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Campaigning Online: Web Display Ads in the 2012 Presidential Campaign

January 15, 2018 @ 12:00 am

Campaigning Online: Web Display Ads in the 2012 Presidential Campaign

DateJanuary 13, 2014

Time4:00am to 5:30am

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4357 Bunche Hall

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Although much of what we know about political advertising comes from the study of television advertising alone, online advertising is an increasingly prominent part of political campaigning. Research on other online political communication—especially candidate websites, blogs, and social media—tends to conclude that these communications are primarily aimed at turning existing supporters into campaign donors, activists, and volunteers. Is a similar communication strategy found in online display ads—the ads seen adjacent to website content? We examine 840 unique online display ads from the 2012 presidential campaign to explore the nature, content, and targets of online display advertising. We show that the policy content, tone, ad location, and interactive elements of the ads varied based on the audience, with persuasive appeals aimed at undecided or persuadable voters and engagement appeals aimed at existing supporters. Comparing ad content across candidates also finds that each side focused on those issues for which the candidate had a strategic advantage. As a consequence, we find little issue engagement in online advertising, in contrast to the conclusions of previous research on television advertising.

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Date:
January 15, 2018
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12:00 am
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/event/campaigning-online-web-display-ads-2012-presidential-campaign

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Date:
January 15, 2018
Time:
12:00 am
Website:
/event/campaigning-online-web-display-ads-2012-presidential-campaign