The Age of Persuasion: How Marketing Ate Our Culture

Terry O'Reilly, Author, Mike Tennant, Author . Counterpoint $26 (324p) ISBN 978-1-58243-580-0

O'Reilly and Tennant, the ad men team behind the Canadian radio series The Age of Persuasion , offer a witty and insightful look at the perpetually evolving advertising industry. With an eye-catching page design, featuring interchanging text formats, dictionary entries, and full-page shaded myth debunkers, the authors keep readers engaged through technical passages with servings of fun factoids on what Clark Gable's lack of an undershirt, Star Wars , John Mellencamp, and John McCain have to teach us about advertising. The authors are gifted communicators, and their conversational narrative covers successful advertising tactics, such as how to effectively market to “Yoots” (anyone in that Holy Grail demographic of under age 20), the impact of YouTube, the power of song, and multisensory experience. Appealing and informative, this ragbag of pop culture references, jokes, anecdotes, solid research, and advice will be indispensable to marketers or anyone curious about the power and ubiquity of advertising in modern culture. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/22/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
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