WOO APAC Forum: Region set to benefit from growth trends and positive dynamics, says WOO’s Tom Goddard
Posted on 2022 Oct,17

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World Out of Home Organization (WOO) President Tom Goddard had a bullish message for over 200 delegates at WOO’s first in-person Regional Forum, covering the APAC region, which was held in Kuala Lumpur from 11 to 13 October 2022.

The APAC region, which now accounts for a third of the world’s Gross Domestic Product, is set to share in the Out of Home industry’s worldwide strong bounce back after the pandemic.

Yet he warned that while a range of positive dynamics are driving the medium forward, the industry needs to increase collaboration at all levels and shift from a focus on local competition to sector level cooperation to help combat the threat of other media.

Goddard said that WOO’s Global Data Index shows that Out of Home in the APAC region is very much in line with global forecasts.

The global market hit a record $37 billion revenues in 2019 and was on a fast growth trajectory, he said. Global DOOH is leading the growth charge, projected to be close to 50 per cent of all OOH Revenue by 2026. Across APAC it already makes up over 45% of revenue

But Static OOH shouldn’t be forgotten, he said. “Static still accounts for around 60 per cent of global revenues, which some observers assume is in terminal decline. Not so. Static is forecast to maintain its revenues at flat, which I think is a great result, when you think about inventory moving over to digital.”

Goddard then outlined a range of positive dynamics, which will increase the growth of OOH.

“Firstly, more and more markets are investing in credible audience metrics, which builds trust, increases confidence, enables intra media comparison and facilitates a common trading language.

“Automation is also a major growth stimulus now. When you invest in Automation you also create the ability to trade programmatically and to overlay data.

“And the creatives have fallen back in love with Out of Home, having been dazzled and distracted for a while by on-line, especially with the new darling of the creative community 3D Anamorphic. Every creative on the planet wants to develop one of these.”

External factors are also working in the industry’s favour, he said. “Consumers are suffering from on-line media fatigue and information overload especially with greater on-line and social media brand safety and fraud concerns causing marketers reconsider the media options.”

Finally Goddard declared that National Trade Associations are performing valuable work in increasing industry collaboration and sector level growth.  “Five years ago we had no OOH Trade association members. Today we have over 30, including 17 from the top 20 OOH markets. We would like more representation from APAC markets to gain even more collaboration on sector growth initiatives.”

Goddard concluded with a rousing call to action, encouraging all members to: Digitise more inventory; Invest in Adtech; Provide Quality; Audience Metrics; Invest in Data Analytics; Actively support and promote Trade Associations; Working Better Together.