The new study was conducted by The Weber Shandwick Collective in partnership with the IPA.
Earned-first network The Weber Shandwick Collective (TWSC), announced the findings of its 'Earned Effect' study, conducted in partnership with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), that explored the impact of campaigns that earn coverage and conversation on business performance. The research was conducted by a team of experts from across The Weber Shandwick Collective, led by Nigel Rahimpour, Head of Strategy Germany, and consultant Peter Field at the IPA. The study evaluated global case studies over a 10-year period across brands and categories.
The' Earned Effect' study, which analyzed data from culturally salient (campaigns that earned coverage, conversation, and longevity, contributing value to people and communities) and non-culturally salient (that neither earned coverage nor conversation) campaigns, reinforces the need for brands to make a cultural and emotional connection with their audience in order to create sustainable value and short-term impact.
Here are some of the key findings:
Gen Kobayashi, Chief Strategy Officer EMEA, said, “The Weber Shandwick Collective believes brands that will thrive in the future understand that to earn value, they must contribute meaningful value. We call this the “earned-first mindset” and it’s how we approach work with all our clients. We don’t just believe in the power of earned-first thinking, we can see its tangible impact in this breakthrough study. The 'Earned Effect' underlines our belief that it pays to be earned first.”
The study, which was conducted globally, analyzed over 340 case studies in both B2B and B2C sectors, across 60 different product categories from the IPA’s Databank.
“As opportunities for brand communications expand in social and experiential, understanding the impact of earned and owned channel strategies is becoming ever more interesting. This report marks an important next step in IPA Databank learning beyond paid media and we hope it will encourage IPA Effectiveness award entries which are more holistic in looking at brand-building potential,” said Janet Hull OBE, Director of Marketing Strategy at IPA.
The Weber Shandwick Collective combines Weber Shandwick’s earned, creative, and data analytics capabilities with specialist expertise in digital and social solutions through its agencies Flipside and That Lot.
A summary of the Earned Effect Study is available to download here.