Advertising Principles - Evidence-based principles

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A complete description of the principles has
been published in Persuasive Advertising

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Advertising Principles

Aims: This evidence-based site summarizes empirical research on how to develop persuasive communications and how to test their persuasiveness. It provides specific advice on what to do in what situations. It explains why the principles work and provides evidence on their effectiveness. For more on the aims, see "Welcome."


New Design for
06 Jul 2015 - Jessie

We have spent the past three months on redesigning The basic aim was to make it easier to apply evidence-based persuasion principles. Knowledge is not sufficient: Humans cannot apply evidence-based knowledge about complex problem by using their unaided judgment. They must use proper tools—which means checklists (or software that is based on a checklist). Thus, the new design features the major checklists for persuasive advertising along the top menu bar.

In addition, we developed a simpler dictionary, made it easier for you to reach us, improved the organization, reduced the length of most pages, and repaired links.

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Suggestions function repaired
09 Jun 2015 - Jessie

We have fixed the Suggestions function on our website. Now you can send us suggestions for improvement through clicking on the button on the left side.


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Daily Commercial

Principle - 8.8.1. Consider using humor for well-known, low-involvement products. - Complies
Where's the beef - 0:30

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Each commercial was selected to illustrate a single principle. Some show commercials that comply with a principle; others show ones that violate a principle. They are in numerical order; so if you would like to find an earlier one, refer to the complete list of commercials.



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Principle of the day:

6.9.1 Consider negative advertising when there is only one major alternative to your brand, that brand has serious shortcomings, and industry demand is not a key factor

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The Advertising Principles site summarizes all useful knowledge about advertising so that it can be used by researchers, practitioners, and educators. Ideas for improving the site, please send to the Site Manager Rui Du (Jessie):


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