Asia Pacific region leading the way as Out of Home recovery gathers speed says WOO President Tom Goddard

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Picture (left to right): WOO President Tom Goddard, I DEWA GEDE MAHENDRA PUTRA Assistant to the Government and Welfare of the Provincial Secretary of Bali, Agung PrihambodoMarketing Director / AMG (Alternative Media Group)

Asia Pacific has the world’s largest young population, a bigger GDP than either the US or Europe and the most flourishing Out of Home business said World Out of Home Organization President Tom Goddard greeting a record-breaking 350 delegates at WOO’s second Asia Forum in Bali this week. APAC is home to four of the world’s biggest OOH markets.

OOH’s share in the region is now 7% compared to a global average of 5%, driven by technical and creative innovation. OOH globally has recovered strongly from the pandemic with revenues hitting $36bn, exceeding pre-lockdown levels.

But the medium has much to do, Goddard continued, to reach its merited market share of 10% and he outlined a course of action to grow the medium by 1% a year to reach this goal.

What the industry still needs, said Goddard, are:

*More consolidation – research shows that consolidated markets achieved a bigger market share

*More coordinated Adtech Strategies – the adtech industry is booming but too fragmented

*More measurement and data across all markets – perhaps the key factor and a constant theme at all WOO”s regional and global events

*More collaboration on standards and language – the medium must become easier to plan and buy

*More empowerment and resource for National Associations – active and energetic national associations drive best practice, innovation, and sector growth but too many are under-resourced.

Goddard concluded on a high note: “In many ways we can see the future of Out of Home happening now in Asia Pacific and the medium as a whole has much to learn from the innovation and creative excellence we see here. In that respect our second Asia Forum truly has been an eye-opener.

“Our challenge now is to harness this energy and desire to improve in a way that drives the whole industry towards that highly achievable 10% global market share.”

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