Over 1,000 advertisers have paused ads from Facebook for the month of July to support the Stop Hate For Profit campaign that seeks to pressure the social media network to make a better effort to remove hate speech and harmful content from its platform. In response, Facebook shared plans to address demands.

The combination of the pandemic and social unrest has spurred brands and organizations to think anew about what they truly stand for

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly and completely reshaped the consumer landscape at the start of 2020. At the same time consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies were looking to break out of a decade of inconsistent growth, many saw their expectations of growth replaced by a struggle for survival, while others had to ramp up production to meet never-before-seen spikes in consumer demand.

Driving performance, improving efficiency and boosting working dollars are three primary focus areas of marketers the world over. COVID-19 and the related budgetary pressures aside, this has been a focus of marketers, and will continue to be well into the future.

The 4A’s announced that the organization is challenging Nielsen’s decision to combine national in-home and out-of-home television viewership into a single data stream*.  This stream will be used in calculating ratings and inventory pricing at the start of the 2020-21 broadcast television season – and will also affect C3 and C7 ratings.  This decision will negatively impact both agencies and marketers and their ability to distinguish data streams to support pricing, analysis and audience understanding.

As the internet matures, influencers are building content that consumers can’t live without — and that’s creating opportunities for brands

KPMG Automotive Leader Gary Silberg discusses new analysis from KPMG’s automotive team suggesting changes in commuting and shopping—more remote work and online shopping—could reduce total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by as much as 270 billion miles.

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed many aspects of consumers' lives and brought numerous sectors of the world economy to a halt. During this chaotic and stressful time, marketers are desperately searching for paths to stability. TV advertising, for instance, continues to be an important way for brands to connect with consumers. Drawing on the company's Ad Intelligence service, COVID-19 Barometer and Creative Guardrails studies, Kantar has found that the TV advertising landscape is changing for both consumers and brands.

Cultural Insights and Planning are the bridge between complex consumer data and creative in any successful campaign.  This CAPE Award webinar spotlights two successful campaigns that have resonated with their target audiences and delivered for their clients because they were rooted in insights and backed by solid planning.

The business world would be a simpler place if doing good always led to doing well. It’s not that they’re necessarily at odds most of the time, it’s just that being the best corporate citizen doesn’t always shore up the bottom line. Sometimes, however, they really are the same thing – the trick is recognizing such opportunities when they appear. Inclusive marketing is one of them.  By Ozzie Godinez -  CEO of PACO Collective

In 2019, the ANA partnered with The Content Council to conduct a study on "Growth and Opportunities in Content Marketing." The study revealed that over a two-year period, spending on content marketing showed a 73 percent average budget increase. The report also projected a 42 percent spending hike two years in the future.

It's been a busy few weeks at Facebook, what with the ad boycott, hastily arranged meetings with agencies, bullish statements from Mark Zuckerberg ('who needs advertisers, and in any case they'll be back soon enough'), and remarks from the company and its supporters that there's really nothing to see here at Facebook we were in any event cleaning out the Augean stables. No one believed them.  By Brian Jacobs - The COG Blog

You’ve done the segmentation studies. You’ve parsed the data. You’ve sliced and diced every bit of learning you could get about your target consumer. (Maybe you even came up with a catchy name for your cohort, like “Determined Doers” or “Moms on a Mission.”) Now you’ve got a perfect picture of one very speci c type of individual.  You understand their attitudes, their beliefs and their path to purchase. And you’re counting on these assumptions to inform every part of your digital marketing, from creative development and media placement to analytics and optimization.  There’s just one problem.

A growing share of the marketing budget is managed according to the principles of targeted-performance marketing: personalized messages, direct impact measurement at the level of individual users, near-time optimization, and partial automation. This is especially true for digital marketing activities that drive conversion and purchase.

With culture in a state of volatility, uncertainty, and change – multicultural insights are more imperative than ever.  An in-depth discussion with Alma and Urias Communications, gold and silver winners of the 2020 CMC Culture Account Planning Excelencia (CAPE) Awards. This webinar took an in-depth look at the art of planning and the cultural insights behind these award-winning campaigns.