Clear Channel Outdoor Integrates Mobile and OOH Advertising Across US and Canadian Markets

Clear Channel Outdoor and Blue Bite Maleficent ad campaign uses "Connect" interactive platform to reach consumers

Interactive Network Enables Advertisers to Engage With On-the Go Consumers at Scale Using Mobile and OOH Media

NEW YORK, NY — A follow up on Clear Channel Outdoor’s Connect platform. Last March, we reported on the launch of Connect, an interactive mobile advertising platform that enables seamless campaign integration between out-of-home (OOH) advertising and mobile devices. According to Clear Channel Outdoor, they have completed the rollout of Connect across 29 markets, including 9 of the top 10 U.S. DMAs. With connect, advertisers will be able to reach mobile consumers via out-of-home media and smartphones in integrated campaigns at national scale.

Clear Channel Outdoor’s announcement follows successes with Connect in pilot U.S. markets and in Europe where the product was deployed earlier this year. More than 60 advertisers in the United Kingdom including McDonalds, Google, Aussie Bum, Levi’s and Paramount (Maleficent ad campaign pictured here) have run over 100 mobile-enabled campaigns using Connect. Clear Channel Outdoor has partnered with Blue Bite, a leading mobile-marketing solutions provider, to provide the back-end technology, operations, and sales support for Connect advertisers in the U.S. and Canada.

“Our North American rollout of Connect is the largest deployment of integrated mobile and out-of-home technology ever,” said Suzanne Grimes, President & Chief Operating Officer, Clear Channel Outdoor – North America. “The intersection of mobile and out-of-home is an enormous opportunity for marketers, and Clear Channel Outdoor is excited to continue to lead the way with Connect. Combining the visual impact of out of home with the interactive and data-rich capabilities of mobile will help our clients create more engaging and measurable campaigns to build their brands and achieve their sales goals.”

Clear Channel Outdoor and Blue Bite are looking to make the development and execution of interactive mobile campaigns easier. Connect tags are attached to digital and static panels on pedestrian level outdoor sites with heavy traffic such as street furniture, bus shelters and other advertising structures, also in airports and at other points-of-sale. With Connect, Advertisers have a turnkey solution for interactive campaigns using existing web-optimized content whether they need NFC tags, QR codes or SMS numbers. Clear Channel Outdoor also plans to deploy beacons and other technologies when client demand and consumer benefit arise.

Clear Channel Outdoor and Blue Bite Maleficent ad campaign uses "Connect" interactive platform to reach consumers

Blue Bite will facilitate the consumer experience by delivering appropriate mobile content to each smartphone user who engages based on their location. They will ensure access to information, coupons and transactional opportunities, or facilitate interaction with social media or games. Campaigns can be customized by city, neighborhood, or even individual site.

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