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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.

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.

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 Welcomes ACOM Students & Families

Alabama College of Osteopathic MedicineDurden Outdoor Displays, Inc. is proud to Welcome ACOM Students and Families to Dothan, AL! We are excited that Dothan is the home of ACOM and cannot wait to see the growth that it brings to the medical industry and community. ACOM is the first osteopathic college in Alabama and 1 of 34 in the nation. Open house will be held today, July 29th, and classes will begin on August 5th.

Extra Large Jason Aldean Teaser | Answer Billboard gets huge response for a local Wrangler retailer

Jason Aldean TEASER_ANSWER Billboard The power of one billboard can be huge if the message is right.  Durden Outdoor teamed up with local Wrangler retailer THE BARN for this awesome TEASER | ANSWER board. THE GOAL:  The client wanted to let locals & through traffic know that they are the BOOT & JEAN Capital of Alabama. THE IDEA:   Build a 25 foot tall cowboy (in jeans) and put him on a billboard smack dab in the center of Dothan, AL. THE SIZZLE:  The 2013 TOADLICK Music Festival was approaching April 11,12,13 and THE BARN was a sponsor of the event.  We spoke to the festival promoters and they had tried to book country music star JASON ALDEAN because of popular demand, but were unable to book him for their 2013 event.  So, how cool would it be if THE BARN could bring him to town? J THE TEASER:  We put up a billboard for 4 weeks that simply said “JASON ALDEAN IS COMING HERE.” THE ANSWER:  Our production team designed, built and installed a 25’ tall JASON ALDEAN on a low height billboard located on a major through fair (Hwy 231) in Dothan, AL with 38,000+ cars per day. THE RESULT:  Huge Local Response & PR for our client. NEXT QUESTION:  How can TEAM DURDEN make your next campaign FAMOUS? Jason Aldean has set the stage in country music. The singer has sold more than 7 million records and went double platinum with his 2010 album “My Kinda Party.” The recent release of his new album Night Train has everyone buzzing. His first single from this album, “Take a Little Ride,” has hit a three week streak at No. 1. You can read more about him on his website www.jasonaldean.com. The Barn, a local business, has been providing western and casual clothing to the surrounding area for more than 30 years. They carry top brands of clothes, shoes, boots, hats, and accessories for the entire family. With Jason Aldean being the face of Wrangler jeans, The Barn decided they wanted to be a part of all the hype. The Kreative team at Durden designed a campaign to market their products successfully. The Durden rotary poster, displayed for a couple of weeks, next to Conestoga Steak House on HWY 231 N, kept the Wiregrass pondering and curious about the artist’s where-abouts. Through social media motorists have been trying to find the answers. Will Jason Aldean come to Toadlick? The Durden team knows what he is up to. Stay tuned!

Leigh Anne Tuohy of The Blind Side speaking in Dothan

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Leigh Anne Tuohy is coming to Dothan, Alabama! The Dothan Education Foundation is pleased to announce the inspirational matriarch of the family to Alabama. The real-life mom from the hit movie, “The Blind Side” [featuring Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron and Tim McGraw] has been invited to voice her inspiring story on March 7th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m at the Dothan Civic Center, in Dothan, Alabama. Leigh Anne is energetically involved in many civic and faith-based organizations, including Grace Evangelical Church, of which she founded. She inspires spectators through her public speaking to analyze the full potential of people in their community and to find worth in those individuals who society has deemed insignificant. This woman views potential and value in every person and emphasizes how we can impact a person’s life with a little help. Leigh Anne will be sharing her personal journey she underwent with Michael Oher and how the experience changed her as a person.
“He had a much greater impact on our lives than we did on his,” says Touhy.
The family took in Mike when he was a teenager and pushed this man to his full potential. Michael Oher, an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, won his first Super Bowl in the Big Easy against the San Francisco 49ers this year. Broadcasting the success of this young man has encouraged audiences to think “What can I do?” The Dothan Education Foundation has promoted the Blind Side Speaking Event through a multitude of advertising outlets from radio to TV and billboards to social media. DEF is associated with Yes We Can and Adopt-A-School located at 2431 West Main Street (Westwood Office Complex), Suite 301 in Dothan, AL. The missions of the three affiliated organizations remain alike but structurally, they are becoming more active in the community. The three establishments are merging to becoming one organization to combine the history with the achievements and grassroots support of YWCD and AASD. The goals of these establishments are to improve student achievement for Dothan City students, maintain school improvement, and engage citizens of Dothan with its public schools. You can learn more about DEF and what they are about at dothaneducationfoundation.org With Durden Outdoor, they chose to promote on our Durden Digital Network, focusing mainly on the Dothan Market. This is the first time the Dothan Education Foundation has extended out to the community for financial support. All proceeds will help fund and develop special projects for Dothan City Schools through the foundation. Leigh Anne Tuohy (The Blind Side) Tickets:
  • Upper Level: $25
  • Lower Level: $40
  • Ground Level- Meet & Greet: $75
  • Ground Level – Dinner: $100
  • Ground Level- Table (8): $800
If you would like to Hear the Real Story of Leigh Anne Tuohy, tickets can be purchased by calling DEF at (334)-794-6585 or emailing the Executive Director, Tami Culver, at tami@dothaneducationfoundation.org.

National Peanut Festival Highlighted in Durden’s Hall of Fame

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National Peanut Festival 2012 • November 2nd – November 11th in Dothan, Alabama

Each week Durden Outdoor highlights the valuable service of our advertisers. This week’s ray of fame shines on the National Peanut Festival. Its Peanut Pickin’ Time! The farmers have harvested their peanuts and it is time to celebrate! The 69th annual National Peanut Festival will kick off this Friday, November 2nd at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds. The National Peanut Festival partners with Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. each year to promote the weeklong festival. They utilize 4 Week Rotary Boards and Digital Displays to saturate Dothan and surrounding markets. The simple yet effective creative is eye catching with bright colors to announce the dates of the festival. We were also able to customize Digital ads to promote each day’s events and entertainment. People travel from all over the tri-state area to attend the weeklong festival. This year’s festival will include live performances by the Charlie Daniels Band and Eli Young Band. The popular Sea Lion Splash will be returning and is promising to be a crowd pleaser. Be sure to stop by the Eudora Farms petting zoo and let the kids get an up close glance at chickens, goats, and pigs to name a few. After checking out the agriculture exhibits, hit the Midway which will have rides sure to make you scream! From corndogs to elephant ears there will be plenty of food to enjoy while browsing all the booths and exhibits. Don’t forget to stop by the Winn-Dixie Ag complex to see the Livestock shows and you will not want to miss the Greased Pig & Calf scramble contests on Monday night. While at the NPF you might even get a glimpse of royalty! The Miss & Little Miss National Peanut Festival were held only a few weeks before the festival. Miss National Peanut Festival, Whitney Devane, and Little Miss National Peanut Festival, Emily Turner, will be attending daily events as they are the ambassadors for this year’s event. national-peanutGate and Ride tickets can be purchased in advance at the NPF Fairgrounds. This year they have the MegaPass! It includes (1) admission ticket and (1) Armband that may be used for any one day of the festival. The McDonalds Ride-a-thon advanced package will save you $7 and also contribute to the Ronald McDonald House. Each night there will be discounts on the gate admission price. You can see more details about these discounts on the NPF webpage or facebook. We look forward to seeing everyone out at the 69th annual National Peanut Festival. Remember, if you see a farmer, be sure to shake his hand as they are what it’s all about. If you would like to be made FAMOUS, contact the team at Durden Outdoor.