10 examples of effective OOH advertising in a year where outdoor spend has fallen

Updated: Apr 27

With office workers at home for the majority of 2020, it’s not a surprise that out-of-home advertising has been hit hard.

According to the WFA (World Federation of Advertisers), out-of-home ad spend was down by 49% for the first half of the year, and is 39% down on planned spend for the second half so far.

As VIOOH’s Jean-Christophe Conti suggests, however, OOH is showing positive signs of getting back on its feet for 2021 (particularly in terms of programmatic). Even throughout the lockdown, we saw high levels of creativity, with advertisers executing some on-the-nose campaigns. Here’s a look at some stand-out examples of OOH so far this year.

1. Twitter

In September, Twitter tapped into so-called ‘caution fatigue’ for an OOH campaign, which is the apparent lack of motivation to partake in social distancing or proper mask-wearing efforts to fight the spread of the virus.

In order to remind and urge people to wear masks, Twitter turned a number of its users’ tweets about the topic into billboards, which were displayed in seven US cities including Florida, Chicago, and LA. Messages included “So…is ‘hey nice mask’ the new pick up line?” and “Why do I feel like everyone’s giving me Resting Mask Face?”