Accelerated Adoption of Digital Tech to Fuel Increased Spend on Digital Out of Home Campaigns in Entertainment and Media, Government, Retail, Finance and Telecom Sectors, Alfi Research Reveals

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The advertising industry’s adoption of digital technologies has ushered in strategies experts believe will become table stakes for connecting with consumers and increasing revenue. In fact, new research from Alfi (NASDAQ:ALF), an AI enterprise SaaS advertising platform, reveals that 99% of senior advertising executives believe the use of QR Codes in Digital Out of Home (DOOH) advertising will increase dramatically over the next two years in order to facilitate sales vs support brand awareness. Overall, 88% of senior advertising executives believe accelerated digitization will continue to fuel growth in the DOOH market.

In order to prepare and manage changes in the advertising industry, the vast majority of senior ad executives (85%) expect budgets to increase over the next 12 months, with around 24% of these executives expecting budgets to increase dramatically. Furthermore, surveyed executives say the budget for increased spending on DOOH in 2022 will be taken from traditional channels, such as television, newspapers, magazines and radio. At the top of this spending, Alfi found entertainment and media (66.3%), government (62.4%), retail (61.4%), finance (58.4%), and telecom (51.5%) sectors will be the biggest beneficiaries of the increased use of DOOH advertising over the next 12 months.

“More and more industries are becoming aware of OOH technologies and realizing the benefits of enhanced retargeting, personalization, and campaign attribution and measurement to reach the right person at the right time with the right message,” said Peter Bordes, Interim CEO, Alfi. “Our cutting edge, market leading technology helps advertisers develop sophisticated, hyper targeted campaigns, and our ability to provide detailed analysis on their effectiveness and reach positions us to capitalize on the shift in ad spend.”

When asked about client spending on DOOH advertising in 2022 vs 2021, 41.6% say it will increase between 20% and 50%, and 20.8% say it will increase between 50% and 75%. Compared to the amount spent on DOOH ads in 2020, 38.6% of senior advertising executives say the amount spent this year will increase between 20% and 50%, while 25.7% believe it will increase between 50% and 75% — leaving little doubt that the age of DOOH advertising is here.

Senior ad executives also identified the top four factors for the increase in spend on DOOH advertisements as advances in technology, a growing focus on evaluating advertising, a bigger general spend on digital advertising, and a rapid increase in the number of advertising screens available. Additionally, 31% believe a decline in both the readership of print media and the price of LCD and LED display technologies also play a role in the transition to DOOH advertising.

“Research shows that the global market for DOOH – estimated at $41.06 billion in the year 2020 – is now projected to reach a revised size of $50.42 billion by 2026,” said Ron Spears, Chief Revenue Officer, Alfi. “Advertisers are investing heavily in DOOH solutions because they offer scalable options for delivering new forms of content at the right time. Alfi is already in conversations with brands looking to marry their existing advertising infrastructure such as Kiosks and tablets with our DOOH technology in order to organically collect and interpret consumer shopping habits and behaviors.”

Alfi provides data-rich reporting functionality that informs advertisers that someone viewed their ad, the number of views, and each viewer’s reaction to the ad. Accelerated digitization means advertisers are increasingly demanding improved performance and capabilities from the ad technology they utilize. Alfi delivers analytics, accountability, transparency, proof of engagement and actual impressions to advertisers.


Commissioned by Alfi, PureProfile, a global research company, conducted 100 interviews amongst senior advertising professionals from across the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and the UAE. Interviews were conducted online in February 2022.

About Alfi Inc.

Alfi, Inc. provides solutions that bring transparency and accountability to the digital out-of-home advertising marketplace. Since 2018, Alfi, Inc. has been developing its artificial intelligence advertising platform to deliver targeted advertising in an ethical and privacy-conscious manner. For more information, please visit:

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