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What advert made you do something and why?


Recently, we asked you what the last advert was that you saw that actually prompted you to do something!

The variety of ads that you mentioned was huge; from car ads, to store discounts in catalogues, and fast food ads that appeal when you are hungry. The example that really deserves a mention more than any others was an ad for a charity on TV on a Sunday afternoon which inspired one of you so much, you set out on a life changing trip to Africa, joining a mission to build a school for young children in poverty! Well done br – we commend you (and are secretly a bit envious!).

We could go on with many more examples, however the main point here is that we noticed a theme. A common response when asked this kind of question is to complain about the number and level of ads – which incidentally is aptly referred to in the advertising industry as the ’level of noise’. But if the ad hits the right note at the right time, you will do something. If you see something that is already on your radar, it will catch your attention. As beldan69 summed up; “the only time something hooks me is if it is something I am already thinking of getting. It helps me to make a decision.” Kwilena gives a good example; “Saw an ad for a vacuum cleaner at a good price, reminded me that I needed one so I went ahead and made the purchase.”

There are several reasons why advertisers communicate with their customers. One is to create awareness of their brand and position it where they want it to be. Another is to present a specific ‘call to action’, where the whole point of the ad is to get you to do or buy something. So what is the call to action which resonates the most with you? We bet you can easily guess - it’s the discounts! Money off things. Often, you look at catalogues specifically to find these discounts and specials advertised. However the common theme is still present here – much of the time you will often only look at catalogues to see if what you normally buy is on sale, rather than buying something just because it is on sale.

Last reply: 9th Jul 2015 / 7 replies / Post by Cafestudy Admin

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Bsquared

Posted by: Bsquared
Posted: 13th Jun 2014

Bsquared says: Usually ads wake me up when I see something I thought about getting. It now appears in an ad that offers what I want for a reasonable price. I usually do some research on the product to find out how much it is value for money. The last one of those was a Pole Saw, $179, no postage. The cheapest local was $400 and did not have the same extension and a smaller engine. I am quite pleased with the product. Reply

gero

Posted by: gero
Posted: 27th Jan 2015

Bsquared says: Usually ads wake me up when I see something I thought about getting. It now appears in an ad that offers what I want for a reasonable price. I usually do some research on the product to find out...

gero says: good ads Reply

ceanna jane

Posted by: ceanna jane
Posted: 10th May 2015

gero says: good ads

ceanna jane says: Adds that contain objects you desire will push you to purchase them, it's like saying I feel like an icecream and usually you can just shrug it off and go without ,however if you want an icecream at the time and an advert comes on icecreamabout a chocolate sundae you feel you need to purchase one only because your brain is telling you you need it.visual of an item is more pursuasive than just a thought Reply

ceanna jane

Posted by: ceanna jane
Posted: 10th May 2015

ceanna jane says: The last add I seen that I acted upon was ocean foundation. It made me realise how much a dollar a day can do for those who need it most.although a dollar to us is nothing it is a lot for some. Spending 3 months in Thailand and seeing it for myself oxfams add hit home and made me take action to help those who can't help themselves Reply

ceanna jane

Posted by: ceanna jane
Posted: 10th May 2015

ceanna jane says: The last add I seen that I acted upon was ocean foundation. It made me realise how much a dollar a day can do for those who need it most.although a dollar to us is nothing it is a lot for some. Spending 3 months in Thailand and seeing it for myself oxfams add hit home and made me take action to help those who can't help themselves Reply

ceanna jane

Posted by: ceanna jane
Posted: 10th May 2015

ceanna jane says: The last add I seen that I acted upon was ocean foundation. It made me realise how much a dollar a day can do for those who need it most.although a dollar to us is nothing it is a lot for some. Spending 3 months in Thailand and seeing it for myself oxfams add hit home and made me take action to help those who can't help themselves Reply

bettythrelfo

Posted by: bettythrelfo
Posted: 9th Jul 2015

ceanna jane says: The last add I seen that I acted upon was ocean foundation. It made me realise how much a dollar a day can do for those who need it most.although a dollar to us is nothing it is a lot for some....

bettythrelfo says: the church I belongs to does have speakers come from different countries to tell us about the living conditions... Last night I was appalled to hear some gov. australian minister maintain there should be no homelsss on the streets of perth, and another minister came back and said that there are 21,000 waiting for accommodation in perth and the money given to them could only barely cover 1,000. so we have our own state badly needing anyway with other countries.. our church supports six old people in cambodia, whho actually live on the dump in makeshift housing because there is no one to look after them... and we think we are hard done by at times. rice appears to be the staple d iet for most of them anyway... I grew up with rice being served, and can only now start to eat it again... I know it can be served in lots of ways... Reply