Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Trouble with LinkedIn Groups...

... is that anybody can make one, nobody has to check whether another similar group exists, and there's no good way to manage them together if you're a member of many of them. Don't think it's a real problem? Check out the non-exhaustive list of digital signage groups that I belong to:

Seems a little crazy, doesn't it? There must be a better way.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

IBN nabs a PRN exec

I haven't heard much news from IBN lately, though John Morgan and I trade emails every now and again to say 'hi.' But he just let me know that the firm is looking to step up their retail game by hiring one of the true retail media experts, Bill Lynch, formerly of PRN fame. Here's a bit from their press release:
Rob Brazell, CEO of InStore Broadcasting Network, said of Lynch’s hiring, “Bill is one of the most respected and admired people in the in-store media business. We are excited to welcome Bill and leverage his industry expertise throughout our growing business.” Rob Wolf, who held the head sales position for IBN since 2007, will assume new responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Research and Shopper Insights and will remain a member of the IBN board.

Lynch was most recently Executive Vice President of Sales with Premier Retail Networks (PRN) where he managed the National Endemic Sales Force. Prior to PRN, Lynch was Group Sales Manager for News America Marketing, where he managed and sold in-store advertising and couponing products.

While living through a global economic slowdown does suck, it also means that strong companies get the chance to realign themselves, try out some otherwise risky strategies, and make talent grabs and strategic acquisitions. Hopefully Bill will invigorate the folks at IBN and help them blaze a path out of any recession-related slowdowns that they might be feeling.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The morning press - digital signage news for August 6

Morning, folks. Here's some digital signage-related news for you:
  • Arbitron's new Out-of-Home Digital Video Display Study has just been released (for free, no less), and offers a statistical sampling of how America ingests its digital signage. The short version: "Of those who recall seeing digital video displays in the past month, 76% noticed seeing them at multiple venues. Digital video displays in retail locations alone (including grocery stores, large retailer/department stores, drug stores, shopping malls or convenience stores) reach over half (53%) of American adults in an average month. OOH digital video displays at gas stations and movie theaters each reach over 1 in 5 U.S. adults per month." I plan to do a bit more analysis of this on a Digital Signage Insiders blog article later this afternoon.
  • On the subject of Digital Signage Insiders, last week we posted a survey on how much YOU think digital signage should cost. We're at about 120 responses so far, but I'd like to get more than that. It takes less than 3 minutes to fill out, and I'll be happy to share the data with you. So get your friends and colleagues to fill it out too!
  • The Emerging Media Lab has a neat article on the next generation of touch screens that promise better interactivity and feedback through some kind of tactile interaction (e.g. making it feel like you've pressed a button when you've just touched a smooth, flat screen). Worth a quick read.
  • Digital and alternative marketing and advertising, which together will total almost $139.5 billion in 2013, according to market research firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS). These areas will drive growth in the marketing industry over the next 5 years, though it will be mostly cannibalistic (VSS has, "eight out of 20 major communications industry sectors declining, all concentrated in the traditional media, including newspapers, magazines, broadcast TV, radio, traditional out-of-home and Yellow Pages.")
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