Editor's Picks for ANA Magazine

  • Do Marketers Have an Emerging Ally in the C-Suite?

    ANA Magazine   June 24, 2022  

    A growing number of brands, including Edelman, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Volkswagen, are hiring chief experience officers. The moves come as tolerance for a bad or mediocre consumer experience continues to plummet, with more than half of brands reporting that those who are dissatisfied with the company will switch brands, per a recent survey.

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  • Previously Cast Aside, QR Codes Are Making a Comeback

    ANA Magazine   May 6, 2022  

    Quick Response (QR) codes were all the rage in the early 2000s but soon fell out of a favor among most brands. But they have come back to life, spurred by the pandemic and the growing imperative among marketers to thread their message between the physical and digital worlds. And, unlike the first time around, QR codes now seem to have much more staying power when it comes to engaging consumers and driving revenue.

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  • Why Chief Executives Run Out of Patience with Their CMOs

    ANA Magazine   April 22, 2022  

    A recent survey paints an ominous picture of the level of confidence chief executives have in their CMOs, with most thinking that CMOs put their own interest above that of the organization. At the same time, about a third of CEOs have great confidence in their CMOs. That presents an opportunity for chief marketers to change the dynamic and demonstrate their business acumen.

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  • Are Marketers Ready to Dive Into Summer?

    ANA Magazine   April 15, 2022  

    With the pandemic starting to fade, this summer is expected to be quite different from the past two. Consumer-facing marketers will need to shift gears somewhat, from supplying an accelerating amount of digital content to ramping up efforts to reach people who will be clamoring for live events and spending a lot more time outdoors.

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  • The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Has Put a Spotlight on Brand Activism

    ANA Magazine   April 8, 2022  

    How brands have responded to the war in Ukraine provides valuable lessons for marketers navigating an increasingly unpredictable world. The crisis has reinforced the need to be nimble and responsive and ensure that every single part of a company’s operation is aligned on the brand’s values.

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  • Exhausted by the Pandemic, Consumers Want Simple

    ANA Magazine   April 1, 2022  

    With their lives turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers are leaning toward brands that can deliver simple experiences and talk about their products and services in a straightforward manner. But making things easier for people and explaining brand value in everyday terms does not mean companies have to dumb down the message.

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  • When Cancel Culture Comes

    ANA Magazine   March 25, 2022  

    When consumers shame and/or boycott companies and organizations due to actions or statements they deem offensive or harmful, marketers at the center of the cancel-culture storm may want to wait until things blow over, a recent study says. At the same time, a brand could risk irrelevancy if it goes too long before responding to public concerns. How best, then, to respond?

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  • Corona Is Opening an Island

    ANA Magazine   March 11, 2022  

    Corona Island is taking brand extension to another level. The island, which opens this summer, will offer visitors a slew of environmental lessons that they can apply at home. Felipe Ambra, global VP for Corona at Anheuser-Busch InBev, hopes the destination will also serve as a beacon for other brands eager to accelerate their sustainability efforts.

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  • What Will the 'Great Return' Mean for Offices?

    ANA Magazine   March 4, 2022  

    With the economy growing at a rapid pace and rates of COVID-19 declining, companies that had sent workers home to work remotely are reopening their offices and people who left their jobs in the so-called “Great Resignation” are beginning to return. But both are bringing with them a different perspective on how the workplace should, well, work. Organizations will have to be much more accommodating compared to before the pandemic.

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  • Brands Turn Up the Dial on Podcasting

    ANA Magazine   February 18, 2022  

    Podcast advertising still needs to catch up with the explosion in programming in the past few years, with plenty of marketers taking a wait-and-see approach. But with consumers increasingly burned out by screens, podcasts may grab both mind- and wallet-share a lot sooner than marketers anticipated.

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  • Social Commerce Goes Mainstream

    ANA Magazine   February 4, 2022  

    Many American consumers may be reluctant to buy stuff from Twitter, Facebook, and other social platforms. However, younger generations are among the biggest social shoppers, suggesting that adoption rates are poised to surge. Job one for marketers to join the fray is to meld their catalogs with their social media accounts and tag their products in posts and videos.

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  • Marketers Bolster Their Efforts to Support Mental Health

    ANA Magazine   January 28, 2022  

    Even before the surge in the COVID-19 Omicron variant, there was ample data chronicling the huge toll the pandemic has taken on people's mental health. Brands in the health care sector are responding proactively, offering new counseling services at or near their retail outlets. The efforts have led marketers to reevaluate how they talk about the highly sensitive subject of mental health and reduce the stigma people have about asking for help.

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  • Meeting Consumers on Their Own Terms Has Seldom Been More Important

    ANA Magazine   January 24, 2022  

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion is top of mind among a growing number of CMOs. In this interview, Esther Franklin, president of global strategy and cultural fluency at Spark Foundry, offers brand managers a roadmap.

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  • Can You Relate?

    ANA Magazine   December 31, 2021  

    The traits associated with empathy have been part of the marketing mix for years. But COVID-19 has dramatically, and perhaps permanently, altered the framework when it comes to how brands communicate with their audiences.

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  • Branding Out of Thin Air

    ANA Magazine   December 17, 2021  

    Deepfake technologies, or synthetic media, have advanced rapidly in the past few years, spawning a range of applications that could have profound implications for marketers. For all its potential, however, synthetic media presents thorny ethical and legal questions for brands and organizations.

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  • Brands Set the Stage for Awards Season

    ANA Magazine   December 3, 2021  

    With awards season around the corner, consumer brands have to make sure their real-time marketing operations are up to speed and not in any danger of missing something that suddenly goes viral.

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  • Brands Offer Consumers an Escape from the Mundane

    ANA Magazine   November 24, 2021  

    A growing number of consumers are looking for an escape from the familiar as they start to venture out and the pandemic starts to wane. Some niche brands are responding to the call by touting the unique experiences they have to offer while encouraging consumers to unplug from their digital devices.

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  • What a Hot Job Market Means for Brand Teams

    ANA Magazine   November 19, 2021  

    To push back against the tide of the “Great Resignation,” agencies and brand-side marketers need to focus on building a people-first workplace. They have to be flexible when it comes to where people want to work and reassure current and prospective employees that their time is valued — inside and outside of the office. Companies demanding that people constantly be in the office are going to lose.

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  • Marketers Greet the Metaverse

    ANA Magazine   November 12, 2021  

    Originally the stuff of science fiction, the metaverse is on the verge of reality. Companies are taking an incremental approach to entering what is a very complex universe for brands — and people — to navigate.

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  • There's Less and Less Daylight Between CMOs and CIOs

    ANA Magazine   November 5, 2021  

    When CMOs and CIOs collaborate the results include more engaged customers and healthier returns from marketing technology investments. However, without both sides first agreeing on governing principles, merging marketing and IT teams may end up being a wasted exercise.

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