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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!

Out-of-Home Advertising During COVID-19

In early 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a drop in Out-of-Home visibility due to the Safer at Home order and social distancing. Now that we are well over a year into the pandemic, people are getting back on the roads and back to a new “normal” lifestyle. Because of this, billboards were, and still are, an important aspect of your marketing campaign. With more people resuming travel, Durden Outdoor has also seen an increase in COVID-19 messaging, encouraging people to get vaccinated and save lives.       There are several rumors circulating such as “The vaccine causes fertility issues” and “I don’t need the vaccine, I’ve already had COVID.” In order to squash these myths and educate the public, city and state officials are running billboard campaigns that push customers to websites where up-to-date information can be found. The hope is by educating the public, more and more people will get vaccinated, save lives and we can return to normal sooner rather than later. Currently, anyone in the state of Alabama that is 16 or older is eligible to receive the vaccine. The City of Dothan’s “Love Dothan” campaign ran a series of “Myth” ads utilizing the Durden Digital Network. The campaign features various myths about the COVID-19 vaccine with a website address to get more information about FAQ’s and registering for the vaccine. The Alabama Department of Public Health also ran a digital Out-of-Home campaign, each featuring a simple but encouraging message about getting vaccinated along with a website to find out more information.       In a time when most people are getting back to being out and about, and therefore are regularly exposed to Out-of-Home advertising, billboards are a critical part of COVID-19 messaging. Social media is so flooded with information about the virus that it’s hard to determine what’s fact and what’s not. For more information on getting the COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Alabama, click HERE. Do you have an important message to share? Are you looking to increase your brand’s awareness throughout the Wiregrass area? Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. has been making clients FAMOUS for over 53 years. Check out our services and products by clicking HERE. Contact a FAMOUS Maker today to see how we can increase your bottom line at 334.792.5056.

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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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.

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.

Durden Outdoor Expands Digital & Static Billboards to Marianna, Florida

The FAMOUS MAKERS are excited to announce the addition of Jackson County, Florida into our coverage area. In November, Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. acquired a billboard company in this market. Since this acquisition, we have built more inventory into this growing market which includes Jackson County and Marianna, Florida’s first Digital Billboard. All of our inventory stretches along Hwy 90 and Hwy 71, targeting local traffic. Highway 90 has a 60% higher traffic count than I-10 or Hwy 231 in Jackson County. “We are excited about the growth of our static billboard inventory & Durden Digital Network into the great state of Florida” says Vice President, Bill Durden. “Jackson County has a population of almost 50,000 and is a large economic draw to the Wiregrass.” The NEW Digital Billboard towers over the highest traveled intersection in Jackson County (Hwy 90 at Hwy 71) and boasts a weekly traffic count of over 234,500+ cars. This Digital Billboard marks #30 for the Durden Digital Billboard Network, which reaches over 1.2 million cars per day and spans across 6 Wiregrass cities including Dothan, AL; Enterprise, AL; Ozark, AL; Troy, AL; Eufaula, AL and now Marianna, FL. Our newest inventory can be found near several popular businesses in Jackson County, Florida to include Wal-Mart, Lowes, Tyndall Federal Credit Union, Verizon, Chipola Urgent Care, Aaron’s Rentals, Beef O’ Brady’s, Sonny’s BBQ and many other Marianna restaurants. Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. was founded by W. Earl Durden in 1968 in Dothan, AL. It remains one of the largest privately owned billboard companies in the country which now spans 10 counties in Southeast Alabama, Georgia and Florida. If you would like to be made FAMOUS in Jackson County, Florida call one of our FAMOUS MAKERS today at 334-792-5056 or email us at 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.