INEO Solutions Inc, a provider of location-based digital advertising, analytics, and loss prevention solutions for retailers, has come up with a creative solution to help brick-and-mortar retail stores following the pandemic. Combining industry-leading loss prevention technology with digital screens, INEO’s patented in-store advertising platform leverages rising demand for DOOH so it can offer its devices to retail stores – for free.
The concept behind the resulting device is simple: retailers get a free loss prevention and self-promotion media tool in exchange for running DOOH advertisements in their store. Since its founding in 2016, INEO has grown its network of ‘digital loss prevention’ totems to 150 locations, with plans to increase to 225 by the end of 2022.
Rather than simply adding digital signage to locations where it didn’t exist before, INEO’s totems address security concerns with cutting-edge loss prevention technology – then layer the advantages of in-store digital retail media on top of it. And the best part for retailers, especially the small brick-and-mortar stores that were hit hardest by the pandemic, is there’s no cost to them.
“The pitch is basically that they get a loss prevention device at no charge,” says Frank Halbach, managing director at INEO. “And most retailers are extremely happy about that. What we get in return is access to the advertising inventory that’s on those devices.”
INEO gives each retail location between 10 and 15% of that inventory to use for themselves, and does all of the creative for them. So in addition to the loss prevention aspects, retailers are getting free digital signage that can be used to promote in-store specials and communicate company updates. A lot of the stores INEO works with are also happy to use some of their space for public service announcements.
“During the height of Covid we had a lot of messaging regarding distancing and mask wearing,” says Halbach. “We also have a big campaign for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) that’s constantly running and the stores are very happy with that.”
To support this innovative approach – where retail stores gain access to an advertising, data analytics, and theft detection media platform, free of charge – and also meet its ambitious expansion goals, INEO needed to maximise its revenue from ad sales. The leadership team understood that programmatic selling would open up INEO’s network inventory to new digital media buyers around the globe, and were impressed by the Broadsign Reach programmatic OOH platform.
In addition to automating content delivery and programmatic transactions, Broadsign Reach offers benefits like real-time inventory availability, accurate insights into network performance, and flexible programming options. All of this made our self-serve SSP a good fit for INEO, which wanted more than a new place to showcase its inventory.
“What’s really important for me is that we have a partner going forward,” says Halbach. “I don’t just want programmatic to be something that’s running alongside our other sales methods because I think we have an opportunity to actively drive the business.”
As INEO continues to expand its network of digital loss prevention totems, Broadsign’s DOOH solutions will provide them with the visibility they need to continuously optimise their ad sales and scale up its revenue from programmatic selling.
“I don’t want to be passive,” says Halbach. “And with Broadsign, we have a partner that can help us understand what we need to do to improve and how we can become better at programmatic.”