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Persuasive Advertising Theories.

October 23, 2011

Persuasive Advertising Theories

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Every Creative Director should know a little something about advertising theory. “How do these ads work, anyway?”

AdCracker does not claim to have “The Answer.” What we do know is that there are two factors to consider:

1) The audience.

Your audience can include personalities as different as Mr. Ni Ching, a mechanical engineer in Zuhai, China and Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team.

Mr. Ni Ching skeptically scrutinizes even the smallest purchase. On the other end of the spectrum, Mr. Cuban sat down one evening and ordered a multi-million dollar business jet with a couple of clicks on the Internet.

But most people are, well, like most other people. And one way to understand how most people approach purchase decisions is with a tool called CIT:

> Consumer involvement theory

2) The communication.

That’s the stuff you create.

And when the time comes to put pencil to paper, fingers to keyboard – to actually create your campaign or ad – it can be helpful to consider, “OK, what’s the primary reaction I want from the target audience?”

You won’t need to do this with every ad. But for new clients, new campaigns, or new ways of thinking, it can be clever to go back to basics.

What you will discover is that there are three primary responses your ads can trigger. Three basic things an advertising campaign can get people to do:

> To feel, to experience an emotion R

> To think, to understand, perhaps remember R

> Take action, do something R

Generally speaking,

– Getting people to think and feel certain things about a company, its products and services, that’s the goal of branding, of brand-building.

The ultimate objective, of course, is to influence purchase behavior. But to do so by first getting viewers to like the product or understand the service or feel a relationship with the company.

– Getting people to do something, and do it soon – to clip and mail a coupon, click on a Web site, pick up the phone and place an order – that’s what direct marketing and

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