Ocean Group and Signature Outdoor unveil The Loop

Birmingham has unveiled its brand new digital out of home network which deploys the very latest in screen technology. The Loop enables brands to deliver full motion advertising content to the heart of the city.

Developed, operated and sold by Signature Outdoor, The Loop is a network of more than 20 full motion screens located in 12 high footfall pedestrian zones across Birmingham’s regenerated city centre. A unique model for planning out of home media; The Loop will be planned and bought by audience and impressions via a new online audience trading platform,

The project forms part of one the UK’s biggest city centre redevelopments. The Loop debuts with campaigns from a roster of eight brands including LVMH, Timberland, Virgin Trains, Wrigleys, Columbia Tristar, Ford, Jameson and Channel 4.

The Loop allows brands to connect with audiences through small format digital screens in Birmingham city centre for the first time, offering instant connectivity to mobile audiences through a fully looped wifi powered infrastructure which is centrally networked for ease of access.

Signature Outdoor managing director Steve George said: “Birmingham is undergoing a 21st century transformation and Signature Outdoor is a core partner in driving that change.

“Signature offer out of home opportunities which are ahead of the curve and challenge traditional trading mechanisms. Working with our partners at Birmingham City Council, The Loop provides an unrivalled level of connected engagement for advertisers and the people of Birmingham.”

Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “The Loop is an innovative example of Signature Outdoor and Birmingham’s vision to become a smart connected City through the evolution of next generation world class advertising networks.”

The arrival of The Loop follows the widely publicised Media Eyes which are positioned above the main entrances to Birmingham New Street and the John Lewis flagship store, part of the Grand Central shopping centre which opened in September. The Media Eyes are operated by Signature Outdoor’s sister company, Ocean.

Ocean CEO Tim Bleakley said: “The Loop forms a significant part of Ocean Group’s multi-million pound investment in the development of prestige transport and retail environments for the next generation of mobile out of home audiences.

“Birmingham is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s most dynamic and exciting cities, and The Loop shows how best in class out of home and digital out of home connectivity is evolving.”

In addition, following the acquisition of MediaCo by Ocean Group back in April, CityLive – MediaCo’s digital pedestrian network in Manchester, 10 double-sided retail centric full motion screens, is now rebranded The Loop Manchester. Signature Outdoor now operates the only full motion small format digital networks in both Birmingham and Manchester city centres.