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Advertiser overload: Are you guilty?

New research on just how many marketing messages it takes to completely turn off a customer.

Mae West said that too much of a good thing can be wonderful. Obviously Ms. West was never on the receiving end of the avalanche of marketing messages consumers now receive. And now recent research from Upstream and YouGov show just how bad an impression a deluge can make.

According to the 2012 Digital Advertising Attitudes Report, a study of adults 18 and over in the U.S. and U.K., a big percentage of people would stop using a product or service if they received too much advertising for it: 27 percent of those in the U.K. and 20 percent of the U.S. respondents.

It’s a “major backlash,” according to the study, that badly dovetails with the finding that nearly two-thirds of online consumers in both the U.S. and U.K. already feel that they are targeted by “excessive digital advertising and promotions.”

In other words, people increasingly feel stalked and when they feel stalked they want to run in the other direction. That will likely only get worse as mobile marketing to cell phones and tablets begins to gear up. Roughly two-thirds of the people surveyed said they would dislike getting ads on their mobile devices.

…to read this article in full, visit leading US small business resource, Inc.



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