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Neuroscience Research
New Ocean Outdoor study reveals the brand building power of full motion digital out-of-home interactive creativity

Clear hierarchy of DOOH capability and effectiveness index established

London, UK: Neuroscience research released today (July 11 2019 ) demonstrates how full motion digital out-of-home (DOOH) campaigns which use enhanced technology are eight times more impactful than creative content carried by static displays.




The research, conducted by Neuro-Insight for Ocean Outdoor, used brain imaging to explore the neurological impact of static and full motion DOOH displays on audiences, establishing a clear hierarchy in out-of-home sites and a new effectiveness index for creative advertising.

The fourth wave of Ocean’s Neuroscience research programme analysed brain response to four different forms of interactive content which combined full motion with additional DOOH functionality including wi-fi, live streaming, augmented reality and social media interaction.

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“We’ve now established a clear hierarchy of OOH sites and shown how interaction with creative content adds a strong incremental impact.”

The focus was on three key brain response metrics which, in combination, have been shown to correlate strongly with real world effectiveness:

  • Peaks in emotional response
  • How positive that emotional response was
  • The number of brand impacts encoded into memory

From the resulting responses, neuroscientists concluded that while both static and full motion content delivered high levels of positive emotional response, full motion content delivered even higher emotional and memory intensity peaks when it was combined with interactive technology.

  • The net impact of these measures in combination equated to an eight times stronger impact for full motion DOOH with technology compared to static content
  • Full motion DOOH with technology also registered an effective index three times stronger compared to just full motion without any interactive capability
  • The use of wi-fi within a campaign elicited a 52 per cent higher impact of memory encoding
  • The addition of social media interaction equated to a five times stronger impact of memory encoding
  • The use of augmented reality using image detection equated to a four times stronger impact of memory encoding
  • Exposure to live streaming equated to a three times stronger impact of memory encoding compared to regular DOOH
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Ocean head of marketing and events Helen Haines said: “We knew from our wave three study that the impact of full motion sites was 2.5 times higher than static sites. We also knew going into wave four, that premium sites have a positive priming effect on other OOH advertising.

“We’ve now established a clear hierarchy of OOH sites and shown how interaction with creative content adds a strong incremental impact. This proves our theory that DOOH combined with interactive technology further boosts responses, delivering multiple impacts and an even strong emotional response, two key components that contribute to driving real world sales.”


Building on three previous neuroscience studies, the hypothesis was that DOOH advertising creates enhanced emotional associations for advertisers when full motion content is complemented by interactive technology, thus strengthening the impact of memory encoding on the brain.


The bespoke study was carried out in London, where 107 participants took part in a study room exercise. Headsets recorded their brain responses.

Participants were given four tasks to complete: the uploading of their photograph to a social media feed on a screen in front of them; seeing their picture in an AR world on a screen featuring different animations; using an app on their smartphone to interact with a screen and unveil an image; and viewing two simulated live content streams.

Neuro-research was chosen as the way of exploring impact, because it provides a means of looking at people’s emotional, sub-conscious responses, which are difficult to assess through traditional, questions-based research.

The technology used by Neuro-Insight known as Steady-State Topography (SST), records and measures electrical signals at the scalp in order to build a second by second picture of activity in the brain. All metrics used are based on measures that have been published and peer reviewed and are well-established in the field of neuroscience.


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