Scala Deploys First Digital Ad Network in Pakistan

Scala, a provider of end-to-end digital signage software, has announced that Bar-B-Q Tonight Restaurant is the first to deploy a Scala digital signage advertising network in Pakistan.

The Bar-B-Q Tonight Restaurant was opened in October 1988 with a seating capacity of 150 guests. Since then - and due to its continued dedication to food quality, service, and the environment - the restaurant has become the most popular family eatery in Karachi City; making it well known throughout major cities in Pakistan. With the addition of two floors and a roof-top BBQ area, the restaurant now has seating capacity for 1500 patrons.

The overwhelming reason for the continued growth of the restaurant is its reputation for providing high quality food and a modern guest experience. Prior to the BBQ Digital Advertising Network, Bar-B-Q Restaurant experimented with LCD screens running local Cable TV channels. Patrons were not impressed with the content and the deployment failed.

The challenge was to design a digital advertising network attractive to the patrons, and both capable of generating revenue from brand advertising and informing patrons about products and services available at the Bar-B-Q Restaurant. The solution was a BBQ Digital Advertising Network with appealing 720p content.

The BBQ Digital Advertising Network was conceived with the help of Faith Media Services, a Scala Certified Partner and a newly formed division of Faith Associates, located in Karachi, Pakistan.

The BBQ Digital Advertising Network facilitates advertising slots for brand ads, "Powered by Scala" and FMS ads, and promotions for restaurant food items and services.

Local promotions for the restaurant include favorite dishes of the day, daily restaurant promotions, local news and weather, and restaurant services including free home delivery and catering services. The remaining slots are offered to brand advertisers, facilitating exposure of their products and services to a huge audience of more than 75,000 patrons per month.

The BBQ Digital Advertising Network is first seen at the desk where scheduled reservations are displayed and entertainment news is displayed, contributing to ease the perceived waiting time until the patrons can be seated.

Strategically located throughout the restaurant are 20 32-inch Phillips High Bright LCDs and 22-inch Viewsonic LCD displays, all running high-definition 720p content. The screens are connected together with more than 2000 feet of RGB cable with eight VGA splitters distributing the centrally managed content.

The stated goals of the digital advertising network were to provide a better guest experience, promote the restaurants products and services and generate a revenue stream from brand advertising. It became very clear and very quickly that these goals were attained.

The current deployment of 20 LCD screens covers approximately 80 percent of the seated patrons' area. The screens provide a video-only view of the network with no accommodation for audio; this decision was made to minimize ambient noise. Patrons are entertained and informed about food choices and promotions available in the restaurant and they are treated to news and weather for the local area.

Patron feedback has been very positive and the restaurant has experienced a revenue increase between five and 20 percent on promoted products to date. Expectations are even higher as the restaurant prepares to expand from 1500 seats to 1800 seats, expanding the BBQ Digital Advertising Network to accommodate the growth.

Brand advertisers find the system to be a great opportunity due to the restaurant's popular appeal. With 75,000 visitors per month, the restaurant represents an excellent out-of-home, captive-audience advertising location.

"The Scala digital advertising network has facilitated the restaurant's growth, allowing us to present a modern guest experience and improve our quality standards while increasing our revenue," says Mr. Tahir Ahmed of Bar-B-Q Tonight.

"We applaud Bar-B-Q Tonight for its visionary deployment of the first digital advertising network for a restaurant environment in Pakistan," says Omar Abdul Malik of Faith Media Services.

For more information on Faith Media Services products/services, visit www.faith-associates.com.

For more information on Scala products/services, visit www.scala.com.