Consumer opinion and effectiveness of direct‐to‐consumer advertising

Deborah F. Spake (Department of Marketing, Mitchell College of Business, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA)
Mathew Joseph (Department of Marketing, Mitchell College of Business, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA)

Journal of Consumer Marketing

ISSN: 0736-3761

Publication date: 7 August 2007

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to look at the relationship between attitudes toward direct‐to‐consumer (DTC) advertising and its impact on consumer requests for a particular drug.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of 154 consumers completed the survey on‐site at a pharmacy while waiting for their prescription(s) to be filled. Based on exploratory research (focus groups), survey items were developed to capture opinions of pharmaceutical advertising as well as the influence of DTC advertising on consumer behavior.

Findings

The findings show that consumers are skeptical of DTC advertising and believe that not enough information is provided about these products. Despite the high level of exposure and the opinions that these ads were effective and informative, few respondents believed that the ads motivated them to request these drugs or put them on a more equal footing with their physician.

Practical implications

The results provide useful information to policy makers, drug companies and researchers. Even though consumers appear to be critical of DTC advertising oversight, these ads appear to motivate consumers to seek more knowledge about drugs or medical conditions mentioned in the ads and request prescriptions from physicians.

Originality/value

This research fills an identified gap in the literature on DTC advertising and its impact on consumer decision making. Limited research has been done on the relationship between consumer perceptions of DTC advertising and its impact on consumer requests for pharmaceutical products.

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Citation

Spake, D.F. and Joseph, M. (2007), "Consumer opinion and effectiveness of direct‐to‐consumer advertising", Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 24 No. 5, pp. 283-293. https://doi.org/10.1108/07363760710773102

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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