Why you remember certain TV ads
Ads with humor, relatable characters, a simple storyline, conversation rather than a voiceover and emotion tend to be remembered.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Nicknamed Wendy, Melinda Lou Morse stars in ads for the fast-food chain Wendy's. (Photo: YouTube)
If you watch live TV, ads are unavoidable and usually not very memorable. But there are always a few that break through. Why?
There are five common characteristics that memorable ads share, according to a new Nielsen report. Ads with humor, relatable characters, a simple storyline, conversation rather than a voiceover and emotion tend to be remembered.
"The ability to create a true winning commercial is an undeniable art form, but there’s science behind it too," Joe Stagaman, Nielsen TV ad analyst said in a statement.
For instance, the latest top-remembered ad is a 30-second spot for Wendy's, the fast food chain founded by Dave Thomas and known for its square burgers. In this commercial, Thomas' daughter talks about the freshness of the chain's beef. There is no fancy filmwork — just a middle-aged woman who surely knows about the products of her namesake restaurant chain.
Wendy now personally owns more than 30 of the franchises and became the spokesperson for the chain in 2010.
Is it funny? Not really, aside from an opening joke about Wendy's Frosty treats, but an awful lot of moms can relate to Wendy's talk about the importance of fresh food and her fond memories of her dad. The "That's Wendy's Way" ad series featuring downhome dialogue with Wendy began running last April and now has its own website.
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