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“Advertisement” vs “Commercial”
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(What Is The Difference?)


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We’ve already gone over the the differences and similarities between the words“Ad” vs “Advert” vs “Advertisement” in a previous post.  Today we’ll tackle the topic of the differences & similarites between the words:  “Advertisement” vs “Commercial”.


These two terms are thought by many to be virtually the same — and are often used inter-changeably.  However — this is only the case when we are talking about the “Advertisements” and “Commercials” which we see on TV;  and which we hear on the Radio.
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When it comes to the internet, and things like:  Magazines, Newspapers, Fliers, and the Posters we may see around town — we (should) only use the term“Advertisement”.


So What Is The Difference?


The root-word of, “Commercial” is “Commerce” — which is:  “the buying and selling of things”.  While, (to) “Advertise”, is merely:  “to draw attention to something”.  So — though all “Commercials” ARE “Advertising” “things” — an “Advertisement” can be used for other purposes than to simply try to “sell” you some… “thing”.


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So…  all “Commercials” ARE types of “Advertisements”.  But not all “Advertisements” are “Commercials”…  A “Commercial” is a specific type of “Advertisement” — which is seen on TV, or heard on the radio — and is specifically used to get you to buy something;  used for the purpose of “Commerce”.


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Advertisement vs Commercial…
The Breakdown


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  • If it is in a magazine, newspaper, or flier – or if it is on the internet, it is an “Advertisement”
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  • If it is on TV or the radio and is selling something, it is a “Commercial”
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  • If it is on TV or the radio and it is simply providing information (and not selling a product or service) it is an “Advertisement”

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Examples:



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  • The first two examples (0:00 – 1:40) are “Advertisements” (despite the title of the video) because they are not selling a product
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  • The rest of the examples are “Commercials” because they are selling products or services

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However…


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  • From 7:37 – 8:12? — No Idea…  but it’s funny 😀
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  • From 9:13 – 9:32 — This is probably an “Advertisement” because there are Heineken bottles on the table, but really, it’s just annoying

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  1. July 10, 2016

    […] Basically all of these terms mean the same thing.  They are all a form of marketing and/or propaganda, which is used to either sell a product or to persuade people to a certain way of thinking.  (See Also:  “Advertisement” vs “Commercial”) […]

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