It’s complementarity these days, rather than advertising

What comes first, the advertising or the brand? Does the consumer buy into just one of these, or both at the same time? A good advertisement is complementary to the brand – a study by psychologists has shown that consumers paid more attention to ads for the car of their choice after they bought it than beforehand.

It's complementarity these days, rather than advertising

Rory Sutherland

When consumers like a particular campaign, it is facetiously observed that they are ‘buying the advertising’ as well as the brand. Rory Sutherland examines an economic theory that suggests this may be literally the case: that advertising itself has a value that complements the product

Every time anyone takes over the presidency at the modestly named Institute for Practitioners in Advertising, they receive a small flurry of letters and emails suggesting a change of the IPA's name. Often, but not always, it is the 'advertising' bit people think should...

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