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Published on: October 23, 2008 01:19 PM
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New York, NY - The MTA is looking to put high-tech digital screens on the sides of buses so it can target ads to neighborhoods and even individual blocks.

Right now, the MTA is testing the screens on the M23 bus route in Manhattan. If the test is a success, the agency will install the digital displays on some 200 buses beginning in the first quarter of next year.

Titan Worldwide, which has a 10-year, $800 million-plus contract to sell ads throughout the city’s bus and commuter-train systems, said that using GPS technology, it can wirelessly beam ads based on the bus’ location and the time of day.

For instance, the screens can show an ad for Saks Fifth Avenue while in Manhattan and change to Target in Brooklyn. The ads can even change languages according to the ethnicity of a neighborhood

“In the morning, we can show Starbucks, and on the way home from work, a Budweiser ad,” said Dave Etherington, Titan’s global marketing director.

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The digital bus screens resemble TV spots more than static billboard ads and are designed to draw glances from people passing on the sidewalk, as opposed to distracting drivers on the road.

One ad shows an Oreo cookie dunked in a glass of milk. Other advertisers in the test include mattress seller Sleepy’s, Coca-Cola and Sprite.

The digital displays are part of the MTA’s ongoing efforts to boost revenue beyond passenger fares. Advertising, the second-biggest source of revenue for the agency, is expected to hit $125 million this year, up from $106 million in 2007.

The MTA is also ramping up the amount of advertising in the subways, such as wrapping the outside of the cars and projecting ads on the tunnel walls. CBS Outdoor has the contract to handle subway advertising.

The MTA wants to make sure the displays don’t interfere with service before going ahead with a wider rollout. It also wants to gauge advertiser interest.

“We need to make sure from an advertising and functional standpoint that it works,” said MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin.

Aside from advertising, the signs could also come in handy in case of emergencies. The MTA can take over the displays to issue alerts about road closures or even missing children.


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 Oct 23, 2008 at 02:00 PM Anonymous Says:

I can see these digital display's become target in Williamsburg. The next time a bikini picture comes by the nieghborhood they will smash the display with a stone etc.

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 Oct 23, 2008 at 01:44 PM galicianer Says:

Maybe in Williamsburg they'll feature ads for Oorah, or Grill on Lee.. . .

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 Oct 23, 2008 at 02:33 PM Joel Says:

I think that the Boro Park Williamsburg buses should do it as well.

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 Oct 23, 2008 at 02:34 PM JoeFlix Says:

This is great. I like the Starbucks/Budweiser example.

Im sure it would be easy to get culture-friendly ads! Hopefully the right people will get to work

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 Oct 23, 2008 at 02:32 PM Anonymous Says:

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galicianer Says:

Maybe in Williamsburg they'll feature ads for Oorah, or Grill on Lee.. . .

Oorah is not good cause the peyos of the kid is not long enough & grill on Lee ads are torn down for some other reason which I don't understand. So the only ad will probably be from UTA & UJO

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 Oct 23, 2008 at 03:45 PM moe Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Oorah is not good cause the peyos of the kid is not long enough & grill on Lee ads are torn down for some other reason which I don't understand. So the only ad will probably be from UTA & UJO

what are you racist to litvish people with their look of peyos or no peyos and how long?

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 Oct 23, 2008 at 03:54 PM fuhgetaboutit Says:

The people in Williamsburg will fight till the end if the ads are not tzniousdig, like they fought to get off that billboard sign on the BQE from H&M

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 Oct 23, 2008 at 04:03 PM Anonymous Says:

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moe Says:

what are you racist to litvish people with their look of peyos or no peyos and how long?

I think he was being sarcastic...

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 Oct 23, 2008 at 04:23 PM zali Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Oorah is not good cause the peyos of the kid is not long enough & grill on Lee ads are torn down for some other reason which I don't understand. So the only ad will probably be from UTA & UJO

or UJCare

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 Oct 23, 2008 at 05:18 PM moe Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I think he was being sarcastic...

even if it was sarcastic or not. one day i pass by in,boro park, williamsburg,and skver, a chasidish kid passes by me with his father and says to him "a yid?"

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 Oct 23, 2008 at 07:41 PM bigwheeel Says:

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galicianer Says:

Maybe in Williamsburg they'll feature ads for Oorah, or Grill on Lee.. . .

...Or depict the people taking down [and vandalizing] those signs, including the Kol-Koreh (with all the signatures of the Rabbonim)!!!...!!!

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 Oct 24, 2008 at 12:47 AM MGirl Says:

In williamsburg, they'll advertise the turkish looking turbans, punjalos (robes), palm stockings and BUGABOOS with matching Burberry bags!

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 Oct 25, 2008 at 11:50 PM Spaced out BT Says:

I can understand why the kehilla is distrubed by some of these bus posters with menuveldike images but what is also disturbing is the Kol Koreah posters plastered all over the neighborhood about all kinds of yachid deah inyanim except pressing issues that manhigim should be dealing with, like safety of children against abuse in schools and camps. Especially the one about shaving and misquoting R Sternbuch

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