Board of Directors, American Academy of Advertising
Journal of Advertising vol:40 issue:2 pages:25-37
Advertisements frequently link values to advertised products or services, but little is known about the effect of this practice on value-driven behavior that is unrelated to the advertising context. Evidence from two studies show that exposure to value-laden advertisements instigates behavior that is congruent with the "advertised" value (i.e., self-direction, security, achievement, or benevolence). Moreover, attitudes toward advertising moderate this effect. To the extent that people value positive aspects or dislike negative aspects of advertising, value-congruent behavior becomes respectively more or less likely following exposure to value-laden ads. The results highlight new aspects of unintended influences of exposure to advertising.