Mobile Marketplace Startup Debuts Digital Billboards with User-Generated Content to Sell Real Items from Real People in Real Time–All Within 5miles


DALLAS, May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — 5miles, one of the U.S.’s largest local marketplace apps, has launched a unique digital outdoor campaign that displays actual items for sale within five miles of a given billboard. Using innovative technology, the campaign will harness the power of real-time, user-generated content to help increase hyper-local transactions between sellers and buyers.  

5miles has partnered with Billups, an out-of-home media specialty agency, to facilitate this month-long outdoor campaign with 13 digital billboards around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These billboards will showcase items such as cars, bikes and baby cribs that are actually for sale the very moment they appear on the billboard—a first in the mobile marketplace industry.  

“This campaign brings to life the dynamic nature of the 5miles mobile marketplace. It also reflects the true spirit of the business model of the app itself—to buy and sell items, geographically nearby, with ease,” Ruben Avendaño, Marketing Manager at 5miles, said. “Not only that, but it’s an excellent way to feature some of the quality items that are being sold on the app.”

Items featured on the billboards are chosen from within the 5miles mobile marketplace by Billups’ Studio Services team in Portland, Oregon based on global positioning system coordinates. This crucial coordination ensures that an item is actually located within five miles of each digital billboard. 5miles sellers, in turn, are notified when their merchandise is featured on a digital billboard and encouraged to share with their friends and social network(s) what they’re selling using the #SoldOn5miles hashtag.

“We love inspiring innovation and working as the execution catalyst for our brands,” Ben Billups, President and CEO, said. “Partnering with 5miles to feature real-time, user-generated content gives a glimpse into the future of OOH media and we’re thrilled to be a part of it!”

In combination with the digital boards, mobile geo-fencing advertising will be used to distribute the 5miles brand message to select smart phones within the five-mile radius of each billboard. (Geo-fencing is a virtual barrier that uses G.P.S. to define geographic boundaries.) This innovative approach is designed to allow 5miles to reach additional potential buyers in the billboard’s surrounding neighborhoods.

Dallas-Fort Worth is the first market in which 5miles plans to use the powerful combination of digital out-of-home, geo-fencing and user-generated and branded content to help local sellers reach buyers for faster, easier transactions.  

About Billups

Billups is a full-service out-of-home (OOH) media specialist agency based in Portland, Oregon. The agency provides traditional, non-traditional digital, and experiential OOH media for agencies and brands. Billups was named one of “America’s Most Promising Companies” by Forbes, and one of Oregon’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies” in 2013 and 2014 by the Portland Business Journal. The company has 76 employees across 11 U.S. cities. Learn more at

About 5miles

5miles is a hyper-local, free to download mobile marketplace app, one of the nation’s fastest-growing online shopping ventures now available in all major U.S. markets. It is the first app of its kind to include services, housing and jobs, in addition to second-hand trading. 5miles launched in Dallas in January 2015, setting itself apart with an easy-to-use mobile interface, identity verification capabilities for added safety and security, and hyper-local curation of offerings – all within 5miles. In its first year of operation, buyers and sellers in major markets coast-to-coast have transacted more than $1 billion in merchandise through 5miles. The app is ranked routinely in the top 10 of all shopping apps on Google Play and boasts a growing adoption rate with iOS users via the App Store. Learn more at 

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