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Creative & Branded Content

Strategies for Creating Successful Six-Second Ads

  • Colin Campbell, University of San Diego; Erin Pearson, University of East Anglia
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Scholars and practitioners in recent years have grappled with the potential and limitations of six -second ads. A new study clarifies those constraints and offers actionable strategies in various stages of the creative process, to help advertisers boost the effectiveness of short, online video ads.

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How Facial Expressions Can Predict Ad Sharing

  • Daniel McDuff, Microsoft Research; Jonah Berger, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania -- JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Why do some ads get shared more than others on social media? This study used facial coding algorithms to quantify the facial expressions of thousands of individuals in response to video ads. The findings help advertisers predict how different emotions influence sharing, and provide a deeper understanding of the complexities between emotion and transmission.

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What Do we Know About AI Driven Creative?

  • THE ARF

There have been significant developments in artificial intelligence, such as recent advancements in natural language processing, that make it look appealing for advertising purposes. Indeed, many professionals are considering AI-driven creative tools. Yet, a recent ARF Knowledge Center investigation reveals that this technology simply is not there yet. For now, AI’s best use seems to be optimizing creative for email blasts, digital campaigns and social media advertising.

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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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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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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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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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What Makes a Successful TV Ad?

  • Steven Bellman, Magda Nenycz-Thiel, Rachel Kennedy, Bruce McColl, Laurent Larguinat, and Duane Varan
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Talk about a sweet approach to evaluate the potential of neuromeasures in identifying which ads lead to sales! This study of TV ads from Mars, Inc., maker of Snickers, 3 Musketeers and other treats, academic and industry researchers, yielded valuable insights into how biometrics can be used to predict ad effectiveness.

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