Port Glasgow screen helps to promote local businesses on busy A8 road
However, having recently installed their own digital billboard along the busy A8 carriageway, the local car repair business is experiencing some strong returns that prove you don’t have to be a multi-national agency to have success in the digital advertising market.
Auto-Tec made the move to install a 25m2 LED digital billboard after consulting with ADI. The display will provide high impact advertising to the 35,000 vehicles* that pass the screen each day, generating a significant income stream for the screen’s owners, who have been trading from the location for 30 years.
Having had the screen installed shortly before Christmas, it is already proving so popular with local advertisers that Auto-Tec expect to have completely paid for the screen within 18 months. With an expected lifespan of between 8 and 10 years, it promises to provide a healthy longterm investment for the business.
Local Digital Billboard Advertising for Local Businesses
The screen is part of a growing trend of local businesses seeking to provide their own out-of-home advertising networks. Traditionally, billboard locations are owned by large multi-national agencies who predominantly sell multi-site campaigns to large consumer brands. With large, national campaigns with six figure budgets, the model leaves little opportunity for smaller businesses to use those digital platforms to target a local audience.
Auto-Tec’s model turns this completely on its head, providing a single prominent space on a busy road, selling advertising to businesses in the area at far more affordable rates.
HOW DOES THE MODEL WORK?
Auto-Tec have created a simple model for the screen: ads are sold as ten second slots on rotation on a month-long basis. Advertisers have three levels of packages, which determine how frequently their adverts are shown in the playlist.
With content running from 6am to 11pm every day, it means their ad can be seen many hundreds of times each day. Auto-Tec’s Owner, Robert McKenzie, has been impressed with the uptake amongst local businesses:
Auto-Tec manage content using ADI’s bespoke Content Management System, which provides a simple interface to upload and schedule any content they wish. The CMS can be used on any internet-connected device, meaning they can even instantly change advertising content using a mobile phone.
An additional benefit of owning the screen themselves is that Auto-Tec have complete editorial control, allowing them to promote their own business. Because it is a digital platform, they can push out latest offers at short notice allowing them to vary advertising and promotions depending on how busy they are.
planning and installation
One of the factors that often concerns small businesses when considering installing a digital billboard is planning permission. For Auto-Tec, the planning process was relatively straightforward – the digital screen replaces an existing printed billboard that was already on the wall – but planning offices across the UK are becoming more open to these types of installations, particularly with the recognition of the value they can add on a local level.
By encouraging spend at local businesses, it ensures money remains within the community instead of into the pockets of international corporations – an important factor in the current climate. Auto-Tec’s Robert McKenzie added:
*Source: Department for Transport Road Traffic Statistics