Print Newspaper Ads Drive Online Research, In-Store Purchases

April 21, 2008

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Newspapers | Paid Search

Print newspapers ads reach people at all stages of the buying cycle – inspiring web research at the beginning and prompting in-store/web purchase at the end, said the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), citing a Google study.

Clark, Martire & Bartolomeo conducted the study for Google.

“Newspaper advertisements drive readers to the web, where they search, find and obtain products,” said Spencer Spinnell, head of the Google Print Ads program.

Among the findings of the study:

  • Over half (56%) of internet-using newspaper readers researched or purchased at least one product they saw advertised in the newspaper in the last month, with a 30% overlap between the two groups:


  • 44% of respondents researched at least one product. Of this group:
    • 67% researched online, and 70% of this group made a subsequent purchase.
    • 48% visited, and 23% called, a store.
    • 23% asked a friend.
  • 42% of respondents purchased at least one product.

Of those who responded to a newspaper ad by going online…

  • 47% went directly to a URL they saw in the advertisement.
  • 31% chose to use a search engine (mostly Google).
  • The purchase probability of those who responded to a newspaper ad by searching Google is about the same as those who respond by visiting a store (72% and 71%, respectively).

Consumer confidence is boosted by newspaper ads, the study found:

  • Some 48% of respondents said they would trust the product more if they saw it in the newspaper after seeing it online.
  • Over half (52%) said they would be more likely to purchase that product.

The majority of respondents noted that newspapers are more useful than the internet for…

  • Learning about promotions – 68% rated it very useful (42% said so for the internet).
  • Deciding where to buy?(54% vs. 45%) and when to buy?(43% vs. 30%).

“New advertising mediums have not evolved in a vacuum. Rather, they exist in a highly connected ecosystem and impact consumers’ daily experiences,” Spinnell said. “Marketers deploying truly holistic and integrated advertising campaigns […] are leveraging the branding and direct response nature of newsprint to effectively take advantage of that dynamic.”

See more data from the study (pdf) or listen to the NAA’s podcast.


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