What Is Outdoor Advertising? Definition and Guide

what is outdoor advertising

Outdoor advertising, also known as out-of-home advertising, is advertising that reaches consumers when they are outside their homes. 

Types of outdoor advertising

The most commonly known type of outdoor advertising is the billboard. Common forms of outdoor advertising today fall into three categories:

1.  Billboard advertising

Most people are familiar with billboard advertising, regardless of where they live or travel. Billboards are placed next to high-traffic highways as well as along less-traveled roads in non-urban areas. Drivers see them almost anywhere because they are an efficient and cost-effective means of communicating information that is geographically important – the location of the closest chain fast food restaurant on the route, the nearest motel, or campgrounds at the next exit.

2.  Street furniture

A bit of a misnomer, “street furniture” applies not just to bus or park benches but also to bus shelters, newsracks, and telephone kiosks, among others.   

3.  Transit

Ads on the sides of busses are the most common form of transit outdoor advertising, but outdoor advertising is common in subway stations and within subway cars, in taxis, along airport walkways, and wrapped around vehicles – one of the newer trends.

Other forms of outdoor advertising

Advertising seems to follow consumers wherever they go – in supermarket shopping carts, in sports arenas, and in health clubs. They can be high-tech – think digital – or low tech – mini-posters offering dog-walking services pinned to a coffee shop bulletin board.

Digital outdoor advertising

Also known as digital signage, digital outdoor advertising is a specific type that uses electronic technology to change what’s displayed on a screen. Digital billboards feature messages from a handful of advertisers that rotate every six to eight seconds. Other digital signs might be free-standing on an urban sidewalk or courtside at a college basketball game.

For small businesses

The most important outdoor ad for any small brick and mortar business is its built-in outdoor advertising: exterior signage. Business owners want crisp, clear signage that communicates well from a distance. While it should convey the company’s brand image, it should also help the business get discovered and found.

Outdoor Advertising FAQ

What are the examples of outdoor advertising?

  • Billboards
  • Bus Advertising
  • Street Advertising
  • Street Furniture Advertising
  • Vehicle Wraps
  • Wallscapes
  • Kiosk Advertising
  • Airplane Banners
  • Stadium Signage
  • Mobile Billboards

What is meant by outdoor advertising?

Outdoor advertising is any kind of advertisement that is displayed outside, usually in public areas such as roadside billboards, bus stops, train stations, and other public spaces. It can also include banners and signs hung in public areas, such as on buildings, parks, and beaches.

What is the most effective outdoor advertising?

The most effective outdoor advertising depends on the goals of the advertiser. Options include billboards, transit ads, street furniture, and vehicle wraps. Each type has its own advantages and drawbacks, so it’s important to consider the target audience, budget, and geographic area when selecting the best option.

What is outside advertising called?

Outdoor advertising, also known as out-of-home advertising, is advertising that reaches the consumer while they are outside of their home. Examples of outdoor advertising include billboards, bus shelters, kiosks, and transit advertising.