Outdoor Advertising or OOH (Out-of-Home), the oldest form of advertising, is still going strong. The platform has always successfully negotiated the obstacles which have occurred in its path throughout the ages. When we put it in the Indian context, we find a higher number of obstacles due to various reasons. Let us look at some of the stymies which the OOH Agencies in India have to overcome.
The first and foremost obstacle arises due to the diversity of India. The different kinds of terrain and weather conditions, in themselves, make a challenge out of successful implementations of OOH campaigns. It has been found best to employ local assets who can also ensure proper maintenance throughout the period of the campaign. Managing assets, on a pan India basis, requires a strong network which cannot be afforded by most of the agencies.
Another problem, plaguing the Outdoor scenario in India, is the continued presence of illegal hoardings. Apart from the dangers which they create, illegal hoardings eat away into the revenue of the authorized Outdoor Agencies, making their sustenance and growth a difficult affair. The fight, against the unauthorized agencies, has been on since a long time and has recently received a ray of hope with the Delhi high court finally ordering the immediate removal of all illegal hoardings in Delhi.
The OOH Sector in India has to take into account government regulations in their attempts at digitalization of the sites. The dream of complete OOH-Mobile integration cannot be completed without convincing the authorities. Media houses have been praying to the authorities in this regard for quite some time now.
The above are the top obstacles which are faced by Outdoor Advertising Agencies in India. However, the media continues to provide excellent solutions to the brands even in the face of the above obstacles.