18 Advertising Tips for the Time of COVID-19; Wendy Clark Reflects About DDB: Tuesday’s First Things First

Plus, video conferencing's long-term consequences

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18 Tips on Advertising During the Coronavirus Crisis

“How do I speak to my audience at a time like this?” That’s the question every creative is asking right now. But even when it seems like there’s no right thing to say, brands still find ways to be relevant to their customers. Here’s a look at what some brands have done:

  • Offer a public service: We’re all going a little stir crazy, and brands are stepping up with free trials of their services. T-Mobile is giving away a year’s subscription to the upcoming short-form streaming service Quibi, while Apple TV+ made Oprah’s coronavirus talk show available for free.
  • Keep levity; it’s appreciated: RPA in Los Angeles, for example, is moving ahead as scheduled with new work for Apartments.com starring Jeff Goldblum, with the hope that audiences will find its lighthearted humor helpful in anxious times.
  • Break the most sacred rule: Logos are usually sacred, but these are not normal times. Brands from McDonald’s to Chiquita, Coca-Cola and Audi have altered their world-renowned trademarks in the service of promoting social distancing (in Russia, Audi also shouted out healthcare workers).

Read more: Discover more key insights and approaches from companies bravely venturing to advertise during the coronavirus crisis.

As Video Conferencing Becomes the Norm, Some Question Whether It’s Hurting Business

If there’s a trend that’s emerged as much of America works from home, it’s this: Even in the age of the casual workplace, a new era of informality has arrived. But the question is whether it’s affecting business itself. Experts say it’s clear that the looks we are getting into one another’s private lives are changing us—sometimes in ways we aren’t even aware of.

Read more: Humans are a judgmental lot, so it’s possible that a window into the home office could result in reputational damage in the eyes of colleagues. But the practice could have positive effects as well.

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Wendy Clark Reflects on Her Time at DDB and the Growth Potential of Dentsu Aegis

After two years of leading Omnicom agency network DDB Worldwide, Wendy Clark has joined the London-based Dentsu Aegis Network as global CEO, the holding company announced today. While taking the reins at Dentsu Aegis marks an opportunity for Clark to play a leadership role on an even bigger stage, it also comes at a time of disorienting uncertainty for the network, the ad industry and the global economy.

Read more: We spoke with Clark about her priorities for the future of Dentsu Aegis, as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Broadcast Scheduling Is More Important Than Ever During a Pandemic

Assembling a network schedule is like putting together a puzzle: determining how viewers will react to the shows and maximizing audience flow to get the highest ratings, while simultaneously planning for both the short and long term. But with live events canceled and no concrete idea of when show production will resume, broadcast schedulers find themselves in an unprecedented position.

Read more: Many of them have devised multiple schedules, depending on the week or month that production will be able to resume.

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One Club Recruits Ad Veterans to Offer Students Free Online Portfolio Reviews

The One Club for Creativity is aiming to connect the next generation of creatives with top industry execs for feedback on their work. The nonprofit will debut a virtual platform on Wednesday where students can have their portfolios critiqued by top creative directors and marketing execs.

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@JessZafarris jessica.zafarris@adweek.com Jess Zafarris is an audience engagement editor at Adweek.
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