BRAND MARKETING RESEARCH: Majority Say Lack of Diversity At Agencies Impedes Creativity

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54 percent of the creative professionals participating in a study conducted by global PR firm Ketchum and media brand Fast Company agreed that a lack of diversity of experiences impedes them from greater creativity.

PayPal -- followed closely by Amazon brands -- retains its Brand of the Year designation, leading mobile payment brands for the third consecutive year. However, up-and-coming brands Venmo (owned by PayPal), Square, and Apple Pay are making significant gains, according to new research from The Harris Poll's 29th annual EquiTrend Study, which measures brand health over time.

A new study from the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council called “How Brands Annoy Fans” found that nearly half of all consumers indicated they would rethink purchasing from brands or would boycott products if they encountered brand ads alongside digital content that offends them.

According to a study from the American Association of Advertising Agencies and SSRS, almost 40% of consumers agree that perceptions of the Trump brand have been unfavorably impacted by President Donald Trump's "views and actions."

According to MediaRadar, in the U.S., six of 13 brands that were "boycotting" YouTube — General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, AT&T, Verizon and Walmart — have run ads on the platform in the past month.

According to a new consumer study and survey report released today by the Ascendant Network and Signal, consumers favor retail and travel/hospitality brands that invest in technology to deliver connected customer experiences that are personal, seamless, and contextually relevant. 40% of consumers said they are likely to buy more often from brands that prioritize the customer experience, and 36% said they are likely to spend more with their favorite brand.

A new report from Research Now and Econsultancy has revealed that 54% of client-side marketers believe that surveys to test advertising effectiveness are essential to advertising validation. 77% of company respondents agreed that the success of advertising should drive the level of budget allocated to it.

According to a study from Florida State University, women are more likely to recall and pay attention to plus-sized and averaged sized models because they are not comparing themselves to the models, as they often do with thinner models.

Newbase's Marketing Priorities 2017 report found that 93% of global marketers surveyed find ROI and accountability to be key aspects of successful marketing campaigns, while 96% indicated that there is a need for greater transparency in the industry.

First-quarter digital advertising earnings in the United States are at their highest ever, hitting $19.6 billion, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau.


Gretchen Gardner @gardnergretchen

Gretchen is a communications specialist and owner of GMG Strategic Communications. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works with Argentine and international ventures on shaping their content, branding and marketing strategies to position them for success in global markets. She is also a lover of all things information and has worked consistently in journalism since college, most recently as a writer at Portada and as the deputy editor of The Bubble, the first informal, English-language news portal in Buenos Aires. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has a bachelor's degree in history and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College as well as a master's in international relations from the Argentine university Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
Gretchen is a communications specialist and owner of GMG Strategic Communications. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works with Argentine and international ventures on shaping their content, branding and marketing strategies to position them for success in global markets. She is also a lover of all things information and has worked consistently in journalism since college, most recently as a writer at Portada and as the deputy editor of The Bubble, the first informal, English-language news portal in Buenos Aires. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has a bachelor's degree in history and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College as well as a master's in international relations from the Argentine university Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

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