Ethics in Advertising and Promotion

Author: Mr. Abhinav Bhardwaj, Associate Prof. KIET Group of Institutions, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh Contact :, +919953201969

ABSTRACT Advertising is an instrument used for various purposes but today’s advertising is doing more then that. From the inception of it, people are pointing towards its usefullness and impact, which was always very high, on the society. It was criticised, humiliated yet made mandatory for creating hype and selling. Today’s advertising is delivering the messages which are not appropriate and acceptable. Products are promoted with a motive of selling anyhow, yet people are not voicing against it and having CHALTA HAI attitude. The objective of this paper is to bring forward the issues related to the ethical aspect of advertising and promotion, its impact on an individual and on society as well. Key Words: Branding, Products, policies, responsibilty, vigour

Advertising is any paid form of non-personal communication about an organization, good, service or idea by an identified sponsor (Berkowitz, Crane, Kerin, Hartley, & Rudelius, 494). Advertisements are displayed through various means to a large audience. They can be found on the Internet, in a magazine, or even on the highway. Advertisements are everywhere! Their main goal is to grab the consumer's attention about a specific good, service or institution. To achieve this goal, advertisers use an assortment of techniques. However, some of the techniques used are illegal, unethical, or both. To illustrate, there is an illegal trick known as "bait and switch". This tactic requires placing an ad for an item at tremendous value. Upon reaching the store, the shopper finds that the item is "no longer available" and in order to alleviate their sorrow at missing the deal they are directed to a similar item that, while not as good of a bargain (sometimes no bargain at all) closely matches what they came for (Rubak, 2001). There is a great

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