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How Biometrics Can Capture Attention to TV Ads

  • Steven Bellman, Magda Nenycz-Thiel, Rachel Kennedy, and Nicole Hartnett—all at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, University of South Australia; Duane Varan, MediaScience
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

What’s the best way to measure attention to TV ads when specific creative devices, like animals and voiceover, are used? In this study, three key biometrics—eye movements, sweating, and heart rate—responded differently to attention-getting tactics and to levels of consumer attention, but heart rate uniquely helped identify ineffective ads. 

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Attention and Impact: New Insights from New Research

  • KNOWLEDGE AT HAND

Attention is a prerequisite for ad impact. But it is an ambiguous and complex concept and it is difficult to measure all its elements.  Evidence of attention can be a sign of success, but often it only means that some part of the ad was noticed. Moreover, “attention” does not necessarily indicate a positive response and a high level of attention is not always a sign of a positive ad impact.

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Academic Principles Add Consistency to Neuro Research

  • Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

A recurring criticism of neuromarketing research is that the methods involved suffer from inconsistencies which can make results unreliable. This author offers a potential solution: a framework grounded in academic principles that practitioners and scholars can build on to not necessarily reinvent the wheel, but improve consistency and validation.

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A New Tool Measures Children’s Emotional Response to Ads

  • Joëlle Vanhamme (EDHEC Business School in France) and Chung-Kit Chiu (freelance illustrator)
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Measuring emotions in children exposed to advertisements just got easier. A pictorial instrument developed by a French marketing professor and an illustrator can assess basic emotions, is particularly well-suited for 8- to 11-year-olds, and can be used by both practitioners and academics around the world without the need for translation.

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