Leading Digital and Tech Platforms Join Ad Council, White House, HHS, CDC to Address COVID-19 Crisis

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ad Council, White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that they are partnering with leading digital and technology platforms, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, SiriusXM and Pandora, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, and Verizon Media, among others, to extend the reach and impact of critical COVID-19 response messaging. From custom filters to emojis to influencer content, digital and technology partners are leveraging their tools to connect their audiences with life-saving messages to help slow the spread of the virus.

"We have seen the media industry come together time and time again to address the most critical issues facing our country, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception," said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council. "These digital and technology platforms have generously donated their talents and reach to empower millions of Americans to stay safe, informed and connected."

This most recent announcement is part of the Ad Council's ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis, convening the country's largest digital platforms and broadcast media networks to ensure the American public is receiving crucial and vetted information during this unprecedented time.

While each platform is providing customized support, the common goal is to drive audiences to www.coronavirus.gov, a centralized resource from HHS and the CDC, which includes up-to-date information on the COVID-19 crisis.

Donated Media

  • Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Group Nine Media, Google, Pluto TV, Pinterest, TikTok, TrueX,WarnerMedia, Xandr, and YouTube are providing significant donated media space to run and amplify campaign assets, getting urgent messaging to audiences nationwide on the platforms they use daily.
  • Cadreon, EMX,a division of Engine Group, and The Trade Deskare building Private Marketplaces for publishers to donate media inventory. Acxiom, Crossix, and Fluent are donating audience targeting segments through LiveRamp to help reach millennials and those who are at higher risk for COVID-19.
  • DoubleVerify and IAS are levering their ad blocking technologies to serve campaign messages across a breadth of publisher sites.

Influencer Engagement

  • Popular talent – including Noah Cyrus, Taylor Bennet, Michelle Williams, Giannina Gibelli ("Love is Blind"), Shubham Goel ("The Circle"), and Joey Sasso ("The Circle")– are starring in an upcoming PSA around social distancing. The new PSA, created in partnership with Pereira O'Dell, will be supported by donated media from FacebookandGoogle/YouTube.

Custom Content Creation

  • Pandora and its Studio Resonate audio creative consultancywill be creating custom audio assets that will run across Pandora and SoundCloud and be available for all media partners to download. This is in addition to donated media.
  • Reddit will be creating an interactive, custom campaign that will be supported by significant donated media, including its new "Trending Takeover" unit and a "Front Page Takeover."
  • Snapchat will be featuring #AloneTogether creative throughout its platform. Snapchat reaches 90% of 13- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. on a daily basis. The content will be featured in its new "Here for You" section of the app, which will include PSAs from health experts. Snapchat is also donating two custom filters, designed by Snap's creative team, to encourage people to stay connected while they are at home practicing social distancing. This is in addition to donated media.
  • Twitter is developing a custom emoji for the Alone Together hashtag.
  • Verizon Media is donating substantial media and creating custom #AloneTogether content to be shared across social media and its ecosystem of brands, including Yahoo News, Yahoo Lifestyle, Huffington Post, and In the Know.

Additional platforms joining the cause by creating custom content and donating media to help amplify critical COVID-19 information include Audiomack, Brat, Bustle Digital Group, Chegg, eBay, Genies, Gfycat, GumGum, IBM Weather, Insider Inc., Jebbit, Kahoot, Nextdoor, Philo, Samsung Ads, Teads, TubiTV, TuneIn, Twitch, Whisper, and Zynga.

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