Ad Effectiveness & ROI

Experiential Approaches to Advertising are More Impactful than Direct Persuasion

  • Journal of Advertising Research

Does direct persuasion still work in advertising? Two seasoned advertising research academics don’t think so. In an essay backed by empirical evidence, they argue—given the major changes in the ways consumers interact with brands today, such as online and through social media—that advertisers should shift from a direct persuasive strategy, to providing experiences that blend entertainment with more indirect persuasion.

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How Context Affects ROI

  • Chris Bacon, Horst Stipp,

This addition to the ARF’s Context Effect Project provides compelling evidence for the impact of context effects on advertising effectiveness, based on an exhaustive literature search and original ARF research. While the review notes that there is no simple one-size-fits-all rule, it provides insights that can help marketing, agency and research executives who seek to improve advertising outcomes.

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Context Effects: The Impact of TV Ads On Subsequent Ads

  • Michael Sankey, Ph.D.; Mark Truss
  • Forethought; JWT

To tackle the rarely studied topic of how a TV commercial affects ones that follow, this study analyzed the halo effects of two types of ads with important findings. Among them, it showed that an ad evoking negative feelings, such as anger or fear, can affect the ad that follows in terms of ad evaluations, brand perceptions, and purchase intent. The authors also raised a question regarding context in programmatic buys.

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How Can a Celebrity’s Smile Make a Difference?

  • Jasmina Ilicic (Monash Univ.), Alicia Kulczynski & Stacey Baxter (The Univ. of Newcastle)

This may bring a smile to your face. A celebrity’s smile can go a long way toward improving perceptions about an ad and purchase intent, especially when it’s perceived as genuine. The quality of a smile can even help to offset negative attitudes toward the celebrity, which can help brands minimize the need to replace celebrity talent, if a celebrity “falls from grace.”

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Five Steps to Making Mobile Ads More Effective

  • Manuel Garcia-Garcia, The ARF - ARF ORIGINAL RESEARCH

Optimizing mobile creative was identified by the ARF as a priority industry issue in 2017 and led to original “How Advertising Works, Today” studies. Learning showed that the majority of mobile ad campaigns do not deliver optimal ad creative and revealed five ways to make such advertising more successful and reduce ad avoidance.

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How to Improve Ad Creative to Avoid Ad Blocking

  • Horst Stipp and Manuel Garcia-Garcia, The ARF

Brands are built in the brain. The ARF’s experiments with neuro-science since 2011 have demonstrated that great creative resonates with consumers’ hearts and minds. But as consumers watch ads on multiple devices, are the neural processes still as potent? This ARF Original Research demonstrates the neural synergies across media platforms to bolster ad recall.

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