Title page for ETD etd-0131102-132358

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Melancon, Neil
Author's Email Address nmelan1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0131102-132358
Title Preception of and Reactions to the Presence of URL's in Print Advertising of a Non-Technology Brand
Degree Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Xigen Li Committee Chair
Richard Nelson Committee Member
Stephen Banning Committee Member
  • web
  • advertising
  • web advertising
  • print advertising
  • URL
  • newspaper advertising
  • internet
  • high tech
  • newspapers
  • advertising
Date of Defense 2001-12-19
Availability unrestricted
This thesis, through an experiment of 108 subjects, studies the relationship between the presence of a Uniform Resource Locator (URL or web address) in newspaper advertisements and perception of the product advertised as well as the likelihood to act on the advertisement. The findings reveal URLs do in fact have an effect on perception, although, as it is suggested in the theoretical framework, it does not necessarily induce the subjects to act on the ad. This study also finds there is a stronger inclination for perception change to take place versus the likelihood for consumers to either seek more information or make a purchase of the brand advertised.

The results indicate brands are much less likely to be considered “high-tech” or “cutting edge” when a URL is included in a newspaper advertisement. This is a departure from earlier work that suggested the inclusion of such URLs would have a positive effect on brand value and/or the perception of the company sponsoring the advertisement. The findings also indicate advertisers may have to change the way they present the use of a company’s Web technology. The “magic bullet” of positive associations with technology in the minds of consumers is losing its efficacy from decreased sensitivity to URL saturation in print ads.

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