Billboards Around the World

Billboards Around The World

Not all billboards are created equal. The market and the audience of certain billboards must be taken into careful consideration in order to maximize their effectiveness. Because of this, billboards around the world are designed in different ways and seek to capture different audiences. We’ve compiled some examples of different billboards across the world and how they attempt to reach out to their respective audiences.

Asia

Mt Fuji Billboard

Location: Japan

Billboard: Mt. Fuji’s Litter

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this billboard is that it technically isn’t a billboard. Sure, it has the frame and structure of a billboard- but it’s missing the actual content of a billboard. Of course, the position and intended viewing angle of the board attempts to turn Mt. Fuji- as in the actual Mt. Fuji itself, not a drawing or a recreation of it, into the content. Given the cultural significance and sheer recognition of Mt. Fuji to its target audience, the effect is substantial.

Qik Billboard

Location: Philippines

Billboard: Skype Qik Live

Mobile devices and social media are huge in Asia. Whether it be a mobile game, the hottest new trending app, or just chatting with friends- the smartphone is a gateway into a world of almost endless entertainment. This company created a billboard which allows mall goers to record themselves on a nearby mobile phone installation and have their clip appear on the ad. This manages to make physical advertising media relevant to the many enthusiastic smartphone users in Manila.


Europe

England Broken Billboard

Location: England

Billboard: Broken Screen

How many times have you interacted with a person, only to see that have them pull out their phone and noticed that it was broken or that the glass was “spidered”? Usually this is pretty noticeable and just as disconcerting. By replicating this effect on the billboard, it catches the viewer’s attention and reminds them of their broken phone screen if they have one.

Denmark Ocean Levels Billboard

Location: Denmark

Billboard: Rising Ocean Levels

This one is interesting as the viewer has to see this billboard multiple times at different points in the day to get the full effect. Basically the awning on top of this billboard is supposed to cast a shadow- the shadow that is cast will change depending on the sun’s relation to the billboard. As the sun moves throughout the day the shadow will change in accordance, making it seem as if the water line on the board is moving upwards. Given that Denmark exists next to the Atlantic, rising ocean levels actually do affect them as they change the shoreline of the country.


North America

Adam Ruins Everything Billboard

Location: USA

Billboard: Adam Ruins Everything

Anyone who has spent long enough time on Facebook has probably seen a video snippet of Adam Ruins Everything, a new series dedicated towards dispelling half-truths and common misconceptions. While one can imagine that such an “in your face” ad might not be incredibly popular with all Americans, there’s no doubt that it’s effective in attracting the attention of its home audience.

Silberman's Fitness Billboard

Location: USA

Billboards: Silberman’s Fitness Center

Obesity is currently an issue which many Americans are confronted with. The US has some of the highest obesity rates across all countries. This ad is very relevant for its home market and does its best to grab the attention of obese Americans who are looking to slim down.


South America

Clean Air Billboard

Location: Peru

Billboard: Clean Air

The city of Lima located in Peru was estimated to have the highest pollution levels in all of South America back in 2012. This billboard was created in response- a billboard which actually takes the surrounding polluted air and purifies it, spitting back out fresh air. Since this billboard has gone up, the city has experienced a 50% reduction in pollution. As one can imagine, it was incredibly well received by it’s target audience due to the fact that it actively improved their lives.

Amphibious Billboard

Location: Argentina

Billboard: Amphibious

Who said billboards needed to be roadside? These billboards can be found either on the beachside, or out in the water themselves. Given that South America is known for its fair share of beautiful beaches, it only makes sense to play up to the region’s natural strengths and advertise in popular beach spots.


Australia

Porsche Billboard Advertisement

Location: Melbourne

Billboard: Porsche Ads

If you have enough money and the inclination to buy a Porsche, you probably feel good about the purchase and enjoy it when other people notice your car. The Porsche company itself understands this and put up an ad in Melbourne that can tell when a Porsche is approaching. The ad calls out Porsche drivers and compliments them on their car, making them feel good and adding a little bit of additional value to their purchase.

Cannon Safety Inspector Billboard

Location: Perth

Billboard: Cannon Safety Inspector

Finding the right person for the job can be tough, especially when the person you need has to have an incredibly specific and obscure skillset. This billboard put up in Perth might not be the fanciest, but is still entertaining and effective. The imagery gives off sentiment that would feel at home in a “Monty Python” skit, appealing to the sensibilities and humor of Australians.

The Best 3D Billboards

Especially in our era of digital media, advertisements which utilizes real-life 3D space are often overlooked by creative agencies. Billboards offer advantages and freedom that other mediums such as banner ads won’t be able to compete with. Here are some of the best and most creative examples of 3D billboards from a variety of companies and industries.

Donatos Pizza

Donatos 3D Billboard

The most impressive part of this billboard is the fact that they’ve actually teamed up with another advertisement. Consumers are used to advertisements competing with each other, each in their own little separate pieces of the world. When two advertisements end up crossing paths like this the result is an unusual but unique synergy which ends up benefitting.

It doesn’t stop here though, Donatos has actually teamed up to do similar ads for their pizza with other brands. The fact that they were able to coordinate this level of cross promotion not just once, but multiple times, is astounding.

Hairclub

Hair Club 3D Billboard

Compared to some of the other selections on our list, this ad doesn’t necessarily push the boundaries of what can be done with 3D billboards. Compared to lavish and impressive set pieces on some of the other billboards, this ad’s simplicity shows that creating an effective 3D billboard doesn’t necessarily require a huge budget.

Quitplan

Quit Plan 3D Billboard

If one were to take a moment to really look at the actual graphics of the billboard, they would quickly realize that it is comprised entirely of some plain text on top of a colored background. It seems like a lot more is going on here thanks to the 3D cigarette butt under the sign, but this billboard is the picture of simplicity. The majority of the ad is actually in the cigarette butt itself- the sign conveys the information it needs to convey but the eye is naturally drawn to the cigarette due to the contrasting light color compared to the billboard.

Galavant

Galavant 3D Billboard

Cars and planes “breaking through” the billboard are a commonly recurring theme when you look at many 3D billboards. A horse however is a new spin on the old formula. While the visual interest and excitement of something approaching the audience is still there, the horse, night, and fantasy environment aren’t something people are as used to seeing and make it stand out.

Fallsview Casino

Fallsview 3D Billboard

There’s a certain magic about big things that shouldn’t be big and small things that shouldn’t be small. When we end up seeing something that isn’t the size we’ve come to expect, it invokes a sense of wonder and giddy. This concept is used frequently in film and many amusement parks to great measure. Thus, the concept of making a giant ad out of a small commonplace object does well to capitalize on this idea.

The Peanuts Movie

Peanuts Movie 3D Billboard

While most other “crashing through the billboard” ads simply stick out the front of a thing, this one goes a step further and actually makes it appear to destroy the ad. Similar types of ads also don’t usually have a good reason for the subject of the ad to be coming out the front- what is it moving towards? Those familiar with The Peanuts series of comics and cartoon shorts though will recognize this billboard as a small recreation of one of the more famous strips. Even for those not familiar with the brand, it’s still visually interesting and does a good job of conveying a sense of excitement about the movie.

Absolut

Absolut 3D Billboard

Ever gone to a furniture store just to get inspiration from how they’ve set up their mockup living spaces? There’s something cool about seeing dioramas, how perfect and frozen in time they appear to be. This Absolut ad invokes the same spirit while also adding in a different layer of visual interest, the 90 degree angle of the furniture.

Much like a piece of art conceived by MC Escher, the rules of gravity just don’t seem to work the same way on this ad. Drivers will inevitably be drawn to the piece out of curiosity and wonder, thus inadvertently exposing themselves to the Absolut brand.

Nike Unicef Treadmill Billboard

The Best Interactive Billboard Campaigns

The best way to have consumers remember and form a connection with your brand is to have them interact with it directly. Some examples of this would be providing the consumer with a positive customer experience inside a retail outlet or by hosting a some sort of competition involving your brand. However, with a bit of creativity and the right marketing team, you can get consumers to interact with your brand through the medium of billboards. We’ve collected a list of some of the most inspiring ones that have caught our attention.

L&P Summer Swag

L&P Summer Swag

The biggest obstacle when it comes to interactive billboard is the interactive part. What is the billboard supposed to interact with and how does it interact with that thing? The goal is often to get consumers to interact with the billboard, but in order to do so the proper motivation must be in place. There has to be some sort of reward that one can gain from taking an action.

While similar in concept to the Burt’s Bees ad we’ve covered previously, New Zealand soda company L&P goes a step further by upping consumer motivation with better rewards.

This L&P billboard gives everyone who interacts with it a free wearable merchandise. On top of being an effective ad, the merchandise provided by the billboard continues to remind the consumer of the brand.

Nike’s UNICEF Treadmill Billboard

Nike Unicef Treadmill Billboard

Many interactive billboards generally rely on the use of an app or website which can be accessed from a smartphone. This billboard however is powered by your feet! And legs. And rest of your body.

Nike teamed up with UNICEF in order to publicize a 10k run in Argentina, they partnered up with while also spreading philanthropy. They set up a three dimensional billboard that was linked up to a treadmill. The treadmill would track the distance run and send the information back to the billboard, which would display the number

The piece that ties everything together is the motivation given to the audience. For every kilometer run, Nike promised to donate a set amount of money to UNICEF. Given the billboard’s timing right before Nike’s 10k, preparing for the run using this billboard’s treadmill would directly end up helping others in need.

Bustop’s Naughty Peekaboo

Bustop Naught Billboard

From Marilyn Monroe’s famous sewer grate picture to countless cartoon chases, the concept of a skirt accidentally being lifted up by the wind has proven itself a truly timeless gag. Unlike Marilyn Monroe however, lingerie company Bustop actually wants you to see what’s under their skirt.

This clever ad relies on the wind to blow up a physical over sized skirt placed on the billboard. While it might seem a little counter-intuitive and over reliant on weather conditions, it is actually more reliable than it looks. Districts densely packed with tall buildings will often act as wind tunnels, increasing the speed at which the wind passes. Placed in the right spot, this ad will do its job consistently and with style.

Prigat Smile Stations

Best Interactive Billboard Campaigns

When you’re having a bad day, sometimes all it takes is a kind word in order to make you feel a bit better. Whether it’s a compliment from a stranger or a joke made by a friend, a small amount of joy goes a long way. Israeli juice company Prigat teamed up with famed branding firm Publicis in order to test out this concept and spread some happiness.

These billboards, dubbed “Smile Stations” by Prigat, were set up in train stations dotting Israel. The idea for the smile stations were to have an interactive billboard which provided amusing or uplifting content to anyone who passed by. Instead of just having the billboard spout inane, cookie cutter compliments, Publicis and Prigat instead decided to let consumers create the content themselves.

People who liked Prigat’s page on Facebook were invited to post content with the intention of making the reader smile. This content was then sent to the smile stations for passerby to see and interact with. If someone looking at the billboard enjoyed the content, they would be able to hit a physical Facebook “like” button on the smile station which would then capture their expression.