According to a March 2012 ZenithOptimedia forecast, Japan's adspend has grown by 3.1% in 2012 from 2011 - this is a rosy outlook from its decline in the previous years.Japan is the second largest ad market in the world with China trailing a close third place.
We had blogged about the advertisements around the Shijuku area before and it is evident that Out-of-Home OOH advertising in Japan remains vital to a populace that works hard, plays hard (and drinks hard).
OUTDOOR advertising = OOH formats are balanced with static billboards still taking a good dominance of OOH outdoor spaces in the key city areas like Shinjuku, Harajuku and Akihabara etc. Selected prime areas are developed into digital formats especially on buildings with fashion dominance or music and movie entertainment. These digital formats are dominant in size, excellent quality with minimal or no blockages for maximum impact
|Akihabara - Electronics and Comics (otakus' haven)|
|Takeo Kikuchi Shibuya Store|
Depending on advertisers' needs, the lighted mobile billboards are an effective medium for short term targeted messages. However, this is not a mainstream form of advertisement and most advertisers are events or music and movie entertainment targeted.
|Mobile Billboards roaming around Shibuya|
|Shibuya Crossing - plethora of OOH formats|
|Shinagawa Station and its digital screens|
Nonetheless, OOH digital usage is well used in a multiple installation: Shinagawa Station - digital screens were installed on both sides of a long commute corridor which serves as a thoroughfare for tonnes of commuters. Tokyo Station had 4 exits within a rounded hall and the digital screens were unobtrusive and synchronized in their displays. The digital and the recently restored traditional facade and interiors were well matched.
|Roof of the newly restored Tokyo Station|
|Digital screens above each exit of the Tokyo Station|