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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.