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Should Brands Slash Their Advertising Budget During a Recession?

  • KNOWLEDGE AT HAND and CMO BRIEF

With COVID-19 threatening a worldwide recession, many brands may be considering slashing their advertising budgets. A historical analysis of studies on advertising in recessions in the Journal of Advertising Research would have brands shy away from this move. The 2009 article, still relevant today, found that advertising is important during an economic contraction, and good advertising could reap a brand many benefits that may last beyond the economic downturn.

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How Does Click-Through Behavior Differ Across Devices?

  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH DIGITAL FIRST

An enormous number of consumers have many devices today that they use to connect to the internet. This has made digital advertisers wonder if click-through behaviors are the same or different across devices. In this study, published in the Digital First section of the JAR, researchers look at how click-through behaviors differ in paid search advertising campaigns when a user is using a tablet versus a desktop computer versus a smartphone.

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Do the Lights Go Out When Brands Go Dark?

  • KNOWLEDGE AT HAND
  • CMO BRIEF

Deciding to make major cuts or to eliminate brand advertising can be one of marketers’ most painful choices. This ARF paper summarizes the findings from a number of studies that quantify the impact and implications of drastic budget reductions, offers a case study, and provides insights, so that marketers can be better informed as they have to consider tough calls.

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Future State: Navigating the New Media Landscape

  • LEADERSHIP LAB

There are a lot of questions surrounding how media is evolving, how viewers select content out of seemingly innumerable choices and how streaming services decide what to adopt. While several ARF events have tackled such questions, experts weighed in with their most recent insights at February’s Leadership Lab at ARF headquarters in New York City. Dubbed Future State: Navigating the New Media Landscape, the ARF’s CRO Paul Donato and EVP of Research and Innovation, Dr. Horst Stipp, co-chaired an event that dished out oodles of interesting insights.

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A CEO’s Brand Image Predicts Advertising Credibility

  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH DIGITAL FIRST

A brand’s success lies with the relationship between its leadership and consumers. Focus tends to be on the CEO. The correlation is so strong that a CEO’s brand image can predict how credible that brand’s advertising appears. That’s according to this latest study published online, as part of the JAR’s Digital First page.

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