Fifty years using the wrong model of advertising


Heath, R. and Feldwick, P., 2008. Fifty years using the wrong model of advertising. International Journal of Market Research, 50 (1), pp. 29-59.

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This paper investigates the dominance of the information processing model in TV advertising. Despite theoretical and empirical evidence that supports the importance of factors such as emotional content and creativity, the authors show that a rational information-based persuasion model, which pre-dates the development of formal marketing, persists in its domination of almost all TV advertising development and evaluation. It is postulated that this persistence derives from a sociological desire to maintain a positivist worldview of simplistic, well-ordered value systems operated by rational and predictable consumers. The authors suggest that both advertisers and researchers need to adopt a Critical Realism perspective in order to move beyond the philosophical straitjacket of this information processing model, and they summarise the implications that this has for current research practice.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsHeath, R.and Feldwick, P.
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DepartmentsSchool of Management
Research CentresCentre for Research in Advertising and Consumption (CRiAC)
ID Code12028


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