Title: Virtual advertising and brand awareness

Authors: Beth Cianfrone, Gregg Bennett, Ron Siders, Yosuke Tsuji

Addresses: University of Florida, USA. ' Texas A&M University, TAMU 4243, College Station, TX 77843-4243, USA. ' University of Florida, USA. ' Texas A&M University, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to analyse the effectiveness of virtual advertising on consumer memory of brand sponsorship. More specifically, we sought to compare the capacity of consumers to identify brand sponsors virtually inserted within a televised sporting event to their ability to remember conventional television commercial sponsors. A 40-minute segment of a televised broadcast of a Southeastern Conference (SEC) football game, complete with television commercials and virtual advertisements, was the means of study used to assess the effectiveness of the different forms of advertising in terms of brand sponsorship identification. The findings suggest differences between spectator identification of virtual ads and television commercials on consumer memory. Management and marketing implications are discussed. This exploratory study serves as a foundation for further research on the effectiveness of virtual advertising and additional research streams are proposed.

Keywords: virtual advertising; virtual signage; advertising effectiveness; electronic billboards; sport signage; consumer memory; brand sponsorship identification; television commercials; sport marketing; sport management; sports broadcasts; televised sporting events.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMM.2006.010563

International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 2006 Vol.1 No.4, pp.289 - 310

Available online: 01 Aug 2006 *

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