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The Ultimate Famous Maker Passes

The Out-of-Home industry grieves the loss of one of their own. Frankie Stone, Sales Director of Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc., died Thursday, February 4, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19. Frankie began his career as a FAMOUSMaker in 1988 at the ripe young age of 19. He started out on the panel crew at minimum wage before working himself up the ranks over the years to Production Manager. One day, he approached President, Earl Durden, and expressed his interest in sales. While that didn’t quite work out at first, Mr. Durden allowed him to hustle sales on his off days. After proving himself, he finally moved into the sales department, later becoming Sales Director in the early 2000’s managing over 1000 billboard faces. Frankie was one of the most dedicated and loyal individuals that you will ever meet. He enjoyed visiting with people, learning more about their business and helping them become FAMOUS throughout Durden’s 10 county coverage area in southeast Alabama and northwest Florida. He simply loved people. “He was born with a gift of class and a fighting spirit exemplified every day of his 33 year career with our company,” says Earl Durden, president and founder of Durden Outdoor. Frankie was a foster child growing up but would later learn to foster others. He was a mentor to many people who had the privilege of working with him. He always made time for employees and would drop what he was doing to listen and offer advice. He treated his customers the same way. He never was truly “off the clock.” There were many times when he sat in a treestand on Saturday mornings waiting for the perfect buck to come out all while responding to emails, putting proposals together and handling last minute requests that were time sensitive. Frankie was passionate about his work and always put others before himself. “Posting glue ran thru his veins, pumped from a heart full of grace and sincerity” says Bill Durden, Vice President of Durden Outdoor.  “The chemistry Frankie Stone brought to our work family was irreplaceable and he will be sorely missed by many.” Frankie Stone was a frequent attendee of many IBO conferences since 2017.  He leaves behind his wife, Jill, and daughter Hannah who also works as a graphic artist / digital scheduler at Durden Outdoor. Read the full obituary HERE.

Complete Hearing

Have you heard? Kristy and Patrick Walding are providing you modern hearing care at Complete Hearing. While Complete Hearing is new to Dothan, many folks already know Kristy Walding. She’s served the Wiregrass Area for over 15 years. Her experience in client and hearing instrument care is second to none. Kristy and Patrick came to Durden Outdoor Displays in need of a campaign. A campaign that would let everyone in the Wiregrass Area know that Complete Hearing was now open. By advertising at all, your viewer is led to believe that you are in fact, open—coming soon messages aside. Unfortunately many campaigns state this obvious fact, leading to an unremarkable campaign. Don’t underestimate the power of a boring campaign. It can flatten your profits. It can sink your ROI. So, how were we to take this simple message and adapt it in such a way that it fit with the Complete Hearing brand? And, furthermore, how were we to convey it in a unique way, so as not to alienate their audience? With all that in mind, the pressure was on. Our art department collaborated with the Complete Hearing team and the end result took an old notion and refinished it to its former glory. Is the idea sound? Does it ring true? Leave us a comment and let us know.

When Two Billboards Are Better Than One

The Vance Law Firm wanted to make a statement targeting traffic leaving Pike County, AL headed northbound to Montgomery County, AL and the FAMOUSMakers had the perfect solution to help reach their audience. Just north of Troy, AL we utilized two bulletins that are directly across the road from each other. After having this idea for some time, we knew we wanted the two billboards to work together to tell a visual story. Featuring an arm in a cast and telephone, we used the left-hand read billboard to ask the question, “Injured?” and point drivers across the street to the right-hand read billboard where Stewart Vance, Attorney & Owner, is showcased instructing drivers to “Dial 3 for Me.” Stewart Vance concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death and product liability. He represents those that have been injured in an automobile or other accidents; have suffered severe injuries or death from defective products; or who have had loved ones suffer from nursing home neglect and abuse. The Vance Law Firm has a team of attorneys ready to fight for you. Backed by the “V-Guarantee,” it’s no wonder The Vance Law Firm has been voted “Best Law Firm in Montgomery” for five years in a row. Give them a call today at 334-333-3333 for a Free Case Review. We enjoy partnering with clients to bring creative ideas to life. If you would like to become FAMOUS in the Wiregrass area, contact us today at 334-792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

Durden Outdoor Wins National “Best Of Show” Award

The FAMOUS Makers recently won big at the Independent Billboard Operators Conference in Jacksonville, FL. Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. brought home Best of Show for the Tabor Pest Control Digital Campaign, adding another National Award to the FAMOUS Makers shelf. We are humbled and honored to have received this award. We sincerely appreciate our clients who allow us to think outside of the box and push the #FAMOUSMaker button. IBOUSA brings together hundreds of billboard operators twice a year from around the United States to gain professional development in the ever-changing industry of Outdoor Advertising. They host the annual Indie Awards at the Spring Conference, sponsored by Camel City Posters. The Indie Awards is open to all Independent Billboard Companies from around the country. Check out the video below to see our award-winning work:

Dothan’s Largest Pill Bottle Lands on the Southside

Dothan Pharmacy is a local, family-owned pharmacy who was looking to make a powerful statement to Dothan’s southside motorists. After discussing ideas with the client, we determined a large bulletin along one of Dothan’s highest traveled arteries was just what they needed. This billboard’s purpose would be two-fold. Primarily, it needed to announce the new store location. We accomplished this by creating a larger-than-life 12 foot tall pill bottle and added a massive directional arrow to essentially slap drivers in the face and say “HEY! WE ARE OVER HERE!” The billboard also needed to convey to viewers that Dothan Pharmacy is not a big box-store pharmacy, unlike their competitor down the road. But rather friendly, fast and family owned. We thoroughly enjoyed working with these guys and can assure you that if you are in the market for a new pharmacy, Dothan Pharmacy will treat you like family.

If you would like more information on how to increase your bottom line, contact one of our FAMOUS Makers today at 334-792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

Dothan’s Most Traveled Intersection Gets a Digital Upgrade

After over 10 years of FAMOUS Making, Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. recently upgraded one of its first Digital Displays located at the highest traffic intersection in Dothan, AL. The former double-sided Digital Billboard originally resided at Krispy Kreme facing the Ross Clark Circle and Westgate Parkway, catching east and westbound traffic. We decided that it was finally time to retire this beauty, relocate across the street and increase its size.

As you drive along West Main Street passing Friend Bank, you will now see a large, NEW 10′ x 36′ double-sided Digital Billboard. This Display still targets east and westbound traffic but offers a clearer visibility as well as a longer read for traffic. The weekly traffic count through this highly popular intersection has a total of 379,470+ cars. We are extremely grateful for our customers who have also been just as excited about this upgrade as we are.

To be FAMOUS on this prestigious Digital Billboard, contact one of our sales reps today at (334) 792-5056 or you may email us at sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

Earl Durden Inducted into Dothan Business Hall of Fame

The FAMOUS Makers are proud to surround our rock and CEO, Earl Durden, as he was inducted into the elite Dothan Business Hall of Fame on Thursday, August 24, 2017. We would like to extend a humble “Thank You” to our clients, friends, and team members who have been apart of Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. since it was founded in 1968. Thank you Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our hero and his dedicated hard work. Click HERE to read the full Dothan Eagle article surrounding this wonderful achievement.  

Billboards Increase Sales for Eufaula Restaurants

Recently, one of Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc.’s long time clients, River City Grill in Eufaula, Alabama, approached us about advertising a new pizza restaurant they were opening. Our creative department got to work and came up with a campaign that would feature River City Grill and what would become the new hotspot of Eufaula, Graffiti’s Pizza Joint. Both of these restaurants are located in beautiful Downtown Eufaula. After working through a couple of designs and tweaks, the creative was installed on three major artery bulletins, targeting northbound and southbound traffic into Eufaula on Hwy 431. The billboards not only served as top of the mind awareness but also as a directional for non-local traffic headed to Columbus and Atlanta or to the beaches. Stephanie Ryan, partner and marketing director of Graffiti’s, said they have seen a significant increase in traffic and sales since their billboards went up. “We receive compliments everyday,” stated Ryan.

If you are in the Eufaula area and have a craving for a fresh New York-style pizza, steak and shrimp or just a great sandwich, check out our friends at River City Grill & Graffiti’s Pizza Joint, where you are sure to leave full and happy.

Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. offers bulletins, rotary posters, and digital billboard advertising in the Barbour County market. If you would like to be made FAMOUS through out the Wiregrass area, give one of our FAMOUS Makers a call today at (334) 792-5056 or you may email us at sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

Baker Metal Sees 60% Increase in Business

Are you finding out that you need more storage? Let Baker Metal Works and Supply in Troy, Alabama help you with your needs. Baker Metal specializes in Pole Barn Metal Building designs. These weather resistant structures can withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour, with over 25 different colors. Baker Metal offers delivery and same day service as they manufacture it all on site.

Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. has had the privilege of partnering with Baker Metal Works and Supply to help spread their message through out multiple counties. By utilizing the entire Digital Network and our Rotary Poster program, Baker Metal has been able to reach new customers through out all of the Wiregrass including transit and rural customers. They have targeted and spoken to specific areas by incorporating city and town names in their tag line, “Dothan, the Best Pole Barn Rates Are At…Baker Metal.” General Manager, Ray Robley, attributes a 60% increase in “Do It Yourself” clients to their Durden Digital Network and Rotary Poster Campaign.

If you would like to see growth in your business, please contact one of our FAMOUS Makers today at (334) 792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.