Outsmart, the new marketing body for the Out of Home (OOH) industry launches today.
Outsmart will be led by CEO Alan Brydon and Chairman Mark Craze and will inform, educate and inspire advertisers and agencies to do wonderful things in OOH.
The new marketing body for OOH launches with the website, www.outsmart.org.uk and is the first port of call for advertisers, planners and creatives to showcase how OOH can be used in even bigger and better ways. The website will also include case studies, research and insight to demonstrate the medium’s core strengths – Impact, Action, Relevance and Creativity.
To prepare for launch, the new company has already created Insight and Effectiveness and Strategy Planning teams. This has resulted in numerous key appointments, including Tim Lumb as Insight and Effectiveness Director, Katie Ingram as Strategy Planning Director and Jo Scully as Assistant Strategy Planning Director.
Collaboration is a key factor in all of Outsmart’s thinking and actions and close working relationships have already been established with partners such as the specialist OOH agencies and their collective body the IPAO, as well as the OOH industry’s gold standard research body, Route.
An early manifestation of this is the OOH Forums, in partnership with the IPAO. The Forums will explore the many benefits of the medium, with the first set to focus on demonstrating its effectiveness.
Over the next 12 months Outsmart will roll out a series of initiatives including new research that help to further unlock the value and effectiveness of OOH, for brands and advertisers to make it a ‘must have’ on every media plan.
Alan Brydon, CEO of Outsmart, said “This is a golden age for OOH and there has never been a better time for the advertising, media and creative industries to utilise the medium. I am thrilled to be leading Outsmart and I am looking forward to helping agencies and brands make the most of the limitless opportunities the medium offers. Technology and consumer behaviour is enhancing the power of OOH and as more people spend more time out and about, in an ever more connected way, there has never been such an exciting time for the medium.”