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Unformatted text preview: rtisement must be able to attract the audience's attention, provide a reason for the audience to spend its time viewing the advertisement, and accomplish what it set out to do. In the end, the execution style must match the medium and objectives. Print advertising can be especially difficult because it is a static medium: no sound, no motion, only one dimension. Instead, print relies on several key components that appear in most ads: the h e ad lin e , or large type designed to draw attention and be read first; the b o d y co p y, which represents the main text portion of the ad; the b ackg r o u n d or backdrop for the ad, usually a single color; the fo r e g r o u n d , which refers to everything that appears on top of the background; and the b r an d in g that identifies the sponsor of the ad. T he advertiser must convey its message using these compelling visuals, background colors or images, a logo, and limited text. connect.mcg r aw- hill.com/connect/hmEBook.do?setTab= sectionTabs 1/3 9/15/13 M cGr aw- Hill Connect - Ebook W hy is this gorilla s miling? Bec aus e the k angaroos have arrived at the Buenos Aires Zoo. This Clio-winning ad delivers a c ompelling vis ual, a c all to ac tion (vis it the z oo), and the advertis er's identific ation. p. 548 T he ad on the previous page is an example of a very effective print ad, so effective that it won a Clio, the top advertising award.33 F rom the start, this compelling ad makes viewers wonder why the gorilla is smiling, and the answer, that “T he kangaroos have arrived,” is likely to prompt amused awareness that a new exhibit has opened. T he background and foreground match in their coloring, because this advertisement really wants to emphasize the foreground image instead of relying on bright colors to attract readers' attention. Once it has grabbed them with the funky image, the ad ensures that viewers know who is advertising and how to answer the ad's call to action (i.e., visit the zoo) by including the zoo name and logo, even larger than the tagline. In other ads, the advertiser might include a Web addr...
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