AdLibbing Articles

By Lonny Pugh
On October 18, Advertising Week returns with a robust lineup of both in-person and virtual events. The Ad Council will proudly host four panels at this year’s session, where we’ll explore everything from information hygiene to the climate crisis, uniting for a cause, and the power of music. Read on for all the details about where you’ll find us.
October 7, 2021
By Claudia Romo Edelman
The 2020 Census data was released last month with the banner headline that the future of the United States is diverse and multi-racial. Driving that future is the U.S. Hispanic population. We are already completely diverse and multi-racial, making up the country’s second largest and fastest-growing population segment. We account for 51% of population growth in America.
September 30, 2021
By Stephen Massey
Federal vaccination requirements for businesses of 100 or more workers are intended to create safer workplace environments for employees and customers. They may also help make meaningful progress in achieving health equity — especially if employers take steps to engage disproportionately impacted communities in their policy planning. That’s because vaccines protect the very people who are most likely to experience the worst COVID-19 outcomes, significantly reducing the likelihood of hospitalization and death. Top officials at the American Civil Liberties Union have said that vaccine requirements are especially important for frontline workers and other people who are regularly exposed to the public in the course of their jobs.
September 22, 2021
By AdLibbing
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create unprecedented challenges to American life, the conversation around mental health has finally broken into the mainstream. To discuss what's changed and how to authentically reach specific communities to provide them the tools they need, Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council, spoke with partners on several recent mental health efforts. They include Gabrielle Shirdan, senior VP and group creative director at McCann; Alvin Bowles, VP of business engineering and partner solutions at Facebook; and John MacPhee, president and CEO of the JED Foundation.
September 17, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
As part of our ongoing COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative, director and producer Deborah Riley Draper recently worked with the Ad Council and JOY Collective to create a short-form documentary that highlights stories from descendants of the U.S. Public Health Services Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. Her film provides the opportunity for audiences to hear directly from the families impacted by the study and explores what current generations can learn from the experience to build confidence in public health within Black communities, especially as it relates to the COVID-19 vaccines.
September 10, 2021
By Eva Kaplan
The NCAA has long barred student athletes from being paid “to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind.” That is, until June 21, 2021, when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the NCAA cannot stop student athletes from pursuing name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals or other financial opportunities. This decision marks a decisive turning point in the organization’s 115-year history.
August 25, 2021
By Helena Emmanuel and Catherine Yarovoi
As marketers, we are also storytellers. And the story we are telling is incomplete.
August 20, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
South by Southwest will take place March 11-20, and the panel picker, which gives the public a chance to vote for their favorite potential panels, is now live. Check out these prospective panels submitted by the Ad Council and take a moment to vote for your favorites—voting is open through August 26.
August 16, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the partnership between the Ad Council and Project Yellow Light, an organization that combats distracted driving through student-created advertising. Distracted driving is deadly; according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 26,004 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver between 2012-2019. Our latest Champion for Good, Project Yellow Light founder Julie Garner, talked to us about her very personal reason for founding the organization, what she’s learned along the way, and why this particular moment—when many are returning to daily commutes and road travel—is so important for illuminating the road ahead.
August 12, 2021
By Alexandra Chiarappa
Smokey Bear turns 77 today, August 9th, 2021. His Ad Council Wildfire Prevention campaign in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters is the longest running public service campaign in history. Smokey and his iconic catchphrase “Only you can prevent wildfires” have become immediately recognizable in American culture. Let’s revisit Smokey’s start in 1944 and examine his journey as an ever-evolving advertising icon.
August 9, 2021
By Sarah Cummings
Shelley Zalis, founder and CEO of The Female Quotient, and Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president for EMEA at Facebook, came together to develop a first-of-its-kind tool that aims to increase diversity on panels and at conferences. Through providing organizations the means to assess onstage representation, the Speaker Equity Assessor tool provides event organizers with access to a comprehensive view, across a variety of intersectional demographic speaker data, of representation makeup. The tool translates provided data into visual insights, allowing users to make crucial connections, prioritize diversifying panels and focus on inclusivity.
August 4, 2021
By Charysse Nunez
In the five months since launching our historic COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative in partnership with the COVID Collaborative, we have made significant progress. Initially, about 30% of Americans said they would get vaccinated as soon as one was available to them, and about 20% said they would not agree to be vaccinated under any circumstances, leaving about 50% that were hesitant. This 50% is where we have focused our efforts, alongside more than 300 cross-sector partners.
August 2, 2021
By Diego Villegas
July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, and what’s most important is to carry that awareness into every month of the year. Given the hardships our colleagues who identify as BIPOC have faced these past 18 months, it is necessary for individuals and organizations to educate themselves on how to best support them both in and out of the workplace.
July 29, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
Our latest Champion for Good is Gabrielle Shirdan, the SVP group creative director at McCann, who recently partnered with us to launch Sound It Out, a powerful new campaign that uses the power of music to help young people talk about their mental health. As part of the campaign, kids discussed what they were going through with some of today’s most exciting musicians, who then turned their feelings into songs.
July 20, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
Since the launch of our COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative, which includes more than 300 cross-sector partners and is the largest and most urgent communications effort in American history, we’ve deployed what we’ve called an air game and a ground game. What we mean is that we’re going big and broad with our messaging, in classic Ad Council fashion (the air game), and we’re also going deep into communities and finding new ways to engage with the people on the corner—the family doctors, the trusted pastors and the local pharmacists (the ground game). In other words, it’s not just about major tech companies, brands, government agencies, celebrities and influencers—it’s also about people like Cory Moskowitz at TransPromotion, a mobile advertising company.
June 30, 2021
By Leah Fagen
Ahead of summer outdoor recreation season, our Discover the Forest campaign launched new PSAs encouraging parents and caregivers to take their families out to the forest to experience and reconnect with nature. The PSAs culminate in a singular ask: make the forest part of your family’s story.
By Lonny Pugh
June 19th is the anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas in 1865, which became a symbol of the end of slavery in America. This year, a 5,000-square-foot mural was unveiled at the Galveston location where Union General Gordon Granger read the orders that freed more than 250,000 people.
June 16, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
Since 2016, our Love Has No Labels campaign has promoted diversity, equity and inclusion of all people across race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. To celebrate Pride Month at a time when many people are still working remotely, the campaign has released a set of virtual backgrounds that will help you brighten up your next Zoom meeting—whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally who wants to show your support.
June 15, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
On February 25th, the day the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative announced the platform for our vaccine education initiative, “It’s Up to You,” Stephen Colbert joked on The Late Show, “Okay, that’s a nice sentiment, but ‘it’s up to you’ is why we have this problem—we need everyone to get vaccinated.” He went on to suggest some absurd alternate slogans.
May 24, 2021
By Hannah Strashun
Noopur Agarwal is the vice president of social impact for the MTV Entertainment Group. As part of her ongoing work around mental health, the Ad Council recently partnered with Noopur and her team on #AloneTogether, which launched in the early days of COVID-19, and we are currently working with her on her cross-industry mental health storytelling initiative that includes a Mental Health Media Guide providing best practices and evidence-based recommendations to support storytellers at any phase in the production process. We are also proud to work closely with Noopur and her team to launch Mental Health Action Day on May 20.
May 18, 2021
By Anastasia Goodstein
Back in the fall, when the Ad Council started talking about the role we could play in educating the American public and building confidence around the COVID-19 vaccines , we knew our call to action would be to direct people toward the facts. But we weren’t sure if we would need to build a standalone website or if we would simply refer people to a trusted source like the CDC.
By Lisa Sherman
This article was originally published by Ad Age.
April 29, 2021
By Amanda Kwong
Steven HT Wong is the cofounder and co-CEO of Ready State, the marketing and communications committee chair at the 1990 Institute, and a valued Ad Council partner, most notably for his work on our “Fight the Virus. Fight the Bias,” which directly addresses the rise in anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to learn more about Steven’s work, his thoughts on what brands should be doing to combat the rise in anti-Asian racism, and his advice for creating a meaningful life and career.
April 9, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
Hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community have increased exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, Stop AAPI Hate released a report that documented 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents from March 2020 to February 2021, and last night in Atlanta, a shooter took the lives of eight people, most of whom were women of AAPI descent. If you or your organization is looking for actionable ways to support the AAPI community and stand firmly against hate, read on:
March 17, 2021
By Emily Kostic
Through the technology they use, the partnerships they develop and the creative approach they take to telling new stories, advertisers have the unique ability to propel culture forward.
March 15, 2021
By Eric Chuang
Just because Black History Month is drawing to a close doesn’t mean education about Black history should. We thought we’d take this moment to round up some valuable partners, resources and collaborators that may inspire you or your organization to elevate Black voices through your work. Let’s commit to making every month Black History Month.
February 25, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
Moments before Elvis Presley sang “Hound Dog” on The Ed Sullivan Show on October 28, 1956, he made a different kind of history backstage, where he got his polio vaccine in front of reporters. He had been recruited for this PR effort for a simple, brilliant reason—children were getting the vaccine, but teenagers and young adults weren’t. Who would they listen to? Well, they were listening to Elvis.
February 18, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
As America gears up for a Super Bowl unlike any in history, many brands have already released the ads they’ll run during the big game on Sunday. Though many spots exist in a parallel existence free of COVID-19, some meet our moment more directly. Here are a few of our favorites, including one that won’t run on Sunday. (You’ll understand what we mean in a minute.)
February 5, 2021
By Khalem Charles
Purpose-driven marketing is a strategy used by an organization to center its external communications efforts around a social cause that aligns with its core values. The goal of purpose-driven marketing is for an organization to develop a deeper rapport with their consumer base by creating authentic connections based on shared values.
February 1, 2021
By Mary Zost
Over the last year, creative producer and friend of the Ad Council Ramone Hulet has kept busy on projects like the forthcoming film Candyman and developing engaging ads in partnership with Amazon, Kingsford and Nike.
January 28, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
In the summer of 2020, a large number of brands and corporations rushed to show the world that they were part of the country’s reckoning over systemic racism. Some took legitimate, positive steps and shared their efforts in honest, meaningful ways; others put out vague platitudes and were quickly called out for their lack of real measurable action.
January 25, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
There were times it seemed impossible, but 2020 is finally, finally behind us. A new year is here, bringing so many reasons for hope. And with that hope comes a sentiment that we at the Ad Council are hearing a lot: “Maybe one day soon, we can get back to normal.”
January 4, 2021
By Lonny Pugh
Nate Nichols, founder and creative director of Palette Group, and Steffi Behringer, partner and executive producer at the agency, recently co-founded Allyship and Action, which hosted a virtual two-day summit in October that was focused on dismantling systemic racism in the advertising industry. That summit was only the first step. We talked to Nate and Steffi about the industry changes they saw (and didn’t see) in 2020, and what the next steps are for 2021.
December 18, 2020
By Emily Kostic
More than 40% of Americans report that they are struggling with Covid and mental health conditions as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, according to an August 2020 survey in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Week Report. And as we look ahead to a challenging, isolating winter, those struggles will only increase.
December 16, 2020
By Lisa Sherman
This piece was originally published in Ad Age.
December 10, 2020
By Naomi Woolfenden
As a VP, Group Campaign Development at the Ad Council, Nick Sugai leads purpose-driven marketing for a number of our campaigns, including Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, High Blood Pressure Control and most recently, our COVID-19 Vaccine Educational Effort. He’s also a member of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and founded our Ambassadors program aimed at building relationships with a more diverse array of college students. On December 10, we’re proud to say that he’ll be honored by the ANA Educational Fund as a 2020 Talent Champion, an award meant to highlight those in the advertising industry who have “worked tirelessly to create richer and more diverse talent pipelines for the benefit of all our organizations.”
December 7, 2020
By Hilary Landa
As Co-Founder and Creative Chairman of Pereira O’Dell, PJ Pereira is committed to using his skills and relationships to make a positive impact on the world. In his five years as an Ad Council Board member, PJ and Pereira O’Dell have created work for a range of Ad Council campaigns including Texting and Driving Prevention, Recycling and Coronavirus Response.
December 3, 2020
By Lina Renzina
This year has been incredibly challenging for the advertising and marketing industries, and the influencer market is no exception. When Covid-19 was declared a pandemic in March, most brands pulled their influencer marketing budgets or held on campaigns until they had more clarity as to what was going to happen.
December 1, 2020
By Lisa Sherman
This piece was originally published on Ad Age.
November 20, 2020
By Maya Warburg
As Senior Vice President of People Development at LiveIntent, Abby Hamilton works to create cutting-edge talent programs with a digital-first mindset. Her critical HR work helps to fuel LiveIntent’s lasting partnership on numerous Ad Council campaigns, including Coronavirus Response, Love Has No Labels and Autism Awareness. A leader in the email marketing space, the organization works to place Ad Council campaigns alongside trusted content within email newsletters from thousands of publishers.
November 16, 2020
By Lisa Sherman
This piece was originally published on Ad Age.
November 2, 2020
By Lonny Pugh
The Ad Council has been a nonpartisan 501c3 nonprofit for decades. As the country moves through the final hours of an unprecedented voting season, we want to highlight three organizations, More in Common, Civic Alliance and Keep Our Republic, that aim to support democracy and help spread critical messaging within the workplace and among the general public, before, during and after Election Day. We hope these resources will be as useful for you as they have been for us.
October 28, 2020
By Naomi Woolfenden
Within the media, tech and advertising industries, ADCOLOR is widely regarded as today’s best in class when it comes to discussing, celebrating and championing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the corporate sphere. Each year, ADCOLOR hosts the ADCOLOR Awards, ADCOLOR Conference and the well-known ADCOLOR FUTURES program, all with the aim of promoting diversity and inclusion with the creative industries.
October 27, 2020
By Amanda Kwong
As the senior vice president of talent strategy and program development at the ANA Educational Foundation, which aims to educate and inspire the next generation of advertising talent, Elliot Lum draws on a 20-year marketing background that includes working as a brand manager for Colgate and as head of partnerships for Columbia Records. This summer, Elliot was a critical partner on our “Fight the Virus, Fight the Bias” campaign, which addresses the rise in anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. We talked to Elliot about what he’s learned from his career—and from 2020.
October 21, 2020
By Naomi Woolfenden
With less than 20 days remaining until the 2020 presidential election, advertising campaigns across the country encouraging voter engagement have sped into high gear. And rightly so—the election was on track for historic voter turnout as a result of record voter enthusiasm until the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 19, 2020
By Naomi Woolfenden
As Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month nears a close, the Ad Council is looking forward to ending it on a high note this Thursday at Hispanicize’s #UnidosTogether Virtual Summit, the largest virtual gathering of Latinx influencers, content creators, entrepreneurs and advertising industry leaders. Speakers at this Thursday’s event range from figures like Aaron Walton (CEO, Walton Isaacson) and Victor Ramos (LATV host and lifestyle guru) to Bamby Salcedo (Founder, Translatin@ Coalition) and Julissa Calderon (actress, writer and producer). The summit takes place Thursday, October 15, from noon to 5pm, EST, and registration is free. Here are three conversations you shouldn’t miss!
October 12, 2020
By Lonny Pugh
The Ad Council is proud to partner with Variety on season two of “Rebooting the Entertainment Industry,” a series of panels that explore the difficult road ahead. How will the industry reckon with systemic racism and inequity? What are the short- and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic? What about streaming—will we ever go to the movies like we used to? And what will the stories we see on screen look like?
October 8, 2020
By Lonny Pugh
Racial justice, COVID-19, gun safety, the role of AI in accelerating public good—we stand at an unprecedented nexus of urgent issues, many of them intertwined, and we’re looking forward to sharing critical conversations with partners and thought leaders on these topics at Advertising Week 2020. Here are the four panels we at the Ad Council are looking forward to participating in. See you online.
September 30, 2020
By Allison Greenwald
There’s never been a more important time to encourage people to talk about their health. These health info graphics can help get the conversation started!
September 28, 2020
By Rebecca Mir
Alex Levin is a founding partner and Director of Strategy at L+R, an international digital design studio and brand strategy consulting firm based in Brooklyn. He has served on the Ad Council’s UX Committee since 2017, during which time he has guided discussions to fine-tune the websites of several of our campaigns, including Alzheimer’s Awareness, Love Has No Labels, Youth Vaping Prevention and Seize the Awkward.
September 16, 2020
By Naomi Woolfenden
In the months following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, and amid continued police brutality and violence inflicted upon Black lives across the U.S.—most recently in Wisconsin—social media has become a virtual classroom for those looking to reflect on their own racist tendencies.
August 27, 2020
By Naomi Woolfenden
Kyle Wong is the CEO of the award-winning UGC and influencer marketing platform Pixlee, which has played an important role in our Love Has No Labels and She Can Stem campaigns by providing the technology that powers community submissions. Recently, Pixlee partnered on our #AloneTogether campaign, helping people stay connected while staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Kyle is also a member of the Ad Council’s Leadership Council.
August 13, 2020
By Leah Fagen
According to a study by The Center for Generational Kinetics and commissioned by WP Engine, 72% of Gen Z is more likely to support a company that contributes to social causes. Gen Zs are acutely aware that in today’s digital world, anyone can use their voice to ignite change, and that includes brands—who aren’t just expected to take a socially responsible stand, they’re expected to mean it.
August 11, 2020
By Ad Council
The Ad Council’s mission has always been not just to respond to culture, but to drive it—to find insights that can change minds, spark new behaviors and move the country forward.
August 10, 2020
By Eric Chuang
Starting in June 2020, the Ad Council and NowThis partnered to host livestream conversations about critical topics involving COVID-19 and America’s reckoning with systemic racism. We’ll continue to update our Facebook playlist as new livestreams occur each Wednesday at 1pm EST—follow us there so you won’t miss the next one.
August 7, 2020
By Naomi Woolfenden
Following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and others, the rampant anti-Black racism, police brutality and systemic injustice in America has become clearer than ever. The New York Times recently reported that Black Lives Matter may be the largest movement in U.S. history, and recent polls suggest that 15 to 26 million Americans have attended protests this summer.
By Nicole Dib
From April 1 to April 7, there were more than 1.7 million online mentions of mental health originating in the U.S. When we focus on those who expressed worry over the mental health of our nation (as opposed to discussing their personal state), a surge in concern is seen in early March, coinciding with the WHO’s declaration of the pandemic on March 11th and President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on March 13th, as seen in figure 1 below. Worries continued to climb as U.S. cities began imposing restrictions, infections grew, and unemployment soared.
May 20, 2020
By Ad Council
You might've noticed things look a little different around here—welcome to the Ad Council’s new website.
By Lisa Sherman
This story, New Data: How Low-Income Minority Americans are Coping with COVID-19, was originally published by Aspen Ideas: Health.
May 18, 2020
By Rachelle Reeder
COVID-19 has challenged all of us to be exceptionally quick and focused with our communications. Fortunately, experts across industries have never been more generous with sharing insights into the best ways to communicate to audiences about how to keep themselves and others safe.
May 15, 2020
By Nicole Dib
Brands all over the world have been forced to reevaluate their advertising content and strategies as a result of the coronavirus pandemic—and they need to keep reevaluating as sentiments continue to shift.
May 12, 2020
By Guest Blogger Caroline Agase
On March 11, the clock ran out on our cultural sense of normalcy. When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the NBA reacted quickly, putting fan safety first by canceling the remainder of the season, and other pro sports leagues quickly followed—as did college sports. With stadiums and time slots left empty and billions of dollars in potential ad revenue lost, networks and live sports sponsors quickly pivoted.
April 30, 2020
By Amanda Kwong
Long before I became an assistant campaign manager at the Ad Council, I was a macaroni-and-cheese loving, horseback riding, extremely timid half-Asian girl in a coastal Connecticut town, raised by an English, Polish, Hungarian, Welsh, Swedish, German mother and a Chinese father. I never thought much about my identity until second grade, when I heard a racist remark from a classmate about how my lunch smelled. I noticed I had been targeted because of my race, not because of my personality or character. I asked myself, how can you judge a person without knowing them?
April 16, 2020
By Lisa Sherman
This story, 5 Ways Marketers Can Mobilize and Find Inspiration During the Pandemic, was originally published by Adweek.
April 6, 2020
By AdLibbing
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, the Ad Council has mobilized quickly. Together with the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House, and the country’s leading broadcast media, digital, and out-of-home companies, we’ve created and distributed urgent messaging to the American public about how we all can help slow the spread.
April 3, 2020
By AdLibbing
Earlier this month, She Runs It hosted a discussion between the Ad Council’s own Chief Media Partnerships Officer Kathy Kayse and TV ad exec Donna Speciale. In this illuminating talk, the two chatted about adapting to change, the impact of female leadership, and the lessons learned from two successful careers in media and advertising.
March 16, 2020
From its negative effect on the stock market to employers rethinking the way we work to the mad dash at the grocery store for toilet paper, coronavirus is changing how our world functions. But all hope is not lost.
March 12, 2020
This Sunday, March 8, marks International Women’s Day – a day solely focused on encouraging people of all countries and backgrounds to create a gender-equal world.
By Rebecca Mir
Our Seize the Awkward campaign recently launched a partnership with Guild Wars 2 for their Friend/Ships celebration, and we’ve been seeing great engagement from players so far! Guild Wars 2 publisher NCSOFT created a t-shirt that players can have their in-game characters wear, to raise awareness of how friends can help and support one another through hard times. They also produced a moving video in which Guild Wars 2 community members share how their friends have helped them.
February 25, 2020
By AdLibbing
John Dodini is Head of Business Development at Gfycat and our latest Champion for Good. Read on to learn about his favorite social good advertising campaigns, collaboration with the Ad Council and the advice he'd give to his younger self!
February 18, 2020
By AdLibbing
Five years ago, the Ad Council took on an anti-discrimination campaign which quickly turned into Love Has No Labels—a movement to celebrate diversity, inclusion and belonging across race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender and religion. In partnership with R/GA, we launched Skeletons in 2015; since then the cultural climate (and the number of brands talking about diversity & inclusion) has changed quite significantly. But our message remains—love is the most powerful force to overcome bias and discrimination.
February 14, 2020
By Jenna Hokanson
The Oscars last night had a blend of the many challenges and triumphs seen in previous years. The majority of the winners, as well as the nominees, fell into a common thread of mostly white, and mostly male - a trend that was only slightly changed in last year’s encouraging moments of firsts for many diverse and unrecognized communities. 
February 10, 2020
By Allison Kennedy
In the immortal words of Mariah Carey, all I wanted for Christmas last year was... an opportunity to scale podcast support of Ad Council issues.
February 6, 2020
By Sean Williams
Nothing says more about the overall trends in the advertising world than Super Bowl ads, which is why it was telling to see a shift from the social good tone of the last few years to this game’s goofier, celeb-filled spots. Nonetheless, a few companies stuck to the theme of purpose with great results.
February 4, 2020
By AdLibbing
This story, The State of the Direct-to-Consumer Revolution, was originally published by Ad Age for the Ad Council’s Purpose of Purpose Series.
January 28, 2020
By AdLibbing
Our newest Champion for Good is Craig Narveson, General Manager, US at Kahoot! His passion for social good and advice for finding your own personal happiness will leave you inspired. Read on to see for yourself!
January 27, 2020
In this industry, cultural context is everything. A new creative campaign that sounds good in a conference room can play out much differently than intended when it lands in the real world. One key to success is anticipating the landscape even as it constantly evolves. In the year ahead, these 11 quotes are sure to be on everyone’s lips – and marketers should pay attention
January 24, 2020
By Leah Fagen
On January 20, 2020, as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we’ll also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of MLK Day being designated as a national day of service. As the only federal holiday that is also a day of service, MLK Day invites Americans to go out and volunteer in their own communities – “a day on, not a day off.”
January 17, 2020
By Emily Brogan-Freitas
It’s 2020 and odds are, even if you haven’t used TikTok before, you’ve at least heard of it, or possibly even seen a few TikTok videos for yourself (one of my personal favorites is the always classic Kombucha Girl).  The short-form video app has not only become a social media sensation but also a cultural force that has changed the way we both use and consume media.
January 15, 2020
By AdLibbing
Our latest Champion for Good was fascinated with Smokey Bear as a nine-year-old and daydreamed about being his spokesperson. Fast forward to the present and Brandon Cooke, Global Chief Communications Officer at FCB, just wrapped helping us celebrate Smokey's 75th year. Get to know this longtime Ad Council supporter below!
January 14, 2020
By AdLibbing
Adam Robinson is Senior Director of Social Responsibility at ViacomCBS and a great advocate for the Ad Council and our public service communications. See what Adam had to say about creating impact and pursuing your passions.
January 3, 2020
By AdLibbing
This story, The Best Social-Impact Campaigns of 2019, was originally published by Ad Age for the Ad Council's Purpose of Purpose Series.
December 23, 2019
By AdLibbing
This post was written by the Ad Council's Catherine Chao, Director of Strategy and Evaluation, and Kennedy Patlan, Assistant Campaign Manager.
December 20, 2019
By AdLibbing
David Chitel is the CEO and founder of NGL Collective, a media production company specializing in connecting advertisers to New Generation Latinos (NGLs) though video. David has been instrumental in aiding our High School Equivalency campaign and we couldn't be more excited to name him our latest Champion for Good! Get to know him below.
December 18, 2019
By Lauren Lawson-Zilai
We’ve all heard the term "fake news" in modern media, which has many subjective connotations, but there's a truly malicious falsehood going around the internet about national charities — and it needs to be taken seriously. It first came out as an email and then morphed into a social graphic, which has been circulating for nearly 15 years. Social media allows people to perpetuate the "Think Before You Donate" graphic without validating the content. This graphic holds a collection of false statements about a number of charitable organizations, including Goodwill®, and claims to expose inflated salaries and financial mismanagement.
December 13, 2019
By AdLibbing
Rob Erskine is VP, Lead Creative Technologist at Hill Holliday and our latest Champion for Good. He's worked on numerous Ad Council campaigns and us is also a member of our UX Advisory committee. Get to know him below!
December 11, 2019
By Nicole Dib
Marketers have been targeting (and retargeting) us for years based on our online behaviors, our preferences, our demographics, and even our geolocations. For the marketing professional, reaching the right audience, at the right time, and in the right place is critical to success. For the consumer, relevant advertising helps streamline our lives, providing us with unquestionable, albeit creepy, convenience.
December 9, 2019
Every year, we recognize the industries and individuals who support the Ad Council and our public service campaigns at our Annual Public Service Award Dinner, but we also highlight the everyday individuals who have been impacted by the work that we do – putting a human face to the pressing issues we work to solve and providing inspiration to change-makers everywhere.
December 6, 2019
By AdLibbing
Two weeks ago, the Ad Council’s Analytics team traveled to Las Vegas for the 2019 annual Tableau Conference. Alongside 20,000 other attendees, we joined sessions to advance our data analysis skills, connect with other data enthusiasts, and expand our industry knowledge. And – as always, we left inspired.  
December 3, 2019
By Jennifer Lawrence
For the holidays this year, brands are inviting us to buy into the spirit of the season with ads promoting kindness, friendship and joy. These heartfelt messages offer a refreshing reminder of the power of emotional storytelling to connect us with what matters most. To celebrate purposeful promotions, we’ve put together a few of our favorite festive ads spreading holiday cheer this year.
November 27, 2019