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The Market Research Society is a professional body for market research based in London. It was established in 1946 at the offices of the London Press Exchange, it represents the views of its members in the press. MRS recognise 5,000 individual members and over 500 accredited Company Partners in over 50 countries; as the regulator, they promote the highest professional standards throughout the sector via the MRS Code of Conduct. MRS is the world’s largest association serving those with professional equity in provision or use of market and opinion research, in business intelligence, market analysis, customer insight and consultancy. In 2015, it jointly ran an inquiry with the British Polling Council into the failings of polling before the British general election of that year; the inquiry found that the failure of polling to predict the result was the result of unrepresentative polling samples. The Market Research Society was born on the 5th of November, 1946 in the offices of the London Press Exchange.
With 23 founder members, the early meetings operated as a luncheon club where practitioners of market research met to learn the business and maintain an understanding of industry developments. In 1954 The Society adopted its first Code of Standards – covering ethics and survey standards. 1957 saw the first Conference held in Brighton. The first volume of the Journal of the Market Research Society was published in 1959. In 1977 the MRS Secretariat moved to larger offices at London. A few years in 1986, the Society Secretariat moved to 175 Oxford Street, London as the total membership reached 5,247. In 1990, MRS purchased its current headquarters at 15 Northburgh Street. MRS has support services for organisations to stay connected. Research Live - industry news, special reports and feature articles for market and social researchers, data analysts and consumer insight professionals. Research Buyer’s Guide - Used by client researchers and procurement professionals, RBG is the source of accredited research suppliers in the UK and Ireland.
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EE is a British mobile network operator, internet service provider and a division of BT Group. It was established in 2010 as a 50:50 joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom through the merger of their respective T-Mobile and Orange businesses in the UK, it is the largest mobile network operator in the UK, with 29.6 million customers and the largest operator of 4G services in Europe. It was acquired by BT in January 2016 and subsequently became a second consumer division, operating alongside BT Consumer following BT's new organisational structure that took effect in April 2016, it retained its brand and retail stores while its business operations became part of newly formed BT Business and Public Sector division, its MVNO operations became part of newly formed BT Wholesale and Ventures division. On 28 July 2017, BT announced organisational changes to "simplify its operating model, strengthen accountabilities and accelerate its transformation" and involves bringing together its BT Consumer and EE divisions into a new unified BT Consumer division that will operate across three brands – BT, EE and Plusnet.
It will take effect from 1 April 2018. EE has its headquarters in Hatfield in the UK and has main offices in BT Centre in London, Darlington, Greenock, Merthyr Tydfil, North Tyneside and Leeds; as of 23 November 2016, EE's 4G & 2G networks' combined coverage reaches more than 99% of the UK population, with double speed 4G reaching 80% while EE's 3G network reaches 98% of the population. Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom announced plans to merge their respective UK ventures T-Mobile UK and Orange UK on 8 September 2009; the initial planning suggested a joint revenue of around £7.7 billion for 2008 with savings via synergies expected to total around "over £445 million annually from 2014 onwards". The two companies announced an expected investment of "£600 to £800 million in integration costs"; the initial press release outlined a clear vision for the two brands citing that "the T-Mobile UK and Orange UK brands will be maintained separately for 18 months". The merger was cleared by the European Commission on 1 March 2010.
The joint venture was announced as completed on 1 April 2010, the name Everything Everywhere was announced on 11 May 2010. On the same day the company confirmed that "roaming across both networks due in that year, at no additional cost to the customer" and further emphasised the separation of the brands at that present moment in time, saying that each brand would maintain "its own shops, marketing campaigns and service centres"; the companies' network sharing plans were released to customers on 11 October 2010. The "switch-on" was rolled out utilising an opt-in page on each brand's website. However, the rollout did not include automatic network roaming mid-call or the two brands' 3G services. On 18 July 2011, Tom Alexander announced unexpectedly that he would step down as CEO. Alexander had joined Orange in 2008 and had led the company since its formation on 1 July 2010, it was announced that he would leave his post on 31 August 2011 and therefore as from 1 September 2011, he would be replaced by Olaf Swantee, who had held the position of Executive VP of European Activities and Sourcing for France Télécom in addition to being a member of EE's board.
Alexander said that he would remain with the company throughout the remainder of 2011 and continue to advise Swantee in his new role. Swantee is seen as having done an exceptional job in leading the group through the challenges of rebranding and the launch of a new technology, was named the mobile industry's person of the year in 2013 as a result. On 2 November 2011 Everything Everywhere announced plans to cut a further 550 back office staff, with its sites in Bristol, Darlington and Paddington affected. In April 2012, the T-Mobile network in Northern Ireland was switched off, meaning that all customers there roam onto Orange; however most T-Mobile sites were turned back on as EE has a mast sharing agreement with 3. Everything Everywhere announced on 22 August 2012 that it would introduce a third brand as part of a future 4G launch to sit alongside Orange and T-Mobile, that Everything Everywhere would continue as the company's legal name. Further speculation commenced on 7 September 2012 when the company announced details of a press conference on the morning of 11 September 2012, the earliest date set by Ofcom to launch 4G services.
It was noted that this date was only 24 hours earlier than the expected launch of the latest generation of iPhone, thereby arousing suspicion that the new iPhone would support 4G and that Everything Everywhere would launch its service on this anticipated handset. Other commentators suggested that the HTC One XL would be the first handset to launch utilising Everything Everywhere's 4G network; the handsets that the company launched on EE are the iPhone 5, HTC One XL, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Huawei Ascend P1, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820. The company announced that they would be using two 4G mobile broadband devices manufactured by Huawei - the E589 Mobile Wi-Fi device and E392 mobile broadband dongle; the company announced on 11 September 2012 that the EE brand would be used to identify its network on all of the company's devices, alongside its 4G service and the company's fibre optic broadband roll-out. The brand was described by EE as The Super Fast Brand, it was confirmed that all ex-Orange and ex-T-Mobile shops would be re-branded
Sir Robert Milton Worcester, KBE, DL is an American-born British pollster, the founder of MORI and a member and contributor to many voluntary organisations. He is a well-known figure in British public opinion research and political circles and as a media commentator about voting intentions in British and American elections. Following the sale of MORI to the French research company Ipsos in October 2005, he became chairman of the Ipsos Public Affairs Research Advisory Board and an International Director of the Ipsos Group. Subsequently, in 2007 he became senior advisor to Ipsos MORI. Sir Robert holds joint British citizenship. A Kansas City native, Worcester graduated from the University of Kansas in 1955, following service in the US Army Corps of Engineers in Korea worked with management consultants McKinsey & Company. In 1965, he joined Opinion Research Corporation as chief financial officer before coming to Britain in 1969 to found MORI a joint-venture of ORC and National Opinion Polls, becoming the principal owner four years later.
He was made a Knight Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of the "outstanding services rendered to political and economic research and for contribution to government policy and programmes". Worcester was appointed chancellor of the University of Kent in 2007 and retired from the role in 2014 and was succeeded by Gavin Esler, he is an emeritus governor of the London School of Economics and Political Science and visiting professor in the Government Department and is visiting professor in the Institute of Contemporary British History at King's College London. He is honorary professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University. Earlier he was visiting professor in the Graduate Centre for Journalism at City University and in the Department of Marketing at Strathclyde University, he is the Chancellor's Lecturer and adjunct professor of political science at the University of Kansas. He is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science and of King's College London, holds six honorary doctorates, the Distinguished Graduate award of the University of Kansas.
Worcester was principal investigator for the World Values Survey in Trinidad and Tobago and United Kingdom. For two years he served as the president of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, he became a Patron of the UK Market Research Society in October 2012. He is deputy chairman and trustee of the Magna Carta Trust and chairs the Magna Carta 2015 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, is a governor of the Ditchley Foundation, he is a former member of the Fulbright Commission and a former governor of the English-Speaking Union and co-chaired with Lord Watson the Jamestown 400th Commemoration British Committee. He is immediate past president and former chair of the advisory council of the Institute for Business Ethics and has been on the Corporate Responsibility Advisory Board of Camelot, he was a member of Forum for the Future. He is a vice-president of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, of the United Nations Association and of the European Atlantic Group and was president of ENCAMS.
He is a vice-president and was a trustee of Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and was a Worldwide Fund for Nature trustee. He is a vice-president of the Kent Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. From 1993 to 2010, he was chairman of the Pilgrims Society. Worcester is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Kent and a Kent County Council appointed Kent Ambassador, he was a non-executive director of Kent Messenger Group and chairman of Maidstone Radio, CTR 105.4 fm, was a non-executive director of the Medway Maritime Hospital NHS Trust until 2004. Worcester is described as a "staunch monarchist", he and his wife Margaret live on the River Medway in Kent. LSE British Politics and Policy: Worcester's Blog – Politics Blog by Robert Worcester Public Opinion in Britain – talk by Robert Worcester at the 2001 Trilateral Commission meeting Interviewed on ANN TV 2015 about the Magna Carta and on democracy
An opinion poll simply referred to as a poll or a survey, is a human research survey of public opinion from a particular sample. Opinion polls are designed to represent the opinions of a population by conducting a series of questions and extrapolating generalities in ratio or within confidence intervals; the first known example of an opinion poll was a local straw poll conducted by The Harrisburg Pennsylvanian in 1824, showing Andrew Jackson leading John Quincy Adams by 335 votes to 169 in the contest for the United States Presidency. Since Jackson won the popular vote in that state and the whole country, such straw votes became more popular, but they remained local citywide phenomena. In 1916, The Literary Digest embarked on a national survey and predicted Woodrow Wilson's election as president. Mailing out millions of postcards and counting the returns, The Literary Digest predicted the victories of Warren Harding in 1920, Calvin Coolidge in 1924, Herbert Hoover in 1928, Franklin Roosevelt in 1932.
In 1936, its 2.3 million "voters" constituted a huge sample, but they were more affluent Americans who tended to have Republican sympathies. The Literary Digest was ignorant of this new bias. At the same time, George Gallup conducted a far smaller survey, in which he polled a demographically representative sample. Gallup predicted Roosevelt's landslide victory; the Literary Digest soon went out of business. Elmo Roper was another American pioneer in political forecasting using scientific polls, he predicted the reelection of President Franklin D. Roosevelt three times, in 1936, 1940, 1944. Louis Harris had been in the field of public opinion since 1947 when he joined the Elmo Roper firm later became partner. In September 1938 Jean Stoetzel, after having met Gallup, created IFOP, the Institut Français d'Opinion Publique, as the first European survey institute in Paris and started political polls in summer 1939 with the question "Why die for Danzig?", looking for popular support or dissent with this question asked by appeasement politician and future collaborationist Marcel Déat.
Gallup launched a subsidiary in the United Kingdom that alone predicted Labour's victory in the 1945 general election, unlike all other commentators, who expected a victory for the Conservative Party, led by Winston Churchill. The Allied occupation powers helped to create survey institutes in all of the Western occupation zones of Germany in 1947 and 1948 to better steer denazification. By the 1950s, various types of polling had spread to most democracies. In long-term perspective, advertising had come under heavy pressure in the early 1930s; the Great Depression forced businesses to drastically cut back on their advertising spending. Layoffs and reductions were common at all agencies; the New Deal furthermore aggressively promoted consumerism, minimized the value of advertising. Historian Jackson Lears argues that "By the late 1930s, corporate advertisers had begun a successful counterattack against their critics." They rehabilitated the concept of consumer sovereignty by inventing scientific public opinion polls, making it the centerpiece of their own market research, as well as the key to understanding politics.
George Gallup, the vice president of Young and Rubicam, numerous other advertising experts, led the way. Moving into the 1940s, the industry played a leading role in the ideological mobilization of the American people for fighting the Nazis and Japanese in World War II; as part of that effort, they redefined the "American Way of Life" in terms of a commitment to free enterprise. "Advertisers," Lears concludes, "played a crucial hegemonic role in creating the consumer culture that dominated post-World War II American society." Opinion polls for many years were maintained through telecommunications or in person-to-person contact. Methods and techniques vary, though they are accepted in most areas. Over the years, technological innovations have influenced survey methods such as the availability of electronic clipboards and Internet based polling. Verbal and processed types can be conducted efficiently, contrasted with other types of surveys and complicated matrices beyond previous orthodox procedures.
Opinion polling developed into popular applications through popular thought, although response rates for some surveys declined. The following has led to differentiating results: Some polling organizations, such as Angus Reid Public Opinion, YouGov and Zogby use Internet surveys, where a sample is drawn from a large panel of volunteers, the results are weighted to reflect the demographics of the population of interest. In contrast, popular web polls draw on whoever wishes to participate, rather than a scientific sample of the population, are therefore not considered professional. Statistical learning methods have been proposed in order to exploit social media content for modelling and predicting voting intention polls. Polls can be used in the public relations field as well. In the early 1920s, public relation experts described their work as a two-way street, their job would be to present the misinterpreted interests of large institutions to public. They would gauge the ignored interests of the public through polls.
A benchmark poll is the first poll taken in a campaign. It is taken before a candidate announces their bid for office but sometimes it happens following that
England is a country, part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to Scotland to the north-northwest; the Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south; the country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight. The area now called England was first inhabited by modern humans during the Upper Palaeolithic period, but takes its name from the Angles, a Germanic tribe deriving its name from the Anglia peninsula, who settled during the 5th and 6th centuries. England became a unified state in the 10th century, since the Age of Discovery, which began during the 15th century, has had a significant cultural and legal impact on the wider world; the English language, the Anglican Church, English law – the basis for the common law legal systems of many other countries around the world – developed in England, the country's parliamentary system of government has been adopted by other nations.
The Industrial Revolution began in 18th-century England, transforming its society into the world's first industrialised nation. England's terrain is chiefly low hills and plains in central and southern England. However, there is upland and mountainous terrain in the west; the capital is London, which has the largest metropolitan area in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. England's population of over 55 million comprises 84% of the population of the United Kingdom concentrated around London, the South East, conurbations in the Midlands, the North West, the North East, Yorkshire, which each developed as major industrial regions during the 19th century; the Kingdom of England – which after 1535 included Wales – ceased being a separate sovereign state on 1 May 1707, when the Acts of Union put into effect the terms agreed in the Treaty of Union the previous year, resulting in a political union with the Kingdom of Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1801, Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
In 1922 the Irish Free State seceded from the United Kingdom, leading to the latter being renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The name "England" is derived from the Old English name Englaland, which means "land of the Angles"; the Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages. The Angles came from the Anglia peninsula in the Bay of Kiel area of the Baltic Sea; the earliest recorded use of the term, as "Engla londe", is in the late-ninth-century translation into Old English of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. The term was used in a different sense to the modern one, meaning "the land inhabited by the English", it included English people in what is now south-east Scotland but was part of the English kingdom of Northumbria; the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recorded that the Domesday Book of 1086 covered the whole of England, meaning the English kingdom, but a few years the Chronicle stated that King Malcolm III went "out of Scotlande into Lothian in Englaland", thus using it in the more ancient sense.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, its modern spelling was first used in 1538. The earliest attested reference to the Angles occurs in the 1st-century work by Tacitus, Germania, in which the Latin word Anglii is used; the etymology of the tribal name itself is disputed by scholars. How and why a term derived from the name of a tribe, less significant than others, such as the Saxons, came to be used for the entire country and its people is not known, but it seems this is related to the custom of calling the Germanic people in Britain Angli Saxones or English Saxons to distinguish them from continental Saxons of Old Saxony between the Weser and Eider rivers in Northern Germany. In Scottish Gaelic, another language which developed on the island of Great Britain, the Saxon tribe gave their name to the word for England. An alternative name for England is Albion; the name Albion referred to the entire island of Great Britain. The nominally earliest record of the name appears in the Aristotelian Corpus the 4th-century BC De Mundo: "Beyond the Pillars of Hercules is the ocean that flows round the earth.
In it are two large islands called Britannia. But modern scholarly consensus ascribes De Mundo not to Aristotle but to Pseudo-Aristotle, i.e. it was written in the Graeco-Roman period or afterwards. The word Albion or insula Albionum has two possible origins, it either derives from a cognate of the Latin albus meaning white, a reference to the white cliffs of Dover or from the phrase the "island of the Albiones" in the now lost Massaliote Periplus, attested through Avienus' Ora Maritima to which the former served as a source. Albion is now applied to England in a more poetic capacity. Another romantic name for England is Loegria, related to the Welsh word for England and made popular by its use in Arthurian legend; the earliest known evidence of human presence in the area now known as England was that of Homo antecessor, dating to approximate
Brand loyalty is defined as positive feelings towards a brand and dedication to purchase the same product or service now and in the future from the same brand, regardless of a competitor's actions or changes in the environment. It can be demonstrated with other behaviors such as positive word-of-mouth advocacy. Brand loyalty is where an individual buys products from the same manufacturer rather than from other suppliers. Businesses whose financial and ethical values, for example ESG responsibilities, rest in large part on their brand loyalty are said to use the loyalty business model. Brand loyalty, in marketing, consists of a consumer's commitment to repurchase or continue to use the brand, it can be demonstrated by repeated buying of a product, service, or other positive behaviors such as word of mouth advocacy. This concept of a brand displays symbolism for a product or range of products. Brands can have the power to engage consumers and make them feel attached. Consumer’s beliefs and attitudes make up brand images, these affect how they will view brands with which they come into contact.
Brand experience occurs when consumers shop or search for, consume products. Holistic experiences such as sense, relation and feeling occur when one comes into contact with brands; the stronger and more relational these senses are to the individual, the more repeat purchase behavior will occur. After contact has been made, psychological reasoning will occur, followed by a buy or not-buy decision; this can result in repeat purchase behavior, thus incurring the beginning brand loyalty. Brand loyalty is not limited to repeat purchase behavior, as there is deeper psychological reasoning as to why an individual will continuously re-purchase products from one brand. Brand loyalty can be shortly defined as the "behavioral willingness" to maintain relations with a particular brand. In a survey of nearly 200 senior marketing managers, 68 percent responded that they found the "loyalty" metric useful. True brand loyalty occurs when consumers are willing to pay higher prices for a certain brand and go out of their way for the brand, or think of it.
Brand loyalty is a good measure for managers to use when trying to predict brand performance outcomes. It highlights the importance of marketing communication when trying to promote a certain product that's not doing as well as other succeeding products. Marketers are able to look at the patterns of brand loyalty and pick out characteristics that make that product thrive. Examples of brand loyalty promotions My Coke Rewards Pepsi Stuff Marriott Rewards Brand loyalty in marketing, consists of a consumer’s devotion and commitment to repurchase and continue to use a brands product or service over time, regardless of changes with competitors pricing or changes in the external environment. Brand loyalty reflects a customer's commitment to remain in a relationship for a long period of time with a brand. A critical factor of building brand loyalty is developing a connection or relationship between the consumer and the brand; when an emotional relationship is created between the consumer and the brand this leads to a strong bond and a competitive advantage for that particular brand.
Loyalty consists of behavioral components. Attitudinal loyalty relates to the customers willingness to purchase product or service from the brand at any reasonable cost. Behavioral loyalty is the re-purchasing. Both behavioral and attitudinal components are important. One example is that a consumer displays behavioral loyalty by buying Coke when there are few alternatives available and attitudinal loyalty when they will not buy an alternative brand when Coke is not available; the attitudinal component is psychological, this leads to the behavioural action of repeat purchase. It is the attitudinal loyalty that drives most loyalty behavior and ensures loyalty over time not just with one purchase. “Brand loyalty is desired by firms because retention of existing customers is less costly than obtaining new ones. Firms profit from having loyal customers”. Brand loyalty has shown to profit firms by saving them a lot of money. Benefits associated with loyal consumers include: Acceptance of product extensions.
Defense from competitors cutting of prices. Creating barriers to entry for firms looking to enter the market. Competitive edge in market. Customers willing to pay high prices. Existing customers cost much less to serve. Potential new customers. Speaking, brand loyalty will increase profit over time as firms do not have to spend as much time and money on maintaining relationships or marketing to existing consumers. Loyal long-term customers spend more money with a firm. Brand loyalty is more than simple repurchasing. Customers may repurchase a brand due to situational constraints, a lack of viable alternatives, or out of convenience; such loyalty is referred to as "spurious loyalty". A recent study showed that customer loyalty is affected by customer satisfaction, but the association differs based on customer switching costs. True brand loyalty exists when customers have a high relative attitude toward the brand, exhibited through repurchase behavior; this type of loyalty can be a great asset to the firm: customers are willing to pay higher prices, they may cost less to serve, can bring new customers to the firm.
For example, if Joe has brand loyalty to Company A he will purchase Company A's products if Company B's are cheaper and/or of a higher quality. From the point of view of many marketers, loyalty to the brand — in terms of consumer usage — is a key factor. However, companies ensure that they are not spending resources to retain loyal but unprofitable customers. Usage
Advertising is a marketing communication that employs an sponsored, non-personal message to promote or sell a product, service or idea. Sponsors of advertising are businesses wishing to promote their products or services. Advertising is differentiated from public relations in that an advertiser pays for and has control over the message, it differs from personal selling in that the message is non-personal, i.e. not directed to a particular individual. Advertising is communicated through various mass media, including traditional media such as newspapers, television, outdoor advertising or direct mail; the actual presentation of the message in a medium is referred to as an advertisement, or "ad" or advert for short. Commercial ads seek to generate increased consumption of their products or services through "branding", which associates a product name or image with certain qualities in the minds of consumers. On the other hand, ads that intend to elicit an immediate sale are known as direct-response advertising.
Non-commercial entities that advertise more than consumer products or services include political parties, interest groups, religious organizations and governmental agencies. Non-profit organizations may use free modes such as a public service announcement. Advertising may help to reassure employees or shareholders that a company is viable or successful. Modern advertising originated with the techniques introduced with tobacco advertising in the 1920s, most with the campaigns of Edward Bernays, considered the founder of modern, "Madison Avenue" advertising. Worldwide spending on advertising in 2015 amounted to an estimated US$529.43 billion. Advertising's projected distribution for 2017 was 40.4% on TV, 33.3% on digital, 9% on newspapers, 6.9% on magazines, 5.8% on outdoor and 4.3% on radio. Internationally, the largest advertising-agency groups are Dentsu, Omnicom, WPP. In Latin, advertere means "to turn towards". Egyptians used papyrus to make sales messages and wall posters. Commercial messages and political campaign displays have been found in the ruins of Pompeii and ancient Arabia.
Lost and found advertising on papyrus was common in ancient ancient Rome. Wall or rock painting for commercial advertising is another manifestation of an ancient advertising form, present to this day in many parts of Asia and South America; the tradition of wall painting can be traced back to Indian rock art paintings that date back to 4000 BC. In ancient China, the earliest advertising known was oral, as recorded in the Classic of Poetry of bamboo flutes played to sell confectionery. Advertisement takes in the form of calligraphic signboards and inked papers. A copper printing plate dated back to the Song dynasty used to print posters in the form of a square sheet of paper with a rabbit logo with "Jinan Liu's Fine Needle Shop" and "We buy high-quality steel rods and make fine-quality needles, to be ready for use at home in no time" written above and below is considered the world's earliest identified printed advertising medium. In Europe, as the towns and cities of the Middle Ages began to grow, the general population was unable to read, instead of signs that read "cobbler", "miller", "tailor", or "blacksmith", images associated with their trade would be used such as a boot, a suit, a hat, a clock, a diamond, a horseshoe, a candle or a bag of flour.
Fruits and vegetables were sold in the city square from the backs of carts and wagons and their proprietors used street callers to announce their whereabouts. The first compilation of such advertisements was gathered in "Les Crieries de Paris", a thirteenth-century poem by Guillaume de la Villeneuve. In the 18th century advertisements started to appear in weekly newspapers in England; these early print advertisements were used to promote books and newspapers, which became affordable with advances in the printing press. However, false advertising and so-called "quack" advertisements became a problem, which ushered in the regulation of advertising content. Thomas J. Barratt of London has been called "the father of modern advertising". Working for the Pears Soap company, Barratt created an effective advertising campaign for the company products, which involved the use of targeted slogans and phrases. One of his slogans, "Good morning. Have you used Pears' soap?" was famous in its day and into the 20th century.
Barratt introduced many of the crucial ideas that lie behind successful advertising and these were circulated in his day. He stressed the importance of a strong and exclusive brand image for Pears and of emphasizing the product's availability through saturation campaigns, he understood the importance of reevaluating the market for changing tastes and mores, stating in 1907 that "tastes change, fashions change, the advertiser has to change with them. An idea, effective a generation ago would fall flat and unprofitable if presented to the public today. Not that the idea of today is always better than the older idea, but it is different – it hits the present taste."As the economy expanded across the world during the 19th century, advertising grew alongside. In the United States, the success of this advertising format led to the growth of mail-order advertising. In June 1836, French newspaper La Presse was the first to include paid advertising in its pages, allowing it to lower its price, extend its readership and increase its profitability and the formula was soon copied by all titles.
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