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Past Campaigns

November 2017 Update

During our November 10, 2017 Business Update Webinar, CEO Kevin Keller shared updates on the progress of CFP Board's Public Awareness Campaign and updates being planning for 2018. 

Spring 2017 Public Awareness Campaign

We are pleased to announce that the Spring 2017 campaign is on the air.  This year, as in the past, our primary advertising and communications efforts focus on the spring tax season, when finances are top of mind among consumers.

Here are highlights of our spring 2017 Public Awareness Campaign activities:

  • TV: February 13-April 16 – Our “DJ” TV ad and “Faucet” ad will air on national cable television networks including CNN, NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Fox News and MSNBC among many other.
  • Radio: March 13-April 9 – Radio ads and sponsorship messages will air on popular NPR shows such as “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” as well as ESPN's “Mike & Mike” radio show and TV simulcast.
  • Online: Throughout the spring – Online banner ads and online videos will display on popular websites where consumers get news and information about current events, finances, sports and entertainment.  Look for the ads on the websites of Time, Money, Fortune, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, People and Golf. 
  • Social Media: Throughout the spring and the year – We are continuing our activities on social media and will be advertising on Facebook and Twitter to share tips about finances and encourage use of our “Find a CFP® professional” tool.

All of the campaign’s advertisements and communications lead to our consumer website,, where consumers can find financial planning information based on where they are in life and search for and contact a CFP® professional.  The website continuously is updated with new content every Wednesday with blog posts written by our new Senior CFP Board Ambassador, Jill Schlesinger, CFP® and our dedicated team of CFP Board Ambassadors.

Fall 2016 Campaign Advertising

CFP Board's Public Awareness Campaign has been instrumental in raising awareness of CFP® certification among consumers. The integrated ad campaign includes a mix of TV, radio and online advertising as well as social media and public relations. The Fall 2016 Campaign ads ran in fall of 2016, highlighting the fact that, just like any other profession, certification makes a difference.

Awareness of CFP® Certification Leaps Ahead: Results of 2015 Brand Tracking Study

CFP Board’s public awareness campaign is making a significant impact on consumer awareness of CFP® certification. The 2015 brand tracking study,conducted by Ipsos, finds unaided awareness of CFP® certification has doubled among the target audience since the campaign’s launch in 2011, with a 4 percentage point increase since 2014. For the first time, consumers are as likely to mention CFP® certification as CPA when asked to name a professional who offers financial planning services.

The campaign’s focus remains on increased awareness, and we’re also seeing increases in preference for and intent to use a CFP® professional, 52 percent say they prefer CFP® certification, up 5 points over last year and a 30 percentage point increase since 2011. 52 percent of the target audience also say they intend to use someone who has CFP® certification – up 6 points over 2014 or a 22 percentage point increase since 2011. More than 69 percent of the campaign’s target audience say they would insist their financial planner have the CFP® certification.

Download a summary of the 2015 Brand Tracking Study
Read the full news release

2014 Advertisements for CFP Board's Public Awareness Campaign

On February 3, 2014, CFP Board hosted the webinar “Introducing New Advertisements for CFP Board's Public Awareness Campaign,” presented by Kevin R. Keller, CAE, CFP Board's CEO, and Tom Crowder, CFP Board’s Managing Director of Marketing and Business Development, who reviewed the progress of CFP Board’s ongoing national Public Awareness Campaign to increase consumer awareness of CFP® professionals and introduced new TV, print and online advertisements that will be used as part of the campaign in 2014, including the "DJ" TV ad. 

First Year Update

In April 2012, around the one-year mark of the campaign's launch, a brand tracking study confirmed that the campaign is having impact and positively moving awareness of and preference for CFP® professionals.

The study found statistically significant percentage point increases in consumer awareness amongst the campaign target as well as increases in the preference for CFP® professionals and increases in recognition of the CFP® marks, as compared to baseline numbers established at the start of the campaign. The 2012 brand tracking study and 2011 baseline study were conducted for CFP Board by IPSOS.

Nancy Kistner, CFP®, CFP Board's 2012 Chair-Elect, shared details on the study's findings during CFP Board's July 13, 2012, Business Update Webinar.

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