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Through advertising, marketing is also related to many of the creative arts.

"Just What is it that makes today's home so different, so appealing?" (1956) - Richard Hamilton

SS Normandie (1935) - Cassandre

The Hidden Persuaders (1957) - Vance Packard [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
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Advertising is the promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas, most often through paid messages. Marketers see advertising as part of an overall promotional strategy. Other components of the promotional mix include publicity, public relations, personal selling, and sales promotion. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advertising

Advertising technique

Advertisers use several recognizable techniques in order to better convince the public to buy a product. These may include:

It is important to note: During the past decade, advertising has increasingly employed the device of irony. Aware that today's media-savvy viewers are familiar with -- and thus cynical about -- the traditional methods listed above, advertisers have turned to poking fun at those very methods. This "wink-wink" approach is intended to tell viewers, "We know that YOU know we're trying to sell you something, so bear with us and let's have fun." The ultimate goal of such advertising is to convey a sense of trust and confidence with viewers, by essentially saying, "We respect your intelligence, and you should respect us because we're not trying to fool you." Common television examples include most beer advertising and the commercials of the Geico insurance company. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advertising#Advertising_techniques [Nov 2004]


Subvertising refers to the practice of making spoofs or parodies of corporate and political advertisements in order to make a statement. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subvertising. See also: http://adbusters.org/spoofads/


  1. The Erotic History of Advertising (2003) - Tom Reichert [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    In the supposedly prudish late-19th century, tobacco products were advertised with posters showing a variety of buxom, practically (or entirely) topless women. They were invariably draped in toga-like robes and adopted pseudo-Grecian poses. In the 1930s, ads for a Midwestern varnish company used completely naked models; as they were used in trade magazines with an almost entirely male readership, it was considered unlikely that any woman would ever see them. Reichert, a University of Alabama advertising professor, unearthed these tidbits and others in the course of researching this entertaining and fairly comprehensive history of the use of sex in American advertising over the past 150 years. At first, this research may seem unnecessary, since the sex and advertising are so inextricably intertwined. Yet Reichert plots a telling time line, from the late-19th-century petticoat-wearing women coyly exposing themselves on beer tavern walls to the double entendres of 1960s magazine ads and the lasciviously photographed nudes plastered throughout today's fashion glossies. Although Reichert doesn't delve fully into the social ramifications of the constant rise of and backlash against overt sexuality in advertising or how the ads are targeted differently at men and women, he provides a fun, accessible survey of a subject everyone's familiar with.--amazon.com

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