Title

The effectiveness of advergames compared to television commercials and interactive commercials featuring advergames

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Communications and Arts

RAS ID

19291

Comments

This article was originally published as: Bellman S., Kemp A., Haddad H., Varan D. (2014). The effectiveness of advergames compared to television commercials and interactive commercials featuring advergames. Computers in Human Behavior, 32, 276-283. Original article available here

Abstract

Advergames played on computers can be persuasive forms of advertising, especially when players are highly involved or experience telepresence ("being there" in the game). But 30-s TV commercials also deliver high levels of telepresence. Online-video interactive TV commercials, which can combine a TV commercial and an advergame, potentially deliver double the effectiveness of either form of advertising by itself. This study compared the effectiveness of advergames played on a PC to normal 30-s TV commercials, and also to interactive commercials enhanced with advergames. The results show no differences in telepresence, and therefore no differences in persuasive effect, measured by brand attitude, across these three ad types. Implications for advertisers and for future research are discussed.

DOI

10.1016/j.chb.2013.12.013

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