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Literally every person buys things "(be)cause of ads". If you don't realize that, it means the ads were good ones.



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DonFerrari said:
d21lewis said:
I'm sure a ton of people have said it already but:
Let's say you go to the store and you want a soft drink. You see Coke. You see RC Cola. The Coke costs $1.59 and the RC costs $1.25. You buy the Coke.

Why?

If I put both in separate glasses, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Your thirst would be just as quenched. What convinced you that Coke was the better value? Ads.

Over the years, you were convinced that it was better. It became familiar to you. You're comfortable with the brand. You know it's quality. And that's why it worked.

For me they taste different =p

Yeah, me too. I can easily distinguish between Coke, Pepsi, and RC.



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Without a doubt, it probably happens quite a lot. I can't think of examples but I bet I've walked into a shop and seen a poster advertising an offer and bought it, same with leaflets through the door. I bet I've seen an ad that made me aware of exactly what I was looking for and bought that too, either a product or service, I'd have looked into it a bit but the ad would be the primary thing that made me buy it. Sorry I can't think of examples.....oh wait, Smash. In the UK there is a cheap instant mashed potato product that used to advertise with weird robot puppets, one day I was looking for something to eat and just saw the packet and thought "mashed potato can't be too bad" so I bought it. Wasn't awful but I've rarely bothered since. Pot Noodles might have been the same thing. There must be many other food or general hygiene products that I saw advertised and then decided to buy at some point. Back in the mid 2000s I saw an ad about ordering pizza online and decided to give it a go, so an ad got me to buy something through a different means to usual.

There were tv ads for toys that made me ask my parents for stufff, mostly I won't have bought anything myself, but I do think that ads probably got me to buy stuff like Monster in My Pocket and Mini Boglin toys since that type of thing was cheap enough to afford as a kid.

Demo discs are basically ads and I bought a few Sega Saturn games back in the 90s due to seeing them on the "Bootleg Sampler" disc. Panzer Dragoon, The Mansion of Hidden Souls, Wing Arms are three that come to mind from just seeing a short video on that disc. I'm sure a trailer has sold me on the occasional game or movie, not often since I typically hate trailers but there must have been exceptions over the years.



CaptainExplosion said:

Depends on if it's for something that I might like. If it's for, say, video games, I prefer seeing gameplay first.

This relates to why I don't normally download mobile games, because the commercials and trailers tend to show extravagant acting and set pieces, but only a couple seconds of gameplay at the end, and said gameplay tends to look lackluster or worse.

My brother and I felt we just had to have Banjo-Kazooie back in 1998 when we saw the commercial:

I remember that ad, it was used in the UK too. It didn't get me to buy the game but I think a different ad did, one that was packaged inside many early N64 games (possibly even late SNES games). It was a mini poster type thing and often had a specific game on one side and then a bunch more on the back. I was already a fan of Rareware due to DKC so seeing a new game being advertised was all I needed to know I wanted it, I could tell it was a Mario 64 style platformer just from screenshots and was sold.



Jigsawx1 said:

are teaser and trailers ads? if yes i bought some games because of it and i watched some films

I'd say no, but then again I do recall Nintendo making an entire direct an ad on Youtube.

CaptainExplosion said:

Depends on if it's for something that I might like. If it's for, say, video games, I prefer seeing gameplay first.

This relates to why I don't normally download mobile games, because the commercials and trailers tend to show extravagant acting and set pieces, but only a couple seconds of gameplay at the end, and said gameplay tends to look lackluster or worse.

My brother and I felt we just had to have Banjo-Kazooie back in 1998 when we saw the commercial:

Yeah I hate ads the have little to nothing to do with the product they're advertising, not only am I left annoyed but also confused.



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This is something I've always wondered, how is it that so many people are so weak minded that they buy stuff just cause an ad tells them to?

And my conclusion is that you need to have a brain that is preset and susceptible to advertising and this is probably the case for the majority. It's all about peer pressure. Your friends have a nice car so you must have one too in order for you to justify your own existence. In this context, ads simply steer you towards purchasing one specific brand over another but, as I said, this only works with weak minds.

However that does not work with people like me. When I hear about a brand, I immediately do not trust the ad cause I know they are not here to watch over my interest but only over theirs and all they care for is how much money they can squeeze out of me. Whether it is about small things like Coca-Cola, I'm like ok, maybe that brand has a good taste but this other brand for which I never see commercials tastes good too and is MUCH cheaper so no hammering my brain with Coca-Cola ads EVER makes me buy their drinks...

Or with bigger things like insurance companies. No matter how many times their commercials sound reassuring and tell me how they have my security at heart, I do not fall for it because I know very well about the intrinsic conflict of interest here. Insurance companies are businesses and their ONLY goal is to make money and every time an insurance has to send me money over some mishap they are supposed to cover, they LOSE money, therefore they will OBVIOUSLY do everything in their power to not send me the money and the contracts you sign with them ALWAYS have in small letters some condition, proviso or exception bailing them out of their responsibilities. They do not have my interest at heart and only weak-minded people could ever believe the ads about it.

So I simply don't have any insurance and have saved countless thousands of euros over the years I can use however I want instead of being conned by insurance companies and their enticing ads.

I could give you a ton of examples but these two suffice to make my point I think.



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Lonely_Dolphin said:

I haven't gotten anything specifically because of an ad since I was a kid, but clearly I'm in the minority as ads be everywhere so they have to be working. Even knowing that I find it hard to imagine anyone but children being influenced by them. I'd think most just tune them out or skip if possible, we know what we want and don't want. Imagine if everyone had the willpower to ignore ads to the point where advertising wasn't worth no more. Life would be ever so slightly less annoying haha.

I've never understood it myself.  Like gauging the success of a particular ad campaign on a boost in sales.  If an ad is showing a very specific sale, that would interest me.  For example, Red Lobster advertising "Lobsterfest" would make me want to go to Red Lobster before that promotion ends.  But seeing a Doritos commercial, which I like to occasionally snack on, showing a particular celebrity eating Doritos, doesn't make me want to run out and buy Doritos anymore than I already would.  What's more effective on me is actually being in a store and seeing the price advertised as 2 for $4 or something like that.  That would spur me to make a purchase that I might not have originally planned on.



Not really. The product has to convince me, not the ad.
On the other hand ads are a way to introduce new products to the mass. I can't buy what I don't know exists, so ads can bring a product to my attention, which I might buy as long as it convinces me.
Ads for well known products (Coke, Big Mac etc.) have a 0% possibility to convince to buy one right now.



Yeah lots of stuff.

There's a lot of stuff that I would like, but I don't know exists. Then they have an ad for it, and I know it exists. So I buy it. Ads are not necessarily for convincing, sometimes they're just for awareness.



I've bought tickets to shows I would have surely never heard about thanks to Spotify's emails where they send you show dates near you for artists you listen to a lot.



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