Behaviour Change

PROPAGANDA FOR CHANGE is a project created by the students of Behaviour Change (ps359) and Professor Thomas Hills @thomhills at the Psychology Department of the University of Warwick. This work was supported by funding from Warwick's Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Creative Frontline Advert

This is an advertisement by Frontline promoting their flea and tick spray for dogs. There is a huge picture of a dog on the floor of a building. With the people walking around, a picture of a dog with loads of fleas and ticks appears. This is a very creative advert.

The main persuasion technique used in the advert is creativity. This advert is different from other ordinary adverts as it needs other people to get involved in order to show the message. The levels of divergence and creativity greatly affect consumer processing that creative adverts are able to attract more attention than non-creative adverts. One of the reasons is that creativity unique to an advertising context or perceived as exceptional will be noticed. Unique advertisements in general are learned and remembered better than ordinary commercials (DeLozier 1976, p. 65).

The theory of Contrast effect suggests that divergent ads are different and novel so at the most basic level a contrast effect should be created. This contrast is produced via the advert’s divergent, which makes it stand out from other adverts and thus attracts pre-attentive processing (such as orientation reactions) where the consumer notices and directs processing resources to the advert (Smith & Yang, 2004).

In the study of Altsech (1997), the effectiveness of creative adverts was examined. In Study 1, in-depth interviews were conducted to explore consumers' implicit theories of creativity in advertising. Results indicate that people perceive originality and appropriateness to be the components of creativity. In Study 2, a scale was developed to measure advertising creativity, consisting of originality and appropriateness subscales. In Study 3, creative adverts recalled by the subjects were shown to evoke a greater number of originality-related statements than non-creative adverts. Creative adverts (those high in both originality and appropriateness) were found to elicit more favorable attitude towards the advert, brand attitude, and purchase intent, as well as higher brand recall.

Altsech, M. B. (1997). The assessment of creativity in advertising and the effectiveness of creative advertisements. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, , 3585-3585.
DeLozier, M. Wayne (1976). The Marketing Communications Process, New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company.
Smith, R. E., & Yang, X. (2004). Toward a general theory of creativity in advertising: Examining the role of divergence.Marketing Theory, 4(1-2), 31-58.

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