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RISMEDIA, June 26, 2009-Whether it is television ads, print ads, or even Internet pop-up ads, most people are exposed to dozens of them in the course of a single day. Considering the amount of ad exposure daily, a majority of Americans (55%) say they find current advertising to be interesting while two in five (41%) say it is not interesting. Advertisers, however, should not get too excited as less than one in ten Americans (8%) say current ads are very interesting while 47% say they are somewhat interesting.

These are some of the results of a new AdweekMedia/The Harris Poll® of 2,521 adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive® between June 4 and 8, 2009.

How Interesting are Ads?

Younger adults and those with higher incomes are more likely to consider them interesting. Two-thirds of adults aged 18-34 (66%) and 60% of adults aged 35-44 think the ads are interesting as do 62% of those Americans with a household income of $75,000 or more. Conversely, over half of adults 55 and older (52%) say that current advertising is not interesting as do 46% of those aged 45-54 and those who have a household income between $35,000 and $74,999.

How Influential are Ads?

When buying products and/or services, over half of Americans (54%) say advertisements they had seen or heard were not influential when then made their last large purchase, with one-quarter (25%) saying they were not at all influential. One-third (35%) of Americans say the ads they saw or heard were influential.

Again, there is an age difference. Younger adults are more likely to say ads are influential when compared to the older adults. Six in ten adults aged 45-54 (60%) and 55 and older (62%) say ads are not influential with 31% of each age group saying they are not at all influential. But, just under half of adults aged 18-34 (45%) say the ads they may have seen or heard are influential in making their last large purchase.

So What?

These days advertisers are in a quandary. They need to promote their products and services yet be mindful of the fact that consumers are just not spending much money. How do they get their attention? Advertisers need to grab the consumers’ attention – make the ads stand out and that seems to be working, especially with the ever important 18-34 demographic. But, the sticking point is having the advertisements actually influence the purchase. One thing to remember is that some people don’t like to admit they were influenced – the fact that over one-third of Americans do admit to it means that advertisers are, in fact, getting the job done.

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