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13 Eye-Catching Billboards That Demand Attention

How many billboards do you actually remember? Be honest. If no examples immediately come to mind, then you’re probably in the same boat as the rest of us.

It’s no wonder we don’t remember ads since we’re bombarded with them on highways and busy streets. Advertisers compete like they’re in the Hunger Games just to borrow a few pairs of eyeballs for an average of 3 seconds, but who knows if they’re actually making an impact.

These 13 examples managed to make an impact on me for a number of reasons, and I hope they’ll do the same for you!

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Interactive Billboard: TNT’s Perception

The creators of TNT’s Perception wanted to intrigue people and spark interest in the show, but they recognized that passersby don’t spend a ton of time pausing to read advertisements. So, they created an interactive experience triggered by movement. That did the trick!

You can watch the video here for the full experience:

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Interactive Billboard: Allen Solly Clothing Drop

How do you spread the word about your new clothing line? If you’re Allen Solly, then you set up an interactive billboard that incorporates both social media and foot traffic. The brand asked people to Tweet using a particular hashtag and mention their new line for a chance to snag a free shirt. They called it “the first ever Tweeple-powered collection launch.”

Watch it in action here:

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3D Billboard: Kraken Rum

What pairs better with alcohol than mythological creatures? Kraken Rum used their mascot to its fullest in the advertisement below. I know I’d do a double take if I saw a 3D billboard this realistic!

Kraken Spiced Rum Billboard

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Strategic Billboard Placement: Newcastle

Stella Artois couldn’t have predicted Newcastle’s snarky response to their original billboard below. As a fan of both brands, it’s hard for me to take sides. However, you have to admire Newcastle’s guts on this one.

Newcastle Rivals Stella Artois

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Interactive Billboard: Center for Domestic Violence

Domestic violence tends to fester beneath the surface of our society rather than get widespread media attention. The National Center for Domestic Violence aimed to change that with their ridiculously interactive billboard below, which was set up in a train station in London.

See it in action here:

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Innovative Billboard: Taystee Chili Sauce Burned Ad

Taystee Chili Sauce got eyes on their ad in Kenya with an interesting concept; they eluded to the idea that their topping is hot enough to singe an entire billboard. Now that’s spicy, ladies and gentlemen!

Taystee Chili Sauce

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Innovative Billboard: McDonald’s Night Vision Ad

No, you didn’t need those fancy night vision goggles from Jurassic Park to see this McDonald’s billboard. All you needed was your headlights and a strip of highway, and this otherwise-blank ad sprung to life.

Check it out here:

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Connect the Dots Billboard: Red Bull for Jessie Ware

Studio Moross paired with Red Bull last year to promote musician Jessie Ware’s new album. The result? They got attention with an innovative connect-the-dots billboard! Fans gathered to fill the blanks and create her likeness (while they heard the album, of course). How cool is that?

Red Bull and Jessie Ware

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Eco-Friendly Billboard: Urban Air

The Urban Air billboard began as a Kickstarter project and became a reality in 2013. Its goal isn’t advertising, but rather to give weary travelers’ eyes a break from the crowded highway billboards and promote eco-consciousness instead. It consists of living bamboo, water, and climate monitoring technology, and it’s also Wi-Fi enabled.

Learn more by watching the video and visiting their FB page (it’s fascinating):

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Interactive Billboard: Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees is no stranger to quirky advertising, but this billboard truly shines. Not settling for a simple “Before and After” ad, the company stuck thousands of coupons to the ground-level surface and waited for people’s curiosity to do the work for them. Wouldn’t you have grabbed one? I know I would have.

Here’s how it worked:

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3D Billboard: Volkswagen Up

How big is the Volkswagen Up? Just take a look at the gigantic ruler on the side of a building and see if that helps you! This French billboard is a great example of 3D advertising that’s not too distracting.

Volkswagen Up

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Pedestrian Pong Traffic Light Game

Okay, so this one isn’t exactly a billboard. It’s not even an advertisement. Don’t be mad; I thought it was cool enough to feature on my list because it uses exactly the kind of engagement techniques that more ads should be using. This traffic light game appeals to pedestrians by giving them something to do while they wait for the stoplight to change: PONG!

Check it out and be jealous of Germany:

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Interactive Billboard: ING Free Throws

ING DiBa Bank, an official sponsor of the German Basketball Federation, organized a promotion in 2012 that really got people involved — a virtual free throw contest. Not only did they engage people, but ING DiBa got hundreds of players and thousands of new Facebook fans in the process. Not bad at all!

See for yourself:

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Interactive billboards and advertisements continue to pop up in 2013, so keep your eyes open for the next big thing. The thirteen I mentioned in this post don’t even begin to cover everything. Remember, you won’t get far if you pay for a billboard that fails to engage people for longer than a second. You have to put yourself in the shoes of an insanely busy person to succeed! It sounds silly, but it works (as you can see from these examples).

What would you like to see on a billboard? How incredible does an advertisement have to be in order for you to interact with it? Which of these did you like the most?

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Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.

Comments

  1. Wash

    The Kraken and hot sauce ones are the most amusing to me!

  2. Serenity

    These were pretty freaking awesome! I have to say that my favorites were the Chili Sauce and the Eco friendly one, they were both so clever! Great Post!

  3. Tanya

    I agree, The Chili sauce one is pretty funny and eye catching. I would totally try some of that by seeing that sign. Its hilarious!

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