Some basic points regarding Comparative Advertising

  • Comparative advertising is a form of advertising in which two or more named or recognizable brands of the same product class are compared and the comparison is made in terms of one or more product attributes
  • The comparisons can be implicit (brands implied but not named), or explicit (brands named); the comparisons can be verbal or visual; and the claims can be of complete superiority, of superiority on some attributes but not on others, or of parity; and the advertised brand can have a market share smaller than, roughly equal to, or greater than the comparison brand.
  • Regulations and norms about comparative advertising vary around the world, however, and such ads are still not allowed in several countries