NEW YORK, May 22, 2014 (ADOTAS) – The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) and the Brand Activation Association (BAA) today announced that their boards of directors unanimously approved plans for the ANA to acquire the BAA as of July 1, 2014.
The acquisition reflects the long-term strategies of both organizations to extend marketing capabilities and intellectual brand building capital through increased scale, focused resources and broadened leadership. For ANA members, the integration of BAA will increase marketers’ exposure to promotion marketing, experiential and relationship marketing, and shopper marketing. These areas of expertise are captured as part of BAA’s stewardship of the REGGIE Awards which recognizes and celebrates leading integrated campaigns. The program is renowned for identifying the most outstanding U.S. brand activation campaigns across a variety of marketing categories. Additionally, BAA hosts a number of high profile industry events including its signature Law Conference which will complement ANA’s Advertising Law and Public Policy Conference.
BAA’s members will enjoy increased exposure to the marketer community as reflected in the breadth of ANA’s 600 member companies – that represent more than 10,000 brands and $250 billion of marketing spend. Additionally, ANA’s scale will support BAA’s product and service expansion to its multiple constituencies. The synergies afforded to both organizations are expected to facilitate improved productivity and increased member company service.
Bob Liodice (pictured), President and CEO of the ANA said; “We are extremely pleased to bring the BAA into the ANA family. As an organization focused on leadership and marketing excellence, our goal is to provide our members with the tools and information they need to excel as marketers. The BAA’s portfolio of products and services enriches and compliments ANA’s offerings. By acquiring the BAA, the ANA will be able to enhance its programs and the insights we deliver to our members.”
Bonnie Carlson, President and CEO of the BAA expressed her support and commented; “We are delighted to bring our organization together with the ANA. We believe that our combined assets will accelerate the realization of our core strategies and benefit our constituencies in many ways. ANA and BAA share similar values and we look forward to sharing the benefits that our combination will bring.”
The memberships of both organizations are expected to formally ratify the acquisition at their respective membership meetings in June.
About the ANA
The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) provides leadership that advances marketing excellence and shapes the future of the industry. Founded in 1910, ANA’s membership includes more than 600 companies with 10,000 brands that collectively spend over $250 billion in marketing and advertising. The ANA pursues “collaborative mastery” that advances the interests of marketers and promotes and protects the well-being of the marketing community. For more information, visit www.ana.net, follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.
About The BAA
The Brand Activation Association (BAA) — the rebranded Promotion Marketing Association (PMA) – is the national non-profit trade association dedicated to Brand Activation disciplines that convert strategies to building consumer bonds. Representing over $750 billion dollars in sales, these disciplines include Relationship Marketing, Promotion Marketing, Retailer Marketing, Experiential Marketing, Influencer Marketing, and Content Marketing. Founded in 1911, the BAA has championed this industry through its combination of research, education, advocacy, and collaboration opportunities. The organization’s membership is comprised of Fortune 500 companies; top marketing agencies, law firms, retailers, and service providers, representing thousands of brands worldwide. The BAA is headquartered in New York City with its affiliate, the BAA Educational Foundation, Inc. For more information about BAA visit www.baalink.org.