No matter what business you’re in, to be successful, you need to advertise. As much as 90% of what one owns—or has ever owned—was purchased because of advertising’s subconscious effects.
Envision this scenario: You need to have your appendix removed or the consequences may be fatal. You can do one of two things:
- You can hire a physician with years of appendix removal experience to do the job. The physician is an expert and the outcome will be positive.
- Using power tools and an online PDF of human anatomy, you can do the job yourself. The results will probably not be pleasant and may end in your untimely demise.
Internet users have so many reasons to be enraged. We’re all subjected to data mining, fraudulent websites, fake news, auto-play videos, too many APTRDNTBA (abbreviated phrases that really don’t need to be abbreviated), and so much more. Somewhere near the top of that list has to be the annoying interruption that comes in the form of pop-ups, interstitials, and overlays.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. The TV show Mad Men presented a world from 60 years ago that was unrecognizable in its styles, technology, and social mores. Yet, the advertising principals employed by Sterling Cooper’s marketing team are very familiar. While life changes quickly, the parts of our brain that control emotional responses are slow to evolve. The elements of a winning ad in 1960 are not that different than they are today.