Advertising in Europe: Advertising as Communication / The World of Advertising

Essay, 2003

10 Pages, Grade: 1,7 (A-)

Abstract or Introduction

For many years, beauty has been used as a marketing and advertising tool. In this essay I
would like to explore the meaning and use of beauty in advertising, what the aesthetic
function of advertising means and how it is related to the persuasive function and the
perlocutionary effect.
Advertising uses beauty as a communication tool to increase interest in a company’s
product or service through making it aspirational. The prevalence of attractive models in
advertising testifies to the general belief concerning their efficacy as a vehicle of
promotion. Attractive models might be effective in altering individual’s impressions of
products. Beauty can infer personal characteristics, abilities and motivations which can
support the promotion of various products.
The aesthetic criteria remain centrally relevant to many advertising decisions. Many
products have aesthetic components, most often by conscious design. In fact, countless
products are differentiated from others only on the basis of aesthetic criteria. This implies
that aesthetic elements form important dimensions for information processing and
attitude formation. Sometimes aesthetic motives may dominate, or even overwhelm
utilitarian motives, meaning that sometimes aesthetic attributes may be determining
factors in consumer choice.
Beauty in terms of advertising is defined by adjectives such as attractive, good-looking,
classy, sexy, elegant and pretty. Things are perceived to be beautiful depends on the
person you ask, because judgment of beauty is non-cognitive and is the pure feeling of
the observer (‘beauty lies in the eye of the beholder’). If somebody thinks that the product
or person in the ad has features that fit my sense of beauty then this could lead to the
perlocutionary effect. [...]


Advertising in Europe: Advertising as Communication / The World of Advertising
University of Applied Sciences Worms  (European Business Management)
European Studies
1,7 (A-)
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Addresses questions from the advertising industry, such as: does beauty attracts customers? and: what abilities must a person have to work in advertisement? Without secondary literature.
Advertising, Europe, Advertising, Communication, World, Advertising, European, Studies
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Silke Tischendorf (Author), 2003, Advertising in Europe: Advertising as Communication / The World of Advertising, Munich, GRIN Verlag,


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