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Research & Data Quality

Can Observational Methods Assess the Causal Effect of Ads?

  • MSI

While Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) are ideal for advertising measurement, it is not always feasible to conduct one. Until advertising platforms are willing to provide more information about how they deliver targeted ads or implement auctions, alternative observational methods are unlikely to reliably estimate causal effects. That includes utilizing newer machine learning techniques.

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AUDIENCExSCIENCE 2022

The ARF hosted its annual audience measurement conference, AUDIENCExSCIENCE 2022, on April 12-14, 2022. The industry’s biggest names and brightest minds took part in spirited discussions and shared their latest work on the industry’s most pressing issues, such as the transition to a multi-currency market, measurement and media predictions and generational marketing. Keynotes were presented by author and professor at King’s College London, Bobby Duffy, CEO-Producer-Pundit, Evan Shapiro, and Paramount executives, John Halley and Colleen Fahey Rush.

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Are Marketers Using the Right Metrics?

  • MSI

Which is more efficient when it comes to advantageous decision outcomes, marketing-mix metrics or financial metrics? Researchers in this award-winning MSI working paper investigated this question, basing their research on a behavioral framework and statistical model. On average, according to their sample, marketing-mix metrics are more effective than financial. Even so, managers seem more eager to use financial metrics, possibly, because they are easier to understand across the organization.

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Contending with Algorithmic Bias

  • Cultural Effectiveness Council

On March 16, 2022, the ARF Cultural Effectiveness Council hosted a discussion on bias in the algorithms and models used by organizations, particularly those in advertising and marketing, to make selection or recommendation decisions.  Speakers from Publicis Media, Twitter, Wunderman Thompson, Cassandra, and the University of Southern California shed light on why this issue arises, what its effects can be and how to contend with it.  The session was moderated by Council Co-Chair Janelle James of Ipsos.

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Cross-Platform Measurement Council: Marketers Talk Metrics

  • By Jenny Lu, Google, Young Pros Officer

On April 26, 2022, the ARF Offline-Online Metric's Working Group brought together three marketers to discuss their needs and priorities on online-offline metrics, exploring current topics such as reconciling digital and traditional metrics, emergence of new currencies, first-party data/identity resolution, and the advent of streaming. Working Group Chair Charles Buchwalter moderated a dynamic discussion with guests Christine Beaufait (Cross-Brand Program Manager, GM), Karen Chisholm (Transformation Analytics Director, Pernod Ricard), and Jeremy Wasson (Global Media and Data - ROI Engine Sr. Director, PepsiCo).

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2021 TOP MEMBER QUESTIONS

  • ARF Knowledge Center

The ARF Knowledge Center provides secondary research services for ARF and ARF-MSI members on a broad range of topics, including marketing and advertising best practices, media and consumer insights, and best-in-class research & measurement practices. The following are the most popular topics and examples of research questions ARF members asked the Knowledge Center in 2021. As with previous years, most member questions tend to be unique to the specific business needs of the member, but many tended to fall under the following categories.

Please note that ARF Knowledge Center research reports are available to ARF and ARF-MSI members only.

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