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University of Birmingham partners with BackLite Media

We are thrilled to announce that the University of Birmingham has once again partnered with BackLite Media for a strategic campaign, having been a valued and trusted client of the company for several years. Our longstanding partnership has consistently focused on delivering strategic advertising placements on Sheikh Zayed Road, one of Dubai's most prominent and sought-after outdoor advertising locations.

Our recent collaboration with the University of Birmingham was meticulously crafted with two primary objectives in mind:

→ Increase Visibility: We aimed to elevate the University of Birmingham's presence and reach among the diverse audience commuting along Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily. As the road is a bustling artery in Dubai, achieving maximum visibility was paramount to capturing the attention of potential students.

→ Enhance Brand Recall: We sought to create a lasting impression beyond mere visibility. By strategically placing the University of Birmingham's advertisements at key locations, we aimed to reinforce brand recognition and ensure that the audience would remember and recognise the university effortlessly.

We recommended leveraging the high-impact advertising spaces at The Dubai Jawhara, located right next to Musem of the Future and Digital Icons, an essential network with screens near Downtown Dubai and Um Seqquim Road, to achieve these ambitious goals effectively. These sites were selected for their unparalleled visibility and the ability to effectively capture the attention of the University of Birmingham's target demographic, which has reached millions of passers-by.

The campaign was executed seamlessly for a significant period. This strategic duration was chosen to maximise exposure and ensure that the University of Birmingham's message was consistently and effectively conveyed to its target audience throughout the campaign.

In conclusion, our partnership with the University of Birmingham exemplifies the synergy between strategic planning and impactful execution. We are grateful for the trust placed in us and look forward to continuing our collaboration, driving even greater success in future campaigns.

5 Reasons Why Digital Outdoor Advertising Helps a Brand Scale

📈 Increases consumer exposure.

→ Digital out-of-home (DOOH) is a direct, measurable way to reach a wide network of people in a very short span of time.

📈 Enhances engagement.

→ DOOH content can be mind-blowing. It can offer interactive experiences to drive engagement.

📈 Targeted advertising.

→ Data-driven tech allows your digital OOH billboard to deliver targeted messages to the right audience at the right time and place.

📈 Flexible and scalable.

→ DOOH campaigns can be quickly adjusted, making it an easy channel to tailor to any brand.

📈 Tracking and analytics.

→ The tracking and analytics capabilities of DOOH advertisements are second to none. They provide key insights, enhancing and improving future campaigns.

Trends in Out-of-Home: How Dynamic and Live Content create impactful campaigns

Dynamic and Live content has become a significant trend in out-of-home advertising. Digital technology and new opportunities for data integration have enabled more creative and contextually relevant ad campaigns that help brands become active social participants. However, what sets live content within out-of-home advertising apart from other media options?


Live streaming and live content can take various forms, such as live sports scores, social media feeds, and interactive video streaming. This type of live Out-Of-Home (OOH) messaging has become a powerful tool for brands to establish a connection and interact with their audience in real time.

With the availability of live streaming options and the increasing broadcasting capabilities of social media platforms, user-generated content has become a crucial component of live advertising. Brands prefer OOH to broadcast such content, as it helps them to establish a presence in the daily lives of their audience when they are out and about.


Live out-of-home (OOH) content and user-generated content complement each other perfectly. OOH campaigns are famous for their exceptional ability to build brand recognition and fame. By allowing consumers to showcase themselves on a billboard, campaigns establish authentic consumer connections and seamlessly integrate themselves into the lives of their target audience. From the participant's and the audience's perspectives, featuring real people live in a campaign promotes brand trust and generates organic social media coverage that can make a campaign go viral.

An excellent example of this is adidas takingover The Triple Crown with its “I’m Possible” user-generated content (UGC) campaign. Through social media, adidas invited women to share photos of what sports means to them, along with their stories of turning the impossible into possible every day.Every post shared, irrespective of the sport, was turned into billboards across the city in real-time, with the centrepiece being The Triple Crown on Sheikh Zayed Road. The billboards, in return, became countless pieces of social content, starting conversations about making sports more inclusive.


Many of us are more connected than ever; therefore, we expect immediate communication and instant gratification. However, even with all this technology, physical experiences still make a more lasting impression. Out-of-home (OOH) advertising is a familiar presence in the daily lives of urban consumers. Brands can go beyond typical advertising goals of raising awareness, amplifying a brand message or building interaction by integrating live content in their OOH communication. They can start a conversation with their audience, creating a more natural, human dialogue in the moment.


OOH (Out-of-Home) advertising has traditionally been considered a relatively inflexible medium. However, with the advent of digitisation, brands can now be reactive and proactive. By creating educational, informational, or entertaining campaigns, live content allows brands and consumers to be in sync. Advertisers can display content tailored to the audience's time, place, and mood, demonstrating an understanding of their needs. When a brand understands the audience's needs, it fosters deeper connections and trust among consumers.


Data integration in Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising can provide seamless, real-time updates to cater to the audience's requirements. It includes live dynamic content such as moderated social media feeds, sports scores, or current browser search trends. This type of content helps the brand to be more helpful and in sync with the audience's interests.

By harnessing BackLite Intelligence and utilising a live data feed, we proudly presented the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup scores across our digital network at Dubai Festival City Mall.


As younger generations make up a more significant portion of the consumer market, they expect more from brand messaging. Specifically, they will desire instantaneous, current, and genuine audio-visual content. Fortunately, the platform for delivering such contextual, in-the-moment campaigns is ready for mass rollout. This is due to the widespread availability of content-ready digital panels and cost-effective OOH data integration. The success of these campaigns now depends on advertisers' creativity and awareness of consumer needs.

At BackLite Media we have an ecosystem of partners and data sources that enables us to create dynamic content campaigns and make your brands stand out. Our Digital Out-of-Home Network comprises over 400 outdoor and in-mall screens that allow you to target audiences with different demographics. We have the capability to set triggers and personalise your campaign based on your objectives to ensure that you get the best results possible.

Contact us today to learn more about our services.

WOO Congress sets sail for Hong Kong

The 2024 World Out of Home Organization Global Congress will be held in Hong Kong from June 5-7 2024.

This is the first time the Global Congress has been held in the Far East although a highly successful in-person regional event was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October 2022. The recent 2023 Global Congress in Lisbon attracted a record 525 delegates from across the world.

WOO President Tom Goddard says: "Lisbon was an unprecedented success in every respect but, as a truly global organization, we can't rest on our laurels and it's right that we head to the Far East in 2024.

"Markets including China, Korea and Japan are seeing some of the most dramatic and positive transformations in global Out of Home and this will be an unmissable opportunity for WOO members, delegates and worldwide media to see the shape of future OOH right now."

The World Out of Home Organization’s Awards 2024 will be presented during the next Annual Congress (June 5th -7th) in Hong Kong on the first full day of Congress – Thursday June 6th.

This year again the Award recipients will be selected from a list of nominations by an Independent Awards Committee. This will include Tom Goddard the current President, two past Presidents, two current Board members plus a number of other recognised industry experts who we will be announcing shortly.

The Future of DOOH - How A.I will Revolutionise the Outdoor Advertising

Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) advertising is undergoing a significant transformation driven by advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), which are revolutionising advertising experiences and how consumers interact and engage with brands, in a new way, than ever before, to create personalised, impactful, and highly effective campaigns.

Here’s why I’m super excited to see what AI can bring to the world of DOOH →

🤖 Audience analytics and targeting: AI tech, like facial detection and computer vision, helps advertisers analyse audience demographics, so that they can create more specific, targeted campaigns.

🤖 Contextual relevance: AI analyses contextual information, like time of day, location and even foot traffic, to adapt and enhance the DOOH advert in order to maximise reach and engagement.

🤖 Predictive analytics: AI algorithms can predict trends and patterns in audience behaviour, helping advertisers anticipate when, and where certain audiences will be present.

🤖 Integration AI: can integrate with other tech to create interactive experiences. Sensors and cameras enable gesture recognition, allowing audiences to physically interact without physical contact.

🤖 Content optimisation: AI algorithms analyse real-time data, like weather conditions and traffic patterns to adjust content on billboards.

What are you excited to see change in DOOH with the advent of AI?

Eid Al Fitr 2024: The biggest movies coming to cinemas in the UAE

Eid Al Fitr is a festive occasion that marks the end of the fasting month and brings families together. It is also a time when people tend to return to the cinemas, as attendance usually drops during Ramadan due to a greater focus on home entertainment. However, films released during Eid draw a huge crowd.

Leveraging these movies, our SilverLite Cinema Advertising opportunities present an array of options for brands to reach a diverse audience. This includes cost-effective marketing campaigns and targeted campaigns to specific audiences.

This Eid Al Fitr, movie enthusiasts can look forward to a wide range of major releases, ranging from animated fun adventures to scary and horrific movies. As we anticipate the upcoming holiday, which is expected to occur on April 10, here are the significant releases that will be shown in UAE cinemas for Eid Al Fitr 2024.

Kung Fu Panda 4


Jack Black returns to voice the funny and loveable Po in the fourth Kung Fu Panda film, eight years after the release of the third film in the series. Oscar winnersDustin Hoffman and Ke Huy Quan also star in the film, and are joined by Awkwafina, Viola Davis and Bryan Cranston.

Po’s new enemy is a shape-shifting chameleon that absorbs the powers of other characters and assumes their shape to fight. The martial arts animated film series has long been a hit with people of all ages, with Black dropping humorous one liners as his character Po overcomes enemies with his Kung Fu prowess.

Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire


After the release of Dune: Part Two, a film made to be enjoyed on the largest screen available, fans can look forward to another larger than life experience in the coming weeks, as Godzilla and King Kong take on a new set of colossal beasts in their latest team-up.

Subtitled The New Empire, the film is the fourth film in the latest American Godzilla films eries which kicked off in 2014. It stars Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry andDan Stevens, and is directed by horror film filmmaker Adam Wingard.

The first Godzilla andKong film, released in 2021, grossed little over $400 million in global box office ticket sales, one of the biggest hits in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new film promises to be a larger-than-life romp which matches the size and scale of the monsters on screen.

The First Omen


The horror series that gave us Damien, theson of Satan, returns with a prequel that shows the origin story of FatherBrennan, an integral character in The Omen films.

The series, which started in1976 with a Richard Donner-directed film that starred Gregory Peck and LeeRemick, since spawned many sequels. A remake was released in 2006 starring Live Schreiber and Julia Stiles, though it didn’t have the same cultural impact thefirst film did. TheFirst Omen stars Bill Nighy, CharlesDance and Ralph Ineson and is directed by newcomer Arkasha Stevenson.


If The First Omen isn’t enough of a scary experience, fans will also be treated to the latest Blumhouse Pictures production which has previously given us horror films like M3gan and Five Nights at Freddy’s.

The story revolves around a teddy bear occupied by an evil spirit which a child perceives as her imaginary friend. After the child grows up, she returns home to discover her friend wasn’t imaginary after all. The movie stars DeWanda Wise and Betty Buckley and is directed by Jeff Wadlow, whose previous films include Truth or Dare and Never Back Down.

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan


Bollywood film fans can look forward to anew action film starring Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff. Trailers for the film show a military adventure experience with helicopters and gunfire a plenty. Much like many other Bollywood films, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan also has big song number shot in Jordan's Wadi Rum.

Contact our team today to learn more about Cinema Advertising networks: https://www.backlitemedia.com/contact

Programmatic Digital Out-of-Home (PrDOOH): How to get started

Programmatic advertising on the internet empowers marketers to efficiently reach their target audiences, reducing unnecessary expenses by utilising advanced targeting, precision, and bidding strategies.

On the other hand, digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising involves strategically placed, conspicuous advertising screens, offering vast creative possibilities. Today's technology enables advertisers to merge the power of programmatic precision with DOOH's attention-grabbing formats. The challenge is to know how to combine the unique features of both.

To help marketers achieve Programmatic DOOH (PrDOOH) results, BackLite's team has made it easier by explaining the key elements of an excellent brief, selecting the right technology and data partners, and perfecting targeting, creative optimisation, and measurement.

Navigating the technology and data landscape

Once you've identified prDOOH as a potential channel, you must familiarise yourself with the technology and data landscape. If you're new to programmatic, you'll also need to get to grips with the basics of the buying process:

1. The media owner makes impressions available to buy through their chosen supply-side platform (SSP)

2. Media buyers create deals in their chosen demand-side platform (DSP) based on targeting requirements and budget

3. SSPs serve ad opportunities to DSPs, including information about the location and audience

4. DSPs identify when there is a match between the ad opportunity presented by an SSP and the advertiser's targeting criteria and send a bid amount back to the SSP

5. The creative associated with the winning bid is then shown

When selecting a DSP, there are two options: a specialist DSP built specifically for prDOOH or an omnichannel DSP that offers the ability to buy across multiple channels in a single user interface. Selecting a DSP will depend on your campaign goals and existing technology and data stack. If you need help choosing a DSP, media agencies, media owners, and consultants are well-placed to advise you, as each will have experience working with most of the leading players.

Why Programmatic DOOH Should be in Your Media Mix

Adding Programmatic Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) to your media mix has two benefits. First, it increases the impact of your digital advertising by extending your reach to the physical world. Second, Programmatic DOOH lets you deliver personalised and contextually relevant advertising experiences.

Programmatic Digital Out-of-home advertising presents a game-changing opportunity for marketers. Combining traditional out-of-home strengths with programmatic technology enables precise targeting, real-time optimisation, and seamless integration with data insights. By including programmatic DOOH in your media mix, you can unlock new levels of engagement, impact, and efficiency for your advertising campaigns.

We at BackLite Media offer programmatic DOOH inventory of more than 300+ screens at key locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including popular roads, destinations, and malls. Our digital media are strategically positioned in high-traffic areas and attract both global tourists and residents. To further enhance the effectiveness of our DOOH inventory, we use data from Seventh Decimal and Admobilize. To learn more about Programmatic DOOH or to get started on a project, reach out at sean@backlitemedia.com

BackLite's Ramadan 2024 Showreel

The holy month of Ramadan is an incredible opportunity for brands to connect with their audience through Out-Of-Home (OOH) advertising in the UAE. Ramadan is a month of intense spiritual rejuvenation with a heightened focus on devotion, so it is essential to include these sentiments in the messages.

We are thrilled to present our latest Ramadan campaign showreel, which showcases stunning brands that used the power of DOOH advertising from The Landmark Series, The Outdoor Collection on Sheikh Zayed Road, and The Galleria Al Maryah Island.

Many renowned brands such as Van Cleef & Arpels, JLR, Cartier, Home Center to name a few, utilised our media to tap into the prominent outdoor locations and high-traffic malls in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. These brands ensured that relevant messages were displayed during the holy month to reach their target audience.

Out-of-Home is back on track says WOO President Tom Goddard

Out of Home is back on track says WOO President Tom Goddard at Africa Forum - here are six ways to take on the online challenge.

Global Out of Home revenue looks set to exceed 2022's $36.8bn, a full recovery from the pandemic, with six factors set to drive further growth in 2024 and beyond, World Out of Home Organization President Tom Goddard said, opening WOO's first in-person Africa Forum in Cape Town this week.

These are:

  • Digital Transformation - improving presentation standards, delivering 100% illumination and reducing lead times to hours instead of weeks.
  • Media Ownership Consolidation - Statistics clearly show how consolidated markets win a larger share of ad expenditure.
  • Better measurement - which builds trust, improves buyer confidence, compares well to other media and enables a common trading currency.
  • Automation - which improves efficiency and enables Programmatic trading.
  • Value for money - OOH compares favourably with all other media in its reach and impact. Better-funded, more unified trade bodies are key to getting this particular message across
  • Winning the contest with online - online, now 60% of the global ad market, is bedevilled by fears over brand safety, fraud, and fake news, the latter magnified in an election year across the world. This creates an enormous opportunity for a trusted medium like OOH

On Africa specifically, Goddard said OOH's share was ahead of most other continental markets although digital penetration was still far below the 30-40% norm in other regions. This indicated a great future for the medium although such a massive continent - 54 countries with around 2000 languages - posed challenges.

Goddard also announced that WOO board member Dave Roberts of Primedia is standing down. and thanked him for contribution and support. His place will be taken by Jacques du Preez of Provantage. The board has also agreed to recruit another member representing Sub-Saharan Africa and the process is underway.

Globally, said Goddard, a big challenge for OOH, aside from the seemingly remorseless rise of digital, remains sustainability. Major brands and media agencies have set fixed goals to reach carbon net zero by 2030 and not only do they expect media suppliers to follow suit, but many have also stated they will only buy media from Ad Net Zero-rated suppliers. That’s why WOO has set up a special task force and a dedicated website to help members achieve this goal.

But there is still much to celebrate, not least the massive creative impact of recent campaigns from the likes of McDonald's, Gucci, Chanel and British Airways, using both classic (static) OOH and digital to their fullest extent, among many others.

Out of Home, he concluded, demonstrably works.

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