Extra, Extra, Read All About It: Newspaper Advertising

In today’s digital era, you would assume that traditional forms of advertising would decline. However, that is not the case. Newspaper advertising has proven to be very beneficial and is one of the most important forms of traditional media.

History of Newspaper Advertising

Newspaper advertisements have been in effect since the beginning of the 16th and 17th century when the newspaper began. Originally, advertisements were placed in newspapers to help fund the cost of distributing and publishing. From the beginning, newspapers only had commercial ads within the paper and were published in European countries. The first commercial advertisements were about books and medicines. However, as things progressed, other products being advertised in newspapers became more popular. Around the 19th century, the Boston News Letter was the first newspaper in the United States that began to carry advertisements. The popularity of advertising in newspapers began around the world around in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Later, advertising was established as a job, and advertising agencies began to increase.

Advantages of Newspaper Advertising

Newspaper advertising has many advantages and has proven to be an effective marketing strategy. Here are some advantages to utilizing newspaper to advertise your business:


Because newspapers are put out daily, readers can see your advertisement repeatedly. Consistency is key and will provide great ad recall of the product you are promoting.


Newspaper ads are perceived as very credible because of the medium they are displayed in. They are more convincing, because it is the same place where readers receive other important information, such as politics.


Advertisers can use newspaper advertising to target certain demographics. Because of this, they can seize smaller audiences that would be harder to reach using a different form of advertising.

Is Advertising in Newspaper Effective?

There are several factors that play a role in determining whether newspaper advertising can be effective. One factor to consider is what product or service you are advertising in the paper. Some products and services are more marketable within the newspaper. For example, if you are a local business, advertising in newspaper would be beneficial because you could advertise to the locals within the area. Another factor to consider is brand awareness. If you have consistent advertisements within the paper, it will strengthen brand awareness and recognition. Lastly, your target audience is a main factor in whether newspaper advertising is effective. If the audience you are targeting does not read the paper, then it may not be effective.

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