LA-based Acento has added advertising veteran and digital innovator, Vicent Llopis, to its cross-cultural team. In his role as VP/Executive Creative Director, Llopis brings a proven record of fostering innovative thinking, particularly in the digital space with some of the top agencies in the business.  

"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." It's one of Warren Buffet's most famous quotes. And it goes to the heart of the calculation of return on investment (ROI), which, of course, is at the core of marketing success. Brand storytelling with sight, sound, and motion comes with a growing price. Video production costs run the gamut from very low (user-generated content) to very high (multiday shooting, with expensive talent). To bolster and exceed their ROI goals, marketers need systems and processes that enable their teams and partners to leverage produced assets without friction or slowdowns.

Walton Isaacson CEO says a 'seemingly benign idea' has turned into 'a brutal affront to our communities'

To become more inclusive and LGBTQ+-friendly, brands need to lead with actions rather than just words. Making statements isn't enough anymore. Instead, culture needs to change from within a brand, not just within its creative copy.  How can this happen?

The ANA’s SeeHer, in collaboration with Getty Images, released guidelines on how marketers can use inclusive imagery to achieve diversity in their advertising amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in which advertisers are reviewing and changing their messaging.

Women In Film LA, ReFrame and IMDbPro announced the CURBSIDE SHORTS Two-Minute Film Challenge, inviting female and non-binary filmmakers from North America to create and submit for free a short film inspired by life while sheltering in place. What have you discovered about yourself, home, or neighborhood? How do you envision the future coming out of this pandemic? Have you imagined a new character or superhero? Or perhaps been inspired by a real life hero working on the front lines? The contest launches Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at NOON PDT at https://audpop.com/womeninfilm/curbsideshortsfilmchallenge and all submissions must be received by Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at NOON PDT.

With all the flashy banners and retargeted content consumers see daily, just how relevant are digital ads to most Americans? Consumer intelligence company CivicScience conducted an internal study to examine how the general population feels about the bulk of the digital advertisements they are served.

As the media industry navigates COVID-19 and its greatest period of upheaval in modern memory, having the right data to understand if your ad will command consumer attention has never been more critical. The increasing rate of media consumption during the pandemic has been game-changing for marketers, but how can an ad creative break free from the volume of content, especially when reaching and connecting with the consumer is more difficult than ever? In fact prior to COVID-19, 40% of demographic targeting did not reach the intended audience, 50% of impressions were not viewable and 20% of campaigns were not noticed.

Gian Carlo Lanfranco and Rolando Cordova may be optimists, but they never drink from water fountains.  By Court Stroud

Besides its health and economic effects, the COVID-19 pandemic has also triggered a massive spike in firearm and ammunition sales. Skyrocketing to the point that the NRA has successfully lobbied to get gun retailers deemed an ‘essential service' by the federal government.  It’s obvious that some are forgetting that during this COVID-19 crisis, the best weapon to protect themselves and their family is by simply using soap. Not with guns and ammo. And even though most of us are in isolation, we still shouldn’t distance ourselves from this problem.

Purpose-driven campaigns, creative expressions, and the creative industry as a whole have the unlimited potential to inspire action and progress towards advancing a better world. Join us how we learn from leading creative Luis Miguel Messianu, Creative Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Alma some best practices and the role of creativity as a force for good, particularly during this global pandemic.

More than 90 percent of respondents to a new ANA survey indicated they have adjusted their creative marketing messaging since mid-March, when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The Festival Iberoamericano de Creatividad, FIAP, announced that it has postponed their 2020 event and will be reschedule for 2021.

Cannes Lions announces that the annual Festival of Creativity will not take place in October as previously planned. The next edition of the Festival will run June 21-25, 2021.

The El Sol creative festival has been postponed until October 21-22 in Madrid.

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