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Ad Effectiveness & ROI

What Lift & ROI Measurement Products Exist Today?

  • The ARF

Relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) have become increasingly important over the last decade for evaluating the impact of marketing and media spending. Today, numerous companies offer products that measure “ROI” and “lift,” But, for many, it is difficult to differentiate them. This prompted the Online-Offline Metrics Working Group of the ARF’s Cross-Platform Measurement Council to create: The Guide to Lift and ROI Measurement Products. This comprehensive report highlights the product offerings of 27 companies in the space.

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How to Adapt Global Campaigns to Local Contexts (Summary)

  • The ARF
  • KNOWLEDGE AT HAND; CMO BRIEF

Building a brand across multiple countries is challenging. Generic messages are less likely to reach consumers across the globe today. What’s more, recent neuro studies suggest consumers in different countries process creatives differently. On another front, the business environment is unique in each market, meaning a different strategy is needed to position the brand and take on the competition.

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How to Use Context to Optimize Advertising Campaigns (Summary)

  • The ARF
  • KNOWLEDGE AT HAND; CMO BRIEF

No advertisement is seen in isolation. The impact an ad has depends on the context it finds itself in, including what type of ad or content preceded it or what it is adjacent to, in terms of digital or print. Today, there is a renewed interest in context effects, particularly in the COVID era, as advertisers worry about their ads rolling after or being adjacent to upsetting news. This newly updated Knowledge at Hand and corresponding CMO Brief explore all the latest research and insights surrounding context effects.

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Brand Hacks for Growth During a Time of Crisis (Event Summary)

  • YOUNG PROS

In this fascinating presentation, Dr. Emmanuel Probst, SVP of Brand Health Tracking at Ipsos and author of Brand Hacks — How to Build Brands by Fulfilling the Human Quest for Meaning, covered the major thrusts of his book and research and how it relates to the current pandemic. He made sure to impress upon viewers the importance of brands building upon meaning. Since we live in such dark times and consumers are consuming more media, it’s important to convey positive emotions in ads, stand out, be authentic and connect, even daily, to your brand’s purpose. Although if the brand doesn’t have a purpose, that’s okay too.

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Building Brand Loyalty with Today’s Audience –The Pivotal Role of Representation (Event Summary)

  • ARF COUNCIL EVENT

The fourth installment of the ARF Cultural Effectiveness Council’s virtual event series focused on why representation is important. This event provided insights on culture, values and identification that need to be considered in order to achieve meaningful representation of the 21st century US population in advertising. This includes communities that are often overlooked–those within the broader ethnic, LGBTQIA and disabled communities. Editor’s Note: The full summary is available to members only.

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What Drives Global Sponsorship Costs?

  • Jonathan A. Jensen and Benjamin Albano, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Joe B. Cobbs, Northern Kentucky University, and B. Tyler, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Until 2020, sponsorship expenditures by brand marketers were soaring, but COVID-19 changed the equation. Nevertheless, a new study conducted prior to the pandemic— analyzing multiple years of prices paid for sponsorships of Formula One racing teams—fills a gap in the body of research that otherwise focused on sponsorship returns but neglected the related investment.

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Choosing Music for Ads: Does a Premium Source Matter?

  • M. Anglada-Tort, Technische Univ. Berlin; S. Keller, Pandora; J. Steffens, Düsseldorf Univ. of Applied Sciences; D. Müllensiefen, Goldsmiths Univ. of London
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Does music in advertising need to come from an expensive source, like a popular performance artist, to make an impact? A European academic-practitioner research team, including a Pandora executive, studied the evaluation process for choosing music in ads, by comparing how professionals and consumers judged the sourcing of music. The differential can potentially prove costly for brands.

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How Ad Recognition Influences Response to CSR Native Advertising

  • Linwan Wu and Holly Overton, University of South Carolina
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Is native advertising an effective tool for corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication? A new study analyzed how advertising recognition—and its perceived manipulation—influences responses to native advertisements promoting different types of CSR, focusing on consumers’ attitudes and word-of-mouth intentions.

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