TV Commercials were once straight to the point... Not anymore!
At one time, television commercials were clever and straight forward. They lasted anywhere from a few seconds to maybe 30 seconds if it was on the longer side. Marketers typically knew who their target demographic was and went right in for the kill. If the ad was for a cleaning product, they desperately attempted to appeal to the woman of the house. Ads would suggest that a certain product would actually make housework more fun and portrayed women in dresses and heels smiling as they cleaned the family home. Who wouldn’t want that?
Back in the day, even cigarette manufacturers were glorifying their product. A man would actually consider that if he smoked Marlboro cigarettes that he would be swarmed by beautiful and curvy women. If a woman smoked Virginia Slims, she could count on a rugged cowboy appearing out of thin air. Clever marketing goes a long way in selling products.
Marketers attempted to make audiences think that by using a certain product, you could achieve everything from a happy home to beautiful hair and a sexy body.
Marketers' and advertisers’ main goal is to make consumers sit up and take notice of their product offering. A good television commercial will leave you with a tune in your head that you just can’t get rid of. Short and sweet was typically the way to go in the 60’s & 70’s. Television commercials left audiences with just information and intrigue that consumers just had to run right out and try the product.
DVR has changed the way we watch television.
Fast forward to the present… Television viewers in the present day, can now confidently leave the room during a commercial break from their favorite show to cook a meal, do some homework or take a nap. Television advertising has gotten so out of control that it seems like the ads run just as long, if not more so, than the program itself. Now, often, I have noticed that I can watch a 2-minute commercial, and while something significant might jump out at me, I really couldn’t tell you what the product being advertised is.
Even more annoying than a long television commercial is the dreaded infomercial. Now, you can actually pick up the phone or open your laptop and buy the product right away, “while supplies last!”
Just like everything in life, advertising has changed over the years. Nothing stays the same, but it is often fun to think back to what you remember form the groovy days. Below are some of the advertising slogans from my groovy days that I still recite today when it comes to mind.