Past Event Highlights

How to Collaborate & Unleash Powerful Advertising (Event Summary)

  • Maris Cohen

The ARF Creative Council’s New Research Guidelines Working Group curated and produced a “Behind Frenemy Lines” virtual happy hour event, whose objective was to share thoughts, experiences, and ideas across the creative divide. Moderated by Council Co-chair Mark Truss, Chief Research Officer, Wunderman Thompson, the event brought together researchers, creatives, and planners at brands and agencies to discuss their own experiences and reactions to the role of research in the creative process, building on ideas revealed in a recently-published whitepaper exploring this topic.

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Conversations with Great Minds (Event Summary)


A Covid-era approach to celebrating the Great Minds Awards, Conversations with Great Minds afforded stimulating interviews with the individual winners of the 2020 Erwin Ephron Demystification Award, Josh Chasin, and the first-ever Chief Marketing Officer Award, Greg Lyons. Introduced by ARF President & CEO, Scott McDonald, Ph.D., the festive virtual discussions spotlighted the award winners as great examples of marketers synthesizing data with human intelligence, “sparking” innovation and creativity. Editor’s Note: The full summary is available to members only.

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Consumer Behavior and Brand Loyalty


As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, long-held marketing beliefs about shopping habits and brand purchases are being called into question as consumers face life disruptions on a magnitude previously unimagined. Shopping has become an essential activity, but overwhelming demand has limited usual access to favorite brands and driven substitute experimentation. Marketing strategies had to pivot quickly to adapt as e-commerce came to the forefront, shouldering the brunt of new customers ordering online. At SHOPPERxSCIENCE 2020, the ARF delved into consumer behavior in the “new normal”, speaking to notable marketers and researchers about their experiences and which new habits will persist moving forward.  Editor’s Note: The full summary is available to members only.

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Marketing Through Change (Event Summary)


Presented by Neustar, this webcast presented information on the future of marketing and how measurement, media, and identity will need to adjust to changes brought on by the end of cookies and the COVID-19 pandemic. We shared real-life examples of how to build sustainable measurement practices that will persist despite the imminent changes to the marketing world.

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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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Unified Measurement Showcase (Event Summary)

  • Alice K. Sylvester

The ARF’s Cross-Platform Measurement Council Attribution Working Group, chaired by Helen Katz of Publicis, issued invitations to many marketing mix and attribution modelers to share blinded case studies involving unified measurement. The goal was to see unified measurement in action, to see the scope of the analyses and the business results associated with the tool.

The Cross-Platform group reviewed submissions and selected six companies to present their case studies.

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RCT21: Advancing Cross-Platform ROI Analysis (Event Summary)


The ARF, in collaboration with 605, Central Control and Bill Harvey Consulting, is championing a research initiative designed to establish methods for applying randomized control testing (RCT) to cross-platform advertising impact analysis. The proof-of-concept study, named RCT21, applies experimentation methods to measure incremental ROI of large ad campaigns run across multiple media channels at once, including addressable linear TV and multiple major digital media platforms.  Editor’s Note: The full summary is available to members only.

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A Conversation with Gen Z (Event Summary)


In this thought-provoking salon series event, attendees got to know the inner workings of the Gen Z mindset from four professionals and one NYU student. The conversation lead to some surprising places. Speakers talked about how COVID-19 affected their work and lent advice to the younger members of their generation. They talked about the need to be authentic and to personalize ads and make them relevant to users, especially in the social media space, and even gave insights into the online shopping behaviors of this, our most tech savvy generation.  Editor’s Note: The full summary is available to members only.