ADRailUSA™ Escalator Handrail Advertising Debuts At Chicago O’Hare Airport

ADRailUSA™, the exclusive provider of escalator handrail advertising in the United States, today announced its debut at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. On behalf of Hilton’s Hampton Inn brand, the company partnered with Clear Channel Airports, the world’s leading marketer of airport advertising, to launch an advertising campaign on the handrails of escalators throughout the terminals. Patented technology allows ADRailUSA™ to provide an innovative, new out-of-home media platform with unparalleled value for advertisers.

“O’Hare is one of the world’s busiest airports, and ADRail™ is one of the most effective ways to communicate with busy consumers—who become a captive audience during the escalator ride. We are excited and pleased to bring such a deviceful way of marketing into Chicago with Hampton Inn,” said Gianni Cotteta, President of ADRailUSA™.

The Hilton Hampton Inn campaign was unveiled on November 17, runs through December 31, and features vibrant, eye-catching graphics and messaging on the handrails of 16 escalators located throughout all terminals. Consumers are urged to “get your hands on a good value” by visiting to save up to 15%, get free high-speed Internet, and receive a free hot breakfast.

ADRail™ is a new out-of-home media opportunity offering impactful and effective campaigns. These are visually striking and capture busy consumers for the duration of an escalator ride, which averages 30 seconds. In addition, ADRail™ provides powerful ROI for advertisers. Research in the US has proven that 68% of escalator passengers notice the handrail ads, 43% of those who noticed the handrail adds correctly recall the specific messages, and more than 38% report increased interest in the featured brand and product.

ADRailUSA™’s patented technology allows advertising and branding messages to be applied to existing handrails of escalators and moving walkways. ADRail™ also increases safety by helping passengers better gauge the speed and motion of an escalator, and by using an antimicrobial property to reduce the spread of germs.

ZenithOptimedia UK Testimonial

“We’ve been really impressed with the Handrail proposition and will be closely watching this media in the near future with the expectations being that many more brands in the UK will realise its full potential. To be able to communicate to consumers within such a close proximity to point of sale should not be underestimated.

The project has been handled with exactly the correct attitude by Publicis-Blueprint and I have been massively impressed with the guidance, attention to detail and feedback that we have had during and after the Dettol project. Results speak for themselves, but it hard not to be impressed with how they have taken this on.”

-James Berry, Trading Manager, ZenithOptimedia UK

Westfield London Shopping Centre Testimonial

“We worked with ADRail as part of our advertising for the grand opening of our latest Gym in Westfield London.  ADRail worked very closely with ZIP design, our creative agency, to ensure the best outcome for this promotion.  

ADRail installed our designs onto two external escalator units with care and precision and the marketing power of this installation was phenomenal, where a large volume of traffic engaged with the advertising.  

The work looked great and withstood the elements of the changing London seasons.  Handrail advertising is certainly something we will look at for future promotion.”

-Richard Hilton, Managing Director, Gymbox

“Activating the escalator handrails on the external escalator units at Westfield London has been an effective and interesting way of getting an important message across to our guests. 

The wraps look stylish and professional and our guests are intrigued and delighted by this media in a place they least expect it. 

All the people involved in installing the ADRail were extremely professional and made the process slick and easy. They are a pleasure to work with.”

-Lucy Thomas, Project Manager, Westfield London