Advertising Execution: — Creative execution refers to the manner in which an advertising appeal is carried out or presented.

A particular advertising appeal can be executed in a variety of ways and a particular means of execution can be applied to a variety of advertising appeals. Some of the more commonly used execution techniques include: 1. Straight-sell or factual message—this type of execution relies on a straightforward presentation of information about the product or service such as specific attributes or benefits. 2. Scientific/technical evidence—a variation of the straight sell where scientific or technical evidence or information is presented in the ad to support a claim. 3. Demonstration—this type of execution is designed to illustrate the key advantages or benefits of a product or service by showing it in actual use or in some contrived or staged situation. 4. Comparison—this type of execution involves a direct or indirect comparison of a brand against the competition. 5. Testimonials—many advertisers present their advertising messages in the form of a testimonial whereby a person speak on behalf of the product or service based on his or her personal use of and/or experiences with it. 6. Slice of life—this type of execution is often based on a problem/solution type of format. The ad attempts to portray a real-life situation involving a problem, conflict or situation consumers may face in their daily lives. The ad then focuses on showing how the advertiser's product or service can resolve the problem. Slice-of-life executions are also becoming very common in business-to-business advertising as companies use this approach to demonstrate how their products and services can be used to solve business problems. 7. Animation—this technique used animated characters or scenes drawn by artists or on computer. Animation is often used as an execution technique for advertising targeted at children. Some advertisers have also been Roger Rabbit style ads that mix animation with real people. For example, Exhibit 9-18 shows an image from a Star-Kist tuna commercial featuring Charlie the Tuna that mixes animation with real people. 8. Personality symbol—this type of execution involves the use of a central character or personality symbol to deliver the advertising message and with which the product or service can be identified. The personality symbol can take the form of a person who is used as a spokesperson, animated characters or even animals. The text discusses how AFLAC has made effective use of this execution style by developing commercials that have made a duck a popular personality symbol for the company. 9. Fantasy—this type of appeal is often used for image advertising by showing an imaginary situation or illusion involving a consumer and the product or service. Cosmetic companies often use fantasy executions although the technique has also been used in advertising for other products such as automobiles and beer. 10. Dramatization—this execution technique creates a suspenseful situation or scenario in the form of a short story. Dramatizations often use the problem/solution approach as they show how the advertised brand can help resolve a problem. 11. Humor—humor can be used as the basis for an advertising appeal. However, humor can also be used as a way of executing the message and presenting other types of advertising appeals. 12. Combinations—many of these execution techniques can be combined in presenting an advertising

. For example.message. slice-of-life ads are often used to demonstrate a product or make brand comparisons.