What's the appeal? Testing public service advertisements to raise awareness about gynecologic cancer.

Abstract

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer campaign tested creative concepts for English- and Spanish-language video advertisements (for use on television and the Internet) with women aged 35-64 years. Sixteen English and nine Spanish focus groups were conducted in four U.S. cities. CDC used animatics (a series of photographs edited together with a sound track) to simulate produced advertisements, without having to incur the high cost of filming and production. Advertisement concepts consistently resonating with participants featured cancer survivors, were straightforward, included information about cancer symptoms, displayed Inside Knowledge educational materials, and featured diverse women. In the general population focus groups, a primacy testing order effect was observed in which the concept tested first tended to be the most favorably received. Varying the order in which concepts were tested and considering testing order when interpreting results was critical.

DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2014.4759

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@article{Cooper2014WhatsTA, title={What's the appeal? Testing public service advertisements to raise awareness about gynecologic cancer.}, author={Crystale Purvis Cooper and Cynthia A. Gelb and Jennifer L Chu}, journal={Journal of women's health}, year={2014}, volume={23 6}, pages={488-92} }