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Ethical issues in Advertising

Ethical issues in Advertising


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Published by Syed Salman Abbas
in this Presentation. we try to accomulate all the basic Ethical issues which are really essencial for businesses to follow
in this Presentation. we try to accomulate all the basic Ethical issues which are really essencial for businesses to follow

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Published by: Syed Salman Abbas on Dec 18, 2009
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Ghani Younas Farrukh Imtiaz Tauheed Akram Syed Salman Abbas Muhammad Umar

Ethical issues in Advertising

• Advertising is a form of communication that attempts to persuade potential customers to purchase or to consume more of a particular brand of product or services

• Every major medium is used to deliver these messages, including television, radio, cinema, magazines, newspapers, video games, and the internet

Comparative Advertising
• Comparative advertising is advertising where one party advertises his goods or services by comparing them with the goods or services of another party. Other party is usually his competitor or the market leader of that good or service

Comparative Advertising
Explanation:• Don’t make fun of your competitors products. comparative advertising was either negative or positive. Negative comparative advertising featured the advertised brand derogating the comparison brand (I'm OK, you're not OK). Positive comparative advertising claimed superiority over the comparison brand in a no derogatory manner (You're OK, I'm more OK).

• OLYMPUS vs. SONY. The banner suggests that the SONY cameras are bad while OLYMPUS are the ones you should buy.

• In the 1980s, soft-drink manufacturer Pepsi ran a series of advertisementwhere people, caught on hidden camera, in a blind taste test, chose Pepsi over rival Coca-Cola

Social Advertisement
• It is a process fro influencing humam behaviour on a large scale,using marketing. principles for the purpose of social benefit rather than for commercial profit. • Social advertisiment sells a behaviour change to a targeted group of individuals

• • • non commercial aimed fro societal benefit performed by goverenment, NGOs, or big corporate use of big and popular people

• helps in changing the attitude of the people of the society helps change/improve the reputataion of the company

Social Causes
• • • • • • • • Quit smoking Don’t smoking Polio Environment wear a life safety jacket while boating pregnant woman should avoid alcohol wear car seat belts which reduces injuries in accident if you smoke than quit


• Advertising or other sales representations, which admire the item to be sold with opinions, or exaggerations, vaguely and generally, stating no specific facts.” Using claims or descriptions to exaggerate (“puff up”) a product’s reputation or appeal New Unique Extra-strength Super-strength

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Deception in Advertising
Promotional techniques (such as attraction and switch pricing) designed to influence buyers with false or • misleading claims Many governments around the world use regulations to control false, deceptive or misleading advertising

Deceptive Practices
Example:Companies may advertise sales at 50% off. However, the company first marks the product way up and then marks them down 50% so that they still make a profit

Case & Desist orders:-

• The FTC can make a company pull an ad or stop a deceptive marketing practice immediately. This also carries an $11,000 per day per ad penalty if a company violates the law again.

Civil Penalties
• consumer redress, and monetary remedies. This could include monetary payments of millions of dollars, to giving refunds to consumers who purchased the product

• In really bad cases of deception, a company may be required to leave the industry

Taste & Advertising

• We all have our own ideas as to what constitutes good taste. Unfortunately, these ideas vary so much that creating general guidelines for good taste in advertising is difficult.

• Stereotyping means over simplified idea of the typical characteristics of a person or a thing • Stereotyping is presenting a group of people in an unvarying pattern that lacks individuality. • • • • Gender Discrimination Color Discrimination Age Discrimination Religious Discrimination

Ethical issues in Stereotyping
• This is an Ethical practice for the businesses to advertise the products by gender • Business often uses the Age discrimination in advertising the product which is accurately made for the specific age group • company’s Target some of the Religions by their product

Unethical issues in Stereotyping
• In advertising to criticize the gender and try to show that the males are more powerful or women are more intelligent personalities • Chocolate candy is favorite for children or young age fellows. targeting the old age people • if your advertising is directly Hitting the other religions this practice of advertising

Advertising to Children
• Advertising to children is the act of marketing or advertising products or services to children, as defined by national legislation and advertising standards • Rules on advertising to children have largely evolved in recent years • In the United Kingdom, Greece and Belgium advertising to children is restricted and in Quebec, Sweden and Norway advertising to children under the age of 12 is illegal.

Means of Advertising to Children Traditional media, TV, radio and print

• New media (internet and other electronic media) • Packaging, in-store advertising, event sponsorship and promotions can also be means to advertise to children

Criteria's of their protection
• not directly exhort minors to buy a product or a service by exploiting their inexperience or credulity. • not directly encourage minors to persuade their parents to purcase • It shall not unreasonably show minors in dangerous situations

Tobacco Company Need kids
Example:• There are several reasons why tobacco companies target children and teenagers. In order to keep profits up, new customers need to be recruited to replace the thousands of smokers that die each day. Tobacco companies know that very few people begin smoking as adults; therefore, their best bets for these new customers are kids.

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