Association of National Advertisers
FoundedDetroit, United States
June 24, 1910; 112 years ago (1910-06-24)
United States
Key people

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA)[2][3][4] represents the marketing community in the United States.[5] Its headquarters is in New York City and it has another office in Washington, D.C.[6] ANA's membership includes over 600 companies[7] with 25,000 brands that collectively spend over 400 billion dollars in marketing communications and advertising.[8]

A mid-2018 joint announcement with the Data & Marketing Association (theDMA),[9] stated as "to be completed as of July 1, 2018" and having as its goal "the single largest trade association in the U.S. devoted to serving all aspects of marketing" had not materialized as of the projected date. A 1999 Advertising Age opinion page headlined "Who gets what in ANA's drive to enlist shops?" asked "does agency membership in the ANA serve the times?"[10]


Early years

The Association of National Advertisers, Inc., the U.S. advertising industry’s oldest trade association, was founded on June 24, 1910,[2] in Detroit, Michigan, by 45 companies. Founding members include the Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Glidden Varnish Company, Macey Company, Sherwin-Williams, and National Lead Company. Originally known as the Association of National Advertising Managers,[4] in 1914 the association officially adopted the name it now bears.

At the time of its formation, ANA’s objective was to promote cooperative relationships between regional and national advertising industries, manufacturers and dealers, and advertisers and agencies.[11] Other issues that the advertisers sought to address concerned accurate audience measurement and the establishment of national standards for measuring advertising results.ANA||access-date=2016-06-20}}</ref>

The Audit Bureau of Circulations was formed in 1914 to verify publication circulation figures and track media rates. Twenty years later the Traffic Audit Bureau was created to effectively measure outdoor media. In 1936 the Advertising Research Foundation – a spin-off of an ANA committee – came into being with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of marketing and advertising communications through advertising, marketing and media research. The War Advertising Council was formed in 1942 to bolster the sale of war bonds, later becoming The Advertising Council as it took on other public service issues.


In 1963 the ANA helped establish the Joint Policy Committee (JPC) for Broadcast Talent Union Relations, which negotiates contracts with the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and the American Federation of Musicians.

The efficacy of advertising can only be maintained by responsible advertising, and for the purpose of industry self-regulation concerning matters of truth, taste, and social responsibility, the ANA, working in conjunction with the AAAA, American Advertising Federation (AAF), and BBB National Programs launched the National Advertising Review Board (NARB)[12] in 1971. The NARB acts as the appeals board for the National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs. The NAD investigates matters of honesty and accuracy in advertising and issues of taste or social responsibility are addressed by the NARB. In 1986 the ANA, AAAA and AAF formed the State Advertising Coalition to monitor state legislative and regulatory issues that threaten advertising. Later, in 1988, ANA worked in concert with other industry trade associations to form the Advertising Tax Coalition to combat federal advertising tax proposals.

The ANA has fielded numerous studies and helped develop advertising measurement systems from its inception to the present: from the Crossley rating system, developed in 1930, which established national standards by which radio audiences could be measured, to the recently introduced Ad-ID, a system that assigns a unique and permanent code to each ad with 360-degree application.

The Family Friendly Programming Forum, whose goal is to increase prime time television programming that can be viewed by the entire family, is a member initiative begun with the support of the ANA in 1998. In addition to providing a script development fund and scholarships for students working on family friendly programming, the televised Family Television Awards are held to recognize outstanding family programming.

More recently

Developed by ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Ad-ID is a web-based system accessible 24/7 worldwide that generates a unique identifying code for each advertising asset, creating a capability to identify them across all media. Using Ad-ID, and promoting the use of its webservices, greatly improves workflow between agency, advertiser, distributor and medium. Ad-ID upgrades the previous ISCI commercial coding system and replaces other methods used to identify advertising assets. Ad-ID is the industry standard identifier for all related forms of media.[13]

In 2014, ANA acquired:[2]

  • (May): the 1911-founded Brand Activation Association
  • (October): the 1922-founded Business Marketing Association, owner of


ANA Trade Association
ANA Educational Foundation
Alliance for Family Entertainment
Alliance for Inclusive & Multicultural Marketing


Together with many major associations and companies, the ANA founded the Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO), that opposes the rollout of ICANN's top-level domain expansion program.[14][15] CRIDO fights ICANN's proposed program, citing its "deeply flawed justification, excessive cost and harm to brand owners, likelihood of predatory cyber harm to consumers and failure to act in the public interest".[16]


  1. ^ Fry, Erika (February 1, 2018). "Super Bowl Ads Can't Save TV". Fortune (print mail distribution). p. 12. ISSN 0015-8259.
  2. ^ a b c Stuart Elliott (October 17, 2014). "Association of National Advertisers to Acquire the Business Marketing Association". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Stuart Elliott (October 14, 2012). "'Mayhem,' Crowds and Musicians Drive Conference". The New York Times. annual conference of the Association of National Advertisers
  4. ^ a b Stuart Elliott (November 5, 2009). "After a Brutal Year, Marketers Regroup to Share War Stories and Ideas". The New York Times. 99th annual conference of the Association of National Advertisers
  5. ^ Overbeck, Wayne (2008). Major Principles of Media Law (1 ed.). p. 217. ISBN 978-1-4672-7716-7.
  6. ^ "Contact the ANA &#124 ANA". Association of National Advertisers. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Member Companies ANA". Association of National Advertisers. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "About the ANA".
  9. ^ "ANA (Association of National Advertisers) to Acquire Data and Marketing Association". June 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Erwin Ephron (January 25, 1999). "Who gets what in ANA's drive to enlist shops?". Advertising Age.
  11. ^ "About the ANA". ANA.
  12. ^ "N.A.R.B. Is Scored". The New York Times. February 11, 1974.
  13. ^ Handel, Jonathan (April 1, 2014). "Ad-ID Becomes Industry Standard for Commercials Under SAG-AFTRA". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  14. ^ "ICANN Generic Top Level Domain Developments". Association of National Advertisers. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  15. ^ Gallagher, Sean (January 6, 2012). "ICANN Pushes Ahead With January 12 Launch For New Top-Level Domains". Wired. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  16. ^ "Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO)". Association of National Advertisers. Retrieved September 20, 2014.

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