Testimonial Advertising in the American Marketplace: Emulation, Identity, Community

Testimonial Advertising in the American Marketplace: Emulation, Identity, Community

by Marina Moskowitz
     
 

This book explores the history and practice of testimonial advertising in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, addressing a surprising lack of scholarship on this enduring and pervasive marketing tool. Treating consumers as neither the victims nor the empowered foes of corporate practices, the authors gathered here contribute

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This book explores the history and practice of testimonial advertising in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, addressing a surprising lack of scholarship on this enduring and pervasive marketing tool. Treating consumers as neither the victims nor the empowered foes of corporate practices, the authors gathered here contribute to new scholarship at the intersection of cultural and business history by examining how testimonials mediate negotiations between producers and consumers and shape modern cultural attitudes about social identity, advice, community, celebrity, and the consumption of brand-name goods and services.

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“Steeped as we are today in celebrity brands and viral marketing, we find it difficult to imagine a world where the market's word-of-mouth operated quite differently. Thanks to these original and engaging articles, though, we can now track the fascinating strategies that enabled American advertising to recast the question of consumer trust, liberating it from the rigid protocols of patrician sponsorship and immersing it in the complex, modern mix of mass celebrity, technical expertise, domestic authority, and street cred. Each page brings us something new.”--Jean-Christophe Agnew, Professor of American Studies and History, Yale University

“This volume of essays charts the cultural history of a phenomenon that influences us all, one whose power we are reluctant to acknowledge. Testimonials are centuries old and utterly contemporary, and these essays illuminate the many aspects of their role in making consumer culture. If you’ve ever wondered why we are so willing to take the word of others when we buy, whether from Oprah or a neighbor down the street, this book offers compelling explanations – and a host of new questions to ponder.”--Charles F. McGovern, Associate Professor of American Studies and History, College of William and Mary

“Finally! A wonderful study of the centrality of testimonials to 20th century advertising. With insightful essays on consumer deception, blackface performance, seed advertising and celebrity culture, among other excellent contributions, Testimonial Advertising represents the leading edge of the cultural turn of the ‘new business history. It is a must-read for scholars of business, culture, and modern consumerism.”--Elspeth H. Brown, Director, Centre for the Study of the United States, University of Toronto

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230615601
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/15/2009
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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