French car commercials will soon urge buyers to reconsider driving

Jan 14, 2022
Automakers will have to include language that suggests consumers take public transportation or bike or walk, especially for shorter trips.
In France, car commercials will need language that encourages consumers not to drive.
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Companies ease up on the holiday ads

Nov 15, 2021
This is usually a season when department stores, automakers and other retailers go big on ads touting special holiday deals. Not this year.
A pedestrian walks past a store advertising a Black Friday sale in New York.
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Coca-Cola nearly doubled its advertising this year

Oct 27, 2021
Does Coke even need to advertise? Turns out there are good reasons to do it, like keeping "top of mind" with customers.
Experts say advertising is still beneficial, even for brands as large and iconic as Coca-Cola.
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What an Olympics without live crowds means for advertisers

Jul 14, 2021
Will losing some of the spirit of the Games, including the cheers of fans, turn into a loss for companies?
Despite taking place in 2021, this year's Olympics merchandise will be branded as "Tokyo 2020."
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Can highway billboard signs change driver behavior?

May 27, 2021
Dozens of states are spending time crafting safety messages using puns or humor to encourage safe driving habits.
A view of a highway billboard sign in Ohio aimed at improving driver behavior.
Courtesy of Matt Bruning/Ohio Department of Transportation

TV upfronts went virtual this year. Is that all that changed?

May 21, 2021
The answer might depend on how much advertisers spend, and where they spend it.
Mindy Kaling speaks onstage at Hulu's Upfront Presentation in 2014. Since last year, upfront presentations have gone virtual.
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Apple releases privacy update that clamps down on data tracking

Apr 27, 2021
Apple’s privacy feature requires apps that track users’ web activities to get their express permission before doing so.
Apple has been talking about this change for seven months, and companies reliant on online advertising, like Facebook, have said their profitability could take a hit.
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Empty arenas not a game for sports and entertainment sponsors

Feb 15, 2021
Brands are having to rethink how to get home viewers' attention.
Attendance restrictions pose a problem for brands trying to reach fans.
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Coke, Audi and Budweiser will sit out the Super Bowl

Jan 25, 2021
Between chaos in Washington and coronavirus anxiety, advertisers are worried about tone.
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Will millions spent on ads sway voters in Georgia runoffs?

Jan 4, 2021
Political ads have been relentless on Georgia airwaves leading up to the Jan. 5 Senate elections.
Family and supporters hold runoff signs as Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock speaks during an Election Night event on Nov. 3 in Atlanta.
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