Analytics & Data Science

Cross-Platform Measurement Council: Marketers Talk Metrics

  • By Jenny Lu, Google, Young Pros Officer

On April 26, 2022, the ARF Offline-Online Metric's Working Group brought together three marketers to discuss their needs and priorities on online-offline metrics, exploring current topics such as reconciling digital and traditional metrics, emergence of new currencies, first-party data/identity resolution, and the advent of streaming. Working Group Chair Charles Buchwalter moderated a dynamic discussion with guests Christine Beaufait (Cross-Brand Program Manager, GM), Karen Chisholm (Transformation Analytics Director, Pernod Ricard), and Jeremy Wasson (Global Media and Data - ROI Engine Sr. Director, PepsiCo).

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Contending with Algorithmic Bias

  • Cultural Effectiveness Council

On March 16, 2022, the ARF Cultural Effectiveness Council hosted a discussion on bias in the algorithms and models used by organizations, particularly those in advertising and marketing, to make selection or recommendation decisions.  Speakers from Publicis Media, Twitter, Wunderman Thompson, Cassandra, and the University of Southern California shed light on why this issue arises, what its effects can be and how to contend with it.  The session was moderated by Council Co-Chair Janelle James of Ipsos.

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Can Observational Methods Assess the Causal Effect of Ads?

  • MSI

While Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) are ideal for advertising measurement, it is not always feasible to conduct one. Until advertising platforms are willing to provide more information about how they deliver targeted ads or implement auctions, alternative observational methods are unlikely to reliably estimate causal effects. That includes utilizing newer machine learning techniques.

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The ARF hosted its annual audience measurement conference, AUDIENCExSCIENCE 2022, on April 12-14, 2022. The industry’s biggest names and brightest minds took part in spirited discussions and shared their latest work on the industry’s most pressing issues, such as the transition to a multi-currency market, measurement and media predictions and generational marketing. Keynotes were presented by author and professor at King’s College London, Bobby Duffy, CEO-Producer-Pundit, Evan Shapiro, and Paramount executives, John Halley and Colleen Fahey Rush.

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The Measurement Dilemma — Navigating Privacy-Driven Disruption

  • Insights Studio

Changes in privacy legislation, the deprecation of the third-party cookie, and new rules on Google and Apple platforms have set the stage for the impending data disruption in the advertising industry, as outlined in IAB’s State of Data 2022 report and OptiMine’s overview on Google Topics. Both presentations and the subsequent panel discussion in this Insights Studio session emphasized the unavoidable impact the loss of individual tracking will have on measurement and attribution and urged marketers to act quickly to prepare for the effects on revenues.

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The ARF's 4th Annual Privacy Study


One of the ARF’s most anticipated reports, the 2021 Privacy Study surveyed 1,280 American consumers from May 14 to the 26, 2021, via a Qualtrics online sample and platform. This report contains perennial questions regarding mobile and PC usage, willingness to share digital data, trust and how well privacy terms are understood. In the latest report, as in the 2020 version, we added questions about the acceptability of using personal data under various circumstances and for various purposes.

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