oOh!media and FCB NZ are helping Kiwi voters exercise their democratic rights this general election, via a localised dynamic Out of Home campaign for the New Zealand Electoral Commission.

The campaign is of particular importance this year so voters know there are more voting places available than usual, right through early voting. To help avoid confusion, FCB NZ, oOh!media and the Electoral Commission are using dynamic information to guide voters to their nearest voting place.

Running across the company’s extensive network of digital street furniture assets, and oOh!’s Shopalive retail and Unilive study networks, the dynamic creative, powered by FCB’s proprietary dynamic personalisation platform ‘BOB’, uses site-specific messaging to inform the public about nearby voting places and opening times.

The contextual approach of the messaging includes a street address, voting place opening times and the distance in metres to the nearest voting place, which are layered on top of a map that visualises pins of the voting locations, updated dynamically via an API.

To make the campaign as effective as possible for early voting and for election day itself, many sites have multiple creatives scheduled to them, to play at different times throughout the day reflective of when and where each voting place will be open.

Over the space of two weeks, as every booth opens and closes, the dynamic changes result in a possible 4,231 different creative states and 16,048 changes served across 290 screens nationally, delivering 24/7 contextual relevance.

Electoral Commission dynamic messaging campaign

Ben Gibb, oOh!media New Zealand’s Head of Sales, said using prominent Out of Home assets for the public good was a suitable choice.

“Our assets reach large numbers of people, and this creative was specifically designed for the Out of Home format – making it highly effective at providing valuable information to the public. Getting the right messages playing at the right time to the right audiences was the kind of logistical challenge we love to take on, and it’s been great to see this come to life.”

Suzanne Knight, Manager Communications and Education at the Electoral Commission, said: “With advance voting growing in popularity, we needed a campaign that helped New Zealanders find out where they could vote, and that was localised to their unique area. We’re really pleased at the reach and personalisation this campaign has delivered, especially as we have voting places in a very wide range of different locations.”

James McMullan, Head of Digital Projects, FCB NZ said: “This campaign is all about grabbing voters’ attention across the country and is a great example of an integrated agency firing on all cylinders. Over 16,000 messages will constantly update Kiwis on where they can vote in real time, wherever they are. This is achieved using a combination of smart media thinking, creative with purpose, oOh!’s assets and FCB’s mass personalisation tool, BOB.

BOB has evolved over the years; what started as a way to handle high volumes of banners has now become a sophisticated tool that works with any digital media – whether it’s OOH, EDMs or social media networks like Facebook and Instagram. The principle’s the same. And nearly every client in the building uses BOB, across every business sector. This Electoral Commission campaign just brings everything together. For more information on BOB, visit https://fcb.co.nz/news/meet-bob/

We have worked closely with oOh!media to plan this campaign in great detail, and using the personalisation platform for the dynamic digital creative adds an extra layer of audience relevance and engagement.”