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Mike Blackman hails “successful” and “invaluable” Digital Signage Summit 2018

500 guests received "invaluable" insight on the future of digital signage from the world's leading brands during two-day event in Munich

ISE managing director Mike Blackman has hailed last month’s annual Digital Signage Summit as a complete success, providing “invaluable” industry insight and knowledge around the future of the industry. 

The two day event, which took place at the new venue for 2018, the Sheraton Hotel, Frankfurt Airport, Germany, on 4-5 July, included keynotes, presentations and panel discussions from over 40 leading digital signage and DooH individuals.

Close to 500 registrants participated in the conference and co-located expo, which featured renowned companies such as NEC, Samsung, LG Electronics, Philips Professional Display Solutions, Elo Touch, Sharp, BenQ and Epson. With a host of new, innovative solutions on display, delegates were able to combine new ideas and technologies to form future business plans and capitalise on this ever-expanding market.

“As the leading strategy conference for this vibrant market sector, DSS Europe continues to set the agenda for the digital signage and DooH industry in Europe,” commented Blackman (pictiured). “The 2018 edition was incredibly successful, with a strong conference programme and exhibition of the latest technologies and solutions, all hosted in a brand-new venue. We’d like to thank our supporters who contributed to this success, and look forward to seeing integrators, end users and manufacturers at the next event.”

Florian Rotberg, MD, invidis consulting and DSS Europe 2018 Chair, commented: “DSS Europe 2018 delivered its promise to retailers, integrators and manufacturers for a technology focussed business roadmap. The conference explored how digital storytelling and digital touchpoints are adding real value and ‘Changing the Narrative’ using technology to improve customer engagement.”


The conference deconstructed how digital storytelling combined with technology can add value for customers and help brands to maintain a narrative in the online and offline worlds. With e-tailers becoming more influential, traditional retailers are looking at ways in which physical stores can become experiential destinations to drive further in-store purchases. The programme of talks, and case study presentations provided attendees with the opportunity to learn from market experts.

Rotberg explained during the event that customers now expect more than just a wow factor from technology, with digital signage, LED, OLED, electronic shelf labels, AR and VR just some of the many technologies that are available to retailers to make use of within a retail store.

“Retailers today are looking for new ways to create unique user experiences,” Rotberg continued. “By integrating new technologies and increasing digitalisation in a value-creating way, ‘story telling’ becomes the key to this success.”

The panel discussion ‘Rebooting Experiences – The Future of Consumer Connection’ saw experts sharing their knowledge on the consumer experience, and how this is dominating the retail and advertising sectors today and into the future. Panellists included Alastair Kean, Development Director at Dalziel & Pow, Florian Rotberg and Richard Offermann, Managing Director of Ströer Digital Group.

Similarly, Raphael Gielgen, head research and trend scouting at Vitra discussed how innovative technology is impacting how we learn, to how we work and where we live. Attendees to this talk learnt how digital signage can create a new driver for the economy by breaking out of the ordinary workday environment.

“Attendees at DSS 2018 gained a thorough insight and understanding of how digital signage can be integrated into a number of market sectors. Tomorrow’s most successful companies are driven by curiosity and creativity, so retailers need to be aware of the challenges, the solutions, and how to take advantage of this today,” concluded Rotberg.

A key highlight of DSS Europe included the annual Invidis awards, which took place on the evening of the first day of the conference. The winners of each category were as follows: – Displays (DACH): Samsung Electronics, Software (DACH): mdt Medientechnik,Mediaplayer (DACH): Giada (CONCEPT International), Integrators (Germany): xplace, Integrators (Austria): feratel media technologies, Integrators (Switzerland): JLS Digital.

The event concluded with a personalised, behind the scenes tour of Frankfurt Airport. Attendees were able to take in the digital signage and DooH solutions on site, and understand how the systems work within one of Europe’s busiest airports.

DSS Europe 2018 is a joint venture between Integrated Systems Events, the producer of the Integrated Systems Europe exhibition, and invidis, a Munich-based digital signage consultancy. DSS Europe 2018 was the 13th edition of the hugely successful event.

The next Digital Signage Summit takes place during ISE on 6 February 2019 at RAI, Amsterdam.

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