Darrin Friskney / Friskney is vice president of sales for the Outdoor Advertising Division of Danville, Ill.-based Watchfire Signs, which has been manufacturing outdoor electric signs since 1932.
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Federal Highway Administration study confirms safety of digital billboards and signs

Landmark Dept. of Transportation study shows digital billboards pose no safety risk to passing motorists.

Clock's ticking on tax benefits for digital billboard purchases

Again this year, digital billboard operators can benefit from a government program designed to stimulate the economy. The American Taxpayer Relief Act, reinstated by Congress earlier this year, gives business owners the opportunity to lower their taxable income and free...

4 digital billboard trends for the first half of 2013

I have noticed an interesting trend in digital billboard sales so far this year. While 19mm/20mm bulletins have traditionally been the overwhelming favorite and the lower resolution optimized product is still extremely popular for longer reads, there has been a surge in orders for high-resolution 16mm displays in the billboard market.

Digital outdoor 2013: Outsmarting your competition

Last year, I had the pleasure of talking with dozens of digital billboard operators throughout the United States. With more than 250 independent operators as customers, I often hear about the challenges operators face and best practices they employ to...

Boosting digital returns: What is the optimal number of advertiser slots?

As billboard operators convert static faces to digital, a key question is often how best to optimize to the perfect number of advertiser "slots." For someone new to the digital medium, the ideal rotation — six to eight advertiser slots...

Time is running out on tax laws that benefit digital billboard operators

In recent years, tax laws have been very favorable for billboard operators who want to invest in digital billboards, and 2012 is no different. Congress reinstated the bonus depreciation deduction and Sec. 179 expensing limits, providing a favorable expensing climate...

The rate game: How to set attractive digital billboard rates

We talk with hundreds of billboard operators across the country every year, and one of the most common questions we're asked is how to set advertising rates for digital billboards. We love it when we're asked this question, because we...

Digital outdoor well suited for small(er) markets

Lately I have noticed a digital billboard trend that has pleasantly surprised me: small markets succeeding with digital billboards. It would seem to go against conventional wisdom for a small-market digital board to be able to net two to three...

Preparing for cannon fire

Sometimes, "look before you leap" translates to the digital billboard business as well.

Trends point to continued growth for digital billboards

Digital billboards are a wonderful success story. In just 10 years, digital billboards have gone from introduction to widespread acceptance by billboard operators, advertisers and local zoning authorities. There now are more than 2,500 digital billboards in the United States.

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