Today, IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, launched a new global, integrated advertising campaign in support of the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification program. The multi-channel campaign was developed in partnership with The Gate | New York, an international advertising agency and marketing services company, for the sixth consecutive year. The campaign utilizes TV, digital, social media, radio, and search engine marketing, including three TV spots, and has global extensions in IMA’s regions.
The ads emphasize that the CMA “makes all the difference” and the rising demand for professionals who can turn data into strategic insights. This year’s campaign takes humorous tones on the lengths recruiters, finance teams, and CEOs would go in order to have the best accounting and finance staff, specifically, individuals with a CMA. The message is that finance and accounting professionals with a CMA will always be in demand.
“We’re currently looking at a tight job market amid an economy rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jeff Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE, IMA president and CEO. “Hiring managers are looking for finance and accounting talent with the ability to look beyond the numbers and gain insights where others cannot, and mounting job vacancies show they’re not finding that talent easily. The CMA equips professionals to fill these roles, which is why this campaign focuses on the rapidly rising premium on certified finance talent and how the CMA can give an enormous boost to one’s employability and career prospects.”
The CMA instills in certified professionals the 12 most crucial practice areas in management accounting, including planning and analysis, performance management, and risk management. The goal of the certification is to enable finance and accounting professionals to contribute actively to organizational strategy as business partners, armed with data that drives decision making. This means that CMAs are well-positioned to make the leap from more traditional and junior-level finance roles into strategic leadership positions.
“CMAs are in such demand, companies often compete for them,” said David Bernstein, Chief Creative Officer, The Gate. “So, in this campaign, we showed how far co-workers, clients, CFOs and recruiters will go in order to work with them.”
The campaign will encompass digital and TV ads, a concurrent public relations campaign, and promotions on IMA’s website and social channels.