Persuasive Devices Definition Things people, usually advertisers, do to try to persuade you to do something. Sometimes people call it propaganda TCAP will call it either persuasive devices or propaganda.
Persuasive Devices Types of Persuasive Devices were going to talk about Bandwagon Appeal Testimonials – Plain Folks – Experts – Celebrity Name-calling Loaded Terms
Persuasive Devices Bandwagon Appeal Something with the message that Our product is so good that everyone buys it, so you should, too. Or Our way of doing things is good, so you should do things our way, too. If something is popular, does that necessarily mean its good? It comes from the phrase jump on the bandwagon
Bandwagon Appeal Example
Persuasive Devices Name-Calling A persuasive device that tries to make itself look good by putting someone or something else down. These are used frequently in political ads
Persuasive Devices Loaded TermsLoaded terms are words that are meant to create an emotional response in people, usually fear Examples of Loaded Terms in ads might include words like steal, terrorism, unsafe, etc.
Persuasive Devices Loaded TermsA very common example right now comes from the banking industry… Which sounds less threatening? Bank Nationalization, Bank Takeover, or government owned shares in banks?
Persuasive Devices Loaded TermsThese all mean the same thing, but people get worked up over words like Nationalization and Takeover. So, people who think its a good idea wont use those words. People who think its a bad idea will ONLY use those words.
Persuasive Devices Another example…When all the fuss started about toys containing hazardous components coming from China to the US, you heard a lot of Loaded Language like Tainted and Unsafe. Can you think of other examples?
Persuasive Devices TestimonialsWhen the ad is in the form of someone giving their story of why a product or service or idea is good.
Persuasive Devices Testimonials: Experts Since chefs are experts about food, people will trust one of them to recommend a brand of food. Basketball players can be trusted to recommend tennis shoes or sports equipment. This is also true of other professions.
Persuasive Devices Testimonials: Celebrity The endorsement of a product by a celebrity is a very old and popular advertising device. It plays on the viewer's desire to identify with someone famous. (Do baseball players really know more than anyone else about razor blades, cars, or beer? Does a rock group have specific knowledge about automobiles?)
Persuasive Devices (Celebrity)
Persuasive Devices Testimonials: Plain Folks This is a recommendation from a plain, ordinary, non famous person who tells the reader or viewer that the product worked for him or her. Therefore, it will work for you.
Plain Folks Advertisement
Persuasive Devices Snob AppealThis is a reverse of the Bandwagon Appeal. Its message suggests: "Buying our product will make you better than everyone else--especially since other people can't afford it." (If a product is more expensive, does that mean it is better?)