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OOH vs DOOH advertising explained

Businesses looking to advertise outdoors have two options – traditional Out of Home (OOH) advertising or the new generation of outdoor advertising known as Digital Out of Home (DOOH).

Each has its own unique benefits, with the main difference being the delivery method. Some situations call for OOH media, while others are most suited to DOOH.

To help you decide which is right for you, let’s take a look at what OOH advertising is, what DOOH advertising is, and what the key differences between the two are.

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What is OOH advertising?

OOH advertising is the abbreviated form of Out of Home advertising, which is used to describe advertising that takes place outside the home. This can include billboards, bus shelter ads and posters on the side of buildings.

Out of Home is one of the most enduring forms of marketing. As far back as ancient Egypt, market sellers were advertising their products on outdoor signage.

These days, OOH is a lot more refined. The medium has evolved to offer a variety of formats, locations and advanced targeting options.

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What is DOOH advertising?

DOOH advertising is the abbreviated form of Digital Out of Home advertising. The premise of DOOH is the same as OOH but the advertising is presented through digital infrastructure. Display panels in shopping centres and digital street signage are examples of DOOH formats.

The emergence of DOOH has revolutionised the Out of Home industry, bringing greater flexibility, increased measurement and new creative options.

What’s the difference between OOH and DOOH?

OOH and DOOH share a lot of key features but there are also some distinct differences between the two mediums:

  • OOH is physical, being printed on paper or formed out of other tangible materials. DOOH, on the other hand, only exists within the screen displaying it and relies on an internet connection to function.

  • Traditional OOH is static – one ad is shown without pause over a specified amount of time (e.g. taking out a billboard slot for two weeks). DOOH offers the ability to rotate different adverts over the same period over time, according to each advertiser’s needs (e.g. taking out the same one-hour slot once a day).

  • DOOH can be more expensive than OOH, although it should be noted that OOH is already one of the most cost-effective forms of media.

  • Although both forms provide room for creativity, they do so in different ways. DOOH can use video, subtle motion and AR, while OOH offers the opportunity for 3D installations and bespoke builds.

OOH vs DOOH: Which one is better?

Both OOH and DOOH have unique benefits and use cases, meaning there’s no generic answer to which one is better than the other. It’s a subjective question that requires application to a specific circumstance.

To get a better idea of whether OOH or DOOH is better for you, consider the following advantages of each one.

Benefits of OOH

  1. It makes a bold brand statement

Extreme audience segmentation isn’t always the right approach. If you want to make a bold brand statement or start a wider public conversation, you need to make sure that everyone sees the same advert.

  1. It lends credibility to brands

OOH is old school, which means it’s been tried and tested over time and is ingrained in the public psyche. This adds credibility and indicates trust – dodgy companies don’t tend to expose themselves with massive attention-grabbing billboards.

  1. Improved brand recognition

The static nature of OOH can be a benefit in itself. When the same people pass the same advert every day, it leaves more of a lasting impression, thus improving brand recognition and awareness.

Benefits of DOOH 

  1. Drive contextual relevance

DOOH enables hyper-targeting, where advertisers don’t just target based on location but can also vary their messaging depending on the time of day. This type of dynamic advertising is used to drive contextual relevance, which is proven to have an uplift on campaign effectiveness.

  1. Flexibility for advertisers

Programmatic DOOH provides more flexibility for advertisers. Campaigns can be adapted in real-time, without having to send an expert out to tear down the poster and start again.

  1. Engage the audience with interactive features

Both OOH and DOOH can be interactive to some degree but DOOH definitely comes out on top. Digital panels make features such as touchscreens and inbuilt cameras possible, opening up a new world of interactivity.

Your next steps

For all their differences, OOH and DOOH also share some similarities. Both can direct the audience toward a purchase point, whether through a website URL or directions to a physical location.

Both allow advertisers to amplify their reach by moving the journey online – by including a QR code to their social media page, for example. And behind-the-scenes digital innovations like advanced audience intelligence can be utilised by both.

To take the next steps in your Out of Home journey, speak to one of our experts by getting in touch.

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