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10 Interesting Facts About Advertising

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1. A York University study revealed that U.S. pharmaceutical companies spend twice as much on advertising as they do on research.

2. The famous Marlboro Man ads began in 1955. Three men who appeared in the advertisements later died of lung cancer, earning the brand the nickname “Cowboy Killer.”

3. TV commercials during Super Bowl XLV in 2011 are estimated to have cost $3 million for a 30-second spot.

4. More than $500 billion a year is spent on advertising worldwide.

5. The American Psychological Association reports that children under eight years old are not able to critically understand advertisements and that they regard them as truthful, accurate, and unbiased.

6. The average child in America watches over 40,000 television commercials in a year, or over 100 a day

7. In 2000, U.S. Internet advertising revenue was $8.1 billion. In 2013, that figure jumped to $42 billion.

8. Because the Mars candy company found the character ET in the movie ET: The Extra-Terrestrial so ugly, they refused to allow M&M’s to act as a lure for the creature. Instead, Reese’s Pieces were used. Sales for Reese’s Pieces went up 65% once the film was released.

9. In 65 years of lifespan, an average American spends around 9 years on watching TV including 975 days of watching just commercials/ads, that is two million in total

10. Average American watches TV for almost 5 hours daily that also includes more than one hour of ads.

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