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Indoor Direct Launches New Digital Media Network in Quick-Service and Casual Dining Restaurants

Network Features TV Programming From CBS Outernet and Other Top Content ProvidersArbitron Study Finds Patrons Spend An Average of 32 Minutes With An Indoor Direct Screen

April 07, 2008 --

ADDISON, Texas, April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Indoor Direct has launched a new digital media network located in high-volume restaurant chains across the nation offering patrons a powerful mix of original and re-purposed content from CBS Outernet, a leading provider of customized digital media networks and content to retail locations, as well as other major providers. Segments include news, sports, animation, "behind the scenes," classic television shows, music videos and games. Advertisers will have the opportunity to run traditional spots or create customized, integrated spots into the content.

Indoor Direct is placing between two and four, 42-inch LCD screens in restaurant dining rooms, which show a mix of produced and original content. A third screen, called the Promotional Board Screen, is also being placed at the point of purchase and promotes the restaurant's featured menu items. Eight major quick service and casual dining restaurant chains have been outfitted with Indoor Direct screens. Five of those chains participated in the Arbitron research.

A recent Arbitron study done in conjunction with the launch of Indoor Direct found that 42 percent of Americans over the age of 18 have visited at least one of the restaurants studied in the month prior to the survey.

The findings also revealed that nearly two-thirds of the group, which spanned all consumer demographics, recalled at least one ad that was featured on the network.

Other key findings from the Arbitron survey were:

Patrons spent an average of 32 minutes in the dining areas with an Indoor Direct screen

-- 85 percent of diners noticed the Indoor Direct screens. -- 9 out of 10 customers that noticed the screens in the dining area spent at least "some" time watching -- 72 percent agreed the screens promote a "cool" or "cutting edge" image for the restaurant -- 65 percent of those who noticed the Indoor Direct screens could successfully recall at least one of the advertisers.

"We found that diners we studied often tend to be on site or en route to shopping destinations such as malls and department stores or going to a movie when they stop into a casual dining or quick-service restaurant," said Diane Williams, product manager, custom research for Arbitron Inc. "Brand messages in out-of home environments such as quick service and casual dining restaurants have the potential to influence consumers right before or after a shopping or entertainment event."

Most locations will have two networks running programming simultaneously - - an informational screen at the point of purchase (POP) and larger screens in the dining room. An initial deployment of screens has already launched in 70 locations within the top 13 U.S. markets. An additional 1,000 locations will begin to roll out by the end of the summer 2008. The placement of the screens increases visibility of the programming, which cannot be controlled by the viewer, and has shown to provide a better return on investment for advertisers than traditional television commercials.

"Our networks located in quick service and casual dining restaurants, provide a highly focused way to reach patrons while they are receptive to watching and listening to messages," said Fred Margolin, chief executive officer of Indoor Direct. "The proliferation of new media and technologies -- such as iPods, online video, DVRs, and social networking sites -- has given consumers many more options beyond traditional television. The Indoor Direct network is poised to be a marketer's best way to reach targeted consumer segments with brand messages."

"In-store digital media networks provide a terrific supplement to traditional TV ads because they extend brand messages to the out-of-home space," said George Schweitzer, President of CBS Marketing. "Our partnership with Indoor Direct gives us another compelling way to engage, entertain and inform people with CBS's hit programming and brands when they are on-the-go. What's more, it expands CBS Outernet's footprint in the burgeoning out-of-home digital marketplace, where we already reach consumers in grocery stores, pharmacies, medical and dental waiting rooms, malls and other retail locations. "

About Indoor Direct

Indoor Direct is a dynamic digital out-of-home media network that reaches fast food and casual dining customers. The non-intrusive screens enhance customers dining experience while increasing same store sales. The network provides a unique opportunity for advertisers to reach the quick service and casual dining customer directly. Indoor Direct is headquartered in Addison, Texas and is a privately held media network company. For more information: go to

About Arbitron

Arbitron Inc. is a media and marketing research firm serving radio broadcasters, cable companies, advertisers, advertising agencies and outdoor advertising companies. Arbitron's core businesses are measuring network and local market radio audiences across the United States; surveying the retail, media and product patterns of local market consumers; and providing application software used for analyzing media audience and marketing information data. The Company has developed the Portable People Meter, a new technology for media and marketing research.

Through its Scarborough Research joint venture with The Nielsen Company, Arbitron also provides media and marketing research services to the broadcast television, newspaper and online industries.

Arbitron's marketing and business units are supported by its research and technology organization, located in Columbia, Maryland. Its executive offices are located in New York City.

PPM(TM) and Portable People Meter(TM) are marks of Arbitron Inc. Contact: Contact: Joyce Myers Anne Donohoe / Christa Conte Indoor Direct Arbitron 703.434.0374 212-896-1261 / 212-896-1238 /

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