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Harris Poll…One of the main purposes of advertising is to help consumers decide what products and services they should buy or use. With so many different types of advertising being used today the question becomes what types are considered most helpful, that is they help people decide what products or services to actually purchase and which ones are most likely to be ignored or disregarded? These are some of the results of a new AdweekMedia/The Harris Poll of 2,521 adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive between June 4 and 8, 2009.

What Ads Are Most Helpful?
Over one-third of Americans (37%) say that television ads are most helpful in making their purchase decision while 17% say newspaper ads are most helpful and 14% say the same about Internet search engine ads. Radio ads (3%) and Internet banner ads (1%) are not considered helpful by many people. Over one-quarter of Americans (28%), however, say that none of these types of advertisements are helpful to them in the purchase decision making process. Half of people aged 18-34 (50%) say television ads are most helpful while three in ten (31%) of those aged 55 and older say they find newspaper ads to be most helpful. There is also a slight regional difference. Two in five Southerners (40%) say they find television ads most helpful, while only one-third (33%) of Midwesterners feel the same.

What Ads do People Ignore?
Almost half of Americans (46%) say they tend to ignore Internet banner ads. Much further down the list are Internet search engine ads (17% of people ignore), television ads (13%), radio ads (9%), and newspaper ads (6%). One in ten Americans (9%) say they do not ignore any of these types of ads. There are age and regional differences. Half of those aged 35-44 (50%) and 51% of Midwesterners say they ignore Internet banner ads compared to 43% of 18-34 year olds as well as Easterners and Southerners. One in five Americans 18-34 years old (20%) say they ignore Internet search engine ads while 20% of those aged 55 and older say they ignore television ads.

So What?
While advertisers scramble to create their ad campaigns, one thing they need to remember is that, even if viewership may be down and even with the increased use of digital video recorders so people can fast forward through commercials, television ads are the most helpful to consumers. Also, while an Internet strategy is essential for a comprehensive ad campaign, Internet banner ads are not considered helpful by few and are ignored the most. People are more likely to ignore ads on their computers but are more likely to pay attention to those on their television.

I may be one of the few Gen Yers that prefers print newspapers for my original source of information. Of course, I later refer to online publications for the most up-to-date news, but I still believe in the power of print.

Although the journalism field is constantly changing, newspapers are dissolving, and we are in a recession some print publications are making money. See how one newspaper posted a profit for quarter two:
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hkg_hong_kong_advertisingNielsen recently surveyed over 25,000 consumers online across more than 50 markets from Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East on their attitudes toward trust, value and engagement of advertising.

According to the survey, in North America, online consumers under the age of 20 exhibit higher than average degrees of trust in all forms of advertising. North American consumers aged 30–34 are the most likely to trust online advertising. Female consumers in North America are more engaged than males in TV ads in the dimensions of humor, emotion and information, especially when it comes to finding a TV ad emotionally touching. In North America, the oldest consumer group measured (65 and over) is the least engaged with TV advertising by these same dimensions, while the youngest group (under 20) registers the highest level of engagement with online video ads.
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