Creative & Branded Content

When Are Dogs an Advertiser’s Best Friend?

  • Rohit H. Trivedi; Thorsten Teichert

Animals have been used in ads effectively for decades, yet little is known about their effects on consumer reactions along the purchase-decision process. New research shows evidence of animals’ influences on different stages of the decision-making journey, with women reacting more positively than men. But the outcomes changed when human models were included in the ads.

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Strategies for Creating Successful Six-Second Ads

  • Colin Campbell, University of San Diego; Erin Pearson, University of East Anglia

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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Building Brands: Psychological and Media Drivers of Marketing Effectiveness (Event Summary)


Building successful brands require a deep understanding of why consumers behave the way they do and the associated media drivers. The Advertising Research Foundation and the IPA /EffWorks Global 2020 partnered to share our most relevant research, case studies and keynotes from Marketing Effectiveness leaders. Editor’s Note: The full summary is available to members only.

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How to Use Context to Optimize Advertising Campaigns (Summary)

  • The ARF

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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Do Sustainability Claims Help New Products?

  • MSI

Claims of sustainability may seem like a significant advantage for a product. But unless they are portrayed right, such claims often fizzle and anemic sales result. One of the consumer attitudes purveyors must account for is that such products sacrifice quality for sustainability. One way to offset this preconception is to highlight the product’s innovative qualities. Communicating the brand’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is even more helpful.

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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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

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)


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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