People Don’t Like Advertising and Marketing

I hate to break it to you, but people don’t want to be interrupted by advertising and marketing.

That’s the last thing I want to hear, too, as I’ve earned my livelihood in this business for years.

But we can’t bury our heads in the sand. We can’t look the other way. We can’t say we weren’t warned.

Not after reading a recent article in The New York Times (“The Advertising Industry Has a Problem: People Hate Ads”) that painted a very pessimistic picture of what my colleagues and I do for a living.

Consumers are turning off and tuning out, going so far as to pay extra to receive news, information and entertainment without being bothered by brands’ incessant cries for attention and engagement.

This is what I’ve been saying for a while now in my videos and presentations, advertisers and marketers have to change how they do business or else.

This is why I believe so strongly in social media, as it represents a much more authentic, credible way of communicating with our audience members.

There’s still a place for direct mail, email, display ads and the like, of course, but brands and businesses need to exercise restraint in those areas and be more human in their approach.

Now is the time for advertising and marketing to change before it’s too late.

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