David Ward

David Ward is a journalist specializing in business, marketing, and tech-themed stories. He lives with his family in Chapel Hill, N.C., and is an avid movie and sports fan.

Recent content by this author:

  • The Pot Market Is Blazing New Trails

    ANA Magazine   May 28, 2021  

    A growing number of states are moving toward legalizing recreational use of marijuana and publishers are getting more accepting of cannabis-themed advertising. Nevertheless, achieving scale will likely be a long slog for brands that want to join the fray. For clues as to how cannabis might eventually emerge as an everyday product, marketers should take a closer look at the CBD space.

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  • Advertising for Political Office Is a Never-Ending Campaign

    ANA Magazine   April 23, 2021  

    Political campaigns are chasing a growing number of independent voters, with the ad budgets to show for it. While linear TV still commands top dollar, social media channels are maintaining their share, despite bans on some or all political advertising during the 2020 election.

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  • A Bright Outlook for Digital Out-of-Home Advertising

    ANA Magazine   January 29, 2021  

    The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines will spur additional opportunities in DOOH, as consumers return in droves to shopping in brick-and-mortar stores and eating inside restaurants after being stuck in their homes because of the pandemic.

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  • Marketers Search for Light in the ‘Dark Web’

    ANA Magazine   October 16, 2020  

    Despite growing privacy concerns among consumers and a lurch toward the ‘dark web,’ brands can still drive actionable insights from social listening.

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  • What Brands Mean by Brand Purpose

    ANA Magazine   July 22, 2020  

    A crisis may not be the best time for companies to stress test their brand purpose. However, the past few months have forced companies to reexamine why their brand exists, or perhaps more important, what’s needed to better articulate their purpose.

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  • Plant-Based Brands Turn a New Marketing Leaf

    ANA Magazine   July 1, 2020  

    Plant-based food products continue to expand, along with a marketing strategy that goes beyond a green or environmentally correct message and focuses on what consumers crave: taste. Big brands like IKEA and Disney join the fray.

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  • How to Go Big

    ANA Magazine   May 29, 2020  

    Marketers for smaller brands don’t have the same resources as their counterparts at bigger companies. But there’s still a great deal that smaller brands can learn from their larger competitors when it comes to maximizing their marketing activities.

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  • The Succession Conundrum

    ANA Magazine   February 7, 2020  

    While an outside perspective can be helpful, fresh ideas readily exist within an organization. The onus is on upper management to encourage those executives who aspire to be the CMO.

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  • The Fight Over Fraud

    ANA Magazine   January 24, 2020  

    Fueled in part by a lack of transparency in the media buying process, the marketing industry faces a troubling rise in the number of fraudulent websites and bots that convert illegitimate traffic into ill-gotten revenue. The problem is so pervasive that it’s begun to skew data and give an inaccurate view of the digital marketplace. For brands, it means keeping an eye on where the money goes is more important than ever.

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  • Product Placement Landing Stronger Marketing Punch

    ANA Magazine   October 12, 2019  

    Ad-skipping technology and a sea of content options are creating multiple opportunities for product placement.

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  • Turning the Page on Magazines

    ANA Magazine   October 5, 2019  

    While the glory days of glossy periodicals may never return, magazines still capture the attention of highly desirable consumers — and new methods to measure marketing effectiveness are helping print advertising prove its worth.

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