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This site "presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955." Subjects include: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II. You can browse by subject, get the history of the subject, or use a timeline. From Duke University Libraries.
From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
"This Federal Trade Commission campaign aims to educate tweens (kids ages 8 to 12) about advertising so they can become more discerning consumers of information. The goal of the campaign is to boost advertising literacy by: Raising awareness of advertising and marketing messages; Teaching critical thinking skills that will allow tweens to better analyze and interpret advertisements; Demonstrating the benefits of being an informed consumer." Includes information for parents and teachers.
Advertising and Marketing Basics
Subtopics include Children, Endorsements, Environmental Marketing, Health Claims, Made in the USA, Online Advertising and Marketing, and Telemarketing. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Advertising and Marketing on the Internet: Rules of the Road
"Facts for Business" provided by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Advertising Age
Advertising industry news, blogs, videos, articles, reviews of advertisements and advertisers.
Advertising & Marketing Law
Topics include Truth in Advertising and Marketing Claims, Industry Guides, Telemarketing, Email SPAM and Advertising FAQs. From the Small Business Administration.
Advertising and Public Relations Services
Topics include: Quick Facts, What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, Job Outlook, Similar Occupations and More Information. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Advertising Materials
Topics include Brochures, Catalogs, Direct Mail, Mobile Advertising, Newsletters, Online Advertising, Point-of-Purchase, Print Projects, Sales Letters, and Television and Radio. From
Advertising: The Basics
From US Small Business Administration.
American Advertising Federation (AAF)
The AAF describes itself as "the oldest national advertising trade association," one which "protects and promotes the well-being of advertising." Included here are resources on multiculturalism in marketing, industry news, and more.
American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA)
Industry news, advocacy and issues, publications, research, and more.
Campaigns That Have Made a Difference
Public service announcements from 1942.
Conducting Market Research
"Market research is the process of gathering and analyzing consumer and economic data to help you understand which products and services your customers want, and how to differentiate your business from your competitors." From
Developing a Market Plan
An introduction to preparing a marketing plan. Sections also include How to Create a Marketing Plan, 20 Marketing Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know, Conducting Market Research, Market Analysis, Marketing & Sales Management, Marketing 101, Marketing 201, Email Marketing. From
Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920
"The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920 (EAA) presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States." From Duke University Libraries.
How Web Advertising Works
Topics include: banner ads, sidebar advertisements, pop-ups and pop-under windows, and more. From How Stuff Works.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)
"...comprised of more than 375 leading media and technology companies who are responsible for selling 86% of online advertising in the United States. The IAB educates marketers, agencies, media companies and the wider business community about the value of interactive advertising."
From the Internet Archive:
Commercials from the Prelinger Archives
"A collection of vintage commercials within the Prelinger Library."
AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials
"AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. These commercials were created or collected by the ad agency Benton & Bowles or its successor, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B). Founded in 1929, Benton & Bowles was a New York advertising agency that merged with D'Arcy Masius McManus in 1985 to form DMB&B. Major clients included are Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Schick, Vicks, and Post, among others." Arranged by product name.
IAB Interactive Advertising Wiki
"Because our industry’s jargon and processes are unique, we’ve dedicated this wiki to be a centralized spot where marketers, agencies and interactive publishers can collaboratively populate a database of information on interactive advertising." This glossary is from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
Online Advertising Law
Sections include: CAN-SPAM Act: Requirements for Businesses, Dot Com Disclosure : Information about Online Advertising, "Remove Me" Responses and Responsibilities (unsubscribing options for users). From
PSA Central
"PSA [Public Service Announcements] Central makes it easy to browse and preview current PSA materials for Ad Council campaigns. Everything available for download or order on this site is provided free of charge" First time users will have to register. From the Ad Council.
Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB)
Described as "the not-for-profit trade association of America's broadcast television industry." Includes industry news, tv/media trends, statistics and reports, and more.
Vintage Ad Browser
"This site aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, CD-Roms, websites, APIs, your submissions, book, magazine and comic book scans, and more." Contains 100,000+ images of vintage advertisements. Browse popular topics or search by keyword.

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