Best Practices

DOOH in Billboards: Specs, Audiences and Inspiration

by Campsite

Large Digital formats, just like Billboards, are natural attention-grabbers. Positioned to catch on-the-move crowds along the country’s busiest routes, high-traffic business intersections and urban centers, these digital screens provide great visibility with rich high-resolution images. Not only do their sizes naturally grab attention from drivers and pedestrians, they coat your brand with a very high-end image. Some say “Bigger is better”; in this case, we completely agree.

Environment Review

Screen Placement High traffic areas in urban city centres
Screen Dimension & Orientation From 10’ x 20’ to 18’ x 60’
May differ from market to market
Suggested Ad Creative Length

6 - 12 seconds, depends on product type

Why this environment?

Digital Out Of Home creates an opportunity to customize a message on a flexible and dynamic medium that can be altered in real time to best reach your audience. Large, vibrant, brilliant screens attract your consumer base in a non-invasive and engaging way as they navigate through their day-to-day routines.

For the diverse audience

Getting your message out to more than one hundred thousand drivers every day is a pretty great start to spreading your message. Although it is difficult to define a specific audience for large formats, the key word here is quantity. Here, we can guarantee that a lot of individuals will be in their car and will look at the billboard.

For the high creative potential

The beauty of digital is its flexible nature; it’s no longer just a simple static linear narrative, creatives may be adapted to precisely fit the environment they will play in. The possibilities are close to endless when it comes to engaging consumers with large digital screens. Creative domination? Dayparting strategy? Real-time contextual messaging? It's possible to show relevant content based on time, weather, and vacation (anything really, you’re the boss).

For the high frequency

In the urban areas, there not a day goes by without us hearing about rush hour road conditions on the radio. It is no secret that a majority of professionals are stuck in traffic twice a day, every day. Not only can you customize your messaging based on the time it’ll be viewed (think rush-hour mindset vs Saturday-night brain), but you can be assured that a consumer will see your messaging at various points during the day on the week and/or the weekend.


While different ads have different needs, there are some principles and guidelines that should always be observed. These examples represent the most current and efficient practices in digital out-of-home.

Tag Heuer

Big, bold and beautiful. Products showcased on a Superboard will always make the brand appear larger than life. Make a lifestyle statement to a diverse crowd with a wow-factor that will stand out amongst the rest of the pack.

Ed Mirvish Theatre/Mama Mia

Large Digital Out-Of-Home offers the ability to deliver contextual and timely messages that are not possible with static displays. Countdowns and details relating to limited engagements work wonders when time is of the essence. Add a little immediacy to your audience’s actions by showing real-time information as it relates to your offering or event.

Old El Paso

Use the dynamic and customizable flexibility that comes with a digital platform to cater a message not available on traditional static billboards. Leave a lasting impression that will strategically position your brand into your audience’s plans.

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