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DEI (diversity, equity, & inclusion)

Making Inclusive Advertising Effective

Ads that highlight under-represented groups and their experiences can have broad appeal and be highly effective. However, they can backfire – even among the group the ad is focused on – if they fall into the “sadness trap”. 

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Scoring for Representation

  • ADVERTISING WEEK 2022

On October 20, Radha Subramanyam, a pioneer in the media and technology industry, provided an update on the representation and measurement of diverse audiences at Advertising Week 2022, presented by the ARF. She shared how CBS is putting programming inclusiveness at the forefront and gave insight into how CBS formed a BIPOC metric to assess the value of racial representation in people’s content choices.

Pharma Council FutureHealth Podcast/Webcast Series: Trends in the Patient Journey: What to Expect in the Next 3-5 Years

November 25, 2021 – Episode 3:  The Omni Patient Journey: The Role of Self-Service in Healthcare Access, a conversation with Claire Kane, EVP and Director of Strategic Planning at Wunderman Thompson Health, moderated by Seth Duncan of Real Chemistry and Marjorie Reedy of Merck (Co-Chairs of the Pharma Council).

One of the most prominent issues of the 21st century is how to make healthcare more accessible, and the pandemic is arguably the tipping point. While it exposed the consequences of continued fragmentation, inequities and the rising costs of healthcare, it also demonstrated how it’s possible to make healthcare accessible to everyone, everywhere. In this episode, we look at how to expand this accessibility going forward by rethinking the patient journey and the role of health technology.

Video Games, Livestreams, and Community: Understanding the Experiences of Diverse Gamers

On September 13, 2022, experts from Twitch, sparks & honey and MediaCom U.S. discussed the triumphs and challenges diverse communities in gaming are facing today. Although diversity in gaming has seen improvements in recent years, there is still work to be done. This event explored the role advertisers can play in making gaming and livestreaming even more inclusive. Panelists shared what brands can do to make a meaningful impact.

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How to Improve Prosocial Messages

Many companies have employed prosocial messaging and more diverse portrayals in advertising. New research explored if and how those strategies can improve consumers’ perceptions of brands and increase sales.  Read more »

New Lenses on Brand Identity

  • Summary by Hannah Stone (Verizon), Young Pros Officer
  • COGNITION COUNCIL

This ARF Cognition Council event explored how brands can improve consumers’ perceptions of their pro-social messaging based on insights from fresh analyses of data from a variety of sources. Experts from Ipsos, Dartmouth College and Research Measurement Technologies shed light on a diverse range of research on ways that brands can convey pro-social messages in their advertising.

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The ARF Diversity Report

The newly published ARF Diversity Report is a comprehensive summary of research on the state of diversity in the marketing industry, and how diversity affects company and marketing campaign performance.

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