are able to display LED lights that are highly pixelated, producing a vibrant and captivating image or video that is sure to grab attention.
Space for activity
Go big or go home is the name of the game when it comes to making an impact. Utilizing a digital display means that advertisers are no longer limited to the typical 14’x48’ billboard. Creating a continuous display that appears as if the viewer is traveling through the screen provides a communal experience and has been successful in many industries. In real estate, for example, displaying a 3D house tour with the real estate agent guiding the audience through the showhome.
Digital Ads provide the added benefit of illumination. With the contrast of a night sky, the brilliance of a brand’s color palette is extremely impactful on a large billboard. The use of color phycology in marketing has been used for many years and is thought to be behind the success of corporations like Mcdonald’s, Whole Foods, and Yahoo!
Movement and Special Effects
Digital Displays allow for many things that traditional billboard advertising does not. Movement and special effects are attributed to catching the attention of an unsuspecting audience. Telling a company’s story can now become an illustration. Announcing a new ride at a theme park can present an exciting explosion as opposed to simple words on the screen. The possibilities are endless with a little creativity and a strategic marketing campaign.
Capability to Display Time-Sensitive Information
Does your company have a semi-annual flash sale that needs to be advertised? What about a surprise exclusive event that only happens once a year? This form of advertising provides the benefits of traditional billboard advertising but utilizes the latest technology to spread the word to hundreds of people in a matter of seconds, without much need for preparation on your end.
Marketing strategies are constantly evolving to encompass the various needs of today’s consumers. The rise of social media has allowed business owners to curate a sophisticated way of communicating with their target audience. Once a business knows who to sell to and the type of things that its audience values, the possibility of sales growing exponentially. A fun way to execute an interactive display ad would be to run a Selfie Display marketing campaign. When a consumer completes a CTA set by the business, their selfie would run on the digital billboard for eight seconds.
How can you make your Digital Billboard Ad successful?
Return on Investment is important in every business and purchasing a digital billboard is no different. The advertisements need to have a clear copy, eye-catching design, and intrigue. Additionally, it is important to have a clear understanding of the goals that need to be met and ways to track the success of the campaign.
One way to do this is to create a specific page on your website that consumers will be directed to upon following the call to action listed on the billboard. You can then track website traffic to see how many conversions were made through that link. If the goal is brand awareness, an additional way to track the success of a campaign is to evaluate social media engagement. If a business is trying to produce more in sales, tracking specific products that were advertised will give you a good idea of the success of a campaign.
As Brian Halligan, CEO of Hubspot stated “What separates good content from great content is the willingness to take risks and push the envelope.” Digital billboard advertisements are one of the best ways to capture the attention of the ever-evolving consumer. The question you have to ask yourself is, what are you willing to do for your business success? Contact Versa Creative to explore your business’s options in digital or traditional marketing!