Targeted Advertising

Author: Antonin-Gerard, The First of His Name, Of the House Sebban


Targeted advertising is when a company tries to advertise one of their products to a specific audience. For example, a toy company wants children to get these toys, therefore the company would advertise their toy on a kids TV channel.

•Demographic based Targeted advertising (TA)
•Content based TA


Demographic based:
•Reaches certain groups of individuals based on their... DEMOGRAPHICS.
•Based on the assumption that these groups, as a whole, are more likely to buy a certain product.
•Recently, Demographic based TA has seen a decline in effectiveness as we see a change in societal behavior.

Content based:
•This has been used for decades in specialized publications (Sports magazines, gaming magazines, etc)
•The internet sparked the growth of this type of advertizing.
•Contextual advertising (part of content based TA) has become the most popular form of advertising on the internet.
•Works by scanning key words on a page and placing ads relating to the key words.
•Is not fool proof. can still fail.

Explanation and application

TA can be used by Mexican store owners as a cost effective way of advertising to their consumers. For example, if they wanted to sell kitchenware, they would put an ad in "Kitchenware Magazine". Etc.

Links to Social and Ethical Issues

Please note that not all issues need to be addressed. Please add the URL or source of any examples to support your suggestion. It may be helpful to RANK the issues in the THIRD column.

Social & Ethical Issue
Examples that specifically link to the concept and/or definition in the Case Study
1.1 Reliability and integrity

1.2 Security

1.3 Privacy and anonymity

1.4 Intellectual property

1.5 Authenticity

1.6 The digital divide and equality of access

1.7 Surveillance

1.8 Globalization and cultural diversity

1.9 Policies

1.10 Standards and protocols

1.11 People and machines

1.12 Digital citizenship

References and resources

Savov, Vlad. "Google Testing Display Ads in Gmail, Our Patience." Engadget, 28 Jan. 2011. Web. 15 Oct. 2014.

Iyer, Ganesh, David Soberman, and J. Miguel Villas-Boas. "The Targeting of Advertising." Marketing Science 24.3 (2005): 461-76. Aug. 2005. Web. 15 Oct. 2014.