Cross Industry Group, Advocates for Connected Experiences, Forms to Unite and Empower Associations and Companies Involved in DOOH, Retail and Venue-Based Digital Experience

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APRIL 1, 2020 – ACE, the Advocates for Connected Experiences (ACE), announces their formation with the goal of uniting and empowering all constituents involved in DOOH, retail and venue-based digital experiences around key industry issues. Its membership will include associations and companies involved in creating, selling, delivering and optimizing digitally-connected initiatives that touch the Out-of-Home (OOH) industry. A commitment versus an organization, it was formed to bring ‘the connected experience’ ecosystem of influence together to advise, educate and lead on the most important topics from one voice.

“Last Fall, during Digital Signage Week, a compelling comment was made during our Coffee and Controversy panel,” shares Laura Davis-Taylor, Executive Board Member of the Digital Signage Federation. “Amy Avery, SVP of Analytics, Research and Insights at Bank of America, pointed out that the DOOH industry is not educating consumers, the press and the government on the good that can come from our efforts as a united front. The context was in relation to tracking policies, but the point hit home–there are key issues that we will not solve if we don’t come together on them.”

A steering committee, including the Digital Signage Federation, Geopath, OAAA, LBMA, SEGD, ICX Association and Retail TouchPoints was formed. After 5 months of planning, ACE was born.

Kim Sarubbi, appointed Chairwoman for the group, weighs in. “Almost every industry today is facing unprecedented challenges, and we are no different. With that, however, comes opportunity. Due to IoT, consumer shifts and constantly evolving methods to connect with people as they go about their lives, we find ourselves navigating things we never saw coming. Many carry with them powerful potential for good, but require proper thought regarding public policy, standards and cultural acceptance. We can’t address them and steer them into use as well as the public spotlight unless we explore them from all angles–together, versus individually.”

Originally, ACE had planned to launch with revised cross-industry Place-Based Privacy Guidelines. As has COVID19 continued to impact us all, however, it became clear that uniting the industry’s talents and reach to support the efforts to subdue it was critical.

Founding committee member, Fiona FitzGibbon of the UK’s Diversiffi Media, announced last week the creation of a global campaign built for any DOOH network to broadcast on screens to reinforce the Stay at Home instruction. Joining forces with noted creative team John Dean & Gary Marjoram of Mullen Lowe London, to create eight brilliant, simple, witty but to the point messages, crafted to be transferable across the globe, aimed to stop the spreading of Coronavirus by sheltering in place,. To support ACE’s mission, creative assets are being shared for any DOOH network to broadcast at no cost. Assets are available for download here.

“Every official Dept tells us to stem the spread of the coronavirus we must stay at home, but the message isn’t getting through to everyone.  Whilst there are some fantastic campaigns supporting our frontline forces, there’s little consistent messaging.  This campaign is about awareness, it was created by amazing people, who have given their time on a pro bono based, that want to do something that can make a huge difference to the outcome of this pandemic. DOOH is the most powerful vehicle to get it out there–if someone sees it, chances are they need to get back inside. I’m grateful for everyone that joined together to create it, and urge our industry to amplify it loudly.”

There is no cost to join ACE, as all member organizations, people and contributors are committing their time and effort for the good of all involved. To take part, stay informed and access the events, resources and assets that will be made available via ACE, subscribe here:  (LINK)

About ACE

The Advocates for Connected Experiences (ACE) unites and empowers all constituents involved in DOOH, retail and venue-based digital experiences around key industry issues. Its membership consists of associations and companies involved in creating, selling, delivering, and optimizing digitally-connected initiatives that touch the Out-of-Home (OOH) industry. A commitment versus an organization, it was formed to bring ‘the connected experience’ ecosystem of influence together to advise, educate and lead on the most important topics from one voice.

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For more information on ACE, please visit www.aceittogether.com

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