Hidden messages: Do you feel that your behavior is being influenced through subliminal messages in everyday advertising?


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Corey The Goofyhawk Profile
Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

Unless it's an AD for Mountain Dew, no. The Elixir of The Mountain is my Achilles Heel in the realm of advertising. Do The Dew!!

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Tim Parkes
Tim Parkes commented
That's an interesting comment. What is it about this advert and even product that targets your emotions?

Obviously aside form the taste you might enjoy, something must have initially triggered your urge to buy it and continue to do so.

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Corey The Goofyhawk
Actually, I've been drinking Mountain Dew for years and I've never seen their ADs until this year. It was always the taste for me. No other soft drink has as good of a taste, in my opinion.
Cookie Roma Profile
Cookie Roma answered

No I don't believe I'm being controlled by subliminal messages.  Then again, if someone did an especially good subliminal message, would I really know for sure?

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Tim Parkes
Tim Parkes commented
I agree. There is no way of knowing for sure.
It is said that the subconscious mind accounts for majority of decisions made and essentially all it takes is that one small memory or emotion to ultimately lead in the final decision.

Could this be the subliminal messaging technique being used in advertising? Making consumers feel something at that particular time of viewing the AD about that brand/product.

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Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

I don't believe so as I hardly watch TV. Just Sports is about it. Everything else I watch is commercial free. But I suppose it could be done without us knowing it like in those dumb KFC  commercials.

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Tim Parkes
Tim Parkes commented
I once read that our brain processes over 5000 stimuli everyday which gets stored in the subconscious mind in order to avoid overload of our conscious mind.

Now this stimuli comes in all forms, TV commercials, radio, billboards driving on the motorway.

It's these little, innocent props that get stored in our brain without us knowing and is then triggered weeks later when we go in store or see a particular brand/product that will essentially lead to us buying it.

I find this topic interesting and like to here peoples own opinions and possible self-experiences.

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Moga Deet answered

I find many ads irritating and they make me not want to buy a product.  I used to think Lincoln's were nicely styled, but the ads with Matthew McConaughey make me never want to look at a Lincoln again.  An ad for Old Navy annoyed my kids so much that we couldn't shop there anymore.  I still remember an ad for Snickers that offended me so much I won't even buy Snickers for Halloween.

There have been very few ads that have actually made me want to buy a product.  We usually just buy want Consumer Reports recommends or the cheapest brand available for little things.

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