The Advertising Association promotes the role and rights of responsible advertising and its value to people, society, businesses and the economy. We represent UK advertisers, agencies and brands on behalf of the entire industry, acting as the connection between industry professionals and the politicians and policy-makers.

The Advertising Association focuses on major industry and policy areas that have huge ramifications on UK advertising. This section contains our work around Brexit, HFSS and gambling advertising, data and e-privacy, trust, the digital charter and our Industrial Strategy campaigns.

Credos is the advertising industry’s independent think tank. It produces research, evidence and reports into the impact and effectiveness of and public and political response to advertising on behalf of UK advertisers in order to enable the industry to make informed decisions.

Front Foot is our industry’s member network of over 50 businesses across UK advertising. It aims to promote the role of responsible advertising and its value to people, society and the economy through a coalition of senior leaders from advertisers, agencies and media owners.

We run a number of events throughout the year, from our annual LEAD summit to the Media Business Course and regular breakfast briefings for our members. We are also the official UK representative for the world’s biggest festival of creativity – Cannes Lions.

10 Jun

All In Summit


Report: Arresting The Decline Of Public Trust In UK Advertising

Public Trust in Advertising

Today the Advertising Association is launching its new report: ‘Arresting The Decline Of Public Trust In UK Advertising’, at the ISBA conference.

For the past few months the Advertising Association and its president Keith Weed have made rebuilding public trust in advertising their top priority.

Speaking at LEAD ’19, the industry’s flagship advertising conference, Weed explained that it is now “trust or bust” for the industry.

“Ultimately, advertising does good but with trust in decline, we risk it losing that positive influence. A brand without trust is simply a product and advertising without trust is just noise. The Advertising Association is pioneering a change to rebuild public trust in advertising but success requires collaboration from all industry players. It’s trust or bust and I choose trust.”

The Trust Paper contains research from Credos into the primary reasons why public trust in advertising has fallen over the past few decades, from around 50% favourable in the early ’90s to just 25% in 2018. It identifies six overarching factors affecting public perceptions of advertising, from bombardment to unhealthy advertising.

The report also highlights five actions the advertising industry should undertake in order to arrest that decline, and sets out criteria by which the success of those actions can be measured. Those actions are:

  1. To reduce advertising ‘bombardment’
  2. To reduce excessive advertising frequency and re-targeting
  3. To ensure that the ASA is “best in class”
  4. To ensure that data privacy matters
  5. To show that advertising can drive social change
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In 2018, public favourability towards advertising was measured at

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