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Make A Statement With Billboards

Uniquely designed billboards are often the most memorable ads. Whether it’s a clever or unexpected out-of-the-box design, billboards executed well are eye-catching and draw consumers in to learn more about your business.

We pride ourselves on our award-winning creative department. We love working with customers who allow us to create outside of the parameters of a standard sign and really bring the idea to fruition. With the help of our production department, we have designed and implemented some pretty impressive billboards that have increased our customers’ bottom line. Check out some of the unique billboards that can offer great inspiration for your future Out-of-Home advertisement.

 

Dothan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat

      The Jeep extension and real time headlights create exciting imagery that is sure to catch the eyes of drivers who are looking for adventure. With a large and noticeable directional arrow, potential customers can easily make their way to the dealership to take advantage of Dothan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat’s great prices. This 14’ x 48’ bulletin is a perfect example of adding some small but key features that really bring the sign to life.

Eagle Eye Outfitters

      This 10’ x 42’ bulletin features an Omni-heat reflective Columbia jacket. Lined with red LED’s, the lining of the jacket lit up at night, bringing brand awareness to Eagle Eye Outfitters. It helped draw the attention of all those looking to buy something to keep them a bit warmer during the cooler season. Big, bold text and bright colors really took this design to the next level.

Hardee’s

  Sometimes, the food speaks for itself. That was the idea behind this 10’ x 42’ bulletin for Hardee’s. It boasts an oversized extension to make the shape of the burger seriously pop. Since this appetizing design will make passing drivers hungry, it also features large, simple text to inform the viewer of the closest Hardee’s locations.

Smoothie King

    This Smoothie King billboard is a rotary poster that is wrapped with vinyl. It utilizes an extension to create a straw for the smoothie cup. This was a simple addition to the design that made the item look and feel even more life-like.

Bryan Pharmacy

  This 10’ x 36’ bulletin for Bryan Pharmacy features “Boll Weevil Bryan,” which is a clever decision for a company that is advertising in Enterprise, AL, where the boll weevil is the unofficial symbol of the city. This billboard features a waving arm, which is a unique, eye-catching design element to incorporate. This campaign won a Silver American Advertising Award!

Mr. Mattress

    Mr. Mattress, a mattress superstore in Dothan, AL, wanted a design that is big, bold and tells a simple story – Shop Local, Save Money, Sleep Better. Durden Outdoor created a giant inflatable pillow to attach to the front of the 14’ x 48’ bulletin to bring it to life. In addition, the client wanted a billboard on the west side of town welcoming traffic into the circle city. Nothing says “Welcome to Dothan” quite like the owner waving to eastbound traffic to say hello. Check out the full video on how these designs came to life by clicking HERE. Do you have a creative billboard idea and need the right team to execute it? Give the FAMOUS Makers a call today at (334) 792-5056 or visit our website to learn how we can bring ideas to life and increase your bottom line.

Restaurants and Out-of Home Advertising

Imagine you are driving around when hunger strikes. Oh yes — it’s lunch time. You then drive by a billboard promoting a nearby restaurant and now you just have to have it. This is the advantage of Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising. For restaurants, this marketing tactic has been proven to drive traffic. In fact, 65% of billboard viewers engaged in an action after seeing a billboard, such as visiting a website, looking up a company on social media, or even visiting the storefront. Although many businesses are tempted to cut back on traditional media, it would be a huge mistake to look past the advantages of OOH. This especially rings true for restaurants that rely on the spontaneous trips and foot traffic. Implementing OOH in your marketing strategy could help make all the difference in driving consumers to your business.   Be Brief

It is important to keep in mind that billboards are meant to be seen, not necessarily completely read. Remember that you should keep your copy brief and let your messaging be clear. Your branding should also be easily identifiable allowing your message to be instantly understood, making customers who see it instantly hungry and lining up at the door. Consider Digital

The advantages of digital billboards is not only cost efficient but also has a quick turnaround time. You have the flexibility to display and change your messaging up frequently. In fact, you can advertise different menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That way, potential customers see the most relevant information at the right time.   Location, Location, Location

If a potential customer sees a billboard that makes them consider visiting your restaurant, chances are, they’ll change their mind if the restaurant would add too much time to their trip. It’s a great idea to purchase ad space for signage that is close enough to your restaurant to make it a convenient detour, but far enough before that the driver has enough time to make a decision. Out-of-Home advertising is a great element to include in any marketing strategy, but especially for a restaurant. Having the ability to publicize different specials throughout the day with the Durden Digital Network, promote an item of the month via the Rotary Poster program or even utilizing Bulletins as directionals to drive traffic to your store, are all great ways to draw in your consumer. The visibility and engagement rate are also great reasons to consider implementing this method in your plan. Interested in building an Outdoor Advertising campaign that will take your business to the next level? Contact Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. today and take advantage of the many products and services that we offer by calling 334.792.5056. Call today, FAMOUS tomorrow!

The Key to a Successful Digital Billboard Campaign

Billboards continue to be a massive part of modern-day advertising for many businesses. They are a great tool to help optimize the connections being made for new potential customers daily. Digital Out-of-Home has made the advertising industry more cost-efficient and effective.

Although it is very similar to a traditional billboard, there are a few key factors to keep in mind when designing a digital billboard. The Durden Digital Network reaches over 1.3 million cars daily across six markets. With that many impressions, your design is key to running a successful campaign. We have put together some of the best practices we use here at Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. when creating digital ads.

Simplicity is Key

Creating an effective digital billboard design starts with readability. The best designs are of no use if they are not legible from a distance. Legibility should be the first priority to create a successful design. The average driver has approximately 6-7 seconds to view a billboard. It is crucial to have a simple design that fully tells your brand’s story and also drives the consumer to your business.

Be Bold

Using bold fonts makes the message easier to read from the road. Big, bold lettering helps drivers comprehend your message quickly and retain information for later.

Tell A Story

While the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” may be cliché, it does ring true. Images help make an emotional connection to those who view it. We suggest adapting the idea that less is more and using an image to convey the message that won’t fit into words.

Stay Consistent

To communicate your message more effectively, you must hone in on one key element that will stick with the audience. You only have, on average, about 4 seconds to gain their attention. It’s best not to stack your ad with multiple messages at once but rather a single message to draw in your potential customer. In addition, you should keep your message concise and consistent throughout all mediums that you are using.

Image is Everything

Picking the right images for your message is highly important. We recommend keeping the visual elements to a minimum and avoid making the design busy or crowded. A single image or graphic with bold wording will allow your consumer to absorb the information being presented to them easily.

Digital Capabilities

A great way to reach a consumer is making your advertisement relevant. With digital billboards, this is easy to achieve. Digital advertising allows clients to plan in a shorter time frame with quick turnaround times. It gives your business the flexibility to change your design up with the season and even promote daily specials if desired. Flexibility is key in an ever changing environment.

By implementing these best practices with your digital billboard campaign, your business will be set up for success. Are you interested in the Durden Digital Network to gain more exposure? Check out our inventory by clicking HERE. Contact a FAMOUS Maker today to learn more about our products and services by calling (334) 792-5056.

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2021 is the Year of Digital

This year, digital advertising is a top choice for brands looking for outdoor advertising options. There are several unique benefits of utilizing digital billboards in your marketing campaign. With over 30 locations in the Durden Digital Network, Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. can help you create an impactful outdoor campaign that will set you apart from your competition.

Digital is Flexible

One of the best features of digital billboards is their flexibility. Whereas traditional billboard signage might be up for weeks or months, content on digital billboards may be changed weekly, daily, or even multiple times a day. For example, a restaurant has the flexibility to advertise breakfast specials in the morning, switch up the promotion at lunch, and then end the day with dinner specials. If retail stores hold a flash sale, they can easily advertise a sale for one day only and then revert back to a standard message. Changing a message frequently is typically difficult with traditional out-of-home media, but with digital signage, it can be done with ease.

Digital Increases Reach

Digital billboards are always on, 24/7 — so people take notice. In fact, 62% of consumers noticed digital billboards in a given month, and 50% of people said they notice them “all” or “most” of the time (Nielsen, 2020). That’s a lot of eyes on your brand. The Durden Digital Network, which stretches from Eufaula, Alabama, to Marianna, Florida, is exposed to over 1.3 million cars daily. Durden Outdoor offers different package options to fit your budget and increase your ROI all at the same time. A digital blitz displays your ad across various digital locations and can be utilized in multiple markets to promote your message. This is great for increasing your reach and promoting a message that is time-sensitive.

Digital Drives Action

Not only do drivers notice digital billboards, but they’re more likely to act after viewing one. According to Nielsen, 65% of viewers engaged in actions after seeing a digital ad, whether that was visiting the website, looking the brand up on social media, or visiting a store in-person. Including an address or directions to a brick-and-mortar store is beneficial, as 57% of those who noticed an ad immediately visited that business, and 95% of those people made a purchase after arriving! A well-made digital campaign can drive action and bring your business success.

Are you considering using digital billboards as part of your advertising campaign? Do you need help strategizing your business’s specific marketing needs? Contact Durden Outdoor DIsplays, Inc. today and become FAMOUS tomorrow at (334) 792-5056.

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.

Digestive Health: If 2020 Were a Drink

This year has been unlike any other. Most would agree that it has not had a great taste to it. Here’ hoping that taste doesn’t linger.
Digestive Health Services (DHS) was looking for a new summer campaign. Something that would speak to our general disdain for 2020. Never ones to shy away from humor, DHS decided to turn this lemon of a year into lemon aid, err Colon Prep.
The idea was first presented by DHS and our creative team took it and created two ads with a cohesive theme. That theme being alcohol advertisements. If we’re going to speak about 2020 as a cocktail (or mocktail), why not mix it up and pay homage to the classics in look and feel.
These two ads have been running in both the Durden Digital Network and Poster Rotary System. So, go on, drink ’em in. Got another suggestion for 2020’s drink of the year? Let us know in the comments.
  If you are interested in becoming 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 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.  

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.