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Creative & Branded Content

A Blueprint for Managing Transparency Messages in Influencer Marketing

  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

With influencer marketing a fixture in many brands’ communications strategies, managing disclosures about these relationships gets tricky. A new study offers insights into conditions for transparency that can affect an influencer’s authenticity and engagement, depending on that person’s community size and the source of disclosure—whether the influencer, the platform or a lack of a message or no source.

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How Do Consumers Respond to Ads that Mix Black and White Actors?

  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Many companies and brands increasingly incorporate racially diverse actors, often mixing Blacks and Caucasians in their advertising, yet not much is known about its effectiveness. New research explores how actor race and social tie strength—essentially the potency of the bond between the two actors—translate into consumer responses, with indirect effects on purchase intention.

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How Does the Digital Environment Impact Advertising Creativity?

  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Does the digital environment support or constrain advertising creativity? The answer is both. But how? Researchers in Australia relied on two seminal methods—the rigorous Delphi recruitment method through which research queried creative experts worldwide, and the Four P’s model of creativity. These were applied to investigate “place” (the digital environment) and its impact on the remaining P's: process, person and product. What they found was that technology both enhances and represses creativity.  

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Influencer Engagement, Ad Disengagement, Co-Branding Recall and Sponsorship ROI

  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

At this Insights Studio, authors from India, Hong Kong and the U.S. showcased their work published in the Journal of Advertising Research on why consumers follow influencers, why people tune out of advertising, what triggers memory and recognition of brands that co-appear in ads, and whether brands are overspending on sport sponsorships. In the concluding Q&A, talking points included parallels of engagement and context effects between the different themes, KPIs in attention and sales outcomes, influencers’ roles as media and creative, and risks for strong brand personalities in sports sponsorships.

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