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Anindya Ghose

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036276

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036276.001.0001

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Saliency: Can You See Me Now?

Saliency: Can You See Me Now?

(p.95) 7 Saliency: Can You See Me Now?

Anindya Ghose

The MIT Press

This chapter examines one of nine critical forces behind purchase decisions that make mobile advertising so powerful: saliency. Today's consumers may find advertising annoying, but they fear missing out and would prefer not to waste time in the trial-and-error process of searching for what they need. They want choice and freedom, but they also get easily overwhelmed. Imagine an ideal world where we don't need to scroll down and squint to find what we want. We don't need to refine and repeat our search or make a tough call. We always get the “best right answer” with the least possible effort. This is referred as saliency or the position effect. Consumers want to see the best right answer stand out on their screens. Advertisers, retailers, and other marketers want their message to be that “best right answer.”

Keywords:   saliency, position effect, mobile economy, mobile advertising, marketing, consumer behavior

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