Internet has grown tremendously in both its applications and number of users due to its unique characteristics of flexibility, interactivity, and personalization. It has been a very useful tool for communication, entertainment, education, and electronic trade (Ko et al., 2004; Koyuncu and Lien, 2003). The revolutionary change brought forth by information technology has an important impact on the daily lives. It has transformed the way we do business by allowing retailers to offer unlimited range of products and services to all consumers from around the world at any point in time. The Internet has emerged as an advertising medium (Silk et al., 2001). Many companies have turned to the Internet to advertise their products and services; and the Internet is deemed to be the most significant direct marketing channel for the global marketplace (Faber et al., 2004; Ko et al., 2004; Korgaonkar and Wolin, 2002). Companies are pouring billions of dollars into Internet advertising to obtain greater return on investment on ads (Edwards, 2005; Joines et al.,2003).
The Internet has given consumers more control in accessing information on products and services. There are several factors that contribute to consumers pull for online content—consumers are the one who decide when, where, what, and how much commercial content they wish to view (Korgaonkar and Wolin, 2002). The Internet enables consumers to access an unlimited range of products and services from companies around the world, and it has reduced the time and effort they spend on shopping (Ko et al., 2004).
Consumers play a much more active role in searching for information online with some goal in mind, and that goal can influence individual behaviors and responses to online information and advertisements (Smith, 2002). With the rapid advancement in the computer industry, many companies have made the Internet as part of their advertising media mix to take advantage of the online technologies (Calisir, 2003). The Internet has become a popular advertising platform because marketers found that the Internet possess greater flexibility and control over the advertising materials (Ducoffe, 1996). Since the Internet can be used as an efficient marketing communication tool, both scholars and practitioners are interested in understanding how to take full advantage and maximizing the value of this communication medium.
The Concept of Promotion
Promotion is the component of a company’s marketing system that involves delivery of messages to target customers that emphasizes the benefits of your brand, products and services. A few common communication tools such as advertising are used in a promotional plan. Goals of promotion include building brand awareness, creating favorable brand attitudes, gaining market share, inducing buying, building loyalty and growing sales.
To reach its promotional goals, a company develops an effective promotional mix, which is a combination of strategies including advertising, personal selling, sales promotion, direct marketing and public relations through a cost effective allocation of resources (Robinson, 1991). In large companies, the marketing department has many roles. It determines the promotional mix, establishes the budget, allocates resources, coordinates the campaign, supervises any outside resources, and measures the results.
The Concept Of Internet Advertising
Internet advertising is a form of promotion that uses the Internet and World Wide Web for the expressed purpose of delivering marketing messages to attract customers. Examples of online advertising include contextual ads on search engine results pages, banner ads, Rich Media Ads, Social network advertising, online classified advertising, advertising networks and e-mail marketing, including e-mail spam. Online video directories for brands are a good example of interactive advertising. These directories complement television advertising and allow the viewer to view the commercials of a number of brands.
If the advertiser has opted for a response feature, the viewer may visit the brand’s website or interact with the advertiser through other touch points such as email, chat, or phone. Response to brand communication is instantaneous, and business conversion is very high. This is becausethe viewer has chosen to see the commercial in contrast to conventional forms of interruptive advertising.
Title – Major Research Project On The Effectiveness Of Internet Advertising On Consumer Behaviour
Author – Ajay Yadav
College – Vindhya Institute Of Management And Research (Vimr) Indore
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