Kinetic, the global leader in contextually connecting and activating audiences on the move, and Exterion Media, Europe’s largest privately held Out-of-Home advertising business, have announced a new partnership to encourage clients to explore the benefits of using beacons to reach consumers via mobile with more relevant and targeted messaging.
As part of the partnership, Exterion Media will mobilise beacons across their nationwide Bus and Rail network, Westfield and the London Underground, while working with Kinetic UK to test and learn more about how consumers and brands can effectively engage in the real world.
“We’re hugely excited about embarking on this exciting new partnership with Kinetic to transform ordinary journeys into extraordinary experiences. This will be the first time that an agency and OOH media owner have entered into a large-scale trial designed to really understand the applications for beacons in the OOH space. The findings will help inform and shape Exterion Media’s future plans – engaging audiences and making inspirational experiences,” said Glenn Iceton at Exterion Media.
“Beacons represent an exciting new opportunity to tie mobile and OOH together in an engaging and contextually relevant way. That said we are at the genesis of our journey using the technology that requires a measured and sensible way to test the best ways beacons and OOH can work together, for brands, but most importantly for consumers," said Rosh Singh, Director of Digital Innovation at Kinetic UK. "Embarking on this journey with Exterion Media is an exciting prospect for us and our clients, which will help us answer some of the questions we have about the best applications of beacons in OOH,” he added.
Beacons play a vital role in Exterion Media’s Urban Activation Strategy, connecting consumers with brands via mobile around specific moments, habits or activities. Combined with OOH this enables advertisers to transform consumer experiences by sending targeted and timely content to mobile devices at moments when they are most receptive.
Marking a significant move by one of the mainstream OOH agencies to realise the potential offered by this technology, the collaboration will give Kinetic UK’s clients access to a range of opportunities including push, pull and personalisation campaigns across a network initially covering 10 million passenger journeys a month – with plans to expand across Exterion Media’s entire portfolio, which according to Route reaches over 92% of UK adults every week.