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Press Release: New ANA Brand Building Survey Shows Two-Thirds of Marketers Recently Shifted to Short-Term Plans

Two-thirds of marketers have shifted their emphasis to more short-term strategies in the last six months, a clear response to current economic conditions, finds a new study conducted by the ANA (Association of National Advertisers) in partnership with marketing services firm

Press Release: ANA/4A's JPC Welcomes Talent Unions' Ratification of New Commercials Contract

The ANA/4A's Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) enthusiastically welcomed ratification of a new Commercials Contract by rank and file members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). JPC leadership cited the spirit of collaboration that characterized the union negotiations, which produced a comprehensive new agreement - retroactively effective from April 1, 2009 - that includes a modest wage hike for performers over the next three years and a commitment to conduct a comprehensive pilot study of an entirely new compensation model based on gross rating points.

Special Advertorial: ANA/Lorillard Tobacco Company, "Regulating Tobacco by Trampling on the Constitution"

In an effort to protect young people and regulate the tobacco industry, federal lawmakers, unfortunately, are about to act on a sweeping piece of legislation that we believe directly violates the First Amendment and severely threatens commercial speech protections long upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Press Release: ANA Introduces New Radio Category For Annual Multicultural Excellence Awards

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) is now accepting entries for its annual Multicultural Excellence Awards. The Awards recognize ANA member companies and marketers for their work in producing superior multicultural advertising campaigns that ran between May 2008 and April 2009. This year's awards will feature a new category highlighting exceptional work in radio advertising. Winners will be announced at the ANA's 11th Annual Multicultural Marketing and Diversity Conference, October 4-6 in Phoenix, AZ.

Press Release: Marketers Face Internal and External Challenges Integrating Traditional and Digital Media

Previous industry research indicated that marketers and agencies struggled to integrate marketing, particularly across the broad array of new and emerging media. To build on those findings, a new study was conducted to specifically address the integration of traditional and digital media. This research involved 294 marketers conducted by the ANA (Association of National Advertisers) and the 4A's (American Association of Advertising Agencies), in partnership with Bellwether Leadership Research & Development. It indicates that marketers and agencies are facing challenges both within their own organizations, and with their partners, during the integration process. The majority of client-side marketers (59 percent) are satisfied with their company's progress with the integration of digital media (Internet, mobile, widgets, social media) and traditional media (TV, radio, print). However, the greatest challenge for marketers is the lack of metrics to properly allocate the mix of traditional and digital media. On the agency side, the key finding and frustration is that clients do not understand how customers use digital media.

Press Release: Radio Accountability Initiative Announced at RAB Conference

Ad-ID today announced the "Radio Accountability Initiative," which was endorsed by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) at its RAB `09 conference. Harold S. Geller, senior vice president, cross-industry workflow, 4A's, and managing director, Ad-ID LLC, announced the initiative during a panel discussion entitled "Increasing Cash Flow and Decreasing Makegoods Through Digital Commercial Workflow." The Initiative will address accountability and distribution platforms that ensure the right commercials get on the right stations.

ANA Law Conference: ANA Discusses Line Between Falsehood, Puffery - MediaPost

Speaking at the Association of National Advertisers's Conference on Law and Business Monday, Deborah Platt Majoras, VP and general counsel for Procter & Gamble, set the tone for a presentation that would follow when she noted that the market has seen an increase in the filing of class-action suits that have nothing to do with suffering or illness.

ANA Law Conference: ANA Hears Of Potential For More Regulation-MediaPost

The advertising and marketing business is facing a Christopher Columbus moment this year, with serious threats on a broad range of issues, and no horizon in sight. While the new Administration is likely to favor government regulation of how marketers tout their products and to whom, this economic downturn is the worst time to put shackles on advertising, says Dan Jaffe, EVP, government relations at the Association of National Advertisers (ANA.)

Media Alert: ANA, 4A's, AAF Strongly Criticize Proposed Tobacco Marketing Legislation

Today the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) and American Advertising Federation (AAF) submitted a detailed letter to Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee expressing their strong opposition to H.R. 1256, the "Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act." The bill, introduced by the Committee's Chairman, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), and expected to be marked up in the House today, proposes the most severe restrictions on the marketing of a legal product in U.S. History.

Press Release: Key Advertising Groups Committed to Strong Industry

Four leading marketing and advertising industry associations stated their continuing commitment to work together to develop a cross sector set of privacy principles for online behavioral advertising in order to respond to the challenge issued today by the Federal Trade Commission for comprehensive industry self regulation. The cross-industry group represents the first time the entire marketing and media industry has come together to develop a cohesive and far-reaching self-regulatory effort for interactive advertising. The associations are the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A's), the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). The Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB), a leading organization dedicated to advancing marketplace trust, is also part of the effort.

Unilever's Di Como On 'TV & Everything Video'- MediaPost Publications

At Thursday's TV & Everything Video Forum, Unilever's VP of American media, Luis Di Como, told the crowd that in the spirit of the times, he would give three speeches for the price of one. That comic bit aligned with his broader theme: If marketers want to save money, they need to create partnerships that transcend the up-front orientation around the 30-second spot, and they need to remember what people have cared about for eons: a good story.

New ANA Survey Reports Marketing Outlook Worse than Predicted with Recession

The recession had a more profound effect on the marketing industry than predicted just six months ago, a new survey from the ANA (Association of National Advertisers) shows. Following up on a survey conducted in August, the second survey conducted on this topic reveals that more companies are identifying cost savings and reductions (93 percent as opposed to 87 percent six months ago) and that 37 percent of respondents today plan to reduce budgets by more than 20 percent, up substantially from the 21 percent of respondents in the first survey.

Press Release: ANA and 4A's Address Legitimacy of Magazine Bleed Charges

The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) and the 4A's (American Association of Advertising Agencies) today formally encouraged their members to discuss with publishers the outdated practice of charging to accommodate bleed ads in magazines. The organizations suggest that publishers could simplify their rate cards by not including incremental charges for bleed ads. This initiative is a result of analysis conducted by the ANA Print Advertising Committee and the 4A's Print Media Committee.

Media Alert: Expert Available to Discuss Why Companies are Advertising During Super Bowl Despite Recession

The Super Bowl is America's most-watched television advertising event. In a year marked by recession and cut-backs, the stakes are at an all-time high for the advertisers who have shelled out millions to secure a coveted spot during the game. Is advertising during this Super Bowl worth the risk? Why are advertisers spending the money during these uncertain times? How will this year's ads differ from years past given the current economic climate?

Media Alert: ANA Reacts as House Fails to Adopt DTV Transition Delay

The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to adopt a Senate bill to delay the DTV transition by four months, from February 17 to June 12. The Democratic leadership attempted to bring the bill up under suspension of the rules, but the motion to suspend the rules, which requires a two-thirds vote, fell short by 32 votes.

Media Alert: ANA, 4A's and AAF Support Delay of Digital Transition for TV

The ANA (Association of National Advertisers), 4A's (American Association of Advertising Agencies) and the AAF (American Advertising Federation) today announced their joint support for the proposed delay to transition to digital television. The organizations cite the amount of households that are not ready for the transition, as well as the chance for the government to address some unresolved issues that arose throughout the transition process.

Media Alert: Key Advertising Groups to Develop Privacy Guidelines for Online Behavioral Advertising Data Use and Collection

Four leading marketing and advertising industry associations today announced that they are working together to develop enhanced self-regulatory principles for online behavioral advertising in order to address privacy concerns and to increase consumers' trust and confidence in how online information is gathered and used. This cross-industry self-regulatory initiative represents the first time the entire marketing-media ecosystem has come together to develop practices in interactive advertising. The associations are the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA), the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). The Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB), a leading organization dedicated to advancing marketplace trust, is also part of the effort.

Press Release: Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative Promotes Healthier Dietary Choices and Lifestyles to Kids

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter to Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) William E. Kovacic as follow-up to the Georgetown Economic Services ("GES") September 22, 2008 report on advertising food and beverages to children, "Food, Beverage and Restaurant Advertising in 2007 - Children's Impressions and Expenditures on Children's Programs".

Advertisers Brace For Obama's Regulatory Impact -MediaPost Publications

With a new administration, a substantially new Congress and an array of crises that president-elect Barack Obama will have inherited from the soon-to-be-ex, the crystal ball is murky on key regulatory issues facing marketers. But a couple of things are likely. With regulatory-minded lawmakers set to oversee commerce and communications, and the credit crisis compelling even Republicans to rethink laissez-faire, there will probably be more power to oversee marketing at the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission, and more rules about everything from product placement to behavioral marketing. "Nobody knows what's going to happen," concedes Dan Jaffe, executive vice president of government relations at the Association of National Advertisers (ANA). "But there is the largest potential agenda we have faced in many years, and a substantial turnover at the congressional level."

ANA Opposes Swath of New Web Domain Levels-AdAge

WASHINGTON ( -- The Association of National Advertisers is sounding a big warning about a proposal to open up top level internet domain names from the current ones,.net to a wide assortment of character strings. In a filing today, the ANA told the board proposing the changes -- the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also known as ICANN -- that the switch would create an expensive nightmare for marketers, raising cyber-squatting and copyright issues that could cost marketers considerable money to fight.

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