In the dynamic landscape of consumer behaviour, every moment holds the opportunity to make a lasting impression. Traditionally, January has been synonymous with resolutions, a tradition that dates back over 4,000 years. But what if we shift the lens? one that extends beyond January. After all, a recent Forbes Health/One Poll survey found that the average resolution lasts just 3.74 months. We firmly believe the key to success lies in consistently understanding and harnessing this consumer behaviour year-round.

In this piece, we delve into the changing way we think about resolutions and uncover how OOH serves as a potential catalyst, guiding brands in crafting continuous opportunities for year-round connection with consumers.


So, let’s dive in with a recent consumer behaviour study that inspired this piece. Contrary to popular belief that resolutions are solely a January affair, our findings reveal a different narrative. When asked if they were making New Year’s Resolutions to kick off 2024, 32% of respondents said no. A 16% increase compared to 2022. Suggesting a noticeable decline in the commitment to these resolutions. But why are resolutions losing their lustre?

In response to the decline in traditional resolutions, a new paradigm is emerging. One that emphasises continuous improvement and personal growth throughout the year. 46% of respondents will be making “resolutions”, not just in January, but at various times throughout the year. With 24% of respondents going so far as stating they will be setting these on a month-by-month basis. So, as we bid farewell to the era of resolutions, what remains is a group of open-minded consumers throughout the year. But how can OOH helps brands capture this consumer and drive year-round engagement?

Resolutions not just in january


Highlighted in our latest consumer behaviour study, consumers are willing to invest in these “resolutions”. With 67% of respondents preparing to spend considerably. As we know consumers are increasingly shopping around for the best price, and 79% of us are researching products before they visit a store to purchase. As a result, it’s an incredibly important time for brands to be advertising. The battleground will be in securing meaningful attention amidst an oversaturated advertising landscape.

Kantar’s recent Media Reactions is a key example of how attention is coming to the forefront of conversations surrounding media effectiveness. Citing a 90% correlation between channels that consumers claim capture their attention and those that they prefer. Consumers placed both OOH and DOOH in their top three attention grabbing channels, and top five preferred channels. Attention in OOH is not a new metric. By crafting visuals that mirror the mood of the season brands can not only convey their messages using OOH, but they can also effectively create a sustained and impactful presence all year-round.



With the death of the cookie slated to finally happen in 2024, dynamic and programmatic OOH stand as an indispensable tool for brands. As our research has revealed the resolutions landscape is evolving. These strategies offer unparalleled levels of adaptability, allowing brands to tailor their messages in real-time to align with the shift in consumers aspirations. Whether it’s the pursuit of health and wellness in January. Or home D.I.Y during the summer months, dynamic OOH ensures relevance by adjusting content to seasonal trends. Programmatic OOH takes this a step further, allowing brands to deliver timely messages precisely when consumers are most receptive to goals.

With the impending challenges in digital advertising, dynamic and programmatic emerge not just as tools but as essential allies for brands seeking sustained engagement and a substantial return on investment.

A call to reshape resolutions. In the ever-evolving consumer landscape, resolutions break free from the confines of January. As we shift from the traditional resolution’s mindset, attention becomes crucial, with OOH and DOOH leading the way in this area. Dynamic and programmatic OOH emerge as essential tools for real-time engagement, adapting to evolving aspirations. Our strategy involves closely monitoring evolving consumer behaviours, identifying key focuses seasonally, and helping brands move to maintaining year-round commitment instead of just one-time resolutions.

In the realm of attention, we’re not just observers – we’re architects of attention.

There were many positive developments in the OOH channel throughout 2023, marking it OOH’s strongest year since 2019. As another year ends, we at Talon can reflect on one of excellence, collaboration, creativity, and data driven strategies.

As we step into the dynamic landscape of 2024 trends, OOH will continue to evolve, offering an array of future facing opportunities and providing even more reason for advertisers to consider what is possible when they THINK OUTSIDE.

The renaissance of the channel is set to continue with sustained growth on the back of a strong performance in 2023. Furthermore, major sporting events such as The Olympics and The Europa League Final in the Aviva Stadium will drive increased demand from event sponsors and associated categories. Additionally, ongoing investment in digital inventory will offer increased flexibility, enabling brands to deliver dynamic content and immersive campaigns, ultimately growing its share of spend to over 50%.

In this piece, we dive a little deeper into our expectations for the evolving OOH landscape and emerging 2024 trends:


Mockup of EcoBlend

In 2023, the industry made some incremental steps in our journey towards a more sustainable future. Talon partnered with print provider Delta Group to launch Eco Blend, a fully recyclable solution for 6 sheet printing. This year, we endeavour to work with our media partners to make further positive advancements in this area, supporting our clients in making responsible OOH choices.


The death of the cookie is lined up to happen in 2024, meaning the era of highly targeted ads will change and advertisers will seek new ways to target and deliver on brand objectives. Understanding how data can increase effectiveness of our strategies is pertinent at Talon and through this we are constantly seeing increases in benchmarks across the entire funnel.


Kantar Media Reaction's Study

Kantar’s recent Media Reactions is a key example of how attention is coming to the forefront of conversations around media effectiveness. Citing a 90% correlation between channels that consumers claim capture their attention and those that they prefer. Attention is not a new metric when it comes to OOH, with visibility being a key pillar that was built into our measurement systems.


As tech capabilities continue to grow, we anticipate their merging with creativity and capitalising on audiences through interactive experiences, for example AR, VR and 3D executions.


Whilst technological advances continue apace, we will witness brands recognising the true power of the OOH channel. Pushing the boundaries with premium placements and special executions. In this landscape, boundaries are being redrawn as brands transcend traditional OOH limits to achieve lasting brand fame.


Emirates programmatic campaign

The demand for programmatic continues to grow, with advertisers increasingly adopting programmatic as part of their omni channel digital strategies. With advertising becoming more targeted, fuelled by the growing availability of data, we see no signs of this trajectory slowing.


The role of OOH within path to purchase strategies will continue to become more important. Marketers who supercharge their shopper marketing will benefit from the integration of retail DOOH with retail media networks. This results in a strong presence throughout the entire consumer journey.


As businesses increasingly integrate AI, OOH agencies and media owners are leveraging it to enhance efficiencies, creative and copy. Resulting in more effective campaigns.

As we transition into the dynamic landscape of 2024 trends, OOH will continue its evolution. Presenting a myriad of future-facing opportunities that not only broaden the horizon for advertisers but also emphasise the importance of considering what is possible when they THINK OUTSIDE.

2023 has been a very positive year for OOH’s renaissance and there are no signs of slowing in 2024. The channel continues to evolve. With digitisation of inventory, new capabilities and technological advancements fostering growth, and driving OOH to become one of the fastest growing channels globally. Ever since conversations began about programmatic OOH in Ireland, Talon has been at the forefront of pioneering this new technology. We have continually pushed the boundaries of OOH and challenged ourselves and the industry to leverage these new capabilities. With the ultimate goal of helping businesses reap the rewards and champion the channel’s effectiveness.

In 2023, we witnessed a major increase in appetite from brands. Curiosity peaked around what it could deliver for their business objectives. There are now 640 screens available to trade programmatically in Ireland. Programmatic DOOH is a powerful tool for Irish advertisers, fundamentally transforming the way we connect with our target audiences. It empowers us to be more precise, efficient, and agile. We can react at a moment’s notice whilst the visibility delivers increased measurement and analytics around campaign performance. But with a long list of benefits, a question has been lingering on every marketer’s mind…

Why are we not buying all DOOH this way?

While the list of benefits for programmatic OOH is extensive, its crucial to remember the timeless strength of the OOH channel. Its capacity to build broadcast awareness, engage an audience, and steal share of mind, ultimately enhancing mental availability for a brand.

Campaign effectiveness studies conducted by our colleagues at Talon UK have shown that programmatic DOOH can achieve a 3x increase in purchase intent compared to a traditional OOH buy. However, when evaluating spontaneous brand awareness, it’s clear that a classic broadcast campaign excels in driving that shift. These findings have been corroborated by our own campaign effectiveness studies in Ireland, and they have significantly influenced the role that programmatic has in the overall OOH media mix.

So, to circle back to our marketeers question…

While programmatic’s introduction in Ireland brought some level of uncertainty. The continuously growing brand count and expanding capabilities provide us with greater confidence that it will continue to play an important role in achieving results for many advertisers in 2024. Moreover, other media channels have also shown interest in the opportunities that PROOH offers.

Programmatic’s strength lies in its ability to enhance media plans by harnessing data around audiences and create visibility for a brand in front of an optimised group at an optimised time of day. It is hyper targeted and is most effective at engaging consumers at the lower stages of the purchasing funnel. With a primary focus on driving consideration and purchase intent. However, if our aim is to shift brand metrics such as awareness, the classic OOH campaign remains the steadfast cornerstone of our media mix.

“It’s essential to bear in mind that while programmatic may be more automated than a regular media buy, the importance of experience and knowledge regarding inventory, the influence of various environments, familiarity of rules and regulations, and its overall contribution to the broader OOH media mix remains crucial for maximising the technology’s effectiveness.

Eoin Carroll, Programmatic Lead

What’s next for programmatic OOH?

For any marketeer or media planner well-versed in executing OOH campaigns, demographic targeting capabilities have long been a familiar tool. However, the advent of data and programmatic trading has taken targeting to a whole new level. It has allowed us to delve deeper into our audience’s behaviour and leverage it to create more precise audience profiles. As part of our endeavour to lead and shape the programmatic landscape in Ireland, we’ve partnered with Orb to unlock a new precision targeting capability focused on behaviour. This data empowers us to scrutinise audience behavioural traits by analysing the journeys and search data of aggregated consumer groups. Subsequently, we can then layer this information against specific screens and times of day to activate an optimized, audience-led purchase using our demand-side platform buying function.

“Programmatic DOOH is opening up exciting possibilities in the Irish OOH landscape. With the power to engage audiences at a deeper level and drive consideration and purchases, it’s reshaping the OOH media mix. Our partnership with Talon serves as a catalyst, continuously pushing advertisers to embrace this transformative technology and in turn, improve campaign results”

Callum Mathieson, CEO, Orb

In summary, the evolving landscape of programmatic in OOH opens up exciting possibilities. With these new capabilities, advertisers can seamlessly bridge online and offline strategies. This transformation has repositioned OOH, from traditionally recognised as an awareness builder, further down the purchasing funnel. It has enabled us to activate audiences and drive consideration and purchase. It has big potential. But realising it requires the support of the industry to educate, position and attract new advertisers into the channel.  

Why OOH this winter? The onset of Winter ushers in not just a change in weather, but a profound shift in consumer behaviour. As the holiday season approaches people begin to immerse themselves in the spirit of Christmas. Whether that be enjoying days out at Christmas markets, or shopping for gifts, one thing is clear – they all involve being OUTSIDE!

In this blog “Sleigh the Season” we’ll dissect the intricate patterns of consumer behaviour during the holiday season. We’ll dive into how people plan and shop for gifts, explore the ever-evolving online and offline shopping debate, and consider the timing that’s optimal for delivering your message.  Lastly, to ensure you are well prepared we will provide you with 6 media principles to excel in your OOH campaigns this Winter.


As we delve into the holiday shopping season and peel back the layers of consumer behaviour, we discover a wide spectrum of shoppers. About 32% of consumers belong to the super-organised category, diving into their list before the leaves even begin to change. November stands out as the peak shopping month, with 34% of consumers commencing their gift-hunting journey just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach. Meanwhile, roughly 13% take a more relaxed approach, not beginning their shopping until December. Finally, a small but devoted group, accounting for just 5% of shoppers, relish the excitement of last-minute purchases during the week leading up to Christmas. So, why OOH? It’s essential to tailor your strategy to reach these varied shoppers effectively.


However, given that 39% of Irish consumers acknowledge their intent to shop both online and in-store for Christmas gifts, it becomes imperative to reach these hybrid shoppers across both environments. Valuable insights from Movia Media and Nielsen highlight that leveraging OOH alongside digital channels can significantly enhance effectiveness. Translating to +31% boost for online advertising, +56% surge for paid social and an impressive +80% uptick for search-based initiatives. Moreover, considering the increased time spent outdoors during this season, integrating OOH with TV can significantly expand your reach. In fact, according to BARB Media planner, comparing a TV-only campaign to a combined TV and OOH campaign demonstrated a +26% overall reach when using both mediums in tandem.


Once your plan and strategies are in place, it’s essential to carefully consider timing. With audiences thinking of Black Friday and Christmas purchases throughout the festive build-up. Approximately 21% start thinking about their purchases 1-2 months in advance, while 23% begin their planning three to four weeks ahead. Another 24% initiate their shopping journey one to two weeks prior. With 17% diving into their shopping lists the week of. A smaller but significant 7% opt for the day-of approach.

So, why OOH? The ideal timing can vary depending on your product. Recent insights from Talon have proved that fast-food items and alcohol, often indulged in during the festive season, tend to have the shortest purchasing journey. Remarkably 7 in 10 individuals purchase fast-food within one day of exposure to an OOH ad.


So, with savvy spending becoming the norm, coupled with the emergence of the hybrid consumer, how do we ensure we drive action through OOH this festive season?


Digital advertising screen outside a JD Sports store in a mall, showcasing festive JD Sports products

Consumers feel that adverts in proximity to store are more noticeable than adverts in other locations, which influences consumer action. By strategically placing ads in high-traffic areas during the festive period, brands can effectively engage consumers and drive meaningful action.


Even more crucial during the holiday season – allowing brands to create emotional connections with their audience. A 2020 study called “The Moment of Truth” showed that using dynamic OOH in your campaign can lead to an +18% increase in cognitive response, a +16% boost in in-store sales, and a remarkable +32% recall when delivering the right content at the right moment.


Utilising audience-first planning to optimise your OOH campaign, can improve brand awareness and increase purchase intent. Audience-led planning can be prescriptive in reaching a brands desired audience. Our mapping system can tailor audiences as narrow or broad as your brand requires.


Tesco's programmatic campaign for click & collect on a digital OOH screen

Talon insights show that leveraging PrOOH can yield significant benefits for brand impact, particularly in terms of consideration and purchase intent metrics. By owning key consumption opportunities through programmatic strategies, brands can experience a twofold increase in purchase consideration. A 15% increase in relevance to target audience’s lifestyle, and a threefold boost in purchase intent.


In recent years, there has been significant uptick in the adoption of QR codes in OOH. These codes are playing a pivotal role in connecting the online and offline realms. Offering convenient access to holiday promotions, discounts and even event details. This in turn, enriches the overall holiday shopping experience for consumers.


Bespoke lighting transforms Dublin's Barge Pub for Jameson Whiskey

But let’s not forget, OOH’s main role is to drive messages to the masses. There’s no better way to capture this attention then to infuse your campaigns with creativity. Think beyond traditional OOH boundaries and consider engaging visuals and unique concepts that will make your ad stand out. Ultimately, creativity is the key to leaving a lasting impact on your target audience.

Winter provides the perfect backdrop for brands. OOH is the perfect brush to paint memorable and effective campaigns. We’ve explored consumer behaviour that accompanies winter, along with holiday shopping nuances, right down to the timing of your message. Armed with these insights alongside our 6 steps to succeed it’s time to put this knowledge into action and sleigh the season with OOH.

As always, your Talon team are on hand if you have any queries or need advice when planning!

“63% still feel that September is an ideal month to make changes and set goals – it’s more than just textbooks and classrooms, September holds the power for all ages to embrace a transformative reset”

As the gentle breeze of Autumn fills the air, a sense of anticipation surrounds us. It’s that time again, when the end of the summer holidays signals a fresh, new year. And whether you liked or loathed that back-to-school feeling, there’s no denying it brought with it a need to get organised and start fresh.

Cue the onset of adulthood, and in comes a new routine, moving away from those long summer breaks onto an annual leave allowance. You would think this transition would make you leave that back-to-school feeling behind? But no. 63% still feel that September is an ideal month to make changes and set goals. – It’s more than just textbooks and classrooms, September holds the power for all ages to embrace a transformative reset.

In this blog, we shed light on YoY trends and category-level insights for the back-to-school reset of 2023 and delve into how brands can use Out of Home to impress consumers and bring home that A+.

But first, who is our audience?


Based on our sample of 250 respondents, the survey results revealed the following distribution across the different target profiles. 19% were identified as part of the “Explorers” group, these are families with older children, nearing the end of their education journey and ready to embark on new adventures. Next is “Generation Next” which accounts for 21% of respondents, these are families with children in the middle of their education journey. 14% of the respondents fell within the “Tiny Tribers” group, these are families with younger children who are early in their education journey. Lastly, we had 39% of “Empty Nesters”, this group are pre-family and September for them is focused on the end of summer and getting back into routine and a busier schedule. This sample of respondents has provided us with a strong foundation for understanding the back-to-school reset audience.


This year, most anticipate a later start for the back-to-school reset shopping period with August being the most popular month at 36%, followed by July at 30%. Only 27% of respondents have begun already, with 5% even leaving it till the week before new term starts. This is very different to last year where there was a notable shift towards starting much earlier.

Planning tip: Start early! Brands should build anticipation for the shopping season as early as possible. Through sustained brand building campaigns advertisers can achieve summer long engagement ensuring prominent recall when the moment arrives for making a purchase.


Despite the governments release of its new free primary book policy, parents still envisage an increased level of spend for the back-to-school essentials in 2023 with spend increases across the board when comparing against 2022. Most respondents (56%) plan on spending between €100-€499. 24% answered €500-€999, followed by 11% answering €50-€99, with 8% even opting for the highest pricing threshold of €1,500+.

Planning tip: We know from our cost-of-living research that we have become a nation of savvy shoppers, with 63% of us now making lists. Considering the substantial increase in projected spending this year, consumers will undoubtedly seek value in their purchases. By leveraging the out-of-home medium, your brand can effectively convey your brand’s value messages and establish a strong presence that will in turn influence consumers choices and book a spot on that list.


Consumers will be shopping across a variety of stores, with Tesco keeping its top spot as the most popular (65%), followed closely by Dunnes (60%). 52% of respondents are once again choosing to keep things local by spending in local school supply stores in their area.

When examining the divide between brick n mortar vs online our results found that shopping centres (59%) and local shops (40%) reign supreme. A further 21% will be shopping on the high street with only 35% opting for online.

Planning tip: To effectively target consumers throughout their shopping journey, it is crucial for brands to have a pervasive presence. A multi-format campaign approach will enable you to reach consumers across a variety of environments throughout their day. By combining digital and classic out-of-home formats, you can strategically place your brand so that it’s top of mind during purchasing opportunities.


It’s not all bags and books, in recent years September has gained recognition as the new January with many seeing it as an opportunity to establish a healthier diet (58%), adopt a new fitness routine (64%), spend more time with family & friends (28%), or prioritise self-care (45%). In our survey 63% of respondents agreed that they are conscious of their lifestyle so setting goals in September helps to keep them grounded. It has become a bit of a wellness trend with health coach & wellness speaker Georgie Crawford launching this initiative back in 2022.

Planning tip: Data is your ultimate ally. Brands can utilise data to target the correct audiences effectively and identify areas with high footfall such as gyms, parks, and wellness centres. You can then layer this with consumer behaviour insights to tailor your out-of-home campaign so that it resonates with your target audience’s specific needs and preferences. This data-driven approach will allow you to deliver your message to the right people, at the right time and in the right moment – maximising impact and the effectiveness of your campaign.

The back-to-school reset period of 2023 is a huge opportunity for brands to reset and empower people of all ages – not just children. As the summer holidays end, this time of year embodies the very essence of embracing new routines, setting goals, prioritising a healthier lifestyle, and practicing self-care.

When comparing against the same period last year, there are a few changes to note. Nevertheless, our planning tips should provide brands with the necessary insights they need to capitalise on their campaigns and ensure optimal success.

Methodology: Research was conducted by Spark Market Research, on a main urban sample of 250 respondents 16+ using an online methodology. The research was conducted in June 2023. 

There is no doubt that Irish consumers are continuing to feel the pressure of the cost-of-living crisis, with many shifting their shopping habits as we become savvier and more selective in our spending. With that, we wanted to gauge the impact this was having on Irish consumers, while also seeking out the new trends and behaviours that come with it.

In our latest consumer behaviour research burst we focused much more on this topic which seems to have now replaced Covid19 as the key concern of the Irish population. 

The results paint an interesting picture of who we are, where we shop and most importantly how we shop…

Shopping Behaviour

Amid heightened inflation, unsurprisingly, 71% of Irish consumers are spending more on their weekly grocery shop than they were this time last year. 1/3 of respondents are spending €51 or more on their main weekly grocery shop, with 69% of respondents shopping for between 2-4 people. Spending is highest amongst the cohorts 45-54’s (76%) and HKWK (76%) with the 25-34’s age cohort spending the least at 67%. The findings suggest that people in the older age cohort are the most financially secure of all people living in Ireland. With those in their late 20’s and early 30’s feeling the pinch most.

Planning tip: Clever use of data amplifies campaign relevance, transforming digital Out of Home advertising into a real-time marketing platform. Using data, brands can target those hard-to-reach audiences (25-34’s & 18-24’s) hitting them with a value message – driving immediate engagement and boosting real-time conversion.

Brand Loyalty

Irish consumers are embracing discount retailers more in an attempt to save money with 54% already having switched their main grocery providers as the cost-of-living crisis bites. We have also become a nation of those who are willing to shop around with 63% of respondents using between 2-3 different grocery stores a week. The numbers buying private-label products is high (54%) across most categories with consumers showing brand loyalty most to hot & soft drinks, alcohol, and confectionery brands.

Planning tip: People are exposed to a broad range of mediums every day. A strategically planned multi-format, multi-environment campaign maximises reach and ensures consumers are influenced at all stages of the consumer journey. Brands that include proximity targeting alongside broadcast awareness formats are more likely to be selected by consumers.  

Smart Spending

One of the main highlights of the research is the emerging trend of savvy shoppers. 63% of respondents are now making lists, with 83% of those prepping the list the day of or the day before shopping.

Planning tip: There is an opportunity for brands to steal share of mind in the planning phase, and capture consumers’ attention throughout the purchasing journey. Out of Home is a great medium for driving brand awareness through its ability to reach audiences, cost effectively.

In summary, although Irish consumers are feeling the pinch of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis there is still spending power there, with many just being a bit more selective with their purchases. Overall, consumers are looking for value with 53% using more vouchers and money-off coupons. For retailers to thrive in this challenging environment and maintain consumer engagement, they must remain focused on delivering value to the customer.

Methodology: Spark Market Research conducted the online survey of a main urban sample of 250 respondents between the ages of 16-54. Research was conducted on the last week of February/beginning of March 2023.

“To ignore the potential of the Out of Home medium in driving action or inspiring a purchase, would be a missed opportunity – it’s evident that the features & capabilities support every stage of the purchasing funnel

Traditionally, Out of Home has been viewed as a top-of-the-funnel media channel due to its ability to drive broadcast awareness. With the unveiling of new technology, we are beginning to see Out of Home fulfilling a much greater role, driving bottom-funnel metrics and direct action amongst consumers. Metrics which until recently, have been associated with online performance channels.

It begs the question, is Out of Home better at generating brand awareness than driving action?

The short answer is, it can do both!

Out of Home is not one medium, it is a blend of multiple formats across multiple environments, that gives the channel the ability to dominate the public space and reach consumers in numerous mindsets. Out of Home continues to deliver in its role according to a 2022, Talon benchmark study, which comprised of 40 Irish campaigns and interviewed over 10,000 respondents. The results showed a marked increase across all measures, in particular for message delivery and call to action (+6%), thus demonstrating the effectiveness of the medium.

However, today’s world is a digital world, and the role of Out of Home is evolving. Digital now holds 43% of the overall Out of Home wallet, with the proportion of OOH revenue derived from DOOH continuing to increase year on year. This growth is fuelled by a rapid expansion of Digital Out of Home inventory (+8% in the last 18 months), with a focus on large format roadside DOOH. What is most evident is how these technologies are driving Out of Home further down the purchasing funnel, demonstrating effectiveness in driving consideration and purchase intent.


Programmatic although in its infancy in Ireland, has seen significant growth over the last few years globally, with advertisers recognizing benefits such as greater flexibility and agility in their campaigns. In a recent research study conducted by our colleagues in the UK, data showed that the use of Atlas (intelligent, audience-first DOOH buying platform) is delivering an x2 increase in purchase consideration and an x3 increase in purchase intent versus a traditional Out of Home buy. 

From an Irish perspective, we have seen similar trends where programmatic DOOH has overachieved in shifting KPIs relating to driving action; more than KPIs relating to spontaneous awareness. One campaign that activated around key consumption times for the brand drove consideration by 44%. At Talon, we are seeing increased appetite from clients to trial programmatic Out of Home and understand where it fits as part of their overall media mix. 

What does this mean for you: The use of programmatic DOOH alongside awareness-building strategies can be powerful in driving metrics along the entire brand funnel, increasing OOH’s capability as a prime channel in the overall media mix. 


Dynamic campaigns allow us to increase effectiveness and drive intent by focusing on context. At Talon, understanding audiences and their behaviour whilst Out of Home is paramount. We understand the key moments when our audiences are most likely to be influenced by a brand’s communications. Dynamic technology allows us to activate at these key moments. When we look at the performance of dynamic campaigns versus any Out of Home campaign, we are seeing a +63% uplift in consideration, and a +50% uplift in purchase behaviour – proving the power of Out of Home in driving bottom-funnel metrics. 

What does this mean for you: If our objective is driving sales, we should be taking an audience-first approach to strategy and curating content to activate at key consumption moments for our target group. 


OOH can now offer instant solutions to make our campaigns shoppable. 

Since 2020, QR codes have seen a massive resurgence across many industries, not least Out of Home.  In a recent study by Talon in Ireland, we looked at Irish consumers’ appetite to interact and take action after exposure to an OOH message. 57% of respondents agreed that they would be likely to scan a QR code on an OOH ad to find out more. 

What does this mean for you: QR codes on Out of Home are effective for driving immediate engagement and boosting real-time conversion, and the inclusion of dwell time formats encourages passers-by to invoke an action. 

To ignore the potential of the Out of Home medium in driving action or inspiring a purchase, would be a missed opportunity – it’s evident that the features & capabilities support every stage of the purchasing funnel. It’s time for planners to get creative by combining multiple formats to ensure their message is being received by the right audience and reaching them at all stages of their journey. 

Methodology: Talon Benchmarks, Talon has created benchmarks to help identify the best formats for driving specific key performance metrics, allowing clients to see how their campaign has performed versus the average.  

Methodology: QR code research was conducted by Spark Market Research, on a main urban sample of 250 respondents 16+ using an online methodology. 

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Achievements and Insights

Between them they manage, orchestrate, lead & make vital decisions. This year for International Women’s Day, we decided to interview 3 of our women employee’s to find out what IWD, and its theme #EmbraceEquity, means to them.

IWD: Anca
Question 1: What does IWD and its theme #EmbraceEquity, mean to you?

International Women’s Day for me is an opportunity to celebrate women, our achievements, resourcefulness, and bravery.

#EmbraceEquity for me is about honouring authenticity, actively supporting differences, doing what’s right, not what it’s easy, showing empathy and just be kind.

Question 2: What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of the challenges I’ve overcome in raising two wonderful daughters as a young single mother. If I had to do it all over again, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Question 3: Which powerful woman do you admire the most?

It will have to be Oprah… her strength, resilience and courage are truly remarkable.  Her dedication to empower women from impoverished backgrounds through education and the way she uses her voice to stand against child and women abuse are just a few of the reasons I admire her.

IWD: Caroline
Question 1: What does IWD and its theme #EmbraceEquity, mean to you?

International Women’s Day in my opinion is a day to celebrate all women globally. It’s about recognising our achievements, finding, and celebrating our values and being made to feel valued and more importantly being part of a tribe that promotes gender equality.  Raising the bar to support each other and be women’s greatest cheerleaders.

Question 2: What are you most proud of?

I would have to say hands down, I am most proud of being a Mum to my beautiful daughter Amy.  From very small beginnings arriving at 14 weeks early to a very independent and sassy 8-year-old, she has taken me on one of the greatest and most fulfilling journeys of my life to date, not to mention unexpected!  I’m excited for what’s to come!

Question 3: Which powerful woman do you admire the most?

There are 2 powerful women I really admire.  The first one is my Mum! A powerhouse, always thinking of and helping other people, from family to her community, always there at a moment’s notice when you need her.   

I really admire Michelle Obama as a powerful woman too.  I think she is an inspiration to all women as carved out a very successful career for herself, while raising 2 young children and becoming the First Lady, all while keeping her feet firmly on the ground and being the best version of herself.  Her book is really worth a read!

IWD: Sayali
Question 1: What does IWD and its theme #EmbraceEquity, mean to you?

International Women’s Day is a day to acknowledge and honour the women’s rights movement globally and a day to celebrate the women in all our lives. #EmbraceEquity for me is about cultivating a mindset that promises inclusivity and a shot at equal opportunities.

Question 2: What are you most proud of?

Moving to a new country and starting from scratch.

Question 3: Which powerful woman do you admire the most?

Jacinda Ardern & Kamala Harris – A small percentage of the world’s leaders are women. Leaders like these two are unafraid, bold, and live life on their terms. One was the youngest female prime minister of a country and the other rose through ranks being a child of immigrant parents. They’re indeed an inspiration!

Talon Launches The Hub: Elevating OOH Execution in Ireland

Talon, the global independent Out of Home (OOH) media agency, today announces that it is launching a new business division in Ireland called The Hub, designed to enhance Talon’s client offering with a focus on executional excellence.

The Hub’s main function will be to ensure that Talon is maximising capabilities for clients within their two key pillars of execution – investment and operations. It will bring together all of Talon’s expertise in execution to ensure it is delivering the most effective campaigns for clients.

The new business function will be headed up by Laura Pennington, who was recently promoted into the role of Buying Director. With over 20 years’ experience in OOH, Laura is a vital member of the team at Talon, and her expertise will be crucial as she oversees the new unit and leverages client’s investments into the medium.

Talon has been trialling the new structure since late 2022, and will be in full force from February 2023.

Andrew Sinclair, Managing Director of Talon in Ireland, said: “As we have entered another promising year in OOH’s renaissance, the team at Talon are constantly challenging ourselves to re-imagine the possibilities of OOH. This restructure allows us to better focus our efforts and capabilities in planning and investment as we scale our business and champion OOH’s unique proposition. We are delighted to promote Laura Pennington to lead this new business unit and drive our business forward in terms of delivering exceptional value, executional excellence, and maximising collaboration with our industry partners”.

Laura Pennington, Head of The Hub, commented: “I am excited about this new role. The set-up of The Hub marks a new approach to investment and operations which are key components in the backbone of our agency’s offering. With this new structure in place, we are driven to extend and build on our current capabilities in delivering client value and a seamless approach to execution”.

Taking on Interns is an integral part of our business, they tend to challenge the way “we’ve always done things”, while also bringing fresh, new ideas to the company. We also love being able to provide students with real-life experiences and introduce them to the OOH industry. After spending a month with the team, we asked Alannah to write up about her experience at Talon in Ireland.

Intern Insights: Exploring OOH with Talon in Ireland 2023

My name’s Alannah Kelly and I am a final-year Advertising and Marketing Communications student at TU Dublin. I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to work with Talon in Ireland for the month of January 2023. I was excited to learn more about the world of OOH, especially after learning so much about it in college. I could finally see how things were done in the real advertising world!

As I have found during my time at Talon, the OOH advertising industry is growing at a strong and steady rate. I’ve learnt many invaluable lessons that I will take along with me in my professional career. It was interesting to learn about Talon in Ireland’s background – what exactly is OOH, why advertisers and brands should use it and who their media partners are. I also learnt about the different roles and what they involve such as marketing, PR, dynamic, creative solutions, operations, research, and Insights to name but a few. Learning about these roles allowed me to understand the day-to-day aspects of the company while also giving me an idea of what role I would like when I complete my degree.

Over the last three weeks, I’ve worked on numerous projects and gained many new skills. My first project was on mapping where I learnt all about the tools used to place campaigns to best target consumers. I also worked on some competitive reviews which I loved as they gave me an excellent insight into the many trends that can be seen in OOH. It was also great seeing the many clients Talon in Ireland work with. I enjoyed participating in brainstorming meetings for upcoming campaigns, these meetings allowed me to see just how creative OOH can be. During my time, Talon’s People Forum organized several nice gestures and activities to coincide with Blue Monday. The activities were a global mental health talk, a team lunch, grabbing a colleague for a walk and a boardroom transformed into a chill-out area for the afternoon.

My time at Talon has been great, I have had the chance to meet so many amazing people while also seeing the process of their incredible work. From working at Talon, I have developed many skills and gained great confidence working within the OOH industry. I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity and thankful I was so lucky to have such an amazing company to work for!

Thank you so much Talon in Ireland for being so welcoming and for the amazing opportunity!