With three little ones, we often frequent venues that allow us to consolidate our tasks into one physical space. Super Targets and malls, especially malls with play-areas-for-kids, are high on our list. Malls are a fascinating place to me, although I don’t like spending lots of time in them. What fascinates me, aside from the people and the over-saturation of “things” is the lack of technology that exists inside them. I still see the static, Dewey Decimal System-like mall directories (that’s what I always think about anyway) that were around when I was a kid. I can’t believe those things still exist?!? Those scream touch screens with wayfinding + behavioral targeting + mobile couponing + social engagement – they’re really an endless well of multi-channel technological usefulness.
But by an large, these don’t exist. Digital signage is slowly becoming a standard in malls, but interactivity with that signage doesn’t even seem to be on the radar. So, I was giddy when I saw a digital signage solution that encouraged me to interact with it. (NOTE – I did not capture the best content to represent my experience. Next time, I’ll know exactly what to get for the set-up and pay-off to tell the best story.)
In any case, these digital signs were scattered throughout the mall, not as a digital directory, but as a vehicle to deliver moving, engaging content, be it movie trailers or dynamic store advertisements. On one of the “pages” of the scroll, there was a contest that encouraged users to take a photo in front of the sign and post it on their Facebook page.
So, I took my mobile phone, positioned myself in front of the screen, and smiled:
Then, when we got home, I uploaded the photo on their Facebook page:
And I was happy. As it ends up, I didn’t win, but I had lots of fun doing it, and appreciated a brand driving me deeper in the experience through digital signage and enabling technology. This is a good example of DOOH being made interactive through this sort of technology.
With a few tweaks, I think this could have been a better, more effective initiative, but they deserve kudos for utilizing the digital signs in this way. I hope to see more of this sooner rather than later because I think it’s one of the easiest, most natural extensions of incorporating multi-channel technological usefulness into the spaces around us.
Now, I am not a world-wide mall-goer. These are my observations based on the malls I have gone to primarily in Texas. If you have seen any other examples like this, particularly in malls, please send them my way.