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2 minute read | April 7, 2021

Programmatic Out of Home Essential to Hong Kong Digital Ad Campaigns

Written By: Victoria Fairclough


  • 94% of Hong Kong executives expect to increase programmatic OOH ad spend
  • 84% have bought, planned or placed OOH programmatically
  • A third (37%) expect to more than double their ad spend in the next 18 months
  • Programmatic OOH ranks top for generating ROI and delivering accurate location targeting

Hong Kong, 7 April 2021 – Leading global digital out of home (OOH) marketplace VIOOH, today released results from its first ever State of the Nation report for Hong Kong. A large proportion (84%) of Hong Kong respondents state they have recently bought, planned or placed OOH programmatically in the last 12 months, above social media. Almost all (94%) expect to increase their investment in programmatic OOH in the next 18 months, indicating that programmatic OOH, considered to offer benefits for both brand-led and performance-led campaigns, is well utilised in the market.

VIOOH’s report surveyed executives from media agencies and advertisers in Hong Kong during January 2021. In the Hong Kong market, digital OOH emerged as the second most popular media channel with 82% of respondents open to investing. The main drivers of spend for programmatic OOH are flexibility, price, accurate targeting, and the ability to measure across digital channels. 

Programmatic OOH

In Hong Kong, programmatic investment in OOH in the last 12 months is the media channel that ranks highest, with social media (80%), digital video (80%) and digital audio (70%) following closely behind.

Three-quarters (76%) of all Hong Kong media executives either agree or strongly agree that programmatic OOH is a clear part of their programmatic and digital strategy, with a greater number (82%) agreeing programmatic OOH provides excellent value for money.

Covid-19 Impact 

Despite the macro-economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19, respondents were optimistic about the opportunities that programmatic OOH offers. Most Hong Kong executives (93%) expected COVID-19 to impact adoption of programmatic OOH in general, but over a third (37%) anticipate more than doubling their spend on programmatic OOH in the next 18 months. 

In Hong Kong, 81% of marketers planned, bought, or placed programmatic OOH in 2020 due to its flexibility, indicating a high level of appreciation for this feature in times of uncertainty. 

Understanding Programmatic

When looking at campaign objectives, over half (58%) of agencies and more than a third (36%) of advertisers believe that OOH is important for brand-led campaigns. For performance-led campaigns, this increases to over three quarters (76%) of agencies and 38% of advertisers believing that OOH is important.

In Hong Kong, well over half of agency executives (62%) want training on the benefits of programmatic OOH advertising to learn more. While both agency and advertiser executives require sector-specific insights for programmatic OOH, this is more pronounced amongst agencies than advertisers, reflecting the trust that advertisers put in their agencies to have the appropriate levels of knowledge. However, with 41% of HK executives admitting they do not fully understand programmatic OOH and its benefits, it is clear education needs to be addressed to help programmatic OOH reach its full potential in this market. 

“Programmatic technology is opening up new possibilities in a traditional media channel. For marketers looking to maximise the value of their advertising budgets, the agility, flexibility and trigger-based decisioning intrinsic to programmatic OOH are crucial,” said Ben Lin, China CEO at VIOOH. “With 94% of executives looking to increase spend on programmatic OOH within the next 18 months, the future for programmatic OOH in Hong Kong is strong.”

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