What Is Advertising?

Advertising refers to the marketing communication that businesses use to persuade, encourage or manipulate audiences to get them to take some sort of action. The most common desired outcome is to make a purchase or follow some other dictate of consumer behavior, although advertising for ideological and political purposes is also popular. Commercial advertisers use "branding," or associating an image or name with specific qualities in the consciousness of the consumer, while affective advertisers attempt to get people to feel a certain way or believe a certain line.