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London, 22nd February, 2024: Talon, the global independent Out of Home (OOH) agency, today announces the appointment of Sue Frogley as Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the business globally as it targets further growth and expansion.

Frogley is an accomplished industry leader with over 30 years’ experience growing successful global media businesses. She will join Talon from Publicis Groupe, where she was CEO of its media arm in the UK for over six years. Under her leadership, Publicis Media UK grew into a £2bn+ billings operation, thanks to several new business wins across its media agencies Zenith, Starcom and Spark Foundry. Before that, Frogley was President of Global Client Solutions at Publicis Groupe and previously spent over 13 years at Dentsu (then Aegis Media), where she held several global leadership roles, most latterly as Global President of Commercial Operations.

This appointment follows a rigorous selection process.  Frogley will report to Stewart Easterbrook, chairman and joins Talon’s global board.  Eric Newnham, who has acted as interim CEO for the past few months, will revert to the role of Founder and strategic advisor to the board.

Frogley is the latest in a series of new senior hires, signalling Talon’s commitment to ongoing strategic growth worldwide. Last year, Stewart Easterbrook joined as Chairman, the appointments of Mike Saunter as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Henry Lucas in the newly created role of Group Chief Commercial Officer soon followed.

Frogley’s appointment follows a period of significant growth for Talon, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2023. Since Equistone Partners Europe, one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors, invested in the business in July 2022, Talon has completed the acquisition of Evolve, the fast-growing, independent specialist OOH business, and the acquisition of Novus Media Canada Corp (now Talon OOH Canada).  

In her new role, Frogley will focus on further international growth, driving Talon’s digital capabilities and awareness of OOH as an effective, creative, data-driven media channel.

Stewart Easterbrook, Chairman, said: “Sue is a formidable and dynamic leader with a wealth of experience leading global media businesses.  I am thrilled to have someone of Sue’s calibre leading our business and look forward to working with Sue, and with our teams, to drive further growth in the scale and ambition of Talon.”

Sue Frogley said: “I have long admired Talon’s proposition, ethos and trailblazing spirit to challenge perceptions and drive growth in the OOH sector. Over the past 10 years, Eric has developed a talented team that has successfully built a unique and expanding global business that holds an enviable position in the industry. I can’t wait to get started and help unlock even more growth potential and shape Talon’s next important chapter.”

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New York, NY – February 20, 2024 – Talon, the global independent Out of Home (OOH) media company, and Out There 360, the Luxury Out of Home Independent Agency announced today that they have formed a strategic North American partnership to develop and execute data-driven, creative, and measurable OOH campaigns for luxury advertisers. 

“OOH remains a strategically vital medium for brands operating in the high-end market,” said Barbara Valensise CEO of Out There 360. “Talon is at the precipice of OOH transformation with proprietary data-driven tools and technologies that develop best-in-class creativity and drive measurable ROI at every step of the funnel. Being supported by a trusted and established local partner aligned with our values and approach to clients will enable us to deliver impactful and efficient ad experiences.”

Out There 360 provides bespoke omnichannel strategic solutions and a range of interdisciplinary communication services for high-end brands, from the development and production of creative concepts to delivery on traditional and innovative media. Headquartered in Milan, Out There 360 has extensive experience in the luxury fashion space, including partnerships with several of the most prominent luxury brands.

Talon will be fully integrated into Out There 360’s North American strategy and planning process, maximizing OOH’s impact and effectiveness for clients in this key region. Powered by best-in-class proprietary tools and technology, Talon’s suite of solutions will enable Out There 360 to capitalize on a transformed, innovative medium. 

“Our partnership with Out There 360 will be rooted in collaboration with the shared goal of unlocking the creative and brand building power of OOH for Out There 360 world class clients and partners across North America,” said Sarah Parkes, Group Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Talon. “As an advanced media channel that delivers reach, frequency, creativity, and results, OOH is unrivaled for brands to bring their stories and experiences to life at a meaningful scale.”

According to Statista, luxury goods sales in the United States have rebounded strongly, driven by increased consumer confidence and a growing appetite for high-end fashion and accessories. Latest projections from Bain & Company put the global luxury market at $1.65 trillion.  

Adds Parkes, “our integration with Out There 360 will ensure its leading luxury brands will have dedicated teams across key North American markets to execute OOH campaigns that engage consumers and deliver greater impact and outcomes.”

About Talon

Talon is a pioneering global independent Out of Home (OOH) media agency focused on delivering effective, creative, data-driven integrated OOH communications. Combining independence with a collaborative approach, Talon promotes open and transparent working relationships between many of the world’s leading agencies, clients, and media partners. Headquartered in London with offices in Canada, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Manchester, New York, and Singapore, Talon delivers expertise at global, national, regional, and local levels. Additionally, the agency has built a global OOH planning and buying network – Talon International – covering 100 markets across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. For more information, please visit www.talonooh.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Out There 360

Out There is an advisory firm that offers a range of integrated services for luxury brands, from go-to-market strategy to digital and physical brand communication, corporate social responsibility, and tech solutions. Out There 360 success is rooted in the continuous advisory that is offered to all clients. Headquartered in Milan, with local partners in Asia and North America, Out There 360 has a uniquely informed global perspective, aimed to create and advance a market-leader position for brands operating in the high-end market. For more information, please visit www.outthere360.com and follow up on LinkedIn.

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By Ellie Reeves, Effectiveness Executive 

It’s largely unsurprising that the key trends we’re due to see for consumers in 2024 can be encapsulated by two feelings: fatigue and distrust. In the now familiar narratives of economic recession, global instability, and the rise of artificial intelligence, GWI’s annual “Connecting the Dots” conference sought to look at how advertisers and brands can utilise consumer research to maximise their performance in tough times. With panellists from Meta, Snapchat and Endeavor Analytics, adaptability and transparency weren’t just recommendations, but requirements for brands across the year.  

Transparency and Communication 

Growing distrust in media and news sources in a year of multiple elections, and consumer concerns around AI, will likely preface every publication and event for the rest of 2024. Consumers are increasingly scrolling past news articles and are sceptical of what they do see, driving quality and transparency as the core values that brands will have to emphasise in order to stand out. While concerns around AI are at their peak, an open dialogue with different consumer segments on their attitudes towards AI will be key to pursue opportunities in the field. As only 1 in 10 consumers feel it’s inappropriate for brands to make a statement on public policy, honestly speaking on the current climate is a demand from consumers (GWI). Light-hearted content is an important way of being there for the public, but this can’t go without substance.  

Explored by Peter Field, trust has become an increasingly important factor in purchasing decisions, rising from 7th to 2nd most important driver of profit in the last ten years. It’s an area where OOH has had longstanding success – as a public medium, consumers are more confident in brand messaging, particularly in comparison to perceptions of the unregulated digital space. At Talon, we see an average +6% increase in brand trust after consumers have been exposed to an OOH campaign (Talon Benchmarks). While trust has long been considered a ‘soft’ metric, de-prioritised in favour of sales and ROI, its importance has re-emerged for consumers and the industry alike.  

Diversifying Audiences 

With brands looking to maximise the value of their media investment, diversifying audiences will be incredibly important. The growing fanbase of combat sports was an interesting example here, with the sport seeing a +19% y-o-y growth in young parent viewers after its employment of short-form video (GWI). Adopting new partnerships and finding different angles to reach new audiences was a key recommendation. Another example was the -29% decline in vegans in Europe since 2021, as sustainable choices are increasingly considered unattainable in the cost-of-living crisis (GWI). Plant-based brands were therefore encouraged to target nutritious-conscious audiences and alter their messaging accordingly. 

The undervalued Baby Boomer audience was also toted, positioned as a segment with money, an expanding online presence, and active purchasing habits. Significantly under-represented in both the workforce and material of the advertising industry, this age group have long been sidelined. When they are featured in ads, they tend to be cast in domestic settings – largely irrelevant to the 1 in 4 Boomers who say they’re focused on their career (GWI). Smarter brands will therefore lean into the purchasing power of this audience by ensuring inclusion and representation in their strategy.   

Though high reach has historically been a key advantage of OOH, audience-first planning means it’s not just a broadcast channel anymore. Cutting audiences by age and gender is a largely irrelevant strategy, where behavioural and attitudinal trends are much more reliable to establish and target audiences. Activating programmatically with Atlas means our clients saw an average +45% uplift in on-target audience impressions in 2023, with +15% stronger levels of brand relevance felt (Atlas Benchmarks; Talon Benchmarks). Combining high reach and high relevance is a key strength of OOH, particularly as the post-cookie landscape struggles. 

Go Back to What Works  

2024 has already been a huge year for traditional broadcasting; the finale of Traitors received close to 7 million views when aired, and Luke Littler’s appearance in the darts’ World Championship Final was Sky Sports’ most watched non-football event in history. While ad revenue for TV has consistently declined over recent years, January did reiterate the channel’s power – particularly as the digital landscape is being re-shaped. With investment pouring into digital, serving to increase clutter and decrease cut-through, traditional advertising channels are receiving more engagement.  From the IPA Databank, we can see that adding OOH to linear TV increases the latter’s effectiveness by +17%, and as both engagement with and trust for traditional channels grow, combined activations are a key strategy for brands.      

The end of third-party cookies (though not explicitly mentioned) underlay these discussions – and no doubt spoke to the renewed importance of consumer surveying for brands. Snapchat’s Hannah Richardson noted that advertisers have historically been leaning into what was easily measured, rather than what should be measured, and changes in privacy regulations are a fortunate shift for advertisers to reconsider their approach. Falling back on traditional measurement frameworks like MMM and measures of incrementality will be how brands move forwards. ‘Test and learn’ seemed to be the motto for brands in 2024, calling for focus on what wouldn’t have happened without media investment.   

Moving Forwards  

Emerging from the panel was the importance of consumer centricity when fighting for both share of attention and share of wallet. Communicating with consumers and aggregating consensual data will be more important than ever by the end of the year, and using these insights to test and measure media strategies will be the new normal post-cookie. With more sources than ever before, data is proving to be the guiding light for brands – though instinct and creativity can’t be forgotten. 

As a passively consumed channel that the general public largely opt into engaging with, OOH offers a unique space in contrast to the oversaturated digital market. Creative employment of the medium, with contextually relevant messaging and audience-led planning, are key strategies to effectively and positively cut through. While OOH has proved it’s about more than just driving brand fame, it’s still a key strength. And as marketers are encouraged to go back to what works – and what can prove it works – 2024 looks to be a good year for OOH.

We recommend reading our 2024 OOH Trends & Predictions blog next!

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By Lucy Baumgartner, Effectiveness Manager.

There’s no avoiding the news on the UK cost-of-living crisis. Whilst consumer confidence has risen from an all-time low point in 2022, still only 30% of the UK feel confident that their finances will be ok, with 66% feeling concerned with keeping up with the cost of living. So how should brands be adjusting their marketing strategies to support customers through the current economic situation?

One simple way is by using monetary offers and deals within campaigns. Promotional messaging that taps into the economic context we are living through can demonstrate a brand’s empathy in a truly authentic way. Industry research has shown that delivering contextual messages and content that explicitly calls out a relevant moment in time can deliver an average increase in brand response of +32%. Failing to engage in the conversation risks brands appearing tone deaf and isolating themselves from consumers. 

A much more customer-focused approach is particularly pertinent in the world of Out of Home (OOH). As a low dwell time media channel, it’s important to utilise high impact messaging to effectively grab consumer attention and drive engagement levels.  

Benchmark analysis of Talon OOH campaigns has revealed that the inclusion of monetary offers and deals has significant impacts on brand metrics, particularly lower funnel. Comparing creatives with and without monetary offers, those with deals see 4X stronger levels of brand preference, 2.3X stronger levels of consideration and 1.3X stronger levels of purchase intent.  

These positive trends across brand metrics are further reflected in visual engagement shown in creative testing, headlines that include monetary deals can deliver up to +28% stronger levels of fixation. 

This strong engagement and fixation on promotions and deals means the messaging resonates with consumers, with some even able to actively recall the figures included within deals and promotions:

And for those marketers concerned that deals and offers could devalue their brand, analysis shows that the inclusion of promotional messaging actually drives perceptions of brands as high quality by 1.8X, brand trust by 1.3X and as a brand for me by 2X.

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With price and value remaining at the forefront of consumers priorities, it’s critical for marketing strategies to tap into current consumer sentiments. Ultimately, delivering highly relevant promotional messaging across OOH will result in stronger relationships with consumers and long-term impacts for brands.

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The Year Ahead Breakfast Briefing, in collaboration with Talon, provided an insightful glimpse into the expectations and strategies of the marketing and creative industry for 2024. The event, hosted by Campaign, brought together industry leaders who share our passion for all things creativity, technology, and effectiveness.

The event saw editors from Campaign talk to leading brands, agencies and media companies about how they plan to grow despite soaring costs – and how they are supporting their customers and employees. Marketing and Creative industry leaders were asked what they want and expect from 2024 and examined some of the key growth drivers. Priding ourselves on big ideas and re-imagining and re-inventing OOH, partnering with Campaign for this event was the perfect fit for Talon. 

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Kicking off the event, Jay Young, Managing Director at Grand Visual, looked ahead to what 2024 has in store; anticipating longer evenings, record-breaking growth in women’s elite sport, the influence of Gen Z, powering AI sustainably and a rise in more people prioritising themselves and their wellbeing.  

Flying the flag for OOH, Jay encouraged the audience to “think outside” in 2024, reminding them that: 

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The outlook for 2024 was optimistic across all four panels, with interesting thoughts from each. Nishma Patel Robb (Google) challenged conventional measurement approaches: “What are we actually measuring? How many agencies have heard they want to do a ‘barbie,’ with a sense of always being on. How is that measurable?”

Toby Horry (ITV) emphasized the importance of a solid brand foundation with a rising standard of expectations from consumers: “We must reinforce that marketing is a driver of sales, growth and profit. Making sure that marketing is seen as a critical component of business success.”

Jessica Tamsedge (Dentsu Creative) urged the audience to build brands in the spaces where people spend their time: “People are willing to give brands more time if you make them care enough. How do we celebrate work that doesn’t fit in these spaces? There are cultural ways to create conversation!” 

Chaka Sobhani (Leo Burnett) exclaimed: “It’s time to get f**king optimistic, it’s going to be a good year. We need to get more comfortable being uncomfortable and embrace more technology, viewing punchier budgets as a creative opportunity.” 

Dan Dawson (Grand Visual) emphasized the influence that creativity has: “We have the opportunity to influence people as they go around their everyday lives in the real world, it’s something to be excited about.” Kris Boger (TikTok) looked at the year ahead for media, “This year, brands can make the most of micro moments,” said Boger. “We’re all looking for what’s next after ‘delulu’ and ‘Roman Empire.” 

The world of OOH media is changing fast, and the boundaries are being redrawn. The Year Ahead Breakfast Briefing provided an insightful glimpse into the expectations and strategies of the marketing and creative industry for 2024. It was incredible to kick off the year with likeminded people with our trail-blazing spirit. Here’s to 2024! 

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The Stagwell (STGW) agency partnered with Talon to activate a first-of-its-kind connected commerce solution designed for all brick-and-mortar retailers.

Today, global media agency Assembly announced the latest in retail media innovation – a first-of-its-kind planning tool called ShopConnect that marries programmatic buying with digital out-of-home (DOOH) to create more effective and meaningful real-time experiences for consumers. The tool was designed in partnership with Talon, an independent OOH media agency, and Place Exchange, a programmatic SSP, to connect Assembly’s media activation capability to DOOH inventory located inside, outside, and in proximity to retailers across the United States. Assembly is committed to delivering omnichannel, full-funnel connected experiences to help clients’ brands perform, and ShopConnect is an embodiment of that.

ShopConnect redefines how advertisers strategize and execute their DOOH campaigns, targeting audiences at multiple touchpoints as they engage with brands on the path to purchase. ShopConnect ingests users’ behavioral data in real-time, optimizing delivery to ensure the right ads are served at the right time to consumers most likely to engage or convert. Whether consumers are commuting to work, shopping for a special occasion, or simply treating themselves to one of life’s simple pleasures – ShopConnect reaches consumers as they normally interact with the world and brands around them, natively integrated into their day-to-day routines.

“As advertisers seek smarter and more efficient ways to reach their target audiences, ShopConnect is the game-changer they’ve been waiting for and a significant leap forward in brand performance advertising,” said Andrea Montano, Executive Vice President of Insights & Connections at Assembly. “At Assembly, we find the change that fuels growth, and with ShopConnect, we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and giving brands the power to harness the full potential of a data and tech-powered insights tool that makes retail campaigns more targeted, efficient, and measurable. Every impression should drive an outcome and ShopConnect pushes us further toward that goal.”

ShopConnect provides media buyers with direct access to strategic retail media – enabling them to identify, evaluate, activate, and report on DOOH inventory within specific retailer and venue types and drive lifts in consideration, brick-and-mortar visits, and sales. By automating the buying process and targeting specific audiences, ShopConnect reduces the wastage of ad budgets, resulting in higher ROAS (return on ad spend). “Marketers are increasingly prioritizing omnichannel strategies, and the digitization of OOH has become a powerful element in cross-platform consumer engagement throughout the customer journey,” said Jim Wilson, CEO of Talon U.S. “Our collaboration with Assembly represents a pivotal moment at the crossroads of OOH and retail media. We are equipping brands and agencies with cutting-edge tools and insights to unlock the full potential of OOH in reaching and engaging consumers throughout their purchase journey and driving full-funnel outcomes.” 

As marketers and agency partners pivot their media planning and buying strategies from channel silos to an omnichannel approach, it’s more important than ever to rethink the role of OOH. Talon created the CMO Guide to OOH Advertising for marketers to unlock the full potential of a sophisticated media channel, presenting insights, expert tips, and case studies.

Highlights for Marketers:

Download Guide Here

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:

1. THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF OOH

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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.

2. DATA-DRIVEN OUTCOMES

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.

3. THE ATTENTION METRIC

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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.

4. TECHNOLOGY & CREATIVITY UNITE

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.

5. THE BRAND FAME COMEBACK

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.

6. PROGRAMMATIC

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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.

7. RETAIL MEDIA & DOOH DRIVES PATH TO PURCHASE

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.

8. ENHANCING WITH AI

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.

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According to Statista, global Out of Home (OOH) revenue is projected to reach US$38.41bn in 2023, led by traditional OOH with a market volume of US$20.87bn in 2023. Meanwhile, in MENA, digital OOH (DOOH) is the format expected to drive growth over the next 5 years, more than doubling, from $288.28 million in 2023 to $616.27 million in 2028. This is a significant increase, bolstered by a hunger for DOOH and its capabilities in the region.   

In Talon’s Dubai office, we are dedicated to growing and nurturing the channel, providing a seamless experience for our clients. This year, we’ve been busy, showcasing our commitment to innovation, industry leadership, and global collaboration. In this blog, we are reflecting on the milestones achieved during the year and celebrating what is possible when you think outside. 

Talon’s International Summit in London

Setting the tone for the year, Managing Director, Chadi Farhat, and Client Director, Mansour Wehbe, joined the leadership teams from Talon International, Talon Ireland, Talon Germany and Talon APAC, to discuss our progress, goals and plans for the year ahead. 

We’re constantly challenging ourselves and the industry to re-invent the possibilities of what OOH can be and we’re proud to be the largest independent OOH global network, expanding our reach from Dubai through our centralised experienced team. 

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 Next, we attended and presented at the World Out of Home Organization’s MENA forum in Dubai – the first in-person regional event to take place there. Over 200 delegates attended the event, drawn from the region’s major media owners, media agencies, marketers and suppliers, all major growth drivers in their respective markets. 

On the first day, Managing Partner, Adrian Skelton, hosted the panel “Qatar 2022 – How the World Cup Impacts a Country,” – reflecting on the results that the World Cup delivered and how OOH in Qatar was as good as any other World Cup event. “Quality, innovation and possibilities in Qatar are huge, and the standards of OOH quality is there.”  

Client Director, Mansour Wehbe, also participated in the panel “View from the OOH Buyer Side: Challenges & Opportunities,” highlighting that opportunities in OOH in the region lie in DOOH, considering that digital screens bring higher revenue due to higher inventory.  

For the second day, Group Chief Strategy Director Sophie Pinto Del Rio, and Managing Director Chadi Farhat, shared their expertise on “The Evolution and Impact of Data-driven Strategies in OOH.” During this keynote, Sophie and Chadi shared Talon Benchmark data showing that clients who used intelligent audience data see positive outcomes.  

The data shows that deploying intelligent data through technology are:  

It was a fantastic opportunity to focus on the possibilities and appetite for the region comprehensively with our industry colleagues. 

Campaign Middle East’s Agency Guide

Following the successful MENA forum, we proudly unveiled our feature in Campaign Middle East’s agency guide. The guide offers the industry a 360-degree view of the OOH industry in MENA. We’re proud to be the only independent OOH industry featured, sharing our expertise and thoughts on effective OOH. 

Read the guide here.

Talon Turns 10  

Back in 2013, Talon was founded in the UK with a plan to revolutionise the world of OOH advertising. In 10 years, the business has grown substantially – securing our spot as a leader in OOH planning, creativity, effectiveness and technology. The business now spans over seven territories, including Talon MENA which was launched in 2022. 

We’re proud to be part of a business built on being the changemakers, the trailblazers, the provocateurs and the pioneers. Find out more about our decade in OOH.

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Proud members of IAB MENA since 2022, this year saw us actively participating in the development of the first DOOH whitepaper for the region. Contributing our expertise, knowledge and dedication to adding value to the market, “This State of DOOH in MENA,” highlights the key areas of DOOH that advertisers, measurement companies and media owners need to be aware of. 

The whitepaper is available for download here.   

Alongside this , Business Development Director, Rezarta Bytyci, also took part in a podcast with a panel of fellow experts from Amazon Ads, Publicis Media and Google to highlight the value proposition of DOOH from the buy-side & sell-side. The podcast covered topics such as the available formats, the benefits of cross channel planning and integrating with other channels, the measurement opportunity and some of the challenges and opportunities in growing DOOH in MENA.  

Listen to the podcast here.  

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As the changemakers, the trailblazers, the provocateurs and the pioneers; nurturing young talent with aspirations of joining the industry is extremely important. 

This year, we visited AUD to deliver a lecture to marketing students, preparing them for OOH – OOH’s evolution and future. It was a very enlightening session, in which our team showcased the capabilities and sophistication of the OOH and how data and technology are fueling the efficiencies and effectiveness of this medium.  

Campaign Middle East’s OOH Guide  

For the latest OOH guide, our Client Director in MENA, Mansour Wehbe, provided an overview of global trends of OOH and DOOH with valuable insights through our experience of advising and servicing global campaigns for our MENA region clients.  

As the only independent OOH agency featured, Mansour shared his extensive knowledge of the trends that will drive OOH’s global evolution.  Read the issue here.

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Rounding off the year, we attended the World Travel Market (WTM) event in London in association with Saudi Tourism Authority. For 42 years, WTM has been the most influential 3 days in the travel industry, providing a fantastic location for travel and tourism teams from around the globe to meet and build relationships. It was great to network, listen to some fantastic speakers and catch up with our own clients! 

Thinking Outside in 2024  

2023 has been another fantastic year of establishing ourselves as the independent OOH specialist agency of choice in MENA, taking MENA campaigns global.  In 2024, we look forward to continuing to grow and nurture the OOH channel, reimagining the industry to deliver greater value for our clients whilst inspiring people and caring for our planet – it all begins with thinking outside.   

We’d like to thank our clients, agencies and partners for their support, and we wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.  

The pioneers of Out of Home

At Talon we’re the changemakers, the trailblazers, the provocateurs, the pioneers of Out of Home (OOH). Combining a heady mix of creativity, technology and data, our team share their expert opinion on their OOH predictions and what they’d like to see more of in 2024.

“A continued push towards automation and data driven decision making. More intelligent optimisation of campaign briefs to ideal plans.”

Anant East, Chief Technology Officer, Talon

“I’d like the whole industry to be more collaborative. If we put our efforts together, I think we have a real shot at generating more effective outcomes, growing OOH and making more meaningful change happen.”

Sophie Pemberton, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Talon

“Data has been a hot topic in OOH for a number of years and rightly so but sometimes the focus on optimising media plans at site level has come at a creative cost.

Thankfully, we’re already starting to see the dial turn back and our clients and agencies are increasing the attention they give to the creative that sits within the poster. If we fail to make creative impact, no amount of audience optimisation can deliver the ROI our clients need and deserve.”

Jay Young, Chief Client Officer, Grand Visual

“Exciting. Looking forward to playing in new spaces and technologies. In particular the new Printworks ceiling and Battersea Power station promise to be fantastic new canvases for brands.”

Ben Gardiner, Head of Client Services, Grand Visual

“Definitely more digital, more data, more automation and more AI across the OOH landscape. Hopefully more sustainability, and equity being promoted within out of home organisations.”

Amy Horton, Group Chief Transformation Officer, Talon

“I think the OOH Industry in Ireland is going to be one to watch in 2024. 2023 marked the resurgence of so many brands to our medium, through clever executions and creative displays. Continued investment by media owners in roadside DOOH, a focus on sustainability initiatives and measurement of OOH are going to be hot topics for 2024 and set OOH apart.”

Caroline Decourcy, Insight Director, Talon Ireland

“The global OOH landscape is rapidly evolving and it’s been fantastic to see some of our partners developing the inventory to follow some of the industry’s trends and technology advancements. The rise of DOOH enables more and more flexible and efficient campaigns which our teams are taking full advantage, as well as offering creative opportunities that I’m looking forward to seeing of more and more.”

Camille Uzan, Business Director, Talon International

“OOH is an exciting industry to work in and is undergoing not only a renaissance as a medium but transformation as an essential communications channel. OOH and other media will be in a race to adopt, centralise and integrate the right AdTech and MarTech to transform business processes and enable smarter, faster and better service to marketers and their agencies.

The businesses that commit to the investment will grow faster and those that watch and wait will be left wondering about all that lost opportunity.”

Melanie Lindquist, Managing Director, Talon APAC

“OOH will continue to be uniquely positioned to deliver on both shifting brand awareness metrics and driving action. As data and technology increases, appetite in programmatic DOOH will continue to grow and attract new advertisers into the channel.”

Aoife Hudson, Deputy Managing Director, Talon Ireland

“I love how ambitious our industry is and at Talon we strive to be bold and at the forefront of change. In general, I think that industry wide we will continue to grow and evolve our ESG strategies, deepen DEI further into the fabric of our organisations and dare I say it… AI will become more prevalent in our working culture which will bring about new learning opportunities and productivity efficiencies.”

Hayley Tiptaft, Group People Director, Talon

Here’s to a successful 2024 and a happy, healthy and successful New Year to all our clients, agencies and partners.