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Advertisements Essay

735 words - 3 pages

We see advertisements all around us. They are on television, in magazines, on the Internet, and plastered up on large billboards everywhere. Ads are nothing new. Many individuals have noticed them all of their lives and have just come to accept them. Advertisers use many subliminal techniques to get the advertisements to work on consumers. Many people don’t realize how effective ads really are. One example is an advertisement for High Definition Television from Samsung. It appears in an issue of Entertainment Weekly, a very popular magazine concerning movies, music, books, and other various media. The magazine would appeal to almost anyone, from a fifteen-year-old movie addict to a sixty-five-year-old soap opera lover. Therefore the ad for the Samsung television will interest a wide array of people. This ad contains many attracting features and uses its words cunningly in order to make its product sound much more exciting and much better than any television would ever be.
The ad itself is fairly large, taking up four full pages, which feel a little bit thicker than the pages in the rest of the magazine. Many people will notice the ad not only because of its size but also because of its coloring. All four pages of the ad are filled with eye-catching green grass and a bright blue sky. On the first page, lying on top of the grass are various models of the High Definition Televisions from Samsung and a playful looking girl with her back turned away from the televisions and her eyes closed. The statement “Come Closer” is imprinted at the top of the page (Entertainment Weekly). On the next pages the television sets are shown up close displaying the same green grass and blue sky but this time with the girl looking in awe at the TV’s. In addition to the beautiful looking imagery, the ad also uses some clever words to entice the reader. Jeffrey Schrank’s “The Language of Advertising Claims” explains wonderfully the most common techniques that advertisers use in their ads. In the advertisement for the High Definition Television by Samsung, three of Jeffrey Schrank’s techniques are used: the “Weasel” claim, the “Unfinished” claim, and the “Vague” claim.
     The claim that is most apparent is the “Weasel” claim. A...

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