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Why reducing advertising now could have long-term consequences

May 22, 2020
By Alana House

Many brands have chosen to reduce their ad volumes and spend during COVID-19, but Nielsen reports that limiting advertising could have long-term consequences.

Matt O’Grady, Global Commercial President Nielsen Media and Michele Strazzera, Commercial Leader Ad Intel International Media, note that forward-thinking marketers have taken the initiative during this difficult time and are creating cross-platform ad content strategies to tastefully reach large and highly engaged audiences.

“With clarity into which channels and tactics influence a specific audience, marketers can orchestrate the optimal consumer experience across channels and devices and optimise spend to maximise business results,” they report.

“Managing advertising and marketing channels separately using siloed, channel-specific strategies, tactics and metrics is no longer effective. Brands that have a cross-media audience strategy yield better results.

“In moments of crisis, creativity can flourish. The advertising industry right now is feeling a thorn in its side, but increasing time spent online and watching TV provides a great avenue to show the value of effective advertising to grow your brand reputation and revenue.”

Nielsen adds that choosing to dissociate from COVID-19 is not sustainable, with coverage of the novel coronavirus here to stay for at least the medium term.

Click here to read “The Importance of Maintaining a Cross-Media Ad Strategy Through a Crisis”

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