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  • Olsen, G. Douglas
  • Pracejus, John W.
  • O'Guinn, Thomas C.
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    A survey of North American ad agency creative directors (n=31) reveals that they use the “white space” executional format in print ads mainly to advertise new brands of products rather than services. Their not necessarily mutually exclusive reasons for designing a predominantly white-space ad are (1) artistic – the ad “looks good,” (2) to increase attention to the ad overall, (3) to focus attention on the product and the brand name, and (4) to convey brand prestige. None of the creative directors reported that their clients follow Ambler and Hollier's (2004) theory of deliberately using white-space ads to signal an extravagant budget and therefore a superior quality product. To the contrary, almost half of the clients were reportedly concerned about “paying for wasted space” in agreeing to run a white-space ad.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Research.

    Volume (Year): 65 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 855-860

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:65:y:2012:i:6:p:855-860

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    Keywords: White space in print ads; Creative directors; Advertising execution; Visual rhetoric;

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    1. Ambler, Tim & Hollier, E. Ann, 2004. "The Waste in Advertising Is the Part That Works," Journal of Advertising Research, Cambridge University Press, vol. 44(04), pages 375-389, December.
    2. Janiszewski, Chris, 1990. " The Influence of Print Advertisement Organization on Affect toward a Brand Name," Journal of Consumer Research, University of Chicago Press, vol. 17(1), pages 53-65, June.
    3. Kirmani, Amna, 1990. " The Effect of Perceived Advertising Costs on Brand Perceptions," Journal of Consumer Research, University of Chicago Press, vol. 17(2), pages 160-71, September.
    4. Edell, Julie E & Staelin, Richard, 1983. " The Information Processing of Pictures in Print Advertisements," Journal of Consumer Research, University of Chicago Press, vol. 10(1), pages 45-61, June.
    5. Kover, Arthur J, 1995. " Copywriters' Implicit Theories of Communication: An Exploration," Journal of Consumer Research, University of Chicago Press, vol. 21(4), pages 596-611, March.
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