Ethical limits to the intrusiveness of online advertising formats: A critical review of Better Ads Standards
Resumen: This article argues that advertising ethics, traditionally focused on ad contents and vulnerable audiences, should be also applied to ad format intrusiveness. The increasing appearance of highly intrusive advertising formats resulted in an extraordinarily growth of ad blocking systems. To fight the economic costs of the ad blocker phenomenon, the most relevant agents of the industry have created a never seen Coalition for Better Ads including marketers, publishers, and agencies worldwide. This article analyses the experiments carried out by the Coalition to create Better Ads Standards establishing the limits of ad format intrusiveness to be implemented worldwide by means of self-regulation. Based on classical and current approaches to advertising ethics, this work explains that highly annoying ads should not only be banned for practical reasons but for overpassing ethical limits in terms of respect for the persuadee, equity of the persuasive appeal, and social responsibility for the common good. A basic exploratory replication study is presented to simulate further research on the ethical limits of intrusive advertising. Establishing which ad formats are allowed to continue and which ones should gradually disappear is such a relevant process for many stakeholders that it requires further discussion by consumers and scholars.
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.1080/13527266.2018.1562485
Año: 2019
Publicado en: Journal of Marketing Communications 25, 7 (2019), 685-701
ISSN: 1352-7266

Factor impacto SCIMAGO: 0.978 - Business and International Management (Q1) - Marketing (Q2)

Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/UZ/JIUZ-2017-SOC-05
Tipo y forma: Article (PostPrint)
Área (Departamento): Área Comerci.Investig.Mercados (Dpto. Direc.Mark.Inves.Mercad.)

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