Why Join?


1.             Member Only Benefits!  Sometimes popping up when you least expect them. Could be a chance for a one-on-one with someone you never thought you'd even meet. Or a major discount on a Workshop you really want to attend. Or a deeply discounted Member rate on a Special Event. Member-only benefits can't be beat!


2.             Best networking ever. You’ll meet so many people in all parts of the advertising business mix. As a “horizontal” organization, we have them all. Agency creatives, suits, media planners … plus media types (print, broadcast, digital, social) … clients large and small … and suppliers to the industry.


3.            Great way to stay on top of your game! Great learning opportunities with professional development sessions every month. Luncheons featuring “superstar” speakers at the top of their game (the ones you read about in Ad Age or Adweek).


4.             Awards, Awards, Awards!  Be a part of the organization that recognizes our community’s best creative via the annual Cincinnati ADDY Awards Competition. Be a part of our annual salute to a local advertising great with our Silver Medal Award. Plus our new Suits Awards.


5.             Put your talents to work! Give back to the local community by volunteering for our Public Service projects – whether its helping to build funding for AAF Cincinnati’s 501(c)(3) Scholarship Fund, Participating in our Diversity and Cultural issues committee or interacting with our public officials. 


6.            Support the local academic community. You will have opportunities to speak at local schools, present at our annual Career Day and connect with those who are instructing newcomers to our business. Plus, you can find the best recruits for your company through our AAF National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) program.


7.             Be a part of something bigger. As a member of AAF Cincinnati or Ad2 Cincinnati, you are a member of the American Advertising Federation, The Unifying Voice for Advertising. That connects you to more than 40,000 local grass roots members of more than 200 clubs like ours across the US. And you’ll have a voice in what happens at City Hall and in Washington, DC, that influences the future of our industry.


8.             Membership has its perks. When you become a Member of AAF Cincinnati or Ad2 (18-32), you get discounted pricing to most of our events, luncheon meetings and the ADDYs. And wait there is more… Special pricing, for example, on Home Owner or Car Insurance from a local Liberty Mutual agent. And $5 gets you membership in the Communicating Arts Credit Union. Plus, via AAF National, you will have access to exclusive online educational opportunities, special pricing on Ad Age, AdWeek, FedEx shipping, and more. (


9.             Make history! AAF Cincinnati dates back to 1904 when we had our first-ever general membership meeting at the Burnet House in downtown Cincinnati. Our “vigilante committee” would eventually become the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau. We also started the local Retail Merchants Association. And today, we are at the forefront of the digital age with our monthly programming as well as our annual D² Digital Dialogue Conference.


10.         Make the coolest new friends! No better way to connect with ‘kindred spirits.’ Your kind of peeps. Those in the business of advertising – marketing – pr – graphic design - communications. Beyond the same people you work with every day. And you’ll soon discover that AAF Cincinnati and Ad2 people are the best kind of friends to have. Ever.