Tourism Industry News

What Is Advertising's Most Important Word?

22/12/2007 10:28

If you had to guess the single most important word in advertising, what would it be? Free, special, discount, sale, new, improved, bigger, better...?


So many words have lost their meaning or been corrupted by misuse or abuse that it is not an obvious choice.


The terms "luxury," "exclusive," and "world-class" have been rendered meaningless after being applied to everything from 800-square-foot condos to restaurants that serve microwave frozen dinners. We can't even rely on "light," "diet," or "low-carb" to actually describe what's inside a package.


What advertisers have done is create a hyper-cynical marketplace, where the audience for whatever you sell has lost faith in what is being said. 


But the Web with its emphasis on content gives advertisers an opportunity to redeem themselves and to deliver meaningful information to its audience.


All Content Is Advertising, All Advertising Isn't

Some may cringe at the thought, but in the final analysis all content is a form of advertising. Content is rarely if ever neutral, even if it doesn't overtly promote a product or service. Content always has a point to make, or an idea, concept, or position to advance.


If content doesn't provide some perspective, some meaningful knowledge, then does it really qualify as content? The same can be said for advertising, if it doesn't explain, enlighten or engage, it is just noise.


What Is Advertising's Most Important Word?

My vote goes to the simple, innocuous word "like": a nondescript word that carries with it all the conceptualization power you need to create a business identity, to form a brand personality, and to position your product or service in the mind of your audience.


Get a full story at MarketingProfs



Search site