Do Scary Adverts Work?

January 16, 2015 in Daily Bulletin

The Economist took a look at adverts that aim to shock and awe:

  • Gory adverts, such as those focused on the number of children who die as a result of speeding, leave a longer lasting impression on viewers than non-gory ones.
  • However they are less effective at changing behaviour, possibly because extremist ads showcase threats that seem farfetched.
  • Positive ads that encourage people to quit smoking, are, for example, more effective than negative ads that try to scare smokers with images of tumors.
  • Cash strapped governments and NGOs may increase the use of shock ads, however, since they are more likely to be shared on social media and thus reach a wider audience.

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Source: The Economist