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The Duality: Advertising in a Pandemic-driven Recession

The current situation is unprecedented. Advertisers are scrambling to figure out how best to advertise in the context of a pandemic and a recession, what ARF CRO Paul Donato is calling: The Duality. While no research exists examining advertising in the context of both of these things, solid research, and ARF original research, examines advertising during a recession, when brands “go dark” and advertising adjacent to upsetting news.

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Big Data Shows How Brands' Facebook Posts Generate eWOM

  • Taemin Kim (Incheon National University) Hyejin Kim (DePaul University), Yunhwan Kim (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Research analyzing how a brand’s Facebook posts can generate e-word of mouth (eWOM) has often relied on content analysis and users’ motivations. A new study offers a big-data approach for predicting the impact of a post’s unique features on eWOM activity, with some unexpected outcomes.

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What Makes Cross-Media Advertising Effective in China?

  • June So Lee and Demetrios Vakratsas (McGill University)
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Synergy benefits in cross-media advertising are well-known. Much less is understood about the combined effects of television and online media on individual-level buying behaviors. A study involving the purchase cycle in China found that TV ads were more effective after prior online exposure in driving purchases, but not vice-versa.

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Attention and Impact: New Insights from New Research

  • KNOWLEDGE AT HAND

Attention is a prerequisite for ad impact. But it is an ambiguous and complex concept and it is difficult to measure all its elements.  Evidence of attention can be a sign of success, but often it only means that some part of the ad was noticed. Moreover, “attention” does not necessarily indicate a positive response and a high level of attention is not always a sign of a positive ad impact.

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Strategies for Scientific Claims in Cosmetics Ads

  • Jie G. Fowler (Valdosta State University), Les Carlson (University of Nebraska) and Himadri Roy Chaudhuri (Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, India)
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Advertisers of cosmeceuticals—cosmetics that have potential health benefits —have had little guidance as to the types and frequency of scientific claims they make in their advertisements. This study offers a typology of such claims as well as insight into how the targeted consumer perceives them when making a purchase decision.

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Is Your Influencer the Right Match?

  • Priska Linda Breves, Nicole Liebers, Marina Abt, Annika Kunze, (all at University of Würzburg)
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

As the use of social-media influencers gains traction, marketers face a daunting task of choosing the best-suited ones to promote their brands. Researchers in Germany found that an influencer’s fit with the brand will affect his or her credibility and persuasiveness, but social interactions with fans may tip the balance.

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