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The first smartphone app that puts your face onto a Times Square billboard

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The SelectaSign app uses a new technology that makes it possible to use your phone to upload ... More

Editor's review

Published 29 Apr 2016

If you've ever watched the ABC morning show Good Morning America you'll have undoubtedly noticed all the billboards that are dotted around Times Square where it is filmed. A great piece of advertising, don't you think? So, how would you like to advertise yourself or your pown business there? You'd think it would cost a small fortune given the potential exposure but what if I told you that you could place a short, sharp advert there for as little as ten bucks? It would be hard to turn down, wouldn't it?

SelectaSign is a new messaging and advertising app for iOS and Android that lets you place an advert onto a billboard in Times Square, NYC. It uses new technology that makes it possible to use your phone to upload messages to the high profile billboard and give you a ten second advert for just US$10. The app is incredibly easy to use. Just enter an email address to create an account, upload an image along with a caption to go with it and include a schedule as to when you'd like it to run.

While the ad lends itself to out-and-out advertising - giving its high visibility in one of the busiest places in one of the busiest cities in the world - there is plenty of scope when it comes to deciding what you want to promote. It could be a celebration of your wedding or a picture of a beloved pet. It could be a congratulatory photo of your kids after passing an exam or it could simply be  a photo of a loved one. If you are really adventurous, you could even propose to your partner. Whatever it is, SelectaSign will take a photo of your sign and send you it so that you'll have it forever.

SelectaSign is the first of its kind and a very cool, fun and totally unique way of getting your message across, whether it’s an advert for your new wonder product or just a selfie or yourself or a loved one. Celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation or anything else you can think of in just a minute or two. You can either stand there and see your message appear on the billboard or you can wait for the photo of the great event to appear on the app. The developers plan many more locations for billboards around the world but, for now, you'll have to make do with 42nd Street, Times Square, New York City.  Not a bad location, eh what?

Wasn't it Andy Warhol who talked about everyone getting 15 minutes of fame? SelectaSign doesn't quite give you that long but your image displayed for 10 seconds on a Billboard in the heart of New York City is still more than most people will get in a lifetime. There are no contracts to sign and no complicated technology to conquer. All you need is your smartphone, an image and some imagination. If you're still not convinced, you can check out the introductory video at SelectaSign is available for free now for Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at the App Store or Google Play.

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