Outdoor Advertising Agencies have the unique task of maintaining the oldest platform of promotional activities known to mankind. The foremost step, in ensuring that Outdoor Advertising (OOH) survived and excelled throughout the years, has been the continuous adoption of the latest technologies. This has been a priority requirement for adapting to the changing nature of markets over time. The current period marks another phase in the history of Outdoor Advertising in India when a major adoption is required. This required change in modus operandi is the integration of the mobiles into the functioning of the OOH Billboards and Hoardings.
The mobile revolution has firmly hit across the generational and socioeconomic divides in India. It is very important that the Outdoor Media integrates itself with the mobile platform in order to create further reach and higher impact. The West is already seeing executions of OOH Campaigns where mobiles and handsets of the audiences are being extensively used. The integration opens up unlimited ways of sending the brand message to the viewers in a personalized manner. Before the integration, the brand message was almost always passed in a general manner. But use of the mobiles enables the brand to personalize the message so that it creates the maximum impact. The OOH Hoardings and displays then can serve the purpose of grabbing the attention of the audiences while their mobiles can be used to perpetuate the intended message. Getting connected to the mobiles can also serve the purpose of creating a database and a long term relationship with the target groups.
The major OOH Agencies in India are hoping that the regulating authorities take the urgency of the situation in account and allow for the modifications necessary for the digitization of the medium and integration of the mobiles.