Product Placement: Is It Ethical


Published on

The ethics view on Product Placement.

  • Nice presentation! We were also discussing this issue and made a very detailed and scientific analysis. Maybe you can check it out and give us some feedback.
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • please send this this slide to my yahoo address ,, very interesting, great job.
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • please send this attachment to my yahoo address ,, very interesting, great job.
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • It’s a very wonderful slides , would you mind to send this ppt to my emailbox: really thank you..
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • I think this slides will be very useful for me to share with my marketing students in class.. would you ming to kindly email it to me at

    Really appreciate your kindness :)
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Product Placement: Is It Ethical

  1. Product Placement an ethical question Katy Zebrowski Jeff MacDonald
  2. The Ethical Question Is it ethical to allow product placement in feature films and television?
  3. To Define Product Placement Placement of branded goods or services inside content usually devoid of advertisements A promotional tactic Brand awareness
  4. Coke paid $26 Million for American Idol Panel to Display Coke Cups
  5. It’s Significance In the US and most of the world there are no regulations the UK bans product placement in television Is there a boundary that should remain between content and advertisements?
  6. Sides of the Issue - Pros Pays for content eliminates need for commercials introduces new products in an entertaining way Reintroduces older products, i.e. Mr. Potato Head
  7. Sides of the Issue - Cons Invades the content space Removes creativity, and adds more editorial review Sheds a false light on products, i.e. “Our product can do this, watch it happen”
  8. History & Development Old New I Love Lucy Sanka Coffee Star Bucks Product Placement Bumper You’ve Got Mail
  9. I Love Lucy
  10. Rocky and Bullwinkle
  11. The Beginnings Window Shopping Mentions of products in early radio/ sponsorship Early 1950’s - First noted in a movie, Gordon's Gin in “The African Queen”
  12. Evolution Television begins to incorporate ads into there content First with sponsorships, like the “Texaco Star Theater”, and then starts posing as content Market sees the bigger picture in 1982’s “ET” Reese’s Pieces sales increase by 80%
  13. Wayne's World
  14. Today Product Placement is a major industry with it’s own trade publications and organizations PVR’s, or “Tivo”, have required the industry to change the way they advertise What was old is new, shows like 24 have full sponsorships from companies so they don’t have to break for ads
  15. 24 sponsored by Ford
  16. Related Issues Industry Events/ Celebrity Events Economics Effectiveness Forms of modern Product Placement Product Placement vs. Product Integration The Future
  17. Industry Events/ Celebrity Events
  18. Economics of PPL Market soared to 3.6 Billion in 2004 From 1999 t0 2004 PPL grew in TV/Film at an annual rate of 16.4% As viewers choose to skip past commercials and get their content online, advertisers will be forced to invest in PPL, In the next 5 years PPL will grow exponentially
  19. Effectiveness Industry believes that product placement IS effective 61% of film fans said that they noticed brands advertised 30% of viewers say they were persuaded to at least try a product after having seen it in a movie Growing to 40% in the age bracket 15-25
  20. Forms of Product Placement Product Placement VS. Product Integration
  21. The Future Interactive advertisements tailored to the viewing audience, including all your senses Products replaced digitally in films and TV The ability to buy what the stars use The end of the 30 second spot, and the birth of the product laden program
  22. The Future...
  23. Products Used in 1:00 of The Office All Products that could be sold interactively The Microwave The Cereal on Top of the Fridge Varsity Blues DVD Entourage on HBO Anything the Cast is Wearing
  24. Class Discussion Do you think that product placement can go to far? How does product placement make you feel about your favorite programs? Is it ethical? Unethical? Why? Why not?
  25. Aristotle Avoiding the absolutes or extremes, and finding a middle ground for which to find your answer It IS ethical if the products being placed are appropriate in the context of the program It is NOT ethical if the product is being forced upon the viewer without regard for context
  26. Deontological Taking one value as your universal rule and not deviating from that position, which in turn chooses your decision The Number One Value is Honesty It IS ethical because the products are real, and the programs take place in “reality” It is NOT ethical because it sheds a false light on products
  27. Teleological Believing that we should work for the greatest good for the greatest amount of people That amount of people being YOU! It IS ethical because the viewers benefit from the products they learn about, and the content that gets paid for It is NOT ethical because no one ever asked you for your permission
  28. Choice - Logical Positivism That our observation of of the world around us is indispensable to our knowledge, and that we are also more than just these observations It IS ethical because advertisers are teaching us things all the time, even when we were children It is NOT ethical because we may learn incorrect information that skews our ideas
  29. Team Decision Teleological theory says that it is ethical because the masses benefit from entertaining content and learn about new products
  30. Summary and Conclusion We believe that product placement can be a negative force and can go to far, but in the majority of cases it benefits everyone Content gets paid for, Viewers get info We would much rather have products in our content then break away from that content for 30 second spots
  31. Thank You! Candle