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DPAA Adds Canada, Russia and Romania Associations as International Members

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NEW YORK, August 16, 2012-- The Digital Place-based Advertising Association (DPAA) announced today that digital place-based media associations in Canada, Russia and Romania have joined DPAA’s growing ranks of international members. The DPAA represents leading digital placed-based networks and the advertising community that is actively engaged in planning, buying and evaluating the effectiveness of the medium.

Susan Danaher, president & CEO, DPAA, said, “Our increase in international membership reflects the fact that digital place-based media is growing in influence throughout the world. We look forward to working closely with our international counterparts to translate the growing consumer consumption of digital place-based into greater ad spending on our medium.”  

Founded in 2005, the Canadian Out-of-Home Digital Association (CODACAN) is a non-profit trade association representing industry leaders from across Canada. Through its members and partners, CODACAN creates demand for digital out-of-home and digital place-based and provides target audiences with compelling and credible information. The association is committed to serving the needs of advertisers, agencies, digital networks and industry suppliers.. Network members currently operate more than 18,000 screens across Canada that engage consumers during their daily routines – where they work, shop, play and socialize.

Charles Vachon, chairman of CODACAN, said, “CODACAN is very proud to be partnering with the DPAA. By aligning with the DPAA, the Canadian industry has taken a step forward in solidifying the power of digital out-of-home and digital place-based. CODACAN’s mission is to provide a precise and informative way to enhance advertisers’ goals. The DPAA has been promoting a number of insightful and viable messages to the advertising community for years and with this new partnership CODACAN will be able to share these with the Canadian advertising community.”

The Romanian Indoor Advertising Association (RIAA) was founded in 2011. Ovidiu Brazdau is the president of the RIAA and managing partner, Info-Sanatate Network, which operates the largest digital signage network in Romania in waiting rooms of 554 hospitals and private clinics in 122 cities. Info-Sanatate and RIAA are collaborating to establish DPAA’s audience metrics guidelines in Romania.  The first meetings for implementation of international standards for measuring the effectiveness of indoor advertising campaigns was held in June 2012, attended by representatives from BRAT (Romanian Auditing Bureau for Media Networks), ARMA (Romanian Association for Audience Measurement) and Nielsen Romania and Spain.

“Info-Sanatate is the first media company in Romania that measures the effectiveness of the indoor advertising campaigns, in terms of audience, efficiency indicators and ROI evaluation,” Brazdau said. “In partnership with Nielsen, our goal is to upgrade the business environment in Romania and convince all media agencies and OOH networks that a standardized evaluation of campaigns is necessary.”

Dmitry Kurkovich, CEO of AIZ Media, is the founding member of the association for digital place-based networks in Russia. AIZ Media is the first video wall network operator in the largest first-rate malls in Russia. Total traffic in the malls is 660,000 per day. Headquartered in Moscow, the Russian association is in its formative stages and will be announcing its official launch and name shortly.

Kurkovich said, “The modern Russian OOH market needs to come out of the shadows. Today it looks like Frankenstein’s monster. It is made up of weird segments, with some parts overgrown, while others are obsolete, a monster that interferes with its own development. Joining DPAA gives us a chance to standardize the market, make a normal human being out of the monster and consequently achieve the volume of $600 million in digital Indoor sales by 2016.”

The three associations join DPAA Australia and ABDOH (Brazil) as international association members of DPAA.

About DPAA

Founded in 2006, the Digital Place-based Advertising Association (DPAA) represents leading digital placed-based networks and the advertising community that is actively engaged in planning, buying and evaluating the effectiveness of the medium. On behalf of its members, DPAA seeks to foster ongoing collaboration between agencies and digital place-based advertising networks; provide standards, best practices and industry-wide research; and promote the effectiveness of digital place-based advertising. For more information please visit www.dp-aa.org.

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CODACAN CONTACT
Erin Dwyer
contact@oohdigital.ca
www.oohdigital.ca

RIAA CONTACT
Ovidiu Brazdau
ovidiu@info-sanatate.ro
www.indoor-romania.ro

RUSSIA CONTACT
Julia Boyko
head@inplusout.ru
www.inplusout.ru

DPAA CONTACT
Mark Braff
Braff Communications LLC
201-612-0707
mbraff@braffcommunications,.com

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