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How Are Brands Responding to Social Unrest?

  • ARF KNOWLEDGE CENTER

Traditionally, brands did not respond on political or social issues. But today, after the tragic death of George Floyd revealed the social and racial injustices that exist in societies around the world, consumers are looking to brands for leadership. This is particularly true of Millennials and Gen Z. The ARF’s Knowledge Center has recently done an extensive review of all relevant research and sources concerning best practice in times of social unrest. This report reveals how to formulate a plan of action that will reap positive results, yet stay true to a brand’s historical soul.

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Multicultural Conversations on Handling the Hard Stuff (Event Summary)

  • SALON SERIES

Navigating the Messy Middle: Multicultural Conversations on Handling the Hard Stuff – Particularly During a Crisis

 This virtual Salon, hosted by the ARF Cultural Effectiveness Council was moderated by Janelle James, Qualitative Research Director, Kantar. Janelle was joined by Kendra Clarke, Vice President of Data Science and Product Development, sparks & honey, and Ola Mobolade, Founder at COCO and Co-author of “Marketing to the New Majority”.
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How Political Ideology Drives Response to LGBTQ Imagery

  • Gavin Northey (Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus), et.al.
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

We know from prior research that different consumers give  different emotional responses to ads that show images of gay men and women. New research shows evidence that political ideology is a key determinant, suggesting that marketers consider geopolitical segmentation and targeting to reduce potential negative outcomes to sales.

Shifting the Perception of Aging Today (Event Summary)

  • ARF VIRTUAL SALON SERIES

At this virtual Salon, Barbara Shipley from AARP and Andrew Delaney from Getty Images discussed their initiative to encourage advertisers to avoid stereotypes in the portrayal of the 50+ population in ads. Tiffanie Papp from P&G/SeeMe Beauty shared why it is important for SeeMe Beauty to create ads that resonate with 50+ consumers.

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How Will Media Use Evolve After the Crisis? (Event Summary)

  • LA MEDIA RESEARCH COUNCIL

At this virtual event researchers presented data and discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected media use and if these data reveal which of the changes are likely to be permanent. There was agreement that increases in TV use during the initial “stay-home” weeks were temporary. However, the trend towards more streaming appears to continue, watching first-run movies at home will increase and at least some of the increase in online shopping during the pandemic will remain. Editor’s Note: The full summary is available to members only.

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Appeal Predicts Gay Inclusive-Ad Outcomes

  • Bradley J. Bond and Justine Rapp Farrell (both at University of San Diego)
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

When gay couples are featured in an ad, advertising appeal can be more important than sexual orientation in predicting consumer behavior—specifically with intentions to purchase and recommend a brand or product—according to research at the University of San Diego.

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Young Pros Presents: Coming of Age in a Crisis – The Millennial Perspective

Millennials have lived through a number of tragedies, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Great Recession and now the COVID-19 pandemic. How did these events shape millennials? And what do marketers, advertisers, brands and researchers need to know about this generation and their unique perspectives, in order to market to them effectively? Editor’s Note: The full summary is available to members only.

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