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Consumers Notice Roadside Posters More than Digital Media

Date: March 03, 2017

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More than half of US adults have noticed a roadside poster billboard in the last month, according to a new study conducted by Nielsen, which offers a detailed look at the role posters play in the media landscape. Most agree poster ads stand out more than other media, including online, mobile devices, radio, and newspaper advertising.

The study found 94 percent of those who noticed a poster in the last month looked at the advertising message, and more than half were highly engaged with the ad. Nearly 90 percent recalled seeing advertising, and 47 percent recalled seeing a specific ad. Millennials were most likely to notice posters, with highest viewership (71%) among 25—34-year-olds, while 65 percent of adults 18-44 report noticing posters.

“This detailed study highlights the effectiveness of posters as highly engaging ad media,” said OAAA President & CEO Nancy Fletcher,” especially among today’s Millennials. Posters, most often found in neighborhoods or on surface streets, are proven to build brand awareness and drive consumer action.”

In the past month, 65 percent of adults noticed a poster directing them to a nearby store, business, or restaurant. Fifty five percent of consumers who noticed directional posters changed their plans to visit the business advertised. Nearly a quarter of those who saw a poster in the last month made a purchase at the business advertised, and 40 percent talked about the ad with friends and family. 

The report also found posters prompt online engagement. Thirty percent of survey respondents searched online for more details about a featured message, and 29 percent visited the advertiser’s website. 

“Posters are a tried and true advertising medium for local and national brands, no matter market size,” OAAA’s Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Freitas commented. “As demonstrated in this report, consumers notice posters, they recall the ads, and as a result they take action. Poster messages resonate with neighborhood residents and driving business within local economies.”

Nielsen conducted 4,020 online surveys, with local residents age 18 or older in 10 US markets between August and November 2016. Thirty-six (36) campaigns utilizing poster ad units were selected for testing across the survey markets. Ad recall results are shown among respondents who participated in the survey while the test campaigns were active in their local market.

Download a copy of the full study here

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