Digital and Conventional Out-Of-Home Advertising Accelerating

According to a preliminary outlook by PQ Media CEO Patrick Quinn at the Customer Engagement Technology World show, digital out-of-home (OOH) advertising spending, including digital place-based networks, billboards and signage, grew 14.9% in the first half of 2010 and is on pace to grow 14.8% for the full year to $2.07 billion,

PQ Media breaks down the digital OOH industry by two major platform segments and six venue/location categories:

  • Digital place-based networks integrating entertainment and/or informational programming in venues such as cinema, retail, office, entertainment and transit.
  •  Digital billboards and signage communicating primarily advertising messages through LED or LCD screens, to showcase multiple brands at locations including roadside, transit, entertainment and retail.

Spending on U.S. digital place-based networks, the larger of the two platforms, grew 13.7% in the first half of 2010 and is accelerating in the second half, fueled by double-digit growth in four of the five venue categories, including the largest, cinema, and the fastest-growing, office, as well as entertainment and transit, according to the study.

Retail is pacing for high single-digit growth for the full year after posting the only decline among the five major categories in 2009. Total digital place-based network spending is expected to increase 14.0% to $1.53 billion for full-year 2010, following a 0.9% decline last year.  

Digital Out-of-Home Ad Spending (USD, 2010)


% Change


First Half 2010 Spend

Full Year 2010 Est. Spend

Full Year 2010 Est. $

Digital Place-based Networks



$1.53 billion

Digital Billboard and Signage



$541 million

Total Digital Out-of-Home



$2.07 billion

Source: PQ Media, December 2008

Digital billboard and signage spending jumped 18.2% in the first half of this year and is trending for full-year 2010 growth of 17.2% driven by double-digit growth in three of the four location categories:

  • The largest and fastest-growing, roadside
  • Then transit and entertainment
  • Retail is pacing for mid-single-digit growth for the full year

Quinn concludes that "U.S. digital out-of-home media resumed its strong growth track in the first half of 2010 due to several key trends, including:

  • Shifts in consumer behaviors
  • Improved audience metrics
  • More effective sales and marketing strategies
  • Growth in key brand categories
  • Consolidation and better scale
  • New technology

He continues "... research indicates the place-based network segment, in particular, will remain in the shakeout, or consolidation, phase... through at least 2011 and likely into 2012... "

And, according to figures released by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) the out of home advertising industry revenue rose 7% in the third quarter of 2010 when compared with the same period in 2009, accounting for $1.44 billion, the second straight quarter of growth. Year to date, out of home advertising revenues are up 3.3% over 2009.

OAAA President and CEO Nancy Fletcher, says "... the medium is better measured... marketers are spending money again... looking for cost effective ways to reach mass audiences."

The media and financial segments helped drive the increase, says the OAAA report. The financial category spending on out of home grew by a third compared to the same period a year ago.

Revenue estimates for the third quarter include billboard, street furniture, transit, alternative, and cinema advertising spending. In the second quarter of 2010, outdoor advertising revenue grew 3.6%, per the OAAA.

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