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The Ultimate Famous Maker Passes

The Out-of-Home industry grieves the loss of one of their own. Frankie Stone, Sales Director of Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc., died Thursday, February 4, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19. Frankie began his career as a FAMOUSMaker in 1988 at the ripe young age of 19. He started out on the panel crew at minimum wage before working himself up the ranks over the years to Production Manager. One day, he approached President, Earl Durden, and expressed his interest in sales. While that didn’t quite work out at first, Mr. Durden allowed him to hustle sales on his off days. After proving himself, he finally moved into the sales department, later becoming Sales Director in the early 2000’s managing over 1000 billboard faces. Frankie was one of the most dedicated and loyal individuals that you will ever meet. He enjoyed visiting with people, learning more about their business and helping them become FAMOUS throughout Durden’s 10 county coverage area in southeast Alabama and northwest Florida. He simply loved people. “He was born with a gift of class and a fighting spirit exemplified every day of his 33 year career with our company,” says Earl Durden, president and founder of Durden Outdoor. Frankie was a foster child growing up but would later learn to foster others. He was a mentor to many people who had the privilege of working with him. He always made time for employees and would drop what he was doing to listen and offer advice. He treated his customers the same way. He never was truly “off the clock.” There were many times when he sat in a treestand on Saturday mornings waiting for the perfect buck to come out all while responding to emails, putting proposals together and handling last minute requests that were time sensitive. Frankie was passionate about his work and always put others before himself. “Posting glue ran thru his veins, pumped from a heart full of grace and sincerity” says Bill Durden, Vice President of Durden Outdoor.  “The chemistry Frankie Stone brought to our work family was irreplaceable and he will be sorely missed by many.” Frankie Stone was a frequent attendee of many IBO conferences since 2017.  He leaves behind his wife, Jill, and daughter Hannah who also works as a graphic artist / digital scheduler at Durden Outdoor. Read the full obituary HERE.

Digestive Health: If 2020 Were a Drink

This year has been unlike any other. Most would agree that it has not had a great taste to it. Here’ hoping that taste doesn’t linger.
Digestive Health Services (DHS) was looking for a new summer campaign. Something that would speak to our general disdain for 2020. Never ones to shy away from humor, DHS decided to turn this lemon of a year into lemon aid, err Colon Prep.
The idea was first presented by DHS and our creative team took it and created two ads with a cohesive theme. That theme being alcohol advertisements. If we’re going to speak about 2020 as a cocktail (or mocktail), why not mix it up and pay homage to the classics in look and feel.
These two ads have been running in both the Durden Digital Network and Poster Rotary System. So, go on, drink ’em in. Got another suggestion for 2020’s drink of the year? Let us know in the comments.
  If you are interested in becoming FAMOUS in the Wiregrass area contact us today at 334-792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.        

Over 1000 Faces, Only 1 Click Away!

Over 1000 Faces. Only 1 Click Away! Our 1000+ billboards are now showing their beautiful faces on durdenoutdoor.com! Check out our BillboardsPosters, and Digital Network to see all the famous-making opportunities.

Behind the scenes, our team has been updating our site to include an easy to navigate interactive map complete with pictures and street view. This includes all of our billboards in the Alabama and Florida markets in following counties: Houston, Geneva, Henry, Dale, Coffee, Pike, Geneva, Bullock, Barbour & Jackson. Once you’ve chosen your location(s) request a quote with one simple click of a button.

The Gulf Coast Jam Blitz IS BACK!!! Buy a Blitz, Get 2 Tix!

JULY and AUGUST rank as two of Alabama’s highest traveled months. Reach thousands of drivers in multiple traffic patterns with one of (3) Digital Billboard Blitz’s on our exclusive Digital Network. During the months of July and August, book one of our popular 6 day digital blitz’s and you will receive (2) FREE Gulf Coast Jam tickets ($300 Value). Rock out with Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Kid Rock and many more! Your ads must be booked and pick any 6 consecutive days by August 31st for your ad to run on 5, 8 or 11 digital billboards in any of our 6 Wiregrass markets! The Durden Digital Network is the largest digital billboard network in Southeast Alabama. We offer our clients access to 30 Digital Billboard Locations reaching over ONE MILLION+ cars daily in Dothan, AL Ozark, AL Eufaula, AL, Enterprise, AL, Troy, AL, and Marianna, FL. **Supplies are limited and only awarded with packages greater than $1265.00. Tickets are subject to availability at time of contracting.**
As Southeast Alabama’s leader in outdoor advertising, Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc has been making clients famous since 1968. With a marketing network of 1000 plus billboard, poster, and full color digital displays, your message can be effectively promoted with Durden Outdoor.
 

Durden Outdoor Wins National “Best Of Show” Award

The FAMOUS Makers recently won big at the Independent Billboard Operators Conference in Jacksonville, FL. Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. brought home Best of Show for the Tabor Pest Control Digital Campaign, adding another National Award to the FAMOUS Makers shelf. We are humbled and honored to have received this award. We sincerely appreciate our clients who allow us to think outside of the box and push the #FAMOUSMaker button. IBOUSA brings together hundreds of billboard operators twice a year from around the United States to gain professional development in the ever-changing industry of Outdoor Advertising. They host the annual Indie Awards at the Spring Conference, sponsored by Camel City Posters. The Indie Awards is open to all Independent Billboard Companies from around the country. Check out the video below to see our award-winning work:

Dothan’s Most Traveled Intersection Gets a Digital Upgrade

After over 10 years of FAMOUS Making, Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. recently upgraded one of its first Digital Displays located at the highest traffic intersection in Dothan, AL. The former double-sided Digital Billboard originally resided at Krispy Kreme facing the Ross Clark Circle and Westgate Parkway, catching east and westbound traffic. We decided that it was finally time to retire this beauty, relocate across the street and increase its size.

As you drive along West Main Street passing Friend Bank, you will now see a large, NEW 10′ x 36′ double-sided Digital Billboard. This Display still targets east and westbound traffic but offers a clearer visibility as well as a longer read for traffic. The weekly traffic count through this highly popular intersection has a total of 379,470+ cars. We are extremely grateful for our customers who have also been just as excited about this upgrade as we are.

To be FAMOUS on this prestigious Digital Billboard, contact one of our sales reps today at (334) 792-5056 or you may email us at sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

Earl Durden Inducted into Dothan Business Hall of Fame

The FAMOUS Makers are proud to surround our rock and CEO, Earl Durden, as he was inducted into the elite Dothan Business Hall of Fame on Thursday, August 24, 2017. We would like to extend a humble “Thank You” to our clients, friends, and team members who have been apart of Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. since it was founded in 1968. Thank you Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our hero and his dedicated hard work. Click HERE to read the full Dothan Eagle article surrounding this wonderful achievement.  

Baker Metal Sees 60% Increase in Business

Are you finding out that you need more storage? Let Baker Metal Works and Supply in Troy, Alabama help you with your needs. Baker Metal specializes in Pole Barn Metal Building designs. These weather resistant structures can withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour, with over 25 different colors. Baker Metal offers delivery and same day service as they manufacture it all on site.

Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. has had the privilege of partnering with Baker Metal Works and Supply to help spread their message through out multiple counties. By utilizing the entire Digital Network and our Rotary Poster program, Baker Metal has been able to reach new customers through out all of the Wiregrass including transit and rural customers. They have targeted and spoken to specific areas by incorporating city and town names in their tag line, “Dothan, the Best Pole Barn Rates Are At…Baker Metal.” General Manager, Ray Robley, attributes a 60% increase in “Do It Yourself” clients to their Durden Digital Network and Rotary Poster Campaign.

If you would like to see growth in your business, please contact one of our FAMOUS Makers today at (334) 792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

Out-of-Home Most Effective Driving Online Activity

According to a recent OAAA article, Neilsen just released data that examined Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and search activation. The verdict? Out-of-Home was decidedly the best media channel for driving online activity per ad dollar spent. There were several components that Neilsen reviewed when collecting the data. They first reviewed the amount of consumer online activity each media channel generated. In the past six months, 46% of search was activated by outdoor advertising. Behind search, Facebook came in at 38%, 25% in Instagram and 23% in Twitter. The amount of ad spend share for each media channel verses the amount of online activation proved that Out-Of-Home returns four times the expected rate given its relative ad spend.

With specials changing weekly, Eagle Eye Outfitters is one of our many clients who use the Durden Digital Network to keep their ads fresh and up-to-date. Recently, they launched a new website, ShopEagleEye.com, and utilitzed digital billboards to encourage the Wiregrass to “Shop Online.” Consumers are constantly looking for convenience. This was a great way for Eagle Eye Outfitters to motivate their customers to engage online while at the same time keeping their brand top of the mind. Let us work for you! For more information on how to make your ad dollars extend further and engage online activation, please contact one of our FAMOUS Makers today at 334-792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

‘Tis the Season for Giving

TEAM Durden has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We are extremely blessed with great customers and wonderful co-workers that we all consider family. This year, we chose the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank’s “Stuff the Semi” food drive as a public service project. They will be collecting non-perishable food items, frozen turkeys, and monetary donations today at Southside Wal-Mart until 6:00 PM to feed families this holiday season. Whether it be a food drive, paying someone’s utility bill, or simply a kind gesture of “how can I help?” This Thanksgiving, we encourage you to give back to your community and bless someone who may be going through a tough time. “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Stuff the Semi