Investigating the power of imagery in marketing communication: evidence‐based techniques

Alan Branthwaite (Director of CRAM International, London, UK.)

Qualitative Market Research

ISSN: 1352-2752

Publication date: 1 September 2002


Visual imagery has potentially powerful effects on human psychology and physiology, affecting ideas, perceptions, beliefs, feelings, behaviour and health. It plays a central role in most advertising, especially posters, print and TV, but also radio through the ability of language and description to conjure up images internally. In order to investigate the effects of imagery and devise appropriate tools to analyse its influence on the consumer, we need an understanding of the mechanisms involved. Techniques that are grounded in knowledge and theory have greater validity and credibility as to their effectiveness, and can give clients more confidence when buying qualitative research.



Branthwaite, A. (2002), "Investigating the power of imagery in marketing communication: evidence‐based techniques", Qualitative Market Research, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 164-171.

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