According to the Digital Place-based Advertising Association, revenues from Digital Out Of Home (DOOH) has grown faster than most other American media during the first semester of 2012. DOOH was measured by Miller, Kaplan, Arase while the other media revenues were measured by Kantar Media. See below (first semester 2012 vs first semester 2011. %)
|Sources: DPAA, Miller, Kaplan, Arase (DOOH), Kantar Media. First semester 2012|
DOOH covers all the screens which air advertising out-of-home: shopping malls, elevators, supermarkets, transportation (airports, subways, train stations, etc.), gas stations, doctors' waiting rooms, sports stadiums, convenience stores, urban furniture, cinemas, universities, you name it. This media is obviously growing strongly. And, in fact, it is a very new media, at the very beginning of its lifecycle: it is not simply TV sets hanging from the ceiling as was the case of Wal-Mart TV in 1990.
It is Out-Of-Home but it is not Outdoor. It is mostly out-of-home and indoor (the classification needs to be fixed) where it replaces posters. On-premise, In-Door-Out-Of-Home; it is also a social media where people meet and exchange.
Digital screens are all over the place and advertising networks sell local and national advertising time to advertisers.
Soon an ecosystem is bound to develop around digital signage like the one for Web display advertising including AdExchanges (DSP / SSP), Real Time Bidding, etc. for a programmatic marketplace. First, the problem of standard analytics have to be solved. The solution is probably to be found in apps on smartphones, thanks to wi-fi; such analytics will include indoor mapping and precise localization.