Crisis Response Advertising Insights and Implications from COVID-19
This book examines the effects of COVID-19 on the advertising industry to better understand crisis response advertising.
The book tells the story of three distinct phases in which the pandemic unfolded, the way a wide range of brands and agencies responded, and how the consumer landscape changed during the first 15 months of the crisis. Advertising professionals from a broad range of award-winning advertising agencies across the United States who experienced the crisis first-hand reflect on how COVID-19 disrupted the industry and what they learned along the way. Each case contains themes that emerged through data analysis, along with examples of advertising practice at various stages of the pandemic. Importantly, the new theoretical model and best practices covered in the book extend beyond application to the global pandemic, giving readers solid theoretical and practical tools to use in future crises.
Suited for upper-level undergraduate and post-graduate courses in advertising and marketing, this book will be useful as a reference for researchers and is practical enough for practitioner use as well.
1. Why Study the Impact of COVID-19 on Advertising Practice
Advertising in the Context of Crisis Communication
Why Study CRA in the Context of COVID-19?
Structure of the Book
2. The State of the Advertising Industry in the Context of Crises
The Impact of Crises on Advertising and Brand Communication: A Historical Perspective
The State of the Advertising Industry before the COVID-19 Pandemic
A Brief History of the COVID-19 Health Crisis
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Shifted Consumer Trends
The State of the Advertising Industry after the COVID-19 Pandemic
3. Grounded Theory Design
Characteristics of Qualitative Research
Grounded Theory Research Design
Data Analysis and Coding Procedures
4. Lockdown: Advertising in Isolation
Crisis Management and Crisis Communication
5. Triple Threat: COVID-19, Protests, and an Election
Intervening and Contextual Conditions
6. Crisis Response Advertising Strategies for Coping with Reality
7. The Silver Lining
A Changed World
Acceleration of Trends
Brand Transformation vs. Demise
The Empowered Consumer
Future of (Agency) Work
Better Crisis Preparedness
8. The COVID-19 Story: Theory and Practice
Refining the Phenomenon
The Central Explanatory Category
The COVID-19 Story
The Paradigm Model
Practical Applications of Theoretical Propositions
Advice from the Participants
"The COVID-19 crisis confronted brands with many unfamiliar and far-reaching challenges. This book synthesizes the resulting nuanced layers of information and experiences into practical strategies and a unique Complex Crisis Response Advertising (CCRA) model that will benefit students, researchers, and professionals across the disciples of advertising, marketing, corporate communications, and journalism."
Scott Hamula, Ithaca College, USA.
"Frauke’s book is an excellent, well-researched articulation of how brands can strategically respond to complex crises with a human-centric approach. Brands, agencies, and consultants alike can learn much from her in-depth studies in the space."
Madison Cameron, David&Goliath, USA.
"If you’re a seasoned professional, or just starting out and you advertise, you’ll eventually face upheavals in your community and our world. Here are proven strategies from those that had to adapt in the greatest crisis of a generation. A must read for those preparing for the future."
Hal Vincent, Elon University, USA.