Doug Robertson On How Fliphound Can Sell Your Digital Sign Inventory.

Doug Robertson picDouglas Robertson is the CEO and one of the owners of Atomic Billboards (atomicbillboards.com) which operates the largest digital bulletin billboard network in Wichita, Kansas.  In addition, Douglas is one of the founders of Fliphound (fliphound.com) the first automated buying platform for the out-of-home industry.  Insider interviewed Robertson recently about Fliphound and how it can help independent billboard companies.

Douglas, how did you enter the outdoor business?

In late 2012, I had sold my previous software company that catered to independent retail pharmacies and was looking for a new opportunity.  Brandon Shuey, my business partner and a former pharmacy software industry colleague, had been working in the outdoor business with another partner Liz Farha for a couple of years and convinced me to get involved in 2013.

What is Fliphound and how can it help billboard companies?

Fliphound LogoFliphound is the first automated buying platform for the Out-of-Home (OOH) industry and is designed from an operator’s perspective to attract new advertisers without interfering with their existing billboard business. Fliphound went live in May of 2013 and has managed and executed thousands campaigns for more than 1,000+ advertisers. Fliphound makes OOH accessible to the 27+ million small businesses (SBA) and 12,000+ advertising agencies in the US (statista.com)

Fliphound is largest independent online digital billboard network, with more than 120 digitals and allows advertisers to reach millions of people on a daily basis in the United States.

In aggregate, independent board owners control more than 2,500 digital billboards (more than Lamar with its 2,300+ digitals) and Fliphound provides an automated platform that allows independent operators to create and participate in a large and attractive online digital billboard network that appeals to local, national and digital advertisers who want to buy OOH online anywhere and at any time.

Fliphound provides advertisers with a unified network view and real-time access to new and existing digital billboard inventory making it easier for advertisers to find and buy digital billboard advertising space (85% of Fliphound advertisers are new to outdoor).

Fliphound helps automate and streamline the sales process by allowing owners/sales teams to focus on larger opportunities and leverage online buying to serve a new set of clients

Fliphound promotes and markets billboards in conjunction with operators to local, regional and national advertisers on a daily basis via email, the internet and social media.

How does the Fliphound system work?

Fliphound serves two different users billboard owners and advertisers

For Digital Billboard Owners

Fliphound allows billboard owners to maintain complete control over pricing, inventory and integrates with your existing billboard or digital signage software.  Operators who show the most success have integrated Fliphound into their selling process.

Fliphound is available for free to board owners. Once your billboard inventory is listed and enabled operators can sell guaranteed ads (fixed packages) and non-guaranteed ads (Real-Time-Bidding) subject to availability, pricing and other owner managed parameters. The easiest way to get started is to load your digital board inventory into our Free Directory Listing (http://fliphound.com/Home/signupowner). Operators generally enable one leg/slot for online buys and once Fliphound is integrated and set up no further effort is required by the billboard owner or its scheduling team

For Advertisers

Fliphound allows advertisers to plan, execute and monitor outdoor ad campaigns in real time -24/7 and 365 days a year.  Users self-provision their ad campaigns like they do on other digital media and can access pricing, impression data, board locations and audience demographics online subject to information and parameters provided by board owners.

Fliphound is very focused on improving online user experience and strive to simplify the buying process by following 4 basic principles: 1) Make it easy to open an advertising account; 2) Make it easy to setup, turn on and off campaigns as well as manage package buys, bids and budget; 3) Allow advertisers to upload their ads and change ads as often as they like; and 4) Make it easy to pay online. Our goal is to get users up and running in as little as 15 minutes.

Can you give some examples for billboard companies who are using Fliphound to sell inventory?

Atomic Billboards, Coastal Outdoor and O2 Media along with others are using Fliphound.

Atomic Billboards was the first network to implement Fliphound. Atomic online sales vary by board and average between 5-20% of gross digital face revenue.  Keep in mind, Atomic has fully integrated Fliphound in to their sales process.  Fliphound allows sales teams to increase close rates, attract new customers, and cost effectively sell products at different price points to advertisers.

Atomic is now able to profitably capture a new and underserved segment of the ad market with automation– businesses who want to spend between $100 to $1,000 per month but have not previously used or had access to outdoor advertising.

Atomic benefits from this dual approach of offering fixed contracts via Atomic and flexible online pay-as-you-go buying through Fliphound. It also provides operators with a competitive advantage versus other media available off-line and on-line in the local market.

Other operators have implemented Fliphound and have had similar experiences.  More and more owners continue to join the fastest growing online digital network every week.

What should a billboard company do if they want to learn more about Fliphound?

If you want to get started or learn more see below, email us at sales@fliphound.com or call our offices at 316-351-8228.

For advertisers see http://fliphound.com/outdoor-advertiser

For board owner see http://fliphound.com/billboard-owner

How to video www.youtube.com/watch?v=6klObGjhtlU&feature=youtu.be

 

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  1. billboardinsider says:

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