September 2023 AAF Nebraska AdMuse Newsletter

Connect. Advance. Flourish.
With more than 280 professional and student members, the American Advertising Federation Nebraska (AAF Nebraska) is the unifying voice for advertising throughout Nebraska and western Iowa.

AAF Nebraska offers an organization to educate, inspire and bring an inclusive sense of community to the advertising professionals of Nebraska so that we, and future generations, can continue to do the work we love.

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AAF Nebraska Letter from the President

Hello AAF Nebraska Members and Friends. As I officially start my year of Presidency, and our organization celebrates our third year as AAF Nebraska, I wanted to take a moment and share some thoughts on the upcoming year and highlight successes from our previous year. Read More

AAF Nebraska News

AAF Nebraska Students Honored

(Omaha, Neb. – August 16, 2023) – American Advertising Federation Nebraska (AAF Nebraska), honored the 2023 AAF Nebraska outstanding student members during the federation’s annual meeting. Scholarship winners and national student ADDY winners were on August 15th at the Venues at the Granary during AAF Nebraska’s annual meeting. Read More

AAF Nebraska NewsPress Releases

Blue Ox Towing Products Selects Swanson Russell as Agency Partner

Lincoln, Neb. (August 15, 2023) – Swanson Russell has been selected as the marketing agency for Blue Ox, the Pender, Nebraska-based manufacturer of high-quality towing products. Blue Ox was founded in 1925 and has grown into an internationally respected maker of tow bars, baseplates, brakes, hitches, weight-distributing hitches, and 5th-wheel hitches for both commercial and recreational customers.  Read More

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Getting Started with AI for Small Businesses

I recently delivered a keynote presentation on the topic of “AI Driven Success: Embracing the Future of Business Today” The presentation was well-received, and I have received numerous emails and messages from individuals interested in accessing the keynote and obtaining further information. In response to this demand, I decided to create a long-format blog post that expands on the content covered in the keynote. This blog post aims to provide a comprehensive resource for businesses looking to venture into the realm of AI. Thanks to all who attended! Read More

AAF Nebraska NewsPast Event Recaps

AAF Government Report | July/August 2023

Senators Turn Attention to Privacy

July 27, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed two privacy bills aimed at teens and youth. The Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0), sponsored by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) sponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Both passed with broad bipartisan support. Read More

AAF National NewsLegislative Issues

SmartBrief | AAF Member Benefit

Our industry is one that changes at the speed of light. There is always something new to learn. AAF makes it easy for you to stay abreast of the latest and greatest impacting our group of innovators and creators.
One of the AAF Member Benefits is SmartBrief, a weekly delivery of the industry’s news straight to your inbox. Read More

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The Business Of Who.

The night before the ON Brand conference 2023, I sent LinkedIn messages to Ross Asdourian and several other presenters, a good way to meet before the buzz began. 

Asking to connect, I referred to his “unexpected enthusiasm for otters” as listed in his biography and mentioned that our Henry Doorly Zoo had otters on display.  I found it amusing that he mentioned a sea animal in his writeup.  It seems that otter stories remain to be told  or are better left unsaid. Read More

AAF Nebraska NewsIn Case You Missed ItPast Event Recaps

AAF Government Affairs Alert

As you know, multiple states have passed privacy laws in the first half of 2023. As a resource for AAF members, our partners at Venable and Privacy for America have created this document outlining the major provisions of each of the newly enacted state laws. These new laws are in addition to already existing privacy requirements in many states and add to the increasing complexity and challenges encountered by businesses and other organizations as they navigate the legal environment, and further underscores the need for a single national privacy law as supported by the AAF. Read More

AAF National NewsLegislative Issues

Basis Technologies and Audigent Empower Advertisers

New York – July 6, 2023 – Basis Technologies, a leading provider of  programmatic and workflow automation software for marketing and advertising, today announced the launch of a major curated marketplace in partnership of  with Audigent, the leading data activation, curation and identity platform.  Read More

AAF Nebraska News

ON Brand 2023

ON Brand Conference Brings Together Professionals for Purposeful Conversations and Meaningful Development

Four area professional networking groups team up to host unique event for advertising, communications, graphic design, marketing and PR professionals Read More

AAF Nebraska News

Student Member Spotlight | Sophia Gilsdorf

Meet Sophia Gilsdorf, a Visual Communication & Design student majoring in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing Management at the University of Nebraska – Kearney (UNK). Sophia is from Falls City, NE and will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNK on May 19th. After graduation Sophia is planning to pursue a career in graphic design or marketing. Read More

AAF Nebraska NewsMember Profiles

NARB: Coors Can’t Say “Light Beer Shouldn’t Taste Like Water”

“Light beer shouldn’t taste like water.” That’s the claim Molson Coors can no longer make in its advertising for Miller Lite beer. The Council of Better Business Bureaus’ National Programs’ National Advertising Review Board advised the brewer in an appeal case to stop making the claim, thus upholding a similar decision made by National Programs’ National Advertising Division. The NAD decision came about after the claim “Light beer shouldn’t taste like water. It should taste like beer” was challenged by Anheuser Busch. In their findings the NAD concluded that the claim made by Molson Coors was comparable (i.e., “tastes like water” compared to “does not taste like water”) and was therefore “measurable.” As such, the NAD determined that substantiation was required, a finding echoed by the NARB who concluded that “no substantiation for the claim was provided by Molson Coors, nor did it provide any consumer research regarding its argument that reasonable consumers would not take away a comparative claim.” Compliance with NARB’s and NAD’s decisions is voluntary; however, the CBBB reports a compliance rate of more than 95 percent. Read More

Legislative Issues

AAF Nebraska Awards 2023-2024 Scholarships

(Omaha, Neb. – May 1, 2023) – American Advertising Federation Nebraska (AAF Nebraska), announced winners of the 2023 AAF Nebraska Scholarships. In 1987, AAF Nebraska established two scholarship funds to honor students attending Creighton University, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Nebraska at Kearney. Along with these foundation funds over the next 5 years the federation will award additional scholarships. Read More

AAF Nebraska NewsPress Releases

AAF Government Report: March/April 2023

AAF’s March 23 Advertising Day on the Hill was a rousing success. Forty AAF members from 19 states and the District of Columbia attended. They were briefed by speakers from the Federal Trade Commission and advertising self-regulatory programs and learned about the important issues confronting the industry, including privacy and data security and preservation of the federal tax deductibility of advertising expenses. Read More

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AAF District 9 American Advertising Awards Winners

AAF District 9’s American Advertising Awards judging was completed the week of March 21. Winners of the second tier of the three-tiered completion were notified on March 27 for student and professional entries. Judges were impressed with the work coming out of AAF District 9. All gold winners for the district level competitions were forwarded on to the National American Advertising Awards. Read More

AAF Nebraska News

Insights from Steve Pacheco


My long time friend and colleague – John B. Osborn (a past AAF Board Chair, and a member of the AAF Board of Directors and Presidents Advisory Council) signs off all his emails with the line – “Onward and Upward.”  I always find this encouraging and inspiring – no matter what the topic at hand is or what we are focused on. Read More

AAF National News

Mosaic 10 Entry

We want you to be a part of Mosaic10, the consumer-selected list of the top advertising and multicultural moments of 2022. We’re looking for your help to identify and showcase the most impactful and creative campaigns that represent and celebrate diversity, inclusion, and representation. Read More

AAF National News

March – April 2023 AdMuse

We have outstanding communities of creative communications leaders throughout Nebraska. The purpose of AAF Nebraska is to keep that community thriving and to foster the next generation of advertising, marketing and communication professionals. Through events and programs, we educate, connect, and inspire great work–and we have a ton of fun doing it what we love. Read More

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2023 American Adverising Awards “Creative Nebraska”

Conducted annually by the AAF, the local tier of the American Advertising Awards “Creative Nebraska” is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, across the country, local entrants vie to receive an ADDY Award—recognition as the very best in their markets. Read More

Doug Smith to Receive AAF Nebraska’s Highest Honor

OMAHA, NE (January 16, 2023) Doug Smith, Founder and Executive Chairman of Ervin & Smith, an Omaha marketing agency, will receive the American Advertising Federation Nebraska’s (AAF Nebraska) top honor, the Silver Medal. Smith will be honored during the 2023 American Advertising Awards | Creative Nebraska show, Friday, February 10, 2023, at the SAC Museum in Ashland, Nebraska. Read More

AAF Nebraska NewsPress Releases

Dr. Jeffrey Maciejewski Appointed to the Council of Better Business Bureaus National Programs National Advertising Review Board

Dr. Jeffrey Maciejewski, professor in the Department of Computer Science, Design and Journalism, has been appointed to serve on the Council of Better Business Bureaus National Programs National Advertising Review Board (NARB), which helps set consistent standards for advertising truth and accuracy by adjudicating claims of false or misleading advertising. The NARB is the appellate counterpart to the CBBB’s National Advertising Division. Read More

AAF Nebraska News

Membership Board Leaders Spotlight

Meet AAF Nebraska Board leaders to learn more about club activities and join us soon for an upcoming professional development program or event.
Our leaders along with Bridgid and Christina are busy engaging our advertising community. AAF Nebraska binds together mutual interests of corporate advertisers, agencies, marketing and media services, suppliers and academia. Read More

AAF Nebraska NewsMember Profiles

New Member Spotlight | November 2022

AAF Nebraska welcomes new member Noah Kenoyer the Marketing and National Account Manager at ReBath Omaha. ReBath Omaha is a locally owned and operated franchise redefining the effortless bathroom remodel, from start to stunning. Kenoyer joined ReBath Omaha this summer after coming from Drake University in Des Moines. Read More

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American Advertising Federation Nebraska Announces Ad Pro and Ad Rookie of the Year

(Omaha, NE, October 31, 2022) The American Advertising Federation Nebraska (AAF Nebraska) announces the winners for Ad Pro and Ad Rookie of the Year. David Moore, Co-founder, and Creative Director with Kingswood & Palmerston will receive the Ad Pro of the Year award and Johnny Shea, Designer at Daake will be honored as Ad Rookie of the Year during AAF Nebraska’s BOOM! Roasted Awards event on November 17 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The event will also feature the roast of Laura Spaulding, Corporate Communications Director at Bozell in Omaha, NE and Fred Knight, Marketing Director at T.O. Haas Tire in Lincoln, NE. Read More

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