suggested in the June issue of the University of Chicago Journal of Consumer Research (subscription required) that people familiar with the subject of an advertisement are likely to elaborate on it in their minds relationally. That is, they think of it in terms of other products or services in the field and then move on with their lives. They take little or no action in response to the ad.
Other people might also elaborate on specific features of the product. A summary of the Chicago Journal article in Science Daily suggests that people who elaborate both on specific features and on relating to other products in the same category respond better to the ad. The article suggests that repeating ads in trade magazines whose readers are all knowledgeable about the particular “trade” might not be effective.
On the other hand, repetitive ads are effective if the readers are elaborating in their minds on both specific features of the product and relationally to other products.
For example, you see an ad about a camera. It boasts of an extraordinary filter that removes blemishes from portraits (specific feature elaboration). And the ad also says that the camera is priced to compete with other cameras (relational elaboration). Repetition of this ad in the same publication might be more effective.
The Science Daily article does not explain howreached these conclusions. Or what to do about them except for cutting back on repetitive ads in trade pubs.
. Who knew?
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