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Most people say brands should continue to advertise during the COVID-19 outbreak, but they also say marketers should change the content of their campaigns to address the situation, according to recent research from Unruly.

The report was based on data conducted in March 2020 among 489 consumers in the United States age 18 and older.

Only 2% of respondents say brands should pause advertising during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, 96% say brands should change their content to address the situation.

They want brands to deliver advertising that shows how companies are supporting their staff and customers (22% cite this as the best way to address the situation), provides informative messaging about COVID-19 (21%), creates a positive or funny distraction (17%), provides a sense of continuity and normality (17%), and highlights how they are supporting good causes (5%).

Some 7% of respondents say brands should not create messaging that specifically addresses COVID-19. 

Consumers say they mostly want to see advertising from brands during this time that makes them feel informed (49% cite), warm/happy (37%), and inspired (33%).

About the research: The report was based on data conducted in March 2020 among 489 consumers in the United States age 18 and older.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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