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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, right, leaves the stage with MP candidate Chrystia Freeland after revealing his party’s election platform. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

This federal election, the Liberals are outspending all the other parties combined when buying ads on Facebook

Facebook is providing information on political ad purchases during the federal election. This data provides a glimpse into how voters are targeted by political parties using social media platforms.
Australia’s new ‘Arm Yourself’ COVID-19 vaccination campaign advertisement. Department of Health/Youtube

Australia’s new vaccination campaign is another wasted opportunity

The federal government’s new adverts ignore decades of research on what makes effective advertising.
Crises disrupt our expectations for the future, thereby affecting our emotions, planning behaviours and identities. (Unsplash/Nick Fewings)

Successful health campaigns during COVID-19 need to manage our altered ideas about the future

When a crisis like COVID-19 disrupts expectations for the future, it also disrupts how health messaging works. Advertising research shows three ways that health campaigns can succeed in a crisis.
Eugene DePasquale, left, Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District, in Harrisburg, Penn., Sept. 19, shows that even the traditional handshake with voters has changed in pandemic-era campaigns. om Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

From recording videos in a closet to Zoom meditating, 2020’s political campaigns adjust to the pandemic

How do you run a political campaign in a pandemic? From data brokers to advertising firms to voter registration volunteers, the players in campaigns are making adjustments, large and mostly small.

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