The world is filled with advertisements. Different media are used in advertising. For example, radio commercials get millions of teenagers to shop for products made exclusively for them. Magazine ads showing models dressed in the latest style persuade women and men to buy new clothes to remain fashionable.
Some advertisement is essential. Without it, consumers would be unaware of goods and services available, and their choices would be restricted. It is also necessary to inform consumers of the availability and features of new products as they become available. Economists refer to this advertising as informative advertising, and its importance is seen in the fact that the government spends vast sums on this type of advertising.
In developing advertising strategies, marketers must consider the best advertising medium for their message. IBM, for example, uses television ads to keep its name fresh in consumers’ minds. But it uses newspaper and magazine ads to educate consumers on the product’s abilities and trade publications to introduce new software.
Each advertising medium serves a different purpose. However, critics of advertising argue that much advertising is merely persuasive and does not add to consumer’s knowledge of the market. Moreover, exaggerated claims can mislead the consumer.
So what is an advertisement? Advertisement is the non-personal communication of information usually paid for and usually persuasive about products, services, or ideas by identified sponsors through the various media.
- Consumer Advertising
- Business Advertising
- International Advertising
- National Advertising
- Regional Advertising
- Local Advertising
- Print Advertising
- Electronic Advertising
- Out-of-home Advertising
- Direct-mail Advertising
- Product vs. Non-product Advertising
- Commercial vs. Noncommercial Advertising
- Direct vs. Non-direct Advertising
- Headline – Catch Phrase – Theme
- Text – Body — Slogan