Posts

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.

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.

Links to design tips and other related articles:

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.

Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. partners with Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. is excited to partner with Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam for the 5th straight year, bringing thousands of people to the beautiful beaches of Panama City Beach, FL. Festivalgoers travel from all across the United States not only for the country music but for the views of the most gorgeous beaches along the gulf coast as well. The three-day country music festival is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 1st thru 3rd this year.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam utilized a mix of 4-Week Rotary Posters and the Durden Digital Network to saturate our ten county service area to include Dothan, Troy, Eufaula, Ozark, Geneva and Enterprise markets to name a few. They were able to run top of the mind awareness ads to promote the festival early on in the campaign. This allowed them to pre-sale tickets and boost the hype for one of the largest country music festivals in the south. Once all artists were secured, they started running ads across both platforms announcing the stellar lineup for the festival. Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will feature popular country music artists such as Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean and many more. Tickets to Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam are for all three days and can be purchased HERE. Prices will increase as the festival gets closer so be sure to snatch up your tickets now for the best deal.

Are you interested in becoming FAMOUS in the Wiregrass area AND partying with thousands of your closest friends at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam? Check out our specials to see how you can earn (2) FREE tickets! For more information, please contact one of our FAMOUS MAKERS at (334) 792-5056 or you may email us at sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

Durden Outdoor Installs Alabama’s Largest 3D Nose

The #FamousMakers at Durden Outdoor located in Southeast Alabama have always contended to be professional paraphrasers.  We have a general rule to keep a headline shorter than 7 words as we only have 8-10 seconds to get our point across.  While working on a new 2016-17 creative theme for one of our favorite clients, we achieved this goal…….plus we were able to add one new creative element on a billboard to push it over the top! CLICK TO SEE THE 3D NOSE VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/GD9ocJnELrM bryanpharmeditedpic Bryan Pharmacy is a locally operated pharmacy with 3 locations in Enterprise and Elba, Alabama.  Check them out at http://www.bryanpharmacy.com/ Owner Brett Bryan knows that to compete against the big chains, he has to offer customers a better experience than the “BIG CHAINS” and be creative with his marketing budget.
“Bryan Pharmacy is proud to claim the fastest prescription turnaround matched with the friendliest customer service in the Coffee County area. This is where the headline“Sniffl’n around for a faster pharm” originated from” says Durden Outdoor’s creative director Bill Durden.  “This client is always willing to push the envelope with their creative as they know it works.”  The #FamousMakers were also able to incorporate the nose element into the rest of the FAST theme by using the following headlines:
Because waiting STINKS.
Because big chains STINK.
Because you asked for 7 days. Because we help your momma and ’em.
bryan-pharmacy-2016-17-campaign-designs
bryanpharmblogphoto
Check out Alabama’s largest 3D nose on the billboard next to Taco Bell on Boll Weevil Circle in Enterprise, AL.  Durden Outdoor worked with Soft Signs in Ontario, Canada to complete the vision of creating and mounting the largest nose in Alabama onto a billboard. If you would like to be FAMOUS in the Wiregrass area, contact one of our image consultants at 334-792-5056 or by emailing sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

“A Pleasant Surprise for Enterprise” Beautiful Billboard Promotes Downtown Boutique

serendipitybulletin Serendipity means a pleasant surprise or the luck of finding something you weren’t looking for. Serendipity by Kei Boutique means finding that one piece of clothing you weren’t even looking for, but is just the perfect thing to make your wardrobe. When Serendipity by Kei contacted Durden Outdoor to make them famous, we were beyond ecstatic to help promote their eclectic selection. We started with a conversation with Serendipity by Kei’s owner, Keisha, about her vision for her boutique, as well as their advertising goals. This was a very enlightening and inspiring step, as her energy was highly contagious and got our creative team motivated to design the best board we could. We then started brainstorming and sketching concept art, which we would send over to Keisha to discuss and review; this honed in and refined the message, as well as the design. After the concept was approved, we were able to set up a wonderful photo shoot with our photographer partner Mark Broadway, and Serendipity’s delightful model, Mary Holland. A fashion shoot like this one was great to be a part of, as we were open to have fun and show off all the great items Serendipity by Kei has to offer. Keisha’s passion for her store, her customers, her fashion, and her vision were major inspirations for our design. She worked with us every step of the way, sharing her wisdom about her store and her excitement about our concepts, designs, and final product. Keisha put her feelings about the final design best in our last conversation, with an excited “Whoopie!” To find out more about Serendipity by Kei, check out their Facebook Page.  If you would like to be made FAMOUS, contact our sales department at sales@durdenoutdoor.com or call 334-792-5056 to speak with one of our creative image consultants.

Attorney Credits Billboards for 60% Increase

Melissa L. Isaak is the attorney that founded Isaak Law Firm. Her firm is the largest in the area that specializes in divorce for men.  She fights for equality in family law, specifically for fathers. She has been practicing law since 2009. In early 2016 Melissa opened her third firm location in Enterprise, AL. She credits a whopping 60% of her business in the Enterprise area to her billboard campaign with Durden Outdoor. Isaak_BlogPostArt

GOD SPEAKS BILLBOARDS SHOW UP ON DURDEN DIGITAL NETWORK

Interruption………….. An interruption is typically viewed as an unwelcome pause on progress. However, last week Durden Outdoor launched a Digital Campaign directed at doing just that. In light of months of societal unrest, we felt as if the Wiregrass needed an interruption. These “Signs from God” serve as a ray of hope designed to focus hurried, rush-hour thoughts on God in a creative and thought provoking way. The #FAMOUS MAKERS decided the best platform for this message was the Durden Digital Network. It is the largest digital billboard network in Southeast Alabama with 28+ boards. These boards reach over ONE MILLION+ cars daily in Dothan, Ozark, Enterprise, Eufaula, and Troy. Durden’s “Signs from God” campaign is specifically designed to serve as a positive interruption from the daily commute through entertaining and inspiring content. FinalCollage  

DIGITAL BILLBOARD NETWORK IN ENTERPRISE, AL

Enterprise Alabama Digtial Network Enterprise-DigtialNetwork_MapDigital Billboards have brought Out-of-Home advertising to a whole new level. Digital technology allows you to display multiple messages. Plus, with messages that are easily changed, you can display different ads on specific days as well as at different times of the day, making your message not only relevant but timely. With the latest eye-catching LED technology and multiple locations, Durden Outdoor is proud to introduce our NEW DIGITAL NETWORK to the Enterprise area. With seven different locations, more than 180,000 vehicles passing them daily and the ability to rotate to different locations every four weeks, the Durden Digital Network is the only network of it’s kind in the Enterprise Market. The Displays in the Enterprise Digital Family are listed below:
  • Ft Rucker – located at the Enterprise/Fort Rucker Gate, this display catches traffic heading west on Rucker BLVD. More than 16,000 vehicles pass this location daily and they are coming from the military base of Fort Rucker which has one of the highest hourly-rate wages in the state.
  • Cube – “The Cube” is located on the corner of Hwy 84 and the Enterprise Bypass (Boll Weevil Circle). It has a captured audience at this intersection and sees more than 42,000 cars a day pass by!!! People traveling to Dothan from Enterprise and back are likely to see this highly visible display.
  • Hwy 27S RHR – Hwy 27 South is part of a two-sided display located at the Publix shopping center in Enterprise. With more than 38,000 vehicles passing by here daily, your message is sure to be seen when you’re on either side of this prime location.
  • Hwy 27N LHR – Hwy 27 North is the other side of the two-sided display located at the Publix shopping center in Enterprise. Again, with more than 38,000 vehicles passing by here daily, your message is sure to be seen when you’re on either side of this prime location. This side catches anyone heading towards Mellow Mushroom, Lowes and Highway 167 to Troy.
  • *NEW* Hwy 167 S – Hwy 167 South is one of our newest family members and sits on the corner of Hwy 167 and the Boll Weevil Circle, located near ESCC. Nearly 16,000 cars daily pass by this location and that number is sure to increase with the growth going on on that side of town.
  • *NEW*  Hwy 167 N – Hwy 167 North is also one of our newest additions to the Enterprise Digital family. Located on the Boll Weevil Circle and Hwy 167 North across from Lowes, this location is perfect for targeting traffic headed to Troy and the high school.
  • *NEW*  HWY 27S – This location is the third of three new locations Durden Outdoor has added to the Enterprise Digital Network. Located at the intersection of Boll Weevil Circle and Hwy 27 on the Southwest side of town, this display has a traffic count of more than 10,000 vehicles daily. With the growth that is occurring on this side of town, this location is soon to be a prime spot for your message to be seen.
Durden Outdoor Displays is the only electronic, Outdoor-sign vendor able to accommodate an audience in the Wiregrass area with a network of unavoidable LED billboards – with many new electronic LED billboards going live in the coming months! Our current Network covering the Wiregrass consists of more than 20 digital billboards scattered throughout Dothan, Enterprise, Ozark and Eufaula and offers local advertisers multiple opportunities to get their brands up in lights!

Durden recognized by Enterprise Aviation Expo

Durden Outdoor received this beauty over the weekend. 
" A FAMOUS Thank You" from the City of Enterprise and E'prise Aviation Expo - 2013

” A FAMOUS Thank You” from the City of Enterprise and E’prise Aviation Expo – 2013

We were recognized by the 2013 Enterprise Aviation Expo. The 5th Annual Enterprise Aviation Expo highlighted war-birds from the Southeast, as well as diverse aircraft’s found in the Wiregrass Area. It educated the public on the Enterprise Municipal Airport, honored our War Veterans, displayed aircraft’s from World War II though present day and entertained with aerobatics. 
 
We are always proud to partner with all the cities in our coverage area.