While advertisers shell out billions of dollars per year, individuals spend much of their time actively avoiding commercials.

People Don’t Believe in Advertisements

The stunning truth is that 96% of consumers don’t think commercials are honest, as reported by Inc. Magazine. One cannot blame consumers for their skepticism of advertisements. Gallup conducted a poll in which they asked participants to rank the honesty and ethics of employees in 21 various professions. While nurses received the highest approval rating (85%), those in the ad industry were ranked 4th from the bottom (with a 10% rating), above only car salespeople, telemarketers, and politicians.

We’re All Becoming Sick of Advertisements

It’s estimated that the average South African sees between four thousand and ten thousand advertisements every day. The vast majority of it is meaningless chatter, and most people simply ignore commercials. Customers, in general, do not require advertising to make purchasing decisions. But the sheer number of advertisements isn’t the sole issue; with the help of information research and technology, commercials are getting more and more annoying, disruptive, and even offensive. The relentless barrage of irrelevant advertisements is wearing people down.

The Cultural Significance of Advertisements Are Dwindling

Due to the rise of Internet-based technology, once-revered forms of marketing have become increasingly debased. Like “Think Small” for Volkswagen or “Just Do It” for Nike, “Where’s the beef?” for Wendy’s has entered the vernacular and become a staple of pop culture. While I can recall numerous family dinners spent debating the merits of various magazine and television commercials, I cannot recall any such debates having taken place over web display advertising. Advertising’s cultural impact is dwindling.

Online Activities That May Otherwise Be Enjoyable Are Spoiled by Constant Advertisements

Rapid-fire apps and online development have conditioned us to expect quick pleasure. The time frame in which we expect to receive our desires is typically immediate. However, that purpose is disrupted by digital adverts while browsing the web, leading to irritation.

Have you ever been viewing a YouTube video or Facebook video and had it interrupted by a mid-roll commercial? Oh, wow, we can so relate to that. There is nothing more heartbreaking than watching a clip of a cat being reconnected with his family, only to have that moment interrupted by an advertisement.

Other Options

Don’t make people hate your company just for existing by showing them an ad that has absolutely nothing to do with them (and in fact, takes away from it). Instead of bombarding consumers with product marketing, firms can aim to win them over with interesting, original content. Advertisements seem like a good bet for this, but how would you go about it?

The Stigmatization of Sales as a Negative Profession

99% of advertisements will not sell a lot of anything, according to David Ogilvy. He was dead on with his assessment. Most current advertisements, unfortunately, don’t do much of anything. Advertising may and will convey the value of a business or product to a buyer, eliciting an emotional reaction. The vast majority of the ads people see every day do nothing to make them aware of an issue that could be fixed or a want that could be satisfied.

What Counts is How You Express It

An advertisement’s ability to evoke an emotional response from its target market is three times as predictive of whether or not the target market will purchase the substance of the advertisement itself. The “likeability” of an advertisement is the most reliable indicator of whether or not it will boost sales for a certain brand. People tend to avoid commercials if they aren’t amusing in some way.

The Overall Style and Tone of Advertisements Have Become Uniform

Banner blindness is a psychological phenomenon that is increasing in prevalence every day, making certain digital advertisements “invisible” to web viewers. This is not a recent discovery by any means; in fact, it has been documented extensively for over thirty years, and it shows no signs of disappearing any time soon.

Remember when the Tasty-style aerial shot was a new and exciting way to advertise products? That’s not how advertisements feel nowadays. And certainly not for very long. The advertising is stale and lacks imagination, and there is so much advice available that they all sound and look the same. These commercials are dull, and it turns out that we, the curious and curiously bored humans, don’t like the same thing anymore. Consider what’s going on in the minds of your consumers when they encounter a banner from your competition that appears just like yours; after all, originality makes us smile and cognitive studies have shown that a surge of dopamine precedes fresh encounters of any kind.

The Contextuality of Advertisements

51% of participants in a new Statista study claimed they were irritated by irrelevant adverts, while only 15% stated they weren’t worried by them. In other words, customers are looking for marketing and RTB that is both obvious and actionable (or “helpful”). However, many of the efforts don’t take the time to learn about their target audience as a whole. Customers who are confused about what they’re buying and how it will help them will be turned off by this. Well, we believe that implementing a contextual marketing approach is the most effective method for increasing both brand awareness and brand affinity. Click here for more information on the relevance of contextual marketing.


Companies are increasingly eager to highlight their commitment to environmental and social causes. Due to the need to maximize profits, “purpose” has become the new craze in advertising, even though many such ads are all talk and no action. Customers are becoming more skeptical of brand motives because of woke-washing.

Marketing Has Turned a New Page

If we wish to be successful in marketing, we need to adjust how we use digital marketing to advertise our services and products. Further than that, we need to adapt by changing our understanding of what our target demographic wants from us. Combining the widespread distaste for advertisements with an increasingly chaotic online environment has led directly to the demise of digital marketing. Now that you understand the human psychology behind ad aversion, you can perhaps move in a mutually beneficial direction, one that seeks to bring worth to consumers and respects them like the sentient beings they are.