It’s been a big 3 years for Seedooh and we’d like to share a few of our learnings and recent updates.


3 years ago, Seedooh launched its Independent Verification Platform (IVP) to the Australian market, providing much needed visibility to all buyers and sellers of Out-of-Home (OOH) media – on how their campaigns are displayed in the real world.

Since then:

  • We have verified over 50bn plays and installation events on c.50,000 D/OOH ‘signs’ in Australia and New Zealand
  • The platform has expanded its core capabilities, to provide automated, independently verified reporting solutions for Cinema and Stadia screen networks
  • What began as a very localised debate on the importance of accountability and transparency in OOH delivery (particularly Digital OOH or DOOH), is becoming recognised as a matter of critical global importance for the sector

There’s been another, very significant change locally, too. In the first 12-18 months of our Australian market scale proof of concept, much of the demand for verification was driven by a concern that advertisers may not be getting ‘what they paid for’…

In general terms; the right amount of exposure, on the right number of screens, in the agreed locations, for the right message – and the big one… the agreed ‘share of the loop’.

This makes sense, in a fast digitising world, where demand (and prices) were growing fast and booking parameters were becoming infinitely more complex – in a sector with little standardisation – few knew exactly what they were buying… and nobody knew for sure what they were getting.

After just 18 months, though – almost all DOOH networks were system integrated with Seedooh and best practice controls enabled standardised, automatic verification and instant reporting of campaign delivery – for any advertiser who requested it.

So that’s the biggest change – from a sector where nobody really knew anything for sure about their campaign, to a sector where anybody can find out – instantly – and analyse every verified play on every validated screen, if they really want to.

From a transparent reporting perspective, Australia and New Zealand are leading the world. The Seedooh platform standardises, verifies, analyses and reports Big Data – in summary, or in granular detail – and has virtually no impact on the campaign implementation process for buyers, sellers or intermediaries. Even better, the campaign reporting process is actually up to 90% more efficient and 100% more connected than the old manual self-reporting processes – for publishers and agencies using the platform to its full potential.

This hygiene factor is only part of the reason we designed and built the platform: Automation of an important process for the world’s oldest medium, seeking to compete and add value in a digitised world.

The other driving factor has always been the absolute certainty that OOH buyers and sellers will never be able to make the most of data-led automation (and programmatic) – unless advertisers can have absolute confidence that they are getting something of value*. Regardless if the ‘value’ is; a delivered audience, or exposure time on screens, or sales of widgets, or shifts in perception or intent – the baseline factual foundation is whether or not the right ad was shown on the right screen at the right time. Every time.

* When we attended conferences and meetings in London, New York, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and offered this point of view: two years ago – there was almost universal shrugging, a year ago – much more interest, and more recently, especially in the last few months – a number of informed people are now making well reasoned, very familiar statements about the importance of independent verification for the future of OOH. (We have included some examples below, which are also featured on our website at www.seedooh/news).

This is a good thing for OOH – and for advertisers who want to make the most of OOH in the future. It’s also good for Seedooh: we’ve got a future ready platform, proven at scale over 3 years, in one of the world’s most advanced and rapidly evolving media markets with a well defined roadmap to enhance and scale locally and globally.

We’re already working closely with progressive thinkers and doers in multiple northern hemisphere markets and we’re always looking for new, challenging and productive discussions.

We’ll try and get some more newsletters out before our 4th birthday – but please feel free to get in touch with thoughts or questions in the meantime.

Partner Profile

Brendon Cook, CEO, oOh!media

Brendon Cook, CEO of oOh!media talks to us about: how the “COVID world” has further sharpened his focus on data and technology, the ever-changing dynamics of the sector, and the importance of scale, efficiency and transparency.

Seedooh: The oOh! business has grown enormously through both organic and acquisitive expansion in the last 10 years, most recently with the onboarding of Adshel in 2018/9. What’s the plan for growth from here?

BC: With Adshel coming into the business, our portfolio of assets and ability to reach audiences at scale is now unrivalled, at both a metro and national level. Our plans moving forward will demonstrate how scale of reach, combined with category buyer targeting, delivers the most unmissable and effective campaigns for our agencies and clients. Addressing the needs of the market by delivering efficient reach of audiences is how we will be best positioned to grow.
On top of this we want to make the process of planning, buying, managing, tracking and analysing Out of Home campaigns a lot simpler and smarter through our investments in technology and quality data. If we can streamline that customer experience, we will create more advocates for the medium and growth will follow.


Seedooh: oOh! took a strategic leadership approach and began investing in connected data and technology across the business a few years ago – how’s that going, and how has COVID changed your perspective on this?

BC: When you have tens of thousands of assets, understanding audience at location and understanding how to influence ROI through the most effective combination of environments and formats is critical. We made very deliberate choices about the type of data we chose to map our panels against. Developing our SmartReach planning tool, powered by Quantium, provides retail purchasing data mapped to location, giving us the ability to know what the audience buys, and not just where they are.
Targeting category buyers, or buyergraphics, is proven without doubt to drive greater campaign effectiveness than demographic targeting. Developing the tech to deliver category buyers, at speed, across thousands of locations is a huge task, but will deliver a step change in the way we deal with the industry – saving time while delivering cost efficiencies and certainty of audience, is a huge focus. COVID-19 hasn’t changed our direction, but intensified our focus on the importance of delivering the best outcomes for our clients through the scale of our network, enabled by our data and tech.


Seedooh: There’s a new competitive environment on at least two new fronts from here on in. Firstly, JCDecaux are a global force to be reckoned with in ANZ now, since their acquisition of APN, and secondly, media budgets may be challenged moving forward. Is this a new battleground? Do any of the old rules apply? What’s the biggest priority for the next 12 months?

BC: The competitiveness of the landscape has always existed, but the opportunity for consolidation, which looked like it would occur, hasn’t eventuated as such. Street Furniture is a great example – by this time next year there will be three players, and there are also multiple players in retail. Our biggest priority is focusing on what we can deliver for our customers, and the one thing that will not change for us and that is what we can deliver to the market as a scaled, national offering, underpinned by robust third party and industry approved data. We have incredible reach, with the ability to deliver greater efficiency through that scale, and that is especially valuable as the media landscape becomes more complex to navigate. Disparate data sets, questionable data quality, complex and convoluted offerings… all of these things make Out of Home hard. Our priority is to make buying audiences at scale simple, effective and efficient.


Seedooh: oOh! were the first Out-of-Home business to embrace independent verification and complete transparency at scale. What were you thinking at the time? And now, after 3 years?

BC: Our decision to enter into verification was built on the belief that our advertising partners have the right to know they got what they paid for – it’s that straightforward.
This view remains the same as the industry develops. It is interesting to see that themes around ad fraud, brand safety and delivery are not going away in other channels. However, Out of Home as a physical, not blockable or skippable medium, continues to value third party verification to ensure we deliver on our promise.
The Seedooh platform provides us with the cleanest and most transparent integration into our systems. It is a platform that is always available to both buyer and seller to track campaigns and, most importantly, provides advertisers a reporting solution across digital and static inventory. These are the important reasons that make Seedooh the right verification platform for oOh!media’s business across Australia and New Zealand.

Seedooh Feature Development

Insights & Analytics

Seedooh Insights & Analytics will provide users with a macro-level snapshot of campaign performance. Key metrics, such as share of voice or time on screen, can be viewed at an overall campaign level instantly. Granular data supporting these metrics can be queried on demand.

After 3 years, supporting over 2,500 users, we know that there are hundreds of relevant and useful queries that are regularly made – based on individual campaign parameters and user requirements. Our Insights & Analytics feature will enable quick, interactive access to top level campaign insights, for the most common use-cases – and customisation of automated notifications by campaign.

Interested in learning more about Seedooh’s Insights & Analytics module? Get in touch!

Programmatic Verification

With the rise of dynamic and programmatic DOOH, the topic of verification in OOH has rightly extended into the prDOOH supply chain. Expanding on its core of static and digital OOH, Seedooh is now testing and refining a best practice demand-side initiated prDOOH verification solution.

As with Seedooh’s current USP, all future verification solutions will be in line with global best practices, with no manual processes – which create inefficiency and the possibility of error or manipulation of data. For Advertisers or Agencies who would like to see their prDOOH and / or Dynamically delivered DOOH campaign data alongside their other D/OOH, Get in touch!


Our favourite campaign this month

The World Out-of-Home Organisation (WOO)’s #OurSecondChance global campaign started locally on 4th August. So far in Australia, Seedooh has recorded and verified almost 24 million plays in DOOH – over 43,000 hours of time on-screen – and 800+ Classic OOH installations. A tremendous contribution from OMA members – and a genuinely positive and engaging message, perfect for the great canvas of OOH.

For more information, see

* These metrics have been updated since our original newsletter and are current at 25th August 2020.

Recent News & Opinion Pieces

Go Media integrates with Seedooh

“In our quest to provide the best of outdoor solutions for advertisers, we wanted to deliver to their expectation of accountability. Our integration with Seedooh enables us to provide a user-friendly dashboard proving spot delivery either during or post campaign.”  – Simon Teagle, General Manager, Go Media

LIVE BOARD & Seedooh conduct POC to prepare for future of DOOH

“It is critical that advertisers have confidence and trust that their messages are being delivered as intended. We know this from the digital world and DOOH must also address this requirement, particularly in the programmatic future. To meet this demand, we have been working closely with Seedooh’s expert team to ensure that LIVE BOARD can satisfy the stringent requirements of their Independent Verification Platform.” – Ichiro Jinnai, CEO, LIVE BOARD

Admobilize & Seedooh announce data integration partnership

“Our partnerships, such as with Seedooh, exponentially advance our solutions in providing “truth metrics” across the global DOOH and OOH advertising landscape. Together with Seedooh we expect our value proposition to provide immense value to media owners and advertisers alike.” – Rodolfo Saccoman, CEO, AdMobilize

The programmatic potential for Digital Out of Home

“An immediate focus for both emerging and established players is accountability in the market. Currently, media owners and buying technologies report on the effectiveness of the same campaigns that they ran. The PrOOH ecosystem will need to develop independent reporting solutions rather than rely on buying and selling platforms to provide transparency in campaign performance.”

Digital Out of Home and its verification capabilities the next big thing for advertisers in APAC?

“The dynamic and contextual nature of digital out of home increases the possibility of incorrect ad delivery which makes third-party verification critical to the success of the medium.”