Vacant Storefronts Make Brilliant Ad Space

This latest barrage of advertising is duly paid for, and even masks all the forlornness left behind by a broken Disney Store. The New York Times: "Taking advantage of all the abandoned retail spaces in urban areas, marketers are leasing them at cut-rate prices and filling them with their ads.

At first, advertisers saw storefront advertising as a poor man’s billboard — that is, a bad thing. Now, they see it as a poor man’s billboard — that is, brilliantly frugal." Across New York, San Francisco, and Berkeley, ad agency BBDO is paying an average of 500 bucks a month for three-month stints, compared to $50K for a billboard. We hear a line on Frank Chu's sign goes for $150 a week.

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