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According to the authors of the book Advertising Principles and Practice; Wells, Moriarty and Burnett (1998), the word advertising appeared in 1655 and since then, publishers used it as a heading for commercials in newspapers. The main reason of using ads at that time was to inform the community about products and services for sale, such as land and transportation. But, after the Industrial Revolution (1760-1850), the production and distribution of industries increased and therefore, new communication medias were introduced in order to expand the market to new buyers. The mass media of this age was print, such as magazines, catalogues, flyers, and billboards, and they just pushed consumers to buy a specific product.
It is important to mention that before The Digital Era, advertising needed to pass through different stages, which were: The Age of Print (1704-1750), The Age of Agencies (1850-1900), The Golden Age and The Scientific Era (1904-1960), The Creative Revolution (1960-1970), The Era of Accountability and Integration (1970-2001), and The Era of Change (2001-2010). Wells, Moriarty and Burnett (1998)
During the last three decades advertising has passed through some important changes. As the time passed, it has become more and more important, and it has required a greater amount of investment. That is why, companies during the 1980s were concerned about its effectiveness and due to this, the main purpose of ads for agencies was not just producing sales, but also proving its value. So, they decided to evaluate if the target audience was responding to their message properly by doing researches, and they found out that some people did not believe in the information that ads were providing and the target audience did not feel that ads were created directly to them. With these results they started to work on improving the communication of their brand, in order that the customer feel identified with the it and the company.
Before introducing the Internet for ads, TV was the most massive media for communicating the audience. During the 1990’s companies were focussed on promoting products through TV commercials. Customers could buy them just with a phone call and...